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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    JV All-Stars 75  GTL 72

    All-Stars Hold Off Late GTL Surge

    A Tale Of The Second Half:  Both teams took a half to finally get into the groove and it was the JV All-Stars that hit the ground running at the start of the second. Mike Lamb (9 points and 11 rebounds) and Tom Wehr (12 points) changed the tempo of the game by themselves just by pushing the ball up the court. Jeff Manchester (33 points) of GTL caught fire late and they had a couple of opportunities to tie or take the lead but just couldn't finish.

    Hot Shooting: The All Stars have got some shooters as Jake Eddy hit 5 threes and Tim O'Keefe buried four himself. GTL's Manchester was a one man wrecking crew and he hit 6 of 8 from the three point line.

    It's just a flesh wound!: After knocking heads with teammate Ryan McAndrew late in the second half, Manchester had to leave the game due a gash that opened up on the top of his head. After a quick cleanup, he came back out on the court on fire scoring 10+ points in the final five minutes. 

     

     

    JV All-Stars
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Mulcahy136415002150% 11100%
    Darryl Laforest221100000NA 00NA
    Jake Eddy1520120000NA 9556%
    Mike Lamb974310022100% 3133%
    Tim O'Keefe233211005480% 7571%
    Tom Wehr123312006467% 200%

    GTL
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    James Oberg420530000NA 200%
    Jeff Clem115202105360% 3267%
    Jeff Manchester3332100044100% 8675%
    Jon Berman881220022100% 6233%
    Ryan McAndrew17211020100% 5240%

    Team Mids 62  Basketballs Deep 3.0 44

    Team Mids Bully Their Way To Another Victory

    Bully Ball: With their brusing style, Team Mids physically took Basketballs Deep out of the game. The Gore bros of Mike and Joe combined to score 34 points and grab 22 rebounds. A fearsome and imposing duo!

    Getting to the line: Elijah Heckstall tried to take advantage of the Team Mids' bruising play by taking the ball hard to the rack every chance he got. Heckstall shot 14 free throws connecting 10 times and finished the game with a team high 19 points. Unfortunately, no other player on Basketballs could get in a similar offensive flow.

    Bad Boys: Team Mids must watch old Detroit Pistons Bad Boys clips before every game to get pumped up.

    Team Mids
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Derek Trueira740110033100% 00NA
    Joe Gore16631100200% 200%
    Michael Jordan111000004375% 4250%
    Mike Gore188530004375% 33100%
    Pat Taylor483200000NA 00NA
    Sean Quigley830100022100% 00NA

    Basketballs Deep 3.0
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ant Heath5210000500% 5120%
    Dan Doverspike331011000NA 3133%
    Elijah Heckstall1921100014964% 11100%
    Matthew Wrubel331011000NA 300%
    Max Cassidy78000005120% 00NA
    Seth Bancroft020000000NA 00NA
    William Cox614012000NA 100%

    Get Wet Stay Wet 53  Lotion in the Basket 66

    Lotion Coasts For The Easy Victory

    Tempo: Right from the jump, Lotion in the Basket came out with a frentic and efficient pace both on the offensive and defensive end that took the wind of Get Wet's sails. Lotion finished the game with 11 steals which includes Jeremy Colon's team high 4 steals. These steals lead to transition layups and open threes for Lotion and Get Wet just couldn't keep up.

    Even Stevens:  The scoring was evenly distrubted among all of the players on Lotion but Colon lead the team with 16 points and shot 4/5 from the three point line. 

    Not tonight: Get Wet couldn't live up to their name as their jumpers weren't dropping; they shot 7/15 for three point and couldn't get any real offensive rythym. 

    Get Wet Stay Wet
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Lutz600020000NA 4125%
    Brandon Havens811110000NA 22100%
    Gabe Balzano-Brookes830120000NA 8225%
    Lucas Lints16001002150% 00NA
    Matt McDonough13520000200% 8225%
    Pat Purcell232200000NA 00NA
    Sean Smith-Vaughn400010000NA 00NA
    Will Grogan734010055100% 00NA

    Lotion in the Basket
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Cheese200000000NA 00NA
    Eric Ollila921100011100% 4125%
    Graham Whitelaw51100102150% 00NA
    Jeremy Colon163114104375% 5480%
    Justin Woodworth92001104250% 5240%
    Neil Krause840120000NA 3267%
    Ryan Birrell831530000NA 100%
    Wolfman74221202150% 00NA

    Graveyard 68  Dunk City 63

    Graveyard Holds Off Dunk City's Late Rally

    That was..close: Dunk City came alive in the final five minutes of this game mainly due to Chris Hurley's defensive intensity and drives to the basket. This was Graveyard's game to lose though, as they rode their big man Will Dickson (16 points and 9 rebounds) down the stretch and never lost control of the game. Mitch Kates (13 points and 4 assists) and Tim Donegan (15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists) were big in helping Graveyard secure the victory.

     

    Rebound!: Although not an aesthetically pleasing to watch stat, both teams grabbed A LOT of rebounds. Graveyard finished the game with 34 rebounds while Dunk City grabbed 38 boards in the loss. Mike Russell continues to be Dennis Rodman-like on the glass, as he finished the game with 16 rebounds.

     

    Shooters gonna shoot: Gil Haylon took 11 eleven threes but only made 5 of them; he had a similar game shooting the ball last week. He obviously has faith in his shot so if he ever finds his stroke opposing teams better watch out. 

    Graveyard
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Mitch Kates1360420000NA 7343%
    Nick Davis1450100011100% 7343%
    Tim Donegan1511052002150% 00NA
    Will Dickson168131008450% 100%
    Will Watkins113011002150% 3133%

    Dunk City
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Hurley185044004375% 2150%
    Dailon Wilson340200000NA 11100%
    Eric Beaulieu252121000NA 00NA
    Gil Haylon162000002150% 11545%
    Mike Russell1897100000NA 00NA
    Nick Planeta500000000NA 11100%
    Tom Haylon340010000NA 3133%

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