Spring 2008: A1 League Champs: Face Down clAss Up

    TNTosti ingnites explodes and decimates while leading FDCU to THE BRICK in one-sided A1 Final.
    Face Down clAss Up 74 Let's Duet 39

    The Zone.  It is that place that some players are able to reach where they are able to do whatever they want.  It is without question where Ian Tosti was last night.

    Ian started early in this one knocking down 5 of his first 7 from international waters as FDCU led early 22-14.  It wasnít just Ian as a team FDCU shot 8-15 from 3-land in the first half.  But 3-point shooting was only half the story, the other was team defense.  FDCU refused to let anything come easily for Letís Duet.  On the rare occasion that a LD player beat his man off the dribble it seemed as though the entire FDCU team was there waiting for them in the paint and LD could not take advantage (0-8 3ís in the 1st) of the collapsing help defense and finish with only 22 first half points and looking at a 16 point deficit.  Tibbs (15 pts, 12 rebs) paced the LD ìattackî while Tosti nearly outscored LD all by himself with 20 in the opening frame.

    To open the 2nd half Letís Duet showed their first signs of life.  After giving up a hoop, Mike Dinh came alive (14 pts, 10 rebs) and went on a personal 5-0 run consisting of a tough drives and a FT cutting the FDCU lead to 13.  But then the flood gates were busted wide open with 14 minutes remaining.  But then again FDCU reigned supreme from 3-land with Tosti followed by Jeremy Gall (13 pts, 7rebs) and then again Tosti and the lead ballooned to 22 and it was pretty much over, the only thing left undetermined was the margin of victory.

    Not much else good happened for Letís Duet, but Sam Quinn (7 reb, 4 blks) added a few highlight reel-worthy blocks on jump shots putting a nice finish on what was a solid rookie campaign.

    With the lead already at 32 points Tosti put an MVP finish on this game.  He knocked down a LONG 3-ball stole a pass at mid-court and nailed yet another LONG 3.  At this point his Ma Tosti turned to said, ìThat is #10î.  She was right, as moments later Ian was mercifully sent to the bench with 37 points and an A1 10-15 shooting performance behind the arc.  Just as incredible he had 3 assists which quite possibly could be a career high.

    Letsí Duet scored a couple of late hoops making the final score 74-39 so they avoid the indignity of almost being outscored single-handedly by TNTosti.  The 35 point margin of victory is another A1 final record (unofficially).

    But Tostiís shoting was only half the story as FDCU played incredible team defense throughout.  Every LD played faced 2-3 defenders when they dared ventured to enter the paint while at the same time effectively closing out on the perimeter causing them to shoot a horrific 0-16 from downtown (0-10 for one player in particular).  Conversely FDCU shot 16-31 from international waters.

    Ocal leads yet another squad to a summer brick, while Tosti becomes a 3-time winner.  Jeremy takes home his 1st brick is his long (and sparse) carrer while Jimmy K (4 pts, 6 reb, one of the best/smartest fouls Iíve seen) gets his name on a banner after only 2 season and Officer Paul (5 pts, 5 rebs, 1st 3-pointer of the season) get his in his first.  And Iíd be remiss to not mention Mr. Tim Spinney (7 pts, 5 reb, tons on intangibles) proves something to everyone that has ever played A1.  It doesnít matter how bad a player you are, if TSpinís bald done and lack of game can win a championship there is hope for us all.

     

    (also I enjoyed myself 1 beer at Tibbs place after ward to try and console him but got tired of his crying and questioning ìwhyî before meeting up OCal, Jeremy and Paul at the Joshua Tree for a much better time).

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    Spiritual Sausage 48  Let's Duet 69

    Apocalypse Now - Mind Over Matter

    Everyone knows by now that there is nothing I love more than facing a team that the Hitman is leading.  I'm pretty sure by now the same can be said from the other end of the spectrum.  I remember, nearly 3 years ago, when I first set foot into a Saturday pickup run (neither hung over, nor with DD in hand), JROD was the first to greet me, talk to me, and make me feel at home.  Then he proceeded to wipe the floor with my sorry, outta shape ass.

