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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    Five Knuckle Shuffle 80  Vitale 61

    FKS Saunters Past Vitale

    This game was over nearly as soon as it got started.  Five Knuckle Shuffle (2-0) ripped off a 16-3 run to open the game, and Vitale (0-3) never got any closer.  A true team effort was the receipe that FKS employeed.  Paul Zermani (15 points) had the team high in points, but newcomer Jean Bain (14 points) had a good game despite getting limited action.  As soon as Bain gets added into the line-up on a full time basis, Five Knuckle Shuffle will have another threat to score 20+ per game.  Tyson Nargessens (13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks) and Steve O'Connell (13 points, 8 rebounds) also saw limited time in the second half, but made their contributions when on the floor.  The key for FKS was their size inside, as they presented matchup difficulties across the board for Vitale.  Shane O'Donnell (7 points, 5 reb, 6 assists) roamed the middle and warded off all intruders with his brute size.  By forcing 19 turnovers, and only giving the ball away 7 times, FKS capitalized on Vitale's miscues to get extra looks at the basket. 

    For Vitale, they were able to hang close once FKS made their first run.  Despite never getting closer than 10 points, they never gave up and hustled to try and change their fortune throughout the game.  Mark Ruggiero, who doesn't have a statline yet, tossed in a game high 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the club.  Kevin McCarthy (14 ponits) was hot from downtown and Vitale will need to find a way to get him the ball more to take advantage of his good shooting.  Ty Hollins (8 points, 10 rebounds) did his damage on the offensive boards, easily putting back missed shots.  Unless their is a glitch in the schedule, which is more than likely, these two teams will meet again next week and Vitale will have its chance for revenge. 

    Five Knuckle Shuffle
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Skerry13152112150% 00NA
    Ethan Chang801020000NA 00NA
    Jean Bain14212100100% 00NA
    Mike Diranian94100022150% 00NA
    Paul Zermani1500100000NA 00NA
    Shane O'Donnell732402000NA 00NA
    Steve O'Connell135311036583% 00NA
    Tyson Nargassans134530314250% 00NA

    Vitale
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brad Santarpia431001300NA 00NA
    Chris Allen330010300NA 00NA
    Chris Nardone63041054250% 00NA
    Kevin McCarthy1430000100NA 00NA
    Mark Henry611221300NA 00NA
    Sean Quigley330010300NA 00NA
    Ty Hollins846000000NA 00NA

    Netgain 78  Charlestown 90

    Charlestown Puts on Clinic

    Usually, it's a strong inside game that opens up the floor for the perimeter players to take advantage, not the other way around.  For each team in this game, the exact opposite was true.  Charlestown (4-0) padded their first place standing a little more by hitting a ridiculous 14 3-pointers last night.  Netgain (1-1) didn't exactly stink up the joint, hitting 8 of their own, but it was a 12-2 run in the middle of the second half by Charlestown that put the game out of reach.  With both teams playing a weak 2-3 zone defense, the perimeter was left wide open on multiple occasions, and the shooters took advantage.  Jason Gallagher (27 points, 5 rebounds) lead all scorers and did most of his damage in the first half, 22 points, to give his team a slight 45-41 advantage.  With the score tied at 55 after 30 minutes of back and forth action, Nick Smith put in 6 of his team's 12 points during the next 2 outcome altering minutes. Smith (15 points, 3 steals, 6 rebounds) and Andrew Ray (14 points) drove to the hole once defenders were jumping to the perimeter.  Derek Gallagher (12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) and Ian Urquhart (13 points, 10 assists) both had solid games.  Charlestown has so many scoring options that it's difficult to decide who to defend on any given play and they showcased that depth yet again.  Netgain realized too late, after the 12-2 run, that a switch to the 3-2 zone would be more effective.  By that point, however, there wasn't enough time in the game to comeback.

    Trevor McAndrew (25 points, 13 rebounds) led the scoring for the depleted Netgain roster.  Simply the inside presence of Keith Thompson would have opened things up in the second half, when Netgain couldn't get any shots to fall.  Thompson, along with Anthony Taylor were big holes that needed to be filled.  Netgain played valiently, as Cheese (16 points, 10 assists), Matt Wolfe (17 points, 7 rebounds) and Kyle Hofmann (16 points, 5 rebounds) all picked up the slack to help out on offense.  Next week Netgain doesn't get a repreve, as Come 'N' Get It awaits from them, while Charlestwon gets a much needed week off, unless they don't. 

