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MAPLE PLACE GYM UNAVAILABLE THROUGH AUGUST 12TH DUE TO FLOOR REFINISHING
The Maple Place Gym will be unavailable for use through August 12th because the floor is being refinished. As soon as the floor is playable, Knights practices can resume.
GRAHAM'S VILLANOVA SQUAD TAKES ON PAGLIA'S TEXAS LONGHORNS IN HIGH SCHOOL FINAL!
The Shore Area Boys High School Rec Basketball Season comes to an end on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm when Austin Paglia leads his #4 seeded Texas Longhorns against Erik Graham and his #3 seeded Villanova Wildcats at Shore Regional High School in a match-up that is sure to set the game of basketball back at least a decade. Graham and Paglia (pictured below in a stock photo) used a curiously scheduled National Honor Society meeting to their collective advantage last week in their upsets of two higher seeded, albeit undermanned and much more studious, teams last Wednesday evening. Paglia and Graham, lifelong friends and longtime hardwood teammates, privately denied that there was any chicanery in the oddly timed scheduling of the NHS meeting, but would not comment publicly about the issue other than to release a statement through legal counsel that said, "We are rubber, you are glue. Whatever you say, bounces off us and adheres elsewhere."
Erik Graham (pictured below) predicted a victory prior to last Wednesday's semifinal playoff game against Evan Coffey's Hartwick squad (which finished the regular season as the number 2 seed) and then played like a man possessed in his team's 25-21 victory over the offensively challenged Hartwickians. Graham, whose team led 10-8 at the half, credited himself with the victory, stating, "When you get right down to it, this win was about me. I am the Captain. I picked this team myself. I drafted these guys. I molded this team in my image. I made this team what it is today. Day by day, week by week, I taught these boys how to play basketball the right way, the only way, the Graham way. So, like I always say, when it is all said and done, there is nothing left to say or do. Or something like that." Graham's team played tenacious defense, limiting Hartwick's offensive stalwarts, Evan Coffey and J.T. Kessler (pictured below), to well below their season averages.
Hartwick's Evan Coffey & J.T. Kessler
Graham, as can be seen in the picture below, was pretty pleased with himself and is looking forward to his team's match-up in the finals versus Austin Paglia's Texas Longhorns.
ERIK "THE MANIMAL" GRAHAM
PAGLIA'S TEXAS SQUAD UPSETS PARRINO'S CALDWELL TEAM, 52-46, FOR SPOT IN HIGH SCHOOL REC FINALS!
Austin Paglia's Texas Longhorn squad overcame a 28-15 first half deficit and defeated #1 seed Marco Parrino's Caldwell College 52-46 in the opening semi-final game of the Shore Area High School Boys Rec Basketball League at Shore Regional High School last Wednesday. The Longhorns' second half comeback was capped by a three-pointer by Kyle Koob with no time on the clock that, at once, sent the game into overtime and broke Marco Parrino's heart. And once the Longhorns were in the overtime period, Paglia took over, grabbing rebound after rebound, hitting foul shot after foul shoot and making all the girls in the gym swoon as he ran up and down the court. Despite holding Kenny "The Microwave" Wilhalme (pictured below after the game) in check for most of the game, Caldwell couldn't keep pace with the bigger, faster Longhorns and they were worn down the Longhorns' dynamic duo of Robert Gruskos and Justin Costell by the time the overtime concluded.
KENNY "THE MICROWAVE" WILHALME
REGISTRATIONS FOR GRAMMAR SCHOOL SHORE AREA REC SUMMER LEAGUE AT MAPLE PLACE DUE BY MAY 22ND!
