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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    Vitale 72  Little Lebowski 67

    Vitale Holds Off Little Lebowski, Gets First Victory

    The game couldn't end in a tie, so one of these teams had to get their first win last night.  Vitale (1-6) built a 20 point lead early in the second half and looked like they'd cruise to victory.  After taking a 38-32 lead into the break, Vitale used a 15-4 run to start and build their lead.  Mark Ruggeiro (24 points, 16 rebounds) was the main offensive force, bulling his way around in the post.  Had it been a china shop, the Mark would have left the paint an utter disaster, as he continuously threw his body around for the good of his team.  The point skills of Chris Nardon (11 points, 5 assists) were the difference in the second half, as he found his open teammates and nailed his open shots.  Kevin McCarthy (12 points, 4 rebounds) and Mike Smith (11 points, 6 rebounds) provided him with some relief and forced the defense to adjust to them as well. 

    Just when they seemed destined to get blown out of the game, Little Lebowski (0-6) came alive.  Jon Fass (23 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists), who had been held without a point 14 minutes after the half, came alive and started draining threes.  Harry Mora (22 points, 6 assists) finally found some holes in Vitale's 2-3 zone and started getting to the rim.  In the early going, Mora was hounded by Vitale's point men in the zone and looked like he'd never get comfortable in the game.  The outside shooting of Tim Gaspar (18 points, 5 steals, 5 assists) forced adjustments and Mora started to get better looks.  Using a 24-7 run in just over 5 minutes cut their deficit to just 2 points with a minute left.  Unfortunately, Mora fouled out, Vitale hit their free throws, and desperationg 3's didn't fall for Little L.  Both teams are making strides in the right direction, as their play has improved throughout the season, and they'll have their shot at the top seeds come playoff time. 

    Vitale
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brad Santarpia36140142150% 00NA
    Chris Allen010200000NA 00NA
    Chris Nardone1111300311100% 00NA
    Kevin McCarthy123112013133% 00NA
    Mark Ruggeiro2410602039778% 00NA
    Michael Smith115121055120% 00NA
    Mike Landenberger94430025120% 00NA
    Sean Quigley200120200NA 00NA

    Little Lebowski
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Aaron Fernandes003110100NA 00NA
    Harry Mora2240420100NA 00NA
    Jon Fass2310233317571% 00NA
    Josh Youman13001102150% 00NA
    Justin Millette3231204200% 00NA
    Tim Gaspar180035055240% 00NA

    Stackpole 75  Justice League 50

    Dominating Effort by the Chise leads Stackpole to Victory

    In a game where he nearly outscored the other team, Chris McMahon (40 points, 25 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 blocks) did a whole lot of everything to lead Stackpole (4-2) to victory.  In the most dominating effort to date, the Chise scored as many points as the Justice League's (4-3) top 3 scorers and outrebounded their whole team.  There aren't enough words in the thesaurus to adequately describe his performance last night.  Official results aren't in yet, but with a player rater over 100, the Chise has all but locked up this week's free burger.  Jeff Holden (15 ponits, 5 rebounds) and Jeff Clough (9 points, 11 rebounds) also took part in the game, taking advantage of the defense's attempted focus on McMahon.  To be fair to the Justice League, both Mike Kent and Google were MIA, and the addition of a big body would have done wonders for their team.  With Stackpole jumping to a 22-7 lead things looked bleak for JL, but they cut the deficit to 22-14 and looked to hang around.  Their poor shooting betrayed them, they hit only 2 3's on the night, and Stackpole reved up for a 39-26 lead.  The game was over at that point, JL wasn't just aware of it yet.  A 53-31 lead just 5 minutes into the second half sealed their fate.  DMac (17 points) and BRip (15 points) were the only guys to hit double digits for the JL, but did so on drives to the hoop and short jumpers.  The three-pointers simply refused to find the bottom of the net and it made playing defense easy for Stackpole.  When Tical (7 points, 7 rebounds) is the leading rebounder on your team, you know you've had a rough night.  Stackpole gets their shot at the Five Knuckle Shuffle in the Game of the Week, next week, while the Justice League takes its easy. 

