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B-Draft 2022 Fall Week 2 Preview and Lines
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September 14, 2022
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Week 2 is here and things are looking hot after a week 1 of new rookies and attendance issues, along with a new ref for the season. I think this season will be the hottest ROY race in B-Draft history, since Harry and Amir debuted. Let’s hope traffic doesn’t fuck us up this week. TO THE LINES!

6:15 PM Learner No More vs. Pink Ponies (Ian)

Kicking off week two we have Harry’s Learner No More taking on Civale’s Civale. Harry’s team is coming off a solid win against an undermanned Etheridge in week one, while Civale’s team was comfortably defeated without Civale and lost Santacrose to injury. These two teams are in the middle of the power rankings for me right now, so this should be a good matchup and give a good idea of where they stand at this point in the season.

The key matchup in this one is going to be Nestler vs. Calvin. Last week, Calvin led his team in scoring and complaints to the ref, while Nestler only had 16 points and reportedly struggled to assert himself while being guarded by Koller. Nestler is significantly better than the defenders that Calvin saw last week, so I have to imagine he won’t be able to get as many uncontested threes or be able to get to the hoop like he did last week. The other big matchup to watch is Vladi vs. Weinstein. Both are known for the scoring and strong shooting ability and both their squads will need big games from them this week. Vladi seemed to struggle to get into the swing of the offense last week and didn’t have the ball as much as he usually does. He only scored 10 points and in most weeks that won’t be enough for Learner No More to win. Weinstein on the other hand had a better final line at 17 points last week, but struggled to get going in the first half and as a result, by the time he found his rhythm his team was too far behind.

Though those two matchups are the key ones I’m watching, both teams have several other players who can impact things. Xavier and Dodakian are long wings who can defend and finish at the rim. They will be important in this one as their ability in transition will force Civale and Mals to have to get up and down the court. For Civale, his and Mals’s shooting will be very important. Mals had a nice game last week with 8/8/4, but with Santacrose’s status uncertain Frank becomes even more important. Civale was out last week, but the will need to carry over his shooting performances from last season. He was a 20 point per game scorer and will need a similar output if this team is going to be a contender. Harry also will play an important role in this one. I think he will be guarding Civale for a decent part of the game and will look to show his defensive performance in the post last week, when he shut down Rich, is the new norm.

While Civale’s team will be desperate for a win this week, I don’t think this is the week they get it. This is a tough matchup for them with the depth Learner No More has and I suspect Harry will have a good game plan to slow down Nestler and Weinstein. Learner No More meanwhile can score in many different ways and showed they can win even when Vladi is off. Learner No More takes this one and I like them to cover the spread.

Learner No More -7.5 over Pink Ponies

Sutton Who? vs Twisted Ts and 3s 7:05p Game:

I’m excited for the game of the evening between Sutton Who? and Twisted Ts. Two top rookies face off, in what might be the best ROY race since the Myer/Harding/Ini class, but with more contenders for MVP. Last week I missed most of Sutton Who?’s game, but they looked pretty good against a Noah team guaranteeing a cover. Twisted Ts and 3s looked like they need a wholesome team outing to get to know each other better. 

You don’t have to look far for the match-up of the night in this game as both top rookies take center stage. Spencer for Sutton Who? and Tucker for Twisted Ts and 3s. I got a decent look at Spencer last week and he looks like a handful, but I have questions about his jump shot. It didn’t exactly look “pure”, but it could have been an off night. He also seemed to lose confidence in it during the game, a bad sign. Speaking of confidence, I don’t know where Tucker’s lies. He looked like he should have been the best player on the court, but either Myer’s defense or trying to “fit in” held him back. I’ll be looking to see which rookie is ready to bring the heat in this game. 

A concern for Ts in this game has to be their short back-court. Nate and Masone are probably going to have to guard Ian/Clasby, who are going to have inches on them. If Ian wants to know, he can go to the post game offensively. They could have a lot of success there, with Manny as well, who should be able to get buckets on Hanks. Size, is going to be a problem for Ts in this game, when they go to certain match-ups. I don’t know how Court will fit into this, their best line-up might be without Hanks, but then no one has a shot on Manny. They could sacrifice defense for offense though and they might have to go that way.

Nate’s squad got unlucky in the schedule as they try to figure out how to play together. Having to play another top team who has their roles figured out is tough and I don’t think they do yet. I can’t wait to see the rookies go at, but Sutton Who? has the match-up edges here and the size to do damage. Twisted Ts will need a game or two more to figure themselves out.

