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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    The Has Beens 75  Five Knuckle Shuffle 87

    Zermani, Tyson, Spoil Has Beens' Upset Dream

    Paul Zermani (28 points) made sure that Five Knuckle Shuffle jumped out to a big lead, and Tyson Nargassans (26 points, 6 assists) made sure they held onto it as time winded down.  Paul scored 22 of his points in a first half barrage that staked FKS to a 48-35 halftime lead.  The Has Beens were the ones that were supposed to use the 3 point shot to keep the game close, but the Shuffle turned the tables, hitting 9 of them in the first half alone to provide their cushion.  Despite having the lone fan cheer for their team, Brent Carbone (19 points, 15 rebounds) was the only guy in the first half that could get anything going for the Has Beens.  Although he was going up against giants Steve O'Connell (11 points, 8 assists) and Shane O'Donnell (7 rebounds, 5 assists), Brent outrebounded them both and made his own room in the paint.

    In the second half, the Has Beens came alive.  After falling behind by as many as 17, they stormed back.  Led by Eric Clancy (22 points, 5 assists) and Jeff Arciero (22 points) the Has Beens made it a close game.  As always, once the three pointers start falling, the Has Beens should never be counted out.  Using a 13-0 run over a 4 minute stretch, they climbed to within 4 points (76-72) of the lead.  With five minutes left they had possession of the ball and were right in the game.  After a missed three, FKS recovered and buried a 3.  Forced to foul, the Has Beens could only watch helplessly as free throws were hit and they continued to miss shots.  FKS had finally clamped down and only allowed a desperation 3 the rest of the way.  It marks the end of a fine season for the Has Beens, they played great and shocked some teams with their aggressive style and great shooting touch.  Five Knuckle Shuffle moves to the semis and awaits the winner of the Charlestown/Vitale matchup.

    The Has Beens
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brent Carbone1941100014250% 00NA
    Dan Kivlehan57211042150% 00NA
    Darren Arciero011310000NA 00NA
    Dennis Ingram54042024250% 00NA
    Eric Clancy2231300500NA 00NA
    Jeff Arciero2211210133100% 00NA
    Tim Riley263000300NA 00NA

    Five Knuckle Shuffle
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ethan Chang702010100NA 00NA
    Jay Sartori1340610044100% 00NA
    Paul Zermani283012016467% 00NA
    Shane O'Donnell270300000NA 00NA
    Steve O'Connell115151245360% 00NA
    Tyson Nargassans263241227686% 00NA

    Justice League 62  Come N' Get It 60

    Justice Prevails, Or Does It?

    What would the playoffs be without a controversy?  Thankfully we won't have to find out, as last night's game provided one that will be talked about for a long, long time.  After an extremely well played game by both sides the score was tied at 60 with just 30 seconds left.  Come N Get It had possession of the ball and their fate was in the hands of leading scorer Phil 'StarChild' Davis (13 points, 6 rebounds).  A confident drive to the hoop resulted in a foul (one of 40 called on the night), and sent him to the line for two.  After watching, shocked, that the first one missed, the second was almost thrown at the hoop in disgust and O'Cal (6 rebounds) snatched it out of the air.  After the ensuing timeout, Ripley (10 points, 6 assists) brought the ball up the court despite the pressure.  Anyone who's been to a pick-up game on the weekends knew what was coming next, he was going to the hoop on his own, determined to break his guy down.  One on one against one of the best on-the-ball defenders in the league, Kevin Paulding (10 points, 5 rebounds), he didn't have an easy time.  From the top of the key, with just 3 seconds left, Rip saw a seam and went for it.  A behind the back dribble resulted in losing the ball, however, and he started to go down, when shockingly the whistle blew.  If I didn't know any better I'd be convinced that Rip himself called the foul, but that wasn't the case.  After calmly nailing both free throws, CNGI only had one last chance.  Their desperation heave to the 3 point line was knocked out of the air and the game was over.  Maybe it was a foul, CNGI certainly didn't think so, but it's a tough call to make at the end of a playoff game after guys have given it their all.  It marks the end of a great season for Come N Get It, and when they come back for the fall league (which starts Sept 19th by the way), they'll have a huge chip on their shoulder. 

    Aside from the last minute dramatics, the game was well played and intense throughout.  Bob Mickel (12 points, 5 assists) and Brian Gomes (11 points) both helped Phil with the scoring.  Neither guy could really get going, as the 3-2 zone defense was swarming against them.  The Justice League played one of their most composed games to date.  The real Greg Poulos (18 points) finally showed up for a game this season, and TJ "Google" Mahoney (18 points, 5 rebounds) was spectacular as well.  Google recognized that the refs were calling a tight game and took it to the hoop every time he touched the ball, never settling for an outside jumper.  As always, Mr. Everything Jeff Hrkach (6 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists) found many ways to contribute, including using all of his allotted fouls.  The Justice League finally flashed a bit of their potential and they'll await the winner of the Stackpole/Netgain game on Thursday.

