Spring 2010: B1 League Champs: Roc Boys

    Roc Boys Overcome 17 Point 2nd-Half Deficit To Win the East
    6 Foot 7 Rangas 62 Roc Boys 72

    In an CAC Instant Classic Roc Boys and 6 Foot 7 Rangas met up to decide the winner of the B1 East Spring 2010 session. After a long and grueling season we had one game left on the schedule and it was for all the marbles (B1 Uni game is a farce!). The Rangas were in attendance very early shooting around and getting warmed up for the contest and they had the look of a team that wasn’t about to f*ck around. Roc Boys on the other hand stumbled in 5 minutes after the scheduled game time and it was clear early that their lack of warm up time greatly impacted their start to the game.

    First off, Kevin rolled into the finals without his jersey (c’mon man!) and with this being the finals and all I had to award Roc Boys a technical and a trip to the line for the Rangas before the action even started. This seemed to get things going for the Rangas as they jumped out to a 10-5 early lead minutes in. Bmul was the story to open the game for the Rangas as he was really on point from deep. I called his a$$ out before the game in the lines and he rose to the challenge in this one dropping 3 quick threes in the first frame. Roc Boys had no answer for Bmul as he was very crisp in this one, especially in the first half.

    The Rangas maintained a healthy lead in the first half largely due to the initial surge by Bmul but offensive rebounds is what really killed the Boys of the Roc in the first half. With Roach (their pg!) as the only one really battling inside (9 rebs) Smul, Jmul and even Bmul had their way on the glass combining for 12 offensive rebounds in the game (most of which came in the first half). These 2nd chance opportunities led to more buckets for the Rangas and created a demoralizing feeling on the Roc Boys’ sidelines.

    Roc Boys though, as they have done all season, played their game and battled their faces off, even when it seemed like a blowout was about to ensue. Roach was just ridiculous winding down the first half, stroking deep threes in people’s faces and slicing up the Rangas D like he was paid to do it. Roach was the only real source of consistent offense for Roc Boys and his brilliant play allowed he and his boys to keep the game close as the Rangas led by only 6 at the break.

    Roach kept it going in the 2nd half as drained a big 3 to open the frame bringing Roc Boys to within 3 and it looked like we had a game that was about to go down to the wire. Then there was that Bmul kid as he answered with a 3 of his own to give the Rangas a 6 point lead,…and from there the rout was on. Roc Boys started to struggle mightily on offense as the Rangas picked up the defensive intensity, starting with Smul who had 3 blocks in the game as he clogged the paint worse than a clogged toilet. The Rangas moved the ball effectively on offense and played good, solid, crisp basketball to get open looks without forcing the issue. Within minutes the 6 point lead swelled to 17 and it looked like the Rangas had all but punched a ticket to the B1 Uni game…

    Not so fast my friends. With 13 minutes to go and desperation starting to set in Roc Boys decided to wake up and get crazy on the defensive end. Roc Boys, led by Roach and Omar, were animals on defense creating what felt like 10 steals in a row which led to easy buckets. After Roach and Omar knocked down some threes Roc Boys were down 8 all of a sudden with 10 minutes to play! Roach and Omar continued their onslaught on both ends of the floor and minutes later Roc Boys were down just 3! “Holy shit” I whispered to myself. The Rangas called a timeout to gather themselves as they were just as shocked as I was.

    When we resumed action it was clear Roc Boys had all of the momentum and were not about to relinquish anything to a Rangas squad that had the look of a team that was playing not to lose. But this comeback belonged to Roc Boys as Roach buried a deep 3 to give Roc Boys their first lead with 5 minutes to go. “First lead with 5 minutes to go”…remember that Rangas.

    It was the defense that got Roc Boys back into it though. The Rangas couldn’t get anything going on offense as a result and this was the main reason for the Roc Boys comeback; that and they simply wanted it more down the stretch. As a team the Rangas struggled to get the ball inside to Smul and Jmul and Roc Boys’ superior guard play really gave the Rangas trouble on D. Where was this all game from your squad John?

