Watertown Summer Basketball League Champion Crowned After Winning Game 3

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Watertown Recreation Department

New Day captured the Watertown Summer Basketball League title.

Watertown Recreation Department

New Day captured the 2018 Watertown Summer Basketball League title.

The Watertown Summer Basketball League finals came down to a winner-take-all game, and New Day came away with the championship trophy.

The Watertown Recreation Department provided a recap of game 3 of the finals series:

In one of the most intense, well played and high scoring Papas Elite Finals in recent memory, New Day dominated Donohue’s Kaos in the rubber game to earn the 2018 Papas Elite Championship by a score of 89-67.

As in game two, the three ball was again the critical factor in the final game as New Day tallied 17, while Donohue’s Kaos had 9 made three pointers. After an initial close first 10 minutes of the game, New Day took a double digit lead on the heels
of Mykel Derring’s 19 first half points, 15 by way of the three to lead at the half 43-34.

Donohue’s Kaos made a strong run to begin the second half to close the gap, Seth Hauben was the leading contributor scoring a team high 24 points while Todd Billet (15) and Craig Griffin (14) also played well on the offensive end. However, New Day exploded to a hefty lead later in the second half led by the trio of Derring (33), Akeem Williams (21) and Andre Tongo (17).

Congratulations to both teams as the talented young and veteran hoopsters presented well and entertained those in attendance during all three games.

Not to be forgotten, the O;Brien-Jerahian Legends semi-finals began last night as well. Number 1 seed Finnegan Club defeated Control Club by the score of 54-34, while Johnson Club snuck by the Kaos Club 78-67.

Rob Bagdasarian (15) and David Yaboujian (12) led the way for the victors and Sinan Ashkouri scored 11 for the Control Club. The Johnson Club enjoyed three legends in double figures.

Lew McCulloch (19) Rob Sarmiento (17), and Mike Timperio (15) spearheaded the win for the Johnson Club and Carlos Rimirez scored 21 points in a losing effort.

Game Two of the semi-finals will be Thursday August 30:

Finnegan Club vs. Control Club: 6:30 p.m.
Johnson Club vs. Finnegan Club: 7:25 p.m.

Special thanks to our officials, outstanding table crew and especially Lindsay Graham who provided professional video outtakes of league play that is periodically posted on Twitter and You Tube.

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