Spring 2014: B Draft League Champs: Air Up There

    Air Up There wins the S14 title BJax FINALS MVP
    The Air Up There 57 Sweckmate 52

    Welcome to the S14 Title Game write-up. Fourteen teams, with a total of eighty-four players entered this season. After four months of games, bye weeks, tournaments, etc, we were left with two teams standing - Jesse’s SweckMate and Chris Cavano’s Air Up There.


    Going into the season, Cavano’s team was a favorite to be in the title game. Marcel and Billy Jackson were known commodities, and those that knew Tom Darabaris knew he was a steal. Toss in Glynn later in the draft, and you’ve got yourself a contending team.


    As for Jesse’s team, they were a total wildcard. Players making preseason predictions didn’t really know anyone on this team - not even me. I had a one season sample size with Swecker, and Bradshaw/Limone were total unknowns. I figured, when in doubt, guess that Jesse’s team will blow. Obviously that was not the case, and a few months later, they were competing for the title.


    This game was bruuuuuuuuuuutal to start, though. A few minutes in, neither team scored, and through seven or eight minutes the score was 6-4 in favor of Air Up There. On the court, games like that are known as ‘defensive battles’ - on the balcony they are known as ‘really effing hard to watch.’


    With his captain for the F14 season in attendance, Chris Cavano buried a triple to give Air Up There a 9-8 lead with about ten minutes left in the first half. CC’s girlfriend was at the game as well, and she told Matty his last name is pronounced ‘Cav-in-oh’. That’s bullshit. I spent several seasons thinking it was ‘Ca-vaughn-oh’. Whatevs, I’m not changing my pronunciation of it.


    On the next possession, Brendan Limone took it to the hoop for an impressive layup. He’s a player that has come a long way this season. After Week 1, I was really disappointed with what I saw from him. SweckMate lost Week 1 to Gritz ‘N Gravy (without Rubin), and Harry L’s carved him up for an impressive 16, 5, and 3 statline. Over the course of the season, that all changed. He went from being someone I thought might be a reach, to a player that is comparable to Brian McCauley. That’s high praise in B Draft.


    This is when things got tough for SweckMate. After Limone’s layup, Air Up There went on a 14-1 run that crippled SweckMate. Darabaris made a few layups during the run, and Billy capped off the rally with a backbreaking three to make it 23-11. You may look at the score and think we weren’t too far into the game, but we were just about at halftime. SM scored the last two buckets of the half, giving them some momentum going into the intermission, but it was overall a bad start for SM.


    Through twenty minutes, the score was 23-15, Air Up There in the lead. Bradshaw was a bright spot for SM, leading the way with seven points, but yeah, overall, just bad. Jesse was scoreless, Swecker only had two points. It felt like the title had slipped away from SweckMate.


    To start the second half, SweckMate flipped the script. They got several stops when they desperately needed them, and Swecker caught fire for a few minutes. After a few takes to the hoop and back-to-back threes from him, SM trailed by just two points, 32-30. SweckMate eventually took the lead, their first since the opening minutes, after a free throw by Sweck to break a tie. Score at this point, 35-34 SM.


    Sweck didn’t make another three the rest of the way, and most of the pivotal plays in the closing minutes belonged to Air Up There. Ryan Glynn made some impressive plays on offense for AUT, Marcel made some huge baskets when his team needed them most, and Billy Jackson buried the clutch free throws late.


    As for SweckMate they kept fighting, but they suffered some big blows when Sweck and Bradshaw fouled out. The best chance they had the rest of the way was when they were down three with a few seconds left, after forcing a turnover. They never really got a good look at the hoop, because those two were forced to sit out. Final score after Marcel drained two late free throws: 57-52 Air Up There.


    Finals MVP goes to…



    BILLY JACKSON



    Some notes to close out the write-up:


    -Went out with SweckMate after the game. Both SweckMate and Air Up There were such likeable teams - hated to see either of them lose.