    His friendliness afterwards was kinda creepy then, and it's still kinda creepy now when I see him doing it with other guys that he doesn't know who wander in.  Maybe it's just me, maybe he's out-going, but from those first moments, a rivalry (however one-sided) was born.  I've strived since then, to put teams together that would be sure to first win the Brick, then beat JROD, then beat him again in the playoffs.  It hasn't always worked, but this season I may have finally got it.  Heck he doesn't even guard me anymore, and I love it.

    MJ Dinh (24 points, 10 boards, 8 assists) had another near TripleDub, despite being guarded by the Hitman for most of the night.  During Let's Duet's 5 game winning streak, it's been Mike's ballhandling, distribution and willingness to play D that have been key.  You couldn't even tell that he had a sore back or was contemplating not playing.  But in true MVP fashion, he showed up to the game ready to go and with no excuses.  With only 4 guys in attendance Sam Quinn (6 points, 11 boards) was able to get the extra PT that he's been pushing for all season.  Take that Serge!! The statsheet may not show it, but Sam's the Man that's anchoring Let's Duet's league leading defensive efforts.  You can't put a stat on # of times a man helps on defense, closes down the baseline, or contests a jumper.  If you could, Sam might be leading the league in each category.  Heck he's got to make up for all of my mistakes.  Yavor came alive in the second half to drop 17 total points and while he can't win R.o.Y. or most improved, he's out to win Most Underrated (at draft time).  The man is on a mission this season, and it could result in his first Brick.

    I got to sit back, relax and enjoy my turn.  Hitting 5 of 7 longballs (3 with the Hitman staring me down) more than made up for the fact that I allowed JROD to abuse me to the tune of 26 points.  What was that about the Apocalypse O'Cal?? You must be a false profit, or I'm channeling the Spirit of Scalabrine out there on the floor.  3 years after first being abused by Perrine, I finally know all his moves, what's coming, and it still doesn't matter.  He's just relentless.  Unfortunately, the rest of his team wasn't able to hold up their end of the bargain.  Wrobz (13 points) was the only other guy in double figures, as SS struggled to get into a flow.  Let's Duet came out with a 21-5 run to start the second half and never looked back.  With frustrations mounting, Spiritual Sausage is going to need a win next week to get into the playoffs, and maybe have a chance for revenge against topseeded Let's Duet.

    Spiritual Sausage
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Derek Brown451100000NA 00NA
    Floni Bajraktari0600000200% 00NA
    Jared Perrine263522008675% 00NA
    Matt Wrobel1391200000NA 00NA
    Mike Roache44301004250% 00NA

    Let's Duet
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Jason Tibbetts25140221000NA 00NA
    Mike Dinh2410051005480% 00NA
    Sam Quinn6110310000NA 00NA
    Yavor Nechev1751320044100% 00NA

    Face Down clAss Up 65  6 For the 9s 47

    APB: When Did You Last See Paul Z???

    Attention A1 Players:  There is only a week left in the regular season.  So you know what that means, it's time to start thinking about next season!  Yes I know, most of you still have the playoffs to worry about, but the registration for next season (starts Mid September) is going to fill up quickly.  With the cap at 11 teams, it's first come, first in, so if you want to play next season, shoot me an email at Tibbs@CACbasketball.com and I'll save you a spot/answer any questions you may have.

    How often do you think a team with O'Cal can win if he never scores a bucket?  Well FDCU is 1-1 on that front, as it didn't matter that the 'Stallion' couldn't even get out of the starting gates.  What's wrong Sean, another broken wrist you're not telling anyone about?  At least that would give you an excuse...

    But FDCU got a huge game out of JGall last night to more than make up for O'Cal's Issues in the Sack.  Wait, I meant on the court.  Jeremy tossed in 22 second half points (of 37 for the game) to take a 7 point lead and expand it to nearly 20.  All in a day's work for the man that refuses to wear anything but kahki shorts to his games.  I'm not goign to lie, I was a tad skeptical when O'Cal nabbed him in the first round, but JGall is living up to the hype, and paired with T'N'Tosti (15 points) these guys are coming together at the right time.

