Champs

The South Boston Recreation Department crowned Benchmark the 30 & Over League champions on Sunday after they defeated Italian Delight by forfeit in the championship game. Pictured are (front row, from left) Johnny Wilson, Rodney Mosley, Joey Barksdale and Hakeem Pettus; (back row, from left) Mike Ferrell, Calvin Chaney, Tyrone Barksdale and Keith Chaney.

The South Boston Recreation Department crowned Benchmark as their 30 & Over Basketball League champions on Sunday.

Benchmark was crowned the league champions after their defeat over Italian Delight due to forfeit.

Benchmark finished their season 7-2 after their championship win on Sunday and Italian Delight finished with a record of 2-7.

In the Business & Industrial League, the four-seeded Goodyear took on the five seeded Polywood I to see who would advance in the next round of the tournament.

Goodyear defeated Polywood I with a final score of 53-48 in a tight contest.

The key difference in the game came down to free-throws as Goodyear was able to convert five of their eight total free-throws while Polywood I could only convert four of their 10 total free-throws.

If Polywood could have made all of their free-throws, they would have walked away with a one-point victory.

Jaaron (Jae) Hairston and Cadarell Word led the Goodyear team in scoring with 10 points each.

Polywood I was led by Jea’Ron Rogers who scored 17 points in the loss, 10 of which came from inside the paint.

The South Boston Recreation Department named Hairston and Word the Players of the Game after scoring 10 points apiece for the Goodyear team in the win.

The Business & Industrial tournament will continue on Sunday with the semi-finals round of the tournament with the undefeated one seed in Hitachi-ABB/Trilum LLC taking on the four seeded Goodyear at 4 p.m.

Then at 5 p.m. the two-seeded Polywood II will take on the three seed in ADUSA Distribution LLC.

The winners of the two games will compete in the championship game scheduled for Jan. 23.

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com. 

Josh Carlton is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jcarlton@gazettevirginian.com.