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Fall 5v5 Draft League West: Playoff Round 2 AWARDS and Lines
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We have reached everyone’s favorite time of the year, award season baby! Cue the classy and inspirational music! Someone is about to bring home the hardware they’ve worked all season for. TO THE NOMINEES!

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Rookie of the Year Candidates:

John Harding: You have to start by acknowledging the league’s leading scorer, who also plays some nice defense averaging 2 steals and over a block per game. Absolutely, steeler numbers for John in his first season. 

Calvin Stahl: Calvin, has been good throughout the season. I personally think he’s stuck on the wrong team, but I’m sure he’ll prove that wrong tomorrow night. I think he has an MVP season in him in these leagues. 

Ini Udofia: My guy Ini, has been a monster on the defensive end of the floor. He’s also been a good finisher down low and has shown flashes of dropping some nice dimes.

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Rookie of the Year: Ini Udofia

Before anyone gets too excited, just know that no one is going to win more than one award (HINT! HINT!). Like I mentioned, I think Calvin is on the wrong team. He’s been awesome, but this team doesn’t exactly fit what he should be doing as a player or help his skill set. He’s going to have more awards in the future. Harding, had himself a great season, on a very good team. However, we love a good underdog story and Ini has one baby! Joel really nailed it with this pick!

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Most Outstanding Role Player Candidates:

I’m inventing this new award, because the 6th man award just wasn’t working anymore. Every team goes through a bunch of injuries and the usual 6th man end up starting a bunch of games, so the hell with it. This award goes to the best clear role player this season:

Kevine Devine: Coming into this season, Kevine’s role looked a lot different. He had two Aris to help him in the paint and to be the big men. However, that ended and he’s had to force himself into becoming the only big man on his team. He’s done a great job holding down the fort, with over 10 rebounds, double digits with points and he’s had over 3 assists per game. I’m not sure you could ask for more.

Liam Corrigan: Liam, will always be in this slot as long as he’s on my team. He averages over 8 points a game, which you love from your “6th man” and he’s constantly guarding the better perimeter players when he comes in.

Raphael Martins: Raphael, might be the most under the radar role player, who has had a monster season. He averages a double-double, with three steals, over a block and steal per game. 

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Most Outstanding Role Player: Kevin Devine

This was a tough choice, because obviously I love Liam and how much he sacrifices to for my team. Raphael, also had a great season and deserves a lot of credit. I just feel like Devine got better as the season went on, as his role kept changing and he kept stepping up. He isn’t a big man, but he had to fill that role all season long and his efforts led his team to an 8-1 season. 

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: GM of the year: Candidates

Ari: Well, you can say what you want, but he put together a winning team, that went 8-1. He knew Devine from their other league and found the right point guard in Vladi. Then, he hit his rookie pick with Harding. 

Joel: Say what you will here as well, but Joel made a great pick on Ini. He took a chance on stealing the other Ari and it didn’t work out, but he didn’t lose anything either. Every other pick went as planned.

Jamil: Another guy who made all the right picks and turned out to be right on one of the rookies. You have to have a winning record to be in this spot and they were the second seed.

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: GM of the year: Arnar Larusson

This pick might be a littler controversial, because Ari kind of lucked into this season and I’m sure he didn’t count on losing himself or his buddy. I think it’s fair to say this season didn’t go as planned for Arnar, but they got to 8-1. You have to give credit where it’s due. Jamil and Joel had good drafting days well, but they didn’t face the adversity that Arnar’s did. The best drafted teams fight through adversity and come out the other side.

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Defensive Player of the Year: Candidates

Robel: The big dog was anchor in his team’s zone. His shot blocking and ability to alter shots helped his team lead the league in points against.

Clasby: I’m going to give Clasby a little shoutout here for his efforts on the defensive end. He was always taking the other team’s best perimeter players and made them work for it.

Ini Uodfia: He needs to be mentioned here for his terrific work on defense all season, blocking the shit out of guys left and right. 