    Netgain
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Cheese1631700222100% 00NA
    Kyle Hofmann1632000200NA 00NA
    Matt Wolfe1743010400NA 00NA
    Tim HINKEL441310222100% 00NA
    Trevor McAndrew2512142046467% 00NA

    Charlestown
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ray1421201100NA 00NA
    Derek Gallagher125340104125% 00NA
    Jason Gallagher273200004375% 00NA
    Joe Fitzpatrick95001052150% 00NA
    Nick Smith1524331200NA 00NA

    Little Lebowski 59  Little Nasty 70

    Who needs 5, when you can win with 4

    That's right, Little Nasty was able to pull off a double digit victory, with only 4 people.  With Tibbs taking the nite off to go over Machado's house to post more negative things about Al, Little Nasty had their work cut out for them, but right off the bat, they hung tough.  Al, responding to the continuing taunts on the boards, came out like a man on a mission (31pts).  On the other side of the ball, Harry Mora (14pts) and Tim Gaspar (19pts) were carrying the LL offense.  With only 4 players, LN managed a slight 4 point advantage at halftime and needed to play an extremely intelligent and lucky second half to succeed, and they did.  Gary Fisher played a monstrous second half (19pts 16rebs), grabbing every rebound in sight.  With LN gaining momentum, Gaspar kept finding Christopher Reid (7pts 17rebs) in the middle of the 4 person zone for easy looks and put backs off his easy looks.  Joey Sousa (10pts) also netted a couple of huge baskets in the second half that got LL back in the game.  That's when Nasty's Eric Hinton (9pts) started to run the offense like a well oiled machine.  He kept finding Al and Gary on the wings, while Mike Manning came up big late in the second half, hitting 3 consecutive buckets that pushed the lead back up to double digits.  After that, LN didnt look back and ran the time down to victory, despite, I know I forgot to mention this, the fact that they ONLY had 4 guys.  It must have been their CRFC veteran experience of playing on the 4 on 4 leagues that gave them the advantage.

    Little Lebowski
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Aaron Fernandes460000000NA 00NA
    Christoper Reid716612004125% 00NA
    Harry Mora141017011100% 00NA
    Joe Sousa10420101100% 00NA
    Josh Youman2410010400% 00NA
    Justin Millette210210000NA 00NA
    Tim Gaspar195143124250% 00NA

    Little Nasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alex Delpleche3115401543133% 00NA
    Eric Hinton952530122100% 00NA
    Michael Manning11100431000NA 00NA

    The Has Beens 58  Stackpole 70

    The Franchise shows up, but Joe Malcom steals the show

    Finally, the much anticipated return of the Franchise, Chris McMahon happened last nite as he graced Stackpole and myself with his presence.  The man who's shadow I had to grow up in.  Growing up, phrases like "Chris McMahon would have finished his vegetables" always plagued me.  Then as an adolescent teenager, my dates or more acurately my date would tell me "Chris McMahon would have taken me to Wendy's, not McDonalds you cheapscape.  You're the worst cousin in the world."  Now, as a wanna be basketball player, my team mates always rag on me, "You know McMahon would have flushed that lay up."

    Sorry about that little rant, but my therapist says it helps me to vent my frustrations.  Anyways, back to the game.  The first half was all about Stackpole's Joe Malcom (22pts).  For anyone who plays in this league, if you play Stackpole, you HAVE to start D'ing my man up here.  This is the second straight week that Joe has been straight up lethal from behind the 3 pt line.  But Joe wasnt the only one flashing the 3 ball muscle, Has Been guard jeff Arcielo was cash, going 5 for 5 in the first half from 3Land.  With Eric Clancy out with a work hernia, cousin to a sports hernia, the Has Beens needed a total team effort to keep it close.  With Brent Carbone controlling the defensive glass, the rest of the Has Beens were able to get involved down on the offensive end.  Darren Arcielo and Dan Kivelhan each popped in 13 points a piece while Dennis Ingrahm (9pts), played clean up man on the offensive glass and wound up hitting a couple of 3's.  Despite a weak first half, The Chise finally woke up and started going off, dropping the majority of his 19 points in the second half.  Then, the gamer, Chris Hunter, started crossing up Has Been defenders on his way to netting 19 points the tough way.  The Has Beens got to within 5 in the second half, but Stackpole picked it up and managed the double digit victory

    The Has Beens
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brent Carbone314413002150% 00NA
    Dan Kivlehan133113002150% 00NA
    Darren Arciero1352510033100% 00NA
    Dennis Ingram93331004125% 00NA
    Jeff Arciero1540311000NA 00NA
    Tim Riley510400004125% 00NA

    Stackpole
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Hunter196061024250% 00NA
    Chris McMahon1915140308788% 00NA
    Joe Malcolm2250120022100% 00NA
    Mike Cunningham471100000NA 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
1Greg Poulos
Justice League
0.00nan%
1Cheese
Netgain
0.00nan%
1Mike Diranian
Five Knuckle Shuffle
0.00nan%
1Eric Clancy
The Has Beens
0.00nan%
1Chris Nardone
Vitale
0.00nan%
1Matt Filosa
Stackpole
0.00nan%
1Justin Millette
Little Lebowski
0.00nan%
1Bob Mickel
Come N' Get It
0.00nan%
1Joe Fitzpatrick
Charlestown
0.00nan%
1Steve O'Connell
Five Knuckle Shuffle
0.00nan%
1Tim Riley
The Has Beens
0.00nan%
1Kevin McCarthy
Vitale
0.00nan%
1Mike Cunningham
Stackpole
0.00nan%
1Eric Rollins
Come N' Get It
0.00nan%
1Derek Gallagher
Charlestown
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