Registrations for the 2016 Summer Recreation Basketball season are due May 22, 2016. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM BY CLICKING HERE! Boys entering the 7th, 8th and 9th grades in the Fall of 2016 are eligible to join the program.The league will play its games at the Maple Place Middle School in Oceanport.The league is open to all age-appropriate residents of Oceanport, West Long Branch, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright and those who attend the West Long Branch school system. Registration forms and registration checks in the amount of $75.00 (payable to "Oceanport Basketball Association") should be mailed or hand delivered to: Jay Coffey at 39 Oneida Avenue, Oceanport, New Jersey 07757. Players will receive a uniform t-shirt to keep and games will take place once a week.There are no practices.Teams will play an 8 game schedule. Games will be played Wednesdays on June 8th, June 15th, June 29th and July 6th and Fridays on June 10th, June 17th, June 24th and July 8th. Games will be played at 6:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Maple Place School. Each player is guaranteed to play 18 minutes (1/2 regulation time) in each game.Questions regarding the 2016 Boy's Summer Recreation Basketball Program should be directed to the attention of the Summer Recreation Basketball Program Coordinator,Mike Murphy, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the season starts, all communication will be through e-mail or through the Oceanport Basketball Association's website.
REGISTRATIONS ARE ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. WE ARE LOOKING TO FIELD SIX TEAMS OF NINE PLAYERS EACH.ONLY THE FIRST 54 REGISTRATIONS RECEIVED ARE GUARANTEED A ROSTER SPOT! IF WE RECEIVE 55 OR MORE REGISTRATIONS, WE WILL ADD A TEAM WHEN WE REACH 63 REGISTRATIONS AND ADD ANOTHER TEAM WHEN WE REACH 72 REGISTRATIONS.
NOTE: MAY 22ND IS THE DEADLINE AND IT IS A FIRM DEADLINE! WE’RE NOT KIDDING!
UPDATE AS OF 5/21: 34 BOYS HAVE SIGNED UP. 19 SPOTS REMAIN!
2016 SONNY GIORDANO GAME MARRED BY INCREDIBLY BAD SLAM DUNK COMPETITION!
2016 SONNY GIORDANO GAME PLAYERS
While thousands of disappointed basketball fans were turned away at the door by the Fire Marshall prior to Saturday's Sonny Giordano 8th Grade Basketball Game at Maple Place, their disappointment paled in comparison to that which was experienced by those who paid well over a $100 a ticket to get into the packed gymnasium in the hope of seeing a high flying, above the rim aerial display by Flyin' Brian Kowalski, Slammin, Sammy Martucci, Jack "Attack the Rack" Zenkert, Gravity Defyin' Ryan Paglia and Tyler "Thunderdunk" Trimble in the 2016 Slam Dunk Competition during halftime of the Sonny Giordano 8th Grade Game. Unfortunately, Trimble, the 2015 7th Grade Slam Dunk Champion, refused to participate because he was not paid an appearance fee ("I have nothing to prove," he said as he pushed his way through a throng of reporters, "I am the defending champ and these people know that my hops are the highest. I've got bills to pay and if the sponsors aren't paying an appearance fee, then I'm not going to be taking my talents to the hoop today.") and Paglia declined to be part of the competition because, as he put it, "If Trimble's not in it, then let's not even begin it." And the overflow crowd was stunned when Kowalksi, Martucci and Zenkert were all summarily stuffed by the rim --- all three looking like this year's version Carmelo Anthony --- leaving it up to the unheralded Jimmy "Dr. Dunkenstein" Donohoe to steal the show with a reverse two handed jam that brought the house down. Donohoe, when presented with the $5,000 check that goes along with winning the Slam Dunk Competition, refused to accept it stating, "Just being recognized by my peers as the best is enough for me." Which is a good thing, because that check was going to bounce.
IF EVER YOU EVER DOUBTED THE LAW OF GRAVITY...
The Sonny Giordano game ended with a score of 44-43, but the way we look at it both teams won because they had a boatload of fun and received free tee shirts.
STANDINGS FOR SHORE AREA HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE AFTER FIVE GAMES
2016 SHORE AREA HIGH SCHOOL REC BASKETBALL STANDINGS AFTER FIVE GAMES
MATT MALLEY INSPIRES HIS TEAM WITH BOTH HIS PLAY AND HIS ATTIRE.
2016 ROOKIE GAMES FILLED WITH FUTURE #1 NBA & WNBA DRAFT PICKS!
The 2016 Rookie Games were hotly contested and highly competitive this year. Hundreds of action and team photos can be seen on the Oceanport Basketball Association's Facebook Page.
