Spring 2008: B1 League Champs: The Firm

    The Firm Holds on to the Eastside
    The Firm 62 Bone Crushers 53

    I thought we had a repeat of the first game on our hands tonight after PGB defeated Big Nice for the A2 championship after being the only team to do so during the regular season.  Well here we had the Crushers who were the only team to hand the Firm a regular season loss up by a solid lead throughout the majority of the game.  But I think you can quote me, something to the effect of not being surprised if The Firm struggled and fell behind in the first only to come back and win.  They are incredibly tough competitors and fuel off being down.  It's not that they were playing a poor game, just having trouble scoring....but both teams were.  It was an all out defensive battle and a fun one to watch.  I pressed very few buttons on the scoreboard in the first half as the Crushers were up just 27-20 heading in to the break.  It was definitely a season low score for both teams but there were some very good matchups.  We had the Bobby C-- Bruno in the backcourt and these two were going at it from the get go.  When and if one scored, it meant they worked their ass off to do so.  Bruno took a season low 7 3 pointers in the game and hit only 2 as Bobby C was keeping him well contained on the perimeter.  In turn, Bruno held Bobby to just 5 in the first so instead of scoring the two were hitting the boards hard.  Maddrey seems to have left his usual on point jumper somewhere but he had his hands full guarding the Cadman which holding him to 6 in a half is something rarely done in these walls.
     
    The Crushers continued to hold strong to the lead through the 3rd quarter but Todd picked the best time possible to get his long range shot going.  After just one in the first, he hit 4 in the second as the Crushers were focused on containing Bruno.  This also enabled Andrew to get to the hoop and all the sudden the Firm took their first lead of the game at the 9 minute mark.  I didn't even see it coming, perhaps I was distracted by the Crushers 1:1 fan to player ratio, but all the sudden they were in complete control.  It was a physical game on both sides of the court and Bruno got himself to the line instead of relying on his outside shooting.  Slowly but surely the Firm pulled ahead and as the Crushers were forced to foul down the stretch the Firm closed it out.  Experience was the key in this one, hope to see the Crusher back again!

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    The Firm 62  Bone Crushers 53

    The Firm Holds on to the Eastside

    I thought we had a repeat of the first game on our hands tonight after PGB defeated Big Nice for the A2 championship after being the only team to do so during the regular season.  Well here we had the Crushers who were the only team to hand the Firm a regular season loss up by a solid lead throughout the majority of the game.  But I think you can quote me, something to the effect of not being surprised if The Firm struggled and fell behind in the first only to come back and win.  They are incredibly tough competitors and fuel off being down.  It's not that they were playing a poor game, just having trouble scoring....but both teams were.  It was an all out defensive battle and a fun one to watch.  I pressed very few buttons on the scoreboard in the first half as the Crushers were up just 27-20 heading in to the break.  It was definitely a season low score for both teams but there were some very good matchups.  We had the Bobby C-- Bruno in the backcourt and these two were going at it from the get go.  When and if one scored, it meant they worked their ass off to do so.  Bruno took a season low 7 3 pointers in the game and hit only 2 as Bobby C was keeping him well contained on the perimeter.  In turn, Bruno held Bobby to just 5 in the first so instead of scoring the two were hitting the boards hard.  Maddrey seems to have left his usual on point jumper somewhere but he had his hands full guarding the Cadman which holding him to 6 in a half is something rarely done in these walls.
     
    The Crushers continued to hold strong to the lead through the 3rd quarter but Todd picked the best time possible to get his long range shot going.  After just one in the first, he hit 4 in the second as the Crushers were focused on containing Bruno.  This also enabled Andrew to get to the hoop and all the sudden the Firm took their first lead of the game at the 9 minute mark.  I didn't even see it coming, perhaps I was distracted by the Crushers 1:1 fan to player ratio, but all the sudden they were in complete control.  It was a physical game on both sides of the court and Bruno got himself to the line instead of relying on his outside shooting.  Slowly but surely the Firm pulled ahead and as the Crushers were forced to foul down the stretch the Firm closed it out.  Experience was the key in this one, hope to see the Crusher back again!

    The Firm
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ward177412006233% 00NA
    Josh Bruno1413541109667% 00NA
    Justin Wyman222200000NA 00NA
    Maddrey Goode91012002150% 00NA
    Todd Cogdell206023208338% 00NA

    Bone Crushers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alan Au1041200000NA 00NA
    Bobby Colantonio1582222000NA 00NA
    Kevin Tang741120000NA 00NA
    Marvin652200000NA 00NA
    Mike Cadman159310004125% 00NA

Standings B1 E Spring 2008 Thru Week 15
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1The Firm8-10.889W5070.9157.27
2Gym Shoes & Jersey7-20.778L1161.8257.55
3Bone Crushers7-30.700W1168.2365.62
4Half Fast4-50.444W1455.8058.40
5SOMF4-50.444W2454.5051.30
6Sullivan's Tap4-60.400L2458.9261.08
7Woodside3-50.375L1548.0056.33
8The Squad3-60.333L2546.1150.56
9The Ax Men3-70.300W2561.7068.30
10Dynasty Heat2-50.286L1663.7168.00
Points Per Game
1Josh Bruno
The Firm
25.00
2Michael Sweeney
Sullivan's Tap
24.42
3Mike Cadman
Bone Crushers
22.83
4Greg Polin
SOMF
21.44
5Bill Buckley
The Ax Men
20.70
6Bobby Colantonio
Bone Crushers
20.08
7Pat Fidler
The Ax Men
18.44

Player Rater
1Josh Bruno
The Firm
56.9111
2Mike Albert
Gym Shoes & Jersey
55.0010
3Bobby Colantonio
Bone Crushers
49.3813
4Michael Sweeney
Sullivan's Tap
49.2912
5Pat Fidler
The Ax Men
45.839
6Mike Laptewicz
Half Fast
45.399
7Mike Cadman
Bone Crushers
44.0812
8Greg Polin
SOMF
43.729
9Eric Doyley
Woodside
43.229
10Bill Buckley
The Ax Men
41.2510

Rebounds Per Game
1Mike Albert
Gym Shoes & Jersey
16.20
2Josh Bruno
The Firm
12.36
3Greg Polin
SOMF
10.78
3Pat Fidler
The Ax Men
10.78
5Paul Winslow
Woodside
10.11
6Bobby Colantonio
Bone Crushers
9.85
7Mike Cadman
Bone Crushers
9.50

3s Per Game
1Paul Winslow
Woodside
0.00nan%
1Maddrey Goode
The Firm
0.00nan%
1Allen Wong
Bone Crushers
0.00nan%
1Chris Sweeney
Sullivan's Tap
0.00nan%
1Sean Denyse
SOMF
0.00nan%
1Max Kinkade
Gym Shoes & Jersey
0.00nan%
1Alan Au
Bone Crushers
0.00nan%
1Matt Laptewicz
Half Fast
0.00nan%
1Dan Relihan
Sullivan's Tap
0.00nan%
1Andrew Ward
The Firm
0.00nan%
1Donnie Mason
Woodside
0.00nan%
1Todd Cogdell
The Firm
0.00nan%
1Alex Brown
Woodside
0.00nan%
1Matt Peredna
Gym Shoes & Jersey
0.00nan%
1Jeff Ruggiero
SOMF
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Mike Laptewicz
Half Fast
4.89
2Todd Cogdell
The Firm
3.78
3Matt Laptewicz
Half Fast
3.56
4Andrew Ward
The Firm
3.11
5Sean Denyse
SOMF
3.00
6Michael Sweeney
Sullivan's Tap
2.92
7Jeff Ruggiero
SOMF
2.78