August 13, 2017

League organizer Demetrius Roach, left, presents the first place trophy to B-Balls Deep coaches Bernard Simmons, center, and Antonio Guieb on Thursday night in the Summer Basketball League at the Sugarloaf Gym.

League organizer Demetrius Roach, left, presents the first place trophy to B-Balls Deep coaches Bernard Simmons, center, and Antonio Guieb on Thursday night in the Summer Basketball League at the Sugarloaf Gym.

The No. 1-ranked team does not always make it to the championship game, as evidenced on Thursday night at the Sugarloaf Gym with the top-seeded squad missing the finals of the 2017 Summer Basketball League.

Storm Surge went undefeated throughout the regular season, but fell to Beast Mode in the semifinals to set up a match against the tumultuous B-Balls Deep squad.

CHAMPIONSHIP

B-BALLS DEEP 68,

BEAST MODE 65

The elder Beast Mode squad took off to a 15-7 first-quarter advantage and held a five-point lead, 25-20, at the half against B-Balls Deep. In the third quarter, B-Balls Deep outscored Beast Mode, led by Tommy Butler who netted 11 of his 27 points to include a pair of three-pointers.

Ryan Wagner found his touch in the final frame to can seven of his 17 total points. Angelo Guieb netted a pair from downtown to score 14, Gerald Hernandez scored five, Anthony Rice was a big factor on defense, but fouled out in the third quarter with four and Roger Hernandez hit a fourth-quarter trey.

Beast Mode’s Jan Koranda had five three-point shots to lead his team with 27 — 10 in the third quarter. Ivan Milanovic canned 15 — six in the fourth quarter. Dado Vucinic reeled off a dozen points to include a pair of third-quarter three-point shots, Nathan Knight had eight and with three was Estevan Orizi.

SEMIFINAL

B-BALLS DEEP 39,

UNCLE DREW’S ALL STARS 38

In this very close game to determine who went to the title, Ryan Wagner netted 12 points with 3-pointers in the first and four frame. Anthony Rice and Gerald Hernandez each drilled nine points, Tommy Butler nailed six and Angelo Guieb three.

No player scored in double figures for Uncle Drew’s All Stars. Anthony Thomas II was the top scorer with nine, Bryon McMath canned six points, Jovonte Brown, James Rivers, Jabbar Jacobs and Kris Mainville each had five and Greg Johnson had a fourth-quarter trey.

SEMIFINAL

BEAST MODE 49,

STORM SURGE 44

It’s a whole new season come playoff time and Beast Mode stepped up with 19 in the fourth quarter to upset the top-seeded Storm Surge and rech the title tilt.

Dado Vucinic led the way with 20 points — 10 in the fourth frame. Jan Koranda netted 12, Ivan Milanovic ripped the nets for seven points, Esteban Orizi had a half dozen, with four points was Nathan Knight.

Storm Surge’s Jamal Qualls paced his team with 14 points, to include three from beyond the arc. Eric “Curry Bryant” Armstrong was big with 10 points, Christian Stewart had nine, Demetrius Roach and Alex Fantroy each had four and John Ryan finished with three.

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