Spring 2011: B2 5v5 League Champs: PrimioTickets.com

    Primio hit their stride as they knock off ESPN advance to Unification Game
    PrimioTickets.com 59 ESPN Highlight 41

    Two weeks in a row, big man Brendan Sullivan didn\'t show up for Primio\'s playoff game. The team performed superbly without him last week against 603, but how would they do against the team that started out the season 5-0? 

    ESPN started out looking a little timid. They were settling for shots from the perimeter. Meanwhile on the other end Primio was getting looks a layup after layup (even if not all of them were going down). 

    And Sullivan decided to show up after about 10 minutes of play, and he jumped in the game immediately, having to loosen up and stretch out while ESPN was shooting free throws.  

    ESPN wanted to run, but Primio was making it tough on them, getting back on defense well. Joel Pena was showing playoff intensity for ESPN, grabbing a huge block in the first half, and it was ESPN that held the lead for much of the early going. We had our first tie game on a 3-pointer by John Muccio. But the man they call Melo was carrying the ESPN offense, and he came back with a 3 to answer. And Mike Muccio got fouled & hit 1 of 2 to put Primio up 21-20 for their first lead of the game with just under 3 minutes to play in the half.

    Fernando \"Melo\" Rosario got flustered. It looked like he may have gotten fouled, but he lost his cool when there was no call. He just threw the ball out of bounds. Only then did ESPN call the time out. So a needless turnover by ESPN\'s offensive leader put his team off-kilter. They finished the half with the same 21-20 score, with Primio in the lead.

    Paul Blaikie had the game of the season. He was huge on offensive boards & worked to get his team second chances. Blaikie finished with 24 points, 8 boards, hit 7/10 free throws & even hit a 3! And the best part of it was that he was finishing at the rim with a soft touch that made it all look easy.

    Brendan Sullivan finally got a chance to take some warm-up shots at half time. ESPN weren\'t used to the way the refs were calling the game, and they thought they were getting the short end of that stick, even though it was 6 fouls for each side in the first half. 

    Coming out in the second half both teams were hot. Melo hit a 3, and John Muccio was looking good hitting from outside. And that warming up certainly helped Sullivan: he hit a nice mid-range jumper and then a 3-pointer early in the 2nd to put Primio up 28-23. 

    Primio\'s defense didn\'t let up in the 2nd half. Their size and quickness caused ESPN to turn the ball over, and they were able to push their lead out to 33-23 just 5 minutes into the 2nd half. But the run didn\'t stop there. Sullivan got hacked on a put-back & he was able to convert the 3-point play. The lead was out to 15 points when ESPN had to call a time out. Melo\'s 3 was the only basket ESPN got in the first 7 minutes of the 2nd half in Primio\'s 17-3 run.

    Out of the time out Jonathan Redden checked in for ESPN! Better late than never, they say. But it didn\'t seem to slow Primio down, as they continued to push their lead.

    Melo started attacking, and ESPN turned to the full court press. Melo took a rebound all the way back all by himself for a layup. That\'s when this team works best: in transition. But Primio didn\'t slow down, with Sullivan taking a drive to hoop to put Primio up 46-29 half way through the 2nd. And this is when Primio started feeling good about their chances in this game. Blaikie hit his 3 and gave a whoop of excitement as he put his team up by 20 points. 

    The refs were calling over the back fouls on Redden, and ESPN was rattled. ESPN took the offense to the free throw line, which was made easier by the fact that Primio was over the limit with plenty of time left. But ESPN only made 8/22 free throws (vs. 15/19 for Primio). ESPN also couldn\'t hit from downtown. They were just 5/18 (vs. 4/8 for Primio). 

    Primio really got it together over the course of the season. They began looking like they hadn\'t played much together, but by this game they played great team defense and were working as a unit. While Primio was getting it together it looked like ESPN was falling apart as the season went along. They went from a 5-0 team to finish 6-3, and they didn\'t have the same form going into the playoffs that they did to start the season. 

    Primio made everything hard on ESPN this game, and they came away with a great win to take the B2 5v5 West title. Good luck to them against the positively frightening Hurricane Ditka representing the best of the East.

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    PrimioTickets.com 59  ESPN Highlight 41

    Primio hit their stride as they knock off ESPN & advance to Unification Game

    Two weeks in a row, big man Brendan Sullivan didn't show up for Primio's playoff game. The team performed superbly without him last week against 603, but how would they do against the team that started out the season 5-0? 

    ESPN started out looking a little timid. They were settling for shots from the perimeter. Meanwhile on the other end Primio was getting looks a layup after layup (even if not all of them were going down). 

    And Sullivan decided to show up after about 10 minutes of play, and he jumped in the game immediately, having to loosen up and stretch out while ESPN was shooting free throws.  

    ESPN wanted to run, but Primio was making it tough on them, getting back on defense well. Joel Pena was showing playoff intensity for ESPN, grabbing a huge block in the first half, and it was ESPN that held the lead for much of the early going. We had our first tie game on a 3-pointer by John Muccio. But the man they call Melo was carrying the ESPN offense, and he came back with a 3 to answer. And Mike Muccio got fouled & hit 1 of 2 to put Primio up 21-20 for their first lead of the game with just under 3 minutes to play in the half.

    Fernando "Melo" Rosario got flustered. It looked like he may have gotten fouled, but he lost his cool when there was no call. He just threw the ball out of bounds. Only then did ESPN call the time out. So a needless turnover by ESPN's offensive leader put his team off-kilter. They finished the half with the same 21-20 score, with Primio in the lead.

    Paul Blaikie had the game of the season. He was huge on offensive boards & worked to get his team second chances. Blaikie finished with 24 points, 8 boards, hit 7/10 free throws & even hit a 3! And the best part of it was that he was finishing at the rim with a soft touch that made it all look easy.

