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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    Commentary by Gripp...

    Half Fast 68  Dynasty Heat 47

    Heat looking withered

         I don't get how Half Fast is 2-5.  Is the B1 that good?   Any team with this kid Davis, and the Brothers Lappy should be able to hover over the 500 mark... Perhaps they are just getting it together and will pull off some upsets in the playoffs.

        Dynasty Heat looked like a team going for stats with Damien taking a whopping, thats right folks 23 free throw shots...   Hitting 11 of them was good, but D got caught up shooting at the double rim in the 2nd half.    Man for man Dynasty was overmatched.  Matt did an admirable job against Davis, but the other 2 guys they picked up were still playing pick up over at Franklin Field - obviously forgetting basketball is a team game and well, you need a little skill and coordination to compete. 

        Half Fast almost let Dynasty sneak into it with some stupid Technical Fouls. Has Matt Karr ever seen a shot he didn't like?   Any team playing against HF, be on guard for the Karr shot b/c he doesn't have any second options....Mario Casae is a great 5th option, any team would be lucky to have hin on their squad, but his shots will be few and far between on this team.   Mike Lappy looked pretty good managing the team, his defense was key and defense pay attention b/c he likes to pass.   We'll see how far this team goes in the playoffs... They could surprise a few teams if they get some match ups in their favor...

    Half Fast
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Davis2813322008338% 00NA
    Mario Casal682510000NA 00NA
    Matt Karr1855200000NA 00NA
    Matt Laptewicz622400000NA 00NA
    Mike Laptewicz128481104250% 00NA

    Dynasty Heat
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Damien Martin22723300231252% 00NA
    Matt Williams81042110400% 00NA

    The Ax Men 61  The Firm 70

    An Ode to The Boom King

    The Boom King was back and its like he barely missed a beat.  His presence put the Ax Men in an almost awesome position, defeating the top seeded, undefeated Firm.  Up by as much as 15 in the first half, and by at least 10 at all times, a trio of the Ax Men reached double digits by the break led by Fidlers 14.  There was a look of disbelief on the eyes of the Firm as they have yet to trail by this much and were forced to play a bit more aggressively towards the end of the first, which worked to their advantage since the ref was nailed to the wall.  Bruno managed to put up 21 in the first, 13 attempts from the 3 point line, so not surprising.  But where was my man Wyman?  The guys been on fire lately, and he rode the pine for far too long in the first, and when you're down 15 you gotta make an adjustment fellas! 

    The Ax Men held strong to their lead for the majority of the 2nd half but the aggressive play of the Firm was starting to take its toll.  Billy was not up to his usual tricks as he went only 4-11 from the arc which meant Bruno's 8-22 was enough to give The Firm the advantage.  Tod hit a 3 around the 7 minute mark which gave the Firm their first lead of the game and they closed it out from there.  15 points in the 2nd half from the Ax Men isn't gonna cut it especially while Andrew came out of the gates to put up 10 in the 2nd for the Firm.  It was definitely the first and only time this season Bruno and his boys have been on the verge of losing but they pulled it out just in time.  Good to have Sean back for his team, it will only help for the rest of the season.

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    The Ax Men
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bill Buckley1250221000NA 00NA
    Mike O'Neil831100000NA 00NA
    Pat Fidler2191320055100% 00NA
    Sean Murray1864210022100% 00NA

    The Firm
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ward14303300100% 00NA
    Josh Bruno2810421107457% 00NA
    Justin Wyman68200002150% 00NA
    Manny Allen1638200022100% 00NA
    Todd Cogdell821510000NA 00NA

    Bone Crushers 59  Woodside 65

    Big Font, Big Win

    I feel like using big font for this one and its not just a way to make the writeup seem longer, I promise.  The Bone Crushers fell to Woodside in an unlikely defeat, or at least so I had predicted.  The Cadman has continued on his consistent ways with 16 first half points while for Woodside it was Doyley and Chris B combining for 22 of their 30 by the break.  Chris B is definitely making a run for the MIP award this season as each week his game is getting stronger and stronger and developing in to more of a go to guy for Woodside as well as a point guard with Van Stry being MIA and all.

    Leading 31-30 at the break, it was all down hill for the Crushers from there.  Doyley used his lankiness in the 3rd quarter to get to the hoop and the Bone Crushers couldn't stop him.  Whoever said finesse players were going out of style is crazy, you gotta love those guys that conform and maneuver through the defense to avoid contact.  And Bobby C, the self titled block master, couldn't get up there to swat Doyley, even with his big ups.  He did however put up a quiet double double(12 points, 10 rebounds).  Money Train was off the track with a sad 2-8 from no man's land and Woodside just slowly increased their lead to the biggest, 63-53 of the game.  In one last hurrah from the Crushers, Bobby and the Cad hit threes to put them within 4 but in his finest contribution on the night, Paul went 2-2 from the line to seal the deal in a big win for Woodside.

