Recapping Season #3
The MVP races were both truly difficult to decide. The women were a little easier only because it was a two horse race. It was the reinging MVP L-Mac and the challenger Kelsey. They were two of just three girls in the whole league to average double digit points. Both impact games in very different ways. Kelsey dominates the middle and L-Mac drops bombs from outside.
Both ladies missed three games on the season, so I looked at the ones they missed to see what kind of impact there was. In week 2, WUD beat DLG 74-32 WITHOUT L-Mac. Last night, they beat DLG 73-32 WITH L-Mac…ok…clearly not a big difference there. I would argue that Kelsey’s biggest impact is on the defensive end of the floor. With Kelsey in six games, JLAI surrendered 58.33 points per game. Without her they gave up 70.33. Lastly, the determining factor was that both players missed the head to head games between JLAI and WUD and WUD won…it’s pretty neck and neck, but there will be no repeat for L-Mac
MVP – Kelsey Simonds – JLAI – Honorable Mention – Lauren McNamara (WUD)
First Team All-West (Females)
G – Lauren McNamara (WUD) – 15.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 38% from 3 (18/48)
G – Jane Stockton (JLAI) – 7.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.8 spg, 45% from 3 (18/40)
F – Loren Turner (ATRJ) – 10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg
F – Liz Bowen (BGTD) – 7.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.3 bpg
C – Kelsey Simonds (JLAI) – 11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.8 bpg, 83% from FT (10/12)
Second Team All-West (Females)
G – Britt Spackman (RD) – 7.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 4/4 FT
G – Kimi Soo Hoo (BGTD) – 5.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 36% from 3 (12/33)
F – Liz Hansen (RD) – 8.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 35% from 3 (9/27)
F – Mo Sharkey (WUD) – 5.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg 3/10 from 3
C – Meg Driscoll (JLAI) – 8.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 53% from FT (9/17)
The race for the fellas was a little bit more complicated…Slim Jim put up gawdy numbers all season, but Kearney was the best player on the only undefeated team in the league. Meanwhile Nate Dogg was making a compelling case, because how many guys can lead the league in rebounds AND assists?? Gamroth was another legit candidate thanks to his 20/10 average, so as you could see there were plenty deserving, but there could only be one winner.
Ultimately it came down to Kearney vs Slim Jim. It would have been easy for me to give Slim Jim the award for carrying his team all season, but the meltdown AGAINST Raindance made it a lot tougher. Kearney started to look like a favorite the way he carried his team through five weeks, but then Ibrahim decided to start showing up consistently, adding 18/14 every week. Both players make great arguments, and neither team would be where they are without these two players, but my gut tells me that RD is still probably 7-2 or better without MK. TIFP is probably not .500 without SJ. Week 9 was the only game all season where SJ didn’t score at least 40% if his team’s points. In the 8 games that he played, he scored 47% of his teams points (225/480)
MVP – Slim Jim Henderer (TIFP) – honorable mention Mike Kearney (RD), Nate Brigham (JLAI), Bryan Gamroth (WUD)
First Team All-West (Guys)
G – Mike Kearney (RD) – 18.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 6.3 apg, 2.3 spg, 88% from FT (21/24), 42% from 3 (25/60)
G – Matt Forthrizzi (JLAI) – 16.3 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 4 apg, 74% from FT (17/23), 31% from 3 (18/58)
F – Bryan Gamroth (WUD) – 20.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 52% from 3 (15/29)
F –Jim Henderer (TIFP) – 28.1 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 2.0 spg 1.8 bpg, 74% from FT (20/27), 47% from 3 (27/57)
C – Nate Brigham (JLAI) – 7.2 ppg, 13.4 rpg, 7.4 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.6 bpg, 30% from 3 (8/27)
Second Team All-West (Guys)
G – Paul Nimblett (JLAI) – 24.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 spg, 44% from 3 (30/68)
G – Dave Celli (ATRJ) – 14.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, meatiest hammys on Earth.
F – Tim Canon (TIFP) – 13.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 2.4 spg, 74% from FT (20/27), 31% from 3 (16/51)
F – Yasuhiro Shirasaki (BGTD) – 16.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.2 apg
C – Ibrahim Toukan (RD) – 18.8 ppg, 13.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.5 spg, 64% from FT (25/39)
Second team for the guys was tough, because there were some big time snubs…Brian Sharkey (WUD), Kyle Kolbe (WUD), Matt Smith (RD), Kariuki Thande (BGTD)
Points and threes are glamorous, but we all know defense is where wins are born!! The defensive player of the year had some stiff competition, but here are the winners…
Female – Erica McCrea (ATRJ) – Erica is one of the most quietly effective players in the league. She isn’t flashy (well…I take that back, she find a way to wear something fluorescent with her uniform every game…but her game isn’t flashy, it’s just sound. She has great hands with 1.9 steals per game (most among girls in the league) and she rebounds well despite not having a ton of height.
Honorable mention – Britt Spackman (RD)
Male – Tim Canon (TIFP) – Canon is an absolute freak of an athlete. He can jump, he can run and he can lock players down. The 2.4 steals doesn’t jump off the page (runner up Kari Thande had 3.2 per game), but he always guarded the other team’s best and he always gave them fits. When Canon decides to shut you down, he usually does it. Combine that commitment to defense and SJ’s MVP campaign and this team could go deep in the playoffs. Kari was a VERY close second. This really was almost a coin flip
Honorable Mention – Kari Thande (BGTD), Ibrahim Toukan (RD)
First Team All-West Defense
Erica McCrea (ATRJ)
Tim Canon (TIFP)
Kari Thande (BGTD)
Britt Spackman (RD)
Ibrahim Toukan (RD)
Second Team All-West Defense
Mo Sharkey (WUD) – Played her way on with four blocks in week 9!
