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As Nasty As They Want To iThreei 9-of-12 From Arc Kills Genzyme In Second Half
Genzyme 40 Silk Nasties 64
Silk Nasties (12-1) essentially ran the entire table for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a slice of grandma's apple pie this season and capped off a fantastic run with the very first-ever CAC B2 5v5 title with a 24-point sheleighle-smashing victory over the Genzyme juggernaut.
Spencer LeFlem proved he was the regular season MVP for a reason with 14 points, three steals and a game-high seven assists to pick up the most valuable hardware for the finals as well. Not to be out-done ~ the captain of the newly-minted champs Jay Layman matched LeFlem point-for-point and was outstanding from three-land going 3-of-4 in the second half alone.
The second half is where it all happened for the Silksters as an ugly first half watched Genzyme (9-4) sputter from all over the court including an abysmal 0-for-8 from three-bee land but still only trailed by a bucket - 16-14 - at the break.
Doug Bisson (10 points) was the catalyst coming off the bench with big rebound after big rebound to start off the second stanza. The squad fed off Bisson's eneergy and pulled out to a nine-point lead 29-20 as Steve Barbuto (11 points) and LeFlem snapped back-to-back treys with just over 14 left in regulation.
The Nasties Three Party continued and resulted in a 22-8 run led mostly by Layman but it seemed as if the entire team was shooting at a 90% clip as the game wore on. Nothing even Pat Lawson's game-high 25 points could put a dent in as Lawson heated up big time in the second half but it was too little too late for the proud Gang Green.
Commentary by BFAB PHI SLAMMA JAMMA...
Genzyme 73 Scalped Tickets 38
Genzyme? Who are they? Must be new to CAC. HA, but really another league another Genzyme team and as I wouldn't expect anything less, they are stacked. Jumping out to an early 11-0 lead, Scalped Tickets needed desperately to crack that goose egg. They did shortly after but thanks to a malfunctioning clock it took a minute to register on the scoreboard. The first half was really all about the zyme, SMull was pretty much jus ridiculous, grabbed more boards than haircuts Tibbs has had in his entire life and scored on nearly offensive rebound he grabbed.
Silk Nasties 55 Sixth Sense 40
Just the Tip-Offs 22 Vicious and Delicious 25
It wasn't Flutie to Phelan, but former BC DB wins game with 3/4 court heave at buzzer.
Mark Maglio might have been in some exciting football games as a cornerback for the Boston College football team a few years ago, but one could only wonder if he ever experienced the thrill he did Thursday night in his team's 25-22 opening night win in B2 5 V 5.
Yes folks.....25-22...final....and yes, this is a basketball score...
Maglio's club, Vicious and Delicious, was tied with Just the Tip-Off's with 3 seconds left when Maglio took a pass from near his own foul line and launched a Hail Mary the length of the floor...The shot seemed to stay in the air forever as I was about to ask referee Preston Raymond what the heck the CAC overtime policy was. But alas, no need as Maglio's prayer swished in and the capacity crowd rushed the floor...Well no fans were in attendance, but the 10 guys on V and D jumped around like they just won the ACC Title.
When you're trying to do a write-up of a game ending 25-22, you have to try and add some humor (something I don't seem to be doing as I read this story over) to take up some inches because defensive struggles are rough to write about.
V and D is deep with athletes and Maglio is the leader having scored a team-high 11 points. They don't have too many pure scorers on the squad but they can certainly defend and rebound. Sam Wagner and Brett Thatcher were too tough to contain all night and while Maglio was the star of the game, Wagner and Thatcher handled the grunt work, each putting up double digit rebounds.
JTTO didn't go down without a wicked fight as they were led by their captain, Jayme Mendal. No. 43 was all over the court scoring a game-high 12 points and pulling down 10 boards. But unfortunately for them he was the only player to score in the second half for his team as JTTO falls to 0-1.
V and D did a great job on Dave Shapiro in the second half limiting his touches, however, Shapiro did come away with 10 rebounds and 5 steals.
Foul shooting killed JTTO in this one going 1-for-6 for the game and 0-for-4 in the second half.
Steamboats 54 Runnin' Rebels 58
Night cap at the Morse down to the wire, but favored Rebels survive scare
The preseason favorite Runnin Rebels must have just been happy to get out of the Morse with a victory in the B2 5 v 5 opener as they just held off a dangerous Steamboats team, 58-54. Based on some of the ball we saw in the first day of action it would not be a stretch at all to see these two teams meet again deep in the postseason.
The Runnin Rebels.......now I must chime in that I am assuming this team name has something to do with UNLV basketball and since that Runnin Rebels team with LJ, Anderson Hunt, Greg Anthony and Stacey Augmon was one of my favorite teams ever to watch --- I'm going to just call them UNLV the rest of this write-up.
UNLV got a balanced attack led by who else...Jamil Ball. The heady point guard had 12 points, 11 boards and 5 dimes while being the constant focus of the Steamboats' defensive gameplan.
Ball dished the rock all game and the beneficiaries of the that turned out to be newcomer James Lambert and Chris Kelliher who each had team-high's of 14 points. Harold Smith reached double figures with 10 as well for UNLV who opens the season at 1-0.
The Steamboats fell behind early in the second half only to make a furious rally behind their 1-2 punch of Martin Yuan and Mike Dinh. Yuan had a game-high 16 points while Dinh was all over the court scoring 13 points, pulling down 16 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists.Rugged forward Thuy Nguyen came away with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while big man Steve Zavackis was a major presence in the middle scoring 6 points and pulling down 14 boards.
While the glass belonged to the Stemaboats, the perimeter was controlled by UNLV. Ball is a terrific defensive player, but nobody is more in-your-face pressuring the ball than his teammate, Yan Sprewell. A defensive dynamo, Sprewell really slowed the Steamboats down as their offense sputtered with him disrupting their guards.
The Boys from Vegas never really looked like they got rolling in this one which is a bit scary for the rest of the league because when they are on offensively, it looks as though the Runnin Rebels will definitely have something to say as to who wins this league.
|Standings B2 5v5 Fall 2009 Thru Week 13|
|5||Vicious and Delicious||5-5||0.500||L2||4||45.75||45.42|
|6||Just the Tip-Offs||4-6||0.400||W1||5||46.18||49.18|
|Points Per Game|
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|Rebounds Per Game|
|6|| Manu Patten|
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|3s Per Game|
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Vicious and Delicious
Just the Tip-Offs
|Assists Per Game|