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January 22, 2022
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Power Rankings for Week # 2: Beware of Overreactions

  1. Like Fine Wine (1-0)
  2. Eagle Fang (1-0)
  3. Motha Fockers (1-0)
  4. You Got Tibbs’D (0-1)
  5. Almost Famous (1-0)
  6. N95ers (0-1)
  7. Primetime! (0-1) 
  8. New Era (0-1)

B5v5 Draft W22: Week 2

 

7:00 PM Almost Famous  vs. New Era

 

Projected Starters:

  • Almost Famous: C: Cundall, F: Shaffer, F: Stahl, G: Capra, and G: Masone 
  • New Era: C: Olugbade, PF: Udofia, SF: J. Abreu, SG: Reynoso and, PG: X. Abreu

Last week, Almost Famous managed to prevail despite struggling offensively for 30 minutes of the game. They will face a highly motivated New Era team coming off an embarrassing loss in their first game of the season.

The marquee matchup will be between Calvin Stahl (Almost Famous) and Jonathan Abreu (New Era). In week 1, it took an entire half for Calvin to shake off the rust, but coming off 33 points and 15 rebounds in B Draft I’m inclined to say he’s back. 

I don’t want to overreact to Jonathan’s week 1 struggles. This dude can ball and put up points in bunches, but I question can he do it in the flow of a team offense? For the New Era team to be successful in this match-up, Jonathan will have to figure out how to incorporate his teammates offensively and avoid forced shots. Jeff Motha would probably give me the same advice if he was reading this lol. #momentofclarity

Marquee Matchup Edge: Calvin Stahl

Projected Bench Rotation: 

  • Almost Famous: Pan, Mals, and Packard
  • New Era: Henry, Finn, and Amal

I give Almost Famous a slight edge due to style play. Ian and the team, implore a strategy that focuses on ball movement and unselfish play. As a result, the guys on the Almost Famous squad will have more opportunities to make an impact on the game. 

Henry, Finn, and Amal made the most of their limited opportunities in week 1. Can Xavier and Jonathan figure out a way to get more production from their bench? We’ll see! 

Bench Matchup Edge: Almost Famous

Barring any unforeseen events, my gut tells me Calvin Stahl is going to have an epic night against a New Era team that likes to get out and run as often as possible.

Calvin, Shaffer, and Masone are nightmares in transition and will utilize suffocating defense to get easy baskets in transition. Last week, as a team they combined for 11 steals and I expect that trend to continue. 

On the other hand, Led by Ini’s inspired play and Xavier’s all-out ball pressure I have no doubt the New Era squad will improve upon last week’s unimpressive debut. 

To pull off the upset, Reynoso is going to have to bounce back from a poor shooting performance and play like the #hooper we know is. 

This will be a tough match-up, but I’m predicting Almost Famous in a close game that comes down to the last couple of possessions. Either Way, best of luck fellas! 

Final Prediction: Almost Famous +3 over New Era

 

8:00 PMN95ers  vs.You Got Tibbs’D

 

Projected Starters:

  • You Got Tibbs’D: C: Knight, F: Cavano, F: Niemann, G: Elliott, and G: AJ
  • N95ers: C: Kabzan, PF: Tousey, SF: Liao,  SG: Luther, and PG: Guzzi

Coming off of tough losses in week 1, both teams will be highly motivated to pull out a victory in this very exciting match-up. The 2nd overall pick in the draft AJ Gotthelf is better than advertised, but his running mate Jack Niemann stole the show dropping an impressive 27 points on 7 of 14 shooting from beyond the arc and going home with the #B5v5DraftW22 co-player of the week honors.

The N95ers struggled early on in last week’s loss, but they will be forced to reckon with when the games matter most. The trio of Tousey, Luther, and Guzzi combined for a whopping 46 points, 34 rebounds, and 5 steals. This was a very impressive debut for 3 guys that have never played with one another.

The marquee matchup will be Guzzi and Luther vs AJ and Niemann. Niemann is an absolute sniper with the ability to score in bunches if left alone. Guzzi at 6’3 has the length and athleticism to challenge him on both ends of the court. 

Luther vs AJ will be the more interesting of these matchups because they have very similar styles of play.

Their downhill physical attacking styles will lead to lots of free throws and open looks for their teammates. Luther has a slight size advantage, but AJ would run through a brick wall if that’s what it took to get a bucket. 

