Top area teams get some great preseason competition; New Town, Poly, Patterson and City put on a show

by Tommy “Hoops” Strickler

Curly Fall League

A cool, damp and dreary October, last Sunday, was a grim reminder from Mother Nature, that summer has indeed given way to fall, with winter soon on the horizon.

The atmosphere was much different, however, inside the cozy confines of the Archbishop Curly gym as assistant principal Scott Bowden’s fall basketball league playoffs were heating up, big time.

It’s just a fall league, but don’t tell that to the four teams which had reached the semifinals. They weren’t buying it, NOT by any means

It started with New Town vs. Poly, two class teams that could very well end up at Comcast in March

New Town a scrappy bunch, caught the Engineers off-guard and overwhelmed them, 45-30, but make no mistake, Poly coach Sam Brand and his team will use this as a springboard into the season.

Leading the way was future star point guard Martaz Johnson, a 6-foot-2 junior with a lot of game, with 12 points and five nifty assists

In the other semifinal Patterson defeated City in a well played energetic affair as things were heating up. Patterson’s prodigal son, 6-foot-4 guard Marvin Price, who has returned to the Clippers after a year at Huntington (WV) Prep, nailed a deep three from the corner to give Patterson a 56-53 victory in a thriller.

Price is a high major prospect fully recovery from a leg injury. Gerard Mungo, a 6-foot-2 sharp shooting senior led the way with 14 points, including three good looking treys. Look for Patterson and City to go deep into the playoffs as well.

With the crowd, including yours truly, all lathered up, the best was yet to come.

After a brief intermission New Town and Patterson were poised to play what would turn out to be a classic.
After several late game lead changes, the frenzied crowd was treated to a two-minute overtime encore. Two foul shots in the waning moments by Johnson, a cool customer, gave New Town a 90-88 victory.

That’s ALOT of points in a running clock in a thirty-two minute game. Believe me, there was not a dull moment. There was not enough time for one, and the crowd was into it from the get go.

Once again it was Martaz leading the way. This time he had 20 points with seven assists. Also impressive was 6-foot-4 junior Jordan Guerro. His energy, rebounding and scoring was felt in both games.

By the way, roaming the sideline for New Town was a fellow by the name of Mike Daniel. Yes, that Mike Daniel, retired Hall of Fame coach, gave us a coaching swan song not soon forgotten.

Pictured above: Members of the New Town boys basketball pose for a photo following their 90-88 win over Patterson in the championship game of the Curley Fall Basketball League.