|Hailey Dearlove drives to the basket as Kalif Mora defends during Island Family Physicians' 28-16 victory over the Sun House. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
|Glenn Bower receives a pass on a fast break as Hailey Dearlove defends during Division II basketball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Youth roundball bounces into 'Center court'
The Anna Maria Island Community Center's winter basketball season is under way with games being played Monday through Saturday at varying times in the Center gym. The Center has basketball action in five age groups, with an instructional division for the youngest players ages 5 to 7. There are no scores or standings kept in the Instructional Division, which focuses on learning fundamentals and having fun.
Division I (ages 12-14), Division II (ages 10-11), Division III (ages 8-9) and the Premier Division (ages 14-17) are competitive leagues with all teams vying for first-place position and trophies.
In Division II basketball action, Island Family Physicians overcame a cold-shooting first half to defeat the Sun House Restaurant 28-16 on Jan. 7 at the Center.
Both the Sun House and Island Family Physicians struggled with shoots in the first half and the largest lead was two points until a steal and a layup by Heather Dearlove gave IFP a 10-7 lead - which it took into half time.
IFP coach Keith Dearlove passed on the normal halftime talk and instead had his players work on their shooting during the intermission.
It must have worked as IFP went on a 6-0 run to open the second half. Dearlove opened the second-half, scoring with a 15-foot jumper along the baseline. She followed with two more points by backing her defender going down to the basket before hitting a turn-around bank shot for a 14-7 lead. A steal and a layup by Dearlove opened up a 16-7 lead before Grant Bower broke through for the Sun House with an offensive rebound putback to pull to within 16-9.
Becca Butler answered right back with an offensive rebound and a layup of her own to restore IFP's nine-point lead. IFP continued to pour it on, opening up a 26-9 lead when Stephanie Purnell scored down low with 2:12 left to play.
That's when the Sun House's Glenn Bower got hot. He banked in a shot from 12 feet to pull the Sun House to 26-11, but Daniel Pimental grabbed an offensive rebound and alertly passed it back to IFP teammate Butler, who banked in a shot for a 28-11 lead.
Glenn Bower answered with a 15-footer with 50 seconds left to play and then hit a three-pointer just before the buzzer sounded to end the game with IFP on top by a 28-16 score.
Dearlove led IFP with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Butler added 10 points and six rebounds. Purnell finished with seven rebounds to go along with her two points in the victory.
Glenn Bower led the Sun House with 11 points and five rebounds, while Grant Bower added three points and Kalif Mora finished with two points in the loss.
More Division II action
Saleaway Cruises held Harcorn Corp. scoreless in the second and third quarters as it jumped out to a big 16-7 lead before barely holding on for a 19-18 victory on Jan. 7.
Kelly Guerin led Saleaway with eight points and Travis Belsito added six points to the victory. Wyatt Hoffman played a major role in the Saleaway victory by scoring three of his five points in the pivotal fourth quarter.
Jerry Mayer led Harcorn with six points, while Sheldon Phillips and Stephanie Schenk each added five points. Patrick Edwards completed the Harcorn scoring with two points in the loss.
Duncan Real Estate foreclosed on Harcorn Corp. with a 13-6 victory on Jan. 6 in Division II basketball. Duncan rode a balanced offense that saw five different players score, led by Savannah Schield's four points. Molly McDonough chipped in with three points, while Kayla Aritt, Jake Rappe and Taylor Wilson each scored two points to complete the Duncan scoring.
Harcorn received two points apiece from Patrick Edwards, Sheldon Phillips and Emily White in the loss.
Division III action
Johnny Mattay scored five points to lead all scorers during Dips Ice Cream's 9-0 victory over Jessie's Island Store on Jan. 7 in Division III basketball action. Phillip Dudevoire and Brendan Galagher each added two points in the victory for Dips.
Neil Carper exploded for 12 points to lead Kumon past the Bistros 13-9 on Jan. 7. Sam Azmi completed the scoring for Kumon with one point. Luke Shackelford scored nine points to lead the Bistros scoring efforts in the loss.
Jacob Blue, Billy Eddy, Bo Gurskis and Josh Zawistoski each scored two points to lead Jessie's Island Store past Kumon with the score 8-2 on Jan. 5. Madison Driscoll led Kumon with two points in the loss.
Premier Division heats up court
Island Real Estate doubled up on Anna Maria Glass & Screen 50-25 on Jan. 7 in Premier Division basketball action in the Center league behind a balanced scoring attack that saw every player score. David Buck scored 13 points and pulled down five rebounds, while Zach Schield added 10 points and 14 rebounds to lead IRE. Grant Lukitch added eight points and six assists for Island Real Estate, which also received seven points from Jacob Shubring in the victory.
Franklin Moore scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead Glass & Screen. Luis Leon added eight points and eight rebounds for Glass & Screen, which also received three points from Corbin Kitchen and two points apiece from Breann Richardson and Ben Valdivieso in the loss.
West Coast 45, Publix 43
Matt McDonough scored 19 points, including going 6-for-6 from the foul line in the pivotal fourth quarter to lead West Coast Air Conditioning past Publix 45-43 on Jan. 7. Kevin Grunke added 10 points and six rebounds, while Whitney Bauer and Al Barrett both finished with six points and two rebounds in the victory.
Tyler Bekkerus led Publix with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Mike Wallen added 13 points and four boards in the loss.
Division I play
Brandon Gangler scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Homes of Distinction past Danziger Allergy & Sinus 42-34 in Division I basketball action on Jan. 6. Ally Titsworth added 14 points, including a pair of three-pointers and Blake Wilson scored eight points to contribute to the Homes of Distinction victory.
Danziger Allergy & Sinus was led by Garrett Secor, who led all players with 26 points and 15 rebounds, while Chris Callahan added six points and Sarah Howard scored two points in the loss.
Justin Dearlove had 12 points, seven assists and four rebounds to lead A Paradise Realty past Air & Energy by a 38-18 score on Jan. 6. David Landesberg added 10 points for A Paradise, which also received eight points and 10 rebounds from Jordan Sebastiano in the victory.
Matt Bauer led A&E with 10 points, while Jason Rappe scored four points and pulled down five rebounds in the loss.
Garrett Secor scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Danziger Allergy & Sinus past Longboaat Observer 29-27 on Jan. 5. Chris Callahan and Kelly Dodson each scored four points and Sarah Howard added two points to complete the scoring in the Danziger victory.
Forest Schield's 13 points and 10 points from Kyle Aritt paced Observer in the loss.
Anna Maria pit news
Adin Shank and Norm Good defeated the team of John Johnson and Bob Lee by a 21-12 score to win the first horseshoe competition of the year on Jan. 4. Shank and Good advanced to the finals by defeating Charlie Apuzzo and Rod Bussey 21-12. The other semifinal saw Johnson and Lee defeat Jay Disbrow and Art Kingstead 21-9 in a match that saw at least 15 ringers between the two teams.
Adin Shank and Steve Doyle defeated Art Kingstad and George Landritus 21-16 in a very exciting final on the last day of the year. All of the players stayed for the final match to cheer on the 83-year-old Landritus, who played magnificently all morning.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.