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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    Dynasty Heat 75  Sullivan's Tap 61

    Sully's Tap get's Forfiet Win

    Dynasty Heat only showed up with 2 guys, but a couple of the PGB guys from A2 stayed on and filled in for the Sunday nightcap.  Heck, Brandon Dorey has filled in so many times he can almost be considered part of Dynasty's club.  But that's not how we roll, and Dynasty Heat has got to get their attendance together or they're going to miss the playoffs.  As it is, they're sitting in the 9th spot and will need a major late season charge to sneak into the top 8.  Where has everyone been Damien?? D has been a beast this season, and last night he scored 28 points and grabbed 10 boards.  If only he and V (15 points) got some help from the rest of the roster. 

    Sullivan's Tap caught a break last night, as they only had 4 guys to start with.  CSweens (11 points, 7 boards) was playing some of the best ball I've seen from him, and then went and sprained his ankle late in the first half.  Figures, as he was on pace for an absolutely monster night.  It's not often that Chris gets to lead his team in scoring, and with the matchups in this one, it looked like he was finally going to do it.  Damn it all!  They'll need Chris' ankle to heal fast if they want to challenge in the B1 East playoffs.  Look at all that positive press, and you can thank O'Cal, Chris, I never thought I'd see him forgive you...

    Sweens shot his way to a team high 22 points while Reills added 12 points and Orange Slices had 9.  That is all

    Dynasty Heat
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Damien Martin2482350000NA 00NA
    Vernon Dixon159311204250% 00NA

    Sullivan's Tap
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Sweeney113411002150% 00NA
    Dan Relihan1261300033100% 00NA
    Michael Sweeney224222006583% 00NA
    Rob Vigneau960200000NA 00NA

    The Firm 72  Bone Crushers 79

    The Firm Folds

    They were due for a loss and perhaps now is better than later.  Don't wanna go undefeated like the Patriots and then blow it when it matters so perhaps this reality check was just in time for The Firm.  They have a tendency to play a little casual when up against some of the teams in the league and the Crushers took advantage of their timid play.  Though it was their first loss of the season it wasn't the first time the Firm trailed significantly in the first half.  Just last week they were down by as much as 15 only to come back and beat the Ax Men and truth be told, I thought that would happen again and it looked like they did too as they never panicked.  Early on, the Cadman got things going with 12 of the Crushers 19 points as they led 19-15.  Moments later as Marvin broke out a whole new weapon with his 3 point shooting, they pulled ahead by 12 after he went for a trifecta of treys.  I'm tweaking, to a whole new era...Andrew, the Regulator was like a completely different player, I mean he's had his moments in games before but tonight he was ridiculous.  With 15 first half points, he was holding his homies at a 38-43 deficit going in to the 2nd half.

    Just as I had thought, they were far from out of this one either as they pulled in to their first lead of the game at the 9 minute mark.  It was seriously becoming like a repeat performance of last week.  But there are only so many times you can come back from behind to win as our beloved Celtics taught us this season.  Bruno fell way short of his average with only 13 points and only 3 in the 2nd half.  The Regulator continued to score at will and Manny was the Dennis Rodman of the game grabbing loose balls and boards on his way to 14.  Bobby C and Money Train combined for 24 second half points and 7-14 from the arc. They gave the Firm a dose of their own medicine dominating from the arc in what is usually the Firm's drug of choice.  All tied up 68-68 at the 2 minute mark, that was the last the Firm scored as Bobby hit a 3 and and the Cadman hit some foul shots down the stretch to pull off a big upset.  Sometimes even the underdog pulls off a big victory, Just ask Donna Martin.

