Spring 2008: A 5v5 League Champs: Sugar Chicken

    How You Like Me Now Sugar Chicken Claims Charlestown A 5v5 Title Belt
    Sugar Chicken 91 Living the Dream 76

    Attention 5v5 Ballers:  With the Summer 08 Season now over, and a new champion crowned, it's time to start thinking about next season.  The Charlestown A 5v5 League is already half full for the Fall 08 season, so if you haven't registered, don't hesitate!  Send an email to Tibbs@CACBasketball.com to save your spot! 

    Overlooked much of the season as a middle-of-the-road team feeling it's way out during its inaugural season, Sugar Chicken made a hell of a statement in these playoffs.  As a #5 seed, sitting at 6-5, most didn't expect them to get out of their first round game with 3E.  After blowing them away by 42, some stood up an noticed, but still thought they'd simiply be roadkill for Tuesday Night Lights.  Uh, yea, after laying the smackdown to MixTape and Co. by 22, they couldn't possibly take down Living the Dream, could they?  After all, both TNL & LTD had but beatdowns on them in the regular season.  That's one magical run to knock off a pair of teams that handed your @$$ to you on a silver plater.

    Had there been a whole lot of hype for these two new squads, the Championship Game would have lived up to, and surpassed, such hype easily. After just 6 minutes of play, the scored was 22-19 in favor of Sugar Chicken, and there was no way, I thought, they could keep up such a blistering pace.  But both teams came out En Fuego from downtown, trading blow after blow.  Ryan and Stockwell were red hot, dropping 20 quick points for Living the Dream, while Zukowski (35 points, 10 boards) was a blistering 6-9 from downtown in the first frame for Sugar Chicken.  As the game worn on, and guys started shooting a fewer threes, relatively, Steve Lavapacelo (24 points, 6 assists) just took over.  Is there anything he can't do on either end of the floor? He pushed the pace for Sugar Chicken and scored at will, leading his team to a 49-45 halftime lead. 

    The second half ended the same way as the first, with Sugar Chicken on a roll.  They decided to get Cullen McCarthy involved and they sprinted out to an 11-0 run to start the second half.  McCarthy notched 20 points and 14 boards on the night and ate up Living the Dream's D.  With Zukowski still getting any shot he wanted, and Lava running the point, it looked like we had a blowout on our hands.

    But Living the Dream wasn't going to go quietly into the night.  Hell they beat CTown Fire last week, preventing them a spot in the Finals for the first time since they joined the league.  Brian Andruskiewicz (27 points, 16 boards) put his squad on his broad shoulders as they tried to chip away at the deficit. Todd Checovich chipped in with 9 as well and a well placed timeout slowed the assault.  But the 3 point shooting went icecold in the second half, and Living the Dream shot only 13/43 on the night.  Sugar Chicken knew, coming in what damage that Nick Checovich (9 points) could do from behind the arc.  They pressured him all night, and a shocking 3-13 performance from downtown was the result, definitely one of the keys to the upset. 

    The game never got closer than 10 in the second half after the intial burst, and Sugar Chicken cruised to their first Title Belt, in their first season.  Lava takes home the Playoff MVP for a dominating 3 week stretch that saw him score 73 points and hand out 19 assists.  Tommy Pagos put together a heck of a squad and he has a squabble for beign left out of the GM of the Year award.  Will Sugar Chicken be back to defend their title next season?? If so, they'll have a giant bullseye on their back, and everyone will be bringing their A game. 

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    Sugar Chicken 91  Living the Dream 76

    How You Like Me Now?? Sugar Chicken Claims Charlestown A 5v5 Title Belt

    Attention 5v5 Ballers:  With the Summer 08 Season now over, and a new champion crowned, it's time to start thinking about next season.  The Charlestown A 5v5 League is already half full for the Fall 08 season, so if you haven't registered, don't hesitate!  Send an email to Tibbs@CACBasketball.com to save your spot! 

    Overlooked much of the season as a middle-of-the-road team feeling it's way out during its inaugural season, Sugar Chicken made a hell of a statement in these playoffs.  As a #5 seed, sitting at 6-5, most didn't expect them to get out of their first round game with 3E.  After blowing them away by 42, some stood up an noticed, but still thought they'd simiply be roadkill for Tuesday Night Lights.  Uh, yea, after laying the smackdown to MixTape and Co. by 22, they couldn't possibly take down Living the Dream, could they?  After all, both TNL & LTD had but beatdowns on them in the regular season.  That's one magical run to knock off a pair of teams that handed your @$$ to you on a silver plater.

    Had there been a whole lot of hype for these two new squads, the Championship Game would have lived up to, and surpassed, such hype easily. After just 6 minutes of play, the scored was 22-19 in favor of Sugar Chicken, and there was no way, I thought, they could keep up such a blistering pace.  But both teams came out En Fuego from downtown, trading blow after blow.  Ryan and Stockwell were red hot, dropping 20 quick points for Living the Dream, while Zukowski (35 points, 10 boards) was a blistering 6-9 from downtown in the first frame for Sugar Chicken.  As the game worn on, and guys started shooting a fewer threes, relatively, Steve Lavapacelo (24 points, 6 assists) just took over.  Is there anything he can't do on either end of the floor? He pushed the pace for Sugar Chicken and scored at will, leading his team to a 49-45 halftime lead. 

    The second half ended the same way as the first, with Sugar Chicken on a roll.  They decided to get Cullen McCarthy involved and they sprinted out to an 11-0 run to start the second half.  McCarthy notched 20 points and 14 boards on the night and ate up Living the Dream's D.  With Zukowski still getting any shot he wanted, and Lava running the point, it looked like we had a blowout on our hands.