    Even the defense was mostly stifling.  Sure, it's nearly impossible to stop KO (32 points, 21 boards) when he's relentlessly attacking the basket, but the rest of the 6 For the 9s crew was shut down completely.  Mike D added 9 points, but shot only 1-10 from downtown.  What happened Mike? I Thought you were working on that stroke??  And BWad with only 5 points and 7 boards, that's definitely an off night.  Cake&Sprinkles was cracking up about his new handle, but uh, 1 free throw and he reverted to rebounding like a man 5'6"

    But on to the most important topic of the night, the disappearance of Paul Z.  Now some of you might look at his side of the statsheet and think, well O'Cal must really played some good defense.  But let's not kid ourselves, the General puts up better stat lines. I'm talking about the actual disappearance of Paul Z.  Well before halftime he had checked himself out of the game and was walking away from the court.  What gives my man?  I know it was a rough first half (0-6 from downtown, meager stat opps) but walking away from the squad?? Maybe his brother, the Alaskian Assassin, can fill us in.  All I know is that definitly hurts team chemistry and their Brick aspirations going forward.  Will Z come on Sunday when he gets his chance to face me again?  I don't know, will his teammates even take him back? Mike D, it's time to lay down the law!

    Face Down clAss Up
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ian Tosti1531010000NA 00NA
    Jeremy Gall376210109889% 00NA
    Jim Kopriva242000000NA 00NA
    Paul Giardina061200000NA 00NA
    Sean O'Callaghan25053004250% 00NA
    Tim Spinney9100200000NA 00NA

    6 For the 9s
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Wadman552410022100% 00NA
    Christopher Harvey14110002150% 00NA
    Kevin Ostrander32165010012433% 00NA
    Mike Diranian953220000NA 00NA
    Paul Zermani010100000NA 00NA

    JUGGernaut 87  Fogell 79

    I like Big JUGGs and I Cannot Lie...

    Attention A1 Players:  There is only a week left in the regular season.  So you know what that means, it's time to start thinking about next season!  Yes I know, most of you still have the playoffs to worry about, but the registration for next season (starts Mid September) is going to fill up quickly.  With the cap at 11 teams, it's first come, first in, so if you want to play next season, shoot me an email at Tibbs@CACbasketball.com and I'll save you a spot/answer any questions you may have.

    JUGGernaut affirmed their postseason dreams with a win over Fogell last night, putting them in danger of joining BS&Ts on the sidelines once the 'real season' begins.  I can tell you this, Fogell really needs to win at least one of their remaining two games to get in and find a way to leave the Hitman on the sidelines.  I'd be eternally grateful to R.o.Y. and his teammates.  Heck, just to inspire Tommy K (39 points, 6 assists) a little bit, I'm not going to say another negative thing about him in the write-ups to ensure that they do. 

    Everyone's favorite RoY was red hot last night, leading his half-team with 21 first half points on 5-12 shooting from downtown.  Knowing his team needed him to score, he took control of the flow of the game, despite the fact that the bigger Dorey (33 points, 9 assists) was guarding him most of the night.  The pick'n'roll with CAC's Drunk Driving Advocate (24 points, 8 boards) brought back memories of Stockton and Malone.  At least the guys on the floor were wearing much longer shorts.  Seriously, I don't think I'd be able to be the Player Prez, or even the stat boy, if I had to watch you all run around in nut-huggers.  I just wouldn't be able to stomach it. 

    As Google (22 points, 16 boards) and Dorey were keeping Juggernaut just ahead of Fogell, Tommy was Gunnin' for the 3 point record.  With each made 3, the crowd ooh-ed and aah-ed, knowing that we were just a couple more away from seeing OD wiped off the CAC record books.  Ah what a great night it would have been if it had happened.  In the end, Tommy "only" shot 12-28 from downtown and leading his team to a near win.  But Hinton (13 points) made two late 3s to push JUGGernaut over the top.  Now they've got a chance to get to .500 (Let's Duet being the only team to beat them with a full squad) while Fogell has to win at least 1 of 2, YES YOU CAN!!

    JUGGernaut
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Adam Kneeland511110000NA 00NA
    Brandon Dorey332262105480% 00NA
    Eric Hinton132231002150% 00NA
    James Bushell462000000NA 00NA
    Josh Fincke10300300200% 00NA
    TJ Mahony229621008788% 00NA

    Fogell
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Adams244402005480% 00NA
    Tom Kahana394041002150% 00NA

    Cat Fight 78  Little Nasty 75

    BFrat Pads his Stats, Little Nasty Pads Their Wins

    Attention A1 Players:  There is only a week left in the regular season.  So you know what that means, it's time to start thinking about next season!  Yes I know, most of you still have the playoffs to worry about, but the registration for next season (starts Mid September) is going to fill up quickly.  With the cap at 11 teams, it's first come, first in, so if you want to play next season, shoot me an email at Tibbs@CACbasketball.com and I'll save you a spot/answer any questions you may have.

