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#B5v5 Draft W22: Week 1 Lines
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January 17, 2022
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Mooch (8) vs Almost Famous (5) 6 pm Game:

Projected Starters: 
  • Mooch: C: Martins, PF: Valcourt, SF: Andrews, SG: Muccio, and PG: Fay
  • Almost Famous: C: Cundall, F: Shaffer, F: Stahl, G: Capra, and G: Masone 

It’s a new season, but Muccio’s squad reminds me a lot of his Delta Variants team from last season. Throwing darts in the dark here, but #respectfully Almost Famous just has too much firepower Team Mooch. 

The marquee matchup here is Jack Fay vs the combination of Calvin Stahl and Joel Shaffer. Almost Famous led by their savvy captain and CAC vet Ian Cundall will implore a strategy to slow down Fay and minimize his impact offensively, which is much easier said than done. 

Marquee Matchup Edge: Fay

The secondary matchup is where Almost Famous has the most significant edge and will be the deciding factor in this game. I am excited about the potential of rookies Daniel Capra and Tyler Masone. Ball protection and guard play will be critical in this match-up, as Shaffer and Stahl will look to enforce their will on Muccio’s squad early and often.

Martin has the potential to be the Robin to Fay’s Batman, coming off the best statistically season of his CAC career. At 6’3 240 the team’s 3rd round pick Valcourt will be the ultimate wildcard here. I think both players will benefit by playing with an unselfish team-first player like Fay. 

Secondary Matchup Edge: Almost Famous

As the season goes I’ll be better able to assess and compare each team’s bench. Right now there are too many unknowns here to offer any true insight. 

Bench Matchup Edge: Even

I think this will be a close game, I believe Almost Famous has too much firepower and pulls away late. Their ability to get out in transition will ultimately prove to be too much for Mooch. 

Almost Famous -6 over Mooch

 

Demakes (2) vs Pranam (4) 8 pm Game:

Projected Starters: 
  • Demakes: C: Demakes, F: Tenney, F: Corrigan, SG: King, and PG: Clasby
  • Pranam: C: Kabzan, PF: Tousey SF: Liao  SG: Luther PG: Guzzi 

Positionless basketball has made its way into the CAC B5v5 draft league. Is freedom of movement? Are my hacking days over? I hope not! 

Admittedly, I was not only stunned but impressed with Harry’s draft strategy. When I look at this roster, I can’t help but be impressed with the position diversity of each. 

  • Liam Corrigan(6’3 Wing) 
  • Clasby (6’2 Guard) 
  • Tenney (6’2 Guard) 
  • King (6’2 Guard) 
  • Donnelly (6’0 Guard)

Offensively, they have no shortage of shooters or ball handlers which will allow them to play at with a lot of pace. 

Pranam’s squad success will be determined by how well and quickly Joseney and Guzzi are able to mesh. This team is very undersized, so will rely heavily on Tousey, Guzzi, and Kabzan to defend the paint and rebound consistently. On the brighter side, as Tousey and Liao are on this team, so there will be no shortage of intensity and encouragement.

The marquee matchup here is Tenney vs Joseney. I have never seen Joseney play, but my sources tell me he’s a bucket. He played D3 ball and is capable of getting to the rim with ease and scoring in bunches. Tenney with 200+ CAC games under his belt will not catch anyone by surprise at this point. Tenney is a very capable scorer and shooter, with a knack for drawing fouls. 

Marquee Matchup Edge: Even

The secondary matchup can go eitherway in this one, but I’ll side with Demakes because my familiarity with their team. I am certain the chemistry on Pranam’s squad will develop of the course of the season, but I expect some challenges along way. 

Secondary Matchup Edge: Demakes

Admittedly, Pranam’s squad seems a bit too top-heavy. Respectfully, I love the effort and enthusiasm that Pranam (5’3), Glynn, and Ng (5’7) will contribute to this team, but against the deeper team’s in this league this might present challenges match-up wise. 

Harry’s team is solid from 1 to 8. S. Glynn and Beato were absolute steals in the later rounds of the draft. The shooting combination of King, Corrigan, and Clasby

Bench Matchup Edge: Even

I think this will be a close game, I believe Demakes has too much firepower and pulls away late. Their ability to get out in transition will ultimately prove to be too much for Mooch. 

Demakes +3 over Pranam 

 

Fraher (3) vs Xavier (7) 9 pm Game:

Projected Starters: 
  • Fraher: C: Fraher, PF: Steeves, SF: Yeakley, SG: Bartels, and PG: Weinstein
  • Xavier: C: Olugbade, PF: Udofia, SF: J. Abreu, SG: Reynoso and, PG: X. Abreu

Offensively, I expect both teams to attempt a lot of three-pointers. Yeakley, Morris, and Reynoso are absolute marksmen and should not never be left alone beyond arc ever!  Both teams will implore contrasting styles as Xavier, Reynoso, and Jonathan will look to play with pace and get out and run early. While Fraher and company will generate a majority of their offense with ball movement and half-court sets. 

