Spring 2018: B Draft League Champs: Dirty Jeff & The Boys

    Jim Kelly Demakes Prepares with Bacon Waffles in Ship
    Trust the Bullcess 48 Dirty Jeff and the Boys 57

    Dirty Jeff and the Boys came into this one as favorites, just beating out Trust the Bullcess in the expert polling (Chas). Dirty Jeff himself was nowhere to be found, and Sohail was out for Bullcess with an ACL tear. At least he showed up to watch his team play. That dirty, dirty Jeff.

    I’ve never really done a write-up like this, so I apologize if this is hot garbage. I tried to log each scoring play and big play made so that I could present it in a play-by-play fashion for you guys. I’m sure it’ll be very choppy and repetitive, but hopefully you can gain a decent sense of the back-and-forth action that was happening throughout this one. To the action.

    Austin would win the tip, and before I could even write down which team had possession, Harry pulls up for a three from the top of the key. WET. 3-0 Bullcess.

    The next couple minutes was a series of classic BDraft turnovers, topped off by a completely careless travel. The sloppy play continued as Cavano missed an essentially wide-open layup. With 17:30 on the clock, it was still 3-0.

    Austin converted a nice look from McCauley, but Cavano fired back with 5 unassisted points of his own to tie the game up. In the next 2+ minutes, Bullcess would go on a 9-0 run thanks mostly to Kodra (7 points). He had a flashy little baseline-spin shot that he clearly took from my book, but I think his was better looking. Eisenberg threw in a nice jumper of his own, and the Bull & Co were sitting pretty at 14-5.

    Fasano stopped the bleeding by splitting a pair of FTs, and then Russo had maybe of the greatest hustle possessions I’ve seen this season. The man came flying in from nowhere to gobble up an offensive board, passes out, goes back to the rack on the next shot attempt and wrestles out another terrific o-board, then has the awareness to drop a DIME to Kodra in the paint for an and-1 finish. I know Chas wasn’t there, but I could hear him loudly oo-ing and aw-ing in my ear after that one. Kodra would make the free-throw.

    Ghost had seen enough, and with 10 minutes to go in the first half, he buries a three to bring the deficit back to single-digits, 17-9 (assist Cavano). Immediately after, Cavano would splash a trey-ball of his own off a Fasano pass to make it 17-12. Ladies(?) and gentlemen, we have ourselves a ballgame! Timeout Harry!

    Eisenberg buried his second FG out of the timeout, nailing a pull-up from around the free throw line, but Pollock would answer with a steal and fast break layup. With just over 7:00 left in the half, Pollock would find Cavano for a bucket, and then would be fouled by Eisenberg on the ensuing possession, splitting the pair. The next drive Pollock would tie it up off the Cavano assist, 19-19 with 5 minutes left. Outside of this rapid sequence, Sam was quiet in this one offensively, but he played a solid defensive game including 3 steals.

    MC1 would break the tie with a TOUGH bank shot, only to be answered by a Cavano 3—compliments of McNabb.

    Seconds later, another lead change. Kodra buries a three of his own to go up 2. I could go back and look at how many lead changes there were in this game, but I’m too lazy to at the moment. Let’s just say it was for sure double-digits. This one was back and forth for a good part of the match.

    McNabb would add another assist to his statline, finding Ghost for a long 2 with about 2:30 on the clock. Pollock grabbed another steal and took it to the house, and just like that Dirty Jeff & the Boys were up 26-24.

    McCauley and Kodra would both split a pair of FTs in the next minute, and the last minute of the first half was a disaster. Harry calls for last shot with about 50 seconds on the clock, but then rethinks and it looked like the team wasn’t all on the same page. My notes are rough from the closing seconds there, but it looks like Pollock grabbed his third steal and Cavano couldn’t convert a tough shot at the buzzer.

    26-26 at halftime!

    Ghost would get things rolling, hitting both of his FTs off a Harry foul, to be answered by an Eisenberg 3 (Kodra assist). Fasano would then foul McCauley who would also hit both of his FTs. Fasano would hit a nice pullup 2, and may have had another the following drive if it wasn’t for Austin’s ridiculous block. Fasano is getting a lot of praise on the forums, and rightfully so. He was quiet in the first half, but extremely instrumental in the second. He’s a quiet dude, but his game speaks volumes when he’s given/takes opportunities.