    All the great chuckers throughout C.A.C. (and CRFC) history have always claimed, "But my team needs me to shoot so much." We got more of the same out of BFrat last night as he looked to be gunning for the 3 point record right from the outset.  His 22 points in the first half must have been a personal record, and I haven't seen him shoot this much since he played with the Raindrops.  I know, that was only like last season, but still. 

    We had plenty of willing fill-ins for this one, as Mixtape (14 points, 14 boards) had played enough A1 games by now that we should be charging him the league fee.  Just because you only fill-in, doesn't mean you don't have to pay!!  Kurt added 19 points and 15 boards, another game and another stat line that Tommy K would like to see saved for his own team.  Hinton and AK combined for 10 as well in this one.

    I could actually see this as a legit A1 team, and that's kinda scarry.  Turin could draft Kurt in the first round, Billy second, Hinton third, have his fourth round pick never show up, and then take AK at the bottom of the draft.  Interesting, and they overcame a Little Nasty team that few have been able to solve this season.

    Duncan exploded for a week high (season high? someone else do the research) 46 points and grabbed 13 boards.  After the game he was more than a little embarassed that he took 20 attempts from downtown and promised his teammates he wouldn't shoot next week.  Seriously, can you imagine any other first round draft pick apologizing for 'shooting too much'?  The Top Dog had the hot hand, and his teammates recognized that, so kept feeding him the ball.  Especially Lappy, who had yet another near TripleDub (10/9/12), falling just a rebound short.  See, I could have been a nice guy and gave you that extra rebound and no one would have been any the wiser.  But when was the last time you just dropped off a 6-pack, huh?  You know I like Magic Hat...

    As he was gunning for assists, Raj (7/14) and Brady (10/12) were once again dominating the boards.  The key to beating these guys will be to somehow outrebound them, and it won't be easy.  Or, you have to have a chucker like BFrat, and hope your role players get enough offensive rebounds to get their own points. 

     

    Cat Fight
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Billy Fratelli357244106117% 00NA

    Little Nasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Mike Laptewicz10548210100% 00NA
    Raj Singh711224002150% 00NA
    Tim Brady1092320000NA 00NA
    Tom Duncan4694220000NA 00NA

    Blood Sweat & Tears 69  Passing Ruffians 71

    Ruffians Eliminate BS&T from Playoffs - Rights Ship

    Attention A1 Players:  There is only a week left in the regular season.  So you know what that means, it's time to start thinking about next season!  Yes I know, most of you still have the playoffs to worry about, but the registration for next season (starts Mid September) is going to fill up quickly.  With the cap at 11 teams, it's first come, first in, so if you want to play next season, shoot me an email at Tibbs@CACbasketball.com and I'll save you a spot/answer any questions you may have.

    With Billy Durbrow (22 points, 17 boards) back in action, the Ruffians recovered from their three game dip to even their record at 4-4.  BD looked good in his first action in almost a month, showing little effects of the injury that sidelined him.  In the process, they also knocked out Blood Sweat & Tears from the playoff picture.  That's about the only thing that got cleared up last night, as it looks like there will be a mess of teams at 5-5 or 4-6 by season's end.  Thanks fellas, there's nothing I like better than sitting around and figuring out the tie-breakers.

    Blood Sweat & Tears fought hard in this one, despite being shortmanned.  No EBrown, no Vladi, no Machooooo, for the make or break game of the season ?!?! What gives fellas? Where's your commitment!?!  Sweens (24 points) found the energy to lead the game in scoring while not plotting behind my back.  That's right, I saw the wheels turning, and his post on the boards about the scoreboard has the CAC Contingency up in arms against me.  Gunning for my spot are you??

    The Big Ticket filled in nicely and went head to head with the Ruffians bigs.  I'm sure Tommy K would like to see his 20/15 line for Fogell more often.  With Beagan (20 points, 10 boards) also picking up the slack, we had a dog fight on our hands. 