The marquee matchup here is Weinstein vs J. Abreu. Weinstein is a solid ballhandler, defender, and as deadly as they come from mid-range. Jonathan is a shifty, up-tempo guard, that likes to get out and run. Weinstein gets the edge here due to familiarity, but I’m very excited to see this battle first-hand. 

Marquee Matchup edge: Weinstein

The secondary matchups are very intriguing with so many unknown factors. I know Reynoso, Morris, and Jonathan are capable scorers, but Xavier (4.9 PPG), Udofia (7.5), and Olugbade (4 PPG) are high-level defensive players that aren’t known for their offense. Additionally, can Olugbade and Udofia co-exist? They occupy the same space and have similar styles, if nothing else rebounding should not be a problem for Xavier’s squad.

Fraher’s squad has no shortage of size or shooting, so it’s going to be a feast or famine but either way, shots are guaranteed to fly in this one. Steeves and Bartels are my diaper dandies (Dick Vitale voice). I love the diversity in Steeves’ game! Steeves can punish defenders in the paint with his 6’3 200 lb or pick you apart from downtown with his deadly shooting. Bartels is a wildcard, but when I read his rookie bio I instantly thought of Dennis Shroder. 

The rookies will be the ultimate wildcards in this one, but I give the edge to Fraher and the team. Too much size and too much skill. I said, what I said. 

Secondary Matchup Edge: Fraher

As the season goes I’ll be better able to assess and compare each team’s bench. Right now there are too many unknowns here to offer any true insight. 

Bench Matchup Edge: Even

#Respectfully, I believe this game will be decided pretty early on. I have no doubt Xavier and the team will put tremendous pressure on Fraher’s squad on defense, but at the end of the day, they will not be able to muster up enough offense to keep pace. 

Fraher +10.5 over Xavier

January 18, 2022
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Thanks for the awesome write-up, Jamil! I’m not sure I’ve ever actually been on Fraher’s team (I’m old and my memory sucks, though), so it will be nice to have that automatic 18 footer to rely on. Looking forward to the season!

January 18, 2022
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leveejy said
Thanks for the awesome write-up, Jamil! I’m not sure I’ve ever actually been on Fraher’s team (I’m old and my memory sucks, though), so it will be nice to have that automatic 18 footer to rely on. Looking forward to the season!  

You have to pass it to him though Yeakley 

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Well I heard that I’m supposed to do a preview for the 7pm game. Like the rest of my life, it caught me by surprise, BUT, don’t worry. I was actually just working on putting my personal flare to the stat sheet, so expect PHENOMINAL scorekeeping for all of Jamil’s games.

Guys I’m going to be honest, I have no idea who you people are; I have no preview for you. This is convenient since I’m leaving work in 20 minutes. Expect an actual preview from me next week.

 

Line: MFers (-8)

o/u 109.5

January 19, 2022
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This week’s matchup was a winter classic! Defensive players were on skates all game, but I can’t in good conscious say this was due to impressive ball handling. We battled through the elements of the CCC and provided a great matchup in You Got Tibbs’d vs. Motha Fockers in the 7pm slot. Coming into the game I blindly set a line of MFers -8 with an o/u of 109.5, which obviously sent the sports bettors into a frenzy.

To the action.

Tibbs’d came out of the gates hot, looking to destroy the disrespectful +8 I threw on their name. Most notably, Jack Niemman was EATING early in the first half. Kid is an absolute chucker, but the majority were going in, so I can’t even be mad. Point guard/point god AJ Gotthelf visibly salivated anytime he saw Jack on the wing, as it was basically an automatic assist; he’d have 5 dimes in the first 10 minutes of the game to pair with his 3 quick steals.

I didn’t log the score during the game, so you’ll just have to trust me that it looked like Tibbs’d was running away with this one in the first ten minutes.

On the other side, Joe Dwyer was doing his part to keep the rout to a minimum. He’d rack up 9 first-half points, and while Nick Rossetti and Jamil “The Fourth” Ball weren’t hitting their shots early, they’d pitch in with 3 and 2 first half assists, respectively. Robel had a couple of buckets under the hoop, but definitely wasn’t pressing the issue; I thought the MFers could’ve used some more post-ups to the big man to set the tone. Robel has the ability to pass out of doubles when he wants to, and I think this could’ve created some more offense for them.

Speaking of big men, MFers tallied 6 OREBs in the first half to YGT’s 5. More on this later.

Halftime score: I didn’t write it down, but the MFers had pulled within 2.

The second half felt like a completely different game. Niemman took 14 shots in the first half, and only 4 in the second. AJ had 5 assists in the first half, and only 2 in the second. And as for those offensive boards? Yeah, Tibbs’d didn’t even get one in the second half.