    I guess it didn’t matter. With under 3 minutes to play Kevin hit a demoralizing 3 and Omar capped off the epic comeback with a break away dunk to give Roc Boys a 7 point lead with little time remaining. From here on out Roc Boys just had to cling to their lead to win…and they did.

    The Rangas did all they could do mount a comeback of their own in the waning minutes, but the emotional swing proved to be too much. The Rangas owned this game for 33 minutes, but one stretch by Roc Boys proved to be the difference. Smul, Bmul and company can only wonder wtf went wrong because that is what I am thinking. Nonetheless, both teams should be credited for having great seasons and making the B1 East Finals. Tonight though belonged to the Roc Boys who successfully defended their B1 East crown to move on to face Terry’s “sandbag job” team in the B1 Unification game. Great game Roc Boys; you guys really earned it. For the first time I can honestly say I am rooting for you guys so good luck in the Uni game and make the East proud!

    Oh and John if you don’t more than 2 freaking rebounds you guys are TOAST! No butter…

    Game Notes…

    1. Finals MVP: Roach…kid was ridic. tonight…finally decided to show up and play the way I know he is capable…I guess his shoulder healed just in time for a stud performance…30 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block gets my MVP vote…good job bud.

    2. Omar was *key* in the Roc Boys comeback. He really brought a clutch spark off the bench and willed his team to victory. Nice dunk too, I always like to see that. Omar’s best game of the year hands down…at the right time too!

    3. Rangas…sigh…I know it hurts and I am sorry for you guys but listen: Bmul had it going…you guys HAVE to find a way to get him the ball/open looks…initially I thought he was just being a bitch down the stretch and shying away from the ball but I thought about it more and realized he never really got touches because of the turnovers and lack of any sort of team cohesion on offense…I may be wrong but he should have touched the ball much more towards the end…By the time he did it was too late…Great season though regardless; I didn’t think you guys would make it this far.

    4. Like I predicted, 3-point shooting was the difference in this one…Had to throw that out there…Roc Boys: 8/14...Rangas: 4/9...Both great percentages but I am looking at the makes…significant difference.

    5. This isn’t game related but I had to throw it in there: Sundell is the best beer-chugger I have ever seen. No contest. Guy is a machine.

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    6 Foot 7 Rangas 62  Roc Boys 72

    Roc Boys Overcome 17 Point 2nd-Half Deficit To Win the East

    In an CAC Instant Classic Roc Boys and 6 Foot 7 Rangas met up to decide the winner of the B1 East Spring 2010 session. After a long and grueling season we had one game left on the schedule and it was for all the marbles (B1 Uni game is a farce!). The Rangas were in attendance very early shooting around and getting warmed up for the contest and they had the look of a team that wasn’t about to f*ck around. Roc Boys on the other hand stumbled in 5 minutes after the scheduled game time and it was clear early that their lack of warm up time greatly impacted their start to the game.

    First off, Kevin rolled into the finals without his jersey (c’mon man!) and with this being the finals and all I had to award Roc Boys a technical and a trip to the line for the Rangas before the action even started. This seemed to get things going for the Rangas as they jumped out to a 10-5 early lead minutes in. Bmul was the story to open the game for the Rangas as he was really on point from deep. I called his a$$ out before the game in the lines and he rose to the challenge in this one dropping 3 quick threes in the first frame. Roc Boys had no answer for Bmul as he was very crisp in this one, especially in the first half.

    The Rangas maintained a healthy lead in the first half largely due to the initial surge by Bmul but offensive rebounds is what really killed the Boys of the Roc in the first half. With Roach (their pg!) as the only one really battling inside (9 rebs) Smul, Jmul and even Bmul had their way on the glass combining for 12 offensive rebounds in the game (most of which came in the first half). These 2nd chance opportunities led to more buckets for the Rangas and created a demoralizing feeling on the Roc Boys’ sidelines.

