The Crafty Basketball Taunton Boys 3x3 leagues finished with highly competitive play this past Monday, with the league champions in both divisions determined in the final two games.
In the boys 5th-6th division, the top 12 players on hand battled it out through a series of 5 games to determine who would walk out with the league trophy. After a hard fought series of games, during which top seeds were mixed with other top players after each game, 2nd seed Michael Rein (18-6-6) and #1 seed Ben Rumrill (16-5-5), closed out the night as the top two players. Rein, who ended the league with 42 total points, took home the championship crown with Rumrill a close second and league all star on 37 points.
Other championship night all-stars named for the league based on a combination of total league points earned through week 5 performances included Matt O Donnell, Aiden Medas, Devlin Maloney, and Owen Howlett.
In addition to league All Stars, a total of 15 players earned enough points to qualify for the New England Crafty Championships to be held in October, where players from leagues across Eastern Mass who have also earned qualifying spots will compete for the Craftiest 3x3 player in New England in late October.
In the boys 7th-8th division, another battle ensued to catch #1 seed Peyton Fernandes, who entered the night as the favorite. Fernandes though, held firm all night, winning his first 5 games before finally losing a close battle in the final game. His five wins were enough to stave off all other players to claim the crown. Matthew Rein and Ryan Statkiewicz finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Andrew Freeman, Noah Perry, and Dylan Hayward rounded out the top 6 on the night. Other notable players absent from championship night included Kyle Rushton and Cameron Morrison, both of whom were in the hunt entering the final night.
A total of 20 players from this division earned invites to the Crafty 3x3 New England Championships on Oct. 28th.
Final standings can be viewed at the following link: http://www.craftybasketball.com/page/show/3667580-forekicks-taunton-3x3-league-