Spring 2006: A 5v5 League Champs: Justice League

    Ripley Believe it or Not Sends JL to Overtime and Victory
    Five Knuckle Shuffle 75 Justice League 81

    Playoff MVP Brian Ripley (10 points, 10 rebounds) saved his best for last, yet again, to ensure that the Justice League had a chance to take home the Belt.  With time winding down on their season, BRip launched a 3 point shot that tied the game at 70 with only 6 seconds left in the game.  The Two Knuckle Shuffle couldn't respond, and Rip's shot had sent the game into overtime.  It was the third straight week in which Rip had either won the game or sent it into OT in the final seconds for the Justice League.  After an up and down season, one filled with more questions than answers, the JL put it all together at the right time.  By the Championship game each guy had found their role in the offense and knew what to expect each time out.  Rip was clearly the one with the ball in his hands at the end of the game, and like Big Pappi, he always came through in the clutch.  After DMac (16 points) scored the first basket of the overtime period, it was a free-throw parade for the Justice League to seal the win. 

    It wasn't as easy as it seemed.  For much of the game the Two Knuckle Shuffle led by at least 6 points.  They got some unexpected offense out of both Mike D (10 points, 5 rebounds) and Ethan Chang (8 points) to keep themselves afloat.  Brian Skerry (21 points, 6 assists) decided to make an appearance and dominated the flow of the game with his offense.  Steve O'Connell (19 points, 11 rebounds) had his silky smooth jumper working in the first half, but tired as the game wore on.  After leading by as many as ten, and seemingly in control of the game, the Shuffle let Ed Finn (11 points) get in the game.  The Local Hero scored 7 straight points late in the second half to bring his team within 2, and he gave them new life.  The man-to-man press, installed by Coach O'Cal, worked to perfection for the second straight week, even if it was a little late in being utilized yet again.  But if it wasn't for the steady offense of "The Pretty Boy" Greg Poulos (27 points, 3 rebounds), the Justice League wouldn't have been within striking distance at all.  TKS had a 4 point lead with 23 seconds left and couldn't make it stand up.  It was at that point in the game when OD (9 points, 16 rebounds) gave a taunting smile of O'Cal, confident his team would seal the deal.  "The game ain't over," was O'Cal's rebuttal, and it proved all too true.  After watching the Shuffle fail to convert at the charity stripe (4 of 10 down the stretch), BRip hit 1 of 2 free throws and they got a defense stop thanks to their new-found full court press.  Coming off a timeout, everyone had to know the game was in Rip's hands, and he didn't let anyone down.  As predicted earlier in the season, the Justice League ends the season as the last team standing.  They were good enough during the regular season to make the playoffs, and then they decided to play their best ball.  For the Shuffle, it marks the end of a great run, and this loss will give them all the motivation they need to come back with a vengance next season.  Rumor has it that the Justice League, still reeking of their celebratory beers, will reassemble next season to defend their title.  Given how they played down the strech, in taking out the 2, 3, and 4 seeds, they'll be favored to retain their Championship Belt in the Fall. 

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    Charlestown 67  The Has Beens 54

    Charlestown Comes Back

    Maybe it was the fact that they had way too many guys for their style of play.  Maybe they were looking past the Has Beens to their showdown with FKS.  Or maybe, just maybe, the Has Beens were the better team for 30 minutes.  Regardless, Charlestown struggled to get anything going on offense, and the Has Beens hung tough with a superior opponent.  Led by Eric Clancy (30 points) and his 7 3's, The Has Beens were clinging to a 5 point halftime lead, and the minutes couldn't tick by fast enough.  In the second half, with Charlestown still sleepwalking through the game, Tempers started to flare up on the Has Beens side, and my only question was, why?? Charlestown was down six, missing open shots, and not looking like they were going to wake up, why go out of your way to provoke one of the best teams in the league.  As expected, they came around quickly, Running off 12 straight points and taking command of the game.  Ian (18 points, 8 rebounds), Nick (16 points, 9 rebounds) and Jason (12 points, 12 rebounds) led the way as Charlestown avoids the upset and The Shuffle loom on the horizon.

    Charlestown
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ray50010003133% 00NA
    Danny Ryan201100000NA 00NA
    Derek Gallagher75230112150% 00NA
    Ian Urquhart18443003200% 00NA
    Jason Gallagher12102022000NA 00NA
    Joe Fitzpatrick71013054250% 00NA
    Nick Smith1663400222100% 00NA

    The Has Beens
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brent Carbone284120222100% 00NA
    Dan Kivlehan540110200NA 00NA
    Darren Arciero81132012150% 00NA
    Eric Clancy303122056583% 00NA
    Jeff Arciero934510200NA 00NA