    But Living the Dream wasn't going to go quietly into the night.  Hell they beat CTown Fire last week, preventing them a spot in the Finals for the first time since they joined the league.  Brian Andruskiewicz (27 points, 16 boards) put his squad on his broad shoulders as they tried to chip away at the deficit. Todd Checovich chipped in with 9 as well and a well placed timeout slowed the assault.  But the 3 point shooting went icecold in the second half, and Living the Dream shot only 13/43 on the night.  Sugar Chicken knew, coming in what damage that Nick Checovich (9 points) could do from behind the arc.  They pressured him all night, and a shocking 3-13 performance from downtown was the result, definitely one of the keys to the upset. 

    The game never got closer than 10 in the second half after the intial burst, and Sugar Chicken cruised to their first Title Belt, in their first season.  Lava takes home the Playoff MVP for a dominating 3 week stretch that saw him score 73 points and hand out 19 assists.  Tommy Pagos put together a heck of a squad and he has a squabble for beign left out of the GM of the Year award.  Will Sugar Chicken be back to defend their title next season?? If so, they'll have a giant bullseye on their back, and everyone will be bringing their A game. 

    Sugar Chicken
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Cerone4400000200% 00NA
    Brian Zukowski358220009667% 00NA
    Cullen McCarthy2111322203267% 00NA
    Danny Nee4510000200% 00NA
    Steve Lavapacelo241441007571% 00NA
    TJ Gondek390100000NA 00NA
    Tommy Pagos052100000NA 00NA

    Living the Dream
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Andruskiewicz2711520104250% 00NA
    Colin8004200200% 00NA
    J Stockwell1191320000NA 00NA
    Nick Checovich911111000NA 00NA
    Ryan Patendaude900101000NA 00NA
    Todd Checovich94220003133% 00NA
    Tyler Arlington310200000NA 00NA

Standings 5 on 5 S2008 Thru Week 22
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Living the Dream9-20.818W2078.2170.50
2Tuesday Night Lights9-20.818W4071.9266.46
3Ctown Fire8-20.800L1186.0073.33
43E7-40.636W4275.5078.75
5Eat It To Beat It5-60.455L1474.5068.17
6Sugar Chicken5-60.455L1478.7970.07
7Charlestown4-80.333L2576.2378.46
8MJ Remodeling4-80.333L3563.4672.38
9Big Nice3-80.273W1667.8277.73
10Beantown Ballers-90.000.00
11FDH-90.000.00
12Bombardiers3-90.250L7654.3376.82
13Quincy3-90.250W1668.0065.92
14Anything\'s Possible-90.000.00
15Beantown Bombers-90.000.00
16Little Nasty-90.000.00
17Pulverenti\'s Pulverizers-90.000.00
18Running Backwards-90.000.00
19Team Dever-90.000.00
20The Upper Crust-90.000.00
Points Per Game
1Basil Wajd
Ctown Fire
23.55
2Steve Lavapacelo
Sugar Chicken
21.18
3Adam Polansky
MJ Remodeling
21.09
4Brian Andruskiewicz
Living the Dream
19.18
5Cullen McCarthy
Sugar Chicken
18.00
6Mike Koziol
MJ Remodeling
17.17
7Jared Hite
Tuesday Night Lights
16.08

Player Rater
1Basil Wajd
Ctown Fire
56.5011
2Jared Hite
Tuesday Night Lights
53.0012
3Zack Ellis
3E
47.1811
4Adam Polansky
MJ Remodeling
46.1811
5Steve Lavapacelo
Sugar Chicken
44.1811
6Mike Ellis
3E
42.7512
7Preston Raymond
Big Nice
41.0911
8Shawn Driscoll
Eat It To Beat It
40.6312
9Danny Martin
Living the Dream
38.9612
10Brian Andruskiewicz
Living the Dream
38.6411

Rebounds Per Game
1Jared Hite
Tuesday Night Lights
15.33
2Basil Wajd
Ctown Fire
12.64
3Michael Turin
Tuesday Night Lights
10.45
4Preston Raymond
Big Nice
10.18
5Danny Martin
Living the Dream
9.92
6Mike Sullivan
3E
9.73
7Adam Polansky
MJ Remodeling
9.45
7Brian Andruskiewicz
Living the Dream
9.45

3s Per Game
1Nathan Proulx
Bombardiers
0.00nan%
1John Hynes
Eat It To Beat It
0.00nan%
1Mike Ellis
3E
0.00nan%
1Michael Turin
Tuesday Night Lights
0.00nan%
1Todd Checovich
Living the Dream
0.00nan%
1Mike Narkiewicz
Eat It To Beat It
0.00nan%
1Trevor McAndrew
Tuesday Night Lights
0.00nan%
1Jared Hite
Tuesday Night Lights
0.00nan%
1Ryan Brown
Bombardiers
0.00nan%
1Ryan Patriquin
MJ Remodeling
0.00nan%
1Ryan Patendaude
Living the Dream
0.00nan%
1Steve Lavapacelo
Sugar Chicken
0.00nan%
1Basil Wajd
Ctown Fire
0.00nan%
1Tyler Arlington
Living the Dream
0.00nan%
1Zack Ellis
3E
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Zack Ellis
3E
6.36
2Todd Checovich
Living the Dream
4.77
3Shawn Driscoll
Eat It To Beat It
4.75
4Steve Lavapacelo
Sugar Chicken
4.45
5Trevor McAndrew
Tuesday Night Lights
4.23
6Tommy Pagos
Sugar Chicken
3.85
7Mike Ellis
3E
3.42