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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    Justice League 78  The Has Beens 92

    Clancy, Ingram Off the Hook

    Doesnít the saying go, ëitís better to be a has been, then a never was?íI donít know, but what I do know is that last night was a great night to be a Has Been (1-1) at Charlestown.Eric Clancy (34 points, 6 assists) and Dennis Ingram (19 points, 6 assists) led a three point barrage that simply overwhelmed the Justice League (0-2).

    Neither team had trouble scoring to open the game, as the Has Beens jumped to a 12-7 lead just two minutes into the game.Over the next 8 minutes, Clancy and Ingram lead a 28-12 run that gave the Has Beens a 21 point cushion and left the Justice League in total chaos.  It seems like every trip down the floor the Has Beens hit a 3 or long jumper to add to their lead.In building a 56-39 halftime lead, HB played excellent team basketball and solid defense, only allowing DMac (39 points, 5 rebounds) to score in double figures for the half, 15 points.

    The second half started out as more of the same, before DMac scored 10 straight points to get the Justice League within 12, but thatís as close as they would get the rest of the way.  Ripley (17 points) and GP (10 points) provided a little offensive help, but it was too little, too late by the time they got going.  Brent Carbone (18 points, 6 rebounds) and Dan Kivlehan (13 points, 4 steals) made sure of that, by hitting big buckets and continuing to hustle down the stretch.  Tim Riley (6 points, 17 rebounds) played to role of Dennis Rodman, minus the technicals and tattoos, perfectly, despite going up against a much bigger front court.  The Justice League looks to get their first win, and hopefully play some defense, next week against Come ëNí Get It, while the Has Beens will get a shot at Stackpole.

    Justice League
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Ripley1722120534133% 00NA
    Dave McLaren3932010166100% 00NA
    Ed Finn510000112200% 00NA
    Greg Poulos1050020244100% 00NA
    Jeff Hrkach131302212200% 00NA
    Mike Kent675100002NA 00NA

    The Has Beens
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brent Carbone1833301100NA 00NA
    Dan Kivlehan1311540200NA 00NA
    Darren Arciero042510100NA 00NA
    Dennis Ingram1921410200NA 00NA
    Eric Clancy3421400344100% 00NA
    Jeff Arciero241110100NA 00NA
    Tim Riley6107201101NA 00NA

    Charlestown 108  Little Lebowski 76

    Gallaghers Lead Offensive Outburst

    Ranking Charlestown outside of the top two may have been a gross mistake on my part.  The way theyíve played the last two weeks, itís tough seeing them lose even a single game, let alone a handful.  All of their guys can shoot, rebound, pass and play D, thereís no weak spot on this team.  Their latest masterpiece only emphasized that point. 

    The backend of Tuesday nightís games put forth an even finer offensive display, as Charlestown (2-0) erupted for a season high 108 points.  Leading the way was Jason Gallaghar (28 points, 20 rebounds, 9 assists), who fell just one assists short of a triple double.  It was far from a one man show, however, as all 5 players scored at least 16 points.  Andrew Ray (23 points, 6 assists), Ian Urquhart (23 points, 15 rebounds), Derek Gallagher (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Joe Fitzpatrick (16 points, 15 assists) all had their way with Little Lebowskiís defenders.

    It wasnít all bad news for Little Lebowski (0-1), playing their first game at Charlestown, sponsored by CRFC.  They jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first minute before committing 6 turnovers in helping Charlestown to a 15-0 run that essentially put the game away early.  If Little Lebowski puts games in the capable hands of Harry Mora (29 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists), they should be able to win a few in this league.  Also providing points for LL was Jon Fass (23 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists) and Chris Reid (12 points, 10 rebounds).  Keeping turnovers to a minimum and taking good shots will have to be the focus for Little Lebowski next week as they look to bounce back against Little Nasty.  Charlestown just had too much offense on this night, as they hit 15 3ís and had a plethora of fast break and second chance points.  Net Gain will be the next opponent to take a shot at holding down Charlestownís offense. 