    Cavano would hit another three, this time from Ghost, to give Jeff & Boys the 33-31 advantage. Cavano CHUCKED this game, attempting 16 threes; he made five of those attempts though, so I can’t discredit him too much. Shooters gonna shoot.

    Kodra would tie it up with a midrange shot. His three struggled a little bit in this one (2-for-9), so it was good to see him make an impact down low from time to time.

    Pollock & Cavano ran a perfectly executed pick & roll to momentarily re-gain the lead, but Eisenberg grabbed it back with an unassisted triple. 36-35 Bullcess with about 11 minutes to play.

    There was some more sloppy play and missed shots for a bit, but then with a Ghost long 2 and Cavano 3 (Cavano & Pollock assist, respectively), Dirty Jeff would look to take control of this one; Eisenberg would answer with ANOTHER three to keep his boys in it, down 40-39.

    Cavano got a quick bucket and Eisenberg found Kodra for a triple, and we’re tied-up AGAIN. 42-42 with 6 minutes to play. Timeout DJ&B!

    Another Pollock-to-Cavano bucket would break the tie, and Ghost would bury a nice hook shot off the Fasano pass to put white up 4 with just under 4 minutes to play.

    Fasano would then make a really good play, driving into a vacant lane and finishing with ease. The defense completely fell apart; it looked like everyone on the defense was expecting a drive & dish and just forgot that Fasano is completely capable of scoring. White up 6 with 3 minutes to go.

    Cavano then had a monster block/foul on Kodra that got whistled for a foul. This would prompt Chris to jog out of the gym in disbelief as to not pick up a technical. I was too busy taking these EXCELLENT NOTES to actually see whether or not he had a case. Harry would call a timeout to conserve time, and Austin would make one of two.

    McCauley would convert a HUGE layup to bring Bullcess back within three, 48-45. 2:00 left.

    Pollock would hit a dagger two, and Ghost would convert both of his FTs on a 1-and-1 with 1:30 to go. Chris would do the same at 1:15 and 1:06.

    McCauley would hit a DEEP three to bring it back to 8, but it was too little, too late. A missed MC1 shot and Cavano FT would prompt KD to call this one with about 45 seconds left.

    Dirty Jeff and the Boys are your BDraft Summer ’18 champions! 57-48

     

    Player Grades:

    McCauley: B-

    I love this guy’s game so I hate to give him a lower grade, but this just wasn’t his night. Outside of the garbage-time BOMB of a three he hit, he was 0-for-6 from deep and had no second half steals or assists. He did play good defense, which saved this from being a worse grade.

    1. Kodra: B-

    Again, tough to give a bad grade to, but the shooting just wasn’t there. I’m not sure what the defensive assignments were, but I think he was on Chris most of the time who had a pretty good offensive game (someone correct me if this isn’t accurate; I didn’t jot down the matuchups). He did pretty well inside when he wanted to, but seemed to settle for outside shots too much (as did the entire Bullcess squad)

    Harry: B

    Harry fouled out late, but he had a good defensive gameplan for Pollock. The team executed this but they simply couldn’t score.

    Eisenberg: B+

    I want to give him a higher grade, but he was invisible in the first half. He really did everything he could in the second to give his team life, but fell short. Again, maybe attempted too many threes. He wasn’t horrible at 3-for-10, but Bullcess had three 2-point FGs in the second half. Three.

    Russo: B

    Kid did his job out there. He didn’t make it into the scoring columns, but he hustled his ass off and made a huge play that boosted his whole team.

    Pollock: B

    Quiet night, but I really liked how he didn’t force anything. A lot of players will be frustrated by good defense and try to take things that aren’t there. Pollock was patient and happy to trust his teammates in the big moments. Three second-half assists was a nice way to end the season.

    Cavano: A- (MVP)

    Efficiency-wise, it wasn’t necessarily there, but man did Chris believe in himself this game. It’s like he knew he was scoring 30 before the game had even started. Half-grade bump for the MVP nod.

     Ghost: B+

    This is the kind of rebounding I love to see from Ghost. As Pollock did, Ghost would take a back seat for much of the game to let Cavano chuck, but all three of his buckets were beauties.

