4v4 All Star Game Recaps

Because you all want to know your stats

I was surprised and delighted at how well All-Star week turned out at C.A.C.  So I provided everyone with their stats and a blurb about the game.  Yea, that’s more write-ups, for me, but you all can’t get enough, so I better keep delivering.  I mentioned it a couple times, but I especially enjoyed how the each game went from, ‘hey, let’s have fun with this exhibition’ to ‘sh!t, I really want to win this game’ for all the players.  All the games were great to watch as the leagues offered up some of the best players they had.  We’re going to continue to do this each season after the championships are decided, so get ready for the Spring 09 season!!

All Star Game Day 1 Recap

Here we go! I knew you guys would want this sooner rather than later, but you can wait half a day, can’t you?? Let’s recap our first ever across the (4v4) league All-Star Events

Game 1
B2 West ASG aka Tibbs (62) vs BFab (69)

By now, BFab is gloating up a storm, so you all know that his squad dastardly Evil Empire Loving drags took out my guys.  Surprisingly, this game had a whole lot of defense, so BFlab must have been promising a number of free brews to those that hustled and tried in this exhibition game.  In fact, it was the most lopsided game of the night, and we only had a 7 point result.  This thing was close in the first half, but low scoring.  Everyone had the jitters and shots were clanging around the rim.  TGun led all scorers with 12 for the good guys, while the Sting Ray balanced that out with 11 for the Flabbers.

But in the second half, momentum swung their way for good, as Lee Greenberg stepped his game up in a big way, posting an 18/18 line on the night, by far the best overall game.  With Dubois not hitting his threes, he became a true point, swinging the ball all around the floor, finding guys open for easy looks.  SheaMoney went back to back to break the game open and push the team’s advantage to double digits, a hole that the Tibbles N Bits could never climb out of.  Hudson truely treated it like an All-Star game, attempting a couple ballsy slams (both near misses) and a number of off angle 3s.  At least someone was getting into it!!  With the clock winding down and his team out of it, M3 started firing away, finishing tied with TGun on his squad with 15 points.  Yea, talk about selfish!!

CD and Greenberg easily split the first ever B2 West All Star Game MVP award in this one.  Damn it, now I’ve got to ask josh for a raise in the off season just to pay off my bet with BFab.  I assume he won’t take a case of gatorade instead….

B2 West
ASG
Tibbs – White Bfab – Blue
PLAYER PTS DREB OREB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT % PLAYER PTS DREB OREB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT %
Hudson 12 5 4 0 2 7 43.5 1 3 33.3% 3 10 30.0% Dubois 6 5 3 0 1 9 38 0 3 0.0% 0 4 0.0%
Read 4 1 0 0 0 1 7.5 1 2 50.0% 1 5 20.0% Ray 15 6 1 0 0 2 29.5 0 0 1 1 100%
Rugga 7 3 2 2 0 6 30.5 0 1 0.0% 1 3 33.3% Greenberg 18 10 8 3 1 3 59 0 1 0.0% 0 1 0.0%
Cole 9 7 2 0 0 2 26.5 1 2 50.0% 2 6 33.3% Valles 7 1 3 0 0 1 15 0 0 1 6 16.7%
Frail 15 4 1 1 2 0 28.5 0 0 1 5 20.0% Shea 15 3 0 0 0 4 27.5 1 1 100% 4 13 30.8%
Gunthier 15 6 2 2 0 1 33 2 5 40.0% 3 6 50.0% Goldberg 8 4 1 1 0 1 19.5 0 4 0.0% 0 0
TOTALS 62 26 11 5 4 17 5 13 38.5% 11 35 31.4% TOTALS 69 29 16 4 2 20 1 9 11.1% 6 25 24.0%

Game 2
B2  East ASG

Attendance wasn’t nearly as good in game 2, so we had Hudson stick around for another go.  This one was a rout from the upset, with Team Blue building a 21 point lead at the break.  Absolutely everything was falling for Lawson, and the Deft Lefty.  It was just silly.  Just 14 points in the first half for team white, and that set a new record (you know, since the game before, when 31 was the record) for points in a half.  Talk about futility.  Yikes, Brad’s 4 points led all scorers for the squad.  I thought that Blue would just cruise the rest of the way.