    Justice League
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Ripley102241043267% 00NA
    Greg Poulos182112017686% 00NA
    Jeff Hrkach634521100NA 00NA
    Mike Kent826202200NA 00NA
    Sean O'Callaghan2331000200% 00NA
    TJ Mahony1841121114857% 00NA

    Come N' Get It
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bob Mickel1241310200NA 00NA
    Brian Gomes1101100300NA 00NA
    Eric Rollins4312110100% 00NA
    Jay Smith011000000NA 00NA
    Jonathan Greene510210333100% 00NA
    Kevin Paulding10320012300% 00NA
    Phil Davis134201247343% 00NA
    Troy Seymour56060004375% 00NA

    Vitale 87  Charlestown 96

    C-Town squeaks by, but not before they get a full serving of Landenberger

    This one had the makings of an upset, Nova over G-Town style.  Early on Vitale jumoed out to a surprising lead behind Kevin McCarthy's hot shooting (20pts).  For the first time all season, Charlestown's shots were rimming out and such, definately leading me to beleive that they had a game on their hands.  Just as I start thinking that, C-Town blows up on a 15-0 run, sparked by Nick Smith (29pts).  Again, Vitale doesn't quit.  This time, Mark Ruggerio grabs the offensive reigns and starts doing his thing from inside and out (25pts).  Vitale ties it up, that is until C-Town rallies off a 12-0 run to close that half, giving them a 12 point lead going into the break.  No joke, the second half was all Mike Landenberger (29pts).  To start the half, Mike leaving it all on the court went bonkers.  Derek Gallagher (14pts), Ian Urquhart (16pts) and Andrew Ray (15pts) all helped out the C-Town cause, but whatever run they made, Landenberger answered, usually with a trey.  Again we found ourselves tied with 6 minutes to play.  The crowd of 2 was going insane, the taste of an upset coated the Vitale players mouths, and I still couldn't wait until the second game was over so I could go out on Thirsty Thursday.  However, it turned into midnight for the Cinderella Vitale squad as Charlestown closed out the game on a 20-8 run, sending the Vitale boys home, but not before they left with a Rocky esque high for going the distance.  Great game Vitale, and we'll see you in the fall league    

    Vitale
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brad Santarpia231011000NA 00NA
    Chris Allen621000000NA 00NA
    Chris Nardone62172002150% 00NA
    Kevin McCarthy2032320000NA 00NA
    Mark Ruggeiro256223205480% 00NA
    Mike Landenberger2933220011100% 00NA

    Charlestown
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ray153100004375% 00NA
    Danny Ryan622410000NA 00NA
    Derek Gallagher147241104250% 00NA
    Ian Urquhart1621100022100% 00NA
    Jason Gallagher941300000NA 00NA
    Joe Fitzpatrick74111103267% 00NA

    Netgain 51  Stackpole 73

    Stackpole holds serve, gets Justice next round

    Stackpole handled their biz, sending Netgain home to practice for the fall league last night.  Surprise, surprise, but the Chise had one of his best games yet, dropping a sick 21 points and grabbing 19 boards, not to mention his defensive effort (4stls 3blk).  For Netgain, they trailed the entire game, despite their best efforts.  Trevor McAndrew led the team with 16 points, while Keith and Kyle had 11 a piece.  Definately an impressive showing for Stackpole as the Chise got a lot of help from his boys, Jazz "Tick Tock" Holden (14pts), the Wolverine (11pts), and Chris Hunter (10pts).  Definately look forward to squaring off against my newfound boys from Saugus...Just remember, it's nothing personal, stricktly business fellas...

    Netgain
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Cheese920130000NA 00NA
    Keith Thompson119712002150% 00NA
    Kyle Hofmann113002002150% 00NA
    Trevor McAndrew164133106350% 00NA

    Stackpole
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Hunter1050500000NA 00NA
    Chris McMahon21109243000NA 00NA
    Jeff Clough921100000NA 00NA
    Jeff Holden1434402033100% 00NA
    Joe Malcolm442201000NA 00NA
    Matt Filosa116100202150% 00NA
    Mike Cunningham443010000NA 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
3Shane O'Donnell
Five Knuckle Shuffle
4.00
3Paul Zermani
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