Both these dudes are tough as nails, so I don’t either of them to offer any concessions. 

Marquee Matchup Edge: Push

 

Projected Bench Rotation: 

  • You Got Tibbs’D: Balcerzak, Morla, and Lemtiri-Chlieh
  • N95ers: Ng, Chatterjee, and Glynn

Will Lemtiri-Chlieh make his CAC debut this week? Can Chatterjee improve upon last week’s rotations? 

There is a lot of unknown hares, so let’s focus on what we do know. 

  • You Got Tibbs’D
    • Balcerzak is an effort/glue guy. His unselfish play and defensive intensity are a true benefit to this team. 
    • Morla will look to build upon a solid CAC Debut.
  • N95ers
    • Pranam is going to play with a ton of energy and hustle.
    • Ng will build upon his CAC debut and continue to do the little things that often go unappreciated. I see you hustling out their young fella!
    • Ryan Glynn has to be felt if the N95ers are going to pull out this victory in this one.

The edge goes to You Got Tibbs’D in this one. Overall the lack of size on the N95ers bench is going to create a lot of mismatches if rotating multiple players in at once. 

The lack of bench production was the primary reason for the loss they suffered last week. 

Bench Matchup Edge: You Got Tibbs’D

I expect the N95ers to throw everything, but the kitchen sink at You Got Tibbs’D in this matchup. 

You Got Tibbs’D will be the deciding factor. Knight, Cavano, Niemann, Elliott, and AJ are all very capable scorers. This allows them to leverage their bench with no real significant drop-off production-wise. 

The N95ers will need to have Tousey, Luther, and Guzzi on the court for all 44 minutes or this game is going to get out of hand quickly. 

Will the N95ers make the sacrifices necessary to win this game? Based on what I saw last week, no. You Got Tibbs’D takes this one in a Week 2 blowout. 

Final Prediction: You Got Tibbs’D +12 over N95ers

 

9:00 PM Primetime!  vs. Like Fine Wine 

 

Projected Starters:

  • Primetime!: C: Martins, PF: Valcourt, SF: Andrews, SG: Muccio, and PG: Fay
  • Like Fine Wine: C: Fraher, PF: Steeves, SF: Yeakley, SG: Bartels, and PG: Weinstein

Like Fine Wine was by far the most impressive team I watched last week, my team included. Offensively, their unselfish play led to easy baskets and a lot of open opportunities. Their defense is what surprised me most. Anchored by Steeves and Bartels, the Like Fine Wine squad was able to impose their will on a very talented opponent.

Offensively, Yeakley and Weinstein looked unguardable. Hopefully, they can carry that momentum into this week’s matchup. 

For Primetime! Offensively it was a game to forget. Aside from Muccio, this team struggled to put the ball in the basket. Moving forward, After looking like a mere moral I expected big things from my guy Jack Fay! Coming off a 12 point, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists performance in #A5v5. Fay will re-introduce himself as the baddest Motha Focker in the #B5v5Draft league! 

Yeah, I just wrote that! 

The marquee matchup will be Fay vs Steeves/Bartels/Weinstein. One does not stop Jack Fay, but you can do your best to slow him down.  

Steeves, Bartels, and Weinstein are very strong defenders with high basketball IQs. If I’m Fraher and Yeakley I go box-and-one and make other guys on Primetime! Beat me. #justmythoughts

I’ll give Fay the edge. If he can get the three-point shot falling early, the defense will be in for a long night. 

Marquee Matchup Edge: Fay

 

Projected Bench Rotation: 

  • Primetime!: Norville, Gillooly, and Jones 
  • Like Fine Wine: Ott, Trippe, and Jennings 

For Primetime! Gillooly and Jones lead the way. Both are very high-level contributors that could arguably be starters on this team. I expect both to have a huge outcome in this game. 

Ott and Jennings pace the Like Fine Wine bench rotation. Coming off an incredibly productive Week 1, I expect both to build upon their early-season success. 

I could go either way in this one, but I love the combination of Gillooly and Jones. Gillooly is a floor spacer and should be utilized to open things up for Fay. Good things happen when the ball is in Jones’ hand. 

Bench Matchup Edge: Primetime!

My heart tells me Primetime!, but I’m going to go with my gut in this one. I have Like Fine Wine moving to 2-0 in a close game that goes down to the wire. 