Sutton Who? -5.5 over Twisted Ts and 3s

Letalien Stallions vs. Powerpuff Girls 7:55p Game:

Last week the Stallions got off to a hot start and ultimately won an easy game. The Powerpuff Girls, were missing their top 3 and naturally didn’t play well in a loss against my team. I’m going to assume everyone will be in for this game or so I hope, for entertainment purposes, otherwise I’m declaring this an Uber eats game. 

This isn’t that bad of a match-up for the Girls as they have MacDonald to take Pollock, Cavano for Cawley and Rich can take Koller, then Etheridge can hang off the 4th guy. The question I’d have is for the fit offensively, because MacDonald and Etheridge are best with the ball. MacDonald, did hit a couple treys last season, especially in the Chise ship finals, but I wouldn’t count on that from game to game. That means these guys are going to have one or more guys standing around the 3-point line who aren’t shooters. Not a good thing against a team with good defenders and Koller on the other side. I mentioned that the Powerpuff Girls can hang with the Stallions defensively and the reverse is true too.

Where I think the game will be won is in transition, where the Stallions will have the edge. MacDonald and Cavano are more than capable of getting back, but Etheridge/Rich combo could struggle getting back in time. When things were going great for the Stallions, they were getting out in transition and finding easy buckets. I see them doing that this game as well, however, this feels like a game where the Jet will fly. I can see him coming off the bench and taking advantage of guys who haven’t seen him fly. I think the Jet will make an impact, with steals, assists and transition hoops.

Even with assuming full attendance, I think the Powerpuff Girls will need a week or two to learn how to play with each other. Ian mentioned that Etheridge’s teams seem to always look the same and while that may be true, I feel like they never really play with each other on the court, at the same time. The Stallions have a lot of familiarity and they have the BIG GUNS on the bench. Not to mention Gagnon, who impressed in week 1. I can’t pass on depth and familiarity. 

Stallions – 10.5 over Powerpuff Girls

8:45 PM Drive & Kick vs. Goat Shit 3: Amir’s Revenge (Ian)

For the late game we have a game I’m looking forward to between Noah’s Drive & Kick and Kap’s Goat Shit 3: Amir’s Revenge. Noah’s team is coming off a tough loss to Sutton Who, while Kap’s team won comfortably and played the best of any team in the league last week.   

The main matchup in this one is Harding and Myer, the last two B Draft MVPs. Harding is coming off a relatively quiet by his standards season debut where Spencer did a great job defending him. Things don’t get any easier for him this week with Myer capable of shutting down anyone and possessing the physicality and athleticism to stay in front of him. One of the strengths of Kap’s team is they have other players to throw at a scorer like Harding beyond Myer. Joel (when in attendance) and Kap could see some time on him and do a solid job defending him allowing Myer a break. On the flipside, Harding is unlikely to be guarding Myer. That task will likely go to Kodra who has the length to bother Ray, but could have some trouble with Ray’s physicality. Still, we thought the same about Lippold last week and Ray still put up 28/13/4, so I imagine he puts up a similar line to that.

The key for Drive & Kick isn’t winning the Harding-Myer matchup, but to win the matchups between the secondary players. Leblanc, Noah, Kodra and Cassel all have plenty of CAC experience and have matchup with the Goat Shit 3 core of Joel, Kap, Fraher, Silva and Amir. The definitely missed Leblanc last week and his return will be a welcomed by Harding as it will give him another shooter to kick out to win he drives and someone the defense has to respect which should open up the floor. Kodra, Noah and Cassel both can also all knock down threes so there should be plenty of room for Harding to operate regardless of who is on the floor. Noah had a quiet game last week, but will like his chances in a matchup with Fraher and I suspect we see Noah venture into the post more often if he ends up with one of Goat Shit 3’s shorter players on him. For Goat Shit 3, if they get performances anywhere close to what they got from Kap, Fraher and Silva last week, they will be very hard to defeat. Kap had a throwback line of 25/5/10, but I suspect he will find things harder this week. Fraher added 15 which seems about right for him and Silva chipped in 10. Their performances of them meant Joel’s absence wasn’t felt at all and with him out again this week they will need a similar overall output from that trio.

The absence of Joel makes this game closer than I think it would be fully staffed, but in the end I like the matchups for Goat Shit 3 better. I think Drive & Kick if they are fully staffed have enough to keep it close though, so I’ll take the points in this one.