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Defensive Player of the Year: Robel Ghebremichael

When you’re the guy that drives the best defense in the league, then you have to get this award. Robel, has been a monster in the paint all season. It’s not the shots he blocks, but the shots he alters and forces teams out of the paint. He’s the biggest difference maker defensively in the league. Ini, was a monster in his own right, but Robel was a game changer. Clasby, did some nice work on the perimeter, but didn’t bring that fear factor. Once you get teams award to drive in the paint, you have a massive edge.

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Offensive Player of the Year: Candidates

John Harding: You can’t have the OPOY without having the league’s leading scorer. He also leads his team in O-boards and only averages 1.1 turnovers per game. 

Jack Fay: Coming into the season, everyone wanted to see what Fay could do and he didn’t really disappoint. He averaged 22.8 PPG, grabbed 8 boards and had 4 assists. Not a bad first season at all. Maybe it was less than expected, but he can’t help that.

Casey Tenney: This wasn’t the typical Casey season, as his scoring wasn’t as high, with so many mouths to feed on our team. He did lead the league in assists though and grabbed a bunch of O-boards. 

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Offensive Player of the Year: John Harding

This was a close battle between Harding and Fay. Harding had the points, but Fay combined his points with assists. Although, Fay and Casey as well, had some bad turnover games. I think Harding was more efficient than both this season, because he didn’t turn it over a lot. Harding, always got his shot up and that’s why he pulled ahead in PPG, even on an unselfish team.

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Most Valuable Player: Candidates

Greg Eusden: Eusden, was a beast all season. He averaged a big man’s double-double, with 20PPG and 17 RPG. He was an efficient scorer, dominated the boards and averaged over 2 blocks per game.

John Harding: We all know his story by now. I will take this time to point out that his defense all season was very good as well, so it wasn’t just an offensive effort from him.

Fay/Casey: This is a two-man race, but Casey and Fay deserve a mention for the efforts. One was a machine scoring the ball and Casey, was the only one in the league with 5 assists, plus a big man’s double-double.

2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Most Valuable Player: Greg Eusden

What this really comes down to his who is most valuable? This isn’t like Baseball, where they give out this award to the guy with the best season, even though his team finished 5,000 games out of first. This award goes to the guy who made his team a contender and who they’d be lost without. Fay, fits the latter criteria, but his team was never a contender. Casey, fits the first criteria, but we could win a game without him (Don’t get any ideas Casey!!!!!!!!). The leaves Harding and Eusden. 

You could make the case that Harding fits both criteria, but you could also say that’s just because they’re already short guys. I will say that Run N’ Gun has been the most impressive TEAM so far this season, with their ability to adapt and play together. They have four guys averaging over 12PPG, even with not counting MacDonald or the Aris that have left. To sum this up, they are very well-rounded and you can make the case between Harding/Vladi on who the team needs more if they had to choose. 

The case for Eusden, is a lot easier if you’ve been following this season. Eusden, is on a team that has exactly three guys who can score points. Outside of their top 3 guys on “Get That Swag”, they are averaging 9.7 PPG between 5 guys. Matt Johnson, on Run N’ Gun is averaging 12.3 PPG. So, basically the other 5 guys on GTS, are worthy 3/4s on Matt Johnson on Run N’ Gun. No offense to young Matthew, but that isn’t good. Swag, relies on Eusden every game to win it for them and that has gotten them into the second round of the playoffs. Harding has been great, but his team would find a way to win without him. If Eusden isn’t playing, Swag has 0 chance of winning. 

First Team all 5v5 West

Guard – Jack Fay

Another rookie to 5v5 Draft, Fay proved himself to be one of the best scorers in the league with a wide array of isolation moves that created plenty of space for him to get his shot off. He also could score with a hand in his face and led the league in threes per game at 3.11. 

 

Guard – John Harding

The offensive player of the year balled out in his first foray in the CAC leagues, leading the league in scoring and finishing fourth on the player rater. Harding is a big part of why Run N Gun is the number one seed, even while missing their captain and first round pick.

 

Wing – Casey Tenney

Though he isn’t among the top of the scoring leaderboard, I thought Casey played one of the best all-around seasons I’ve seen from him. He led the league in assist, was third in rebounds and fifth in three’s per game while also shooting 38%. He also was very disruptive defensively averaging almost 2 steals and blocks per game.   

