The first round of the playoffs saw No. 6 New Era rally from a 15-point second half deficit to shock No. 11 Strictly Business, 90-79. Strictly Business led by 15 with 13 minutes to go when New Era went on a 21-0 run and finished with a 32-4 run to take control of the game. Mike Wilkins was simply outstanding in leading New Era all the way back. He went 17 for 20 from the foul line and ended up with a game-high 45. Josh Levasseur added 22 for the winners. Stu Brown knocked down 30 and Phil Clifford 23 for Strictly Business.
No. 7 PBR dominated No. 10 Run N Gun, 121-93. PBR led 68-30 at the half and coasted to the victory. Ryan Caron led PBR with 36 and Greg Norton chipped 35. All four players for PBR had at least 24 points. Run N Gun was led by Jamie Coll’s 35, including 10 3-pointers. Kevin Lamson added 27 for Run N Gun.
No. 8 Shake N Bake pulled away late to down No. 9 Bus Drivers, 94-78. The game was tied 43-43 at half. Shake N Bake survived some shaky foul shooting down the stretch to hold to the victory. Eric Strout had 23 and Eliot Delgado 22 to pace Shake N Bake. Scott Walker and Ryan Brod each had 24 for the Drivers.
The quarterfinal match-ups are now set: No. 2 Legends vs. No. 7 PBR, No. 1 VTEC vs. No. 8 Shake N Bake, No. 3 Hancock vs. No. 6 New Era and No. 4 Dream Team vs. No. 5 Leftovers.
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Player of the Week- Mike Wilkins, New Era (45 points, including 17 for 20 from the foul line in leading New Era to a win over Strictly Business in the first round of the playoffs.)