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 73  Vitale 47

    The League Catching Fire

    Despite still being winless, Vitale (0-6) has been playing much better in recent weeks, forcing teams to work hard to beat them.  Unfortunetly for them, they ran into a Justice League (3-2) squad that is finally starting to find it's groove.  Vitale kept is close for much of the first half, until BRip  (19 points, 8 assists) decided it was time to take over.  His 13 points lead all scorers at the break and he played the lead role in building a 32-21 lead at the break.  The defense was anchored by Mr. Everything (7 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals, 3 blocks) who stuffed the stat sheet in every category.  The second half rounded out the scoring as DMac (17 points), GP (11 points) and Google (11 points, 8 rebounds) started to get into a groove while they pulled away.

    For Vitale, it was a struggle on offense, as only Mike Landenberger (14 points, 9 rebounds) as the only man in double figures.  Michael Smith (9 points), Brad Santarpia (6 points, 12 rebounds) and Chris Nardone (6 points, 5 assists) all struggled to get open looks against the Justice League's various defenses.  Vitale gets a much needed week off to regroup and plan for the second half of the season while the Justice League will try and avenge their earlier loss to the Has Beens. 

    Justice League
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Ripley19415004100% 00NA
    Dave McLaren171000024250% 00NA
    Greg Poulos11121100200% 00NA
    Jeff Hrkach75235322150% 00NA
    Mike Kent6743113200% 00NA
    Sean O'Callaghan11120112150% 00NA
    TJ Mahony113611116117% 00NA

    Vitale
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brad Santarpia666201300NA 00NA
    Chris Allen500010000NA 00NA
    Chris Nardone605310300NA 00NA
    Mark Henry264010122100% 00NA
    Michael Smith92211125120% 00NA
    Mike Landenberger1440100500NA 00NA
    Sean Quigley511010300NA 00NA

    Little Nasty 71  Five Knuckle Shuffle 96

    Big Z Sparks FKS to Easy V

    A close game turned into a rout early in the second half in large part to the hot hand of Paul Zermani (30 points, 9 assists).  Paul hit everything he tossed up, including 6 3's as he led all scorers.  Five Knuckle Shuffle (4-0) emphatically claimed sole possesion of first place last night while beating down Little Nasty (1-4).  Steve O'Connell (21 points, 18 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks) and Shane O'Donnell (16 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists) were intimidating presences in the paint, altering shots and cleaning the boards.  Despite being kept out on the perimeter for much of the game, O'Connell still found a way to dominate on the defensive end.  Jay Sartori (15 points, 5 rebounds) and Tyson Nargessens (14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks) rounded out the scoring for FKS. 

    Nasty kept it close in the first half, fighting valiently but still down 10 at the break.  Somehow, Nasty outrebounded KFS 55-48, but most of that came from their own missed shots, as FKS hardly seemed to miss any at all.  Mike Manning (27 points, 5 rebounds) kept Nasty in it for as long as possible by hitting jumpers, while Raj Singh (17 points, 16 rebounds) somehow found holes to put up shots in the paint.  The newest of new additions to Little Nasty, who's roster still isn't set half way through the season, Mike Turin (10 points, 13 rebounds) was the only other scorer in double digits.  As a fitting end to his struggles, and with the outcome already inevitable, Jason Tibbetts (8 points, 11 rebounds) was sent to the floor after a vicious block by Tyson, clearly sending a message the FKS isn't to be %*(#& with. 

    Little Nasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Jason Tibbetts874122000NA 00NA
    Michael Manning275002012150% 00NA
    Michael Turin10310220000NA 00NA
    Raj Singh1788210111100% 00NA
    Tim Brady6732211200% 00NA

    Five Knuckle Shuffle
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Jay Sartori151521012150% 00NA
    Paul Zermani3022600100NA 00NA
    Shane O'Donnell16102720011100% 00NA
    Steve O'Connell2112642412150% 00NA
    Tyson Nargassans148132325480% 00NA

