Bombers win rec basketball championship |

Bombers win rec basketball championship

BRECKENRIDGE – After spending the entire recreational basketball season hovering near the top of the competitive league, the Bombers finally earned some bragging rights.

Coming off a semifinal matchup that same evening, the Bombers defeated Windex, 66-52, to become the league playoff champs Tuesday at the Breckenridge Recreation Center. Windex took home the regular season championship with a record of 6-1.

In Tuesday’s semifinals, the Bombers (4-2) fought off a second-half comeback by Breckenridge Sports to win 56-50. After a ten-minute break, the Bombers took the court again to challenge the well-rested Windex, who won their semifinal game by default when their opponents didn’t show.

“It was tough,” said the Bombers’ Kyle Gardener. “It’s tough playing two in a row. But we’re in good shape.”

The Bombers showed no signs of weariness in the first half, taking a six-point lead early. Windex kept the game close with the help of Mark Lindelof, who led the team with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Russ McManus and Bobby Neal did their best to break up the Bombers’ momentum with strong defensive play, but Windex trailed the Bombers for first 28 minutes of the game.

After the half, fatigue set in for the Bombers. Windex took advantage of the Bombers’ turnovers and lax defense, tying the score at 46 with 12 minutes left in the game. Michael Blossey led Windex’s comeback, putting up 10 of his 20 points in the second half.

But as the game wound down, Windex couldn’t get their shots to fall. Kevin Sheldon and Andy Bardeschewski consistently beat Windex to the boards in the final minutes, pushing the Bombers back into the lead.

Sheldon and Bardeschewski led a balanced offensive attack for the Bombers with 18 points each. Gardener’s outside shooting (14 points) and strong play under the basket by Chip Dunmon (14 points) helped the Bombers put away the win.

Stacey Todd had eight points and four rebounds for Windex.

Although Windex finished in first place in the regular season standings, Lindelof said that the team expected the championship matchup to be a difficult one.

“They’re a good team, they beat a good team [in the semifinals],” he said. “We were happy to give them a game.”

And while the team was content with its regular season title, Windex wouldn’t have minded going home Tuesday with a second championship plaque to hang on the wall.

“It’s all fun,” Todd said. “It’s more fun when you win, though.”

Jonelle Lonergan can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 230, or at

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