    Fasano: B+

    HUGE second half from Fasano. Similar to Eisenberg, he wasn’t really making a splash in the first half, but turned it on when it mattered most.

    McNabb: B

    Also didn’t get himself on the board, but did an excellent job facilitating while he was out there. This team thrives off of ball movement and selflessness. McNabb fits the scheme perfectly.  

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    Trust the Bullcess 48  Dirty Jeff and the Boys 57

    "Jim Kelly" Demakes Prepares with Bacon, Waffles in Ship

    Dirty Jeff and the Boys came into this one as favorites, just beating out Trust the Bullcess in the expert polling (Chas). Dirty Jeff himself was nowhere to be found, and Sohail was out for Bullcess with an ACL tear. At least he showed up to watch his team play. That dirty, dirty Jeff.

    I’ve never really done a write-up like this, so I apologize if this is hot garbage. I tried to log each scoring play and big play made so that I could present it in a play-by-play fashion for you guys. I’m sure it’ll be very choppy and repetitive, but hopefully you can gain a decent sense of the back-and-forth action that was happening throughout this one. To the action.

    Austin would win the tip, and before I could even write down which team had possession, Harry pulls up for a three from the top of the key. WET. 3-0 Bullcess.

    The next couple minutes was a series of classic BDraft turnovers, topped off by a completely careless travel. The sloppy play continued as Cavano missed an essentially wide-open layup. With 17:30 on the clock, it was still 3-0.

    Austin converted a nice look from McCauley, but Cavano fired back with 5 unassisted points of his own to tie the game up. In the next 2+ minutes, Bullcess would go on a 9-0 run thanks mostly to Kodra (7 points). He had a flashy little baseline-spin shot that he clearly took from my book, but I think his was better looking. Eisenberg threw in a nice jumper of his own, and the Bull & Co were sitting pretty at 14-5.

    Fasano stopped the bleeding by splitting a pair of FTs, and then Russo had maybe of the greatest hustle possessions I’ve seen this season. The man came flying in from nowhere to gobble up an offensive board, passes out, goes back to the rack on the next shot attempt and wrestles out another terrific o-board, then has the awareness to drop a DIME to Kodra in the paint for an and-1 finish. I know Chas wasn’t there, but I could hear him loudly oo-ing and aw-ing in my ear after that one. Kodra would make the free-throw.

    Ghost had seen enough, and with 10 minutes to go in the first half, he buries a three to bring the deficit back to single-digits, 17-9 (assist Cavano). Immediately after, Cavano would splash a trey-ball of his own off a Fasano pass to make it 17-12. Ladies(?) and gentlemen, we have ourselves a ballgame! Timeout Harry!

    Eisenberg buried his second FG out of the timeout, nailing a pull-up from around the free throw line, but Pollock would answer with a steal and fast break layup. With just over 7:00 left in the half, Pollock would find Cavano for a bucket, and then would be fouled by Eisenberg on the ensuing possession, splitting the pair. The next drive Pollock would tie it up off the Cavano assist, 19-19 with 5 minutes left. Outside of this rapid sequence, Sam was quiet in this one offensively, but he played a solid defensive game including 3 steals.

    MC1 would break the tie with a TOUGH bank shot, only to be answered by a Cavano 3—compliments of McNabb.

    Seconds later, another lead change. Kodra buries a three of his own to go up 2. I could go back and look at how many lead changes there were in this game, but I’m too lazy to at the moment. Let’s just say it was for sure double-digits. This one was back and forth for a good part of the match.

    McNabb would add another assist to his statline, finding Ghost for a long 2 with about 2:30 on the clock. Pollock grabbed another steal and took it to the house, and just like that Dirty Jeff & the Boys were up 26-24.

    McCauley and Kodra would both split a pair of FTs in the next minute, and the last minute of the first half was a disaster. Harry calls for last shot with about 50 seconds on the clock, but then rethinks and it looked like the team wasn’t all on the same page. My notes are rough from the closing seconds there, but it looks like Pollock grabbed his third steal and Cavano couldn’t convert a tough shot at the buzzer.

    26-26 at halftime!