Forward – Joe Dwyer

Joe played really strong, all-around basketball all season. He finished 6th in points per game, 4th in rebounds and 6th on the player rater and had several huge games where he went for 25+ points.

 

Center – Greg Eusden – The leader on the player rater carried Get that swag to the five seed and winnable first round playoff matchup with Delta Variants. Eusden finished third in the league in scoring and first in rebounding and did a great job anchoring the Swag defense.

 

   Second Team all 5v5 West

Guard – Vladi Nechev

Vladi led a captain and first round pickles Run N Gun to the number one seed. He averaged 14.3 points per game which was in the top 10 in the league and finished second in assists. He also was one of the best free throw shooters in the league and chipped in defensively more than he has in the past.

 

Guard- Alex Biskelonis

Alex finished in the top 15 in the player rater even as the Glynn Reapers struggled this year. He was the most consistent player on the team and hit one of the few buzzer beaters this year.

 

Wing- Kevin Devine

Devine’s offensive and defensive effort set the tone for Run N Gun and he chipped in 13.4 points as well. He averaged 10 boards a game and had the type of energy that is very disruptive in a draft league.

 

Forward – Raphael Martins

In his first season as captain, Raphael had the best season finishing fifth on the player rater. He averaged just over 12 points and rebounds per game and chipped in 3 assists and over 1 block and steal per game.

 

Center – Robel Ghebrecmichael

The defensive player of the year didn’t have his usual scoring output, but anchored the best defensive team in the league. He led the league in blocks and was a disrupt force in the middle of their 2-3 zone and his rim protection allowed players like Calvin and Jamil to get so many steals.

TO THE LINES!

Run N’ Gun vs. Get that Swag 6pm Game:

Just like last week, we have two teams meeting for the third time this season. Also, just like last week, we have a team going for their third win against their opponent. I’m going to assume full attendance, because where’s the fun without that? In the first two games these teams met, Run N’ Gun has handled, ‘Get that Swag’ rather easily. Swag, never threatened them in their week 1 meeting and Run N’ Gun won the week 8 match-up without Vladi. That isn’t a good sign of things to come for GTS tomorrow night? What can they do, if anything to win this game and move on to the ship? 

The biggest issue for GTS, is that just haven’t been able to contain Harding, who’s averaging over 25PPG in their two meetings this season. I don’t recall the match-ups for sure, but I remember GTS playing zone in the last game and that being a huge mistake. I wonder if they’ll start this game in man, because they probably should. I should have Ficker guard Harding and Lagno guard Vladi, then have Eusden guard a non-shooter, so he can help. I don’t know if that’s what they’ll do, but they have to think of something. 

On the other end of the floor, Run N’ Gun, doesn’t really have many options for Eusden. Devne, has been given the assignment in the previous games and done his best, but he isn’t going to stop Eusden from scoring. Eusden, has done his part in the first two meetings scoring the ball, but he’s going to have to step it up even more if his team wants to win this game. There really shouldn’t be a possession where he doesn’t touch the ball. They have to feed the big man, until he can’t eat anymore. Maybe he can get some guys into foul trouble? Maybe that’ll slow the pace down to where Swag wants it? They have to come into this game with a different game plan and obviously, someone other than the 3 top guys need to score. Trippe, is capable of knocking down 3s, they just need to give him some more looks. 

Based on the first two meetings, it’s safe to say that GTS, needs a lot of things to go their way in this game. It isn’t just enough for their usual scorers to put in their usual amount of points. They need to really step up their game and have some massive nights. Run N’ Gun has proven that they’re willing to share the ball and the load on offense. They’ve done a great job keeping the ball moving and getting open looks for their guys. I don’t see this game being much different for them, they’re going to get their points. The question is if anyone on GTS can take their game to the next level. It won’t be enough for Eusden to go 20 and 17. He needs a 30 piece and Ficker/Lagno need to get in the 20s, especially if they can’t count on anyone else. 