    Roc Boys though, as they have done all season, played their game and battled their faces off, even when it seemed like a blowout was about to ensue. Roach was just ridiculous winding down the first half, stroking deep threes in people’s faces and slicing up the Rangas D like he was paid to do it. Roach was the only real source of consistent offense for Roc Boys and his brilliant play allowed he and his boys to keep the game close as the Rangas led by only 6 at the break.

    Roach kept it going in the 2nd half as drained a big 3 to open the frame bringing Roc Boys to within 3 and it looked like we had a game that was about to go down to the wire. Then there was that Bmul kid as he answered with a 3 of his own to give the Rangas a 6 point lead,…and from there the rout was on. Roc Boys started to struggle mightily on offense as the Rangas picked up the defensive intensity, starting with Smul who had 3 blocks in the game as he clogged the paint worse than a clogged toilet. The Rangas moved the ball effectively on offense and played good, solid, crisp basketball to get open looks without forcing the issue. Within minutes the 6 point lead swelled to 17 and it looked like the Rangas had all but punched a ticket to the B1 Uni game…

    Not so fast my friends. With 13 minutes to go and desperation starting to set in Roc Boys decided to wake up and get crazy on the defensive end. Roc Boys, led by Roach and Omar, were animals on defense creating what felt like 10 steals in a row which led to easy buckets. After Roach and Omar knocked down some threes Roc Boys were down 8 all of a sudden with 10 minutes to play! Roach and Omar continued their onslaught on both ends of the floor and minutes later Roc Boys were down just 3! “Holy shit” I whispered to myself. The Rangas called a timeout to gather themselves as they were just as shocked as I was.

    When we resumed action it was clear Roc Boys had all of the momentum and were not about to relinquish anything to a Rangas squad that had the look of a team that was playing not to lose. But this comeback belonged to Roc Boys as Roach buried a deep 3 to give Roc Boys their first lead with 5 minutes to go. “First lead with 5 minutes to go”…remember that Rangas.

    It was the defense that got Roc Boys back into it though. The Rangas couldn’t get anything going on offense as a result and this was the main reason for the Roc Boys comeback; that and they simply wanted it more down the stretch. As a team the Rangas struggled to get the ball inside to Smul and Jmul and Roc Boys’ superior guard play really gave the Rangas trouble on D. Where was this all game from your squad John?

    I guess it didn’t matter. With under 3 minutes to play Kevin hit a demoralizing 3 and Omar capped off the epic comeback with a break away dunk to give Roc Boys a 7 point lead with little time remaining. From here on out Roc Boys just had to cling to their lead to win…and they did.

    The Rangas did all they could do mount a comeback of their own in the waning minutes, but the emotional swing proved to be too much. The Rangas owned this game for 33 minutes, but one stretch by Roc Boys proved to be the difference. Smul, Bmul and company can only wonder wtf went wrong because that is what I am thinking. Nonetheless, both teams should be credited for having great seasons and making the B1 East Finals. Tonight though belonged to the Roc Boys who successfully defended their B1 East crown to move on to face Terry’s “sandbag job” team in the B1 Unification game. Great game Roc Boys; you guys really earned it. For the first time I can honestly say I am rooting for you guys so good luck in the Uni game and make the East proud!

    Oh and John if you don’t more than 2 freaking rebounds you guys are TOAST! No butter…

    Game Notes…

    1. Finals MVP: Roach…kid was ridic. tonight…finally decided to show up and play the way I know he is capable…I guess his shoulder healed just in time for a stud performance…30 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block gets my MVP vote…good job bud.

    2. Omar was *key* in the Roc Boys comeback. He really brought a clutch spark off the bench and willed his team to victory. Nice dunk too, I always like to see that. Omar’s best game of the year hands down…at the right time too!

    3. Rangas…sigh…I know it hurts and I am sorry for you guys but listen: Bmul had it going…you guys HAVE to find a way to get him the ball/open looks…initially I thought he was just being a bitch down the stretch and shying away from the ball but I thought about it more and realized he never really got touches because of the turnovers and lack of any sort of team cohesion on offense…I may be wrong but he should have touched the ball much more towards the end…By the time he did it was too late…Great season though regardless; I didn’t think you guys would make it this far.

