Rec sports: Fit Culture Studio/Nelson Engineering wins A-league title, Chris’ Collision takes C League championship |

Rec sports: Fit Culture Studio/Nelson Engineering wins A-league title, Chris’ Collision takes C League championship

Fit Culture Studio/Nelson Engineering won the Nevada County Adult Sports Association A-League basketball championship Sunday. From left: Joey Bratton, Marc Hopkinson, Josh Pack, Kevin Nelson and Guy Greever.
Submitted photo by Ryan Davis |

The Nevada County Adult Sports Association appointed its summer A League and C league basketball champions Sunday night at the Grass Valley Veterans Hall.

As the sun light reflected through the clear glass windows near the basketball court, four teams duked it out for the right to be called champions.

In the A League battle, Fit Culture Studio/Nelson Engineering and Papa Lee went back and forth relying on hard slashes to the hoop to put points on the board.

In the end it was Fit Culture Studio/Nelson Engineering knocking down seven clutch free throws to grab the edge and the victory, 74-69.

Fit Culture Studio/Nelson Engineering was ignited by Kevin Nelson with 29 points and Marc Hopkinson with 25 points. Papa Lee’s leading scorer was Bobby Fortner with 23 points.

“We’re a fairly experienced team and we know if our perimeter shots aren’t moving we’ve got to look for alternatives,” said Nelson. “You know with some of these younger legs they can attack the basket real well. I was able to do a few things down low in the post mostly got to the free throw line and made a few free throws. They’re a tough team and we know that, you know Bobby and Trevor and the other guys can all step out and hit threes as well and that kept them in the game. So we had to work hard defensively to get some stops.”

In the end, Fit Culture Studio/Nelson Engineering’s passing, transition offense and free throw shooting proved to be too much for their opponent.

In the C League championship, No. 2 seed The Union made a valiant effort to come back from a 25-point deficit, but No. 1 seed Chris’ Collision fought through the comeback attempt and cruised to a 61-40 victory.

Michelle Wallace was Chris’ Collision leading scorer with 13 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc. Dylan Murty added 13, Casey Lee netted 12, Brock Painter tallied 11 and Adam Walton totaled 10.

For The Union, Walter Ford banged in 13 points and Anthony Acocella scored 12.

Both teams grinded for points in the paint and relied on there post play. The Union saturated the middle on defense allowing Wallace to get open from deep and splash down four 3-pointers.

“With Casey and Brock on the inside there was always a mismatch so we just tried to get a lot of passes in the post.” said Wallace. “When we do quick shots it wasn’t as effective then if we got like four or five passes. We were getting easy 2-point shots and were looking for the mismatch. What I love about our team is they communicate and Casey would let me know, ‘hey I got a mismatch so we would pass to him and boom 2-points and when I saw they were a little bit off me so I went for the quick shot.”

Ryan Davis is a freelance sports writer who contributes to The Union.

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