Winter 2017: B1 5v5 League Champs: Make A Swish

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    Richmond Oilers 60 The Water Bears 57

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    And we are down to four. Somewhat representative of the Final four that wrecked most of our brackets, we have some blue bloods and the couple first timers.

     

    Richmond Oilers reach the second to last week in a typical Great Hair close, low scoring affair. GWSW shocked the #1 seeded ACC on what looks like the performance of the year by Morse. Water Bears finds itself back in familiar waters as a top seed after a balanced viceroy of the Keough’less Cobwebs. And lastly and not surprisingly for anyone actually paying attention, Make A Swish is coming in hot as the defending champion and under seeded #6 after a game of runs left the down at half but ultimately in the victors circle at the end.

     

    With 3 of the 4 games in the opening round being decided by 6 points or less, we are sure to have another set of close games. And again, it just further underlines the parody in the league. Only one of the top 4 finishers is getting to play one more week of free basketball. 

     

    So lets just ahead and look at tonights matchups.

     

    Game 1: Richmond Oilers vs. The Water Bears

     

    Go with what you now right? In that sense, The Water Bears are somewhat of a walk away pick for me. I know the Oilers are winners of 7 straight but they are still somewhat of an unknown as backwards as that seems.

     

    In review of the schedule, it appears that The Bears and Oilers never had the pleasure of squaring off. So without a previous matchup to gauge tonight’s prospects, I’m a bit limited. But I do believe in the balance of the Bears. They’re like the team that starts 3 seniors and two juniors. Experience and depth all over the place. But lack that one freshman with first round talent. (Sorry Sam)

     

    Salis and Deegan are two of the better all around scorers in the league for sure. Both equally effective against man or zone, with their ability to stretch the floor but also exploit the middle of the zone with penetration or elbow jumpers. But the bears have always been good at not necessarily limiting big time scorers but keeping them just enough at bay that they don’t totally take over. Kinda a bend but don’t break defensive style. 

     

    I just think that the front line of of the Bears will be too imposing. King, Tenney, and McCarthur have the potential to have a big night. Belloti and the unnamed big for Oilers are top rebounders for their size but will struggle to keep the ball out of the painted area. The Bears are about as good as anyone at running their offense through the low block, drawing help and then finding the open man.

     

    It appears that the Oilers struggled a bit last week. But Great Hair will make you play messy. And The Bears beat a strong ball club in the Cobwebs, but without this years MVP. So its kinda a wash in basing tonight on who showed more last week.

     

    If the Oilers can get up and down in make it a track meet, they have a real shot. But I think the Bears take care of the ball and execute down the stretch for the 6 point win.

     

    Game 2: Make A Swish vs GWSW

     

    We might need to get some new nets after this one. This has all the ingredients to be an absolute shoot out. Its Somerville vs the Heights. Tufts intramural champs vs the BC intramural champs. And I’m actually a bit bummed I won’t be in attendance. 

     

    After reviewing the schedule, like our first game these two clubs never squared up during the regular season. Not really a big issue for either side because they’ve played enough times in the past to be familiar with all characters involved.

     

    GWSW won last week in an upset over the top ranked ACC. Mainly due to the exploits of Morse, but possibly because this may be the first time they’ve had a full roster. And Make A Swish won despite the absence of big man Brendan Connolly, meaning other forwards Dave McVeety, Tyler Bouchard, and Sean Concannon stepped up on the glass.

     

    Connelly makes this squad as daunting as a team as there is with his ability to get offensive rebounds and challenge shots on the other end, but this team is all about their guards. And so is GWSW.

     

    Caleb Pykkonen has had a great season averaging 16 plus and Scott Blumenthal seems to be back and healthy for another playoff run. Those two guys set the table for MAS. When they getting going themselves, they have this innate ability to find Bochard, Concannon, and McVeety for kick out or trailing 3’s in semi transition. Concannon had 22 last week on 3-7 from deep. It will be key for GWSW to limit long rebounds and live ball turnovers to prevent MAS fast break.  

     

    Make A Swish is first in points per game, for reasons suggested before. But they also are very capable of defending at a high level. And they will need to because GWSW can fill it up. They are great at providing help. But will need to make much quicker rotations to limit space for the basically all of GWSW.

     

    Cahill and Morse are obvious playmakers. But you don’t get here just on the backs of two guys. Havens had a big 17 last week and both Gabe and McDonough are equally capable of putting up 20. And maybe no one in the league is as capable a post defender as Lints is. 