Matt Smith (RD) – Another terrific athlete who rebounds and runs with the best of them
Liz Bowen (BGTD) – 1.3 blocks per game makes her a force in the middle
Nate Brigham (JLAI) –Arguably the best rebounders in the long illustrious history of CAC co-ed
Jerry Antone (WUD) – Not a lot of people enjoy playing defense as much as the Apache Warrior. Good luck moving him off the block
SNUBS – Matty Austin (JLAI), Mike Kearney (RD), Jane Stockton (JLAI)
For every defensive wizard, there is a played who starts shooting the second they set foot in the gym…and they don’t stop until they leave
Nibs The Baller (JLAI) – Nibs led the league in 3’s attempted and 3s made, connecting on 30 of 68 from distance
Loren Turner (ATRJ) – Loren led the league in 3’s attempted per game! She took 8 fewer than Nibs, but played in two fewer games! She took 60 from deep in 6 games. Unfortunately for some shooters, the double rim and the lack of an ACTUAL three point line can have an impact on accuracy. Loren, normally a great shooter made just 15.
Slim Jim (TIFP) – Slim Jim took over seven threes per game, but he made almost half! Easily the most improved shooter I’ve seen after making less than a quarter of his threes in the Winter 2011 session
L-Mac (WUD) – Attempted 48 threes in only six games this season, L-Mac was true nearly 40% of the time after just converting 27% last season at The Arg
Tim Canon (TIFP) – Canon shot a lot of threes this season (51 in 8 games), but it wasn’t the quantity that stood out, it was the difference. At least half of his would have gone in the category of “NBA range”.
There is nothing “free” about these foul shots. 50% or less from the foul line with at least 2 attempts per game
Matt Smith (RD) – So hard to keep off the boards, but just 11/28 on the season from the stripe
Yasu Shirasaki (BGTD) – So athletic and tough to keep away from the rim…buuuut 8/24 FT shooter
Dave Celli (ATRJ) – Made 1 of 3 to send the semifinal game to OT in the spring 2010 league…just 15/30 on this season
Nibs The Baller (JLAI) – Apparently the free throw line is too close for Nibs (11/22)
Lifetime Achievement Award – Matty Austin. Austin didn’t take enough to technically be on this team for this season, but this is the type of honor you “earn” for seven seasons of 15 foot bricks (15/46)
The Love & Basketball Team
I’m pretty sure every girl who ever played basketball has Love & Basketball in her “favorite movie” section of her facebook profile. I don’t make the rules, that’s just how it is. With every season, there are a handful of couples that take the league by storm. Below is the couple of the year followed by a team of couples that stole our hearts…then stole the ball, broke our ankles and scored down the other end of the floor before we knew what hit us
The McCall-Wright Award for couple of the year: Sarah Wood & Mike Kearney (RD) – They went all the way to the finals of the 2v2 co-ed tournament and all season long they have been a force, combining for 24.6 points per game (most of any couple), 32 threes made (most of any couple) and 8.7 assists per game (tied with Alleigh & Nate). There was some stiff competition from Alleigh & Nate, The Sharkeys and The Boozers, and but Sarah and Mike produced all season while leading Raindance to a perfect 9-0 record
All Love & Basketball Team
Wood & Kearney (RD)
Mo & Brian Sharkey (WUD)
Alleigh & Nate Dogg (JLAI)
Sweet D & Boozer (ATRJ)
Lindsey & Berk (TIFP)
The All-Duyon Team
I award this team each season. These people struck a chord with me for any one of a number of reasons…it might be their hustle, it might be some hilarious write up material, or maybe they bring me beer. There are plenty of ways to get on the All-Duyon team, but only five spots for the whole league!! Ok, there are USUALLY five spots, but there were six (kinda 7) players that I couldn’t ignore
Jane Stockton (JLAI) – Pretty much a fixture on this squad. J-Stock brings it to the table every week whether it be her special Gatorades or legendary hugs. It’s going to be sad next season without her
Ben Sloan (TIFP) – I was so glad to see the old B-Tigers back in the league because it meant thereturn of Todd and B-Dome. This kid made at least one trip to the table per week and he’s expecting in the spring. That’s as good as it gets. The “Let’s go Rory!!” after drilling a three stands as one of my favorite moments from the season
Loren Turner (ATRJ) – Loren never shuts up, and dammit, I love that about her!! Easily one of the funniest players in the league. The week four addition of her to the Rim Job roster made the season that much better
Sweet D (and Boozer) (ATRJ) – You’re not going to show up to play in a ketchup costume and NOT make the All-Duyon team. Sweet D and Boozer are synonymous with CAC co-ed basketball. I also like how Boozer shoots me a look every time he gets somebody with the Paul Pierce move!
Matty Austin (JLAI) – Probably the most intense competitor in the league, nobody hates to lose like Matty Austin. Few things in this league bring me the kind of joy that I get after watching Matty’s face when he swats a shot away
Kari Thande (BGTD) – What’s not to love? He hustles his ass off, banters on the boards and straight up loves to play the game. The league could use more Karis, but I’m afraid there is only one
Thanks to everybody for a great season! You guys are the reason I have so much fun doing this. Can’t wait for the tournament! WOMS ALL THE WAY!!!!
B2 W11 Champs – Wheels of Steel
Co-ed W11 Champs – Weapons of Mass Seduction
B2 South Role Player of the Year…TWICE…and DAMN proud!