For the 7th-8th boys, Sharon’s Zach Needle had a second big night, surging to the overall lead on with 20 points and a 9-2-2 overall record. Attleboro’s XXX Guilette (8-2-1, 17 points) has put together two solid nights with scrappy play and good movement without the ball to hold the second position. Townsmate and Crafty Spring League Veteran Henry Geyson sits in third with 16 points, tied with Dylan Martinelli. Evan Houle sits in fifth with 15 points. Both Needle and Martinelli have played two more games than their competitors and will have to sit a couple of games this week, which should bring changes to the standings in week 3. Norfolk’s Zander Lai has also put together a couple of solid performances to remain in the hunt. All have earned early automatic qualifier status for the Crafty New England Championships on October 28th at Foxboro Charter School. Other qualifiers include Newton’s Connor Lynch and Lucas Wardly who entered the league as part of a team from Newton.
Players earn 2 league points when they play on any winning team during short, 6 minute games. The 3x3 games are scored using the Crafty Bonus Point system, rewarding scoring plays from backdoor cuts, assisted passes, and other screens that lead to a made basket. Players are rotated to new teams after almost every game. Crafty Basketball Leagues typically run for 5 weeks.
In the Boys 5th-6th Division, Crafty Veterans and Attleboro teammates Michael Manley (10-1-3, 23 points) and Logan Gosselin (11-3-1, 23 points) are locked in a tight battle at the top. Many others are lurking close behind as Cumberland’s Anthony Martin (19 points), North Easton’s Nolan Querzoli (19 points), and Dover’s John Saber (18 points) round out the top 5.
Other contenders include North Easton’s Colin Murphy, and Mansfield’s Nate McClean and Evan Bonnyman. There are also a number of qualifier spots still available to be earned for the New England Crafty Championships on Oct. 28th.
The league continues again 6 PM Thursday at Mass Premier Courts. All players are strongly encouraged to attend to maximize their potential to qualify for the New England Championships.
Full standings can be viewed at http://www.craftybasketball.com/page/show/3704018-mass-premier-courts-fall-central-division