Enter Jeff Motha. Dude turned it on in the second half, and while the scoreboard might not show it, he was my co-second half-MVP. He went 2/4 from the field in the second period and grabbed 4 OREBs to give his team extra looks. The big man also added an assist and a steal.

Tola Balogun also was making a difference for his squad out there. Again, Tola didn’t light up the scoreboard in the 2nd (0/2, 3/4 FT), but he got in the trees grabbing 5 boards while showing impressive athleticism and throwing out a couple dimes.

Dwyer kept the scoring coming in the second to earn the other half to Motha’s co-2nd Half-MVP. He’d pour 11 more in to give himself 20 on the night, while ALSO fighting for 3 big OREBs. Love to see it.

Tibbs’d looked like they got winded, worn-down, and just didn’t have the same pep in their step for the 2nd, and just couldn’t keep up. AJ did what he could with a 9-2-2 second half line, but it wasn’t enough. Down the stretch they had to start the fouling, which led to some big FTs by Nick and Tola.

FINAL: 55-50, Motha Fockers (my lines weren’t bad!)

 

Player Grades:

You Got Tibbs’d

Jack Niemman (A-): Jack played exceptionally in the first, but sort of took a back-seat role in the 2nd. It’ll be interesting to see which of these is the norm, and which is the outlier. Great performance though, going 7-14 from deep and scoring 27 on the night. 27-3-0, 9-18 FGs, 7-14 3pt,

AJ Gotthelf (B+): Really good game from the point guard, and I’m excited to see what he can bring to the league. He shows some nice explosiveness, and if his shot is falling, look out. 14-5-7, 5-18 FGs

Chris Cavano (B+): Not a great scoring night for Chris, but he didn’t shoot much. He was focused on rebounds all night and did a great job there: 11 DREBs. I’d like to see him get more involved in the ball movement on this offense. And grab an O-board! 5-11-1, 2/6 FGs

Nico Knight (C-): Oof. Really rough shooting night for Nico. He looked comfortable with his shot, but absolutely nothing was falling. 4-7-1, 1/10 FGs

Christian Balcerzak (B-): Provided nearly all his stats in the 2nd, which his team really needed. 2-4-1, 1/5 FGs

Carlos Morla (B): Didn’t see a ton of action, so it’s tough to grade. A steal and assist in limited time is good enough for a B. 0-1-1, 0/1 FGs

 

Motha Fockers

Jeff Motha (B+): Great game from Jeff and I don’t care what the APR says. Crucial piece to his team’s second-half success. 4-9-1, 2/5 FGs

Robel (B): Honestly Robel played well, but just didn’t see a lot in this offense except the beginning of the game. This team needs to get him the ball more in the post and score/pass depending on how the defense plays him. 8-8-1, 3/7 FGs

Joe Dwyer (MVP): Steady force throughout this one. Nothing crazy, but he got the job done. 20-8-1 on 9/20 shooting.

Jamil Ball (C+): Jamil struggled mightily to get a bucket in the first, but managed to get it together in the second half. Make a free throw man! 5-1-4, 2/7 FGs, 0/5 FTs

Nick Rossetti (C+): Also a rough shooting night for Nick and zero secondary stats for the second half. We’ll chalk it up to first game rust. 7-1-3, 2/10 FGs

Nahuel Palomeque (B): I didn’t mention Nahuel in the write-up, but he was a solid contributor in this game and was flying around for rebounds. 6-6-0, 3/9 FGs

Tola Balogun (B): Didn’t shoot a lot, but his presence on the court was helping his team. This guy is springy and isn’t afraid to get inside with the big guys. Really like his potential in the league. 7-7-3, 2/6 FGs

James Lindsay (A+): Giving James an honorary A+ for playing an entire game in a thick ass sweater. I’m not sure what the strategy was here, but I respect it and sort of want more of it. 2-4-0, 1/3 FGs

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 Jeff Motha (B+): Great game from Jeff and I don’t care what the APR says. Crucial piece to his team’s second-half success. 4-9-1, 2/5 FGs

All lay-ups, not great.

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 Jeff Motha (B+): Great game from Jeff and I don’t care what the APR says. Crucial piece to his team’s second-half success. 4-9-1, 2/5 FGs

All lay-ups, not great.  

Calm down Harry. Eye test said he was a big part of the 2nd half.

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Calm down Harry. Eye test said he was a big part of the 2nd half.  

Must have been the same eyes that couldn’t keep track of the score.

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Jamil Ball (C+): Jamil struggled mightily to get a bucket in the first, but managed to get it together in the second half. Make a free throw man! 5-1-4, 2/7 FGs, 0/5 FTs

Great write-up Joel! I’ll be better next week, I hope lol 

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Must have been the same eyes that couldn’t keep track of the score.  

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