As the floor hockey and basketball season get underway at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Haverhill, a number of games saw some very exciting action, particularly among the major league teams.
The club's floor hockey and basketball season runs for 10 weeks, followed by the playoffs.
Major league basketball games are on Thursdays at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. and minor league games are held on Saturdays at 10, 11 a.m. and noon. Major league floor hockey games are on Wednesdays at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. and minor league games are on Fridays at 6 and 7 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE FLOOR HOCKEY, WEEK 1
The season opener between Maria’s Restaurant and Servpro was a back and forth struggle between the two teams, with each scoring 2 goals in the first quarter. It was close until Maria's Malachi Kitchens (4 goals) caught fire, scoring goal after goal to lead his team to a victory over Servpro.
The battle between Dawns Here and Prime Time Sports came down to the wire and ended up in overtime as both teams were so well matched. John Bilodeau (5 goals) and Rafael Torres (5 goals) led the way for Prime Time, while Peter Grillo (8 goals) and Cayden Parsons (2 goals) led the way for Dawns Here. It was 10 to 10 in overtime and with 2 minutes left, when Peter Grillo took matters into his own hands and drove the puck into the net to lead Dawns Here to a 1-0 start.
Don Wilson took a victory over Dempsey Insurance as reigning MVP Andrew Duchmein (8 goals) was scorching hot, moving the puck around like a pro. On the other side was Thomas Bergeron (4 goals) of Dempsey Insurance, who tried his best to keep his team close, but fell short as Don Wilson closed the game with a win.
MINOR LEAGUE FLOOR HOCKEY, WEEK 1
This season opener saw two star players going head to head. Elijah Maya (2 goals) of Fantini Bakery got the scoring started, followed by Ryan Carlson (3 goals) of Choice Fitness. Fantini took the 5-3 win with help from teammates while Ryan was the lone scorer for Choice Fitness.
This game had TJS Metals written all over it. TJS leading scorer Xzavier Raycraft ended with a league high 4 goals while his teammate Dorian Shannon had 3 goals to shut down Don Wilson, 9-3.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASKETBALL, WEEK 1
This turned into a very close game between Humble Tru, led by Jeremiah Lugo (24 points), and Choice Fitness, led by the dynamic duo of Javien Sapienza (25 points) and Darnell Chin (21 points). Humble Truth had the lead for most of the game, until their top scorer had to be substituted due to leg cramps. After that, Choice Fitness took over for a victorious start to the season.
This was a battle of the big men: Jadiel Gomez (12 points) of Upscale Cutz went head to head against Early Contractor’s Yasiel Torres (15 points). It was a well matched game until Upscale’s bench and role players came alive, hitting three pointers one after another to lead their team victory.
The last game of the night was a roller coaster ride with numerous lead changes. T-Stop Barbershop, led by Jaylin Gullin (22 points), battled Krispy Clean Kicks, led by Alejandro Delgado (26 points and a league high).
Alejandro carried his team on his back for the entire game, which probably took a toll on him towards the end when Jaylin Gullin was at his best. With the help from his teammates and coach, Dante Perella, T-Stop overcame the MVP performance of Alejandro Delgado to secure the win.
MINOR LEAGUE BASKETBALL, WEEK 1
The season opener pitted Early Contractors against Fantini Bakery. It was a close game until Early Contractors duo Alejandro Iraheta (15 points) and Ivan Ortiz (13 points) caught fire towards the end to take the 42-32 win.
This was a display of offensive skills. Harold Maya Construction battled Rice & Broulliard Electric. Yariel Rodriguez (14 points) of HMC was key but it was tough going against Jayden Eusebio’s (17 points). But with the help of teammates, HMC got it done, winning 42-34.
The battle between Shoe City Hardware and Rook’s Barbershop was intense. Shoe City's Alex Latorre took over the game with a high 23 points while Rook’s Carlos Veras and Jeremiah Correa each had 9 points. Shoe City was dominant in this 38-28 victory.