Vescovi’s MVP work sparks team to title

By Jim Lane

For the Mirror

Superior Detailing & Accessories was just that — superior — in romping to the Division 1 championship of the Mansion Park Men’s Summer Basketball League on Monday.

Superior D&A bolted to a 10-0 lead in the first seven minutes and rolled to a 59-29 victory over T-Cals LLC.

“They were missing some of their players — three of their starters weren’t here — but they don’t match up well with us,” said Superior’s Isaac Vescovi, who scored 21 points and was named both league MVP and championship game MVP.

The reason T-Cals didn’t match up was because of Vescovi — make that four Vescovis. The four brothers, all of whom played at Cambria Heights and UPJ, are big — to say the least.

“We’re much bigger than they are,” Isaac Vescovi said.

“You can’t get inside against them,” said T-Cals LLC’s Aaron Chamberlain, who led his team with 13 points. “They’re 6-5, 6-7 … and bigger.

“They’re very tough.”

The Vescovi brothers are Mansion Park veterans, having played together there at least a half dozen years or more. However, Isaac said they go back longer than that.

“Dominic is 10 years older than me,” said Isaac, 21, “so it’s probably about seven years at Mansion, but on our driveway, it’s about 16 or 17 years. I’m the youngest and my brothers and my parents taught me the game.”

Dad Bill played one year at IUP, but all of his sons went to UPJ.

“We’ve got another brother in the middle, who also went to UPJ, but he didn’t play,” said Isaac. “He got the brains.”

Dominating from start to finish, Superior D&A built a 31-16 lead at the half as Isaac Vescovi scored 14 points, and former Bellwood-Antis standout Nathan Davis scored 13.

Any hope T-Cals had of getting back in the game evaporated quickly when Superior opened the second half on an 11-3 run. Isaac Vescovi finished with 21 points, Nathan Davis had 16 and nine of the team’s 10 players scored.

On his MVP awards, Isaac Vescovi said: “It’s a good feeling. There’s a lot of competition and many of the players in our division are college players.”

Aaron Chamberlain led T-Cals with 13, including 10 in the second half. Marcus Lee, who plays at Juniata, added 12, all but one in the first half.

“Lee played a heckuva game,” said Chamberlain. “He carried us the first half and actually most of the game. It wasn’t close, but it wouldn’t have been even that close without him.

“We were missing Brandon Martinazzi, Joe Walter and Damon Rickens — three of our top five players — but we’ve got no excuses,” Chamberlain added. “They were too tough, but we didn’t give up.”

Game notes: This was the first year for the Superior Detailing & Accessories sponsor. … Most of the players were with Guy Landolfi CPA the last several years. … In addition to Isaac Vescovi and Nathan Davis, others recognized on the all-league team were Chris Buchanan and D.J. Patterson of Powerhouse Subs, Robbie Okonak of Okonak, Ciocca & Lechner P.C. and Donavin Vinson of Wolf’s Prime Time Ballers.

T-CALS LLC (29): Irwin 0 0-0 0, Engle 1 0-0 2, A. Chamberlain 4 2-3 13, T. Chamberlain 0 0-0 0, Lee 3 4-6 12, Bithel 0 0-0 0, Holsopple 0 0-0 0, Fisher 1 0-0 2. Totals — 9 6-9 29.

SUPERIOR DETAILING & ACCESSORIES (59): No. Davis 1 0-0 2, Hinton 2 0-0 4, Is. Vescovi 8 5-5 21, Na. Davis 6 2-2 16, D. Vescovi 0 2-2 2, Schloder 1 0-0 2, Gampe 1 0-0 2, Leahy 3 0-0 7, B. Vescovi 0 0-0 0, Ia. Vescovi 1 1-2 3. Totals — 23 10-11 59.

Halftime: Superior Detailing & Accessories, 31-16.

3-point goals: T-Cals LLC 5 (A. Chamberlain 3, Lee 2); Superior Detailing & Accessories 3 (Na. Davis 2, Leahey).

Officials: Clark Adelman, Mike Andrews, Charles (Skip) Dry.