I have yet to see anyone on Swag step up and help their teammates get buckets. They played the right team last week and I think luck is about to run out. Run N’ Gun has proven to be the best team in the league so far and they’ll prove it again tomorrow night.

Run N’ Gun -6.5 over Get That Swag

Amir Coincidence vs. Block Party 7pm Game:

In the second semi-final of the night we have a matchup I’m very much looking forward to with two seed Block Party taking on three seed Amir Coincidence. These teams met once in the regular season with Block Party’s slow pace causing fits for Amir Coincidence and holding them to their lowest scoring output of the year, 46 points, in a 58 to 46 victory. The interesting part about that game was Amir Coincidence only scored 46 points, even though they made 10 threes. They were 10-29 from three which represented the most threes they took in any game this year and I think they were a little quick to settle in that game which is something I’m sure Harry will emphasize heading into tomorrow’s matchup. With the second highest scoring team in the league, taking on the best defensive team in the league, something is going to have to give and I’m looking forward to find out what does. 

For Block Party, they need to play a lot better than they did in the first-round game against Glynn Reapers. They got lucky to win that game and if they score 44 points again, they will have trouble winning. Block Party’s offense has had good and bad stretches throughout the year, which is why they are the second lowest scoring team in the league at 55.6 points per game. While Block Party does have a balanced offense with five players averaging at least seven points, Jamil and Leblanc have their most consistent scorers and are the keys to the offense. Robel and Calvin also are key contributors on offense, but both are coming off quiet games and really need to pick things up. Robel only had six points and only had four points last week and if they repeat that this week they are in trouble. Too often, the ball wasn’t moving around for them and the team has the tendency to play a lot of isolation ball, whether it be Jamil or Calvin on the wing or Robel or Motha down low. The lack of ball movement is reflected in their statistics as they averaged the fewest assists per game in the league and had tied for the second lowest three-point shooting percentage. Looking back at the first matchup between these teams, they actually had 10 assists which is above their season average and Leblanc led the way with 20 points. They need a similar showing from Leblanc again, but also other players to step up to win this week. 58 points was enough to beat Amir Coincidence last time, but I’m not sure that will be enough this time.

How Block Party wins their games is on defense with their signature 2-3 zone. The zone has iven teams fits all year and is anchored by Robel who provides great rim protection and allows the wings on the zone to be extra aggressive getting out on any shooter. The first time these teams played, they forced Amir to jack up a bunch of threes and limited their ability to get into the paint. I suspect they will employ a similar strategy in this game and force Amir to knock down shots to beat them. If any team can do that it is Amir Coincidence who led the league in three-point shooting at 34% and also assists. Those two traits lend themselves well to beating the zone, but as we saw the first time these teams matched up, what things say on paper can be very different than what happens on the court.

For Amir Coincidence, their ability to win this game is going to come down to figuring out their offense. They only scored 46 points the last time these teams played and looked all out of sorts with the pace and style Block Party plays. Amir Coincidence is at its best when it can get out in transition and in a fast-paced game where the opposing defense can’t get set. That isn’t going to happen in this game, and they need to adjust accordingly. Casey will be the key to making those adjustments as he often brings the ball up and initiates the offense. He has been passive at times this year, operating as more of a distributor, than scorer, but I think in this game he needs to be more selfish and look for his shot. Joel has been struggled this year and Ini was very ineffective on offense against the zone last time. Weinstein will also need to have a big game as he has a knack of getting to good spots that can break the zone and as we saw with Glynn Reapers last week, if you move the ball against Block Party, there are weaknesses on the wing you can exploit. One concern I have for Amir Coincidence on offense is the absence of Liam. Him missing the game could loom large here as he is vital for the spacing they need on the wing. With him out Kevin/Harry/Amir are really going to have to step up, knock down some shots and make good decisions on offense. 