Aside from Fay and Muccio, Primetime! will need to play lights out defense or figure out a way to generate points consistently. 

Nevertheless, this is going to be a pretty fun game to watch! 

Final Prediction: Like Fine Wine -3.5 over Primetime!

January 25, 2022
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Good stuff Jay money, I’m still getting use to all the new rookies in this league. 

The marquee matchup will be between Calvin Stahl (Almost Famous) and Jonathan Abreu (New Era). In week 1, it took an entire half for Calvin to shake off the rust, but coming off 33 points and 15 rebounds in B Draft I’m inclined to say he’s back. 

I don’t want to overreact to Jonathan’s week 1 struggles. This dude can ball and put up points in bunches, but I question can he do it in the flow of a team offense? For the New Era team to be successful in this match-up, Jonathan will have to figure out how to incorporate his teammates offensively and avoid forced shots. Jeff Motha would probably give me the same advice if he was reading this lol. #momentofclarity

Marquee Matchup Edge: Calvin Stahl

Calvin is on MVP watch in all three of his leagues.

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Fang Takes Motha to Town in Second-Half Thriller (6:00pm)

WHEW, this game would start off slow. There was no score and sloppy play through the first 3 minutes while everyone was out there warming-up, but that’s what you get with these 6:00 games. Pretty sure half of these players were worrying about if they sent their boss the email they’d promised by end of day. Once the juices got flowing midway through the first, we were in for a pretty good one, though.

Rossetti would put an end to the early drought with a nice little putback, followed by an immediate answer from Clasby to make it 2-2. A couple more minutes of sloppy play would follow, and then we had another point trade between Dwyer (3pt) and Corrigan (and-1), 7-7 with 15 to go. After a timeout by Eagle Fang at around 9:45 left, the MFers led 10-9. Five more minutes would pass and we’d have a grand total of 27 points, with Harry’s squad taking a commanding 14-13 lead. Absolute rockfight.

With two minutes to go, I was getting bored and tallied up the first half assists so far: 4 (I missed at least one), and Eagle still had the lead, 19-15.

Motha would hit a nice jumper(!) and trade a basket with Eagle Fang before Robel would make his presence known in the post with an insane travel/spin & finish. It was egregious, but 2 points is 2 points! 21-19 Fang with 45 seconds to go.

Tola hit the deck hard with some sort of injury at around 18 seconds, and Tenney would cap the half with a 3 at the buzzer, bringing the lead to 6, 25-19 Eagle Fang at half.

I felt like the play in the second half was much better. Each team scored roughly 30, but the turnovers and general rust looked like it had been worked out. Right away, Dwyer drained a 3. Dwyer isn’t exactly a selfish player, but I think he realized at halftime that he needs to shoot more if his team is going to be competitive with the better teams in this league.

Beato would drop-in a layup on the other end to start his half before watching Tola dime-up Nahuel in return. Nahuel was quiet in the first, but really turned it on in the second half. He only socred 4 second-half points, but filled-out his 2nd half line with 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists.

I made a note at this point that there were a lot of bad called and missed calls in this one. There’s always some difference of opinion, but I was getting frustrated just watching from the score table. It was happening on both ends, though, so no one has an excuse.

With around 14 to play, Tenney cashed another 3, and Eagle Fang would score 5 more unanswered to stretch the lead to 11 (41-30).

Motha’s team wasn’t going away, but there was some quick back-and-forth for the next couple drives. Beato hit Gus for a bucket, Tola found Dwyer with a nice pass for another one, and Liam would find Gus for another 3-ball. BAAAANG, 44-37 Eagle Fang with 9:00 to play.

Motha Fockers would then put together an impressive run to take the lead back, and the momentum change was in full-swing! Nahuel found Dwyer for a quick bucket, then Rossetti found him for another, and just like that the gap was closed to 3 in under a minute of play.

But they weren’t done. Rossetti hit a monster 3 to tie the game at 44, and then Nahuel would come up with a big steal and assist to his guy Nick for the 46-44 lead. Eagle would finally answer with a bucket, but big Jeff Motha came right back down with an and-1! 49-46 Motha.

Beato wasn’t hitting in the second half, but his confidence wasn’t shaken. He’d calmly splash a three to tie the game at 49 with 3 minutes left.

Then surprise, surprise, a very questionable travel call against the MFers with 1:30 left. Tola was losing his mind about 5 feet from me at midcourt. I wish I remembered what he kept saying, but it was to the tune of utter disbelief.

