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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 69 Scalped Tickets 54
Van Tran's Second Half Surge Pulls Tickets
With this being a week or so late - the memory is sketchy for pre-game and post-game nuggetts so I am literally just going to paste together the random notes I took as the game progressed:
Erin Johnson (10 points, three steals) showing she belongs with the boys and is really giving the backcourt for the Tickets fits. Every week Johnson is getting more comfy in the offense and feeling her shot out for Genzyme.
McGovern is cleaning up the assists with three quickly in the first 8 minutes of play as Genzyme is struggling from three land going 1-of-6 with Pat Lawson contributing the 0-3 donut. Sloppy play early on has Genzyme only up three midway through the first half, 13-10. As hard as McGovern is dishing - Delsesto is working the glass keeping the Tickets close.
GUSTAV with the tear drop jumper ties it all up at 24 with four minutes to play! We have a game tonight! Is Genzyme taking the Tickets too lightly? No Scott Mulholland is hurting the Gang Green on the glass but Lawson comes up with a big theft and converts on the other end at the buzzer and Zyme holds a slim 20-28 lead at the break.
Rip Van Tran scores all 10 of his points in the second half and is the major difference in the second half as Genzyme pulls away with the 15-point win. Tickets were in the game till the 9-minute mark of the second half (48-46) when a Lawson three-bee sparked a mini 9-0 run for Genzyme to close the door on the Tickets. Van The Man scores his first Tommy Point in the process as well. Genzyme needs Van in the playoffs if they want to make a long run.
Silk Nasties 58 Sixth Sense 41
10-0 Run Simply Too Nasty for Sixth Sense
In his first game back from a major leg injury, Barbuto the Barbarian dropped a game high 23 points including eight of the team's first 15 points as Silk Nasties continue their march to the regular season title in the first year of the B2 5v5.
15-9 right off the bat thanks to Barbuto but before you know it the Sense make a run and I can't put my finger on it but it's only 22-17 even with Barbuto's hot hand. Sixth Sense really making the first half interesting until a devasting 11-2 run in the last five minutes of the first half is capped off by Jay Layman (nine points) at the buzzer for the 33-19 lead at the break.
Ruben Vega - the quiet brother of loud mouth Rollie - is making this a game again with his outside shooting. Ruben finished 2-of-3 from three land and should have shot more with his team trailing. Spencer LeFlem had his first pedestrian game and finally hit a three after starting 0-for-4 to get Nasties out in front by double digits for the first time all game, 38-26, with 12 minutes left in regulation.
Losing a little respect for The Barbarian as he is cheery picking with his team up big down the stretch - but a win is a win and the Nasties will take it any way thy get it.
Vicious and Delicious 61 Just the Tip-Offs 24
Vicious Shocks Tip-Offs with 37-point Win
I'll be honest - I didn't see this one coming. In fact I think I had the Tip-Offs favored in this one, but this was over right from the start.
V&D jumped out to an 11-point lead and had four players in double digits including Sam Wagner's 11 points off the bench. Despite missing Stu Sirois, Mike Hepburn and Damien Melvin each chipped in 15 points while Brett Thatcher had a career night with a game-high 17 points. Shapiro is being held in check all night long and has only 5 points at the break with the Tip-Offs reeling with a 23-11 deficit.
What is this? Wagner for 3? Big man snaps the twine and if this continues - the fat lady will be signing shortly. ALL BAD as the Heights pull a 19-5 run to open the second half and close the books.
Millennium 55 Steamboats 59
Steamboats Survive Millennium Take Over Bid
The Steamboats eeked out a four-point win in a game they never led until the 2:50 mark of the second half on 19 points from Martin Yuan.
Jeff York had a game-high 23 points and almost handled the win all on his own but his effort just feel short. York started the game with four points and five rebounds in the first four minutes of play. But Millennium is not taking my pre-game advice to shut down Leng Tang. Tang is having his way early on along with two steals.
Sanjev banker give Millennium a 16-10 lead and the Steamboats really miss BAGZ tonight on the glass. York steps up and hits a three-bee. Where is Thuy now with his bets? I would be rolling in beer already as The Corporation leads 33-19 at the break. That's right - the Steamies are losing by 14 to a team without a win yet.
But Yuan aint going out like that. Too often Yuan defers to his teammates for scoring but tonight he scores 16 of his 19 in the second half alone and despite Erin Braun's fantastic night on the boards - Millennium just falls short of their first win of the season.
|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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|Assists Per Game|