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HIGH SCHOOL REC DRAFT SHOCKER: GRUSKOS NOT TAKEN IN FIRST ROUND!
Consensus Pre-Season All Rec League Defensive Player of the Year Dan Largey was the first pick of the 2015 High School Rec draft, going to Alex Mango's Villanova squad as soon as the draft started. Mango was pleased with his first pick and thinks that he can get the most out of Largey if he can just get him to shoot the ball a little bit. "He's so caught up in playing defense that he forgets to shoot the ball," said an obviously pleased Mango, "but I think I can show him a thing or two about how to put the ball in the basket. I'm just hoping that I can get my second round pick (John Poccia) to stop passing the ball so much. He's another one who really needs to shoot the ball more and I really have to get them to both to shoot the ball from further away from the basket." Most people expected 6'3" man-child Robert Gruskos to go next in the draft, but that was not to be the case. Evan Coffey (McCarthy), Austin Paglia (Kelly), Erik Graham (Deerin) and Jordan Sperling (Byrne) were all chosen ahead of Gruskos in the first round, leading many to believe that Gruskos' pre-draft demands had scared away many of the teams. Gruskos, whose pre-draft demands included being referred to only as "RG4" and a guaranteed 27 touches a game, wasn't bothered by not being taken in the first round, however, stating through his press agent Kevin Mazzella, "All is good. My chi is centered. Talent wins out in the end. Well, that and good looks, and I've got both." The season starts this coming Sunday at Shore Regional High School. Schedules and rosters have been posted to this website.
Ken "The Microwave" Wilhalme of Jack Byrnes' Duke Blue Devils
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."
2015 OBA REC BASKETBALL RULES - REVISED AS OF 2-10-15
February 10, 2015
Click HERE for a copy of the rules for all three divisions as amended on 2/10/15.
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.
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!"
NO REC PRACTICES IF SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED!
Rec practices are ALWAYS cancelled in the event of an early dismissal, school closure or scheduled holiday.
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.
DEERIN DUNKS & TRESHOCK SCORES TWICE AS SRHS BLUE DEVILS EDGE MANVILLE IN STATE TOURNEY!
You know you're a REAL fan of the Shore Regional High School Boys' Basketball team if you looked at the headline above and said, "Yeah, right. Next we'll find out that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster washed up on a beach in Sea Bright after crashing into a UFO filled with unicorns." Well, you better get down to the beach at Sea Bright right away to beat the crowds, because Billy "Dr. Dunkenstein" Deerin brought the Shore Regional High School crowd to its feet with a resounding one-handed dunk in the Blue Devil's win over Manville in the first round of the Group 1, State Championships. Deerin's dunk came off of his own steal and, as he raced down court ahead of the Manville defense, everybody in the building was thinking the same thing when he cradled the ball in his right hand and rose towards the rafters: "If he blows this dunk, we'll be talking about it for the rest of our lives." But it is Billy Deerin who will be doing the talking and he started right after the game. "I call that my 'You Better Bring The Peanut Butter, Because I've Got The Jam' jam," said Deerin as he autographed kids' sneakers with a sharpie after the game whether they wanted him to or not. Said one of the kids, "Mommy, some man in a basketball uniform just wrote on my sneakers even though I told him not to!" Deerin, who was later seen showing Dan Largey how to properly hold onto a ball when attempting a breakaway dunk, was characteristically humble about the Blue Devils' one and only dunk of the 2013-2014 season, quietly stating, "When you jump as high as I do, all the other guys on the team want to know what it's like to be up there so high, and whether or not the air is colder that much above the rim, or whether or not I can see their house from up there. I make sure to answer all their questions before we leave the gym. Oh, and before I leave the gym, I dust the top of the backboards."
As incredible and inspiring a physical feat as Deerin's dunk was, Tommy Treshock's two baskets in the fourth quarter defied both the odds and most of the known laws of physics. Stephen Hawking, the renowned theoretical physicist and Las Vegas oddsmaker, had calculated that the odds of Treshock scoring two baskets in one quarter were less likely than the NY Knicks finding a competent point guard, and, after an intensive study of the trajectory of Treshock's shots from the field, predicted that NASA would be using wormholes for intergalactic transportation before Treshock would be able to successfully sink two baskets in the same game. Well, now that Treshock has stormed the hoops for two baskets within the space of four minutes against Manville, the Knicks can look forward to decades of stellar point guard play and NASA can expect additional cuts in funding. Point Guard Alex Mango, a junior from West Long Branch who led the nation in 3 point field goal shooting percentage this year (see story below), was on the court for both of Treshock's baskets (assisting on the second) and he thinks that life, as we know it, changed as the second shot went through the hoop. "I was looking up as he took that second shot and, just as the ball passed over the rim, I heard a trumpet blare and noticed that there were pigs flying outside gym." Treshock's second successful shot, which ended any chance that Manville had at staging a fourth quarter comeback, started with a hard drive to the hoop off of an entry pass from Mango and culminated in a left handed layup. This is believed to be the only instance in the history of the English language that the words "Treshock", "successful" and "left handed layup" have been used in the same sentence, although historians note that there is an obscure 6th century B.C. cuneiform tablet that, loosely translated, references those same words being used together as a sign of the Apocalypse.
