Winter 2009: A2 League Champs: Big Nice

    O Fer Nice Cup Runneth Over for Mazz Co.
    Big Nice 59 Shut Up Tibbs! 50

    Facing a 13 point halftime deficit, Big Nice never panicked.  They've been here, done that so many times in the A2, they're losing track.  All it took was an uptick in defense and some patient offense to get back in the game.  A 17-2 run to start the second half is what resulted.  Fizzle and JPress started the run off, getting out on the break, beating the SUT defense back time after time.  I wasn't sure which team was playing with the lead, and which was playing from behind. 

    To cap off the run, the Finals MVP, the statuesque one himself, TiCal nailed back to back threes to give Big Nice their first lead of the game since early on.  Like since 3-2.  He's effecient, that's for sure, picks his spots, and ran the offense flawlessly in the second half.  After that, it was only a matter of the clock running out.  Well that's not entirely true, MJD and Majic did try to rally the troops, trading buckets with Big Nice for the next couple minutes. 

    But yea, it was all in vein, another 8-0 run, led again by Finn and his team-high 16 points, put the game out of reach.  Hell they didn't even need to be in the Maz-Zone to have a successful night, everyone else picked up the slack when called upon.  The D truely was stiffling in the second half, everyone helping, recovering, causing turnovers and just being a general pain in the ass.  Despite the fact that Big Nice only shot 13-28 from the free throw line (very un-Big Nice of them, really) SUT was never able to trim the double digit lead to below 6. 

    The low scoring game was just the kind of contest that Big Nice felt comfortable with winning.  The SUT offense is at it's best when wheeling and dealing, and there was very little of that last night.  No fast break 3s for RoY, no missed layup opportunities for yours truely, no AO barreling to the whole.  In all, it made for such an ugly game, I felt bad for the Dragon and Lighthouse on the balcony taking it all in.  For me, that makes 0-3 against Big Nice in the A2 Finals, as they celebrated their fourth Championship in style, the only way they know how, by watching Fizzle drink out of the Golden Chalice at the 9s after the game.  Yea I was there, I took the defeat and humiliation in stride, it's nothing I'm not used to. 

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    Big Nice 59  Shut Up Tibbs! 50

    O Fer Nice: Cup Runneth Over for Mazz & Co.

    Facing a 13 point halftime deficit, Big Nice never panicked.  They've been here, done that so many times in the A2, they're losing track.  All it took was an uptick in defense and some patient offense to get back in the game.  A 17-2 run to start the second half is what resulted.  Fizzle and JPress started the run off, getting out on the break, beating the SUT defense back time after time.  I wasn't sure which team was playing with the lead, and which was playing from behind. 

    To cap off the run, the Finals MVP, the statuesque one himself, TiCal nailed back to back threes to give Big Nice their first lead of the game since early on.  Like since 3-2.  He's effecient, that's for sure, picks his spots, and ran the offense flawlessly in the second half.  After that, it was only a matter of the clock running out.  Well that's not entirely true, MJD and Majic did try to rally the troops, trading buckets with Big Nice for the next couple minutes. 

    But yea, it was all in vein, another 8-0 run, led again by Finn and his team-high 16 points, put the game out of reach.  Hell they didn't even need to be in the Maz-Zone to have a successful night, everyone else picked up the slack when called upon.  The D truely was stiffling in the second half, everyone helping, recovering, causing turnovers and just being a general pain in the ass.  Despite the fact that Big Nice only shot 13-28 from the free throw line (very un-Big Nice of them, really) SUT was never able to trim the double digit lead to below 6. 

    The low scoring game was just the kind of contest that Big Nice felt comfortable with winning.  The SUT offense is at it's best when wheeling and dealing, and there was very little of that last night.  No fast break 3s for RoY, no missed layup opportunities for yours truely, no AO barreling to the whole.  In all, it made for such an ugly game, I felt bad for the Dragon and Lighthouse on the balcony taking it all in.  For me, that makes 0-3 against Big Nice in the A2 Finals, as they celebrated their fourth Championship in style, the only way they know how, by watching Fizzle drink out of the Golden Chalice at the 9s after the game.  Yea I was there, I took the defeat and humiliation in stride, it's nothing I'm not used to. 

    Big Nice
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ed Finn163012005240% 4250%
    Jay Sartori3011000200% 2150%
    Jeff Hrkach021210000NA 00NA
    Jon Mazzone107221108338% 7229%
    Jon Press155000008675% 5120%
    Sean O'Callaghan116162003133% 4250%
    Steve O'Connell32200202150% 00NA

    Shut Up Tibbs!
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Adam O'Connor55120004375% 100%
    Chris Maciejczak1710133108338% 11436%
    Jason Tibbetts82121104375% 4125%
    Mike Dinh1430520022100% 4250%
    Tom Kahana031020000NA 300%
    Zarmon McCray631000022100% 00NA

Standings A2 Winter 2009 Thru Week 13
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Big Nice9-10.900W3081.5864.33
2Shut Up Tibbs!8-20.800W2182.5070.33
3Pau Gasol's Beard5-40.556W1474.4575.45
4Off In Your Face2-60.250L6769.5081.40
5The Firm2-70.222L3766.2076.20
6Redeem Team2-80.200L2773.8285.00
Points Per Game
1Jeff Hall
Off In Your Face
25.22
2Jon Mazzone
Big Nice
24.83
3Chris Maciejczak
Shut Up Tibbs!
22.91
4Josh Bruno
The Firm
21.50
5Brandon Dorey
Pau Gasol's Beard
20.80
6Jon Press
Big Nice
20.70
7Ryan Kelley
Redeem Team
20.00

Player Rater
1Chris Maciejczak
Shut Up Tibbs!
58.6811
2Jeff Hall
Off In Your Face
57.569
3Josh Bruno
The Firm
54.8010
4Ryan Kelley
Redeem Team
51.507
5Bobby Colantonio
Redeem Team
51.4510
6Jon Mazzone
Big Nice
50.9612
7Tom Duncan
Pau Gasol's Beard
49.6712
8Brandon Dorey
Pau Gasol's Beard
48.0510
9Greg Polin
Off In Your Face
44.399
10Mike Dinh
Shut Up Tibbs!
43.0511

Rebounds Per Game
1Chris Maciejczak
Shut Up Tibbs!
14.09
2Josh Bruno
The Firm
12.80
3Jeff Hall
Off In Your Face
12.22
4Adam O'Connor
Shut Up Tibbs!
11.44
5Bobby Colantonio
Redeem Team
11.10
6Greg Polin
Off In Your Face
10.78
7Ryan Kelley
Redeem Team
10.71

3s Per Game
1Jon Mazzone
Big Nice
4.7550%
2Josh Bruno
The Firm
4.5040%
3Ryan Kelley
Redeem Team
4.0040%
4Chris Maciejczak
Shut Up Tibbs!
3.8237%
5Mike Cadman
Redeem Team
3.5548%
6Tom Kahana
Shut Up Tibbs!
3.0844%
7Ed Finn
Big Nice
2.8579%

Assists Per Game
1Sean O'Callaghan
Big Nice
6.42
2Mike Dinh
Shut Up Tibbs!
6.36
3Tom Kahana
Shut Up Tibbs!
4.67
4Glenn Moody
Pau Gasol's Beard
3.91
5Bobby Colantonio
Redeem Team
3.90
6Jeff Ruggiero
Off In Your Face
3.60
7Jeff Hrkach
Big Nice
3.27