    Ghost would get things rolling, hitting both of his FTs off a Harry foul, to be answered by an Eisenberg 3 (Kodra assist). Fasano would then foul McCauley who would also hit both of his FTs. Fasano would hit a nice pullup 2, and may have had another the following drive if it wasn’t for Austin’s ridiculous block. Fasano is getting a lot of praise on the forums, and rightfully so. He was quiet in the first half, but extremely instrumental in the second. He’s a quiet dude, but his game speaks volumes when he’s given/takes opportunities.

    Cavano would hit another three, this time from Ghost, to give Jeff & Boys the 33-31 advantage. Cavano CHUCKED this game, attempting 16 threes; he made five of those attempts though, so I can’t discredit him too much. Shooters gonna shoot.

    Kodra would tie it up with a midrange shot. His three struggled a little bit in this one (2-for-9), so it was good to see him make an impact down low from time to time.

    Pollock & Cavano ran a perfectly executed pick & roll to momentarily re-gain the lead, but Eisenberg grabbed it back with an unassisted triple. 36-35 Bullcess with about 11 minutes to play.

    There was some more sloppy play and missed shots for a bit, but then with a Ghost long 2 and Cavano 3 (Cavano & Pollock assist, respectively), Dirty Jeff would look to take control of this one; Eisenberg would answer with ANOTHER three to keep his boys in it, down 40-39.

    Cavano got a quick bucket and Eisenberg found Kodra for a triple, and we’re tied-up AGAIN. 42-42 with 6 minutes to play. Timeout DJ&B!

    Another Pollock-to-Cavano bucket would break the tie, and Ghost would bury a nice hook shot off the Fasano pass to put white up 4 with just under 4 minutes to play.

    Fasano would then make a really good play, driving into a vacant lane and finishing with ease. The defense completely fell apart; it looked like everyone on the defense was expecting a drive & dish and just forgot that Fasano is completely capable of scoring. White up 6 with 3 minutes to go.

    Cavano then had a monster block/foul on Kodra that got whistled for a foul. This would prompt Chris to jog out of the gym in disbelief as to not pick up a technical. I was too busy taking these EXCELLENT NOTES to actually see whether or not he had a case. Harry would call a timeout to conserve time, and Austin would make one of two.

    McCauley would convert a HUGE layup to bring Bullcess back within three, 48-45. 2:00 left.

    Pollock would hit a dagger two, and Ghost would convert both of his FTs on a 1-and-1 with 1:30 to go. Chris would do the same at 1:15 and 1:06.

    McCauley would hit a DEEP three to bring it back to 8, but it was too little, too late. A missed MC1 shot and Cavano FT would prompt KD to call this one with about 45 seconds left.

    Dirty Jeff and the Boys are your BDraft Summer ’18 champions! 57-48

     

    Player Grades:

    McCauley: B-

    I love this guy’s game so I hate to give him a lower grade, but this just wasn’t his night. Outside of the garbage-time BOMB of a three he hit, he was 0-for-6 from deep and had no second half steals or assists. He did play good defense, which saved this from being a worse grade.

    1. Kodra: B-

    Again, tough to give a bad grade to, but the shooting just wasn’t there. I’m not sure what the defensive assignments were, but I think he was on Chris most of the time who had a pretty good offensive game (someone correct me if this isn’t accurate; I didn’t jot down the matuchups). He did pretty well inside when he wanted to, but seemed to settle for outside shots too much (as did the entire Bullcess squad)

    Harry: B

    Harry fouled out late, but he had a good defensive gameplan for Pollock. The team executed this but they simply couldn’t score.

    Eisenberg: B+

    I want to give him a higher grade, but he was invisible in the first half. He really did everything he could in the second to give his team life, but fell short. Again, maybe attempted too many threes. He wasn’t horrible at 3-for-10, but Bullcess had three 2-point FGs in the second half. Three.

    Russo: B

    Kid did his job out there. He didn’t make it into the scoring columns, but he hustled his ass off and made a huge play that boosted his whole team.

    Pollock: B

    Quiet night, but I really liked how he didn’t force anything. A lot of players will be frustrated by good defense and try to take things that aren’t there. Pollock was patient and happy to trust his teammates in the big moments. Three second-half assists was a nice way to end the season.

