Fall 2007: A1 League Champs: Real & Spectacular

    Majical Run Real Spectacular Take the Brick
    Real & Spectacular 75 Dukes 66

    Despite being the lower seed and finishing the regular season just a game above .500, Real & Spectacular came into the game as a heavy favorite because of the absence of Danny Salazar for the Dukes.  Had Mike Laptewicz (5 points, 8 assists) not been shaving points (missed a late free throw), R&S would have covered their spread.  Instead, they'll gladly settle for winning the A1 Fall 2007 Brick and cleaning out my Christmas Fund Account.  If this really was the Rattling AK's swan song in the A1, then there was no better way to go out.  Despite only inserting himself into the action for less than a minute, AK was making great adjustments on the sidelines, motivating his guys and getting them to play as a cohesive unit.   

    With the Dukes defense, namely the Preacher (25 points, 8 boards), keyed in on slowing down the Majic Man (28 points, 19 boards), OG (25 points, 5 assists) was getting the benefit of good looks.  Coming off a stressful week, in which he could have missed the game if his wife hadn't given birth to their second child before the weekend (congrats!), Orin was focused and on fire when he got his opportunities.  He didn't need a lot of shots to get to his 25 points, and for his heady play on both ends of the floor, he was this season's Finals MVP.  A well deserved honor, and not bad for an A1 Rook.  Bosko (10 points, 9 boards) and Superboy (8 points, 8 boards) provided the muscle down low and just the hard edge that Real & Spectacular needed to win this game.  Nothing wrong with playing hard and making sure your presence is felt. 

    With the Dukes offense sputtering without Salazar, Matt Wolfe (19 points, 14 boards) stepped up in a big way.  Prior to the game, I saw a copy of Salazar's email to his team, and I could tell that Matt was a little offended that his shooting wasn't mentioned as a key to the game.  With the Preacher getting to the rack at will and leading the way, Wolfe was left open for his patented 12 foot, "I don't need no stinken' backboard" baseline J, and it was falling.  Trevor, aka Ferarri F 50%  (see: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ferrari+f-50), was struggling from downtown, shooting just 3-20 from the land of beyond.  But he took enough shots to get to 19 points and keep his team in contention.  Unfortunately for him, the Majic Man ended up winning that mano-a-mano battle from outside (8-19) and hit 3 straight in the second half to turn a close game into a double digit affair.  Unlike the Dukes, Real & Spectacular was able to hit their free throws down the stretch (minus Lappy skimming off the top) and secure their Brick.  Congrats guys, and we'll see you next season!

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    West Broadway Brothel 64  100 Proof Hangover 80

    Brothel Closed for the Season Due to Massive Hangover

    The gameplan was simple, slow the game down, and don't let the Hitman (23 points) go crazy.  Everytime that he drove past me, which was quite often, there was plenty of help behind me to alter his shot and distrupt the time of the West Broadway Brothel offense.  Anytime he can be held to just 7 field goals on the entire night, you've got to consider your game plan a success.  The intensity of the 100 Proof defense in the first half really set the tone for entire night.  Everyone was swarming, getting hands in passing lanes and challenging every shot.  With Tibbs (18 points, 9 boards) pounding the post, and O'Keefe (39 points) knocking down open shots as a result, the lead continued to grow.  The Macho Man was doing his best AK impersonation from the sidelines, shouting out instructions, changing the gameplan on the fly, and taunting Kevy Kev.  The Hangover held a monsterous 44-21 lead at the break thanks to their playoff intensity.  Even Da Bronco (10 points, 6 assists) came out of his self-imposed retirement for a night to spark some playoff magic.  Sure it wasn't a 54 spot like the last time out against Turin, but he did enough of the little things to make sure his team had a chance.  In the second half, the Brothel made a serious run, as any good team is apt to do.  Karl (19 points) and Billy (10 points) really picked it up as the Hitman was having a tough time.  The aftershock of the blitzing that they took in the first half finally wore off and the offense founda rythmn.  100 Proof backed off a little bit, their intensity hit a lull, and shots started to fall for WBB, especially the 3ball.  O'Keefe carried the load in the second half and Noah "The Ark" (9 points) elevated his game to close the Brothel down.  The lead never got lower than 10 for 100 Proof and victory beers have never tasted so sweet. 

