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 69  Justice League 83

    DMac Attack Too Much for the Has Beens

    Without captain Eric Clancy, the Has Beens (3-3) still came out fighting.  Throughout the game there was a lot of jawing going between both teams.  The Has Beens didn't like the fact that they were getting called for all the fouls (14-6), while the Justice League (4-2) thought that they were getting away with too much grabbing and hitting.  Severely undersized, the Has Beens kept their composure in the first half by hitting most of their shots.  Led by Darren Arciero (24 points, 5 rebounds) the Has Beens jumped out to an early lead.  The Justice League struggled with their offense again to open the game, but DMac (33 points) scored 16 before the break to help give his team a 40-38 edge at halftime. 

    It was after the half that it all unraveled for the Has Beens.  The shots stopped falling, so they tried to force it into the paint.  Brent Carbone (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Tim Riley (6 points, 8 rebounds) had some success, but as a team, the Has Beens tried to do too much.  This resulted in an uncharacteristic 18 turnovers, and the Justice League took advantage.  BRip (15 points, 8 assists) Google (13 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) and Mike Kent (10 points, 9 rebounds) all gave DMac a hand and the points flowed easily off the turnovers.  The Justice League faces still competition next week when Stackpole pays them a visit to see if they're really as good as they've been hyped.  The Has Beens get another tough game next week, and will need Clancy, against Come N Get It. 

    The Has Beens
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brent Carbone12420203200% 00NA
    Dan Kivlehan933610700NA 00NA
    Darren Arciero244111024250% 00NA
    Dennis Ingram831100400NA 00NA
    Jeff Arciero900110000NA 00NA
    Tim Riley65320212150% 00NA

    Justice League
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Ripley1520510244100% 00NA
    Dave McLaren3330020122100% 00NA
    Jeff Hrkach202340300NA 00NA
    Mike Kent1063100100NA 00NA
    Sean O'Callaghan71223013133% 00NA
    TJ Mahony135433014375% 00NA

    Five Knuckle Shuffle 97  Netgain 80

    Tyson, 3-Point Barrage Carry FKS over Net Gain

    Prior to the game Tyson Nargassans (35 points, 7 rebounds) of the Five Knuckle Shuffle (5-0) was very forthcoming with his game plan.  "I am going to be very aggressive tonight. Felt like I was lackadaisical the past few weeks."  He followed through, taking over the game from the get go and helping his team sprint out to a 29-8 lead that was never really challenged.  Tyson hit five 3's out of a total of 13 that the Shuffle hit.  It was a night that was all about the FKS.  Jean Bain (19 points, 5 rebounds) had his silky smooth jumper on hand and stroked three 3's.  Paul Zermani (15 points, 12 assists) continued his stellar play, handing out a career high 12 dimes to go along with his excellent shooting.  Jay Sartori (14 points, 3 rebounds) seems content with his status as more of a role player in this league.  Who could complain when you have teammates as good as he does?

    Net Gain had to pick up DMac (17 points) just to have enough players to compete.  That makes it seem like they got stuck with him, but in reality, it seemed, prior to tip off, that he could be the difference maker that kept the game close.  Unfortunately, it wasn't to be.  Trevor McAndrew (33 points, 9 rebounds) did most of his scoring in the second half trying to bring his team back, but they never got closer than fourteen.  Keith Thompson (21 points, 14 rebounds) thrived in the paint, as Shane O'Donnell (4 points, 8 rebounds) and Steve O'Connell (6 points, 7 rebounds) usually had their defensive attention drawn elsewhere.  Next week Net Gain gets a chance to feast on Little Nasty while FKS will get a week off to come up with new, and hopefully inventive, ways to complain about not being first in the Power Rankings.  Grey Goose shots at the Greatest Bar (this Friday!) may get it done, everyone has their price. 

    Five Knuckle Shuffle
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ethan Chang430020100NA 00NA
    Jay Sartori1421120300NA 00NA
    Jean Bain1950220100NA 00NA
    Mike Diranian200110100NA 00NA
    Paul Zermani1511810244100% 00NA
    Shane O'Donnell453301100NA 00NA
    Steve O'Connell652100200NA 00NA
    Tyson Nargassans3570202088100% 00NA

    Netgain
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Cheese533320300NA 00NA
    Keith Thompson2141010018675% 00NA
    Tim HINKEL420500100NA 00NA
    Trevor McAndrew337213029444% 00NA

    Little Nasty 66  Charlestown 106

    Steve Spurrier makes a trip to Charlestown?