    The Firm
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ward273351006467% 00NA
    Josh Bruno1311221004250% 00NA
    Justin Wyman960300000NA 00NA
    Maddrey Goode94110003133% 00NA
    Manny Allen14243010300% 00NA

    Bone Crushers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alan Au1111100000NA 00NA
    Allen Wong021100000NA 00NA
    Bobby Colantonio2051330011100% 00NA
    Marvin11701100400% 00NA
    Mike Cadman2910111008788% 00NA

    Woodside 37  Half Fast 58

    We Parking Lot Pimping in My Dock

    Half Fast is on the up and up, if I haven't already said that, and this time it was a surprising 20 point win over Woodside.  To be honest, had I done the lines, not only would no one have read them, but I certainly wouldn't have predicted this.  Who knew Lappy could up numbers like he did, certainly not this gal, but it was nice to see as Half Fast held Woodside to their lowest point total of the game.  It hurt Woodside to be without Chris Brown, not the pop star and Rihanna's boyfriend, but CAC's very own Chris Brown.  He has risen to second in command and his presence was missed as they struggled to put up points.  Mario led the way for Half Fast in the first half with 10 points but it was the Lappy brothers controlling the tempo of the game from the get go.  The duo dished out 14 assists and Lappy Lite played stifling defense contributing to Woodside scoring only 19 by the break.

    Up by 13 going in to the second half, that means it was 32-19, they didn't let up.  Doyley was held to his lowest production perhaps so far this season though he has continued to put up a fight for Defensive POY with his 5 thefts and 3 blocks.  But we saw even less offense out of them though Chris Weimerainer(i'm sure he's never heard that one before) did reach double digits on some inside action.  But Lappy really pulled it all out in the second half, i think i THINK he went 3-3 from the arc, that or I stopped making check marks in the miss column  We'll go with the former and nearly the entire team reach double digits except big guy Davis who is usually more focused on talking than scoring.  Lil Lappy continued to stop Woodside from setting up their offense as Half Fast improves to 3-5.  Big win as they move in to a 3 way.  And not the good kind, the 6th place kind.

    Woodside
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alex Brown521100000NA 00NA
    Chris Wainer1174110010550% 00NA
    Donnie Mason420020000NA 00NA
    Eric Doyley1432153000NA 00NA
    Paul Winslow355010000NA 00NA

    Half Fast
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Davis8511200200% 00NA
    Mario Casal1440110000NA 00NA
    Matt Karr1232200000NA 00NA
    Matt Laptewicz1040450022100% 00NA
    Mike Laptewicz1931421000NA 00NA

    Gym Shoes & Jersey 59  The Ax Men 54

    Mmm Drunk Writeups Almost as Good as Drunk Dials

    The future isn't looking hopeful for the Ax(e) Men, except of course if they have landed an endorsement deal with the makers of the Ax cologne and body sprays, they might not win a big trophy but I imagine they'd be in for quite the paycheck.  You never know what could happen especially now if you search Ax Men, these lovely CAC writeups could come up numero uno on the google site.  And sometimes I get sidetracked and start thinking about unrelated things, like the time I was at an interview a few weeks ago and realized I had a big bball game that week and started thinking about the game plan and had no idea what I was being asked.  Right, that is not important.  What is important is that Matt scored 0 points in the second half.  Oh wait, I mean that this was actually a nailbiter of a game.  A gum shoe is a sneaker or rubber overshoe or a detective.  A gym shoe and jersey is these guys.  At this point its clear I've had one too many to drink and have a lack of focus going on here.  Either way, one thing is evident, they did their homework.  Billy was only 2-4 from the arc in the first half and that is practically unheard of.  They guarded him from the second he stepped over half court and his 6 points in the game was definitely his lowest yet. 

    Holding on to a 37-25 lead at the break due to Albert holding it down inside.  But he had some competition.  The Fidler played a sweet little tune, might as well call him Neil Young, on his way to a game high 26 points as his game has really elevated(definitely an MIP candidate).  I think I need a little bit of drums.  I need just a little bit of mandolin.  The Boom King is definitely back.  In a near double double he followed up Fidler with a little ditty of his own.  They kept it close until the 6 minute mark as Tim hit his teams only trey of the game on his way to 18.  But Sean and O'Neil fired right back with one apiece to get back in the game.  GSJ up 3 with 45 seconds and Fidler broke a string as he missed a foul shot with just seconds to go as GSJ sealed the deal.  I'm pretty sure none of this writeup made much sense but basically it was close but GSJ won and moves in to first by .5 as The Firm lost their first of the night while the Ax Men are holding things down in last, someones gotta do it.

