The Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission (ESRC) winter basketball league passed the halfway point of the season, with three teams still sporting an unblemished record.
One of those teams will fall from the ranks next Wednesday when Cuz-N-Joe's Place collides with defending league champion Ryan's Oil & Heating at 7:45 p.m. in the Tamaqua Area Athletic Center.
Schick's Cafe Calcutta-Ryan's Oil & Heating
Ryan's Oil & Heating remained undefeated on the season with a 68-57 victory over Schick's Cafe Calcutta.
Mike Stankiewitch led Ryan's with 17 points, while John Scheuer (13), Ted Styka (12) and Joe Schaeffer (11) followed closely behind.
For Schick's Cafe Calcutta, Joe Tamagini buried five three-pointers and tallied a game-high 21 points. Dennis McGinley added four treys for 12 points.
The Batter's Box-
Midas Touch Hair Salon
The Batter's Box picked up its first win of the season with a 49-38 victory over Midas Touch Hair Salon.
Steve Strauss drained four three-pointers for 12 points to pace The Batter's Box, while Bejtullah Mehmeti tacked on 10 points.
Andrew Michalik, John Demyanovitch and John Knect scored six points apiece to lead Midas Touch.
R.R. Frey Services-Longboard Surfers
R.R. Frey Services kept its undefeated record intact, but it wasn't easy, as the men in orange escaped a 60-56 overtime victory over the Longboard Surfers.
Dave Wilson scored a game-high 23 points, including a 10-for-12 performance from the foul line. Wilson scord six of his team's eight points in overtime. Ryan Achenbach also added 15 points for R.R. Frey.
For the Longboard Surfers, Thomas Tinsley and Omar Jimenez scored 12 points apiece.
Cuz-N-Joe's Place exploded to a 39-20 halftime lead and never looked back, en route to a 73-63 victory over Pereira's Kwik Stop/Joey B's.
Jon Veet was once again a one-man wrecking crew, as the league's leading scorer accounted for 13 field goals, four three-pointers and a game-high 31 points. Brandon DeCosmo followed with 14 points.
Travis Fink (14 points) and Zach Tofant (13 points) led the way for Pereira's/Joey B's.
Cuz-N-Joe's Place 4 0
R.R. Frey Services 4 0
Ryan's Oil & Heating 4 0
Schick's Cafe Calcutta 2 2
Pereira's Kwik Stop/Joey B's 1 3
The Batter's Box 1 3
Longboard Surfers 0 4
Midas Touch Hair Salon 0 4
(in points per game)
Jon Veet (C-N-J) 31.00
Dave Wilson (R.R. Frey) 20.50
Brandon DeCosmo (C-N-J) 15.50
Brandon DeCosmo (C-N-J) 14
Jon Veet (C-N-J) 12
Joe Schaeffer (Ryan's Oil) 12
Wednesday, Feb. 29
(at Tamaqua Athletic Center)
6:15 - The Batter's Box vs. Longboard Surfers
7:00 - Schick's Cafe Calcutta vs. R.R. Frey Services
7:45 - Ryan's Oil & Heating vs. Cuz-N-Joe's Place
8:30 - Midas Touch Hair Salon vs. Pereira's Kwik Stop/Joey B's