    Cavano: A- (MVP)

    Efficiency-wise, it wasn’t necessarily there, but man did Chris believe in himself this game. It’s like he knew he was scoring 30 before the game had even started. Half-grade bump for the MVP nod.

     Ghost: B+

    This is the kind of rebounding I love to see from Ghost. As Pollock did, Ghost would take a back seat for much of the game to let Cavano chuck, but all three of his buckets were beauties.

    Fasano: B+

    HUGE second half from Fasano. Similar to Eisenberg, he wasn’t really making a splash in the first half, but turned it on when it mattered most.

    McNabb: B

    Also didn’t get himself on the board, but did an excellent job facilitating while he was out there. This team thrives off of ball movement and selflessness. McNabb fits the scheme perfectly.  

    Trust the Bullcess
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Austin Kodra217111105360% 9222%
    Dan Eisenberg1333210000NA 10330%
    Harry Demakes370000000NA 5120%
    Mike McCauley1060210033100% 7114%
    Raymond Russo022100000NA 00NA

    Dirty Jeff and the Boys
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Cavano3012130106583% 16531%
    Dan Fasano54222003133% 200%
    Mike Fraher1192100044100% 2150%
    Ryan McNabb021210000NA 100%
    Sam Pollock96043002150% 200%

Standings B Draft S18 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Like Mike8-10.889W1070.0062.89
#ChemistryIssues7-20.778W2162.8957.67
Dirty Jeff and the Boys5-40.556W1364.1161.67
Silva Linings Playbook4-50.444L1466.1166.00
Trust the Bullcess 4-50.444L1459.8962.22
Suicide Squad3-60.333W1556.0067.00
mAssHoles3-60.333L1557.5660.78
Trust the Bullcess2-70.222L2661.2560.22
Points Per Game
1Joe Shebertes
Suicide Squad
27.09
2Robert Haas
Silva Linings Playbook
23.90
3Vladi Nechev
Like Mike
23.22
4Sam Pollock
Dirty Jeff and the Boys
21.30
5Ryan McAuliffe
Like Mike
20.50
6Manny Sutton
mAssHoles
19.44
7Remy Baudet
Suicide Squad
19.30

Player Rater
1Robert Haas
Silva Linings Playbook
60.7510
2Sam Pollock
Dirty Jeff and the Boys
57.0010
3Ryan McAuliffe
Like Mike
52.4510
4Chris Cavano
Dirty Jeff and the Boys
51.4511
5Joe Shebertes
Suicide Squad
47.8211
6Mike Etheridge
Silva Linings Playbook
47.698
7Manny Sutton
mAssHoles
46.839
8Vladi Nechev
Like Mike
45.569
9Austin Kodra
Trust the Bullcess
42.0911
10Matt Roberts
#ChemistryIssues
40.5911

Rebounds Per Game
1Robert Haas
Silva Linings Playbook
17.10
2Pat McGirr
Trust the Bullcess
14.30
3Chris Cavano
Dirty Jeff and the Boys
13.27
4Matt Roberts
#ChemistryIssues
11.36
5Mike Fraher
Dirty Jeff and the Boys
10.67
6Ryan McAuliffe
Like Mike
10.50
7Sam Pollock
Dirty Jeff and the Boys
10.40

3s Per Game
1Vladi Nechev
Like Mike
3.6746%
2Cory Gans
#ChemistryIssues
3.0036%
3Robert Haas
Silva Linings Playbook
2.9043%
4Joe Shebertes
Suicide Squad
2.7330%
5Jesse Corwin
Suicide Squad
2.7043%
6Brian Civale
Trust the Bullcess
2.5032%
7Nate Mendes
mAssHoles
2.2030%

Assists Per Game
1Sam Pollock
Dirty Jeff and the Boys
5.30
2Mike Etheridge
Silva Linings Playbook
5.13
3Vladi Nechev
Like Mike
4.56
4Chas Belliveau
Silva Linings Playbook
4.13
5Paul Calderan
Trust the Bullcess
3.22
6Dan Eisenberg
Trust the Bullcess
3.09
7Jake Abrams
#ChemistryIssues
3.00
7Mike McCauley
Trust the Bullcess
3.00