    Gym Shoes & Jersey
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Matt Peredna97242002150% 00NA
    Max Kinkade030100000NA 00NA
    Mike Albert2197402033100% 00NA
    Scott Ellinwood106421004250% 00NA
    Tim Chiesa183021007343% 00NA

    The Ax Men
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bill Buckley621200000NA 00NA
    Mike O'Neil522111000NA 00NA
    Pat Fidler26113112044100% 00NA
    Sean Murray176340006583% 00NA

    The Squad 36  SOMF 46

    Some Offense Much Favored

    I was poised and ready for what I thought surely to be an entertaining nightcap and it fell short of my expectations.  Only 1 technical in the last 30 seconds of the game! I was shocked, though in all honesty should not be promoting that behavior just after a long night, I thought for sure I was in for a little entertainment.  Turns out my boy Tical is somewhat of a softie on the court I guess cuz' no one was giving Brian crap tonight.  Not much to say about the first half seeing as the score was a whopping 22-21 in favor of SOMF.  Greg was taking a beating inside but holding his ground on the way to 11 first half points, which if you do the math was half the teams points, which is okay since his height is about half the team combined.  JK.  That would make him some sort of giant people and George Muresan does not play CAC basketball and neither do his giant friends.  For the Squad, the Canary was rather quiet but not on the board.  He put up 13 of his teams 21 first half points with a few steals on the side.  Despite the score only being 14-12 by the 8 minute mark, it was actually rather nice as every single player had scored by then, talk about team basketball on both sides. 

    The Squad was the first to step up to the gates and make a run for it as they pulled ahead by 6 at the 10 minute mark.  They still held on to the lead 36-33 by the 6 minute mark as JDow was droppin some buckets but was Sammy Struggles from the line.  Ben and Rosenthal took over backcourt duties and dished out the rock but did little scoring wise and before you knew it, SOMF pulled ahead at the 4 minute mark.  Not only that but they held the Squad from scoring for the last 6 minutes of the game.  Greg had an even bigger second half as he put up 29 in the game.  Doby the Defender had a few steals and a bajillion rebounds as he really has become the fire under SOMF.  Greg's 4 point play put them up 8 with just a minute to go and just after I was about to praise the Canary for coming a long way and just playing the game, he got himself T'd up with just seconds to go as SOMF gets the win.  We're still pulling for you buddy, you could be a really good player, but relapses are to be expected on the road to recovery, lets just hope you are no Britney Spears.

    The Squad
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alex Schmulsky196305004375% 00NA
    Ben Urbelis631310000NA 00NA
    Jeremy Dow97311009333% 00NA
    Mike Rosenthal240331000NA 00NA

    SOMF
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Greg Polin2985020011655% 00NA
    Jeff Ruggiero72031103267% 00NA
    Juden Dass34120102150% 00NA
    Scott Dobos710233006583% 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
1Kevin Tang
Bone Crushers
0.00nan%
1Chris Davis
Half Fast
0.00nan%
1Bill Buckley
The Ax Men
0.00nan%
1Mike Cadman
Bone Crushers
0.00nan%
1Mario Casal
Half Fast
0.00nan%
1Josh Bruno
The Firm
0.00nan%
1Chris Brown
Woodside
0.00nan%
1Scott Ellinwood
Gym Shoes & Jersey
0.00nan%
1Eric Doyley
Woodside
0.00nan%
1Maddrey Goode
The Firm
0.00nan%
1Allen Wong
Bone Crushers
0.00nan%
1Chris Sweeney
Sullivan's Tap
0.00nan%
1Paul Winslow
Woodside
0.00nan%
1Alan Au
Bone Crushers
0.00nan%
1Matt Laptewicz
Half Fast
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