Fall 2009: B2 5v5 League Champs: Silk Nasties

    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.

    Random Notes:

    • James Porter (Genzyme) injured his ankle with Genzyme trailing 10-8 early in the first half.  Huge loss for the Evil Empire as Porter averaged a stich under 8 points a game with five rebounds.  Porter left the gym to get looked at - here's to hoping his holidays are not ruined. 
    • Polled the Genzyme sqaud after the game ~ basically unanimously thought Jay Layman's dagger's were the difference and he deserved the MVP. I agree - and true to being a captain - he deferred to the player who got him his first CAC B2 title as GM, LeFlem.
    • Rumor has it the B2 5v5 is expanding - and not only that, but to 16 teams and counting?!  Not sure if there is a wait list - but that is impressive that the word is getting out that quick that the B2 5v5 is the place to be. 
    • Genzyme bows out of the B2 5v5 arena with the tough loss.  Maybe back in the spring but Genzyme is shooting for the tougher B1 5v5 on Thursday nights this winter.  Great run fellas.
    • Silk Nasties alter-ego - XJV - are joining the Thirsty Thursday party next season as well after two successful runs in the C 5v5.  Seems like we may have a natural rivalry brewing already.
    • Kimball was in foul trouble midway through the second half adding to his light day in the stats department but it was the usually steady Van Tran that suffered the most with only four points before fouling out with four minutes to play and walked off conceding the victory to the Nasties.  I know Van - it bothered him, but he'll be back. 
    • Scott Mulholland (7 points) would have pulled a three-peat if Genzyme was able to pull it off.  Mulholland won a title in A1 4v4 on Tuesday, took home the banner in B1 4v4 on Wednesday and would have been the first person ever in the CAC (confirmed) to take down three championships in one full season.  A few have two in one season - list too long to type - but no one ever took down three.  Thanks to the Silksters ~ still no one has the three title belts. 

    Scores, Box Scores & Write-Ups

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    Commentary by BFAB PHI SLAMMA JAMMA...

    Genzyme 73  Scalped Tickets 38

    Finallllllllllly

    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.

    Beirut, Kmiec and whats that Peredna? Yes all 5 feet of him were just owning the boards which made it tough for ST to get any second chance opportunities.  And you could tell, it was the first week of the season, cuz shots just weren't dropping.  Despite zymes rebounding dominance, Johnson, Pugh, and Payumo did do their best to compete on the glass.  More so on the defensive end with a combined 24, which isn't too shabby. 

    We saw a little more offense flow from ST in the second, Hebert hit a couple long range treys and Chrissey put up some layups, a trey, and a couple foul shots on perfect shooting from the line.  But with more offensive production from the Tickets came more offensive production from Genzyme.  Harvey and Van the Man Tran were lighting up from the 3 point line at every opportunity.  Hey Harv, how many times have you checked to see if this writeup was up?? I apologize, I was simply doing my best Tibbs impersonation of the womens 4v4 final game writeup from last season. 

    No worries though, BFab and his novels will be back, more to read but less to look at.  Good luck this season, I hope I don't have to see you again unless the Player Prez grovels at my feet again during my season off, that is.

    Genzyme
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Christopher Harvey133421002150% 4250%
    Dave Bierut6912010100% 00NA
    Keith Palos611010000NA 200%
    Matt Peredna774430022100% 2150%
    Mike Kmiec754301011100% 00NA
    Scott Mulholland141452110200% 00NA
    Van Tran2243420000NA 13646%

    Scalped Tickets
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    David DelSesto431010000NA 00NA
    Gustave Hebert1212010000NA 6233%
    Jason Johnson511202403133% 00NA
    Jesse Pugh86122002150% 3133%
    Torin Crissey913121022100% 3133%

    Silk Nasties 55  Sixth Sense 40

    I'm Slow


    I apologize for the delay in posting these writeups but don't worry you won't be seeing me again, you'll be seeing BFab and then subsequently reading his novel long writeups probably posted just as late as these were.  After seeing these games, I didn't mind doing the Prez a favor and filling in for the night as it was some quality hoops.  After a rout in game 1, a much closer matchup was on our hands for game 2.

    If I missed some stats it wasn't because I was text messaging it was because I was holding the cord to the scoreboard in.  And for the record, I was texting said Player Prez my frustration in said malfunctioning clock.  Sorry about that Spinney, never hesitate to interrupt a text messaging scorekeeper, the game is much more important!  A loaded 6th Sense squad rolled deep with near the amount of players needed to field a little league baseball game.  The Vega brothers? cousins? uncle/nephew? I have no idea, were absolute menaces on defense with a combined 11 steals in the gae which is more than Silk Nasties had as an entire team. 

    Most of the points in the early going were off these ball thefts converted to quick layups.  Manu, who has made a name for himself in other leagues or so I've been told, had a near double double on the night and was all over the boards.  A little help from Spinney and the two were the main forces in the paint for 6th Sense.

    Silk Nasties found most of their early offense from their star guard, Barbuto.  Leading all scorers with 8 by the break, he was getting steals, layups, 3 pointers and getting to the line about a bajillion times.  Speaking of the line, any time this game got close, 6th Sense sent an SN player to the line.  They shot 12-30, which actually is rather abysmal(work on that boys) but was just the offensive freebies they needed to hold a lead over 6th Sense throughout the entire game. 

