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!

    Scores, Box Scores & Write-Ups

    Regular Season: Week 7

    Click For Previous Weeks: 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
    B1 E Spring 2008 Basketball League

    Commentary by Gripp...

    Half Fast 50  The Firm 75

    Ohhhhhh we're Halfway There

    Lappy drained a 3 before I even arrived last night and it set the tempo for a good first half matchup.  When he wasn't hitting he was finding Mario down the court for a layup on his way to 5 assists as Mario was easily getting inside against The Firm.  Lil Lappy, whom I'm sure doesn't really approve of the nickname, was also weaving through the defense and able to score inside at will.  With Serge filling in though, it was only a matter of time for their quick offensive spurt to wind down.  JK Serge. 

    Something happened during my flu induced daze, I blinked, and The Firm was leading by 20.  After a solid first half and holding The Firm within their reach, Bruno just started to hit too many 3s and you couldn't even stop him.  It really doesn't matter how closely you guard him, he'll get a 3 off, in this case 19 of them as he drained 7.  As soon as they built up this lead they never looked back for the rest of the game as Manny put up 20 plus inside the paint and Andrew had some crazy ass shots on his way to a 20 point night.  They are the offensive team that no one seems to be able to compete with as they improve to 6-0.

    Half Fast
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Mario Casal1241100000NA 00NA
    Matt Laptewicz143233002150% 00NA
    Mike Laptewicz2280300000NA 00NA

    The Firm
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ward209041003133% 00NA
    Josh Bruno31152111000NA 00NA
    Manny Allen213523004375% 00NA
    Todd Cogdell34221004125% 00NA

    Woodside 58  The Ax Men 48

    A Pat on the Back is Only a Few Centimeters From a Slap on the Ass

    This was perhaps the most even matchup of the night and it was n ice to see some players really step it up.  They were most likely all riled up for the upcoming 3 day weekend or really just excited to see me and wanted to impress and no one did more than Mr. Mike O'Neil.  The Ax Men had an early lead through the duo of O'Neil and Billy the Kid.  O'Neil had 6 points in the first few minutes and has developed a runner jumpshot that us common folk can only dream about.  Billy was hot as he hit a trio of treys in the opening quarter and continued to shoot 5/5 from 3 point land by the half.  Though they trailed by 5, 30-31 at the break, this was the first game that the missing Boom King wasn't really a factor.  Woodside displayed a well rounded night as three players had 9 points by the half. 

    Ax Men shot such a high percentage in the first and I don't know what happened or maybe they just got worn down but their offense trailed off early in the 2nd half.  Paul W., what is it with Pauls in the CAC, they are always good(of course I mean no offense if your name is Paul and you suck) but anyways he was absolute monster on the offensive glass wiping it so clean you'd scare yourself if you looked in to it.  He scored the majority of his points this way and ended up with a game high 18.  Doyley, when he wasn't slippin n slidin' around the court(buy yourself some new shoes big guy!) put up 15 points and worked his butt off on the defensive end.  Fidler did his best to try and get the Men back in the game but Woodside used their bench and endurance to finish this one off.

    Woodside
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alex Brown240110000NA 00NA
    Chris Brown1240230000NA 00NA
    Chris Wainer114410004375% 00NA
    Donnie Mason011100000NA 00NA
    Eric Doyley158022006467% 00NA
    Paul Winslow186611003267% 00NA

    The Ax Men
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bill Buckley1841201000NA 00NA
    Mike O'Neil1430110011100% 00NA
    Pat Fidler8722100500% 00NA
    Ryan Murray620100000NA 00NA

    Sullivan's Tap 51  Gym Shoes & Jersey 60

    I'm Drinking so that You're More Fun to be Around

    Supporting the new apparel that was weeks in the making, I thought the new found fashion sense would prove my lines wrong and inspire Sullivan's Tap to perform as well on the court as they do in the fashion world.  Unfortunately, NO ONE wanted to score tonight as we had a whopping 22-18 game at the break with Gym Shoes up 4.  Slices traded in his jump shot for a new shirt and Sweeney left his layup at the bar.  And for Gym Shoes, Big Mean Matt had to go and stir up trouble on the court as he and Polcari's little incident charged them a couple Ts each.  Usually consistent Not Fat Albert had an impressive 3 points by the break to go along with 9 boards and Tim followed suit with 3 of his own.  It's cool guys, I wasn't bored, at least Matt and Polcari kept me entertained, glad to see who cares.

