Democrat Photo by Ted Waddell
BOUND: Ian Elliot of Fallsburg drives to
the hoop and draws a foul late in the Monticello
Recreation Hoop League championship game on
Thursday night. Looking on are Kapitos Bob
Decker, left, and Tommy Watson, right.
By Ted Waddell
MONTICELLO March 21, 2000 -- Kapito Tires rolled over Fallsburg
83-82 in the hard fought Monticello Adult Recreation
League basketball championship game.
The final was played Thursday night at the Monticello
High School gymnasium.
In the semifinals the previous Monday night, Kapito edged
H & R Block 50-49 and Fallsburg beat Ketcham Fencing
Both finalists took to the floor with identical 7-1
records in regular season play: Fallsburg lost to Ketcham
Fencing, while Kapitos only loss was to Fallsburg.
With three seconds remaining on the game clock,
Fallsburgs Spencer Lewis went up for a 3-pointer
It was a game of threes as the team from
Kapito captured their third consecutive championship, and
several players burned up the rim from the 3-point line:
for Kapito, John Merchant racked up eight 3-pointers,
while for Fallsburg, it was Keith Shaddock (6) and Rodney
Two Kapito hoopsters attained double digits: John
Merchant (36) and Rob Dawson (15). For Fallsburg: Keith
Shaddock (26), Colin Rigg (16), Spencer Lewis (14) and
Rodney Rigg (14).
Not coincidentally, a good chunk of the roster from both
teams played on the Fallsburg, Liberty, and Monticello
high school basketball squads.
It was a real run-and-gun game, said Betsy Conaty, Director of Parks and Recreation for the Village
of Monticello. I thought it was a great game.
Michael Snowden, Kapitos tri-captain, took a bit of
literary license when he called the victory a
This was our toughest game by far, added
fellow tri-captain Tom Watson. They shot their
threes well, but John Merchant was on fire for us. He was
hot from the outside in the first half, and in the second
half kept us in the game with some crucial shots.
Mike Bernstein, a ref who has earned his stripes by
officiating high school and college games for 19 years,
was one of a pair of refs working the Monticello Adult
Rec League final.
This particular game was as good as any NJCAA
(junior college) Division III or even a couple of (NCAA)
Division II games that I officiated this year, he
said. They played hard and played strong with a
tremendous amount of organization.
This wasnt street ball, added
Bernstein. Most of the game was played at or above
According to Bernstein, This game speaks a lot for
how far the Monticello Rec League has come in terms of
talent and organization. I thinks its only going to