But how wrong I was.  Signs of life started to show early in teh second half since they actually started scoring, but White was still down 43-22 with 17 left in the game.  It was a wrap, so I thought, but then BMul remembered that HE was the MVP, and with a loss here, he’d never be able to live this one down with Lawson.  So He and Matty O started running the two man game, setting screens and finding each other wide open.  Chang stepped his game up on defense, and all of a sudden, it was a 10 point.  Then team Blue forgot how to score.  Ben G couldn’t buy a bucket, Jamil was off, to say the least, and a stunning 18-0 run over 9 minutes, and we had a game!! Unreal, that’s the good stuff right there.  But again, with the defense guys, jeez this is an all-star game! Lawson woke up and realized we still had a game, and Spaulding hit what seemed to be an absolute DAGGER to answer on of BMul’s 3s, but it wasn’t over until the Mustachioed Man sung. Team White’s first lead wouldn;t come until there was a minute left in the game, but they’d be able to hang on. and hit enough free throws.  Lawson’s 3, at the buzzer, like the rest of his points, were just filler, useless since they lost!!

BMull and O’Brien split the first ever B2 East All Star Game MVP!!

B2 East
ASG
WHITE BLUE
PLAYER PTS DREB OREB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT % PLAYER PTS DREB OREB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT %
Mulholland 24 9 2 1 2 9 64.5 1 4 25.0% 5 11 45.5% Lawson 16 12 3 4 1 2 52.5 2 2 100% 2 7 28.6%
O’Brien 17 8 2 2 0 5 46 4 4 100% 1 6 16.7% Ball 5 11 2 2 1 8 46.5 1 2 50.0% 0 5 0.0%
Chang 8 11 5 4 1 3 48 0 0 0 1 0.0% Spaulding 10 8 3 1 2 5 42.5 1 2 50.0% 1 1 100%
Brian 7 4 2 1 0 2 22 0 0 1 1 100% Gregory 18 6 1 0 0 2 32.5 0 0 2 9 22.2%
Hudson 9 5 0 2 3 2 30.5 1 2 50.0% 0 3 0.0% Reeves 14 2 3 1 0 3 29.5 0 0 2 3 66.7%
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TOTALS 65 37 11 10 6 21 6 10 60.0% 7 22 31.8% TOTALS 63 39 12 8 4 20 4 6 66.7% 7 25 28.0%

Game 3
B2  North ASG

See splitting up the teams is never easy, that’s why more guys need to commit before hand!! We had 10 guys show up (with Lawson sticking around to fill in and make even teams) and teams seemed to split down the middle.  Except of course, that team White immediately pointed out that they had the 3 shortest guys on teh court.  Of course, those guys were Pootie, Curwen and Paul,so it’s not like that was a bad thing.  These guys are all-stars after all!! They also had Gumby, the tallest guy on the floor. But they were down 8 when The Game showed up. So of course, I put him on the ‘short’ team.  I would have liked to see Gumby and the Game go at it again in the rematch of their classic 1v8 battle that Gumby’s KLD #8 squad pulled out.

But they had their hands full trying to pull this game out even with those two on the same team.  This was FINALLY the type of All-Star game I was looking for.  Everyone was loose, laid back, and bombing away.  Behind 13 from Jamil Ball (more than making up for his crap-tastic shooting in the East game) and 11 from Steve G, Team Blue was up 12 at the break.  They way they were shooting, and with Roly scoring 17 in the second half for them, I didn’t think there was anyway that Team White could come back.

But of Course, they did!!! I love all the drama that the All-Star games provided, it was very surprising.  The Game and Benson led a 14-1 run to start the second half.  Yea, that’s the right way to get back into the game.  It went back and forth from that point on.  Like I said, Roly was on point, Lawson chipped in a bit, but Steve G really got it going.  He was bombing away from downtown, and CTC really coudl have used that kind of shooting when they went down to I.E. in the postseason.  But at least he flashed it one more time for us all.  But the Game would not be denied!! Pootie kept finding him for tough finishes, and of COURSE this ASG had to go into overtime.  They wouldn’t have had it anyother way.  Vega started it off by hitting a 3, but for once, the team taht scored first didn’t win.  Gumby kept busting his ass for the win, and he and the Game easily split the first ever B2 North All Star Game MVP!!