On defense, I suspect Harry will follow a similar blueprint to what Glynn Reapers did last week. They will have a rover, likely Casey, who will be tasked with playing help on the perimeter and doubling down on Robel when he gets the ball. That is the way to slow Block Party down as they don’t pass the ball that well and struggle from three. They were 4/16 last week and for the year only Leblanc and Jamil are shooting better than 21% from three. For the other matchups, Ini or Harry will be tasked with getting physical down low against Robel and the other will take Motha. Joel, meanwhile, will get the matchup with LeBlanc. Shutting down Leblanc will be the key for Amir Coincidence as last time they played, LeBlanc roasted them. Leblanc is extremely crafty, and Joel can’t fall for his up fakes. Joel has the length to disrupt things and if he stays disciplined, he can really give Leblanc trouble.

The contrasting styles of these teams make for a very interesting matchup. The first game wasn’t that close, but I suspect things will be different on Tuesday. The absence of Liam is a wildcard, but Amir Coincidence has the depth to make up for that. I think we’re in for a close, low scoring game, but with Liam out Block Party is the favorite. I think Amir Coincidence has enough to cover though and like them for the win as well.

Amir Coincidence +3.5 over Block Party

 

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EXCELLENT awards write up. The coverage this season has been great!

And thank you for putting Vladi on second team. That giant chip you put on his shoulder carried us to the Finals. 

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johny_hoops said
EXCELLENT awards write up. The coverage this season has been great!

And thank you for putting Vladi on second team. That giant chip you put on his shoulder carried us to the Finals.   

After he tried to sabotage it with his foul at the end of regulation.

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johny_hoops said
EXCELLENT awards write up. The coverage this season has been great!
And thank you for putting Vladi on second team. That giant chip you put on his shoulder carried us to the Finals.   

After he tried to sabotage it with his foul at the end of regulation.  

Irrelevant!!!

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2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Most Valuable Player: Greg Eusden

What this really comes down to his who is most valuable? This isn’t like Baseball, where they give out this award to the guy with the best season, even though his team finished 5,000 games out of first. This award goes to the guy who made his team a contender and who they’d be lost without. 

  

Mad props to GE and Swag. He’s been an absolute monster all season and their team has played us real tough every time we’ve matched up this year…

BUT…they finished 4-5 and 4 games out of first in a 9 game season. Sounds like baseball to me! 

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2021 Fall 5v5 Draft West: Most Valuable Player: Greg Eusden
What this really comes down to his who is most valuable? This isn’t like Baseball, where they give out this award to the guy with the best season, even though his team finished 5,000 games out of first. This award goes to the guy who made his team a contender and who they’d be lost without. 

  

Mad props to GE and Swag. He’s been an absolute monster all season and their team has played us real tough every time we’ve matched up this year…

BUT…they finished 4-5 and 4 games out of first in a 9 game season. Sounds like baseball to me!   

They made it to the second round in OT, so clearly that record didn’t tell the whole story and it didn’t, because they had the hardest schedule in the league. The two teams Swag had to play twice went a combined 14-4 during the regular season. 

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Ari kind of lucked into this season

Honored. But the draft was straight money ball. Stats and redundancies at every position 😉 

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Run N Gun gets that Swag on the way to the Finals

In the first semi-final we top seed Run N Gun taking on Get that Swag. Run N Gun dominated this matchup the first time these teams met and I expected something similar, as long as Run N Gun was fully staffed. Unfortunately, they weren’t, as Devine and his 13 points and 10 rebounds were out, meaning Run N Gun would only five players against a fully staffed Get that Swag. To the action we go.

To say the start of this game was ugly is an understatement. Seven minutes into the first half, it was a 2-2 game. Both teams couldn’t buy a shot and the offensive flow was non-existent. Things got going there, however, on a key play when Vladi knocked down a three and got fouled by Ficker. This was Ficker’s third foul of the half, a major development for a very shallow team that relies on him heavily on both sides of the ball. Run N Gun started feeling it after that four-point play as Harding finally got going and Johnson started to exploit advantageous matchups down low. Meanwhile, Get that Swag’s offense was very limited with only Eusden having success against the lack of size down low for Run N Gun. It was 17-10 Run N Gun with 10 minutes left, but then CAC veteran Joe Randall entered the fray. Randall went on a personal 5-0 run to give his team their first lead of the day at 20-19. Unfortunately Get that Swag, another CAC vet, Vladi, didn’t like the spotlight going to someone else so he made three straight threes to take back the lead heading into halftime, 34-27. Vladi led the way for Run N Gun with 17 points with Johnson chipping in eight and Harding seven. For Get that Swag Eusden had 16 points and 9 rebounds while nobody else had more than five points.

