Fall 2007: A 5v5 League Champs: CTown Fire

    Clutch To the Finals Again
    Clutch 58 Telemundo 54

    Clutch moved on to the West Coast Finals behind a strong second half performance by Sidekick Jim (18 points) and Rookie of the Year Domingo (16 points).  Throughout the game, Clutch answered every challenge that Telemundo threw at them.  Little used Foster (on this game, I blame his HS coach) came off the bench to nail a couple threes early in the night and set the tone for the rest of the game.  Jermaine dominated the play as well, getting to the bucket and scoring easily.  Telemundo was trading the lead back and forth for most of the night.  Eric Polite and Special K combined for 16 points and 13 boards in the paint, but Telemundo didn't take advantage of their size in the post nearly enough.  Instead Tommy K dropped 16 points with some outstanding shooting from behind the arc.  Unfortunately, in the last four minutes of the game, with the team down by just a couple, The Tommy Gunn was burried on the bench.  Why, when you need some shooting, is your best shooter on the bench.  I was shaking my head at that, and just maybe it would have made a diffence in the final score.  We'll never know, and Clutch survives one of their toughest tests. 

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    Ctown Fire 87  BFTFT 51

    CTown Fire Make Impressive Debut

    The 5 on 5 League has expanded to 16 teams this season, and as a result we've split it into two divisions.  The West Coast League kicked off last night with the CTown Fire (1-0) cruising to victory over BFTFT (0-1) on their home court at the Charlestown High School.  Basil Ward (28 points, 6 rebounds) gets the gold star for the night.  Even as he was jacking bombs, BFTFT refused to man up to him and gave him open shots all night.  He made it look easy as the Fire jumped out to an early 20 point lead and never took the pressure off.  His higher profile teammate, Jamal Camah (12 points, 10 boards, 6 assists) was content to set his teammates up with open looks and take his points when the D gave him an open lane.  This team is dangerous and looks like they'll be an early season favorite.  Hugh Coleman jacked 5 threes and totaled 17 points on the night to go along with 6 assists of his own.  Rasheed Al-Kaleem also made a splash, tossing in 13 points.  With quick ball movement, a bunch of fast breaks and some feisty defense, the Fire was in control from the opening tip. 

    BFTFT was overwhelmed early, but were missing a couple of key components, so they'll be fine when all are in attendance.  Showing up to the game with only five guys isn't going to get you very far in this league, but they made the best of it.  Justin Johnson looks like he's going to be a legit baller in this league, leading the team with 17 hard earned points.  Ray West was the other guy on the squad that broke double digits, getting 11 points.  Pete, Bernard and Damien combined for 23 points, but will look to be more aggressive in the weeks to come.  Hopefully Carmino and the other guys show up next week and BFTFT gets it all together early in the season. 

    Ctown Fire
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Basil Wajd2834220011100% 00NA
    Hugh Coleman1732410000NA 00NA
    Jamal Camah1255400022100% 00NA
    James Levesque75021102150% 00NA
    Rashid Al-Kaleem1211310022100% 00NA
    Steve Cassidy212100000NA 00NA
    Will Jones821020000NA 00NA

    BFTFT
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bernard Johnson841201000NA 00NA
    Damian Ruff710300000NA 00NA
    Justin Johnson1722200011100% 00NA
    Peter Fayette8413010200% 00NA
    Ray West11222000100% 00NA

    The Corporation 58  Reil Splitters 52

    Who Dey? More New Entries Adjust to CAC Ball...

    There are a number of new teams that have been thrown into the scrum of the West Coast division of the 5 on 5 at Charlestown High School.  Last night, The Corporation (1-0) found away to grind out a tough opening night win over the Reill Splitters (0-1).  Neither team was on top of their game offensively, but they both fought hard and showed some outstanding promise for their prospects in the weeks to come.  Kevin Riordan led the way for The Corp with 13 points with a couple of long range missles while Dave Lendler added 10 in the paint.  No one else broke double figures, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.  The Corp moved the ball around well, making sure everyone got shots and a chance to score.  It will take a couple weeks to get to know these guys, and as they start to emerge individually is when we'll know what to make of them as a squad.  Pete Mugar, Dan Smith and Erik Halvorson all put in 8 points a piece, mostly from the perimeter.  If the team gets used to the rims at CHS, they'll be a high scoring team since a number of their guys can knock down threes (five of their guys hit at least one.  After leading by 10 with just a couple minutes to go, The Corp found a way to hang on down the stretch and get their first win of the season out of the way early.