    Stackpole
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Hunter211500700NA 00NA
    Chris McMahon4014942615480% 00NA
    Jeff Clough983011100NA 00NA
    Jeff Holden154120102150% 00NA
    Joe Malcolm712400200NA 00NA
    Mike Cunningham221310200NA 00NA

    Justice League
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Ripley1530111244100% 00NA
    Dave McLaren1710100022100% 00NA
    Ed Finn53112026583% 00NA
    Greg Poulos620020522100% 00NA
    Jeff Hrkach041020300NA 00NA
    Sean O'Callaghan75223022150% 00NA

    Netgain 63  Five Knuckle Shuffle 90

    Shuffle continue to be unbeaten as the beat up on Netgain

    5KS had no problems handling Netgain last night as both teams duked it out iron man style, 5 on 5, no subs.  Early on, Shane backed up his talk on the boards and had his Knuckle boys firing on all cylinders.   Tyson Nargassans (29pts) had another stellar performance as he was hitting from  every spot on the floor.  OD (19pts 19rebs) himself dusted off the jump shot to accomodate his massive work on the boards.  Usually, I hate to give ink to people that diss me on the boards, but as always, I choose to be the bigger man and give credit where credit is due.  And since OD is a large man himself, I guess that makes me a house (these are the type of rationalizations that allow me to wake up proudly, every morning in my parents basement).  But anyways, back to the game.  The second half was just as bad for Netgain as the first as Jean Baine (29pts) was dropping buckets over a fiesty Keith Thompson, like there was no one guarding him.  Everytime, Keith had a hand in his face, but Jean continued to hit the tough shots, as well as his pull up 3's from 5 feet back.  On the other side of the ball, Cheese set up Trevor (25pts) numerous times in the second half to keep it close, but Netgain couldn't find a defense to stop the Knuckle fire power. 

    Look for Tyson Nargassans to step into the Corner this week as I got the go ahead from captain OD and his publicist.  Already, I can tell it's going to be one of the best ones this year.

    Netgain
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Cheese850610100NA 00NA
    Keith Thompson9103401100NA 00NA
    Tim HINKEL423210100NA 00NA
    Trevor McAndrew257220004250% 00NA

    Five Knuckle Shuffle
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Jean Bain2963320022100% 00NA
    Mike Diranian832100122100% 00NA
    Shane O'Donnell19127502022100% 00NA
    Tyson Nargassans2962314000NA 00NA

    The Has Beens 66  Come N' Get It 69

    Has Beens lead for 43 minutes, but Come N Get the victory

    If only we played 43 minutes instead of 44.  That has to be the feeling from the Has Been camp as they let this one slip away at the worst possible time.  In the first half, they took control of the game with a balanced attack.  Easy E, Eric Clancy (14pts) brought the telescope to the court so he could see the rim from where he was hitting his 3's while Jeff Arciero (14pts) was just as lethal from the outside, but added a few drives for style.  Late in the half, CNGI made a run at the lead, cutting it to 1 at the half with their own 3 point sniper, Bob Mickel (11pts) and Troy Seymour's ability to get to the hoop.  In the second half, the Has Beens livewire, Brent Carbone (12pts 10rebs) started establishing a serious inside presence for them while Dan Kivlehan (12pts) took advantage of the space in the paint Clancy and Arciero's shooting created by scoring on tough drives and at the free throw line.  As the Has Beens pushed the lead back up, CNGI had to regroup.  They came out of a second half huddle with the chant "defense" and that is exactly what got them back in the game.  My man Brian Gomes, for the second straight week, started applying pressure that resulted in steal after steal, thus prompting me to start calling him the Milk Carton because every time someone brings the ball up on him, it goes missing.  With the D in place and 5 minutes left to go, CNGI started chipping away at the lead.  Kevin Paulding (10pts) hit 2 huge 3's, back to back, to take the wind right out of the Has Been sails.  Then, Jonathan Green (13pts) started going off, saving his best play for the last minutes as he hit a corner 3 to get the deficit down to 1, with 1:30 to go.  After a CNGI miss with a minute left to play, Troy Seymour came out of no where to rip a rebound from a Has Been player and put the rock up to finally take the lead.  After consecutive stops, Eric Rollins and Jonathan hit a free throw a piece to get a 3 point lead with 8 seconds left to go.  The Has Beens inbounded, got the ball down the court, drove to the hoop and kicked it out for a semi-open 3, but it front rimmed and CNGI stole the victory, right from the Has Been's grasp      

    The Has Beens
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brent Carbone1282110022100% 00NA
    Dan Kivlehan1240110144100% 00NA
    Darren Arciero411100000NA 00NA
    Dennis Ingram640100066100% 00NA
    Eric Clancy1420220122100% 00NA
    Jeff Arciero140012012150% 00NA
    Tim Riley485120000NA 00NA

    Come N' Get It
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bob Mickel1172002000NA 00NA
    Brian Gomes850350022100% 00NA
    Eric Rollins73140105360% 00NA
    Jay Smith202110100NA 00NA
    Jonathan Greene131110002150% 00NA
    Kevin Paulding1034010100NA 00NA
    Phil Davis523101111100% 00NA
    Troy Seymour13322000100% 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
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