Winter 2012: B1 League Champs: Off Ourselves

    Nobody beat Off Ourselves all season
    Team Bring It 75 Off Ourselves 84

    First off, I want to say congratulations to everyone on a great season here in the Wall Ball Arena. We only had 6 teams, but those 6 teams made the most of it. Just look at the Wet Tebows. Also, if you haven\'t already, go sign up for next season, as the window of opportunity is closing fast. Now, on to the game..

    Going into this one, I was pretty sure that Off Ourselves was going to accomplish something that a certain football team that plays in Foxboro failed to do a few years ago, and run the table to win the championship. Why did I bring that up? Now I\'m depressed..

    Anyway, I fully expected Off Ourselves to win tonight, but if there was any team that could have a chance to beat them, it was Team Bring It. In the line/analysis I did on the boards, I already talked about the potential matchups. Unfortunately for TBI, they were missing an important piece in Jim D for this one, and I can only assume his presence would have really helped, and may even have pushed them over the top. Where are his priorities?

    Game time rolled around, and I can\'t believe it, but the MVP isn\'t even here for OO! Is it too late for me to rescind the award and give it to Polansky? It is? Oh well.

    Even without the MVP, OO jumped out to an early lead, on the strength of some good shooting from 3 from Khalid, who went 4 for 8 in the first half. Guess he could have won the Ray Allen award, too. You know, thinking back, OO probably could have swept the awards this season (except the Donaghy award, which may have to be renamed the Sydorko award), but what fun would that have been?

    TBI struggled to find their offense in the early minutes of this one, especially Mazz, who went 0 for 4 from downtown in the first half, and was just plain off. They got their shit together about 5 minutes in, as Bayley knocked down a 3 to cut the OO lead to 11-7, then hit a layup on the break to cut it to 11-9, but that was the closest TBI would get in this one, as OO recovered and Khalid knocked down a couple 3\'s, to extend the lead to 23-15 a few minutes later.

    You know it\'s a championship game from the intensity of the guys on the court. Some guys play with their emotions, and others play like Bobby. But like I said, this is the championship, and even Bobby isn\'t immune to the intensity of the moment, and, to my surprise, there was a point where he actually yelled at the ref. Did that just happen? I didn\'t know he could raise his voice..

    As the first half drew to a close, Off Ourselves went on a run. Carpin knocked down a 3 to put them up 11, Bruno showed up (late), stepped on the court, got a steal and knocked down a 3 on the other end, and generally caused havoc defensively with 3 of his 4 steals in the 7 minutes of the first half he played after he showed up, and Off Ourselves led 52-33 at the break. So much for my 5.5 point line.

    At the half, TBI was discussing adjustments, and must have realized that Drew was getting wherever he wanted with the ball, and maybe it would be a good idea to get him the rock a little more. Well, it was a good idea, and TBI went on a run behind that, cutting the lead to 12 in the first few minutes, then tightening up on defense and cutting the lead to 7 after Mazz sunk a couple free throws, making the score 66-59 with 6 minutes left.

    But that was the closest TBI would get in the second half. As the clock wound down, fouling time started, and OO looked like they were trying to give it away. Dillan went to the line 7 times late in the game, and only hit 1 free throw, but luckully for OO, the shoulda-been MVP Adam Polansky was there to get two HUGE offensive rebounds off of the Shafer (and Corbett) misses in the last minute, and Off Ourselves was able to hold on and complete the perfect season. Shut up, Mercury Morris.

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    Team Bring It 75  Off Ourselves 84

    Nobody beat Off Ourselves all season

    First off, I want to say congratulations to everyone on a great season here in the Wall Ball Arena. We only had 6 teams, but those 6 teams made the most of it. Just look at the Wet Tebows. Also, if you haven't already, go sign up for next season, as the window of opportunity is closing fast. Now, on to the game..

    Going into this one, I was pretty sure that Off Ourselves was going to accomplish something that a certain football team that plays in Foxboro failed to do a few years ago, and run the table to win the championship. Why did I bring that up? Now I'm depressed..

    Anyway, I fully expected Off Ourselves to win tonight, but if there was any team that could have a chance to beat them, it was Team Bring It. In the line/analysis I did on the boards, I already talked about the potential matchups. Unfortunately for TBI, they were missing an important piece in Jim D for this one, and I can only assume his presence would have really helped, and may even have pushed them over the top. Where are his priorities?

    Game time rolled around, and I can't believe it, but the MVP isn't even here for OO! Is it too late for me to rescind the award and give it to Polansky? It is? Oh well.

    Even without the MVP, OO jumped out to an early lead, on the strength of some good shooting from 3 from Khalid, who went 4 for 8 in the first half. Guess he could have won the Ray Allen award, too. You know, thinking back, OO probably could have swept the awards this season (except the Donaghy award, which may have to be renamed the Sydorko award), but what fun would that have been?