Drive & Kick +6.5 vs. Goat Shit 3

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Mouse in the House!

The buzz going into this game for the two rookie standouts coming into this season. Tucker, for Twisted Ts and 3s and then there was the #2 pick, Spencer, for Ian’s Sutton Who? squad. They had mixed reviews in week 1, so I was interested to see what they could do after feeling out the league in their first game. Ian’s team had everyone, but Hanks was out for Nate. TO THE ACTION!

The rookies didn’t disappoint early on. Both Tucker and Spencer, each hit a three for their respective squads. They both looked a lot more comfortable than the previous week. It looks like Spencer has assumed point guard duties for Sutton Who?, which is interesting. since he’s so huge and operating away from the basket. He had 10 first half points, while Tucker had 11 of his own. It was nice to see these guys going at each other and getting buckets (while it lasted). They are both more capable than what we’ve seen so far, HOWEVER I am starting to notice some trends with each player. I’ll keep an eye on this as it continues. 

Twisted Ts and 3s were able to hang around during the first half, thanks Tucker and his buddy Masone, who was putting Clasby in the torture chamber early on with some nice moves. He did pick up a couple fouls though that sent him to the bench and by the time he came by, Clasby had turned the tables on him. Clasby, had a nice block and Masone lay-up attempt. Then he started to do what I begged him to do for 12 games in 5v5 Draft and assert himself offensively. Clasby, started walking his shorter defender to the post and forcing fouls or getting easy buckets. I mentioned in the preview about Twisted Ts and 3s lack of height. It was beginning to be a real problem in this game.

Sutton Who? went into the half up 31-28. The game was close in score, but the tide appeared to be shifting firmly into Sutton Who?’s hands. BACK TO THE ACTION!

Sutton Who? came out with a clear plan in the second half to victimize all the small guys on Twisted Ts and 3s. That’s exactly what they did, surprisingly without even employing their biggest guys. Manny was quiet in this game and Spencer hung out on the perimeter, but it wouldn’t matter. Clasby, especially was feasting upon the Mouses in his house, even Ian scored on a nifty lefty post hook. Also, the Sutton Who? bench was putting in work. Cole, led the team with 6 assists off the bench and added 6 points. Deven, also had 8 points of his own, that’s pretty nice production off the bench. I’m sure Ian would take what he got from them every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Twisted Ts and 3s offense died a horrible death in the second half. With Tucker locked in a rock fight with his fellow rookie in the second half, there wasn’t many places for this offense to go for buckets. Fellow rookie Court, didn’t have his shot with him last night, going 0 for 5 from deep. Masone, was pretty good, when he wasn’t being brutalized in the post, he did score 9 second half points. Nate “the great” Mendes, had 7 second half points, in a little flurry during the second half. That was about it though, there wasn’t much else offensively for these guys. Hanks, can help with post play for sure, but they need to figure out this offense and Hanks can’t help a lot there. 

Sutton Who? cruised to a 63-50 win. Another impressive win for these guys and another dud for Twisted Ts and 3s. The competition won’t be as hard for them going forward in the next 5 weeks though and I suspect we’ll see improvement.

Grades

Spencer B-: I suppose game plan could be blamed for only having 10 points, but 0 in the second half? I don’t like it. He did own the boards and play great defense though. 

Ian C+: Quiet game for Ian, but that lefty hook was worth a plus. 

Cole A-: I like what I’m seeing there, but he was off from 3.

Deven B+: Solid showing off the bench, 8 points and 5 boards.

Clasby A+: This was between “A+” for doing what I begged for and an “F” for doing it for someone else, but he did get my Uber eats. So A+ it is.

Manny C-: This was a shocking game, Ian’s team dominated in the post and Manny had nothing to do with it. 

Twisted Ts

Tucker B-: He held Spencer scoreless for a half, which is pretty awesome, but his team lost and 15 won’t cut it. He kind of reminds me of CAC legend Matthew Wetherbee, which means he needs my screens to fulfill his full potential. 

Court C-: I was going to downgrade him further for his poor shooting, but then I remembered he guarded Manny the whole game and didn’t get abused. 

Masone B-: He scored it pretty good in this game, but got abused on defense and he isn’t doing enough to help his boys get buckets IMO.

Nate C+: Nate claimed he had more assists, but Harry claimed he needed more buckets. Harry won! 

Andre B-: I’m putting Andre in the Bs just because he had more O-boards than EVERYONE in this game. 

