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Posted 03-31-05
Back to Back Champs
By Kevin Devlin

The Lindberg Club defeated the Rotary Variety Club 64-59, at the Tynan gym on Tuesday, March 15, to capture the 2005 Tynan Men's Open Basketball League Championship. It was a close game from start to finish, as both teams shot well and played solid defense as they battled each other under the boards.

      Lindberg Club guard Tommy Beatty netted 20 points (2 treys) and Dave Hanscom contributed 16 points. Veteran star guard Pat Lavey buried 2 two crucial treys en route to a 13-point performance, Eddie Curran had 9 points and Paul Carter added 6 points.

      For the Young Guns, Billy Allen played a great game and scored 22 points, including 2 treys. Bobby "The Cat" Gilcoine netted 14 points, Kevin O'Neil and Jerry O'Neil scored 11 and 9 points respectively, each connecting on 3 trifectas from downtown.

      The Lindberg Club hit 21 out of 25 free throws, while the Young Guns connected on 11 out of 18. And, the unofficial "MVP" of the game was the entire Lindberg Club, as they played and won as a team throughout the entire playoffs and championship tilt.

     "Two years in row," said Curran with a broad smile. "It's nice to win it twice and we couldn't have done it without sticking together, and playing smart basketball, as one team determined to come out on top. My teammates are a great bunch of guys who play hard and in an unselfish fashion. We enjoy the camaraderie and love to win.

     It was indeed a great game for the Lindberg Club and a disappointing loss for the Young Guns. But it wasn't easy for either team to make it until the finals.

      In the semi-final match-up, the Young Guns defeated the talented Cranberry Café Club 65-54. In that game, Gilcoine was sensational as he netted 28 points, including 4 treys. Allen had 12 points, while Jerry O'Neil hit three treys for nine points, and Brian Donovan had 8 points. In their semi-final tilt, the Lindberg Club also had to beat a top notch team, as they came out on top, 55-44, against the South Boston Back and Neck Center Club. Beatty again showed why he is one of the most talented players on the local scene, as he netted 20 points. Curran came through with another solid performance scoring 12 points, while Lavey and Hanscom had nine points apiece.

      So, another season is history and soon the summer league will begin. After winning back to back titles in the winter league at the Tynan, and capturing the South Boston Basketball Association title last summer, the Lindberg Club's dreams of dynasty apparently have surfaced in the real world.

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