    West Broadway Brothel
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Billy Fratelli1062231000NA 00NA
    Jared Perrine2351100010770% 00NA
    Karl Sattelmair1940100000NA 00NA
    Kevin Scott720320000NA 00NA
    Michael Turin554100000NA 00NA

    100 Proof Hangover
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Machado430210000NA 00NA
    Jason Tibbetts186323306467% 00NA
    Noah Bergman93111002150% 00NA
    Ramon Penrose103242005120% 00NA
    Tim Burke041210000NA 00NA
    Tim O'Keefe3952212055100% 00NA

    Real & Spectacular 82  McLovin 62

    Close Games? R & S Blow away McLovin'

    So much for close games come playoff time in this season's A1 League.  Real & Spectacular is having none of that talk as they're gunning to make their run through the post season a memorable one.  It started off in convincing fashion blowing away McLovin' early in the game and never looking back.  A 17 point advantage at the break wasn't enough to satisfy them.  Everyone's midrange jumper was falling and there was nothing that McLovin' could do about it.  Craig Bosko (24 points, 10 boards) exploded for 20 points in the second half while OG (22 points) was steady throughout.  With a full roster, these guys look nearly unbeatable, but both Bosko and OG are on Level Red Baby Watch for the next couple weeks and could miss a game at any time.  That means Superboy (10 points, 5 boards) and Lappy (6 points, 8 assists) will have to step their game up even more in case either one misses time.  The Majic Man (16 points, 12 boards) was able to coast throughout, and it was a good thing because he was still banged up from the 3v3 on Saturday.  But the play of his teammates only legitimized my reasoning for NOT selecting him as this season's MVP.  He doesn't have to have a spectacular game, but O'Cal's teammates Need him to be on point. 

    For McLovin', this game was a microcosm of their season.  Inconsistant play on the offensive end and sloppiness on the defensive end doomed them.  Without Mark Allyn (out with an undisclosed 3v3 injury, we really need to have these things after the playoffs) the offense never got into a rythmn and it was 'one pass and shoot' mentality all night.  KO and Sweens both struggled putting in only 10 points each, as AK's gameplans were once again on point.  Hinks, 14 points, was aggressively looking for his shots, and his teammates needed it.  Wrobz (28 points) was the most potent offensive player, but needed a lot of shots to get it done.  As a whole, the squad shot 9 for 32 for downtown and never really turned it on until the game was out of hand.  Real & Spectacular get the stars aligned for them, as they take on the Red Rockets next week and they're the only team this season that's beaten them.  Can they make it 2 for 2 ?

    Real & Spectacular
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Adam Kneeland21010003267% 00NA
    Chris Maciejczak1612041004375% 00NA
    Craig Bosko24912100200% 00NA
    Mike Laptewicz661500000NA 00NA
    Orin Gutleror222341009778% 00NA
    Zack Toth103220003267% 00NA

    McLovin
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Kevin Ostrander10714210300% 00NA
    Matt Wrobel28713000100% 00NA
    Michael Sweeney1020220022100% 00NA
    Tim HINKEL141340003133% 00NA

    Dukes 73  6 For the Wall 59

    Dukes Overcome 6 For the Wall Home Court Advantage

    Despite being the higher seed, the team with the better record, and the favorite heading into this game, the Dukes were essentially playing a road game in their opening round match-up.  The crowd up on the balcony was relentless, rallying behind 6 For the Wall and pulling for the upset.  It helped that most of the boys from 100 Proof Hangover stuck around to pull for another early round upset. Everytime Trevor (22 points) or Salazar (21 points) let a three fly, there was plenty of cat calls and booing from the rafters.  Every positive play for 6 For the Wall was cheered on and the defense was encouraged on each ensuing possession.  But in the end, not even the extra energy provided by the crowd was enough to lift them past the heavily favored Dukes.  The Preacher (15 points) stepped his game up in the second half, answering the bell everytime 6 For the Wall threatend. Plus he did a good job on Steve O (13 points) and Q Walsh (9 points).  Jim Rahill (15 points) and Jeremy Gall (18 points) continually rallied the troops everytime the game seemed over.  Down by 20? No big deal, a 10-0 run in a matter of seconds made it a game.  Playoff time calls for the role players to step up when the stars can't get it done.  Brady (9 points) and Matt Wolfe (6 points, 6 assists) are those guys for the Duke,s and they're the best in the gym at what they do, knowing their role.  They hit back to back buckets to extend their lead for good and end any further threat that 6 would throw at them.   For their next trick, they'll take on 100 Proof Hangover in the semi-finals in their quest to get Trevor his first Brick.

    Dukes
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Dan Salazar212102004250% 00NA
    Keith Thompson151513004375% 00NA
    Matt Wolfe6314000100% 00NA
    Tim Brady932210011100% 00NA
    Trevor McAndrew22110520010660% 00NA

    6 For the Wall
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Jeremy Gall1893112000NA 00NA
    Jim Rahill152521003133% 00NA
    Jim Rahill152521003133% 00NA
    Mike Diranian411200000NA 00NA
    Quintin Walsh99200004125% 00NA
    Steve O'Connell1344404000NA 00NA