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Late heroics from Vladi and Calvin keep Learner No More undefeated

Kicking off week two we had Harry’s Learner No More and Civale’s Pink Ponies. Harry’s team was victorious last week, but it came with some controversy surrounding Calvin, while Civale’s team was comfortably defeated without him in attendance. Harry was fully staffed, while Civale was missing his rookie and Weinstein leaving him with only four. In last weeks write-up I mentioned that Calvin and Harry got into it a bit and there was some displeasure about his playstyle from his teammates. Well this week started and Calvin was nowhere to be found! He was not on the court and not on the bench, which leads me to believe Harry was laying down the law and decided to suspend him. He checked in at exactly the 10-minute mark, so it seems Harry might have issued a one quarter suspension which seems fair for his transgressions last week. Calvin also could have been stuck in traffic, but my sources were unable to confirm this account and since every other player had no issues with traffic, I think the suspension is more plausible.

Without Calvin, Civale’s team got off to a quick start. Nestler was all over the court both getting to the hoop and distributing, and Frank was money from deep. Their early lead disappeared quickly, howver as Xavier got going and had a couple nice finishes at the rim pulling it back to a tie at 12-12. Like last week, Vladi was cold at the start and seemed bothered by Nestler’s length at the rim, bricking a couple layups. The next few minutes were all Civale’s team as he got going. He was dominating in the post even with Harry doing everything he could to stop him and when he wasn’t in the post he was hitting threes. The 12-12 game turned into a 27-17 lead for Civale with just over 10 minutes left.

It was at this point that Calvin would finally enter the game. With Calvin in, Vladi was able to get more room to operate and knocked down a three and hit three free throws after he was fouled shooting another three to bringing it back to 27-23. After that brief 6-0 run, Ponies quickly put a stop to things and pushed the lead back to 12 with an aggressive finish at the rim from Nestler and a pair of threes from Civale. After taking a few minutes to get into the game, Calvin finally got on the board with five minutes left in the half, knocking down a long three. That Calvin bucket got things going for Learner No More and they would go on 8-0 run to pull it back to 40-38. Dodakian had a nice put back in this stretch and Xavier had a couple of nice finishes through traffic and in transition. A pair of Civale free throws and Nestler contested jumper would push the lead to six at the half with Ponies leading 44-38. Civale had quite the first half putting up 25 points as Harry had no answer for him on defense (poor Glynn was left on an island for a stretch), while Nestler almost had a triple double with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. For Learner No More, Vladi led the way with 14 and Xavier, Dodakian and Calvin all had 7-8 points.

As hot as Civale was from the field in the first half, the opposite was true to start the second half. Ponies seemed to forget how to shoot and proceeded to airball their first three shots of the half. Fatigue was likely the main cause of these poor shots, but Learner No More really stepped up their defense as well and was guarding Civale far beyond the three-point line. Fatigue was also setting in on the defensive end of the Ponies as Vladi was able to get open and knocked down two threes to give us the first tie of the game since 0-0 at 46-46 with 16 minutes left. Civale’s squad would pull ahead again as Nestler started to get to the rim again and Harry would call Vladi to sub out, which he was not thrilled about at all. With Vladi out, Calvin started to carry the offense knocking down a couple threes to match Nestler and Civale, who finally remembered how to shoot again. Though they were shooting well again, you could tell Civale was exhausted and after a Calvin jumper it was tied again. Civale would take the lead back on a free throw and finally with 7 minutes left, Harry would make a great pass to Xavier on a backdoor cut to give Learner No More their first lead of the game at 63-62. After that Civale would try to answer, but Harry decided not to let him by and pushed him causing him to go off balance and fall out of bounds. Civale assumed a foul was called and started to inbound the ball, when the ref announced it was Learner No More ball. Civale was stunned, while Harry had a shit eating grin on his face as he inbounded the ball and we got back to the action.

