MCLA, Flynn & Dagnoli Reach Giorgi Final

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires.com Sports
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Lawrence Carrier scored 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Flynn & Dagnoli to a 72-61 win over Moonlight Diner on Sunday in the semi-finals of the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League Open Division.
 
Flynn & Dagnoli will take on MCLA/Deep Insurance on Thursday in the league final. MCLA defeated Key West, 82-73, behind 23 points from Khalil Paul in Sunday's other semi-final at the Noel Field court.
 
Flynn & Dagnoli led, 39-29, at half-time and stayed ahead the rest of the way, but Moonlight made a run in the closing minutes.
 
With just less than four minutes left, Geoff Kondel (team-high 20 points) put back an offensive rebound in transition to make it 58-55.
 
But on Flynn & Dagnoli's next possession, Carrier scored in the post to put his team back up by five. Brandon Eason then put back a rebound, and Brad Shove (16 points) hit a 3-pointer with 1 minute, 20 seconds on the clock to make it 65-55.
 
After Darius Griffin put back a rebound with 45 seconds left to get Moonlight within six at 65-59, Flynn & Dagnoli scored the next five to put the game away. First Shove hit both ends of a one-and-one, and then Keiland Cross (12 points) had a conventional three-point play to make it an 11-point game with 26 seconds left.
 
In Sunday's first semi-final, MCLA used a 12-1 run to break open a 14-14 game in the first half and took a 33-21 lead into half-time.
 
Key West, which got 25 points and 11 rebounds from Justin Daigle and 20 points from David Vidal, got within five points with five minutes left but could not get any closer.
 
Careem Kirksey scored 18, and Anthony Barbosa added 14 for MCLA.
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