B2 North
ASG
WHITE BLUE
PLAYER PTS DREB OREB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT % PLAYER PTS DREB OREB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT %
Benson 28 14 11 1 1 1 71.5 2 5 40.0% 0 0 Steve G 30 15 0 4 1 2 66.5 4 7 57.1% 4 8 50.0%
Paul 0 2 0 2 0 2 11 0 0 0 3 0.0% Ball 19 4 2 0 0 2 32 1 2 50.0% 4 12 33.3%
Leng 12 3 2 3 2 10 49.5 4 8 50.0% 2 4 50.0% Curwen 7 4 1 4 1 0 24.5 1 4 25.0% 0 0
Damien 11 7 2 1 0 6 38.5 1 5 20.0% 0 0 Vega 26 4 3 4 1 5 56.5 4 8 50.0% 4 9 44.4%
Preeves 7 1 0 1 0 2 14.5 0 0 1 2 50.0% Lawson 11 5 1 3 2 5 40 4 4 100% 1 2 50.0%
Game 37 7 9 2 0 4 73 2 7 28.6% 3 6 50.0%
TOTALS 95 34 24 10 3 25 9 25 36.0% 6 15 40.0% TOTALS 93 32 7 15 5 14 14 25 56.0% 13 31 41.9%

Game 4
Women’s 4v4 ASG

The last, final game, the women’s of course was another close one, that provided plenty of drama, plenty of great plays and a lot of ooohs and aaahs from the balcony.  Team White, drafted by Loren Turner, seemed to be in control for much of the way, despite a quiet night from the ROCK.  Callie and Lawless were working the great 1-2 game, and KMag kept making big plays at the best possible times.

Sure, JBerr’s squad was shorthanded because Jennie Brown Sugar ended up not being able to make it. But Sam Hughes was called to duty, and as always, the one three she hit, was a big one!! We know she can hit more than one, but not if you look at the last two games.  Where has the stroke gone?? But Hallie was playing like this was the Finals all game long. It didn’t matter that laroque was imploring for a friendly game.  Hallie did all the little things she always does to make sure her team wins.  She didn’t need to score.  That was left for Warder and Miriam down the stretch.  But she was the one setting them up.  There was no one play that stands out, it was just a relentless march to eliminate a defecit and establish the game as their own.  With the near Triple Double, Hallie easily takes home the first ever Women’s 4v4 All Star Game MVP Award!

W4v4
ASG
TURNER – WHITE JBERR-BLUE
PLAYER PTS DREB OREB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT % PLAYER PTS DREB OREB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT %
Turner 11 6 3 4 0 4 40.5 2 4 50.0% 1 10 10.0% Jberr 9 4 1 0 0 0 16.5 0 0 1 3 33.3%
Callie 15 4 3 2 3 2 39.5 3 4 75.0% 0 0 Hallie 8 13 3 2 0 12 60 2 2 100% 0 2 0.0%
Lawless 12 6 5 2 4 1 42.5 2 2 100% 0 0 Same 5 1 3 2 1 3 23 0 2 0.0% 1 4 25.0%
Nicole LaR 9 7 3 0 1 2 30 3 4 75.0% 0 5 0.0% Warder 24 6 5 2 1 3 52.5 3 4 75.0% 5 11 45.5%
Kmag 11 6 2 1 1 2 31 1 2 50.0% 2 9 22.2% Miriam 17 7 4 3 1 4 49.5 3 4 75.0% 0 0
TOTALS 58 29 16 9 9 11 11 16 68.8% 3 24 12.5% TOTALS 63 31 16 9 3 22 8 12 66.7% 7 20 35.0%

All Star Game Day 2 Recap

And of course we had to get the rest of the 4v4 All-Star Games wrapped up, so away we go!

Game 1
A2 ASG

What a performance we had in the A2 All-Star game.  Everyone came to play.  And I don’t just mean chuck, there was plenty of that, but all the guys on the floor actually wanted to win this thing.  I guess there really is no such thing as an exhibition at Wall Ball Arena.  All the brightest stars were here for this one and we had a great game.  Somehow, team White jumped out to a big double digit lead early in this one.  Well I know why, it’s because they hit their first 5 3s as a team, led by Jeff Hall who was absolutely on POINT.  As he was hitting, O’Cal just kept feeding him, and feeding him, and feeding him.  It worked out well for both parties.  Chet did us the honor of filling in until JPress could fight through traffic, and gave a hell of an effort for 20 minutes, not backing down from the big dogs.

