Spring 2006: A1 League Champs: Junior Mafia

    Mafia capture A1 title in most exhilirating waySartori takes home MVP
    The Haters 74 Junior Mafia 78

    Oh my goodness, for those that did not attend this championship game, shame on you, because you missed quite the epic battle.  The brick was on the line and both teams could taste it.  Early on, it was like watching two countries bomb the crap out of each other as both teams were letting the 3 fly.  What more could I ask for as a spectator, both stars lifted their teams to another level.  For the Haters, Alex Delpleche (38pts) was the heart and soul of the Hater early lead.  On the other side of the court, the game's MVP, Jay Sartori, the born gamer, ended up with a game high 39 points on 7 3's.  6 of which looked like he borrowed Cheese's canoe on the Charles to shoot them from.  But seriously, no matter which team won, Al or Jay was going to get the MVP with the spectacular way in which they played.  At the half, the Haters had a 1 point edge.  In the second half, the supporting cast got in the mix.  JM's Ian Tosti put on a shooting clinic (20pts), bombing away himself, just like his team mate.  Not to be out done, Mike Kaup (20pts) hit some even bigger 3's to answer Ian and Jay's.  Seriously, every time a team made a five point run, the other team would answer with six points.  At times, the crowd up on the balcony was going bonkers.  With each momentum swing I was getting so excited that the Commish almost had to put me on time out because I was so amped up at the elevated play.  Soon, the big men started going at it.  All game, Tibbs (16pts) and Gary (13pts) battled with each other, beating one another up.  Eventually, JM ended up with a 3 point lead with a minute left to go.  Twice, JM went to the line to ice the game for 1 and 1, but failed to convert on the front ends.  However, the Haters couldn't counter.  Eventually, Ian Tosti's free throw with 1.5 seconds left to go iced the game and got Tibbs his first brick ever at CRFC.  Tibbs, your cherry has been officially been popped, welcome to manhood.

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    Junior Mafia 41  The Haters 58

    Al and Gary are too much for the Mafia to handle

    Finally, one of my A1 spreads panned out the way I expected.  With Sartori out and Tosti still nursing an undisclosed injury, all the Haters had to do was key on Tibbs to get ahead, and they did.  They put the Gary Fisher, who's consistent defensive output has inspired me to dub him, the Guard Dog, on Tibbs and he was just as meciless as the doberman's you see in the junk yards.  Tibbs managed to get the hardest earned 20 points he had ever gotten in his life.  Every where he went, Gary was on his shadow.  With the next highest scorer, Tosti, only scoring 8, the Haters put the Mafia offense in a pine overcoat.  As far as the Hater offense was converned, Al and Gary provided the 1, 2 punch with Al leading the team with 27, while Gary wasnt far behind dropping 21.  The entire game was a physical grudgematch that had Al (despite his daughter's claims that he's getting old) and Gary running the show on both ends of the court. 

    Junior Mafia
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Machado422240022100% 00NA
    Iam Olmstead563121100NA 00NA
    Ian Tosti86011002150% 00NA
    Jason Tibbetts205702306350% 00NA
    Michael Eisenstein45010004250% 00NA

    The Haters
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alex Delpleche2712523217686% 00NA
    Brett Leary0211101200% 00NA
    Gary Fisher215803018338% 00NA
    Mike Kaup940110000NA 00NA
    Serge Gottschalk220101000NA 00NA

    The Window Shoppers 62  Jim, Jack & OGD 60

    Second half surge push Shoppers past JJ&OGD

    With a 16 point lead at the half, things looked to be over for the Shoppers.  Dirty (27pts) was playing sensational as he was the catalyst for the JJ & OGD offense the entire game.  In spurts, Dirty hit some key buckets (and later some FTs) to do everything in his power to give JJ &OGD some life, thus earning him BGood Player of the Week status.  The Shoppers looked awful in the first.  Turnovers and missing easy shots allowed JJ &OGD to end up with the douoble digit lead.  Taking full advantage of this was Turrin (12pts) and Ramon (13pts), who had an easy time scoring during their first half transition game.  However, the second half was a completely different story.  The Shoppers turned the tables.  After Machado, who was filling in the first half had to leave with a rolled ankle, Gary Fisher stepped in to lend a helping hand.  As the second hald enfolded, the Shoppers started playing some serious defense and began to run circles around the JJ & OGD defense.  This half, it was the Window Shoppers scoring in transition, with Matt West (17pts) and John Edwards (8pts) leading the charge.  The Shoppers battled back to regain the lead with 3 minutes to play.  Several times, the Shoppers would take the lead, only to have Ramon come down and hit his pattended mid ranged jump shot over me.  After another Shopper bucket, Dirty had to go to the line, down 2 with 45 seconds left to play.  With Al heckling him from the balcony, Dirty stepped up on his testicular fortitude and swished both of them to tie the game.  Again, the Shoppers dropped the go ahead bucket, but this time, JJ &OGD didnt have an answer and the Shoppers 41 second half points were enough to pull off the victory. 

