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KNIGHTS TRAVEL BASKETBALL SEASON OPENS UP ON OCTOBER 11TH!
The 2016-2017 Knights Travel Basketball Program tips off its Mid-Monmouth basketball season on October 11, 2016 at Maple Place. The season will open up with a 6:45 pm game with Coach Diane Schmelz leading her Knights Senior Girls squad against Fair Haven. The 8:00 pm contest pits Coach Jay Coffey's Senior Boys team vs. Fair Haven. Kevin Condon's Intermediate Boys will open up their season against Manasquan in Manasquan at 8:00 on October 11th.
The Knights will be back in action on Wednesday, October 12th at 6:45 pm when Coach Jim Murphy and his Junior Boys team take on Point Pleasant Beach at Maple Place. At 8:00 pm, Coach Kevin Condon's Intermediate Boys will be right back on the hardwood at home against Fair Haven.
Coach Bill Guidetti's Junior Girls will play their season opener on Friday the 14th at 6:45 p.m. when they take on Tinton Falls. Schmelz's Senior Girls will close out the first week of game with an 8:00 p.m. game on Friday the 14th at Maple Place against Manchester.
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.
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
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.