The rest of the game was a lot of fun as the teams went back and forth hitting some very tough shots. For Learner No More it was a two man show as Vladi and Calvin seemed to alternate hitting big shots, while Civale, Nestler and Mals all hit big shots for Pink Ponies. A Vladi and one pushed the lead to 66-62 and after a Calvin three, Learner found themselves up 72-68 with three minutes left. Mals would answer immediately with a three of his own, but Vladi and one again pushed the lead back to four. Nestler would answer with an and one of his own and after two free throws from Calvin, Civale’s team was down by three with just over 20 seconds remaining. I thought there was a chance Harry would foul, but he chose not to and Civale got open enough to knock down a deep three to tie it at 77. Interestingly, Harry elected not to call a timeout and Vladi brought the ball up and settled on the right side of the court. With about six seconds left he started his move and went hard to the rim where Nestler was waiting to block the ball out of bounds. Vladi hit the floor hard and controversially the ref blew his whistle sending Vladi to the line. Setting the stage we had 3.7 seconds left in a tie game and Vladi was at the line where he was 6 for 7 so far. First shot, clank, still tied. Second shot, swish. Learner No More in the lead again, 78-77. Civale was out of timeouts so after an inbound to Nestler, the best they could get was a half-court shot which came up well short giving Learner No More their second win of the season and leaving Pink Ponies wondering how different things would have been if Weinstein was there.

Learner No More

Calvin A – 24/8 in 30 minutes of game time and only complained once to the ref from what I can remember. It seems Harry’s punishment worked and Calvin learned his lesson and then put together a heck of a performance.  

Vladi A – Hit the game winning free throw and was a force throughout. Somehow lead his team in rebounding, which is definitely a mistake and shows I need to do a better job tracking rebounds for their team.

Xavier B+ – Great first half, but was very quiet in the second half. Still played a key role on defense even when he wasn’t scoring.

Dodakian B – Nice all-around game and like Xavier is very good at playing his role on this team.

Glynn B- – Shot wasn’t falling, but made some great cuts and was solid on defense.

Harry A – – Impressive captaining game. Held out Calvin for the first 10 minutes of the game motivating him to dominate once he entered, shoved Civale and got away with it and trusted Vladi enough to not call a timeout at the end.

Pink Ponies

Civale B+ – Was the leading scorer in the game, but forced some shots at the end and chose a horrific name for his team so those two drop it from an A to a B+.

Nestler A- – Really impressive triple-double, but 0-5 from deep stands out in a close game.

Mals A – Great game from Frank with a double-double and a huge late three to keep it close.

Maz B – Had a tough task guarding Vladi all game, but did an admirable job and also knocked down a pair of threes.   

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Kap’s lack of assists lead to downfall

This had game of the night written all over it, as Kap’s squad took on Noah’s team. Kap, continued to miss Joel, just like the rest of us. Some how Noah managed a full squad for the first time in 5 years. TO THE ACTION!

Drive and Kick got off to a slow start in this game, with Harding, stranded on Myer island in the first half.  Harding, only managed 6 first half points, but lucky for him his backcourt mate came to play. Leblanc, would go 3 for 4 from 3 in the first half. I’d like to say that he was dropping his balls all over Kap’s face, but most of his points came from broken plays or fast breaks with Kap out of position to make a play on him. Noah, hit a couple treys as well and the “great one” Cassel had a couple buckets inside.

However, GOAT Shit, was in control for the first half. They had some good ball movement (not from Kap though) and were able to get their other guys involved. Myer, found AAAAAAAAAAAAMIR on a beautiful backdoor cut in the first half. Whoever gave up that basket, should be immediately sent to basketball prison. Silva also hit a couple treys, scoring 10 first half points and Kap added 10 himself. Lots of good balance from these guys, along with the usual Myer double digit scoring.

Things didn’t look great for Drive and Kick going into the break. GOAT SHIT had things under control, with their good defense and balanced scoring. Of course, that’s why we play two halves. BACK TO THE ACTION!

The tide shifted rather quickly in the second half, with Drive and Kick going on an immediate run to take the lead in this game. Harding, found a life raft and paddle his way off Myer Island, to score 14 second half points, with 3 assists and a steal, plus a block. It was good to see him fight through a scoring draught and turn it up to find other ways to contribute. Even Noah contributed with the two least athletic lay-ups for anyone’s lifetime. However, what really turned this game around was the 3-pointners by the “Great One” Chris Cassel. I feel like they broke Goat Shit’s back in this game.

Myer and Kap kept up their scoring in the second half, combining for 23 of the team’s 32 second half points. They just couldn’t get the other guy’s going in the second half. Obviously, Joel would have been a lot of help here, but what can you do? Balanced scoring propelled them in the first half and it was their downfall in the second half. They even spent a portion of the second half in the bonus, but couldn’t do anything with.

Drive and Kick would finish this one out quietly, winning 75-65. Good win for Drive and Kick, who have faced two good teams already.

