Litchfield Summer League Championship
August 16, 2019
courtesy of the Litchfield Summer Basketball League
This past Sunday the Litchfield Summer Basketball League concluded its fourth season with two championship games.
In the inaugural Middle School Division the championship was between the Cavaliers and the Hoosiers. The Cavaliers gave everything they had but it was the Hoosiers that prevailed in the end. Jaxon Abdinoor led the Hoosiers to the victory running the point for his team. Hunter Feely contributed 10 points in the victory for the Hoosiers. Matthew Haley arrived at halftime and gave the Hoosiers a boost for the win. Patrick Chamberlin grabbed a ton of boards. Andy Wilnus and Zach Dean both played strong D and Sophie Overbeck, Amelia Silver and Gabe Ternullo all contributed baskets in the victory. The Swanson sisters, Haley and Mikayla, had to miss the championship but both contributed for the Hoosiers during the season.
For the Cavaliers the trio of Jack Breton, Brett Biron, and Wyatt Tarr did their best to make it close but it was the Hoosiers depth that was just too much to overcome.
The Middle School teams were coached by Campbell Basketball players. Caedran Sullivan, Jonah Crema, Brendan Rice, Adam Glendale, Carter Vedrani, Will McPherson and Joaquin Heller all spent time on the sidelines giving back to the younger players.
In the High School Championship the matchup was the third-seeded Spurs versus the fourth-seeded Thunder. Both teams pulled off upset victories in the semifinals and were ready to do battle in the championship. The Thunder was led by Captain Keegan Mills. After a defensive struggle early in the game, the Thunder opened things up by hitting 3-pointers from Mills, Jason Rubino, Dom Valentin, and Ben Marble to lead by as much as 17. Matt Rollend, who is arguably the quickest player in the league, was flying all over the court as did Kyle Mavrogeorge. Cam Leonard also hit a big three and George Ivas contributed a bunch of rebounds. Justin Pelham buried two triples in the game finishing with 10 points and Michael Decarli also hustled all night for the champs. The Spurs did not give up and chipped away at the lead, at one point cutting it to a six-point game. Spurs Captain Jonah Crema turned up the defensive effort and turned steals into points. Michael Cosco, Cam Bortle, Colton Martel and Jackson Kanaley all had baskets off of turnovers. In the end it was the older Thunder players that led the team to victory.
Keegan Mills in the last five minutes turned into a defensive menace rejecting three straight Spurs shots at the basket with authority. Mills who recently accepted an offer to join the Austin Peay Governor’s Baseball team in Clarksville, Tenn., won his third championship in four years.
Ben Marble was the choice for MVP given by Jim Cardello of LGTV. The game will be broadcast on LGTV during the week at various times. We would like to give a shout out to Rob Fay and Russ Blanchette for their camera work.
The league would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Jake Scafidi. Scafidi was instrumental in the expansion to two divisions as he wore many hats. The Temple University Sports Management major volunteered for the league for his college hours. He spent time setting up the clock for the games as well as officiating and keeping score. Jake even filled in as the color commentator on the LGTV coverage.