    Bone Crushers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alan Au010100000NA 00NA
    Allen Wong400000000NA 00NA
    Bobby Colantonio1282240000NA 00NA
    Kevin Tang8212100200% 00NA
    Marvin95201004375% 00NA
    Mike Cadman2374110011100% 00NA

    Woodside
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alex Brown340100000NA 00NA
    Chris Brown1933120000NA 00NA
    Chris Wainer69322203267% 00NA
    Donnie Mason311000000NA 00NA
    Eric Doyley292420005240% 00NA
    Paul Winslow462120022100% 00NA

    The Squad 50  Sullivan's Tap 60

    Wait This Is A Contact Sport!?!

    It's shocking even to myself that I started this writeup first seeing as this game is already famous(see Tical's Corner http://www.crfcbasketball.com/tcorner.php?newsid=252) and that Tical did it more justice, not that it deserved it, than I could ever muster.  It didn't take long for the Canary to get going, if only he was repeating what O'Cal was saying instead of answering him with complaints and trash talking.  I think just 2 minutes in, I had my phone in hand with Mama Tical's number in case she needed to come down and throw some bows.  I didn't even get a chance to record the half time points because the crowd that had started to gather to witness the game after the Techs in the first half were distracting me.  I do know that Sullivan's Tap was leading 32-27 and that Sweeney was hitting foul shots.  Every time he went to the line I wrote in my notes section 1/1, 2/2, 4/4, 6/6, 8/8, 10/10!! Each one got more exclamation points than the first cuz' this was perhaps his best foul shooting performance on the season if not ever.  Chris, the new lighthearted one, had a 3 point play and layup to finish up the half and give the Tap a comfy lead. 

    The only note I wrote down for the Squad was trainwreck.  Not to be mean, because some of you are wonderful CAC players but it just takes a couple to ruin it for the rest.  This is supposed to be a fun league and when your leading scorer spends more time talking than he does playing, it hurts the team.  I started to get so uncomfortable it felt like being a pre-teen watching a sex scene in a movie with your parents.  Sullivan's Tap increased their lead to 8 and stayed there for most of the half.  Slices hit a couple jumpers and almost got himself T'd up two weeks in a row but O'Cal cut him some slack, probably felt bad about his nickname.  Relihan found Polcari on the baseline as he hit a few jumpers to round out the Taps offense.  Ben, Newman, and Rosenthal put up most of their points in the 2nd half and did so quietly which was much appreciated.  Supposed to be fun and hopefully they managed to have some.  Just one more thing, in order for a 5 second call to get called, it actually has to BE 5 seconds. Not 1.  My apologies if you haven't yet learned how to count.  Sullivan's Tap deserved this one as they improve to 4-4 while The Squad falls to 3-4.

    p.s. Sweeney had to go blow it and miss his last 2 foul shots!! But 10/12 ain't too shabby

    The Squad
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alex Schmulsky2238222012650% 00NA
    Ben Urbelis822020000NA 00NA
    Chris Newman1413023022100% 00NA
    Mike Rosenthal411210000NA 00NA

    Sullivan's Tap
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Sweeney156320005120% 00NA
    Dan Relihan222310000NA 00NA
    Dave Polcari85130004125% 00NA
    Michael Sweeney27413000121083% 00NA
    Rob Vigneau624111000NA 00NA

    SOMF 41  Gym Shoes & Jersey 47

    Nice Little Nightcap

    Not necessarily a lot of scoring occurred in this game but the guys sure put a lot of smiles on me and O'Cal's faces last night.  But that's normal for Tical....guys putting smiles on his faces.  No one broke double digits by the break we're lucky that the teams as a whole did as offense was not a priority.  It's cool don't matter how much you score just who scores the most.  Not like I like entertainment or anything.  We did though have an excellent matchup inside with Greg vs. Not Fat Albert.  They both put up 8 first half points and probably had pulled down like a bajillion rebounds by that point too.  SOMF was holding on to a 26-20 lead at the break due some stellar passing as they were one-upping Gym Shoes on 'the best passers at CAC' status. 

    Albert single handedly went on a 7-0 run at the start of the 2nd half as Gym Shoes took their first lead of the game 27-26.  They improved on that as Max hit a trey and and Scott a layup and they were leading by 6.  They held on to their lead for the rest of the second half despite a few shining moments from SOMF.  Sean, the happy loud guy, scored some buckets to go along with his verbal style of play while Dobos hit a couple layups on putbacks.  It was definitely a low scoring night for both teams as they were sweepy and wanted to go home to beddy bye.  But on the bright side of these low scoring games everyone gets to rack up points for the player rater through rebounds.  Gym Shoes second half comeback pushed them in to second place just 1 game behind The Firm while SOMF fell to 2-5.

    SOMF
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Greg Polin1486050022100% 00NA
    Jeff Ruggiero3013100200% 00NA
    Juden Dass871100000NA 00NA
    Scott Dobos6421200200% 00NA
    Sean Denyse83330003267% 00NA

    Gym Shoes & Jersey
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Cuneo000000000NA 00NA
    Matt Peredna4111220022100% 00NA
    Max Kinkade1310520106233% 00NA
    Mike Albert174911102150% 00NA
    Scott Ellinwood75112002150% 00NA
    Tim Chiesa63020004250% 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
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%
1Dan Relihan
Sullivan's Tap
0.00nan%
1Sean Denyse
SOMF
0.00nan%
1Max Kinkade
Gym Shoes & Jersey
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%
1Andrew Ward
The Firm
0.00nan%
1Donnie Mason
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