    -Awesome to see Bernard keep showing up even though he couldn’t play. #WinForBernard


    -Jesse did not score a layup for the other team. #TheLayup


    -Mason’s baseline jumper sparked the rally for SweckMate to get back into the game after they were down double digits. Speaking of Mason, he is the only person I’ve ever seen order Fried Pickles at a bar. They were delicious, though.


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    The Air Up There 57  Sweckmate 52

    Air Up There wins the S14 title, BJax FINALS MVP

    Welcome to the S14 Title Game write-up. Fourteen teams, with a total of eighty-four players entered this season. After four months of games, bye weeks, tournaments, etc, we were left with two teams standing - Jesse’s SweckMate and Chris Cavano’s Air Up There.


    Going into the season, Cavano’s team was a favorite to be in the title game. Marcel and Billy Jackson were known commodities, and those that knew Tom Darabaris knew he was a steal. Toss in Glynn later in the draft, and you’ve got yourself a contending team.


    As for Jesse’s team, they were a total wildcard. Players making preseason predictions didn’t really know anyone on this team - not even me. I had a one season sample size with Swecker, and Bradshaw/Limone were total unknowns. I figured, when in doubt, guess that Jesse’s team will blow. Obviously that was not the case, and a few months later, they were competing for the title.


    This game was bruuuuuuuuuuutal to start, though. A few minutes in, neither team scored, and through seven or eight minutes the score was 6-4 in favor of Air Up There. On the court, games like that are known as ‘defensive battles’ - on the balcony they are known as ‘really effing hard to watch.’


    With his captain for the F14 season in attendance, Chris Cavano buried a triple to give Air Up There a 9-8 lead with about ten minutes left in the first half. CC’s girlfriend was at the game as well, and she told Matty his last name is pronounced ‘Cav-in-oh’. That’s bullshit. I spent several seasons thinking it was ‘Ca-vaughn-oh’. Whatevs, I’m not changing my pronunciation of it.


    On the next possession, Brendan Limone took it to the hoop for an impressive layup. He’s a player that has come a long way this season. After Week 1, I was really disappointed with what I saw from him. SweckMate lost Week 1 to Gritz ‘N Gravy (without Rubin), and Harry L’s carved him up for an impressive 16, 5, and 3 statline. Over the course of the season, that all changed. He went from being someone I thought might be a reach, to a player that is comparable to Brian McCauley. That’s high praise in B Draft.


    This is when things got tough for SweckMate. After Limone’s layup, Air Up There went on a 14-1 run that crippled SweckMate. Darabaris made a few layups during the run, and Billy capped off the rally with a backbreaking three to make it 23-11. You may look at the score and think we weren’t too far into the game, but we were just about at halftime. SM scored the last two buckets of the half, giving them some momentum going into the intermission, but it was overall a bad start for SM.


    Through twenty minutes, the score was 23-15, Air Up There in the lead. Bradshaw was a bright spot for SM, leading the way with seven points, but yeah, overall, just bad. Jesse was scoreless, Swecker only had two points. It felt like the title had slipped away from SweckMate.


    To start the second half, SweckMate flipped the script. They got several stops when they desperately needed them, and Swecker caught fire for a few minutes. After a few takes to the hoop and back-to-back threes from him, SM trailed by just two points, 32-30. SweckMate eventually took the lead, their first since the opening minutes, after a free throw by Sweck to break a tie. Score at this point, 35-34 SM.


    Sweck didn’t make another three the rest of the way, and most of the pivotal plays in the closing minutes belonged to Air Up There. Ryan Glynn made some impressive plays on offense for AUT, Marcel made some huge baskets when his team needed them most, and Billy Jackson buried the clutch free throws late.


    As for SweckMate they kept fighting, but they suffered some big blows when Sweck and Bradshaw fouled out. The best chance they had the rest of the way was when they were down three with a few seconds left, after forcing a turnover. They never really got a good look at the hoop, because those two were forced to sit out. Final score after Marcel drained two late free throws: 57-52 Air Up There.


    Finals MVP goes to…



    BILLY JACKSON



    Some notes to close out the write-up:


    -Went out with SweckMate after the game. Both SweckMate and Air Up There were such likeable teams - hated to see either of them lose.


