REGION — The Mountain Valley Rec Basketball League has seven teams this year: Archies of Mexico, Cannatopia Runners of Wilton/Farmington (new team), Jay, Horace Mann Insurance of Jay/Livermore (formerly Bessey Design), Hotel Rumford, Smart Care PT of Dixfield (formerly Dixfield) and The Thunder (formerly The Ballers) of Rumford/Mexico. All games are played at Mountain Valley High School on Sunday mornings from December through March. The league’s website is mvrbl.webs.com.
There were only two games played last Sunday, December 26, as the holidays deterred several teams from having full squads. So, with Smart Care PT drawing a goodbye wanting a day off, the idle hotel Rumford and Jay forced a slight schedule change. Archies played their scheduled match against Horrace Mann and The Thunder and Cannatopia Runners played for the second straight week.
Archies, Inc (3-1) played a tight game but managed to edge out Horace Mann Ins (1-2). 85-82. Archies was directed by Nate Carson (27 points), Kindle Bonsal (22) and Craig Derouche (14). Horace Mann had a record 29 (9 threes) from Jonah Sutter, 16 from Dalton Webster and 15 from captain Jake Bessey.
The Thunder (1-3) picked up their first win of the year, avenging a loss and smoking the Cannatopia Runners (1-3), 82-47. The winners got a balanced score from Will Bean (19 points), Rylee Flynn (15), Cooper Davis (12) and Draven Finnegan (11). The Runners were led by Hunter Meeks (18 points) and Eric Gemelli (12).