COACH VIN SASSO'S 2016 NOTRE DAME SQUAD
AUGIE ZILINCAR'S 2016 BOSTON COLLEGE SQUAD
GREG LOCKWOOD'S 2016 DUKE SQUAD
COACH JOHN CALANDRIELLO'S NORTH CAROLINA SQUAD
COACH MIKE SIKAND'S 2016 INDIANA SQUAD
COACH ADAM MORO'S 2016 ALABAMA SQUAD
SPECIAL THANKS TO COACH GERRY MOSLEY OF SHOOT4SUCCESS FOR A GREAT SEASON WITH THE OCEANPORT BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION. IF YOU'D LIKE TO REACH COACH GERRY, PLEASE VISIT HIS SHOOT4SUCCESS WEBSITE AT http://www.s4scoachingwithcharacter.com/.
WE'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK WITHUM, SMITH & BROWN, CPAs FOR SPONSORING THE ENTIRE ROOKIE LEAGUE THIS YEAR!
REMINDER REGARDING SPORTS SPECS/GLASSES
As of July 11, 2006, the laws of the State of New Jersey require that participants in youth sports who wear eyeglasses must now wear PROTECTIVE SPORTS GLASSES while playing sports. Your child will NOT be permitted to participate in any game or practice while wearing non-protective sports glasses.This is the actual body of the law:
BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
C.5:18-1 Protective eyewear for certain children participating in sports.
1. Any child who wears corrective eyeglasses while participating in racquetball, squash,tennis, women's lacrosse, basketball, women's field hockey, badminton, paddleball, soccer,volleyball, baseball or softball, sponsored by a school, community or government agency, shallbe required to wear protective eyewear that meets the frames standards of the American Societyfor Testing and Materials (ASTM) F803 and lens standards of the American National StandardsInstitute (ANSI) Z87.1.C.5:18-2 Grants to assist low-income families.
2. The New Jersey Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, established under P.L.1999,c.265 (C.26:1A-37.5 et seq.) is authorized to provide grants to assist low-income families inpurchasing the protective eyewear. As used in this section, a "low-income family" means afamily which qualifies for low-income housing under the standards promulgated by the Councilon Affordable Housing pursuant to the "Fair Housing Act," P.L.1985, c.222 (C.52:27D-301 etal.).C.5:18-3 Immunity from civil liability.
3. No school, community or government agency engaged in organizing, teaching, refereeingor coaching a sports activity described in section 1 of this act shall be liable in a civil action forfailure to administer or enforce the provisions of this act.4. This act shall take effect six months after the date of enactment.Approved January 11, 2006.
2015-2016 OBA REC BASKETBALL RULES - REVISED AS OF 11-14-2015
November 14, 2015
Click HERE for a copy of the rules for all three divisions as amended on 11/14/15.
FORMER OCEANPORT KNIGHT DANIEL PILLARI UP FOR EMMY AND ESPY AWARDS!
Former Oceanport Knights, Maple Place Charger and Shore Regional Blue Devil star Daniel Pillari (pictured below performing his stirring live-action depiction of Michelangelo's Touch of God), one of only two players from the Knights' program to play Division 1 college basketball, is tearing it up at Monmouth University this year as part of the Hawks' surprising 7-3 team.
Pillari's ability to mimic the masters isn't limited to the Renaissance era, as evidenced by this incredibly moving reenactment of the most recent Star Wars film:
Daniel and his teammates have commanded the attention of national media and have even made it to the Today Show:
We're still waiting for him, however, to mention the Oceanport Knights.
