Spring 2006: B1 League Champs: Kool Aid

    Finn Carries the Load Again Kool Aid onto the Unification Game
    Kool Aid 80 Off 73

    Kool Aid, easily the best # 7 seed to ever grace the floor at CRFC, never trailed after the opening minutes and was in control the whole way.  For the second straight week, Local Hero Ed Finn (36 points, 6 assists) lifted the offense onto his shoulders and didn't fail to deliver.  Despite worries that his game might be effected due to late night partying, the Local Hero came through once again.  Chris Adams (9 points, 6 rebounds) was hustling all over the floor and doing the little things to help give his team the early lead.  Jon "MVP" Mazzone (27 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists) was nearly as unstopable.  Whether it was knocking down the long j, or driving to the hoop, Off's defense had no answer for him.  His battle with Chris Williams (20 points, 8 assists) was a sight to behold.  When Williams wasn't able to back Mazzone down, his smart passing out of the post was what kept Off close.  Chris Green (19 points, 4 rebounds) and Troy Hatleving (16 points) both contributed to the offensive effort.  In the end, Kool Aid simply went to the free throw line too many times.  They took advantage of 40 trips to the line by hitting 34 (20-22 from Ed).  After a great regular season from Off, they fall just short of their goal and should they return next season, will be one of the preseason favorites.  Kool Aid represtents the East in the Unification Game  (Wednesday @ 6) after a great season that saw them dominate thier opponents in the playoffs.  Don't let us down boys. 

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    Little Nasty 62  TFT 44

    Nasty Defense Shuts Down Joel

    Coming into the game, Little Nasty (2-1) knew that the key was in shutting down Joel Cuadrado, he of the 31 ppg scoring average.  Using their own form of zone defense, Nasty was able to switch on Joel and limit him to just 13 points, most coming in the second half with the outcome already decided.  Willie Gonzalez (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Mike Lopez (11 points, 6 assists) added some scoring punch, but not enough for TFT (1-3) to keep it close down the stretch.  For Little Nasty, a close 21-17 game was broken open by a 22-6 run that spanned both halves.  Pressure defense, transition scoring, and dominating the boards to the tune of 43-30 allowed Nasty to build their lead.  Jason Tibbetts (22 points, 12 rebounds, 8 blocks) and Mike Manning (19 points, 14 rebounds) set the pace on offense, while Eric Hinton (12 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists) and The Young Republican (9 points, 7 rebounds) played excellent on the ball D.  The defense led to easy baskets, and it's a good thing, as Nasty only hit one 3-pointer and struggled with the outside shot.  Lay-ups were the name of the game.  Nasty looks to be rounding back into form, and will continue to do so while awaiting the return of Jpro (4-5 weeks) from off the DL.

    Little Nasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Eric Hinton1273411200NA 00NA
    Jason Tibbetts22753381200% 00NA
    John Edwards96112122150% 00NA
    Michael Manning1911322016233% 00NA

    TFT
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Joel Cuadrado1333310100NA 00NA
    Mike Lopez11314003200% 00NA
    Rafael Ortiz5101114100NA 00NA
    Willie Gonzalez154601014125% 00NA

    Kool Aid 52  Old Dirty Bastrds 47

    Herman: "Game Under Protest!"

    A close, winnable game slipped away from the Old Dirty Bastards (1-3) last night, as Kool Aid (2-1) pulled out a nailbitter in the final minute.  Not-so surprisingly, it was the officiating that came into question last night, as Herman felt ODB was being picked on by referee "I Actually Hustle" TiCal.  Herman's beef may have been justified, as the foul count was 17-10, and Kool Aid shot 24 free throws to ODB's 11.  Is there a conspiracy forming from the Commish's office trying to get it's most marketable stars early season wins, and therefor guarantee them playoffs games, in order to maximize revenue? 

    The game featured Jon Mazzone (29 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks) scoring more than 50% of his team's points yet again.  Chris Adams (9 points) and Fred Bermont (6 points, 8 rebounds) also chipped in.  Bermont had four of his points in the last minute off of offensive rebounds as Kool Aid sealed the deal.  For ODB, Herman (24 points) led in scoring, complaining, and sighs of disgust.  Kip West (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Brian Harms (10 points, 8 rebounds) played well, but ODB came up short at the end. 

