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Hometown Hardware Stays Unbeaten


June 26, 2017

After three weeks of play, Hometown Hardware is leading the pack in Transylvania County’s recreation summer basketball league, but several other teams remain close behind in the standings.

After defeating the Mambas 116-63 and beating Hoop Life 108-99, Hometown Hardware moved to 5-0 on the season and is the only undefeated team left.

Other results from last week’s slate of games are as follows.

Monday: Hoop Life wins 85-72 over the Blazers, and No Range, No Change defeats WNC Elite 79-65.

Tuesday: Rainmakers earn a close 82-80 win over Ball Is Life, and the Tar Heels cruise past Carolina Crossover 114-51.

Thursday: Tar Heels beat the Blazers 71-67, No Range, No Change defeats the Mambas 125-56, and Ball Is Life defeats Carolina Crossover 110-44.

Andrew Freeman, of No Range, No Change, was awarded week three’s Player of the Week.

Freeman led his team to a 2-0 record in week three and averaged 30.5 points and 12 rebounds per game.

After week three, league standings are as follows: Hometown Hardware (5-0), Ball Is Life (4-1), Tar Heels (4-1), No Range, No Change (3-1), Hoop Life (2-3), Blazers (2-3), Carolina Crossover (2-3), WNC Elite (1-3), Rainmakers (1-4) and Mambas (0-5).

Stats leaders after week three are as follows.

Points: Jonathan Whitson (Hometown Hardware – 32 points per game); Jake Robinson (Hometowan Hardware – 29.2 ppg); Nathan Whitmire (Tar Heels – 26.6 ppg); Freeman (No Range, No Change – 26.3 ppg); Will Lindsey (Rainmakers – 23.5 ppg).

Rebounds: Spencer Blevins (Carolina Crossover – 16 rebounds per game); Brock Frisbee (Ball Is Life – 13.8 rpg); Tony Staton (Rainmakers – 13.2 rpg); Tyree Griffin (Tar Heels – 12.5 rpg); Nathan McNeill (Mambas – 12.4 rpg).

Assists: Cody Siniard (No Range, No Change – 11.5 assists per game); Lindsey (6.5 apg); Hunter Reese (Tar Heels – 6.3 apg); AJ Welsh (Ball Is Life – 5.8 apg); Robinson (5.6 apg).

Steals: Forrest Johnson (Tar Heels), Rishad Felton (WNC Elite) and Whitmire – 3 steals per game; Taylor McCurry (Hometown Hardware) and Welsh – 2.8 spg; Brandon Luther (Hometown Hardware – 2.7 spg); Freeman and Reese – 2 spg.

Blocks: Griffin (3.5 blocks per game); Trent Cagle (Blazers – 1.4 bpg); Trey Kesor (Ball Is Life) and Nick Jennings (Carolina Crossover) – 1.3 bpg; Lane Grant (Carolina Crosover), Kaleb Schuller (WNC Elite), Ray Gill (Hoop Life) and TJ Crite (WNC Elite) all with 1 bpg.

Week four of play runs through this week with games Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

There will be no games next week due to the July 4 holiday.

The league will announce players chosen to participate in the all-star festivities – which includes an all-star game, a dunk contest and a three-point contest – next week.

All-Star night is set for Monday, July 17, at 8 p.m.


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