The momentum Run N Gun had at the end of the first half continued at the start of the second and it looked like we could be headed for a blowout. Peteet made a three and all of a sudden it was a nine-point lead for Run N Gun. After a quiet first half with only four points, Lagno made back-to-back threes and all of sudden it was a five-point game at 46-41. That would be the only scoring for a while for Get that Swag, however, as Run N Gun would go on a run with Harding getting going and even McDonald chipping in with a three-pointer. All of sudden it was 55-41 and Get that Swag had to call a timeout to try and stop the bleeding. Just like the first half, Joe Randall was the one to lead the comeback as he went on another personal 5-0 run and after another bucket by Eusden, it was a six-point game at 55-49. Harding and Eusden would trade baskets for a bit and with two minutes left we had a two-point game at 62-60. McDonald would make one free throw on the ensuing possession to make it a three-point game, but then Lagno knocked down his third three of the half to tie things up at 63! A Harding miss meant Get that Swag had the ball back and Vladi would foul Ficker, sending him to the line for a one-and-one. He calmly knocked down both and all of a sudden Swag found them up 65-63 with seconds remaining. They would get another stop on the next possession as well and Randall grabbed the rebound and got fouled. He had the chance to make it a two possession game, but missed the first, giving Run Gun one more shot. Run N Gun would miss a three, but Harding would track it down in the corner and give it to Vladi who would drive to the hoop and make a layup as the clock ran out. 65-65 and we were headed to overtime!

Get that Swag would win the tip, but couldn’t get anything going on their first possession. That was problematic as Vladi would knock down a three and after another miss and a Harding jumper it was quickly a five point game. Ficker would knock down a pair of free throws to cut into the lead, but Run N Gun would also make their free throws to put things away. Final score, 76-67, Run N Gun moves on to the finals.

 

Run N Gun

John Harding A-: If there’s such a thing as a quiet 22/10/4/4 this was it. Harding wasn’t as efficient as past games, but the end numbers were there and his all-around game was very impressive.

Matt Johnson B-: 0-5 from three brings the grade down, but did a good job getting to the hoop when his shot wasn’t falling.

Vladi Nechev A: Great offensive showing with 30 points, including the game tying bucket at the end of regulation and go ahead three in overtime.

Thomas Peteet B+: Solid all around game with 3/8/2 and solid defense. Can’t ask for much more from your fifth player.Ben McDonald B+: Slow first half with only two points, but scored 10 points in the second half and added 14 rebounds, while playing solid defense on Eusden.

 

Get that Swag

Greg Eusden A: 27/15 from the MVP and carried his team offensively through stretches. Would have liked to see him get more touches down the stretch, but still really impressive game.

Paul Lagno B: Hit some timely shots and scored 16 points, but 3-14 from three isn’t good enough with how limited this team was offensively.

Rob Ficker B-: Overall stats look okay, but really struggled with his shot and got in foul trouble early which limited his aggressiveness.  

Joe Randall A: Had a stretch in each half where he dragged his team back into it. Great game from the CAC vet.

Gordon Sheffield C: Quiet game

Chris Alphen C: Quiet game

Ben Butterworth C: Quiet game

Owen Trippe C: Quiet game

 

Block Party’s dominance is no Amir Coincidence

In the second semi-final we had second seeded Block Party against third seeded Amir Coincidence. In the regular season, Block Party won a slow paced, low scoring game and heading in it seemed inevitable that they would try to replicate that performance. Block Party was fully staffed this game, but Amir Coincidence was missing Liam which seemed like it could loom large against Block Party’s usual zone.