    Also coming up from the arc for SN as Spencer as his 2-3 could have been much more deadly had he chose to shoot more.  Bisson put up solid numbers as always and SN just held the game over 6th Sense for a week 1 victory.  Number 32 on Silk Nasties, who are you? I didn't get your name, email jason@cacbasketball.com and he'll get your stats up.  By the way, nice shooting!

    Silk Nasties
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Doug Bisson62232002150% 00NA
    James Kopriva65211002150% 11100%
    John Carolan38110004125% 100%
    Ken Gowell200121000NA 00NA
    Spencer LeFlem613130000NA 3267%
    Steve Barbuto1710330012650% 33100%

    Sixth Sense
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Manu Patten94410104375% 00NA
    Ruben Vega813250000NA 200%
    Mario Carranza022110000NA 00NA
    Ronaldo Vega723160000NA 4125%
    Samuel Kachmar011100000NA 00NA
    Scott Hazzard610110000NA 100%
    Sean Rahim011100000NA 00NA
    Taha Jennings410110000NA 00NA
    Tim Spinney441210000NA 200%

    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.

    Just the Tip-Offs
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Dave Shapiro38215004125% 00NA
    Eric Siegel231300000NA 00NA
    H. Bano5621200200% 2150%
    Jason Brenner010100000NA 00NA
    Jayme Mendal1282000000NA 4250%
    Justin Oppenheimer021100000NA 00NA

    Vicious and Delicious
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brett Thatcher473211000NA 00NA
    Damian Melvin010000000NA 00NA
    Geoff Mueller010101000NA 00NA
    Joe Dube041000000NA 00NA
    Mark Maglio114331002150% 4250%
    Mike Hepburn330000000NA 2150%
    Ryan Murphy010000000NA 00NA
    Sam Wagner38301002150% 00NA
    Stu Sirois43210004250% 00NA
    Taylor Wishman052101000NA 00NA

    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.

    Steamboats
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    David Tang30021004375% 00NA
    Jesse Rumble010110000NA 00NA
    Leng Tang530200000NA 11100%
    Martin Yuan1623210000NA 22100%
    Mike Dinh1313352102150% 00NA
    Peter Ho001100000NA 00NA
    Ricky Ng321210000NA 11100%
    Steve Zavackis6951120100% 00NA
    Thuy Nguyen83241003267% 00NA

    Runnin' Rebels
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Coffey2622200200% 00NA
    Chris Kelliher143132106350% 11100%
    Harold Smith102122006467% 00NA
    James Lambert1492422000NA 22100%
    Jamil Ball1274532022100% 22100%
    Yannou Sprewell6332330100% 00NA

Standings B2 5v5 Fall 2009 Thru Week 13
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Runnin' Rebels5-01.000W5474.0055.20
2Silk Nasties9-10.900W8063.5446.15
3Genzyme7-30.700L1258.3151.92
4Steamboats7-30.700W6255.0044.58
5Vicious and Delicious5-50.500L2445.7545.42
6Just the Tip-Offs4-60.400W1546.1849.18
7Sixth Sense3-70.300W2643.7351.09
8Millennium0-50.000L5939.1759.83
9Scalped Tickets0-100.000L10941.4568.18
Points Per Game
1Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
19.27
2Pat Lawson
Genzyme
17.50
3Spencer LeFlem
Silk Nasties
14.77
4Jeff York
Millennium
13.50
5Steve Barbuto
Silk Nasties
13.33
6Leng Tang
Steamboats
11.55
7Steve Zavackis
Steamboats
10.82

Player Rater
1Scott Mulholland
Genzyme
49.6312
2Steve Zavackis
Steamboats
44.4511
3Spencer LeFlem
Silk Nasties
39.9213
4Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
39.6411
5Pat Lawson
Genzyme
36.8010
6Steve Barbuto
Silk Nasties
32.949
7Dillon McGovern
Scalped Tickets
32.818
8Mike Dinh
Steamboats
32.647
9John Carolan
Silk Nasties
32.5812
10Tim Spinney
Sixth Sense
31.009
10Jason Johnson
Scalped Tickets
31.008
10Jeff York
Millennium
31.008

Rebounds Per Game
1Steve Zavackis
Steamboats
16.55
2Scott Mulholland
Genzyme
15.92
3Brian Kimball
Silk Nasties
10.90
4Jason Johnson
Scalped Tickets
9.75
5Tim Spinney
Sixth Sense
9.33
6 Manu Patten
Sixth Sense
8.78
7Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
8.18

3s Per Game
1Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
3.3644%
2Spencer LeFlem
Silk Nasties
2.6239%
3Jay Layman
Silk Nasties
2.1833%
3Van Tran
Genzyme
2.1836%
5Mike Hepburn
Vicious and Delicious
2.0036%
5Pat Lawson
Genzyme
2.0033%
7Justin Oppenheimer
Just the Tip-Offs
1.6737%

Assists Per Game
1Matt Peredna
Genzyme
3.73
2Mike Dinh
Steamboats
3.57
3Dillon McGovern
Scalped Tickets
3.25
4Spencer LeFlem
Silk Nasties
3.23
5Jay Layman
Silk Nasties
3.00
6Steve Barbuto
Silk Nasties
2.89
7Van Tran
Genzyme
2.82