    Things started to heat up in the 2nd half, Slices nailed his only 2 field goals of the night at the 17:30 mark and the 17 mark and I thought he was going to get going.  The only place he got going was with his mouth as he made enemies with the Ref last night.  He took Chris's job and Chris in turn put up some numbers and dished out the rock to his teammates but by the 12 minute mark, ST was trailing 40-29.  Scott had his invisible suit on as he was at the end of the fast break time and time again and Max was deadly from the mid range.  Tim started to pick it up as well and either hit or got to the line on his way to a team high 17 points.  Sweeney still managed to put up a game high 26 points to go along with his game high 5 fouls and was also 3/4 from the line, sure sign of improvement! I was pretty darn accurate on this one....

    Sullivan's Tap
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Sweeney833320000NA 00NA
    Dan Relihan735200000NA 00NA
    Dave Polcari610010000NA 00NA
    Michael Sweeney266421004375% 00NA
    Rob Vigneau453210000NA 00NA

    Gym Shoes & Jersey
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Matt Peredna020020000NA 00NA
    Max Kinkade168121104250% 00NA
    Mike Albert119921209333% 00NA
    Scott Ellinwood143021006583% 00NA
    Tim Chiesa173110208450% 00NA

    Bone Crushers 69  SOMF 63

    All Aboard the Money Train

    I know you are all eagerly sitting there pressing the refresh button to read about your games and you know I am proud of myself I've gotten 4 writeups done and it's only 11:30.  My job should feel so lucky and honored to have me a dedicated employee working for them because I certainly never use my computer for 'personal use'.  Anyways, the night cap game was probably the most thrilling of them all which is good because its about this time that my mind is wandering to my pillow and my big comfy bed.  The Crushers came out a little timid and SOMF was completely controlling the tempo of the game.  Greg P. is the bomb diggity and had more than half his teams points by the break, he just couldn't be stopped!  The Cadman dropped 10 by the half on a nice display of spin moves and hooky shots.  A 13-1 run at the end of the half gave the Crushers the lead 31-27 despite trailing for much of the opening half.

    It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Rugga hitting field goals! I think just before the game he claimed he had yet to hit a field goal this season and he plays in 2 leagues!! Well he didn't hit just one he hit 3 2 pointers and 1 trey to go along with his game high 6 assists.  Greg continued to back down his opponents like he was the star in the not so hit teen movie 'Never Back Down', imdb it if you haven't already.  Bobby C got going but the Crushers simply rode the Money Train to victory.  Kevin hit 3 consecutive shots from beyond the arc around the 12 minute mark in the half and just like that the Crushers were up 59-47.  But we had yet to hear it all from SOMF as they put the hammer down on Kevin and Bobby and got themselves to the line.  They hit their foul shots and Sean hit a couple big 3s and they were right back in it.  A few more minutes and this one could have gone the other way but as it is, the Crushers improve to 3rd place at 4-2 while SOMF drops to 2-4.

    Bone Crushers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alan Au11301000200% 00NA
    Allen Wong221210000NA 00NA
    Bobby Colantonio184233204125% 00NA
    Kevin Tang18222000200% 00NA
    Mike Cadman1810120004375% 00NA

    SOMF
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Greg Polin3273101055100% 00NA
    Jeff Ruggiero103441002150% 00NA
    Scott Brooks640210022100% 00NA
    Scott Dobos212100000NA 00NA
    Sean Denyse8322110200% 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
1Mike Laptewicz
Half Fast
0.00nan%
1Michael Sweeney
Sullivan's Tap
0.00nan%
1Pat Fidler
The Ax Men
0.00nan%
1Greg Polin
SOMF
0.00nan%
1Manny Allen
The Firm
0.00nan%
1Tim Chiesa
Gym Shoes & Jersey
0.00nan%
1Scott Dobos
SOMF
0.00nan%
1Justin Wyman
The Firm
0.00nan%
1Mario Casal
Half Fast
0.00nan%
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%
1Josh Bruno
The Firm
0.00nan%
1Chris Brown
Woodside
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