    In additional news, sources have confirmed a key roster move by Kool Aid, especially so early in the season.  Mark Raymond, unable to attend games, has been placed on waivers, and Momenta play-maker Ed 'Local Hero' Finn will return to the B1 East after spending the opening portion of the season on the free agent list.  For Kool Aid, this is a huge pick-up, guarenteeing a second go-to scorer to add pressure to opposing defenses, while stregthening their team defense on the perimeter.  It's early enough in the season that Finn will be fully incorporated by the time the playoffs roll around in two months.  A good team just got a whole lot better. 

    Kool Aid
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Adams91101014125% 00NA
    Craig Avarett450140100NA 00NA
    Fred Bermont6533002200% 00NA
    Ian Whitney41011024125% 00NA
    Jon Mazzone29832034141179% 00NA

    Old Dirty Bastrds
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Harms107312224250% 00NA
    Dan Herman244010055360% 00NA
    Jonathan Lewis261130300NA 00NA
    Kip West117002052150% 00NA

    Tenacious D 55  Rusty Trombones 52

    Believe It! Tenacious D is Here to Stay

    With all of their early season challenges answered, it is official, Tenacious D (4-0) is not going to go away anytime soon.  Although they didn't exactly slow Trevor McAndrew (33 points, 12 rebounds), they played excellent defense on his supporting cast.  Matt Wells (11 points, 3 steals) was the only other player in double figures for the Rusty Trombones (2-2) as Trevor's supporting cast was faced with the impossible assignment of getting clean shots up over the twin towers.  Playing Dave Delcourt (18 points, 7 rebounds) on Trevor allowed TD to pressure the support cast with Ben and Erik Brown, making good shots tough to come by.

    The Trombones weren't able to hold onto a 46-41 lead with 7 minutes left, as momentum constantly shifted from team to team in an effort to determine a winner.  Trever ended up tying the game at 50 with a long 3 and just 2 minutes left, but a parade to the free throw line by Tenacious D, and a disputed 2 pointer, kept the Rusty Trombones from winning their third straight game.  Ben Brown (14 points, 7 rebounds) had an excellent game on offense, hitting turnarounds in the paint over smaller defenders.  Erik "Phi Slamma Jamma" Brown (11 points, 16 rebounds, 5 blocks) lost the league lead in blocks despite swatting 5, and that battle should be an epic as the season progresses.  Sam Stern (10 points, 6 rebounds) steadied the offense down the stretch, and despite 14 team turnovers, Tenacious D found a way to win late yet again.  Next week, Tenacious D plays another one-dimensional team in TFT, and the Trombones get a bye. 

    Tenacious D
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ben Brown144332126467% 00NA
    Dave Delcourt1861220510660% 00NA
    Erik Brown11151205333100% 00NA
    Sam Stern105120034125% 00NA
    Wes Horth200110000NA 00NA
    Will Conkling001200100NA 00NA

    Rusty Trombones
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Bell52113122150% 00NA
    Andy Capalbo011100200NA 00NA
    Luke English410010200NA 00NA
    Matt Wells1131330100NA 00NA
    Trevor McAndrew3311132208113% 00NA

    Seriously, That's Enough 53  Off 48

    T'ed Up: Williams Tossed, STE Hangs On

    In a close, highly competitive game, tempers tend to flare and emotions are worn on one's sleeve.  Chris Williams (12 points, 10 rebounds) of Off (3-1) paid the ultimate price for getting riled up last night, getting hit with consecutive technicals with 16 minutes left in the contest, in a four point game.  His teammates rallied in his absence, taking a slim lead and trading baskets with Seriously, That's Enough (2-2) down the stretch, but couldn't find enough offense without their go-to lowpost pressence to pull out the win.  John Schmid (11 points) and Chris Mercer (10 points, 6 rebounds) did most of their damage in the first half when Williams was drawing doubleteams.  Even though it was a close game throughout, I have to believe that the outcome would have been much different had Williams been able to play the whole game, as he got into a rythem right before halftime and was carrying it over to the second half.