    Red Rockets 81  GFYS 67

    Rockets Take Care of Bidness

    Talk about well balanced, each guy for the Red Rockets had at least 19 points as they completely overwhelmed GFYS in their first round match-up.  Of course, it's easy to build a lead when the opposition only shoots 8-40 from downtown, mostly while playing catch-up.  O'Cal was at his usual stellar self, some might say MVP worthy, posting yet another triple double in what has been a career season.  What was most surprising is the amount of shots that O'Cal took.  He scored a nifty 22 points and was aggressively looking for his opportunties.  Once the defense focused on him, he got his teammates involved.  It's easy to look good when you've got Nip Jethi (19 points, 11 boards) and Erik Brown ( 21 points, 17 boards) are hitting the mid-range like they're paid for it.  Seriously, these guys should be giving Rondo shooting lessons in the off-season, it would only help.  With GFYS threatening early in the second half, Phi Slamma and Nip wouldn't be denied.  It was a good thing that those guys were on, as T'N'Tosti (19 points) struggled from the perimeter all night long.  Beagan played great defense on him, hounding him, contesting every shot, blocking a couple threes and generally giving him nothing easy.  Mazzone (36 points, 13 boards) ended up pulling his weight, but as a team they didn't shoot well at all.  Kurt Knepshield (12 points)  made a valiant, Willis Reed-like comeback but to no avail.  Rajotte (8 points) would have liked to have seen the Macho Man in front of him because that's when he's shot the best this season.  Beagan added 11 meanwhile, but they didn't have a shot of keeping pace with the Red Rockets in the second half.  They'll face Real & Spectacular in the second round next week, and they'll be looking to avenge their only loss of the season. 

    Red Rockets
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Erik Brown21107311011100% 00NA
    Ian Tosti192031002150% 00NA
    Nip Jethi195533104375% 00NA
    Sean O'Callaghan221247200200% 00NA

    GFYS
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Rajotte871100000NA 00NA
    Chris Adams041310000NA 00NA
    Jon Mazzone368521004375% 00NA
    Kurt Knepsheild1273220000NA 00NA
    Tim Began1172122000NA 00NA

Standings A1 Fall 2007 Thru Week 13
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Red Rockets8-20.800L1083.0970.91
2West Broadway Brothel7-20.778W4178.0072.00
3Dukes7-30.700W4171.4270.91
4Real & Spectacular6-40.600W3279.2571.67
56 For the Wall4-50.444L3473.0066.40
6McLovin4-50.444W1472.6086.70
7100 Proof Hangover3-60.333L5569.8073.50
8GFYS2-70.222W1670.2079.60
9Passing Ruffians1-80.111L3766.0075.22
Points Per Game
1Tim O'Keefe
100 Proof Hangover
33.33
2Chris Maciejczak
Real & Spectacular
30.83
3Jon Mazzone
GFYS
30.70
4Ed Finn
Passing Ruffians
29.14
5Ian Tosti
Red Rockets
28.80
6Jared Perrine
West Broadway Brothel
27.90
7Jeremy Gall
6 For the Wall
25.63

Player Rater
1Chris Maciejczak
Real & Spectacular
66.9612
2Trevor McAndrew
Dukes
58.2311
3Sean O'Callaghan
Red Rockets
58.1411
4Jon Mazzone
GFYS
57.1510
5Jeremy Gall
6 For the Wall
55.068
6Kevin Ostrander
McLovin
54.818
7Jared Perrine
West Broadway Brothel
53.3510
8Ed Finn
Passing Ruffians
51.077
9Steve O'Connell
6 For the Wall
49.068
10Tim O'Keefe
100 Proof Hangover
49.069

Rebounds Per Game
1Chris Maciejczak
Real & Spectacular
15.75
2Jon Mazzone
GFYS
11.30
3Kevin Ostrander
McLovin
11.13
4Jeremy Gall
6 For the Wall
10.88
5Steve O'Connell
6 For the Wall
10.63
6Noah Bergman
100 Proof Hangover
10.20
7Trevor McAndrew
Dukes
10.09

3s Per Game
1Chris Maciejczak
Real & Spectacular
0.00nan%
1Karl Sattelmair
West Broadway Brothel
0.00nan%
1Matt Wolfe
Dukes
0.00nan%
1John-Mark Ikeda
Passing Ruffians
0.00nan%
1Nip Jethi
Red Rockets
0.00nan%
1Brian Rajotte
GFYS
0.00nan%
1Tim Began
GFYS
0.00nan%
1Zack Toth
Real & Spectacular
0.00nan%
1Tim Brady
Dukes
0.00nan%
1Kevin Ostrander
McLovin
0.00nan%
1Jason Tibbetts
100 Proof Hangover
0.00nan%
1Orin Gutleror
Real & Spectacular
0.00nan%
1Greg Classen
Passing Ruffians
0.00nan%
1Noah Bergman
100 Proof Hangover
0.00nan%
1Steve O'Connell
6 For the Wall
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Sean O'Callaghan
Red Rockets
7.55
2Trevor McAndrew
Dukes
4.91
3Kevin Ostrander
McLovin
4.13
3Steve O'Connell
6 For the Wall
4.13
5Mike Laptewicz
Real & Spectacular
3.92
6Tim HINKEL
McLovin
3.86
7Cheese
Passing Ruffians
3.67