    Charlestown
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ray2313510300NA 00NA
    Derek Gallagher18102212200NA 00NA
    Jason Gallagher28182600412200% 00NA
    Joe Fitzpatrick16241021522100% 00NA

    Little Lebowski
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Christoper Reid1246110100NA 00NA
    Harry Mora2952402422100% 00NA
    Joe Sousa311410200NA 00NA
    Jon Fass2392421224200% 00NA
    Josh Youman442000200NA 00NA
    Justin Millette510430000NA 00NA

    Come N' Get It 93  Vitale 48

    Come N' Get It Dominates Both Sides of the Ball

    Come N' Get It made life miserable for Vitale last night as they played superbly on both sides of the court.  The first half was highlighted by the range from Bob Mickel (17pts 5 3's) and the smothering D from C N GI. John "Airs" Greene (15pts) led the team on the defensive side with a monsterous 7 thefts and zero convictions.  To make matters worse for Vitale, Phil Davis (19pts), aka Phil Hill, aka the rifleman, had his usual dominance inside the paint, despite the fact that he is the point guard.  (but Phil 1 for 4 at the FT line is unacceptable!)  In the second half, Vitale had a few bright spurts when Sean Quigley banged home 5 3's in a row.  Once the outside game became a threat, Kevin McCarthy (10pts) started to have success on the offensive side.  But  in the end, Come and Get it blended the perfect balance of outside shooting, pressure defense, and ultimate cherry picking en route to pick up the victory

    Come N' Get It
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bob Mickel1741410100NA 00NA
    Eric Rollins842420100NA 00NA
    Jay Smith952311100NA 00NA
    Jonathan Greene153037023133% 00NA
    Kevin Paulding1350100022100% 00NA
    Phil Davis197352114125% 00NA
    Troy Seymour12102100022100% 00NA

    Vitale
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Allen021200100NA 00NA
    Chris Nardone531200200NA 00NA
    Kevin McCarthy1051220000NA 00NA
    Mark Henry642220000NA 00NA
    Michael Smith74310226233% 00NA
    Sean Quigley1570110000NA 00NA
    Ty Hollins51030210200% 00NA

    Stackpole 82  Charlestown 90

    Townies Second Half Comeback Stifles the Pole

    What a ridulously fun game to watch.  In the first half, the Townies found themselves down double digits because of the unconscious shooting by Stackpole.  Joe Malcom (17pts), Chris Toglia (23pts), and Jeff Clough (17pts) were all being set up by Chris Hunter on the wings and continued to bury 3 after 3.  They had to of shot over 50% as a team in the first half.  To make matters worse, Matt Filosa was killing the Townies on the offensive glass, leading him to score 13 of his 17 points on second chance opportunities.  True to the Townie spirit, they didnt give up. 

    No matter how hard you try to get rid of a Townie, they always seem to come back stronger and tougher.  And that is exactly what they did in the second half to overcome a double digit deficit.  Team captain and Big Toe extrodinaire Derek Gallagher (26pts) saved his best game for the second half.  He began a 12- 0 run to start the second half in which the Townies were able to take the lead with 10 minutes left to go.  The Stackpole shots stopped falling and panic mode set in as the entire Townie team exploded on the offensive end.  Andrew Ray (18pts), Nick Smith (17pts), Joe Fitzpatrick (11pts), and Jason Gallegher (14pts) all had tremendous second halves that completely shifted the momentum to the Townies.  Once the shots stopped falling, Stackpole didnt have an answer and lost the first match up between Saugus vs. Charlestown.

    Stackpole
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Hunter721820200NA 00NA
    Chris Toglia236311004375% 00NA
    Jeff Clough1710511003267% 00NA
    Joe Malcolm1751300000NA 00NA
    Matt Filosa1711734017571% 00NA

    Charlestown
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ray2313510300NA 00NA
    Derek Gallagher18102212200NA 00NA
    Jason Gallagher28182600412200% 00NA
    Joe Fitzpatrick16241021522100% 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