    That's right...Straight from South Carolina, the college football icon himself, Steve Spurrier took time to guest coach the Charlestown team for the night and boy did his playbook pay off.  Little Nasty looked like they had a shot when only four Charlestown players showed up to start, but eventually the 5th player showed up and spoiled the power play.  Charlestown was led by this weeks BGood Player of the Week, Derek Gallagher who threw up an impressive 25 points to go with his surreal 24 rebounds.  The game plan was simple, use Spurriers patended Run N' Gun offense where everything you shoot from behind the 3 point line goes in.  In all Charlestown hit 16 3's that took the wind from Little Nasty's sails.  Ian Urquhart (36pts) and Jason Gallagher (17pts) did not miss a 3 in the first half, prompting Nasty to shake their heads every trip down. 

    For Nasty,  Eric Hinton (18pts), Tibbs (16pts) and Mike Turin (16pts) did all they could to score points to keep up, but with Charlestown missing 4 shots the entire game, they couldnt keep up. 

    Reminder to all:  League Nite out tonight at the Greatest Bar around North Station.  Starts at 8pm, come out and have some drinks with some people from the league and bring friends/significant others.  Spurrier will be there for autographs from 8-10

    Little Nasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Eric Hinton1870221100NA 00NA
    Jason Tibbetts168110304250% 00NA
    Michael Turin163633114250% 00NA
    Raj Singh751034014125% 00NA
    Tim Brady833210100NA 00NA

    Charlestown
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Derek Gallagher2517750305360% 00NA
    Ian Urquhart3672300000NA 00NA
    Jason Gallagher17133230000NA 00NA
    Nick Smith134161202150% 00NA

    Come N' Get It 75  Stackpole 60

    Come N Get It Finally Comes Together

    The past 3 weeks, Come N Get It have been there own worst enemies, imploding each game.  However, the tone was set before the tap that the players only meeting, that they had at the 99 prior to the game, was going to be the turning point in their season.  As they broke, they shouted out "Team" and before i had a chance to wipe the grin off my face,  CNGI jumped out to an early lead.  Their D was as good as it has ever been, with Kevin Paulding (15pts 5stls), Troy Seymour (9pts 4stls) and Brian Gomes (11pts 4 stls), made life miserable for the Stackpole guards.  With the Rifleman, Phil Davis doing his Rex Chapman impression by dropping 24 points from the paint (I talk like hes a 6"8 forward, but he's a 6"0 point guard), and the swarming D, CNGI took a comanding lead at the half.  Stackpole saw some life from the Chise ( 16pts) and Filosa (18pts), but the spectacular guard play that Stackpole is known for struggled for the first time this season, turning the ball over at an alarming rate and missing the shots that they usually drain.  Bad news for the rest of the league as CNGI, not only hasnt imploded like we hoped, but in fact have come back as a new, focused team.  Plus, dont expect Stackpole to struggle like this again to score this season.

    Reminder to All:  LEague Nite out tonite at the Greatest Bar around North Station.  Starts at 8pm, come have some drinks with everyone from the leagues and bring friends/significant others.  Always a fun time!

    Come N' Get It
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bob Mickel112031012150% 00NA
    Brian Gomes221100100NA 00NA
    Brian Gomes114024214250% 00NA
    Eric Rollins37010212150% 00NA
    Jay Smith030100000NA 00NA
    Jonathan Greene220100000NA 00NA
    Kevin Paulding1513150000NA 00NA
    Phil Davis245151114250% 00NA
    Troy Seymour930141033100% 00NA

    Stackpole
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Hunter650420322100% 00NA
    Chris McMahon1611421105240% 00NA
    Chris Toglia940120200NA 00NA
    Jeff Clough822110000NA 00NA
    Joe Malcolm320221100NA 00NA
    Matt Filosa1861020008675% 00NA
    Mike Cunningham011110000NA 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
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%
1Jason Tibbetts
Little Nasty
0.00nan%
1Jon Fass
Little Lebowski
0.00nan%
1Jay Smith
Come N' Get It
0.00nan%
1Tyson Nargassans
Five Knuckle Shuffle
0.00nan%
1Dave McLaren
Justice League
0.00nan%
1Jeff Arciero
The Has Beens
0.00nan%
1Josh Youman
Little Lebowski
0.00nan%
1Brian Gomes
Come N' Get It
0.00nan%
1Jeff Hrkach
Justice League
0.00nan%
1Keith Thompson
Netgain
0.00nan%
1Brent Carbone
The Has Beens
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