    The Reill Splitters featured the return of big man Chris Kerr to the 5 on 5 Leagues.  His 15 points and 13 boards paced the team, but it wasn't quite enough.  Kerr grinds it out with the best of them down low, and when his shooters come around, they're going to contend for the West title this season.  Derek Mclaren (do we have another DMac on our hands??) added 14 points and 5 boards.  Not only did Jim Dickerson toss in 11 points, but he was everywhere on the defensive end as well, nabbing 3 steals and pressuring the ball all night long.  The late rally was encouraging, as they scored a number of baskets in a flurry, giving hope that the offense will turn the corner sooner rather than later.  A couple of extra subs next week will go a long way in helping the team when they face off against BFTFT. 

    The Corporation
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bryan Gauvin57131302150% 00NA
    Chris Pape511100000NA 00NA
    Dan Smith831100000NA 00NA
    Dave Lendler10210020100% 00NA
    Erik Halvorsen851200000NA 00NA
    Kevin Riordan1341100000NA 00NA
    Matt Marengi11221002150% 00NA
    Pete Mugar851200000NA 00NA

    Reil Splitters
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Kerr159422206350% 00NA
    Derek Mclaren1441210022100% 00NA
    Jim Dickerson116223104375% 00NA
    Mark Krasnyansky420010000NA 00NA
    Rick Crea222010022100% 00NA
    Warren Cormier611100000NA 00NA

    Clutch 48  Prime Time 44

    Clutch Lives up to Billing, Prime Time delayed until Next Week

    An ugly slugfest of a game provided some excitement late as two struggling offenses kept the crowd on the edge of their seats in the last minute.  Down six, a minute to go and left for dead, Prime Time (0-1) rallied behind a pair of deep missles from Raheem Muhammed (24 points).  Raheem carried the offense all night long, but his last 2 buckets were the biggest, tying the game in just 20 seconds.  They were also his only buckets of the second half, as the Prime Time offense mustered just 16 total for the half.  Raheem left his team enough time to pull out a win, yet they gave a cheap foul down the other end of the floor to get the ball back quickly. 

    Clutch (1-0), much like it's name would suggest, came through.  After Jeff Cannon (9 points, 7 boards) sank a pair of free throws, Jared Callhoun (12 points) stole the inbound pass and fed Darryl Green (12 points, 8 boards) to provide the final margin for Clutch.  Somehow, Prime Time squandered a number of double digit advantages.  One reason may have been because Stan Ocitti (10 points, 16 boards, 3 blocks) didn't get many touches in the paint in the second half.  When you've got a guy Stan's size, a solid 6'7" and his defender is giving up at least 4 inches and 30 pounds, you've got to feed the post.  But that wasn't a knock on Darryl, who fought hard all night and worked on getting good defensive position.  Prime Time just didn't find their big. For Clutch to continue winning in this league, they're going to need to get more out of their offense.  Bruce Dasilva and Antonio Cardoza added 7 and 6 points respectively.  Next week brings tougher tests for both teams, as they face off against squads that are ranked ahead of them in the preseason rankings (available later today).

    Clutch
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Antonio Cardoza6000000100% 00NA
    Bruce Dasilva710200000NA 00NA
    Darryl Green1271111022100% 00NA
    Jarrett Calhoun122021002150% 00NA
    Jeff Cannon961200022100% 00NA
    Manny Mendez26111004250% 00NA

    Prime Time
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Charles Ocitti021210000NA 00NA
    Dart Danier021110000NA 00NA
    Desmond Brown010110000NA 00NA
    Jason murray74042004125% 00NA
    Jose Unknown021100000NA 00NA
    Raheem Muhammed2430310000NA 00NA
    Stan Ocitti10972030100% 00NA

    Telemundo 88  FTR 68

    Need Weapons? The Polish Hammer and Tommy Gun Fire Away on the Power Play

    5 on 4 was all Telemundo needed to have great player rater days. 

