R&B gets top seed in men’s Jack Benny League playoffs

R&B Custom Builders beat Murphy’s Irish Pub on the last Sunday of regular season play in the Sonoma Valley Men’s Recreational Basketball’s Jack Benny (39-and-over) Sunday Night League.

The win gives R&B a tie for first with Murphy’s at 11-4. But R&B got the top seed in the playoffs since it swept Murphy’s this season.

The playoffs begin on April 3 with the second-seeded Murphy’s facing the third seeded Heffernan’s Insurance Brokers (10-5) while top-seed R&B faces the fourth-seeded Patt’s Copy World (8-7). The championship and consolation games will be decided on April 10. VOM Fire finished fifth with a 4-11 record and Night Train was sixth at 1-14.

On March 13, R&B beat Patt’s, 64-58. Chris Nufo led R&B with 12 points while Bobby Graham had 10, Andrew Ryan and Chris Rauschenfels both had eight, Al Martinson with seven, Ron Hall and Gary MacKinnon each had six, Jesse Levine with four and Jesse Long with three. For Patt’s, Dustin Mertens had 14 including three treys, Sean Mahoney had 13, Max Franks had 12, Dave Studdert’s seven, Bill Gutehnezer’s six and Mark Fidler’s two.

Heffernan Insurance Brokers edged VOM Fire, 61-59. For Heffernan, Kevin Jaggie had 28, Devin Ajax had 14 including three treys, Joe Neely and Steve Matuszak both had six, Pete Ahern had five and Clem Moore had four. Pat Neely led VOM Fire’s scoring with 17, Sean Daly had 13, Tyler Nethaway had 11, Gary Johnson’s 10, Edwin Hidalgo’s five and Pat Dudy’s three.

Murphy’s Irish Pub topped Night Train, 68-52. Murphy’s was led by Kiah Ginsburg’s 18 with three treys, Jamie Svanda’s 16, Ben Assini’s 13, Beni Comma’s 12, Steve Mellinger’s seven and Rich Tunheim’s two. Mike Adams was Night Train’s top scorer with 17, Jeremy’s 14, Chris’ 10, Austin Phillips’ four, Jordan Ruiz’s three and Steve Phillips and Riley each had two.

On March 20, R&B beat Murphy’s 63-43 to clinch a tie for first place. R&B was led by Graham and Nufo who both had 18 including three treys, Long’s nine, Martinson’s eight, Hall’s six, MacKinnon’s three and Levine’s two. For Murphy’s, Ginsburg led with 15 including four treys, Tunheim had eight, Comma and Svanda both had seven and Kellogg had six.

Patt’s Copy World won by forfeit over VOM Fire.

Heffernan topped Night Train, 58-51. Joe Neely led Heffernan with 22, Jaggie had 18, Ajax had eight, Matuszak had six while Brian Stephenson and Ahern had two. For Night Train, Adams had 15, Jeremy had 12, Ryan 11 including three treys, Jordan Ruiz’s nine, Austin Phillips and Steve Phillips each had a pair.

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