This is my second season covering a B2 5v5 League, and I have to say by far this is the most stacked league I’ve ever seen in an league I’ve covered. Seeds 1 through 4 all have a legitimate shot at winning this division, all it takes is one of these teams catching stride to win it all. Welp, on to the Awards!
MVP – Bryan Moore, Honey Nut Cheerios: 16.4 ppg, 16.3 rpg, 4 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.4 bpg
Out of all my candidates (Pizzotti, Ostrander, and Baranowski), I noticed each team would be able to and have won games without said guy in the lineup. Moore’s PR (59.0) was off the charts averaging a double-double a game. It’s hard to beat that and he is clearly the main reason Honey Nut Cheerios sits at the #2 seed for the playoffs.
Offensive Player of the Year – Chris Pizzotti, Hurricane Ditka: 20.7 ppg, 12.1 rpg
Pizzotti lead the league in scoring and was the leading scorer of the week for the league for half of the games he played. He was a dominant force and put HD as heavy favorites for the win every time he suited up. HD has won games without him, but when he is out of the lineup, they sometimes struggle to find their nitch. Congrats to Pizzotti, if he’s in attendance for every playoff game, teams will have trouble with Hurricane Ditka all post season.
Defensive Player of the Year – Bryan Moore, Honey Nut Cheerios: 13.4 def. rpg, 1.8 spg, 1.4 bpg
Moore picks up his second award this season against some stiff competition(Henricksen, Moore, Jones). His 13.4 defensive rebounds per game are accompanied by 2 steals and a block per game. So not only was he rebounding his ass off, his active hands on defense created extra opportunities for himself and his teammates. Definitely worthy of this second award, congrats!
Rookie of the Year – Ben Simmers, Bucking Fuffalos: 9.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg
Surprise surprise, a player from a ROOKIE team wins the award. But all jokes aside, Simmers was one of the top players on his team who only had one player with CAC experience. Simmers was like the plastic man, usually around the ball no matter where it was on the court. Without Simmers, BF would struggle at times defensively where he played a big role for his team. Don’t sleep on BF in the playoffs, they can be that team that upsets a top tier team or two.
“Rory Duyon Award” Role Player of the Year – Bennie Jones: 7.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1 apg, 1.7 bpg
Named after the man that won the inaugural award and the following year, Bennie Jones is the 4th player between all CAC leagues I cover. He’s in good company with players who don’t want the spotlight whatsoever. Jones was never unaccounted for, he was all over the glass every game and would keep The Stranger in games with his shot-changing defense.
Keith Baranowski, Kung Fu Pandas
Jeff Derr, The Stranger
Kevin Ostrander, Let’s Try This Again
Bryan Moore, Honey Nut Cheerios
Chris Pizzotti, Hurricane Ditka
Craig Henricksen, For The Win
Mike Joachin, Kung Fu Pandas
Mike Reddick, Honey Nut Cheerios
Jim Rahill, Let’s Try This Again
Bennie Jones, The Stranger