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CHARLESTOWN - Bella Napoli Pizzeria has reclaimed the Valley Forge Christian College Men’s Summer Basketball League title for 2012.
After a two-year hiatus, both years were won by this year’s runner-up, Metro Med., Inc., Bella Napoli is back on top. Under a previous sponsor, it held the championship for nine consecutive years.
Bella Napoli Pizzeria, the number one seed, defeated Metro Med., Inc., the number three seed, 98-89, in the title game.
From the tip, the title game was intense and competitive as both teams battled for the championship. Both teams were up and down, hitting basket for basket in the first 10 minutes of play.
Bella Napoli jumped out to a double-digit lead in the waning minutes of the half, thanks in part to an 8-0 run in the closing minute.
After halftime, Metro Med pulled to within seven points, but Bella Napoli responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from Jon Hogga.
Midway through the second half, Meto Med again closed to within six points, and in the waning minutes were within just a single basket. Bella a Napoli surged forward in the final minute of play to open the lead back to dobule digits and secure the league title.
Bella Napoli’s Tom Murphy led all scorers with 23 points, followed by captain Chris Talley, who added 17 points, including 13 in the second half. Matt Kurtz finished with 14 points.
For Metro Med, Jimmy Connolly finished with a team-high 21 points, followed by Justyn Mitchell (18) and Will Furey (16).
In the semifinal round Tuesday night, Bella Napoli Pizzeria defeated Integrated Promotions, 72-67. Integrated Promotions was the No. 4 seed in the tourney.
Bella Napoli started quickly with a 16-7 lead. Integrated Promotions fought back to within two points at the half.
Murphy scored a team-high 18 points, and Hogga added 16. Mike Stum scorted 21 for Integrated Promotions, followed by James Fulton (20) and Jerome Monroe (14).
Metro Med trounced No. 2 Crhis Meszaros of Countryside Realty, 94-63, in the other semifinal contest.
Metro Mfed broke out to a 15-2 lead in the first five minutes. By the midpoint of the first half, Metro dominated with a 25-6 advantage, and by halftime, Countryside Realty found itself in a 25-point hole.
The second half was more of the same as Metro Med cruised into the championship game. Connolly led Metro Med back into the title game for the third straight season, finishing with a game-high 24 points. John Noonan finished with 20 markers.
Ross Reber paced Countryside Realty with 19 counters and team captain Andrew Meszaros added 16.