    Little Lebowski 64  Come N' Get It 98

    CNGI Cruises, Coming together at the Right Time

    As CNGI gets ready for the playoffs, consistancy and effort will be the only major questions facing them.  They have some of the best, not to mention loudest, talent in the league, but will it be enough?? The last few weeks have shown just how good Come N Get It can be.  In cruising to a big victory over Little Lebowski, everyone got in on the act.  Brian Gomes (23 points) led his team in scoring , mostly from the perimeter, while Kevin Paulding (17 points, 9 rebounds) did the dirty work inside.  Troy Seymore (13 points, 4 steals, 12 assists) and Jon Greene (13 points) also got in on the act.  The balance was a good sign, as it will be tough for teams to guard all five guys consistantly well come playoff time, and they are a serious contender for the title.  If these guys continue to play at this level they'll beat anybody.  For Little Lebowski, it was tough going missing Harry Mora.  Jon Fass (28 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) tossed in a triple double, but struggled in the early going against the swarming CNGI double teams.  Justin Millette (24 points, 5 assists) picked up some slack, hitting 4 3's and a bunch of midrange jumpers, but they just didn't have the offensive firepower to stay with their bigger, more athletic opponents.

    Little Lebowski
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Aaron Fernandes021310300NA 00NA
    Christoper Reid860000200NA 00NA
    Jon Fass288272159667% 00NA
    Josh Youman328220100NA 00NA
    Justin Millette2412310400NA 00NA

    Come N' Get It
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bob Mickel1050300100NA 00NA
    Brian Gomes2330220222100% 00NA
    Eric Rollins812200300NA 00NA
    Jay Smith320310100NA 00NA
    Jonathan Greene13302200300% 00NA
    Kevin Paulding175411002150% 00NA
    Phil Davis1252120211100% 00NA
    Troy Seymour1320840000NA 00NA

    Little Nasty 71  Vitale 77

    Vitale Wins Second Straight as Nasty Continues to Let Themselves Go

    Vitale has their first winning streak of the season as they easily handled the Nasty squad.  Mark Ruggerio (30pts) was phenomenal for Vitale, providing offense from beyond the 3 point line (5) and on some nifty little pull ups. Besides Mark, Mike Landenberger (24pts) proved to be a constant thorn in the Nasty defense with his slick handle and ability to get to the hoop.  By the end of the first half, Nasty was down, but it was a lot closer thanks to Mike Manning (26pts) shooting lights out from 3-land (6).   Up by 10 at the half, Vitale didn't hold back. Michael Smith (15pts) was a presence in the paint on offense, but it was his defense and protection of the hoop is what made the difference in the end.  Vitale kept the lead at arms distance the entire half, despite Tibbs (15pts) and Turin's (10pts) best efforts to muscle in.  Great news for Vitale as they look for 3 in a row next week, while Nasty's season can be best described as like my Uncle Dave.  Everyone has a similar uncle, father or brother but here's the deal.  When Dave was younger (early in the season) he was the man at sports.  Prom king and such with the world by the balls.  Then college came (midseason when Al and Gary quit or were cut) and Dave was introduced to beer and sleeping in instead of going to the gym.  Eventually the pounds packed on and now uncle Dave hasn't seen his feet (a win) in 20 years.   

    Little Nasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Eric Hinton900220100NA 00NA
    Jason Tibbetts156234209444% 00NA
    Michael Manning2620300100NA 00NA
    Michael Turin1067021100NA 00NA
    Raj Singh86422002150% 00NA
    Tim Brady13400002150% 00NA

    Vitale
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brad Santarpia261101000NA 00NA
    Chris Allen210200000NA 00NA
    Kevin McCarthy2031020200% 00NA
    Mark Ruggeiro309220105360% 00NA
    Michael Smith156401208563% 00NA
    Mike Landenberger245210106467% 00NA