Treshock and Deerin will lead the Blue Devils into battle against Keyport High School on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm at Shore Regional High School in the second round of the state playoffs.
BLUE DEVILS' ALEX MANGO AND EVAN COFFEY END SEASON WITH NATION'S TOP 3 POINT SHOOTING PERCENTAGES
February 24, 2014
Hats off to Shore Regional High School basketball players Alex Mango and Evan Coffey, both of whom finished their seasons in a tie for the highest three point shooting percentage in the NATION on the varsity level. Mango, a junior, and Coffey, a sophomore who was also the leading sophomore scorer for the varsity Blue Devils this season (scoring three times more points than any other second year player), were not expected to be among the shore conference's leaders in shooting when the season started, never mind the entire nation. With long range sharpshooters like Dan Largey, Kevin Bloodgood, Dan Pillari, Jack Byrne and Tommy Treshock on the team, most high school basketball experts would have been hard pressed to predict that Mango and Coffey would be leading the nation in three point shooting percentage at season's end. "Let's face it," said Pillari, "these two guys have mad skills and they both eat, sleep and breathe the long ball, but to lead the entire nation in three point shooting percentage is something that most kids don't even bother dreaming about because it's just too extreme. And to have TWO guys on the same team do it is just mind boggling." "Have you ever had your mind boggled?" asked Junior power forward Billy Deerin, "Because until I heard about what Mango and Coffey did, I had never had my mind boggled. But it's boggled now, baby. Believe me, it's boggled, man."
Mango, who worked tirelessly on his long range shooting over the summer to compliment his silky smooth sky hook and assortment of power post up moves, knew that he had to expand his game if he wanted to see the court this year. "My game was getting a bit stale and I was getting a bit predictable in that most of my possessions last year were low post power moves designed to get me to the hoop for a dunk or jump hook," said Mango, "The other teams scouted me and started to anticipate my moves. I knew that I had to broaden my game and once I started nailing the three consistently, things just kind of mushroomed. I try to encourage my teammates to shoot the three like me more often, but they all like to pass so much and they seem to be so afraid to shoot from beyond the arc --- especially Pillari, Largey and Bloodgood --- that it was really all on my shoulders to get us going from long range." Junior guard James Kelly was effusive in his praise of Mango, gushing, "We started calling Mango "Halogen", because he always lights it up. Well, actually, nobody else calls him that except for me. It's something that I made up, but kept to myself because I didn't know if anybody else would get it. You know what a halogen lightbulb is,right? And that it's brighter than a regular lightbulb, right? Now that I think of it, maybe you shouldn't put the "Halogen" thing in your article."
Coffey, who combined with Largey and Pillari for 52 points in the Blue Devils' game against Raritan, was happy that he led the nation in three point shooting percentage with Mango, but thinks that even better days are on the horizon for the two of them. "Word on the street is that they are going to institute a four point line next season in high school basketball," said Coffey, "and that's going to make Mango and me even more dangerous because we've got the range of a bar-tailed godwit." Senior guard, man about town and ornithologically inclined Matt Cosentino agreed, saying, "The bar-tailed godwit is an Alaskan wading bird that can fly over 7,000 miles non-stop. Most people think the albatross can fly the longest without stopping, but that simply isn't true." Junior forward Dan Largey was also incredibly impressed, commenting, "Evan Coffey is a 'shoot first and ask questions later' type of ballplayer. He is also really, really good at math because he once explained to me that 100% percent of the shots you don't take will not go in. Isn't that amazing? A mathematical theorem that promotes and justifies the constant, unrestrained shooting of a basketball. He should get a Nobel Prize for that, but he won't because he's only a sophomore and the Nobel people only give the awards to upperclassmen, like the Heisman Trophy before Herschel Walker. Matty Cos will probably win one, though, for all the stuff he knows about migratory birds."
Mango and Coffey will be honored for their achievements this week by having an ice cream flavor named after them by Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Company. As one would expect, this eponymous ice cream flavor will be called "Alex and Evan".
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.
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