Winter 2014: B1 5v5 League Champs: Lotion In the Basket

    Woodworth LITB complete the second half comeback in OT
    GTL 62 Lotion in the Basket 69

    The B1 5v5 West’s stellar season wrapped up last night with a matchup between the two teams everyone expected to be here come seasons end. Although these teams have been around for years in the B1 league, there are definitely some new faces on both sides and those new faces would have huge impacts on the outcome of this game. This is also a battle of two of the best GM’s at CAC: Cheese and Jon Berman. At this stage of their careers Barman is the more effective player on the court (Cheese didn’t play a single second of this game) but tonight would determine who still has that Midas touch when it comes to assembling talent.

    The key matchup for LITB was going to be Birrell guarding Manchester. If he could stay in front of Jeff and make him take tough 3’s off the dribble (which he is more than willing to take/make) instead of taking it hard to the basket that would really improve their chances of winning the game. They also absolutely had to limit the number of offensive rebounds that GTL got off of all those deep 3’s they would inevitably take.

    Meanwhile on offense Birrell was leading the troops with deadly efficiency early in the game. Crisp passing and ball movement got good looks for guys like Wolf and Woodworth early in the game and they led 17-10 with 13 minutes to go in the first half. Then Jeff Manchester took center stage.

    Jeff sliced his way through the defense and finished a hard take and-1! After that he drilled 2 straight threes off of his favorite hesitation pull up move to give GTL their first real lead. Although undersized, Clem, Lima and McAndrew all did superb jobs keeping the Lotion’s bigs in check. Anytime you hold Colon, Kerr, Ollila and Krause to just 10 points COMBINED you have to feel good about your chances of winning the game. Lotion kept it close though and the score was 34-29 at the half.

    GTL came out scorching to start the second half, while Lotion looked flat. Jeff managed to hit 2 more 3’s within the first 5 minutes of the half, and Berman added a couple as well. Suddenly GTL led by as many as 13 with still over 15 minutes left in the game. Lotion had a rough stretch offensively where they were turning it over a lot and also missing most of their open looks. Colon just couldn’t get going at all against the quicker and just as strong Lima defending him.

    Lotion would turn this game around starting with 12 minutes to play. Jeff Manchester had gone quiet with Woodworth now guarding him. He kept running over to the bench to get a drink during every stop in the action so it seemed as if he was gassed out. Just as he was about to sub out Jeff Clem fouled Wolf on a 3, which happened to be his 4th foul. With only 6 guys GTL had to send Clem to the bench, keeping Jeff on the floor. Lotion’s offense came alive after that, Woodworth hit a 3, then Wolf, then Woodworth again! The GTL lead was down to 1 and Clem had to come back in the game because Lima got hurt.

    The teams traded key buckets down the stretch and Wolf tied the game at 59 at the FT line with a minute to go. GTL tried to hold for the last shot but couldn’t, and Lotion had a great look from Colon in the corner to win it but it went long and we headed to OT.

    The team that scores first almost always wins in Overtime. Justin Woodworth was the man all game for Lotion and he continued carrying them in the extra period. He had a quick 3 which immediately seemed to put GTL in panic mode. I don’t know how Wood kept getting so wide open. Lotion was screening very well for him and he has the size to shoot over people, but I think GTL could have keyed in on him more and made some adjustments like, you know.. switch on a screen? After a GTL miss Woodworth got free again and splashed another 3 home, this effectively ended the game. Manchester took a couple wild, deep 3’s which missed and Lotion hit enough free throws to seal the win.

    Excellent game all around but I know Berman feels like they blew it. Woodworth is the hero as Lotion moves on the face (my team) the Dad’s in the B1 Unification game Thursday night at 8PM. These few weeks of scoring the West have given me all the info I need to build a fool-proof gameplan which will not be shared with the public (sorry Wolf).

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    GTL 62  Lotion in the Basket 69

    Woodworth, LITB complete the second half comeback in OT

    The B1 5v5 West’s stellar season wrapped up last night with a matchup between the two teams everyone expected to be here come seasons end. Although these teams have been around for years in the B1 league, there are definitely some new faces on both sides and those new faces would have huge impacts on the outcome of this game. This is also a battle of two of the best GM’s at CAC: Cheese and Jon Berman. At this stage of their careers Barman is the more effective player on the court (Cheese didn’t play a single second of this game) but tonight would determine who still has that Midas touch when it comes to assembling talent.

    The key matchup for LITB was going to be Birrell guarding Manchester. If he could stay in front of Jeff and make him take tough 3’s off the dribble (which he is more than willing to take/make) instead of taking it hard to the basket that would really improve their chances of winning the game. They also absolutely had to limit the number of offensive rebounds that GTL got off of all those deep 3’s they would inevitably take.

    Meanwhile on offense Birrell was leading the troops with deadly efficiency early in the game. Crisp passing and ball movement got good looks for guys like Wolf and Woodworth early in the game and they led 17-10 with 13 minutes to go in the first half. Then Jeff Manchester took center stage.

    Jeff sliced his way through the defense and finished a hard take and-1! After that he drilled 2 straight threes off of his favorite hesitation pull up move to give GTL their first real lead. Although undersized, Clem, Lima and McAndrew all did superb jobs keeping the Lotion’s bigs in check. Anytime you hold Colon, Kerr, Ollila and Krause to just 10 points COMBINED you have to feel good about your chances of winning the game. Lotion kept it close though and the score was 34-29 at the half.

