Wednesday night marked a wild week in the Eastern Schuylkill Recreation Commission's winter basketball league.
All three contested games where decided by four points or less, with Ryan's Oil & Heating serving up a one-point victory over Cuz-N-Joe's Place to emerge as the league's lone unbeaten team with two weeks to play in the regular season.
Schick's Cafe Calcutta-R.R. Frey Services
Schick's Cafe Calcutta knocked R.R. Frey Services from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 59-56 upset victory.
Schick's led by 11 points with under three minutes to go before R.R. Frey Services battled back to make it a one-possession game. R.R. Frey then had a chance to tie the game, but a three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.
Schick's buried 12 three-pointers as a team and was led by Matt Murphy's 16 points and five treys. Chris Decker tallied 15 points and Dennis McGinley dialed long distance four times for 13 points.
Dave Wilson paced R.R. Frey's with 17 points, followed by Ryan Achenbach with 12.
Ryan's Oil & Heating-Cuz-N-Joe's Place
In a battle of the two remaining unbeatens, Ryan's Oil & Heating hung on for a thrilling 70-69 victory over Cuz-N-Joe's Place.
Leading 68-66 in the final seconds, Ryan's Ted Styka iced the game with two free throws to extend the lead to four points (70-66). Cuz-N-Joe's then hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the final deficit to one point.
Jon Scheuer led Ryan's with 16 points, while Jeff Peel and Styka tacked on 13 points apiece.
For Cuz-N-Joe's, Jon Veet scored a game-high 22 points and Brandon DeCosmo accounted for 16 points and four three-pointers.
The Batter's Box-
In a low-scoring affair, The Batter's Box hung on in the final minute for a 38-34 victory over the Longboard Surfers.
Bejtullah Mehmeti scored a game-high 13 points to lead The Batter's Box, while Erick Trabal added nine points.
For the Longboard Surfers, Colin Nurse scored 10 points.
Midas Touch Hair Salon-Pereira's/Joey B's
Pereira's Kwik Stop/Joey B's picked up a forfeit victory over Midas Touch Hair Salon.
x - Ryan's Oil & Heating 5 0
Cuz-N-Joe's Place 4 1
R.R. Frey Services 4 1
Schick's Cafe Calcutta 3 2
Pereira's/Joey B's 2 3
The Batter's Box 2 3
Longboard Surfers 0 5
Midas Touch Hair Salon 0 5
x - Clinched Playoff Berth
(in points per game)
Jon Veet (Cuz-N-Joe's) 28.75
Dave Wilson (R.R. Frey) 19.80
Br. DeCosmo (R.R. Frey) 15.60
C. Decker (Schick's Cafe) 14.50
Br. DeCosmo (Cuz-N-Joe's) 18
Jon Veet (Cuz-N-Joe's Place) 14
Joe Schaeffer (Ryan's Oil ) 14
D. McGinley (Schick's Cafe) 13
Wednesday, March 7
(at Tamaqua Athletic Center)
6:15 - Longboard Surfers vs. Pereira's Kwik Stop/Joey B's
7:00 - Midas Touch Hair Salon vs. Cuz-N-Joe's Place
7:45 - The Batter's Box vs. Schick's Cafe Calcutta
8:30 - R.R. Frey Services vs. Ryan's Oil & Heating