Clasby would hit his only shot of the second half at a big moment, giving Eagle Fang the lead with 16.6 left.

I don’t know what happened next, but my notes say this: “Questionable foul under hoop… 1&1 up by two, Clasby 1 of 2”.

Off Clasby’s miss on the back-end of his 1&1, the MFers would come up with the rebound during the scramble, down by 3. One last chance to tie this thing up. Right away, Gus made a terrific steal and ran the court to seal the game with a layup.

FINAL: 54-49 Eagle Fang

 

Grades & Lines:

Motha Fockers

Jay Ball (B+): Much better than his last game. Didn’t record a stat in the second half, but I don’t think he played a ton. 2-4-1 on 1-5 shooting (0-2 3pt)

Joe Dwyer (B): Average Dwyer game, very consistent scorer and rebounder. 14-11-0 on 5-15 shooting (2-5 3pt)

Jeff Motha (C-): Missed a lot of close looks at the basket which would’ve been huge in retrospect. 6-2-1 on 2-7 from the field.

Robel (C): I felt like he got more post opportunities in this one, but really couldn’t make much of the majority—specifically in the first half. 4-7-1, 2-9 FG (0-2 3pt)

Nick Rossetti (B+): Made a nice splash for his team in the second half. Should be happy with his performance. 8-9-2 on 3-7 shooting (1-4 3pt)

Tola Balogun (C+): Decent game from Tola, but his shot seemed a little off. 8-6-2 on 3-11 FG, 0-3 from deep.

Nahuel Palomeque (A-): Team’s heartbeat in the second half. First half wasn’t great, but hit 50% in the second and had a ton of big plays. 8-4-2 on 3-9 FG, 1-2 3pt.

James Lindsey (B): Guy doesn’t get much time out there. I don’t think I even saw him on the court in the first half. Hope his team is supplementing his CAC fees. 0-1 FG

 

Eagle Fang

Casey Tenney (MVP): I’d dock him a half grade or maybe even a full one for not registering an assist, but he’s the game’s MVP. 16-12-0 on 5-12 shooting with 3 steals and 2 blocks to boot. 3-6 3pt

Dan Clasby (C+): Dan and the whole league knows he can shoot better than this. Off-night, not worried. Had a big bucket down the stretch. 8-4-1 on 3-10 shooting and 0-2 from 3.

Gus King (B+): from 0-4 in the first half to 3-4 in the second paired with the game-sealing steal/layup? B plus for the Gus Bus. 8-7-0 on 3-8 FG, 2-6 3pt

Harry Demakes (F): Came at me on Twitter last night. Honestly though, a good performance by Harry with yet another underrated defensive showing. 0-5-2 on 0-1 shooting

Liam Corrigan (C): Like Clasby, his normal shot just wasn’t falling. He actually was looking like me out there with some questionable fade-aways. 7-3-3 on 2-9 FG, 0-4 3pt

Richard Beato (B): Kinda chucked this game, but had some good plays and hustle o-boards in the second to give the team some extended possessions. 12-8-1 on 5-14 FG, 2-10 3pt

Scott Glynn (C-): Scott’s shot just wasn’t there either. Had some good looks, but couldn’t convert. 3-1-0 on 1-7, 1-5 3pt.

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Atta boy Joel.

Jay Ball (B+): Much better than his last game. Didn’t record a stat in the second half, but I don’t think he played a ton. 2-4-1 on 1-5 shooting (0-2 3pt)

He didn’t play the second half, hope he isn’t hurt. 

Dan Clasby (C+): Dan and the whole league knows he can shoot better than this. Off-night, not worried. Had a big bucket down the stretch. 8-4-1 on 3-10 shooting and 0-2 from 3.

I want more Clasby threes and aggression out there. 

I made a note at this point that there were a lot of bad called and missed calls in this one. There’s always some difference of opinion, but I was getting frustrated just watching from the score table. It was happening on both ends, though, so no one has an excuse.

Yah they were, but it’s part of the game and KD won’t be reffing in this league. So everyone better adjust. 

Scott Glynn (C-): Scott’s shot just wasn’t there either. Had some good looks, but couldn’t convert. 3-1-0 on 1-7, 1-5 3pt.

His defense was good though! Put Motha in the torture chamber. 

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