Winter 2019: A Draft League Champs: A47

    A47 Makes Good on Preseason Promise Wins Title
    Mid-Life Crisis 63 A47 77

    Heading into tonight’s A Draft championship game, A47 had reason to be confident.  After an up and down season, which saw them ranked #1 before the season before scuffling to a 2-3 start, they finished the regular season on a high note. A47 had defeated their title game opponent, Mid Life Crisis, twice in the last three weeks of the regular season, showing that they could hang with the bigger, physical MLC squad.  Even with this successful history, captain Pat Kelley voiced some concerns before the game, noting that despite the two wins, they had not played a full-strength MLC team, as Cox had missed both prior meetings. The expectation was that we were in for a close, hard-fought finals matchup.

     

    That was not the case, especially in the first half.  A47 came out like a house on fire, hitting five straight threes to start, and leaping out to a 19-7 lead barely five minutes into the game.  The lead continued to grow, to 28-14 at the ten-minute-mark and out to 36-18 with 7:23 to start. A47 was getting contributions from everyone, with Kelley coming out gunning, hitting five of five in the first half from behind the arc.  Kofi started on the bench but was locked in from the minute he entered the game, hitting two threes in the first frame, and racking up two blocks on the defensive end. Despite an ankle turn last week, Kevin Clarke came out aggressive (he said before the game that the ankle was “feeling great”), and was a vacuum on the boards.  

     

    By the end of the first half, Mid Life Crisis was holding on for dear life.  Captain Matt Roberts, despite describing himself as “fucking tired” before the game, hit three straight jumpers to keep MLC afloat, and Swecker started to turn it up after a quiet first ten minutes.  He initially seemed uncharacteristically tentative in the face of some intense defense from Mike Gill. Once he started to drive to the basket, he was able to get some and-ones and start piling up the free throws.  Unfortunately, A47 kept raining threes, including two heat-checks from Walsh, ultimately finishing the half a blistering 10-13 from downtown (MLC haven’t made 10 threes in a game all season).

     

    With a halftime score of 53-36, one would be forgiven for counting out Roberts and the MLC.  But the formula they had figured out towards the end of the first period continued to work, with Swecker methodically bullying his way to the rim and a series of freethrows, much to the consternation of A47’s players.  Hunter also came out aggressive in the second frame, sticking back an offensive rebound and finishing a couple nice pocket passes from Pollock (Pollock had a pretty quiet game, unable to get the kind of short jumpers he’s thrived on).  Marcel was battling hard on the offensive boards, finishing with four for the game, and MLC methodically ground the deficit down to seven; the score sat at 61-41 with 11 minutes to go.

     

    Unfortunately for Roberts (who, along with Pollock, lost in last session’s title game with the previous iteration of the Mid Life Crisis), that was the closest they would get for the rest of the game.  MLC went scoreless for five minutes after closing to seven, allowing A47 to stretch the lead back out to 14, and from that point on, it was essentially decided. After some fouling and free-throws, the game ended with a score of 77-63, and A47 has fulfilled their preseason destiny.




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    Mid-Life Crisis 63  A47 77

    A47 Makes Good on Preseason Promise, Wins Title

    Heading into tonight’s A Draft championship game, A47 had reason to be confident.  After an up and down season, which saw them ranked #1 before the season before scuffling to a 2-3 start, they finished the regular season on a high note. A47 had defeated their title game opponent, Mid Life Crisis, twice in the last three weeks of the regular season, showing that they could hang with the bigger, physical MLC squad.  Even with this successful history, captain Pat Kelley voiced some concerns before the game, noting that despite the two wins, they had not played a full-strength MLC team, as Cox had missed both prior meetings. The expectation was that we were in for a close, hard-fought finals matchup.

     

    That was not the case, especially in the first half.  A47 came out like a house on fire, hitting five straight threes to start, and leaping out to a 19-7 lead barely five minutes into the game.  The lead continued to grow, to 28-14 at the ten-minute-mark and out to 36-18 with 7:23 to start. A47 was getting contributions from everyone, with Kelley coming out gunning, hitting five of five in the first half from behind the arc.  Kofi started on the bench but was locked in from the minute he entered the game, hitting two threes in the first frame, and racking up two blocks on the defensive end. Despite an ankle turn last week, Kevin Clarke came out aggressive (he said before the game that the ankle was “feeling great”), and was a vacuum on the boards.  

