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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    Stackpole 86  Little Lebowski 71

    Stackpole easily gets the W over Lebowski

    Stackpole's momentum carried over after their emotional win over 5 Knuckle Shuffle with their win over Lebowski.  Leading the Pole, was my boy, the Wolverine, who continues to show everyone why he is the best offensive rebounder in the league (9) as most of his 22 points were off second chance points.  The rest of Stackpole had no trouble on the offensive end: Chise (21pts), Mike Cunningham (12pts), Chris Hunter (19pts) and Joe Malcom (8ast).  For LL, Jeff Fass (24pts) led the team in scoring, while Harry Mora (18pts) and Josh Youman (13pts) made significant contributions, but Stackpole led comfortably the entire way. 

    Stackpole
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Hunter192052016583% 00NA
    Chris McMahon2194310000NA 00NA
    Joe Malcolm642540000NA 00NA
    Matt Filosa228942206467% 00NA
    Mike Cunningham12620000100% 00NA

    Little Lebowski
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Aaron Fernandes33210106117% 00NA
    Harry Mora1862320000NA 00NA
    Joe Sousa851230000NA 00NA
    Jon Fass245521404125% 00NA
    Josh Youman135210002150% 00NA
    Justin Millette312200000NA 00NA

    Come N' Get It 92  Five Knuckle Shuffle 73

    CNGI takes a page from David Blaine and makes 5KS offense disappear in the last 5 minutes

    This was NOT a 20 point win.  Well it was, but it really wasn't.  The game was tied up until 5 minutes left to play in the game.  In the first half, CNGI had the slight lead.  Troy Seymour (25), Jonathan Greene (20pts), and Bob Mickel (14pts) all shot the rock sensationally from the 3 point land as they combined for 9 of the teams 11.  For 5KS, the potent 1-2 punch of Jean Bain and Tyson was effective again.  Jean and Tyson each dropped 21, while Paul Z provided an extra shooter from the perimeter by adding 4 3's of his own.  The two teams continued to battle in the second half with the score knotted up at 71 with 5 minutes to play.  Then, it was like watching David Blane make an elephant disappear in front of a hundred people.  I thought there had to be something askew.  5KS would only score 2 points while CNGI exploded for 21 points.  What happened???  The offense desperately needed a red bull but all they could find was some lemonade that Mike Dinarian brought, which didn't help them at all.  Tremendous defensive effort by CNGI to steal the win.  Watch out for CNGI, they are finally putting it all togther with their hard nose style... 

    Come N' Get It
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bob Mickel146353102150% 00NA
    Brian Gomes620410000NA 00NA
    Eric Rollins4511001200% 00NA
    Jay Smith221200000NA 00NA
    Jonathan Greene2031130244100% 00NA
    Kevin Paulding1195310033100% 00NA
    Phil Davis12216102100% 00NA
    Troy Seymour256452104125% 00NA

    Five Knuckle Shuffle
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ethan Chang320000000NA 00NA
    Jean Bain2141600011100% 00NA
    Mike Diranian260120000NA 00NA
    Paul Zermani1610310100NA 00NA
    Steve O'Connell1072120122100% 00NA
    Tyson Nargassans217001032150% 00NA