    Nip Jethi (18 points, 8 rebounds) did most of his damage once Williams left the game (14 points) and the middle of the floor opened up for him.  The Greaser (15 points, 10 assists) made sure that STE hung on late, hitting wide open teammates for lay-ups while Erik Swift (12 points, 5 rebounds) played a very composed game without forcing anything.  With Williams off the floor, STE had no problem on defense, holding Off to just 20 points for the entire second half.  Seriously is back at .500 and will look to improve against the Irate Ambassadors next week.  What hurts Off even more, besides losing a winnable game, is that Williams will be watching next week's contest against undefeated Silky Johnson from the balcony, due to the one game suspension that accompanies getting tossed from a league game.  Off will have a tough time with Silky while missing their best post player. 

    Seriously, That's Enough
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Dave Kichen154071137457% 00NA
    Derek Zundl86302046350% 00NA
    Erik Swift125022142150% 00NA
    Keith Ward020000100NA 00NA
    Nip Jethi1872120044100% 00NA

    Off
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Green931420200NA 00NA
    Chris Mercer103313046467% 00NA
    Chris Williams12551101100% 00NA
    John Schmid112201114250% 00NA
    Troy Parks6621204200% 00NA

    MFA Dream Team 37  Silky Johnson 70

    Silky Gives MFA Nightmares

    Things started out ugly for MFA Dream Team (1-2) last night, and only got worse as the game progressed.  Silky Johnson (4-0) jumped out to a 17-2 lead behind Adam O'Connor (21 points) and never looked back.  A 39-13 lead at the break assured Silky of the victory, and the offense coasted for the remainder of the game.  Cullen Roberts (14 points, 9 rebounds) had a breakout game and John Smith (12 points, 15 rebounds) dominated the first half of play.  Stein and Haven combined for 15 points, 15 boards and 20 assists on the night.  At one point, Silky had 12 assits on their first 14 baskets, as good as you can ask for in terms of ball movement and execution.

    For MFA, it was a dissapointing showing coming off of last week's upset of STE.  Josh Rose (17 points, 13 rebounds, 4 blocks) picked up his game in the second half, but there wasn't anything he could do to bring his team back.  Bill Hewson (7 points, 7 rebounds) had a tough time against the bigger guards of Silky, and creating his shot wasn't as easy with Silky's bigs in the middle of the floor.  MFA gets a chance to bounce back next week against the guys of ODB. 

    MFA Dream Team
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bill Duratti42100022150% 00NA
    Bill Hewson761111322100% 00NA
    Craig Eaton10000002150% 00NA
    Greg Keohan411000300NA 00NA
    Jason Khalil012000000NA 00NA
    Josh Rose1794014233100% 00NA
    Rich Pacheco230011100NA 00NA
    Rob Busch011000100NA 00NA

    Silky Johnson
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Adam O'Connor212121116467% 00NA
    Cullen Roberts1454010100NA 00NA
    David Stein981700100NA 00NA
    John Smith1296222300NA 00NA
    Josh Hoekwater851211100NA 00NA
    Mike Haven63261044250% 00NA

    Irate Ambassadors 45  CTC 70

    CTC Explodes on Offense

    CTC didn't play like the game didn't count, breaking open a tense 30-25 game with a 18-4 run to start the second half of play.  The b.Good Player of the Week Pete Wilson (18 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) hit guys with passes that put them in position for easy scorers.  Thanks to Brandon Freeman (18 points, 5 rebounds) hitting all his lay-ups, Wilson got the triple double with 6 minutes left in the game, just before he came out for good.  Mark Katz (26 points, 12 rebounds) led all scorers and abused the Irate Ambassadors shorter defenders.  In an effort to keep the guys happy, Kaplan (6 points, 7 rebounds) and Elliot Freeman (2 points, 7 rebounds) both get some well-deserved pub for their contributions to the 'winning' effort.

