West End Grill win home league championship
Members of the West End Grill & Bar celebrate after winning the Hammonton Basketball League Championship last week. From left to right: Andrew Ordille, Andre Clements, Lahtel Haskins (captain), Taman Bryant, Gary Harris, Paul Ordille and Josh Troche. Not pictured: Munchie Kinlaw. The league season ended with last week’s Championship Series, where West End beat Winslow Junction. The Hammonton Basketball League is the oldest continuous league in the state of New Jersey. (Courtesy picture)
The 2022 Men’s Basketball League season ended with the West End Bar & Grill winning the championship in dominant fashion. West End, led by league MVP Taman Bryant and captain Lahtell Haskins, completed the 2-0 sweep of Winslow Junction with a 71-53 win.
Finals MVP Josh Troche led the scoring with 21 points while Bryant added 18. Troche’s improvement throughout the season was key to West End’s near-perfect 9-1 record. Andrew Ordille, Robert Kinlaw and Gary Harris also helped West End score in time in the playoffs. Winslow used hot shooting from Joe Umosella and Rick Qurindongo all season, but fell short in the final game as they struggled from 3-point range. Rookie of the Year Ian Brown led the scoring with 21 in the loss.
After a controversial buzzer beater loss in Game 1, where Taman Bryant took the winning blow when time expired, Winslow Junction couldn’t regroup to even the series in Game 2.
The league would like to thank Mayor Stephen DiDonato and Councilman Thomas Gribbin for their award presentations, the staff at Hammonton High School for their help in running an excellent gymnasium and are extremely grateful to their sponsors.
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