January 23, 2017
Another great week down! Some highlights after Week 6:
– Hoop Heights saw their first victory of the season, getting each team in the league at least one win. With a bevy of players, they have seen hot outside shooting from Tim Flynn, strong guard play from Elijah Sanon and Spencer Canny, and good interior play from Larry Farmer and Matt Raffol. However, inconsistent attendance has hurt them, along with some tough losses. I expect this squad to continue to compete, and possibly upset their way through the playoffs.
– Hot Rim Action has been nearly dominant with their interior play, outrebounding almost every team they play. Interior dominance from Greg Ney, Chris Callahan, and William Childs-Klein has not been quite enough to move beyond one win. While Mike Malley has mostly played solidly at the point guard position, he will look to build off his double double from last week’s one point loss.
– Thank You University has also struggled with some attendance inconsistencies. Often only having five or six players, their play has mostly surpassed their record. Outside shooting from Jesse Larson, Greg Palazzo, and Chris Donoyan has been on point, with interior scoring from Eli Yuan-Vogel and all-around play from Kevin Toomey inside. Recent emergence from Matt Wrubel at the point guard spot will potentially lead the squad to a couple upsets leading to the playoffs.
– Pippen Ain’t Easy has had a streaky season, in spite of an impressive 4-2 record. They often rely on late-game defensive pressure to solidify their standing in the game, led by Charlie Yao, Trevor Larsen, and Jedidiah Curtis. With Larsen leading the way offensively, the anchors of the team may be the consistent play from big men Ryan Nelson, Ryan Webb, and Joe Webb. A deep team, I expect they will continue to have some great games. With more consistent shooting, they may prove to be a top team down the stretch.
– Bus Drivers have a very consistent rotation on their squad, with John Rodier (affectionately, J-Ro) running the squad at the point guard spot, Aj Alaluf hitting perimeter shots at the two, TJ Dlugolecki as an athletic wing, Tom McIntyre as a stretch four who plays very strongly inside, and big man Mike Sydorko controlling the paint while also hitting open shots from outside. Bus Drivers may prove to be the top competitor to the leading league team.
– Donkaroos has been ahead of the pack all season as a 6-0 squad. Led by their pressurized version of a 2-3 zone, with length at the top of the zone, this team is deep and talented. After a week 1 blowout victory, it seemed they may run away from the pack. However, the team has mostly played in decently close games since then. With strong guard play from Sam King, Max King, Brendon Leary, and Nate Perkins, along with dominant play from Stu Easton inside, it may be tough to unseat the leaders of the league. The close games, however, suggest otherwise. It will be great to see if another team can unseat this squad moving forward!
I look forward to week 7 (which, I’ll miss) and beyond for more great ball.
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