    For Irate, Mike Sweeney (23 points) continues to be the catalyst on offense, and missing Mike Laptewicz for the second week in a row really hurt these guys.  Spyros Photopoulos (8 points, 6 rebounds) stepped his game up, and if Irate wants to win on this court more often, they're going to have to hit him down in the post more often.  Genzyme gets the forfeit and will have their bye next week, giving them two weeks to improve their game plans.  Next week, Irate takes on Seriously, That's Enough, while CTC will play a game that counts against Kool Aid and new addition Ed Finn.

    Irate Ambassadors
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Jesse Johnson420000400NA 00NA
    Jon Glumac031400100NA 00NA
    Michael Sweeney23010301200% 00NA
    Mike Sorrento55113015360% 00NA
    Rob Vigneau56110012150% 00NA
    Spyros Photopoulos833110200NA 00NA

Standings B1 Spring 2006 Thru Week 16
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Off11-10.917W5066.8055.00
2Little Nasty8-30.727L1369.9259.46
3Rusty Trombones8-40.667L2368.5462.08
4Silky Johnson8-40.667W1368.6958.92
5Tenacious D8-40.667L3360.4654.14
6Kool Aid7-40.636L1467.2158.57
7Seriously, That's Enough8-50.615L1365.0063.71
8Old Dirty Bastrds6-60.500W1559.4661.15
9MFA Dream Team5-70.417W1647.0869.00
10CTC3-90.250L2857.6762.83
11TFT3-90.250L1868.0074.25
12Genzyme1-100.091L81054.9068.64
13Irate Ambassadors1-110.083L71051.9268.67
Points Per Game
1Trevor McAndrew
Rusty Trombones
32.25
2Joel Cuadrado
TFT
30.18
3Josh Rose
MFA Dream Team
29.44
4Dave Delcourt
Tenacious D
25.91
5Dan Herman
Old Dirty Bastrds
24.33
6Jon Mazzone
Kool Aid
24.08
7Michael Manning
Little Nasty
23.92

Player Rater
1Trevor McAndrew
Rusty Trombones
78.2912
2Josh Rose
MFA Dream Team
62.119
3Jon Mazzone
Kool Aid
57.1913
4Joel Cuadrado
TFT
53.3611
5Mark Katz
CTC
49.9111
6Michael Manning
Little Nasty
49.3513
7Nip Jethi
Seriously, That's Enough
48.7112
8Jason Tibbetts
Little Nasty
48.4213
9Chris Williams
Off
47.3614
10Erik Brown
Tenacious D
46.7912

Rebounds Per Game
1Trevor McAndrew
Rusty Trombones
18.25
2Josh Rose
MFA Dream Team
14.22
3Erik Brown
Tenacious D
13.25
4Jon Mazzone
Kool Aid
12.85
5Nip Jethi
Seriously, That's Enough
12.25
6Mark Katz
CTC
12.00
7Willie Gonzalez
TFT
11.73

3s Per Game
1Mark Katz
CTC
0.00nan%
1Kip West
Old Dirty Bastrds
0.00nan%
1Wes Horth
Tenacious D
0.00nan%
1Keith Ward
Seriously, That's Enough
0.00nan%
1Luke English
Rusty Trombones
0.00nan%
1Richard Manning
Genzyme
0.00nan%
1Spyros Photopoulos
Irate Ambassadors
0.00nan%
1Jon Mazzone
Kool Aid
0.00nan%
1Josh Hoekwater
Silky Johnson
0.00nan%
1Troy Parks
Off
0.00nan%
1Mike Kaplan
CTC
0.00nan%
1Will Conkling
Tenacious D
0.00nan%
1Mike Lopez
TFT
0.00nan%
1Matt Wells
Rusty Trombones
0.00nan%
1John Edwards
Little Nasty
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Dave Kichen
Seriously, That's Enough
5.25
2Troy Parks
Off
4.57
3David Stein
Silky Johnson
4.50
4Erik Swift
Seriously, That's Enough
4.21
5Mike Haven
Silky Johnson
4.09
6Jon Mazzone
Kool Aid
4.08
7Trevor McAndrew
Rusty Trombones
3.92