    Justice League 93  Charlestown 104

    Justice League's Best Effort Still Not Enough Against Charlestown

    This is the type of game that was expected week in and week out from the Justice League back when the season started.  High scoring, great shooting, and little defense figured to be the key elements to their success, but that's why the games aren't played out on paper.  The season has been a struggle, but they turned in their finest effort of the season against the league's best team.  Charlestown, owners of the best record and controllers of their own destiny, also had one of their finest games of the season, actually needing to score 100 points in order to hang on for the win.  Both teams played great from the get go, passes were crisp, and ball movement was emphasized on both sides.  Charlestown took a 54-49 lead into halftime thanks to the outstanding shooting of Jason Gallagher (19 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists) who had all but two of his points in the first half. BRip (29 points, 6 rebounds) refused to let Charlestown pull away for longer than a couple minutes at a time, hitting big baskets to keep the game close.  Whether it was his pattented leaner into the lane, or the pull up 3 from the top of the key, Rip was on point all night.  O'Cal (7 points, 12 assists), who didn't take a shot outside of 3 feet, led the offense like a miestro would his orchestra, with ease and grace.  Getting guys easy and open looks helped keep them in the game.  Chalestown just had too many weapons.  Derek Gallagher (26 points, 12 rebounds) did his damage in the paint, hustling for rebounds, reaching for tip ins, and posting guys up on the block.  His inspired play in the second half kept Charlestown in the lead.  Not to be forgotten, Nick Smith (23 points, 8 assists) played an excellent game and stayed within the team's philosophy of spreading the ball around and getting everyone quality shots.  As the Justice League was making their second half run behind DMac (21 points) and Mike Kent (17 points, 15 rebounds) it was Nick that would come up with the big bucket or make the extra pass for an easy lay-up.  At times it seems like Nick wants to single-handedly take over a game, but give him credit, he lets the game come to him rather than try and force the issue.  Lastly, and certainly not least, Andrew Ray (19 points) got behind the defense for fast break layups and pull-up j's.  As time wore down, the Justice League never completely got control of the game, getting to with just a basket of the lead on numerous occasions.  Maybe it was nerves that kept them from hitting some easy lay-ups, or maybe it was that Charlestown finally decided to play D, but in the end free throws were hit and the game was put out of reach. 

    For Charlestown, this was an excellent tune-up game for Five Knuckle Shuffle, who comes into next week's game carrying a 2 game losing streak.  As for the Justice League, this game goest to show that there is still hope for the season, and all is not lost as long as there are still games to be played. 

    Justice League
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Ripley2951311300NA 00NA
    Dave McLaren210010004375% 00NA
    Greg Poulos112072112150% 00NA
    Mike Kent1710513122150% 00NA
    Sean O'Callaghan73382002150% 00NA

    Charlestown
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ray192220032150% 00NA
    Danny Ryan820110000NA 00NA
    Derek Gallagher266621106233% 00NA
    Ian Urquhart14534001200% 00NA
    Jason Gallagher1912152023267% 00NA
    Nick Smith2332520222100% 00NA

    The Has Beens 65  Netgain 58

    Arciero Brothers Lead Has Beens Past Net Gain

    Jeff and Darren Arciero had outstanding games in leading the Has Beens past Net Gain in a game rife with playoff reprecussions.  The two combined for 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals and set the tone in the openning minutes of the game as the Has Beens jumped out to a 24 - 10 lead that they would never relinquish.  After cruising to a 41-27 lead at the break, it looked like the game was theirs for the taking, and they build a 19 point lead early in the second half.  Thankfully for those on hand, Net Gain made it interesting, and stormed back to within 5 with just 4 minutes left to play.  Kyle Hoffman (20 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) led the charge, doing most of the heavy lifting on offense.  Keith Thompson, after his halftime Redbull, finally took off to the tune of 14 points and 8 rebounds.  Despite their best effort, it wasn't enough to overcome the Has Beens superbly balanced attack.  Brent Carbone (11 points, 10 rebounds), Eric Clancy (10 points) and Tim Riley (10 points, 15 rebounds) all had key roles in the game.  The win keeps the Has Beens within striking distance of the # 5 seed for the playoffs, which is definitely preferable to having to settle for the seventh seed, their current position.  If they can get a win next week against Little Lebowski, and CNGI beats the Justice League, it's theirs. 

    The Has Beens
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brent Carbone1110032025360% 00NA
    Darren Arciero10332201200% 00NA
    Dennis Ingram7203001100% 00NA
    Eric Clancy1020210400NA 00NA
    Jeff Arciero1720010044100% 00NA
    Tim Riley10114101200NA 00NA

    Netgain
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Cheese1041610400NA 00NA
    Keith Thompson143512063267% 00NA
    Kyle Hofmann2045401200NA 00NA
    Matt Wolfe89132022150% 00NA
    Tim HINKEL660410000NA 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