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#B5v5North Season Wrap-up Awards & Round 1 Lines
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As we head into the playoffs, I like to wrap up the regular season with an awards post. Oh and tell you to sign-up for the next season! Summer 21 starts 6/13 with the deadline to hold your spot/pay being Friday June 4th. You should save a spot for your team if you haven’t already. Spots are super-duper limited!

https://www.cacbasketball.com/team-signup/

This season we tracked a couple extra stats, and you can see the season long effort on the spreadsheet. You know the one! 

On the season, the league shot 27.5% from downtown and 54.2% from the FT line. Not great, but the 3point shooting definitely picked up the second half of the season, so that was good to see. If you didn’t see the spreadsheet, what’s wrong with you? Check it out!

Teams that passed it well did really well this season. If you put up more than 15 assists in a game your team went 19-4 with an average margin of victory of 6.9 points. What’s more impressive is 2 of those losses came in week 9 in well played games! That info? Also on the same spreadsheet as the shooting numbers. Check the other tab. Go on, do it! 

Let’s get to the awards, shall we?? 

6th Man of the Season – Kevin Rewinski, Big Tuna – I treat this as a combo 5th starter/1st bench guy award. Rewinski earned it by hitting 3s at a 37% clip this season (14-37) and if we was a a couple more games probably would have padded his stats in more of their blowouts. 

Defensive Player of the Season – Stephen Valacer, Space & Pace – His team barely gave up 50 points per game. They put the clamps on the 2nd most insane 3 point shooting team in this Spring season not once, but TWICE. 

All-Defensive Team – For All-Stars and All-whatever teams I usually pick 2 guard, 2 wings and 1 big. That’s how I do it. Don’t like it? Run your own division next season and you can choose your award winners however you want! 

G – Stephen Valacer, Space & Pace
G  – Joey Lisella, Big Tuna
W – Ben MacDonald, Stay Out Of This
W – Brendan Sullivan, Big Tuna
B – Ricardo Bonhomme, GoonSquad

Rookie of the Season – Fru Che, DRBL – He led the league in points by 2.6 per game and rebounds by 5.5. Does that say enough? Over the final 3 games of the season DRBL went 2-1 with the lone loss being a triple OT thriller. He’s got his team coming on strong at the exact right time!

All-Rookie Team 
G – Myles Stephenson, Brooks Ballers
G – Jonathan Josselin, Nuketown
W – Khaneil Bruce, Nuketown 
W – Jacob Mackay, Brooks Ballers 
B – Fru Che, DRBL

MVP – Joey Lisella, Big Tuna – Look, you can be the MVP and still have a kryptonite that can bring you down. Joey and Big Tuna are 0-2 against Space & Pace and 7-0 against everyone else. Big Tuna doesn’t quite employ the Jordan Rules on him, but damn close. Regardless, Joey was a monster this season, shooting 30-100 from downtown, handed out the most assists in the league (42) and playing defense at a high level, leading the league in steals. 

1st Team All Stars
G – Joey Lisella, Big Tuna – MVP! MVP!
G – Cory Stratford – Dirty Jim & The Boys – Not an automatic 30 piece but pretty damn close
W – Khaneil Bruce – Nuketown – KB carried Nuketown through a roster that looked very different week to week. He can score, rebound, defend and distribute. 
W – Kevin Swecker, Stay Out of This – Someone have the balls to tell Sweck he’s not a point guard please. I thought that’s what Harry got paid to do??
B – Jason Marino, Space & Pace – His team was 7-0 with him in the line-up. If that doesn’t scream 1st Team I’m not sure what does. 

