REC SPORTS: Dylan Mitzel Painting defends title, wins NCASA A-League basketball championship
Special to The Union
Dylan Mitzel Painting won its second consecutive Nevada County Adult Sports Association A-League Basketball Championship Sunday night at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, beating Splash City, 62-52.
No. 3 seed Dylan Mitzel Painting defended its crown in a long distance shootout against the pesky No. 4 seed Splash City.
In the fist half, both teams exchanged long range hay makers, draining a combined 13 3-pointers before halftime. While both teams were neck and neck throughout, Splash City managed to grab a three point lead at half, 34-31.
In the second half, Dylan Mitzel guard Mark Kendall continued his 3-point shooting rampage with five more from deep giving, Dylan Mitzel a comfortable 10-point lead, 47-37, with 14:37 on the clock. Splash City showed its impressive defensive prowess by shutting down three of the five players on Dylan Mitzel’s squad, however Kendall’s quick release and incredible range was too much.
Dylan Mitzel’s leading scorer was Kendall with 37 points, including 10 3-pointers. Justin Anthony was next with 13 points. Splash City’s leading scorer was Bobby Fortner with 19, and Matt Cassell added 16.
“In one of the early time outs we said we’re gonna win this on defense we knew they were a really good 3-point shooting team so we were just trying to run them off the 3-point line and once we did, their 3’s stop going in,” said Kendall. “We always try to use ball movement and just work it around to get the best shot we can and play hard defense. That’s what it really boils down to. You can do all this fancy stuff on offense but you win with your defense.”
No. 3 seed Dylan Mitzel Painting defeated No. 1 seed CJ’s to reach the finals. No. 4 seed Splash City defeated No. 2 seed Fit Culture Studio to reach the finals.
Registration for the NCASA summer league basketball is now open. For more information contact Rich Ramirez at 530-575-9142 or by email at email@example.com.
Ryan Davis is a free lance writer that contributes to The Union.
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