With Dorey and Hall on point, O’Cal had racked up a triple double at halftime.  Yes, HALFTIME.  He could have quit right there and maybe won the MVP honors.  But he didn’t and that’s because his team was down three.  Duncan and Bruno answered the hot shooting with some of their own in teh first half.  The Top Dog leading all scorers at the break with 20 points.  Despite Mazz’s 1-7 performance, his team actually had a lead.  I don’t know how Tommy kept everyone happy, but there was plenty of ball movement.  As the second half started and JPress showed up, the defenses started to really bear down.  Well, as much as they can at a game in which both teams crack triple digits.  Guys had pride on teh line and wanted the win badly.  The fresh legs of Press really made a difference, and it helped that he averaged nearly a point a minute.  Tied at 88 with 8 minutes to go, it was anyone’s game, until O’Cal made it his.  A couple ankle breaking moves paired with finding Dorey for a few touchdowns sparked a 10-1 run, and the D stiffened, holding team Blue to only 12 points the rest of the way.  I put all the blame on Mazz’s shoulders for launching a couple half court threes. We have to blame someone, right?? Despite Hall and Dorey both breaking 30 points, the clear winner of the first ever A2 All-Star Game MVP is all O’Cals with a sick line of 17 points, 19 boards, and 20 assists. Sean usually saves his padding for friday nights when he hits the skank strip, but this week he started early on Wednesday night.  Nice work boys.

A2
ASG
White 108 Blue 100
Player PTS D REB O REB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT % Player PTS D REB O REB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT %
O’Cal 17 16 3 1 0 20 87.5 0 0 3 4 75.0% Mazz 18 12 2 3 1 5 57 3 4 75.0% 3 17 17.6%
Ken 11 6 2 1 0 2 29 0 2 0% 1 3 33% RoY 22 6 0 2 0 7 49 0 0 4 14 28.6%
Jhall 32 7 7 2 1 2 63 0 0 4 9 Bruno 26 4 1 4 3 4 55.5 0 0 8 20 40.0%
Dorey 34 8 2 6 0 4 69 1 2 50.0% 1 3 Duncan 34 7 8 2 0 8 76.5 4 4 100% 6 9 66.7%
Jpress 14 5 2 0 1 1 28.5 2 2 100% 0 1 0%
Totals 108 42 16 10 2 29 3 6 50.0% 9 20 45.0% Totals 100 29 11 11 4 24 7 8 87.5% 21 60 35.0%

Game 2
B1 West ASG aka Tibbs/Freddy vs Mazz

No thanks to me at all, no really, I was 1-10 from downtown despite O’Cal not tracking misses, Team White was able to knock off the heavily favored Blue squad in a great B1 West All-Star match-up.  Look at the box scores, how did Mazz get to play with Albert?  Freddy and I had to settle for each other.  It really was a contest of ‘Who will shoot their team out of this one, Tibbs or Mazz?’  The Answer, obviously was Mazzone.  Where is that type of performance in the playoffs? I need to schedule him more back-to-back games.  And yes, that is 7 MADE 3s for Fred, Lighthouse, Bermont.  I wouldn’t have believed it either, if I didn’t witness it.  Apparently I only have to be on the same court for him to thrive, not only opposing him.

It was easy though, the Blue squad jumped to a sizable lead, as Albert and Max shredded any semblance of a D we threw at them.  Billy the Kid really got going as well, shooting as well as he had since earlier in the season.  Where was that down the stretch?? But it wasn’t even fair, the two teammates (Albert, Max, pay attention, i just flashed back to them) work so well together, and freed from the chains of the No Turds, they really thrived.

But Tommy Gun had different Ideas.  He had a huge second half, and paired with Freddy bombing away, momentum started to turn.  It helped that Fidler and Murray were on the floor for the key stretches of the game together.  Both guys playing way more D than was really necessary, but again, everyone wanted to win this thing.  Somehow, some way, Team White hung onto this thing, and you know what, just to rub it in a little more, Bermont takes home the first ever B1 West All-Star Game MVP.

B1 West
ASG
White 100 Blue 92
Player PTS D REB O REB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT % Player PTS D REB O REB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT %
Freddy 29 5 1 1 0 5 50 0 0 7 Mazzy 10 8 0 1 1 5 36 2 2
Fidler 16 7 2 3 1 4 45.5 0 0 1 Billy 17 6 0 3 1 3 40 0 5
Murray 16 8 6 5 0 6 59 1 2 50.0% 2 Albert 20 11 4 2 1 2 52.5 3 0
Tibbs 11 7 5 1 0 2 35 0 0 1 Max 23 12 4 2 1 3 59 0 0
RoY 28 6 0 5 0 7 61 0 0 8 Jpress 22 5 2 1 1 2 40.5 2 0
Totals 100 33 14 15 1 24 1 2 50.0% 19 0 #DIV/0! Totals 92 42 10 9 5 15 7 0 #DIV/0! 7 0 #DIV/0!

