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For the week of Mar. 8 through Mar. 14, 2000

Brewery boys score a 72-71 shocker

Nelson’s last-second 3-pointer ousts champs

Any basketball tournament worth its salt at "March Madness" time has to have a Cinderella team.

The 2000 Croy St. Exchange Men’s Basketball League tournament has a Cinderella in the youthful Sun Valley Brewery/Croy Street squad.

Third-seeded Sun Valley Brewery (12-4), raining 3-pointers, has knocked off the top two seeds in the six-team Upper Division tournament.

Sunday in Hailey, Matt Nelson drilled a 3-pointer with one second on the clock giving Sun Valley Brewery a stunning 72-71 comeback victory that ousted five-time defending champ Casino/Lefty’s (10-4).

In one of the better games of the two-month season, the Brew Boys (11 3-pointers) erased an 8-point deficit with three minutes left and avenged a 4-point loss to Casino/Lefty’s earlier in the double elimination tournament.

Last week Sun Valley Brewery drilled 13 3-pointers and eliminated regular-season league champi Jivaro Headhunters 65-46. Justin Herald (21 points) led the way with five 3-pointers, Nelson (14) added four and Brandon Hollenbeck had 10 points.

The shocking outcomes put Sun Valley Brewery in Tuesday night’s Upper Division championship game against fourth-seeded Sutton & Sons (11-3). Last April, Casino/Lefty’s downed Sutton & Sons 68-56 in the league finale.

And the Brew Boys needed to beat Sutton & Sons twice in order to capture the league tournament title. If SV Brewery won Tuesday, the deciding game is tonight at 7 p.m. at Wood River Middle School.

Sutton & Sons made the title game with a 43-39 win over Casino/Lefty’s. Lars Hovey scored 13 points including three 3-pointers and Ross Sutton added 10 points for Sutton. For Lefty’s, Rich Payne had 11, Mike Payne 9 and Rusty Seeward 8.

In the Lower Division, Anderson Asphalt (7-8) clashed with (8-7) for the championship Tuesday night at Wood River Middle School gym in Hailey. forced the decider with a 48-43 win over Anderson Asphalt Sunday.


Highlights, other games

Sunday’s SV Brewery-Lefty’s contest was close with five ties and seven lead changes in the 25-minute first half. Lefty’s led 35-33 at halftime then, guided by 10 points from its perennial MVP Mike Payne, went on an 18-10 run for a 10-point lead.

A putback by Rich Payne (18 points) gave Lefty’s a 66-58 cushion with 4:13 remaining. That’s when SV Brewery’s young wheels accelerated.

Craig Anderson fed big Sean Johnson (a team-high 19 points) for a fast break hoop. SV Brewery trapped on defense. Anderson (13 points) made the steal and converted a transition hoop, then Nelson (15 points) drilled a 3-pointer cutting the Lefty’s lead to 67-65 with 1:42 on the clock.

A Mike Payne-to-Rich Payne fast break hoop made it 69-65 Lefty’s. Brew Boy Shane Bell (7 second-half points) made a clutch basket, and Rob Prosek sank a hanging 13-footer after a huge Sean Johnson board for a 69-69 deadlock at 0:30.

Lefty’s looked like winners when Scott Seeward (14 of 19 points in the second half) calmly made two charities with 15 seconds left for a 71-69 Lefty’s lead. Then, SV Brewery almost threw the ball out-of-bounds—but Prosek saved it and Nelson chased it down in the backcourt.

Nelson quickly brought it up and launched a 3-point jump shot attempt at the top of the key. It swished home with one second remaining—the 24th Brewery 3-pointer in just two games.

For SV Brewery, Hollenbeck added 8 points, Bell 7, Prosek 7 and Herald 3. Mike Payne topped Lefty’s with 19 including five 3-pointers, Rusty Seeward chipped in 5 points, Gene Laumenede 5 and Dave Penn 5.

In earlier loser bracket games: Jivaro Headhunters (12-2) got past Sawtooth Paint (6-7) 68-43 behind Warren Gravely’s 24 points; and SV Brewery nipped Practical/Hitchrack (8-5) 49-44 as Nelson had 19 points.

The Lower Division went to an extra game because downed Anderson Asphalt 48-43 Sunday and thus avenged a 3-point loss earlier in the tournament.

For, Todd Mashmet and Tim Bomke had 12 points apiece, Brad Dufer 10, Rod Watson 8, Mark Orler 4 and Mike Bourret 2. Nate Thornton led Anderson Asphalt with 13 points, Shannon Wolf had 11, Tony Dalin 9, Lee Anderson 7 and Randy Knight 3.

In earlier Lower Division games: ousted Valley Club (3-12) by a score of 68-34 with Mashmet (four 3-pointers) drilling 26 points and Bomke adding 18; and Valley Club eliminated Shorty’s (4-11) with Jake Kraft scoring 26.


Awards Saturday in Hailey

The league wraps up Saturday, March 11 with end-of-season celebrations and awards starting at 5 p.m. at Wicked Spud in Hailey. All fans and players are invited.


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