    -Awesome to see Bernard keep showing up even though he couldn’t play. #WinForBernard


    -Jesse did not score a layup for the other team. #TheLayup


    -Mason’s baseline jumper sparked the rally for SweckMate to get back into the game after they were down double digits. Speaking of Mason, he is the only person I’ve ever seen order Fried Pickles at a bar. They were delicious, though.


    The Air Up There
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Billy Jackson17511120121083% 2150%
    Chris Cavano1110321104250% 4125%
    Marcel Quetant124321107457% 100%
    Ryan Glynn961411000NA 4125%
    Tom Darabaris8621000400% 00NA

    Sweckmate
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brendan Limone850521000NA 00NA
    David Bradshaw143503104375% 5120%
    Jesse Corwin641200000NA 00NA
    Kevin Mason500110000NA 2150%
    Kevin Swecker1734122010330% 8225%
    Taha Jennings210000000NA 100%

Standings B Draft S14 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Silky Johnson10-01.000W10067.0054.70
Give Em the Hook8-10.889W51.574.0062.67
6 Deep7-30.700W3369.3061.10
Tame Some Strange6-40.600W2467.3066.20
The Air Up There6-40.600W1457.3055.30
Sweckmate6-40.600W1461.5058.80
Bombs Away5-40.556L14.568.2263.67
Little Giants4-50.444L25.567.7868.00
Hangar of Anger4-50.444L25.557.7862.56
Man in the Black Pajamas3-60.333L16.554.8957.00
Bye Week3-70.300L1751.5055.20
Troubled Waters2-70.222L17.553.0067.22
Gritz 'n' Gravy2-70.222L27.560.7868.33
Shots to the Face0-90.000L99.557.5669.67
Points Per Game
1Tim Lens
Give Em the Hook
25.55
2Chris Cousins
Gritz 'n' Gravy
25.00
3Matt Wetherbee
Bombs Away
23.10
4Matt Fermon
Bombs Away
22.83
5Kevin Swecker
Sweckmate
22.25
6Marcel Quetant
The Air Up There
21.64
7Kevin Tang
Little Giants
21.46

Player Rater
1Mike Strange
Tame Some Strange
60.509
2Tim Lens
Give Em the Hook
59.5511
3Xavier Holland
Bombs Away
56.0412
4Marcel Quetant
The Air Up There
55.5011
5Chris Cousins
Gritz 'n' Gravy
55.3510
6Kevin Swecker
Sweckmate
54.7912
7Kofi Williams
Shots to the Face
54.198
8Matt Kaplan
Tame Some Strange
52.789
9Brian McCauley
Silky Johnson
49.789
10Tom Darabaris
The Air Up There
48.2311

Rebounds Per Game
1Xavier Holland
Bombs Away
13.75
2Robert Haas
Hangar of Anger
13.33
3Matt Roberts
Man in the Black Pajamas
13.10
4Mike Strange
Tame Some Strange
13.00
4Eric Nordstrom
Silky Johnson
13.00
6Jeff Moccia
Gritz 'n' Gravy
12.78
7Tom Darabaris
The Air Up There
12.45

3s Per Game
1Matt Fermon
Bombs Away
4.8338%
2Kevin Tang
Little Giants
4.6242%
3Matt Wetherbee
Bombs Away
2.9055%
4Kofi Williams
Shots to the Face
2.6351%
5Justin Sarro
Bye Week
2.5633%
6Rev. Rip Rohman
6 Deep
2.5036%
7Remy Baudet
Silky Johnson
2.3636%
7Josh Barrett
Little Giants
2.3634%

Assists Per Game
1Brian McCauley
Silky Johnson
6.56
2Jeff Rubin
Gritz 'n' Gravy
6.38
3Tim Lens
Give Em the Hook
6.27
4Brendan Limone
Sweckmate
6.20
5Greg Waldman
Little Giants
5.58
6Mike Strange
Tame Some Strange
5.44
7Matt Kaplan
Tame Some Strange
5.00