GOAT SHIT

Kap B: Kap scored it well, but didn’t do much of the little things he does to help his team win teams. A little much complaining to the ref.

Myer B: Same thing for Myer, who was great in the first half, but lost his match-up in the second half and was meh from the free throw line. 

Ghost D+: If Ghost isn’t scoring, he isn’t doing much. 

Silva B+:  Like I said last week, 10 points and good shooting is what you want here.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAMIR C+:  Sexy backdoor cut, but couldn’t get his shot from deep.

Drive and Kick

Harding A-: I’ve seen better Harding games, but considering the circumstances this one was pretty good. Shook off a slow start and came through for his team.

Leblanc A: I liked the scoring numbers, it would be helpful for his team if he could keep them there consistently.

Noah B+: Good Noah game, with some nifty looking drives at about 1 MPH. 

Kodra C+: I didn’t notice Kodra much in this game, I’d like to see more aggressiveness, but he did get 4 assists. 

Crooker B-: My first time seeing him, but not a bad day at the office. 

Chris “The Great One” Cassel A+: I felt like this 3s turn around the game and pushed his team to victory. 

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Cawley sweats out victory

The third game of the evening was between Cawley’s Stallions and the constantly undermanned Powerpuff Girls. To the surprise of no one the Powerpuff Girls were missing Macdonald and Etheridge. MacDonald, misses more games than Kyrie Irving in B-Draft. Cawley, was out for his team. TO THE ACTION!

Similar to last week’s games the Stallions came out hot riding their transition offense on the back of Pollock, who was dominating his match-up with Jet. Pollock, is a tough guard for guards smaller than him, even if they can fly. He was dictating the action out there, which led to a bunch of easy baskets for his squad, particularly Koller, who had a good match-up with Rich guarding him. Then there was Tommy Big Guns, who immediately came into the game and hit a 3. It was his only for the game, but it made an immediate impact on me.

Speaking of 3s, Cavano couldn’t hit one to save his life. He missed his first six in a row, but that didn’t stop him from trying and trying to hit one. Eventually, he would though and that shockingly made him shoot more. Yes, Cavano shot a lot of treys. That wasn’t helping his team though, it was the Jet, who was flying around the court all game. Despite being outmatched on the other end, he made his presence felt around the rim, with some nifty lay-ups and drives. The floater game was working well.

The Stallions went into the half up double-digits, much like they did the week before. Would they be able to close this one as well? BACK TO THE ACTION!

Somehow this game was inching closer and closer as the second half began and progressed. Cavano, was still piling up the bricks from 3, but he was hitting a little bit more. The Jet kept flying as well, scoring in the paint anyway he could and then there was Taha, aka the electric one, putting in his work. Taha had 20 second half points, including a sexy bucket over Koller. You have to give these guys credit, constantly undermanned and putting up a fight. 

The Stallions defense started to let up a bit in the second half, but there were still finding good shots. They don’t hit many 3s, outside of Big Guns, so even when it seems like they’re scoring a lot, the number isn’t too big. Pollock, really brought them home in this game, putting up a triple-double. He still refuses to shoot 3s, but I give up telling him that. Gagnon, pitched in with a nice double digit point effort in Cawley’s absence. He’s one of the best bench pieces in the league.

The Powerpuff Girls got this game within two possessions late in the second half, causing Cawley to panic in the discord thread. However, PPG couldn’t get over the hump and the Stallions got control back in the free throw portion of the second half. Then Koller got hurt and they almost blew another lead, but time ran out on them.  Jet would hit a three at the buzzer to make it a 68-65 Final Stallions

Grades

Koller A-: Solid game for Koller, who doesn’t usual score well with someone taller than him guarding him. Hopefully, he isn’t too hurt, because then he’ll be using that as an excuse for the rest of the season.

Cameron B: He did a good job of contributing all over in this game. 

Gagnon B+: Did his part in filling in for Cawley. Double-digits from him is where they want him.

Pollock A+: Triple-dub gets you an A+ all the time.

Tommy Big Guns C: Big Guns came out anger one time and it threw me off, so for that, he gets a “C”.

Powerpuff Girls

Cavano D: I don’t blame Cavano for shooting so much, but his activity sucked in this game. He didn’t have his usual energy and it showed.

Jet B+: I’d have the Jet in the “As’ for his game, but his man got a triple double.

Taaaaaaahaaaa A-: I mean what more do you want from your last pick? 

Rich C+: Listen, 20 boards is a good, but you can’t get outscored by double the points.

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