In an epic battle that many fans said was the best Boys Junior Dunkers game they had ever seen, the GojiGuys team recently won the Star League Championship by defeating the Knicks team 36-35 at the buzzer.
The Knicks had a 20-18 lead at halftime and then scored the first 8 points of the second half behind the outstanding play of Tyler Buchner and Dax Kay. Down by 10 points with under 10 minutes to go, the GojiGuys fought back to tie the game in regulation behind the stellar play of leading scorer R.J. Faltinsky and teammates Camden Morris and Charlie Mossy.
In overtime, the teams traded the lead several times until Tommy Witmeyer hit a baseline jumper giving the Knicks a 35-34 lead. After a steal, the Knicks again had the ball with 3 seconds left and leading by 1. Under intense defensive pressure from the GojiGuys, the inbounds pass was deflected by Morris and caught by teammate Gui Saldivar. Saldivar pivoted beautifully on his left foot and let fly a 16 foot jumper that swished through the net as time expired giving the GojiGuys an improbable 36-35 win and the Championship. A stunned crowd raced the court as the GojiGuys mobbed Saldivar and celebrated the victory.
“It was a tremendous battle and either team could have won tonight,” said GojiGuys Coach Ray Faltinsky, “I’ve coached Junior Dunkers for 10 years and I’ve never seen an ending like that before! We just got really lucky tonight that the stars were aligned!”
The Junior Dunkers League is run by the RSF Community Center in partnership with Head Coach Mike Rausa and his professional One-on-One Basketball staff. The Community Center is now accepting sign ups for its Girls Junior Dunkers League for grades K – 6. Please call 858-756-2461 or visit RSFCC.org for more information on registration and sponsorship of a team. RSF Community Center membership is required to participate in the league.