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Posted August 18, 2005
Boys 15 and 18 & Under BNBL Playoffs
By Kevin Devlin

     As the summer draws to a close, so does the Boston Neighborhood Basketball League

     BNBL Region One games were held at the Walsh Center, as well as at the Condon and Tynan Community Center gyms. The games were exciting and dramatic, enjoyed by fans, coaches, and players alike.

Regional Champs

     The 13 and under boys' team, the Walsh Center "Green Machine" coached by Tommy Fitzpatrick, won the title, by defeating the Walsh Center Buffaloes, aka the "Orange Crush." The 13 and under girls' team, coached by Fran McNally, defeated the McDonough "Magic" to advance to the city championships.

     The 18 and under boys' squad, coached by Roger Roberts, defeated East Boston to advance to the championship finale. The 15 and under boys' team, "The Club" won the "Southie" title, but lost a tough one, a heartbreaker, a shocker, as they experienced a meltdown during the final minute of their game against Eastie.

Condon games
      The "Club" opened up with a 12-0 run to cruise to victory against Encore in a 15 and under boys' semi-final tilt, 48-38.

      In the other 15 and under semi-final boys' game, Old Harbor surged ahead midway through the first half, taking a 21-7 lead which they would not relinquish, to beat the Condon 66-47.

   In the Southie final, the Club eked out an exciting 42-41 victory against Old Harbor.

     The Club went on a 6-0 to start the game, but Old Harbor tied it up with 8:38 on the game clock.

      The final two minutes would be the "Robbie Walton and Max Barbosa Show." Walton hit a trey to extend the lead to 38-33. Moments later, he blocked a shot, then stole the ball and scored a hoop, giving the Club a 42-35 advantage. It seemed as if the game was over, but Max Barbosa hit two consecutive treys to cut the deficit to 42-41. With one second left, Old Harbor had one more chance to win the game, but couldn't connect on the inbounds pass, and the game was history.

     Walton scored 13 points, Ryan England added 10 points, and Niedzwiecki had 8 points and a handful of rebounds. Barbosa netted 22 points, including 6 treys, Byrd (2 treys) finished with 14 points.

     In the 15 and under boys' regional final, Eastie beat the Club 40-38. The Club took an early 9-4 lead, but Eastie went on an 11-0 run to take the lead 19-16. In the second half, the Club opened up a 28-21 lead, but Eastie didn't fold. With 16 seconds remaining, the Club had a 38-33 advantage. Then lightning struck and Eastie went on a 5-0 run to steal the victory from the local team.

     It was a dramatic letdown and meltdown for the Club, a shocker they shall not soon forget. Walton had another superlative game, blocking shots, stealing the ball, while scoring 10 points. Niedzwiecki was unstoppable down low. Spukie also scored 12 points, while Frankie Lynch had six points.

      In the 18 and under semi-final games, Club Two defeated the Ollie in overtime, 71-65, and Dipset coasted past Club Z, 78-26. For Club Two, Eamon Miller scored 19 points, Colby Miller had 16, Matt Alessi had 15, and Mike Donovan contributed 11 points. Ollie star guard, Brendan "The Ice Man" Carter was "In the Zone" as he netted 29 points, including 5 treys. It may have been one of the best games of his budding career.   Joe Williams and Mark Goodman had 11 points apiece, while Dave Lane finished with 6 points.

      In the other semi-final, Dipset forward Josh Epps had 18 points, Brian Baranow had 14 points, Joe Cambra and Steve Mejia netted 12 points apiece, while Don Esdras had 9 points. For Club Z, Matt Neidzwiecki and Chris Egan each had eight points.

      In the 18 and under boys' regional championship final against Eastie, Dipset guard Mejia (15 points) drilled a medium-range jumper from the free throw line, as time expired, to defeat Eastie in dramatic fashion, 44-42. Isiah Amezquito scored 12 points and Bill Mitchell added 8.

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"Southie" 15 and Under boys' champs, the "Club" coached by Timmy Bothwell.

15 & Under Encore team.

15 & Under Condon team.

15 & Under Old Harbor team.

Region One 18 and under boys' champs, the "Dipset Club" coached by Roger Roberts.

18 & Under Club Two tem.

18 & Under Club Z team.

18 & Under Ollie team.