2nd Team All Stars
G – Stephen Valacer, Space & Pace – If you can lock down the Big Tuna backcourt twice and still lead the league in assists you’re an all-star in my book.
G – Adam Chen, Space & Pace – Remember in the preseason when i said Chen would have a breakout season? Well all he did was averaging the most PPG and hitt the most 3s (reg season) in his #CACreer! 
W – Sam Gillies, Nuketown – Another couple games and he might be on the first team with KB. Oh and Nuketown might have had a couple more wins this season too! 
W – Jacob Mackay, Brooks Ballers – Led the league in free throw attempts with his aggressive, some would say TOO aggressive, drives to the hoop. He’ll never get all the calls he thinks he should but BB wouldn’t be able to play the way they do without him.
B – Fru Che, DRBL – Look, remember that season when David Robinson won the MVP award and then Hakeem Olajuwon absolutely embarrassed him in the west conference finals. Actually, that was in the mid-90s, how many of you were even born then? What I’m saying is that Fru will have a chance to upstage Marino in round 1 of the playoffs to get his revenge.

PLAYOFF PREVIEW

REMINDER: If a player did not play in 4 regular season games they are NOT eligible for the playoffs! That means the list of ineligible players is as follows:

Kyle Gibson, DJ&TB – Calvin Belton, DRBL – Ryan Murphy, GoonSquad – Ahmad Charles, Nuketown – Lewis Smith, Nuketown – Rick McNair, S&P – Joel Shaffer, SOOT – Ryan Hof, SOOT

If your team needs a sub to get 5 eligible players, that sub can only play if approved by the opposing captain. Please do that AHEAD of time. Your sub won’t just be approved just because you spring them on us right before tip-off. No subs will be approved if your team has 5 rostered players in attendance

TO THE GAMES! 

Round 1 

6 PM #2 Big Tuna vs #7 Stay Out of This (+9.5)
You’d think this was a terrible mismatch, but this SOOT team doesn’t get blow out even though they’re giving up the second most points per game in the league. This is the third time these teams will have met this season and both were 9 point wins for Big Tuna. Lisella and Company SHOULD be able to overwhelm them with their aggression and shooting but they just haven’t found the right formula to do that. SOOT crashes the O glass hard, can hit some timely 3s (hello Matt Roberts!) and keep this close. I’ve got the 2 seed winning this one though.

7 PM #3 Dirty Jim & The Boys vs #6 Brooks Ballers (-2.5)
Game of the Night! This is the third match-up of the season between these two teams. Dirty Jim won in week 1, Brooks Ballers made it look easy in week 9. Brooks didn’t have Myles in week 1, and his steady, all-around play has really been a boon for Brooks. If they run the offense through him and Mackay finds a way to finish through contact, regardless of the call, I think they are moving on to round 2.

On the other end, Stratford will need to find a way to get going in this one. The Boys losses have all happened with either a dud of a game from Cory or if he was off ‘getting some shot’ and ‘making good life choices’, which, what good are those on a basketball court?? Tim Gallivan has been a lynchpin for The Boys and somehow didn’t nary a single mention in the season wrap-up post. Sorry Tim! You’re the only guy in the league that shot better than 50% from downtown on more than 3 attempts per game (13-22 in 6 games). Remember the game winner? That was a good time. The Boys will need their twitter fans out in full force in round 1 to help propel them to victory.

8 PM #1 Space & Pace vs #8 DRBL (+7.5)
This is the best possible match-up for DRBL in round one. They’re obviously not favored, but they will absolutely put up a fight. Fru is going to get his regardless of BOTH marino brothers guarding him. If Fru’s teammates, guys like Bonosaro, Mancini and Cherenfant, can play even with the Space & Pace backcourt, well, crazier things have happened in the postseason. Do I need to once again regale all you young bucks about the time my undefeated team whooped our first round opponent by 40 in the regular season, only to lose to them in the first round? That was a looooong offseason in the Spring of 2006. 

9 PM #4 GoonSquad vs #5 Nuketown (-11.5)
This game will be a rock fight, but I would appreciate it if that was a metaphor and not reality. Nuketown has really missed the presence of Sam Gillies these past few weeks. If they can round him up for the playoffs I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nuketown make a deep run. But they’ve got to get past GoonSquad first. If there’s ONE thing GoonSquad does well (and honestly, there might only be one) it’s win games when they’re double digit underdogs. Good luck to all the squads!! 

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