    The Window Shoppers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    John Edwards85122005240% 00NA
    Matthew West178461014375% 00NA
    Sean O'Callaghan20425103300% 00NA

    Jim, Jack & OGD
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Kester Sanchez2784221044100% 00NA
    Ramon Penrose1341303000NA 00NA
    Ramon Penrose1341303100NA 00NA
    Tim Brady82223004250% 00NA

    Bingo Long 65  Passing Ruffians 66

    Cheese/Neild orchestrate the Ruffian upset

    The Ruffians pulled off a major win, despite some questionable calls at the final seconds.  In the first half it looked like Bingo was going to cruise to another victory.  The Preacher, Keith Thompson (20pts) was having an easy time scoring and rebounding against the smaller Ruffian defenders.  Too make matters worse, Kurt finally played like his nick-name, the Big Ticket.  Kurt had his whole game flowing.  He hit a few 3's, a few turn around jumpers and a few put backs, flashing his complete package like he did so many leagues ago.  The second half was a different story for the Ruffians.  Cheese (14ast), when he wasnt hitting his 3's from the banks of the Charles, found Neild Montgomery countless times.  Neild exploded in the second hald, scoring the majority of his 30 points in the second half run that captured the lead for the Ruffians.  Helping Neild and Cheese out, Jonathan Lewis and Dart Dainer, each managed to drop 10 a piece, building the Ruffian lead up to as many as 8 to play with 4 minutes to play.  In crunch time, there is no one better than Ramon, who stuck around to fill in for Bingo and hit 3 straight 3's to cut the Bingo deficit to 1.  However, despite Kurt and Keith's help, Bingo couldn't hit the game winning bucket as time dwindled down, even though there was a little bit of contact on their final shots and Cheese's Ruffians pulled off the much needed win.

     

    Bingo Long
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Keith Thompson20113420000NA 00NA
    Kurt Knepsheild2263500000NA 00NA

    Passing Ruffians
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Cheese1640950000NA 00NA
    Dart Danier1015230000NA 00NA
    Jonathan Lewis1055251000NA 00NA
    Neild Montgomery3055241000NA 00NA

Standings A1 Spring 2006 Thru Week 13
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Junior Mafia7-30.700W5067.9262.83
2The Haters7-30.700W2068.5565.18
3Jim, Jack & OGD5-40.556L1268.8265.36
4The Window Shoppers5-50.500W1261.9162.00
5Bingo Long3-70.300L3462.6466.27
6Passing Ruffians3-70.300W1462.6770.58
Points Per Game
1Alex Delpleche
The Haters
32.30
2Kester Sanchez
Jim, Jack & OGD
25.11
3Jay Sartori
Junior Mafia
24.30
4Ramon Penrose
Jim, Jack & OGD
22.80
5Keith Thompson
Bingo Long
22.11
6Sean O'Callaghan
The Window Shoppers
20.20
7Gary Fisher
The Haters
19.27

Player Rater
1Alex Delpleche
The Haters
64.8010
2Jason Tibbetts
Junior Mafia
56.9612
3Keith Thompson
Bingo Long
55.949
4Ramon Penrose
Jim, Jack & OGD
52.8010
5Cheese
Passing Ruffians
49.789
6Gary Fisher
The Haters
49.2711
7Matthew West
The Window Shoppers
47.449
8Kester Sanchez
Jim, Jack & OGD
45.179
9Neild Montgomery
Passing Ruffians
44.758
10Jay Sartori
Junior Mafia
44.5010

Rebounds Per Game
1Keith Thompson
Bingo Long
13.89
2Alex Delpleche
The Haters
13.60
3Jason Tibbetts
Junior Mafia
13.25
4Matthew West
The Window Shoppers
12.67
5Michael Turin
Jim, Jack & OGD
12.57
6Gary Fisher
The Haters
11.45
7Neild Montgomery
Passing Ruffians
10.25

3s Per Game
1Tim Brady
Jim, Jack & OGD
0.00nan%
1Keith Thompson
Bingo Long
0.00nan%
1Sean O'Callaghan
The Window Shoppers
0.00nan%
1Ian Tosti
Junior Mafia
0.00nan%
1Mike Kaup
The Haters
0.00nan%
1Neild Montgomery
Passing Ruffians
0.00nan%
1Serge Gottschalk
The Haters
0.00nan%
1Michael Turin
Jim, Jack & OGD
0.00nan%
1Cheese
Passing Ruffians
0.00nan%
1Chris Machado
Junior Mafia
0.00nan%
1Kurt Knepsheild
Bingo Long
0.00nan%
1Dart Danier
Passing Ruffians
0.00nan%
1Jay Sartori
Junior Mafia
0.00nan%
1Gary Fisher
The Haters
0.00nan%
1Mike Roache
Passing Ruffians
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Cheese
Passing Ruffians
5.78
2Ramon Penrose
Jim, Jack & OGD
4.70
3Sean O'Callaghan
The Window Shoppers
4.30
4Matthew West
The Window Shoppers
4.11
5Ian Tosti
Junior Mafia
2.92
6Mike Kaup
The Haters
2.90
7Kurt Knepsheild
Bingo Long
2.89
7Keith Thompson
Bingo Long
2.89