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Third-graders capture NJB title

March 24, 2010

The OC Swoosh got in the first hits with strong point guard play, driving and great passing. However, the Longhorns brought their game, too, and that is playing strong team defense and quick, get-the-ball-up-the-court fastbreaks. Oh, and some deadly three-point shooting. Ben Bockrath plays the No. 2 guard position and boy, did he let it fly Sunday morning.

The OC Swoosh was having their way to begin the game and ran their lead up to 12 points before the second wave of replacements of Newport-Mesa Longhorns came in the game with less then eight minutes remaining in the first half. Bockrath took advantage of what the defense gave him, and that was the three-point line and the fast break. In the first half, Bockrath went three for four from behind the arch with a single drive to the basket.

By halftime, the Swoosh lead had been narrowed to three. Keysean Scott and Jake Harr put pressure on the inbound pass and got quick scores. Bockrath came back into the game and continued where he left off; letting it fly from behind the three-point line seven more times, plus two more power drives to the basket for layups.

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Bockrath went 10 for 11 from three-point range for a game-high 37 points. He also scored on three fastbreak layups, hit a free throw, had five assists, four rebounds and hit the floor fighting for loose balls.

— Joe Bockrath

Blazers take title

The Blazers won the championship in sixth-grade division of the Boys & Girls Club winter basketball league.

In the championship game Charlie Stassel and Sam Skinner each scored 11 points to lead the Blazers. Joe Jansen added eight points and Peter Bush chipped in with seven points. JoJo Stassel, Jack McKasson, Jessie Raff and Max Durante all made significant contributions for the victorious Blazers.

— Reader submission

Flemings beat Verizon

Flemings spotted Verizon five runs in the first inning but came back to win, 13-8, in a Newport Beach Little League Majors division game Saturday.

Alex Shadid of Flemings was the star of the game.

Summoned to the mound to put out the fire in the first inning, Shadid retired three of the first four batters he faced and allowed only one additional run over the next three innings. He also sparked the Flemings offense with four singles and three runs scored.

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