     

    By the end of the first half, Mid Life Crisis was holding on for dear life.  Captain Matt Roberts, despite describing himself as “fucking tired” before the game, hit three straight jumpers to keep MLC afloat, and Swecker started to turn it up after a quiet first ten minutes.  He initially seemed uncharacteristically tentative in the face of some intense defense from Mike Gill. Once he started to drive to the basket, he was able to get some and-ones and start piling up the free throws.  Unfortunately, A47 kept raining threes, including two heat-checks from Walsh, ultimately finishing the half a blistering 10-13 from downtown (MLC haven’t made 10 threes in a game all season).

     

    With a halftime score of 53-36, one would be forgiven for counting out Roberts and the MLC.  But the formula they had figured out towards the end of the first period continued to work, with Swecker methodically bullying his way to the rim and a series of freethrows, much to the consternation of A47’s players.  Hunter also came out aggressive in the second frame, sticking back an offensive rebound and finishing a couple nice pocket passes from Pollock (Pollock had a pretty quiet game, unable to get the kind of short jumpers he’s thrived on).  Marcel was battling hard on the offensive boards, finishing with four for the game, and MLC methodically ground the deficit down to seven; the score sat at 61-41 with 11 minutes to go.

     

    Unfortunately for Roberts (who, along with Pollock, lost in last session’s title game with the previous iteration of the Mid Life Crisis), that was the closest they would get for the rest of the game.  MLC went scoreless for five minutes after closing to seven, allowing A47 to stretch the lead back out to 14, and from that point on, it was essentially decided. After some fouling and free-throws, the game ended with a score of 77-63, and A47 has fulfilled their preseason destiny.




    Mid-Life Crisis
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    David Cox641200011100% 11100%
    Hunter Ray1051000033100% 00NA
    Kevin Swecker1621200011982% 5120%
    Marcel Quetant624101000NA 100%
    Matt Roberts1030100000NA 00NA
    Sam Pollock951200022100% 11100%

    A47
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bryan Walsh620010000NA 22100%
    Colin Fennelly4301100100% 100%
    Kevin Clarke1264300011100% 6117%
    Kofi Williams172001303267% 33100%
    Mike Gill83301004250% 00NA
    Pat Kelley2940520055100% 13646%

Standings A DRAFT W19 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
The YIMBY Corporation7-30.700W2064.4058.10
Mid-Life Crisis7-30.700W1066.7062.10
A476-40.600W2162.5062.90
Press Covfefe5-50.500L2263.6060.00
100 Points or Die5-50.500L1267.4070.70
Circle of Life0-100.000L10754.9065.70
Points Per Game
1Nick Mazzeo
The YIMBY Corporation
26.30
2Chris Kerr
Press Covfefe
25.00
3Brett Armstrong
The YIMBY Corporation
23.50
4Jeffrey Yates
Circle of Life
23.33
5Eric Benvenuti
100 Points or Die
23.00
6Kevin Clarke
A47
18.92
7Keith Baranowski
100 Points or Die
18.60

Player Rater
1Eric Benvenuti
100 Points or Die
58.948
2Brett Armstrong
The YIMBY Corporation
53.5012
3Nick Mazzeo
The YIMBY Corporation
52.7010
4Keith Baranowski
100 Points or Die
51.1510
5Lyon Van Voorhis
Circle of Life
46.888
6Jeffrey Yates
Circle of Life
43.399
7Kevin Swecker
Mid-Life Crisis
43.2510
8Kevin Clarke
A47
41.3312
9Chris Kerr
Press Covfefe
40.318
10Sam Pollock
Mid-Life Crisis
39.3113

Rebounds Per Game
1Eric Benvenuti
100 Points or Die
12.13
2Keith Baranowski
100 Points or Die
10.70
3Lyon Van Voorhis
Circle of Life
10.25
4Sean Murphy
Press Covfefe
7.89
5Brett Armstrong
The YIMBY Corporation
7.33
6Kevin Clarke
A47
7.17
7Jeffrey Yates
Circle of Life
7.00

3s Per Game
1Nick Mazzeo
The YIMBY Corporation
6.0044%
2Chris Kerr
Press Covfefe
4.5046%
3Pat Kelley
A47
3.6040%
4Brett Armstrong
The YIMBY Corporation
3.5045%
5Jeffrey Yates
Circle of Life
3.3340%
6Eric Benvenuti
100 Points or Die
2.3839%
7Matt Kaplan
Press Covfefe
2.3034%
7Marc Gasser-Wingate
Press Covfefe
2.3045%

Assists Per Game
1Kevin Swecker
Mid-Life Crisis
5.20
2Nick Mazzeo
The YIMBY Corporation
5.10
3Brett Armstrong
The YIMBY Corporation
5.00
4Matt Kaplan
Press Covfefe
4.80
5Eric Benvenuti
100 Points or Die
4.50
6Pat Kelley
A47
3.80
7Billy Jackson
Press Covfefe
3.45