    In the early going, it was somewhat competitve.  The Polish Hammer and the Tommy Gun AKA RoY AKA Is that your Chick?, were just spotting up every time down the floor for open looks from Sam Banks. 

    The former MilkCarton man, Brian Gomes and Troy Seymor both were work horses from behind the 3pt line and on the offensive glass, keeping the game respectable and Big Shot Bob Mickel tied Kahana with a game high 5 3's, including one with the back of his heel touching the center court circle, 5 Bar range...Eric Tree Rollins had the only 2 insuficient funds of the game as he provided the lone inside defensive presence against Avery and C-Note.  Not an enviable task.

    However through out the game it was just unfair how Tele worked FTR over, playing seemingly flawlees ball...Even though it makes it a lot easier to play flawless when your're up a player.  The C-Note was a flat out beast in the paint dropping his standard double double and Rookie Eric Polite had a relatively good opening game with 16.   

    Telemundo
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Adam Polansky1851300000NA 00NA
    Avery Esdaile673110000NA 00NA
    Eric Polite1632420000NA 00NA
    Kereem Benjamin15106500011100% 00NA
    Sam Banks1010630000NA 00NA
    Tom Kahana2721310000NA 00NA

    FTR
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bob Mickel1920230000NA 00NA
    Brian Gomes268511002150% 00NA
    Eric Rollins833302000NA 00NA
    Troy Seymour1555350000NA 00NA

Standings 5 on 5 West F2007 Thru Week 13
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Ctown Fire9-10.900W1073.9262.33
2Clutch8-20.800W1167.7763.31
3Telemundo7-30.700L1265.7562.83
4BFTFT5-50.500L1454.8356.58
5The Corporation4-60.400L1540.9150.90
6FTR3-70.300L4661.9169.00
7Prime Time3-70.300W1652.4055.45
8Reil Splitters1-90.100L6860.3060.45
Points Per Game
1Basil Wajd
Ctown Fire
22.42
2Chris Kerr
Reil Splitters
20.80
3Domingo Whatshisname
Clutch
19.50
4Jamal Camah
Ctown Fire
18.00
5Sidekick Jim
Clutch
17.50
6Tom Kahana
Telemundo
15.00
7Carmino DeMercuio
BFTFT
14.57

Player Rater
1Chris Kerr
Reil Splitters
51.7510
2Basil Wajd
Ctown Fire
48.7112
3Kereem Benjamin
Telemundo
45.8312
4Jamal Camah
Ctown Fire
42.4511
5Carmino DeMercuio
BFTFT
37.147
6Phil Davis
FTR
36.8010
7Sidekick Jim
Clutch
33.8010
8Domingo Whatshisname
Clutch
32.7010
9Hugh Coleman
Ctown Fire
32.5013
10Adam Polansky
Telemundo
32.008

Rebounds Per Game
1Chris Kerr
Reil Splitters
12.50
2Kereem Benjamin
Telemundo
10.67
3Basil Wajd
Ctown Fire
9.58
4Carmino DeMercuio
BFTFT
9.14
5Jamal Camah
Ctown Fire
9.09
6Greg Wilmont
BFTFT
7.70
7Manny Mendez
Clutch
7.38

3s Per Game
1Kevin Riordan
The Corporation
0.00nan%
1Dart Danier
Prime Time
0.00nan%
1Kareem Mimms
Telemundo
0.00nan%
1Basil Wajd
Ctown Fire
0.00nan%
1Jermaine Whathisname
Clutch
0.00nan%
1Dan Smith
The Corporation
0.00nan%
1Bob Mickel
FTR
0.00nan%
1Chris Kerr
Reil Splitters
0.00nan%
1Carmino DeMercuio
BFTFT
0.00nan%
1Antonio Cardoza
Clutch
0.00nan%
1Chris Pape
The Corporation
0.00nan%
1Adam Polansky
Telemundo
0.00nan%
1Mouse
Clutch
0.00nan%
1Manny Mendez
Clutch
0.00nan%
1Matt Marengi
The Corporation
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Phil Davis
FTR
4.30
2Hugh Coleman
Ctown Fire
3.77
3Kereem Benjamin
Telemundo
3.67
4Derek Foster
Clutch
3.43
5Peter Fayette
BFTFT
3.36
6Mouse
Clutch
3.22
7Dan Smith
The Corporation
3.00