Game 3
A1 ASG

You had to know everyone would show up for the A1 All-Star game.  This was no surprise.  Earlier in the day, having given the Finals participants (Jumpman and Majic) the option to draft their teams, of course they jumped at it.  Terry’s team, on paper, looks like he’s just trying to bowl you over.  Knock you down, take your lunch money and buy something with it before you can tell your mom.  Chris’ team has a bit more finess to it, a bit more subtlty to it all. But, unfortunately, the worst thing that can happen in an all-star game, an injury, occured in the first couple minutes of the game.  After hitting back to back 3s, Majic went down hard on his ankle and had to leave the game.  Here’s hoping he is ok!

But the game carried on and his team went on to play small ball most of the night against Henderson’s Brutes, and it worked.  The Hitman was a whirling dervish of effort from the get go and really picked up the pace when Majic went down.  He simply refused to be boxed out or denied in this game, determined to shine among the stars.  As he and PStone led the way, team blue jumped out to a double digit lead at the break.  O’Cal after such a great first game, ‘only’ had 7 assists in the first half.  Dude was an assist machine last night.

But you knew that this would become a game in the second half.  It was funny to see, every game, how it evolved from free-wheeling affair, to actual effort being put in.  Everyone wanted a piece of the All-Star win and bragging right heading into next season. If nothing else, I hope this makes a few guys re-consider who they think they’d play with someone for an entire season.  Anyway, the Jumpman, Kerr and KO led a furious rally in the second half to tie the game and make it a contest.  BDubs and Duncan seemed to have used up all their ammo in teh first half, but that didn’t matter.  Ostrander was everywhere on defense, putting in much more effort than he ever had to with Marsh in the game.  This thing became a Block Party, and even BFrat was invited.  But every time team White rallied, O’Cal, Dorey and Jared where there to go on a 10-1 run to pull back away.  Terry’s team could never get over the hump and in the end, this became the most lopsided game in all of the All-Star games in the Winter 09 season.  The Hitman easily takes home the A1 All-Star Game MVP, another trophy to add to the already crowded mantle.

Of course, the really highlights took place at the 9s afterwards; Jumpman buying the first round for the guys, and gals, that showed up, O’Cal yammering about nothing for 3 straight hours without taking a breath, everyone discussing draft and team strategy for next season, a new B1 West team forming (Henderson, BDubs, PStone, Magic Johnson, JBerr and LJ), everyone lobbying for O’Cal to draft them, JBerr and Magic fending off the Cougars glares for being surrounded by so many studs, BFab showing up last call, looking abliterated after the Genzyme b2 championship party, and yours truly asking anyone at the bar for a ride home.

Was all this worth it? You bet, we’ll continue to have the 4v4 All-Star Games after every season has concluded, and you know what, we’ll even have 5v5 ASGs, starting next season.

A1
ASG
White 81 Blue 95
Player PTS D REB O REB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT % Player PTS D REB O REB STL BLK AST PR FTM FTA FT % 3PT M 3PT A 3PT %
Jumpman 31 2 2 0 1 2 43 2 2 100% 3 6 50.0% Majic 6 1 0 0 0 0 7.5 0 0 2 4 50.0%
Kerr 16 3 3 1 1 2 33 2 3 67% 0 0 O’Cal 7 4 2 1 0 11 40 1 2 50.0% 2 4 50.0%
KO 10 5 0 5 3 5 43.5 2 2 100% 0 0 Hitman 38 6 5 4 2 5 76.5 5 6 83.3% 3 6 50.0%
Playboy 12 6 2 2 1 6 42 0 0 0 0 Pstone 14 7 0 3 2 4 42.5 0 1 0.0% 0 3 0.0%
Duncan 12 4 0 0 1 2 24 0 0 2 9 22% Ragin’ Bull 24 4 1 2 0 3 41.5 0 0 0 1 0.0%
Bfrat 0 0 1 3 2 5 21.5 0 0 0 1 0.0% Tosti 6 1 0 1 1 0 11.5 0 0 2 7 28.6%
Totals 81 20 8 11 9 22 6 7 85.7% 5 16 31.3% Totals 95 23 8 11 5 23 6 9 66.7% 9 25 36.0%