Scrubs, LWF, Borealis Breads claim men's hoop titlesTop seeds fall in all three divisions
Waldoboro — The Waldoboro First Baptist Church Men's Basketball League championship games Monday night, March 11 proved to be the definition of the phrase coined long ago: "That is why they play the games."
Only one number one seed survived to the league finals and, in the end, all three came up short in their respective quests for league crowns, making way for the lower seeds to jump into the proverbial spotlight.
In the end, the fifth-seeded Scrubs collected the Division I championship, No. 3 Laurel Wood Floors won the Division II crown and No. 3 Borealis Breads emerged victorious and snatched the Division III title.
In the Division I finals, No. 5 Scrubs completed its Cinderella season by beating its third straight higher seed with a 73-64 win over No. 2 Leighton to win the WFBC title. The Scrubs trailed 35-27 after the first half before going on a 46-29 run in the second half to secure the win.
The fifth-seeded Scrubs, which defeated No. 4 Free Press (no score available) and No. 1 Ship City 73-66 to advance to the finals, dressed only five players for the game.
Second-seeded Leighton defeated No. 7 Destiny 63-58 and No. 6 Kay Construction 70-55 to advance to the finals.
Deon Cheers scored 23 points to lead Scrubs Monday, while J. Poland added 17; J. Acedo, 16; Ronald Spencer, 11; and R. Conrad, six.
For Leighton, Mike Leighton scored 24 points, while William Hardwick added 12; Ben Teel and Ben Stover, both 11; Bobby Deetjen, five; and Tyler Tibbetts, one.
In the Division II finals, No. 3 Laurel Wood Floors pulled away from fourth-seeded Insanity in the second half, scoring a 50-41 victory and, ultimately, the WFBC crown. LWF led 23-20 after the first half and held Insanity at bay over the game's final 20 minutes.
No. 3 LWF beat No. 6 Lincoln County News 64-57 and No. 2 Denman Builders 63-56 to advance to the finals, while No. 4 Insanity beat No. 5 Midcoast Masonry 62-44 and upset the top-seeded Warriors 61-59 to earn the finals berth.
Jim Havener and Jon Teel each netted 13 points to lead LWF to the win, while Jeremy Reynolds added 10; Anthony Lufkin, seven; Doug Anderson, four; Ryan McNelly, two; and Zach Brown, one.
Steve Benner poured in 20 points to lead Insanity, while Max Niles and Erik Carlson each added seven; Jeff Curtis, four; and Josh Bennett, three.
In the Division III finals, No. 3 Borealis Breads knocked off top-seeded Teludyne Tech 46-44 to win the WFBC championship. Borealis led 22-17 at the end of the first half and despite being outscored in the second half, held off Teludyne to win the league title.
No. 3 Borealis Breads beat No. 6 Realtree 72-36 and No. 2 Lanphere & Sons 40-38 to advance to the championship game, while No. 1 Teludyne defeated No. 5 Cornerstone (score unavailable) after receiving a first-round bye.
Will Bleakley poured in 20 points to lead Borealis Breads, while Ethan Fink added 12; Jeff Hurd, six; Eric Lee, five; and Mike Riley, two.
For Teludyne, Ethan Adolphsen scored 13 points, while Sam Pease added nine; Nick Pease, eight; Justin Brownell, six; Ryan Moore, four; and Caleb Pease and Dylan Shay, both two.
Monday's championships started off with a 3-point competition, which was won by Destiny's Nate Case.
Case survived all three rounds, netting 16 in the first round, 16 in the second round and 13 in the championship finals, to defeat Kay Construction's Benji Blake.
The league's annual awards banquet was to be held Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at the WFBC. The guest speaker of the banquet was to be former NBA player Anthony Bonner, who played for both the Sacramento Kings and the New York Knicks.
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