    TBI struggled to find their offense in the early minutes of this one, especially Mazz, who went 0 for 4 from downtown in the first half, and was just plain off. They got their shit together about 5 minutes in, as Bayley knocked down a 3 to cut the OO lead to 11-7, then hit a layup on the break to cut it to 11-9, but that was the closest TBI would get in this one, as OO recovered and Khalid knocked down a couple 3's, to extend the lead to 23-15 a few minutes later.

    You know it's a championship game from the intensity of the guys on the court. Some guys play with their emotions, and others play like Bobby. But like I said, this is the championship, and even Bobby isn't immune to the intensity of the moment, and, to my surprise, there was a point where he actually yelled at the ref. Did that just happen? I didn't know he could raise his voice..

    As the first half drew to a close, Off Ourselves went on a run. Carpin knocked down a 3 to put them up 11, Bruno showed up (late), stepped on the court, got a steal and knocked down a 3 on the other end, and generally caused havoc defensively with 3 of his 4 steals in the 7 minutes of the first half he played after he showed up, and Off Ourselves led 52-33 at the break. So much for my 5.5 point line.

    At the half, TBI was discussing adjustments, and must have realized that Drew was getting wherever he wanted with the ball, and maybe it would be a good idea to get him the rock a little more. Well, it was a good idea, and TBI went on a run behind that, cutting the lead to 12 in the first few minutes, then tightening up on defense and cutting the lead to 7 after Mazz sunk a couple free throws, making the score 66-59 with 6 minutes left.

    But that was the closest TBI would get in the second half. As the clock wound down, fouling time started, and OO looked like they were trying to give it away. Dillan went to the line 7 times late in the game, and only hit 1 free throw, but luckully for OO, the shoulda-been MVP Adam Polansky was there to get two HUGE offensive rebounds off of the Shafer (and Corbett) misses in the last minute, and Off Ourselves was able to hold on and complete the perfect season. Shut up, Mercury Morris.

    Team Bring It
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bobby Colantonio2150530033100% 3267%
    Drew Legare2010241022100% 100%
    Jim Bayley2111023007343% 5240%
    Jon Mazzone139220006467% 6117%
    Mike Cadman010000000NA 100%

    Off Ourselves
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Adam Polansky292311006583% 9444%
    Alexander Bruno531040000NA 3133%
    Dillan Shafer53200207114% 00NA
    Gary Corbett21110330012975% 6350%
    John Carpin510111022100% 2150%
    Khalid Lakanwal14103100100% 10440%
    Kwesi Jones220220000NA 00NA
    Scott Bailey000100000NA 00NA

Standings B1 W12 Thru Week 11
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Off Ourselves9-01.000W9074.3661.50
2Team Bring It7-20.778W1274.3669.55
3Balls Deep5-40.556L1473.1064.00
4Eck's Crew2-70.222W1755.2268.22
5Moses Guthrie's Ghost2-70.222L1762.6364.56
6Wet Bandits2-70.222L6760.2075.20
Points Per Game
1Henry Louis
Eck's Crew
26.75
2Malcolm Greene
Moses Guthrie's Ghost
26.25
3Matt Bouvier
Balls Deep
23.38
4Adam Polansky
Off Ourselves
21.22
5Derek Barauskas
Wet Bandits
19.00
6Bill Crowley
Wet Bandits
18.67
7Terry Henderson
Balls Deep
18.10

Player Rater
1Malcolm Greene
Moses Guthrie's Ghost
52.568
2Adam Polansky
Off Ourselves
46.789
3Matt Bouvier
Balls Deep
45.508
4Derek Barauskas
Wet Bandits
43.9010
4Terry Henderson
Balls Deep
43.9010
6Henry Louis
Eck's Crew
42.698
7Mike Kuzdeba
Balls Deep
41.3010
8Dillan Shafer
Off Ourselves
41.229
9Jim Bayley
Team Bring It
40.789
10Pat Hingston
Wet Bandits
40.638

Rebounds Per Game
1Pat Hingston
Wet Bandits
10.75
2Jim Bayley
Team Bring It
10.44
3Malcolm Greene
Moses Guthrie's Ghost
10.38
4Dillan Shafer
Off Ourselves
10.00
5Spencer Ross
Eck's Crew
9.33
6Adam Polansky
Off Ourselves
8.89
7Raj Singh
Moses Guthrie's Ghost
8.83

3s Per Game
1Khalid Lakanwal
Off Ourselves
3.8841%
2Adam Polansky
Off Ourselves
3.0047%
3Ryan Ouellette
Balls Deep
2.7545%
4Jon Mazzone
Team Bring It
2.6735%
5Mike Cadman
Team Bring It
2.6448%
6Henry Louis
Eck's Crew
2.3825%
7Derek Barauskas
Wet Bandits
2.3024%

Assists Per Game
1Mike Kuzdeba
Balls Deep
6.70
2Khalid Lakanwal
Off Ourselves
4.50
3Terry Henderson
Balls Deep
3.70
4Alexander Bruno
Off Ourselves
3.43
5Bobby Colantonio
Team Bring It
3.36
6Adam Polansky
Off Ourselves
3.11
7Jon Mazzone
Team Bring It
3.00