    Come N' Get It 61  Charlestown 77

    Smith lifts Townies to Win

    Nick Smith continues his run at an MVP season as his 28 points were the deciding factor in the Townies dominating win over Come N Get It.  Early on, the Townies jumped out to a 10 point first half lead.  Along with Smith, the Brothers Gallagher, Derek (15pts) and Jason (12pts), and Andrew Ray (10pts) were having no problems hitting their open shots.  For Come N Get It, they continued to struggle against the zone defense, hence their miniscule 26 first half points.   Luckily, they started to get into a groove in the second half.  Troy Seymour (18pts) and Brian Gomes (14) were able to knock down some second hal 3's against the 2-3 zone, while the Rifleman, Phil Davis (16) hit the offensive glass (5 2nd half O-Rebs) and contributed to the majority of Come N Get It's second chance points.  Even though CNGI hit some shots in the second half, the Townies looked unstopable on offense, with their ball movement and timing.  Can't wait to see Charlestown against 5 Knuckle Shuffle

    Come N' Get It
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bob Mickel940210000NA 00NA
    Brian Gomes1410021000NA 00NA
    Eric Rollins2640040200% 00NA
    Jay Smith010110000NA 00NA
    Kevin Paulding232110022100% 00NA
    Phil Davis164641007686% 00NA
    Troy Seymour1821210022100% 00NA

    Charlestown
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ray103010004250% 00NA
    Derek Gallagher159132305480% 00NA
    Ian Urquhart853200000NA 00NA
    Jason Gallagher1210131204375% 00NA
    Joe Fitzpatrick210100022100% 00NA
    Nick Smith284161006583% 00NA

    Netgain 55  Little Lebowski 48

    Without Trevor, Netgain stills pulls off the victory

    Luckily, I wasn't injured keeping stats, because it seemed that on every play someone was getting mopped up on the floor.  Early on, Josh Youman looked like he was going to dominate the glass, being the biggest man on the court, but on a rebound, he took a hit that resulted in his index finger being bent like one of those fruity little Yoga instructors, you know the ones who never wear shoes and have hair down to their knees.  Then, after scoring Little Lebowski's first 4 points, Christopher Reid dove on the floor for a loose ball, then got landed on and the resulting pig pile landed him on the bench with what looked like a broken noise.  No joke, every play someone was hitting the floor, but luckily no one else got hurt.  In between the helping one another off the floor, some basketball was played.  With Trevor out, NetGain spread the scoring out considerably:  Kyle Hoffman (10pts), Matt Wolfe (10pts), Hinkel (9pts) and were led by Cheese (12pts) and the Preacher, Keith Thompson (14pts).  For Lebowski, after dealing with the early injuries, they were able to mount a second half comeback to keep it close.  Harry Mora (30pts) continues to be one of my new facorite players, with his suave handle and ridiculously accurate shooting.  Justin Millette was the next high scorer with 7 points on some decent outside shooting, but with Netgain playing very well as a team and the injuries to Lebowski, Netgain was able to squeak by and capture the W

    Netgain
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Cheese123151004250% 00NA
    Keith Thompson148242003267% 00NA
    Kyle Hofmann10624300200% 00NA
    Matt Wolfe1053130000NA 00NA
    Tim HINKEL90234102150% 00NA

    Little Lebowski
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Aaron Fernandes055021000NA 00NA
    Christoper Reid421002000NA 00NA
    Harry Mora3073120044100% 00NA
    Joe Sousa211210000NA 00NA
    Josh Youman56200102150% 00NA
    Justin Millette710200000NA 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
1Sean O'Callaghan
Justice League
0.00nan%
1Tim HINKEL
Netgain
0.00nan%
1Dennis Ingram
The Has Beens
0.00nan%
1Michael Smith
Vitale
0.00nan%
1Chris Hunter
Stackpole
0.00nan%
1Ed Finn
Justice League
0.00nan%
1Ethan Chang
Five Knuckle Shuffle
0.00nan%
1Brad Santarpia
Vitale
0.00nan%
1Chris McMahon
Stackpole
0.00nan%
1Phil Davis
Come N' Get It
0.00nan%
1Andrew Ray
Charlestown
0.00nan%
1Brian Ripley
Justice League
0.00nan%
1Shane O'Donnell
Five Knuckle Shuffle
0.00nan%
1Darren Arciero
The Has Beens
0.00nan%
1Sean Quigley
Vitale
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