Us kids know. Here are the awards for the C-League. Happy Holidays to all out there…get to CAC for some pickup the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve!!!
MVP: Leng Tang (Steamboats). It’s official. Leng is now The Elgin Baylor of the CAC. The Steamboats had an amazing run this year as they went 11-1 with their only loss coming against Steamboats II in the finals. And yes, the Steamboats beat their Celtics-like rival twice in the regular season, which makes the finals loss a little stunning. Alas, Leng averaged incredible numbers all season, as evidenced by 17.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 3.8 APG and an incredible 3.3 SPG as a 2 guard. Everyone knows the Steamboats play the game like an uptempo funk track and Leng’s the DJ creating the bassline. Even with only 6 points (2-4 3FG) in the title game, Leng has kept stepping his game up. There’s no doubt who the MVP is for the regular season is.
Playoff MVP: Mike Dinh (Steamboats II). With apologies to teammate Thuy Nguyen, this is the most coveted award in the game. To be part of a winner AND to rack up the stats/dominate the game in terms of impact…that’s what the good ones do. 14 and 10 in the title game. All FTs made. The Wolverine’s blessing. Need I say more? Congrats to Mike Dinh, you have blessed by Gulo Gulo. This is where you wanna be in four months when April Awesomeness rolls around.
Rookie O’ The Sesh: Andy Ong (CCB). Probably the surprise award of the season, but when you throw up almost 16 PPG in a points-starved league in your first session…this is more of a dunk than Carl Winslow’s coffee cup. CCB definitely relied on a slowdown offense, but the efficiency of Andy Ong really allowed them to thrive (as well as Kenny Mah and Philip Ng) enough to be the #5 seed. If CCB can find a way to score inside, this team could jump into the same room as the Steamboats, Steamboats II, and Pippen Ain’t Easy in terms of points and wins.
GM: Thuy Nguyen (Steamboats II). When you win the title, this is the award you really want. Architect of a champion. What did this team do?
1. Find superstar to build around: check (Mike Dinh)
2. Play guys that rebound/outlet/pass the ball (Thuy Nguyen)
3. Find role players who excel in some areas like setting screens and runnin’ pick-and-pops (Gary Fan), getting boards (Chris Mudarri), running down long passes for lay-ins (Andre ‘Kid Flash’ Jones), or hitting clutch 3s (David Ho, Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Ng).
4. Stir before shaking…this is a lineup. And it’s not a surprise they won…well done, Thuy.
Un-GM: Jamison Cush (Beacontown Beavers). This is a special award. Congrats to the only two-time winner of the award that really could be named after Jamison after years pass by. A winless entry in the C League should be applauded. Let’s face it, if you’re not willing to fall flat on your face, you’re not willing to go for it all. Sure, this team didn’t win a game and they were pretty bad because they didn’t have a PG, but a gutty group of gentlemen that showed up and competed every week whether they lost by 2 or 20. Beacontown, you’ve got my respect. (Now, go find someone who can handle the rock!!!)
Here are the ten best players in the league based on performance and their impact on winning ballgames.
1: Jonathan Moy (Pippen Ain’t Easy)
2-3: Leng Tang (Steamboats), Martin Yuan (Steamboats)
4-5: Mike Dinh (SBII), Henry Wang (Smokers)
1: Mike Tran (Smokers)
2-3: Andy Ong (CCB), Nick Doty (Jessels Grille)
4-5: Keith Spence (PAE), Cam Preciado (Tell Me How My Shaq Tastes)
Great season, everyone. Get those teams together and get ready for those early sign-up discounts on January 3rd for another crack at immortality!!!