    But Cheese (17 points, 5 assists) settled the boys down as the game got later.  They started taking longer on their possessions and force feeding the post.  Superboy (14 points, 12 boards) didn't disappoint late in the game despite being hindered by his shoes.  That's what you get for making a deal with the devil and wearing the Duke Basketball sneakers.  Might as well sign-up to play for Genzyme while you're at it.  With the clock winding down and his team down one (he didn't know it) he swiped the ball from Kurt and converted on the other end for the winning margin.  Disappointing way to end the season for BS&Ts, while the Ruffians get off the bubble look to remind the league why I thought they were so good to start the season.

    Blood Sweat & Tears
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Michael Sweeney246321024250% 00NA
    Nim Cohen551100000NA 00NA
    Tim Began20554100100% 00NA

    Passing Ruffians
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Billy Durbrow22126230022100% 00NA
    Cheese1750310022100% 00NA
    Dan Macgregor103132004125% 00NA
    Zack Toth14482200500% 00NA

Standings A1 Spring 2008 Thru Week 14
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Let's Duet8-20.800W3071.3166.85
2Face Down clAss Up7-30.700W3171.6963.54
3Cat Fight5-30.625L1370.5073.40
4Little Nasty6-40.600L1268.1868.64
5Passing Ruffians5-40.556W2371.6468.18
6JUGGernaut5-50.500W3366.4564.64
76 For the 9s4-60.400L2465.6467.82
8Fogell3-60.333L2573.9078.40
9Spiritual Sausage3-70.300L7565.9071.60
10Blood Sweat & Tears2-80.200L3664.5070.70
Points Per Game
1Greg Poulos
Cat Fight
33.22
2Tom Kahana
Fogell
27.44
3Brandon Dorey
JUGGernaut
27.18
4Billy Fratelli
Cat Fight
26.60
4Tom Duncan
Little Nasty
26.60
6Kevin Ostrander
6 For the 9s
25.70
7Jared Perrine
Spiritual Sausage
23.75

Player Rater
1Greg Poulos
Cat Fight
70.399
2Kevin Ostrander
6 For the 9s
60.8510
3Billy Durbrow
Passing Ruffians
58.948
4Billy Fratelli
Cat Fight
56.4010
5Brandon Dorey
JUGGernaut
54.6411
6Mike Dinh
Let's Duet
54.5013
7Tom Kahana
Fogell
53.289
8Tom Duncan
Little Nasty
51.3010
9Jason Tibbetts
Let's Duet
50.9613
10Jared Perrine
Spiritual Sausage
48.318

Rebounds Per Game
1Greg Poulos
Cat Fight
16.78
2Billy Durbrow
Passing Ruffians
15.88
3Kevin Ostrander
6 For the 9s
15.70
4Zack Toth
Passing Ruffians
13.33
5Raj Singh
Little Nasty
12.80
6Matt Wrobel
Spiritual Sausage
11.67
7Kurt Knepsheild
Fogell
11.25

3s Per Game
1John Thompson
Cat Fight
0.00nan%
1Christopher Harvey
6 For the 9s
0.00nan%
1Floni Bajraktari
Spiritual Sausage
0.00nan%
1Nim Cohen
Blood Sweat & Tears
0.00nan%
1Jeremy Gall
Face Down clAss Up
0.00nan%
1Jason Tibbetts
Let's Duet
0.00nan%
1Kurt Knepsheild
Fogell
0.00nan%
1Greg Poulos
Cat Fight
0.00nan%
1James Bushell
JUGGernaut
0.00nan%
1Jared Perrine
Spiritual Sausage
0.00nan%
1Billy Durbrow
Passing Ruffians
0.00nan%
1Tom Duncan
Little Nasty
0.00nan%
1Sean O'Callaghan
Face Down clAss Up
0.00nan%
1Andy Kazeniac
Fogell
0.00nan%
1Brandon Dorey
JUGGernaut
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Mike Laptewicz
Little Nasty
5.11
2Mike Dinh
Let's Duet
4.54
3Sean O'Callaghan
Face Down clAss Up
4.36
4Brian Wadman
6 For the 9s
4.09
5Vladi Nechev
Blood Sweat & Tears
3.67
6Cheese
Passing Ruffians
3.64
7Tom Kahana
Fogell
3.56