NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ–On Thursday night, the fourth week of action at the 2008 Star-Ledger College Summer League concluded at the College Avenue Barn on the main campus of Rutgers University. Although GMC Hoops was not in attendance to take in some of the action there, Jay Gomes of NJ Hoops was able to provide detailed information on what went on in the two contests that were played. The latest standings are also available.
In the first game of the standard doubleheader, the Scarlet Fever returned to their winning ways with an 84-79 victory over Bignell Planning, which has suddenly lost three straight games. The Fever is now 3-5, and only a game behind Bignell, which dropped to 4-4. Former St. Joseph’s standout, Sean Baptiste (FDU) did his father proud with another game high scoring performance of 25 points along with 9 rebounds to lead the Scarlet Fever while St. Benedict’s alum, Jheryl Wilson (NJIT) had a team high 24 points as well as 9 boards for Bignell. Sayreville High’s own, Kofi Genfi pulled down a game high 11 boards for the winners.
Matt Hall, who knows how to sky a bit himself for Stonehill, was more of a playmaker for the Scarlet Fever with 7 assists while Wayne Mack of Merrimack dished out four for the losers. Hall ended up collecting 17 points and 6 rebounds as well for the Fever while Colin Aldridge, who plays college ball at Brown, had 16 points and Westfield’s Mike Venezia chipped in with 13 for Bignell.
Taking advantage of Bignell’s recent stumble has been AXA Advisors, which moved into sole possession of second place with a 96-94 overtime win over Nelligan Sports Marketing in the nightcap of the double-dip at the Barn. The victory improved AXA Advisors record to 5-3 overall while Nelligan dropped to 3-5 on the summer. The game marked the fourth time this summer that there’s been a contest that has gone to overtime. Leading the way for AXA was Jonathan Mitchell of Rutgers with another double-double of a game high 25 points coupled with a team high 12 rebounds.
Chris Gaston (21 points and 15 rebounds) of Fordham led Nelligan with a team high 21 points while Paul Nelson of Yale grabbed another 19 boards. The game marked the fourth time Nelson has grabbed 19 rebounds or more this summer. Both Mike Rosario (21 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists) of St. Anthony’s and Mike Coburn of Mount Vernon did RU fans proud by handing out a team high 7 assists apiece for AXA while Plainfield’s Anthony Nelson (Niagara), who played freshman ball at St. Joseph’s, dished out four for Nelligan. Earl Pettis picked up 21 points and 9 rebounds for AXA while Pedro Burgos of Mercer County College helped out in a losing cause for Nelligan with 19 points.
- D’Annunzio & Sons (7-1)
- AXA Advisors (5-3)
- Bignell Planning (4-4)
- Nelligan Sports Marketing (3-5)
- Scarlet Fever (3-5)
- VP Builders (2-6)