    4. Like I predicted, 3-point shooting was the difference in this one…Had to throw that out there…Roc Boys: 8/14...Rangas: 4/9...Both great percentages but I am looking at the makes…significant difference.

    5. This isn’t game related but I had to throw it in there: Sundell is the best beer-chugger I have ever seen. No contest. Guy is a machine.

    6 Foot 7 Rangas
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brad Mulholland2145000055100% 6467%
    Brian Sundell61120004250% 200%
    Dave Mello200110000NA 100%
    Evan Batchis001100000NA 00NA
    John Mulholland196151106467% 00NA
    Josh Mahoney010100000NA 00NA
    Scott Mulholland1511230306350% 00NA

    Roc Boys
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    John Thompson6110210100% 00NA
    Kevin Orellana7452040200% 11100%
    Kyle Silva500012022100% 2150%
    Omar Orriols2440321099100% 4250%
    Romario Santos308022105240% 7457%

Standings B1 East S10 Thru Week 12
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
13 Of Us8-10.889L1088.1068.10
2Team Ramrod8-10.889W6068.1855.09
36 Foot 7 Rangas7-20.778W5165.4260.75
4Fuego Fuego6-30.667W4269.6065.80
5Heavy Hitters5-40.556W1372.4570.82
6Genzyme4-50.444L1473.2075.40
7Roc Boys4-50.444L3469.2566.50
8The Upstate Connection4-50.444W2471.3075.30
9Sin City Shooters3-60.333L2567.7868.56
10The Firm3-60.333W1571.3374.22
11Conor Larkins2-70.222L6654.5665.11
12Oh n Tin0-90.000L9845.4478.67
Points Per Game
1Alex Lanfear
The Upstate Connection
30.43
2Pat Lawson
Genzyme
29.14
3Chris Hall
Heavy Hitters
27.36
4Josh Bruno
The Firm
27.11
5Chris Maciejczak
3 Of Us
26.36
6Bryan Bingham
Sin City Shooters
22.44
7Ethan Baron
Oh n Tin
20.50

Player Rater
1Alex Lanfear
The Upstate Connection
68.867
2Bryan Bingham
Sin City Shooters
63.289
3Chris Maciejczak
3 Of Us
59.3611
4Scott Mulholland
6 Foot 7 Rangas
56.0812
5Pat Lawson
Genzyme
52.297
6Chris Hall
Heavy Hitters
52.1811
7Brett Armstrong
3 Of Us
51.1510
8Josh Bruno
The Firm
50.679
9Eric Nordstrom
Heavy Hitters
48.568
10Max Kinkade
Team Ramrod
47.2711

Rebounds Per Game
1Scott Mulholland
6 Foot 7 Rangas
15.17
2Alex Lanfear
The Upstate Connection
13.43
3Bryan Bingham
Sin City Shooters
13.22
4Eric Nordstrom
Heavy Hitters
13.13
5Mike Albert
Team Ramrod
13.00
6Tom Heffernan
3 Of Us
12.67
7Noah Winkeller
Conor Larkins
12.44

3s Per Game
1Chris Hall
Heavy Hitters
6.0951%
2Josh Bruno
The Firm
5.7836%
3Chris Maciejczak
3 Of Us
5.0953%
4Pat Lawson
Genzyme
4.1451%
5Matt Kaplan
3 Of Us
2.7044%
6Zachary Parker
The Upstate Connection
2.6037%
7Dan McNamara
The Upstate Connection
2.5034%

Assists Per Game
1Matt Kaplan
3 Of Us
5.90
2Brett Armstrong
3 Of Us
4.70
3Chris Hall
Heavy Hitters
4.27
4Jeff Ruggiero
Genzyme
4.22
5Kenny Miller
Heavy Hitters
4.14
6Garrett Tingle
Genzyme
3.86
7Andrew Smith
Conor Larkins
3.67