The Valley Forge Christian College Summer League has reached its midpoint, and Sherwin-Williams has risen to the top, remaining perfect in play with a 5-0 record.
Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust gained another win to put itself in second place at 4-1. Dave Hoffman’s Auto Repair, Inc., and Crown Trophy both stand at 2-2 while Bella Napoli and Citadel are right on their heels with a 2-3 mark. Sly Fox felll back to 1-3, and Integrated Promotions is at 0-4.
Tuesday, June 24
Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust 68, Citadel 61: Throughout the first half, Phoenixville Federal held a double-digit lead and was up 38-28 going into the second period. With 30 seconds left to go, Citadel received a technical foul, allowing Phoenixville Federal to seal the game with its foul shots. Matt King (17), Paul Mills (14) and Doug Berzins (12) were high men for Phoenixville Federal. Kevin Mack (18), James Fulton (14) and Jerome Monroe (13) paced Citadel.
Sherwin-Williams 64, Bella Napoli 61: Sherwin-Williams remained perfecdt in the league with a narrow win over Bella Napoli. Bella opened up a strong start against Sherwin, holding a six-point lead at 29-23, going into halftime. Sherwin used its deep bench in the second to tire out Bella’s seven players and push the game tempo. Strong shooting led to Sherwin outscoring Bella, 40-32, in the second stanza en route to the victory. Mike Handley came up big for Sherwin-Williams, scoring 20 points, 15 of them coming during the second half. Brian Miller tacked on 14 and Ryan McKee recorded 11. Jon Crabtree scored a game-high 23 points, followed by Jon Hogga (16) and Matt Kurtz (11) for Bella.
Dave Hoffman Auto Repair Inc. 70, Sly Fox 59: Dave Hoffman’s Auto Repair controlled the match from start to finish. Sly Fox was able to chip away at a big early lead and cut the deficit to six points at halftime, 35-29. But that was as close as Sly Fox would get. Dave Hoffman had four players reach double digits with Dayle Doyle (20), Nate Hartman (13), Albert Merdoro (11) and Greg Conroy (11). Sly Fox was led by Will furey (15), Matt Ciders (12) and Sean Butkus (12).
Thursday, June 26
Crown Trophy 87, Integrated Promotions 60: The game began with Crown Trophy having just four players. The four players performed valiantly and secured a lead before their fifth player arrived. Crown Trophy led the entire game and had a spectacular dunk at the end fo the contest from Tai Crutchfield. Crutchfield paced Crown Trophy with a game- and summer league high of 46 points. Integrated Promotions was led by Dan Joyce with 23 points.
Sherwin-Williams 73, Citadel 63: Sherwin-Williams put on a wonderful display of clutch foul shooting to put the game away. Matt Forrest led the way with 27 points. Citadel was led by Jean LeBlanc with 27 points.
Phoenixville Federal 65, Bella Napoli 46: Ross Reber scored 16 points to lead Phoenixville Federal while Jon Hogga was high man for Bella Napoli with 13.