    GTL came out scorching to start the second half, while Lotion looked flat. Jeff managed to hit 2 more 3’s within the first 5 minutes of the half, and Berman added a couple as well. Suddenly GTL led by as many as 13 with still over 15 minutes left in the game. Lotion had a rough stretch offensively where they were turning it over a lot and also missing most of their open looks. Colon just couldn’t get going at all against the quicker and just as strong Lima defending him.

    Lotion would turn this game around starting with 12 minutes to play. Jeff Manchester had gone quiet with Woodworth now guarding him. He kept running over to the bench to get a drink during every stop in the action so it seemed as if he was gassed out. Just as he was about to sub out Jeff Clem fouled Wolf on a 3, which happened to be his 4th foul. With only 6 guys GTL had to send Clem to the bench, keeping Jeff on the floor. Lotion’s offense came alive after that, Woodworth hit a 3, then Wolf, then Woodworth again! The GTL lead was down to 1 and Clem had to come back in the game because Lima got hurt.

    The teams traded key buckets down the stretch and Wolf tied the game at 59 at the FT line with a minute to go. GTL tried to hold for the last shot but couldn’t, and Lotion had a great look from Colon in the corner to win it but it went long and we headed to OT.

    The team that scores first almost always wins in Overtime. Justin Woodworth was the man all game for Lotion and he continued carrying them in the extra period. He had a quick 3 which immediately seemed to put GTL in panic mode. I don’t know how Wood kept getting so wide open. Lotion was screening very well for him and he has the size to shoot over people, but I think GTL could have keyed in on him more and made some adjustments like, you know.. switch on a screen? After a GTL miss Woodworth got free again and splashed another 3 home, this effectively ended the game. Manchester took a couple wild, deep 3’s which missed and Lotion hit enough free throws to seal the win.

    Excellent game all around but I know Berman feels like they blew it. Woodworth is the hero as Lotion moves on the face (my team) the Dad’s in the B1 Unification game Thursday night at 8PM. These few weeks of scoring the West have given me all the info I need to build a fool-proof gameplan which will not be shared with the public (sorry Wolf).

    GTL
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    James Oberg44541003267% 300%
    Jeff Clem261042000NA 100%
    Jeff Manchester2841121066100% 12433%
    Jon Berman911000000NA 7343%
    Phil Lima8102210000NA 400%
    Ryan McAndrew92122007571% 300%

    Lotion in the Basket
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Kerr242100000NA 00NA
    Eric Ollila054030000NA 100%
    Jeremy Colon55142102150% 500%
    Justin Woodworth2730230000NA 9778%
    Neil Krause320110000NA 3133%
    Ryan Birrell144194006467% 7229%
    Wolfman1772200066100% 2150%

Standings B1 5v5 West W14 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Lotion in the Basket8-10.889W2063.3354.00
Graveyard7-20.778W1162.3356.11
GTL5-40.556W5367.0063.33
JV All-Stars4-50.444L3466.0065.44
Basketballs Deep 3.04-50.444W1458.3365.44
Dunk City3-60.333L1570.8973.67
Team Mids3-60.333L1564.5666.67
Get Wet Stay Wet2-70.222L5665.7873.56
Points Per Game
1Jeff Manchester
GTL
26.56
2Mike Russell
Dunk City
22.40
3Ryan Fischer
Basketballs Deep 3.0
22.13
4Matt McDonough
Get Wet Stay Wet
20.00
5Chris Hurley
Dunk City
19.67
6Eric Fleming
GTL
17.50
7Michael Jordan
Team Mids
16.90

Player Rater
1Mike Russell
Dunk City
52.2510
2Jeff Manchester
GTL
46.229
3Will Dickson
Graveyard
46.009
4Chris Hurley
Dunk City
45.006
5Mike Lamb
JV All-Stars
44.5011
6Ryan Birrell
Lotion in the Basket
41.068
7Ryan Fischer
Basketballs Deep 3.0
40.318
8Wolfman
Lotion in the Basket
37.4111
9Eric Fleming
GTL
37.086
10Mike Gore
Team Mids
36.569

Rebounds Per Game
1Mike Russell
Dunk City
14.70
2Mike Lamb
JV All-Stars
11.00
3Will Dickson
Graveyard
10.89
4Max Cassidy
Basketballs Deep 3.0
7.89
5Phil Lima
GTL
7.88
6Wolfman
Lotion in the Basket
7.73
7Elijah Heckstall
Basketballs Deep 3.0
7.38

3s Per Game
1Ryan Fischer
Basketballs Deep 3.0
4.3845%
2Andrew Lutz
Get Wet Stay Wet
4.0045%
3Jeff Manchester
GTL
3.4446%
4Jake Eddy
JV All-Stars
3.1842%
5Gabe Balzano-Brookes
Get Wet Stay Wet
3.1142%
6Gil Haylon
Dunk City
3.0043%
7Eric Fleming
GTL
2.6748%

Assists Per Game
1Ryan Birrell
Lotion in the Basket
5.50
2Chris Hurley
Dunk City
4.67
3Ryan Fischer
Basketballs Deep 3.0
4.13
4James Oberg
GTL
4.00
5Eric Fleming
GTL
3.50
6Will Dickson
Graveyard
3.33
7Mike Lamb
JV All-Stars
3.18