Cala Inn beats Burke & Riley in competitive hoops
BRECKENRIDGE – Squeaking shoes, a bouncing ball and drives to the hoop dominate the gymnasium at the Breckendridge Recreation Center on Tuesday nights, featuring the talent of the Breckenridge Competitive Basketball League. Two newcomers to the league squared off in the early game this week, with Cala Inn pulling down a 51-40 victory over Burke & Riley.Cala Inn won the Breck Rec League title last season, prompting its players to decide on a jump to the competitive level. They have fared well thus far.The win pushed CI’s record to 3-1, while Burke & Riley, a new sponsor to the Summit rec scene, fell to 1-3.Cala led from start to finish, beginning with a 12-4 run that gave it a cushion to play with the entire game. Cala’s players dominated the offensive boards throughout the night, often collecting two or more rebounds before laying the ball in. A speedy Jake Hunter led several fast breaks for Cala before dishing the ball to teammates in the key for an easy two points.
Burke & Riley (a new Irish Pub in Breck) were feisty, however, and pulled to within four points behind the 3-point shooting of Peter Lauber and the knifing moves of the quick Todd Slater. Another run by Cala ended the first half with a 30-21 lead for the victors, though, and they went into the break firmly in control.B&R’s boys came out firing in the second half to pull within six, but that was as close as they’d come. Todd Vanderweit of B&R pulled down a defensive rebound with a towering leap, then finished with a layup at the other end to make the score 32-26. Still, Cala soon slammed the door with another run to finalize the 11-point margin.Matt Lasaitis, brother of Cala Inn manager Dave, led the way with 16 points, finding nothing but net on two 3-point strokes. Vanderweit finished with 14 points to lead the way for Burke & Riley.
Dan Benhorin of B&R said his team is coming together slowly, fighting the inevitable growing pains that come with going up against veteran squads as newcomers. “This is our first season together,” said Benhorin. “We just got a bunch of guys together and joined the league.” To skip the rec league and go straight to the competitive level was a bold move by his team, but they are indeed competitive and fell just short of forcing a nail-biter against one of the league’s better teams.Cala Inn was playing without a key player, though, who fell to a skiing injury just days prior to the game.
The league plays a seven-week schedule, with two weeks of playoffs to cap it off. All teams make the playoffs, with regular season records determining the seeds.Eric’s and Fatty’s appear to be the favorites heading into the playoffs, along with Cala Inn.Matthew Duffy covers rec sports for the Summit Daily News. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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