2015 ROOKIE GAMES A PREVIEW OF 2032 WORLD GAMES!
For the 25th year in a row, the Oceanport Basketball Association's Rookie League games took place without any of the players dunking, but nobody noticed because the skill level of this year's rookies was off the charts. The future of Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright's basketball looks good based on the quality of play that was on display. Coach Gerry would have have been very proud of how well everybody played! If you'd like to see some action photos from the Rookie League games, please visit the Oceanport Basketball Association's Facebook page. Coach
2015 SONNY GIORDANO GAME ENDS IN 69-69 TIE!
Mikey Deusch, Brett Young, Garrett Freund and Gil Goldsmith put on a game long three point shooting display in a very hotly contested Sonny Giordano game played by eleven of the outgoing 8th grade rec players in front of several hundred cheering fans at Maple Place on Saturday afternoon. "Man, Maple Place was loud today," said Jake Turner, "much louder than during our school games. I couldn't believe my mom brought her tuba. Did you hear how incredibly loud that was? I had no idea she played the tuba in high school!" Deusch seemed to have won the game with a long distance three with about 25 seconds to go, but Goldsmith answered back with a three of his own to tie the game at 69 and that is the way the game ended. "Shooting threes is what Mikey and I do," said Goldsmith at the post game lobster brunch, "we'd shoot fours, but they don't allow us to."
HUNDREDS OF PICTURES FROM THE 1/31/15 GAMES CAN BE SEEN ON THE OBA FACEBOOK PAGE.
We had a lot of competitive, well played games yesterday and we've got the pictures to prove it. ClickHERE to go to the Oceanport Basketball Association's Facebook page to see hundreds more like the ones below.
"If you say one more word about my incredibly silly hat, you are coming out of the game for good!"
MEN'S 35 AND OVER REC BASKETBALL PLAYED ON SUNDAYS 8:00 to 10:00 AM
Men's 35 and Older recreation basketball pick up games at Maple Place School are open to all Oceanport residents 35 and older on Sundays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Out of shape has beens and never wuzzes who live in Oceanport and who are at least 35 years of age are invited to play something that resembles basketball, except that it is played in very, very slow motion. Schoolyard rules (call your own fouls, all shots count as 1 point, losers sit, John Feiter is never wrong) apply.
FORMER KNIGHTS STAR TOMMY TRESHOCK INCHES CLOSER TO ALL TIME HIGH SCHOOL CAREER SCORING MARK!
February 1, 2014
Former Oceanport Knight big man Tommy Treshock moved just a bit closer to Dujuan Wagner's New Jersey high school career scoring record of 3,462 points last night in Shore Regional's victory over St. John Vianney. Those in attendance found it impossible to take their eyes off of Treshock while he was on the court and his late game heroics versus SJV brought the crowd to its feet. Treshock, who now leads all Shore Regional sophmores in scoring on the varisty level by over 100%, continues to be an inspiration to his teammates. "Everybody looks up to Tommy," said Junior guard James Kelly, "mostly because he's the tallest guy on the team." Treshock, who many thought was too musclebound to be an effective basketball player on the high school level, was just too much for an outmanned, but game, St. John Vianney squad. As shown in the video below, Treshock's continued assault on Wagner's state record and his "icewater in his veins" approach to late game, pressure foul shots has turned his teammates into his biggest fans. "To be there in person watching Tommy nail that second foul shot so calmly while everyone around him had their hearts in their throats," "gushed senior guard Daniel Pillari, "might be the single greatest moment of my high school career. I mean, really, c'mon, how does he stay so calm in a tight spot like that?"
TRESHOCK'S FREE THROW SEALS BLUE DEVILS' WIN OVER ST. JOHN VIANNEY
"We don't call him 'Gravy' for nothing", offered Junior forward Billy Deerin, "he's just that smooth on the court. Smooth as gravy." Treshock, one of the most humble athletes you'll ever meet, was matter of fact about his late game legerdemain, stating, "The reason that the basket has a hole in it is because you are supposed to put the ball through it. I just did what I am supposed to do, nothing more. I just happpen to do what I am supposed to do more often than most other people do. LOB, baby! LOB!" Clayton Coffey, a Senior guard for Shore Regional, thinks that Treshock is the key to the Blue Devils' season. "Remember the NY Knicks and 'Linsanity'?" asked Coffey, "Well, as you can see by the way the crowd explodes every time he scores a basket --- and, Great Odin's Ghost, that was just a free throw --- , people here at the Jersey Shore have 'GravyMania'. And GravyMania is highly contagious."
Treshock will continue his quest for the scoring record when the Blue Devils go up against Holmdel on Saturday, February 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm at Shore Regional High School.