D.M.H., Smith win youth hoop games.
The first game of the afternoon last Sunday was between two teams looking to get back on the winning track, with James A. Tomolo Jr, CPA taking on D.M.H. Electrical. D.M.H. had a two-point lead going into the fourth quarter but, in usual fashion, Tomolo refused to go down without a fight.
In the closing minutes, Tomolo's Danny Glennon, who finished with 13 points, and Federico Ernst and Jose Nieves, who scored 10 points apiece, led a rally with their clutch shooting to keep the game within reach.
However, D.M.H. put together a total team effort to fend off Tomolo's rally, squeaking out a 46-45 win. D.M.H.'s offense was led by Alex Mojica with 12 points, and Evan MacKillop with eight.
The final game of the afternoon was between SanJay, Inc. and Smith Auto Recycling, with both teams trying to build a winning streak. SanJay's Nick Sidoti chipped in a key basket to keep the game close early, with Jack MacDonald's 14 points and Brendan Dion's 13 points carrying the offense the rest of the way.
Smith was led by Eian Gannon's season-high 27 points, and clutch fourth-quarter shooting by Jarrod Hatch and Doug Price.
With two seconds left in the game, Smith led, 50-48. SanJay inbounded the ball, but its final shot hit the rim and bounced away as time expired.
The next games will be Sunday, Feb. 19, at St. John's Gym, with Tomolo vs. Smith at 4:30 p.m. and D.M.H. vs. SanJay at 5:30 p.m.
The league is for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade boys from Clinton. For more information, visit www.clintonyouthbasketball.com.
PHOTOG: Photo for The Item/LAURI VARANO
CUTLINE: Tomolo's Danny Glennon shoots the ball, while D.M.H.'s Danny Thompson (left) and Alex Mojica defend.