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 82  Little Lebowski 60

    Justice League Breaks Through

    The first win of the season didn't come easily, it took a second half surge to break open a close game, but the Justice League got their first win of the young season without GP or Google in attendance.  The 4 guard offense was very Villanove-esque, guys drove to the hoop and dished for open jumpers.  BRip (21 points) led all scorers and DMac (20 points) was right on his heels.  Ed Finn (15 points, 3 steals) and Mike Kent (10 points, 6 rebounds) also put up double digits.  Little Lebowski kept things interesting for two-thirds of the game behind Harry Mora (17 points, 9 rebounds) and Jon Fass (13 points, 5 rebounds).  Gaspar (11 points, 6 assists, 4 steals) and Chris Reed (10 points, 6 rebounds) rounded the offensive threats for Little Lebowski.  Mora was shut down in the 2nd half, just 3 points, and that was when the League started to pull away.  Mr. Everything (8 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists) made sure that his team's offense continued to click throughout the game.  It's a step in the right direction for the League

    Justice League
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Ripley212120033267% 00NA
    Dave McLaren2040110311100% 00NA
    Ed Finn154213013133% 00NA
    Jeff Hrkach8106821500NA 00NA
    Mike Kent1051000122100% 00NA
    Sean O'Callaghan82052016233% 00NA

    Little Lebowski
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Aaron Fernandes622000100NA 00NA
    Christoper Reid1033000000NA 00NA
    Harry Mora178112023267% 00NA
    Joe Sousa011100200NA 00NA
    Jon Fass133222067686% 00NA
    Justin Millette302110300NA 00NA
    Tim Gaspar112044006467% 00NA

    Netgain 68  Come N' Get It 57

    CNGI Fails to Take Advantage of Net Gain's Free Throw Woes

    Despite the final score, this game was a lot closer, and had the chance to be even tighter down the strectch.  Nursing a 7 point lead with about 4 minutes left, Netgain went cold from the charity stripe.  During the remainding four mintues, the team combined to shoot a woeful 6-17 on the freebies, an abysmal 35.3%.  Seventeen trips to the free throw line in four minutes is amazing enough, but all told the lead only grew by 4 points.  CNGI, led by Phil Hill (17 points, 6 rebounds) and Brian Gomes (15 points), failed to take advantage.  Each possession resulted in a missed, rushed jumper, and Netgain securing the rebound to head back to the line.  I'm sure CNGI will bounce back, but they missed an opportunity to close in on first place.

    For Netgain, Trevor (25 points, 10 rebounds) had his usual stellar game, hitting from every spot on the court.  Cheese (14 points) and Matt Wolfe (14 points) played solid throughout, pressing the ball up the court when the opportunity presented itself, but also slowing things down when needed.  Despite being without AT, Thompson, and Van Stry, the guys from Netgain showed they have enough firepower, now about those free thows...

    Netgain
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Cheese153133028675% 00NA
    Matt Wolfe144101076467% 00NA
    Tim HINKEL53041002150% 00NA
    Trevor McAndrew2510032229444% 00NA

    Come N' Get It
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bob Mickel630010100NA 00NA
    Brian Gomes1511210500NA 00NA
    Eric Rollins118810143133% 00NA
    Jay Smith223020200NA 00NA
    Kevin Paulding652002300NA 00NA
    Phil Davis175203036350% 00NA

    Stackpole 69  Vitale 60

    Malcom held scoreless, but Chise blows up to lead Stackpole

    The leading 3 point shooter of the 5 on 5 league, Joe Malcom, was held scoreless, but luckily, Stackpole had this guy that played for Tufts a while back.  The former Jumbo, Chris McMahon lit up Vitale for 24 points.  The Chise was a beast on the offensive glass, converting on half of his 10 offensive boards.  Early on, Vitale hung tough behind a well balanced or if I may drop a big word...Vitale hung tough behind a plethora of scoring options.  I dont know if that fits, but you what, sometimes I have throw a big word in somewhere so people think there's more to me than just a stat collector.  Sorry bout that rant, so I was saying Vitale spread the scoring out with Mark Henry (10pts) and Mike Landenberger (10pts) where handling the offense from the inside, while Mark Ruggerio (14pts) and Kevin McCarthy (15pts) shot the ball well from outside.

    Stackpole got their act together in the second half with some serious ball movement that had the Wolverine (10pts) looking like Pistol Pete out there with not 1, but 2 around the back passes to Stackpole teammates for lay ups.  Very proud you pulled them off Matty, very proud indeed.  The Chris (Togs) to Chris (Hunter) connection combined for 17 stylish points (14 in the second half).  Luckily, Stackpole was able to control the glass and get some incredible ball movement, because they didn't hit a 3 all game and still held on to win. 

    Stackpole
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Hunter82122013267% 00NA
    Chris McMahon24101012516233% 00NA
    Chris Toglia95121015120% 00NA
    Jeff Clough637102000NA 00NA
    Joe Malcolm023220100NA 00NA
    Matt Filosa104330104250% 00NA
    Mike Cunningham814000022100% 00NA

    Vitale
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brad Santarpia472111100NA 00NA
    Chris Allen220010000NA 00NA
    Chris Nardone520300000NA 00NA
    Kevin McCarthy1534211100NA 00NA
    Mark Henry1011200000NA 00NA
    Mark Ruggeiro144231018450% 00NA
    Mike Landenberger101001002150% 00NA
    Sean Quigley040010000NA 00NA

    The Has Beens 62  Little Nasty 47

    Nasty lack of offense leads to Has Been lack of loss

    Early on, the points were tough to come by.  8 minutes into the game, the score was only 5-2.  Luckily, the Has Beens heated up as the first half wore on.  My man Easy E, Eric Clancy continues to be the backbone of the Has Beens.  His team high 22 points and 5 stls had them up by 8 at the break.  With the offense struggling for Nasty, the only one who seemed to be able to hit a shot was Al smooth, but even his 24 points seemed very quiet.  As the second half wore on, the Has Beens excelled in their rolls.  Brent Carbone and Tim Riley outhustled and outmuscled Nasty all night on the boards, combining for 27 rebounds.  Then, one of my new favorite players, Dennis "Guns" Ingram not only flashed his 24 inch guns, but flashed an incredible touch from behind the arc, scoring 19 points, while being 4 for 8 from 3pt land, including the dagger with a minute left to play.  It was a great shot because his teammates begged him not to shoot it, but as he let it go, he let everyone know "I got it."  C'mon a guy that can call his shot and can bench press a buick, got it made.  Nasty never got into an offensive rhythm and it caused them to be the only team other than Vitale to be held under 50 points for an entire game.

    The Has Beens
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brent Carbone695000000NA 00NA
    Dan Kivlehan530530111100% 00NA
    Dennis Ingram193202019333% 00NA
    Eric Clancy2221250000NA 00NA
    Jeff Arciero1001311011100% 00NA
    Tim Riley094111100NA 00NA

    Little Nasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alex Delpleche245130109667% 00NA
    Eric Hinton550401200NA 00NA
    Jason Tibbetts681124200NA 00NA
    Raj Singh13212202150% 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