    Five Knuckle Shuffle 74  Stackpole 76

    Saugus Rivalry Lives Up to Hype, Chise Put Back Wins it as Time Expires

    This should have been the ESPN game of the week.  I they should have gotten those soccer sissy's off the TV.  We all know that the team that fears their own fans the most is going to win it all so they don't get killed.  Early on, the action was explosive.  Each team's point guards, Chris Hunter (11ast) and Paul Z (9ast), was pushing the tempo in a very up and down game, yet they were in control (20 ast and only 1 turn between the two).  My favorite player, Jeff "The Ticking Time Bomb" Holden (17pts), kept the anger in check long enough to bury some big 3's in the first half, while the Wolverine (22pts) was bobbin' and weavin' in the paint, finding any opening that 5KS left open.  5KS answered with a 1-2 punch of their own with Jean Bain and Tyson.  Tyson (22pts) dropped 5 triples on the Stackpole D, while Jean Bain (39pts) couldn't be checked.  Driving, pulling up, and from the free throw line, Jean gave Stackpole all sorts of headaches.  The second half started with Stackpole up 1, but the level of physicality up 5.  Hard screen, strong fouls, one time I thought I even saw OD throw a haymaker at the Wolverine.  At times it looked like the fighting scene from Anchorman, where the news stations all rumble.  This definately suited 5KS style because they retook the lead for the majority of the second half behind Jean and Tyson's shooting.  But hold on a second, Tical, what about the Chise?  Didn't he play?  Of course he did and of course the Chise heated up, just as it became crunch time.  With Stackpole down for the good part of the second half, the Chise rallied off turn around jumper after turn around jumper (29pts).  He scored 14 points in the last 5 minutes of the game to get Stackpole back in the game down 4 with a minute left to go.  Then, a crucial 6th foul, a technical was called, on 5KS, giving Stackpole 4 FTs and the ball.  Stackpole hit 2 of the FTs and on the ensuing possession, the Wolverine called for a clear out (Im not joking) and easily hit the game winning bucket on a drive to the hoop.  The game stayed notted at 74 for 4 straight possessions as neither team could convert.  With 10 seconds to play, Chris Hunter drove to the hoop and kicked it out to Holden for a shot, which he missed, but no one boxed out the Chise!  He snagged the board right under the hoop, winked at the ladies in attendance and then put the ball back in as time expired to win the game.  Phenomenal game, despite all the griping about the officials.  

    Five Knuckle Shuffle
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Jean Bain39813200131292% 00NA
    Mike Diranian022110100NA 00NA
    Paul Zermani810610022100% 00NA
    Shane O'Donnell573210022100% 00NA
    Tyson Nargassans225012005360% 00NA

    Stackpole
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Hunter251720000NA 00NA
    Chris McMahon296830208338% 00NA
    Jeff Holden174320007571% 00NA
    Joe Malcolm520100000NA 00NA
    Matt Filosa225713008450% 00NA
    Mike Cunningham032100000NA 00NA

Standings 5 on 5 2006 Thru Week 14
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Charlestown9-10.900W4077.9271.27
2Come N' Get It7-20.778W3274.8064.50
3Stackpole7-20.778W2273.0966.45
4Five Knuckle Shuffle6-30.667L1384.0068.33
5Netgain4-40.500L2565.4472.11
6The Has Beens5-50.500L1468.0069.18
7Justice League4-50.444L1572.5070.42
8Vitale2-70.222L1761.3074.60
9Little Nasty1-70.125L1864.2576.63
10Little Lebowski0-90.000L9966.8983.67
Points Per Game
1Tyson Nargassans
Five Knuckle Shuffle
24.67
2Harry Mora
Little Lebowski
23.88
3Jon Fass
Little Lebowski
23.29
4Chris McMahon
Stackpole
22.22
5Dave McLaren
Justice League
21.09
6Eric Clancy
The Has Beens
20.67
7Brian Ripley
Justice League
18.78

Player Rater
1Chris McMahon
Stackpole
62.399
2Jon Fass
Little Lebowski
53.437
3Harry Mora
Little Lebowski
48.508
4Derek Gallagher
Charlestown
47.2311
5Tyson Nargassans
Five Knuckle Shuffle
46.509
6Matt Filosa
Stackpole
43.449
7Jason Gallagher
Charlestown
41.8010
8Jason Tibbetts
Little Nasty
41.077
9Shane O'Donnell
Five Knuckle Shuffle
39.899
10Keith Thompson
Netgain
38.147

Rebounds Per Game
1Chris McMahon
Stackpole
16.33
2Tim Riley
The Has Beens
12.13
3Matt Filosa
Stackpole
12.00
4Derek Gallagher
Charlestown
11.73
5Keith Thompson
Netgain
11.43
6Jason Gallagher
Charlestown
11.40
7Shane O'Donnell
Five Knuckle Shuffle
11.33

3s Per Game
1Jeff Hrkach
Justice League
0.00nan%
1Keith Thompson
Netgain
0.00nan%
1Brent Carbone
The Has Beens
0.00nan%
1Kevin Paulding
Come N' Get It
0.00nan%
1Mike Kent
Justice League
0.00nan%
1Paul Zermani
Five Knuckle Shuffle
0.00nan%
1Dan Kivlehan
The Has Beens
0.00nan%
1Chris Allen
Vitale
0.00nan%
1Joe Malcolm
Stackpole
0.00nan%
1Harry Mora
Little Lebowski
0.00nan%
1Troy Seymour
Come N' Get It
0.00nan%
1Jason Gallagher
Charlestown
0.00nan%
1Greg Poulos
Justice League
0.00nan%
1Cheese
Netgain
0.00nan%
1Mike Diranian
Five Knuckle Shuffle
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Chris Hunter
Stackpole
5.40
2Cheese
Netgain
4.11
3Paul Zermani
Five Knuckle Shuffle
4.00
3Shane O'Donnell
Five Knuckle Shuffle
4.00
5Phil Davis
Come N' Get It
3.78
6Sean O'Callaghan
Justice League
3.70
7Jon Fass
Little Lebowski
3.57