    Brendan Sullivan finally got a chance to take some warm-up shots at half time. ESPN weren't used to the way the refs were calling the game, and they thought they were getting the short end of that stick, even though it was 6 fouls for each side in the first half. 

    Coming out in the second half both teams were hot. Melo hit a 3, and John Muccio was looking good hitting from outside. And that warming up certainly helped Sullivan: he hit a nice mid-range jumper and then a 3-pointer early in the 2nd to put Primio up 28-23. 

    Primio's defense didn't let up in the 2nd half. Their size and quickness caused ESPN to turn the ball over, and they were able to push their lead out to 33-23 just 5 minutes into the 2nd half. But the run didn't stop there. Sullivan got hacked on a put-back & he was able to convert the 3-point play. The lead was out to 15 points when ESPN had to call a time out. Melo's 3 was the only basket ESPN got in the first 7 minutes of the 2nd half in Primio's 17-3 run.

    Out of the time out Jonathan Redden checked in for ESPN! Better late than never, they say. But it didn't seem to slow Primio down, as they continued to push their lead.

    Melo started attacking, and ESPN turned to the full court press. Melo took a rebound all the way back all by himself for a layup. That's when this team works best: in transition. But Primio didn't slow down, with Sullivan taking a drive to hoop to put Primio up 46-29 half way through the 2nd. And this is when Primio started feeling good about their chances in this game. Blaikie hit his 3 and gave a whoop of excitement as he put his team up by 20 points. 

    The refs were calling over the back fouls on Redden, and ESPN was rattled. ESPN took the offense to the free throw line, which was made easier by the fact that Primio was over the limit with plenty of time left. But ESPN only made 8/22 free throws (vs. 15/19 for Primio). ESPN also couldn't hit from downtown. They were just 5/18 (vs. 4/8 for Primio). 

    Primio really got it together over the course of the season. They began looking like they hadn't played much together, but by this game they played great team defense and were working as a unit. While Primio was getting it together it looked like ESPN was falling apart as the season went along. They went from a 5-0 team to finish 6-3, and they didn't have the same form going into the playoffs that they did to start the season. 

    Primio made everything hard on ESPN this game, and they came away with a great win to take the B2 5v5 West title. Good luck to them against the positively frightening Hurricane Ditka representing the best of the East.

    PrimioTickets.com
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brendan Sullivan1051200011100% 2150%
    Jay DiPrimio010210000NA 00NA
    Jeff DiPrimio442001000NA 00NA
    Joe Parinello011000000NA 00NA
    John Muccio2030020066100% 3267%
    Mike Muccio13001002150% 100%
    Paul Blaikie2435000010770% 2150%

    ESPN Highlight
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ahmed Mohamed2011000200% 00NA
    Antonio Sanquintin40000004125% 2150%
    Brian Felix2100000200% 100%
    Fernando Rosario2463011010550% 9333%
    Joel Pena020001000NA 100%
    Jonathan Redden304010011100% 00NA
    Juan Feliz2211100100% 200%
    Kenny Marte16100102150% 200%
    Osly Flores000000000NA 00NA
    Randolph Abraham301010000NA 11100%

Standings B2 5v5 West S11 Thru Week 12
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
144 Minutes of Hell6-30.667W1056.6055.00
26036-30.667W1064.5559.27
3ESPN Highlight6-30.667W1064.1761.25
4PrimioTickets.com5-40.556L1160.3357.83
5Black Inside4-50.444W2264.6062.20
6Just the Tip-Offs4-50.444L1256.0960.00
7Oxford Boys Club4-50.444L1264.4067.90
8The Men The Myths The Legends1-80.111L2548.9057.40
Points Per Game
1Fernando Rosario
ESPN Highlight
27.42
2Steve Gorynski
603
21.64
3Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
21.00
4John Muccio
PrimioTickets.com
19.00
5Alex Pantojas
Oxford Boys Club
18.13
6Joe Tilton
Oxford Boys Club
18.00
7Andy Ong
Black Inside
17.80

Player Rater
1Steve Gorynski
603
48.4511
2Fernando Rosario
ESPN Highlight
47.5412
3Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
40.729
4Alex Pantojas
Oxford Boys Club
39.318
5Brendan Sullivan
PrimioTickets.com
38.5010
6Kevin Crowley
Black Inside
34.9510
7Josh Pantojas
Oxford Boys Club
34.948
8John Muccio
PrimioTickets.com
34.3812
9Mike Malley
The Men The Myths The Legends
32.679
10Andy Ong
Black Inside
32.5510

Rebounds Per Game
1Seung Lee
Black Inside
11.17
2Jeff DiPrimio
PrimioTickets.com
10.92
3Steve Gorynski
603
10.55
4Greg Ney
The Men The Myths The Legends
10.33
5Jonathan Redden
ESPN Highlight
9.57
6Eric Desmond
603
9.11
7Mike Gudas
The Men The Myths The Legends
9.00

3s Per Game
1Andy Ong
Black Inside
4.4052%
2Joe Tilton
Oxford Boys Club
3.9038%
3Alex Pantojas
Oxford Boys Club
3.8836%
4Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
3.6744%
5Josh Pantojas
Oxford Boys Club
3.1339%
6Mike Malley
The Men The Myths The Legends
2.7829%
7Fernando Rosario
ESPN Highlight
2.6744%

Assists Per Game
1John Rodier
44 Minutes of Hell
3.71
2Brian Cuccio
603
2.90
3Josh Pantojas
Oxford Boys Club
2.88
4Micah Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
2.43
5Alex Pantojas
Oxford Boys Club
2.38
6Steve Gorynski
603
2.27
7Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
2.00
7Nick Cicchetti
603
2.00