Like the first game, both teams got off to a slow start in this one as well.That was understandable though as both teams were playing different defenses than usual. Jamil shelved his usual 2-3 in favor of straight man-to-man with Robel on Ini and Jamil on Harry. This was a shrewd move as Ini hasn’t taken a jumpshot all year, which allowed Robel to just camp in the paint and protect the rim, while Jamil floated around and helped and went for steals knowing Harry might shoot a few threes, but was unlikely to go down low with Robel looking. Amir Coincidence went with a triangle and two, with the two shadowing Leblanc and Jamil. With so much attention being paid to those two, it was clear secondary pieces would need to step up for Block Party and that is exactly what Matt did at the start. He scored four quick points to get things going early for Block Party. Meanwhile, for Amir Coincidence, Casey was the main offensive threat with Joel also hitting an early three. Amir Coincidence seemed to have the defense figured out as they finally got things going after a few minutes and with eight minutes left in the first half found themselves, up 20-13. The Block Party offense seemed confused with the Amir defense and other than Matt, was really struggling to score. Thinks started to change as the first half wound down, however, as some good ball movement by Robel led to back-to-back threes from Calvin and Leblanc making it a four-point game at 24-20. Matt and Calvin would follow with two more buckets and then Matt made a three to cap off a 13-0 run for Block Party going from a 24-14 deficit to a 27-24 lead. Amir Coincidence would add a free throw from Harry to cut the lead to two, making it 27-25 Block Party heading into the half. Casey was leading the way for Amir Coincidence with 17 points, but nobody else had more than three points. For Block Party, Matt was leading the way with 13 points, while Calvin chipped in 5.

The second half started with Matt knocking down another three pointer, giving him 16 points on the night. Harry’s strategy to limit Jamil and Leblanc was working as they had 6 combined points at this point. Unfortunately for Amir Coincidence, the secondary pieces who hadn’t scored much for Block Party during the regular season were stepping up and carrying the scoring load. Amir Coincidence also was really struggling on offense as Casey was their only source of offense. Mike didn’t have his jump shot, Joel was off again and without Liam they always had two non-shooters on the floor. Things started to get away from Amir as James knocked down a three to push the lead to 12 at 41-29. Calvin was the key scorer for Block Party in this half as he scored eight points in this stretch while the lead expanded. Amir Coincidence wouldn’t go away that easily though as a Harry three and Casey two brought things back to seven points. After a bucket from Block Party, Joel would knock down his second three of the game to make it a six-point game at 54-48. Unfortunately that would be the last points they would score in the game and after some fouls shots from Block Party, the game would end at 57-48.

 

Block Party

Matt A+: Averages just over 4 points per game and scores 18 to lead his team in scoring and into the finals. Easy grade after a great performance.

Robel A: Even though he didn’t score, Robel’s defense was so impactful that he gets an A. Passed the ball really well on offense and was so disruptive defensively and on the glass.

Calvin A: Really great game from Calvin, especially after taking a hard shot below the belt in the first half. Didn’t force anything on offense, but recognized the defense was giving him room and made them pay.

Leblanc B+: Stayed within himself and didn’t try to force anything. Knocked down a few key shots and played solid man-to-man defense.

Jamil A-: Pre-game coaching decisions set the tone for the game and kept Amir Coincidence’s offense off-balance. Disruptive on defense and hit a big three early in the game when his offense was struggling.

Motha B: Solid second half where he scored all his points and grabbed several big offensive rebounds to extend possessions.

James A-: Nice game from James who hit a big three to extend the lead in the second half.

Dan B: Active on both ends and made the defense pay when they forgot about him.

 

Amir Coincidence

Casey A: The only real threat on offense for Amir Coincidence and did what he could. 26/11, but I thought he could have even looked for his shot more given how much the rest of his team was struggling.

Weinstein C-: Rough game for Mike. Didn’t have his mid-range jumper and was off from deep as well.

Joel C+: Second highest scorer on the team, but still a quiet game for Joel. Jump shot has been off all day and was more of the same in this game.

Ini C+: Ini hasn’t taken a jump shot all year and finally a team made him pay for that. Robel shut him down down-low and held him to only three points. Solid rebounding and defense bring the grade up some.

Harry C+: Knocked down a big three and played solid defense down low.

Kevin C+: Active on the glass and tried to keep the offense moving.

Amir C+: Added a couple rebounds, but quiet game overall.

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