     

    GWSW is prone to playing a little to free and loose so they will could benefit from being a tad more judicious with their shot selection. Wait, F* that. What am I saying. Let it fly boys. Their ability to create space and have Morse/Cahill attack off of guard to guard screens is borderline masterful.

     

    I don’t have a lot of analysis or break down to offer here. I just know that it could be a fun one. 

     

    Because it’s Playoffs we might not see as high a number as we would for a regular season run and gun, so Im setting the over under at 150. Any takers?

     

    Make A Swish with Connelly by 7. Without, GWSW by 1.  

    Scores, Box Scores & Write-Ups

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    Richmond Oilers 75  Make A Swish 84

    Richmond Oilers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bobby Bellotti630220000NA 300%
    Cody Bernard450200000NA 100%
    Dan Serard220000000NA 200%
    Pat Haley000000000NA 00NA
    Patrick Deegan272022204375% 6117%
    Zach Solis030630000NA 400%

    Make A Swish
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brendan Connolly1315620502150% 00NA
    Caleb Pykkonen1000200000NA 5240%
    David McVeety1350200000NA 6350%
    Scott Blumenthal2291350010550% 4125%
    Sean Concannon105010002150% 10330%
    Zach Ohara900000000NA 10330%
    Zachey Kilger780120000NA 11100%

Standings B1 5v5 W17 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Richmond Oilers8-10.889W7071.6766.89
Amnesty Clause Candidates8-10.889L1060.5648.00
Spin 'Em7-20.778W2162.5653.00
Castles Cobwebs6-30.667W3266.5664.11
The Water Bears6-30.667W1267.4456.67
Make A Swish5-40.556W3374.2264.67
Guys With Great Hair4-50.444L2458.2258.00
GWSW4-50.444L3468.3369.00
Nice Guys Looking for a Fun Time3-60.333L1565.5674.22
Hurricanes2-70.222L4657.6768.44
Splash Bros1-80.111W1751.2271.89
7th Floor Crew0-90.000L9858.4467.56
Points Per Game
1James Morse
GWSW
30.57
2Jack Keough
Castles Cobwebs
24.00
3Andrew St Claire
Amnesty Clause Candidates
21.00
4Matt Temme
Splash Bros
18.14
5George Phillips
Nice Guys Looking for a Fun Time
16.75
6Zack McArthur
The Water Bears
16.36
7Pat Kelley
Spin 'Em
15.88

Player Rater
1Brendan Connolly
Make A Swish
62.5510
2Jack Keough
Castles Cobwebs
59.568
3James Morse
GWSW
53.867
4Andrew St Claire
Amnesty Clause Candidates
47.717
5Matt Possanza
7th Floor Crew
41.448
6Patrick Deegan
Richmond Oilers
40.5011
7Mike Salis
7th Floor Crew
39.437
8Matt Connelly
Amnesty Clause Candidates
39.006
9Jon Mazzone
Amnesty Clause Candidates
37.176
10George Phillips
Nice Guys Looking for a Fun Time
36.948

Rebounds Per Game
1Brendan Connolly
Make A Swish
20.50
2Jack Keough
Castles Cobwebs
14.63
3John Tenney
The Water Bears
13.40
4Matt Possanza
7th Floor Crew
12.13
5Lucas Shatford
Castles Cobwebs
12.11
6Andrew St Claire
Amnesty Clause Candidates
10.57
7Brian Creonte
Nice Guys Looking for a Fun Time
10.38

3s Per Game
1James Morse
GWSW
4.5741%
2Jon Mazzone
Amnesty Clause Candidates
3.8348%
3Nick Mazzeo
Spin 'Em
3.7545%
4Pat Kelley
Spin 'Em
3.6336%
5Jimmy Lau
Hurricanes
3.5035%
6Matt Temme
Splash Bros
3.4332%
7Brian Edgerley
Spin 'Em
3.0028%
7Sean Concannon
Make A Swish
3.0038%

Assists Per Game
1Zach Solis
Richmond Oilers
4.00
2Brian Edgerley
Spin 'Em
3.71
2Mike Salis
7th Floor Crew
3.71
4Dave Opp
The Water Bears
3.30
5Jeff Huynh
Guys With Great Hair
3.29
6Pat Kelley
Spin 'Em
3.13
7Scott Blumenthal
Make A Swish
3.00