Winter 2010: B2 5v5 League Champs: John Bagley’s Body

    Legends In Their Own Minds No More John Kopp Sinks Swish
    Swish 44 The Legends 50

    With the Game of the Week tag firmly in place for the No. 4 Swish and No. 5 Legends first round barnburner, the Legends finally put the pieces together and came out on top even as slight underdogs with the six-point win. 

    Meat Hands delivered the first foul of the evening - there is a shocker - but the real story was John Kopp-ter flying high with eight points of his own in the first 3:20 of the game including two-of-two three bees to give the Legends a quick 11-3 lead out of the gates.

    WHOOPS - make that 17-5 to start the first half as Kopp (will the real John Kopp please stand up) has 13 of those 17 right off the bat.  But Swish - who usually plays the 9pm start - just realized the sun went down so they started to show up offensively. 

    Swish battled back with a 14-3 run of their own off the hot-shot shooting of Yasuhiro Shirasaki  - SAKI BOMBS AWAY!  That would have been the headline if Swish could have pulled this one out, but a Barbarain three-point play extends the lead back to four with 3:20 left in the half.

    All-Star Tarek Shazley came alive to end the first half as well but a sweet roll with butter - look at me talking about food again - by All-Rookie mention Dante Cassini from Noah Shibley (solid with 10 rebounds; five assists) gives the Legends the slim four-point lead at the half, 27-23

    The Legends had to count their lucky stars cause they were leaning on John Kopp a little to keep the flame alive with James Kopp having an off night wiht playoff jitters and Meat Hands focusing on shutting down the guard play of Shazly, Van Tran, and Karikut. 

    But Shibley and Cassini opened up again with a little give-and-go and with SAKI BOMB nursing four fouls - the rebounding tailed off for Swish and allowed some easy buckets midway through the second half.  SAKI BOMB checked back in with Swish down eight points but Van Tran was simply ice cold tonight and his championship pedigree didn't play up to the challenge with a 0-9 performance from nehind the arc.  YUCK.  In fact - Swish's bread and butter (there I go again!) Trey Party was 1-of-16 in the game with Shazly hitting the lone three-bee. 

    Swish was still able to keep things close and only trailed by two - 40-38 - and this was shaping up to be a catastrophic loss for the Legends.  I couldn't beleive my eyes as if I was working with a broken clock or the Legends were playing with a girl's ball.  That's reserved for JEROME Layman - not my man Meat Hands Layman.

    We are dead even at 44 with 48 seconds to go but the Barbarain showed why he is a first-team All-CAC selection this season going 9-of-9 from the free throw line with eight of his freebies coming in the final minutes of play.  The Barbarian's cool hand at the charity stripe coupled with Swish's three-point travesty sealed up the Final Four envelope for The Legends. 

    Random Notes:

    • I pegged this "upset" as the Legends are a team to be reckoned with.  They have a C League Championship under their belt when I was pining for them to move up a level.  Tonight - they showed why. 
    • Legends had trouble closing out the deal prior to tonight - but dont get too happy fellas.  Swish had a lot to do with this loss - by their own admission - as John Kopp did hitting 5-of-8 from downtown.
    • How bout Barbuto?  Sure 9 of his 17 came from the freebie stripe - but 10 rebounds as well for the dub-dub?  Kid has energy I wish my wife did...
    • Saki Bomb NEEDS to return next season.  Dude would be an uber-sleeper as a free agent pickup if Swish fails to return next season.  Always keepin an eye out for great talent.  Signed, Coach K (Duke of the CAC - Genzyme)

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    BioHazard 41  Vicious and Delicious 50

    Vicious and Delicious squeak by Bio Hazard

    Collecting just its second win of the season, Vicious and Delicious struggled to squeak by the winless Bio Hazard on Thursday night at the Morse School.

    “Well that says a lot about us, we’re not that good either,” V&D’s Stu Sirois said after the 50-41 victory. “We’re trying to string together some wins before the playoffs and hopefully we’ll keep it rolling.”

    Sirois scored a season-high 30 points.

    With 7:55 to play Sirois converted a 3-point play to put his V&D (2-5) up 42-32.

    “I know I got lucky,” he said.  

    Thomas Snelling led Bio Hazard (0-7) with 18 points and nine rebounds, including two offensive, while Tellis Sanford had 10 points and four rebounds.

    “We had a little hustle,” Sirois said. “We played them tough on the boards here tonight against some bigger bodies, it was a hell of a game.”

    BioHazard
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andres Berrio621021000NA 00NA
    James Lambropoulos200010000NA 00NA
    Michael Schindelar021010000NA 00NA
    Owen Cornwall59101006117% 00NA
    Tellis Sanford10400000300% 00NA
    Thomas Snelling189210103133% 11100%

    Vicious and Delicious
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Joe Dube242010000NA 00NA
    Mark Maglio8100100200% 00NA
    Ryan Murphy210000000NA 00NA
    Stu Sirois3030020010550% 33100%
    Taylor Wishman020001000NA 00NA

    Silk Nasties 39  John Bagley's Body 47

    Bagleys Body zips up Silk Nasties

    In a matchup between the leagues’ only two undefeated teams on Thursday night, the Silk Nasties did not have its big man Brian Kimball and fell to John Bagley’s Body 47-39.

    “I’d like to see them at full strength because you don’t really know what we’re going to be dealing with when we see them in the playoffs,” Dave Dutton said after scoring a team-high 14 points. “I’d like to know how they play with him. I’ve actually never seen them play.”

    After leading 25-19 at the break, Bagley’s Body opened up a 10-point lead. Silk Nasties fought back into the game, cutting it to 36-32 with nine minutes to play after a Spencer LeFlem 3-pointer but they continued to jack up long bombs with no success.

    “Our team relies too much on threes,” LeFlem said after being held to nine points. “We live or die by threes last year and all of this year, especially when Kimballs out and we don’t have the height to go down low. So we have to rely on threes. We were taking too many quick threes.

    “We could’ve used the big guy. We didn’t rebound hard enough, we didn’t box out enough. We were reaching on defense. We didn’t do what we needed to do in the absence of Kimball and I look forward to playing them with Kimball. But it’s not something we can use as an excuse.”

    LeFlem said the Silk Nasties (6-1), who were led by Derek Wigman’s game-high 23 points, are not used to playing from behind.

    “It’s a new feeling but it’s good it’s good for us to lose going into the playoffs in a few weeks and not be too cocky,” LeFlem said, “get a loss out of the way.”

    Dutton said it was tough playing a team on their same level in the seventh week.

    “Between our team and their team everyone else is on a lower level than us,” he said. “Coming up to this game playing so many weaker teams it’s hard. They probably don’t know how to play from behind.”

    And with only six players on Thursday night, Silk Nasties had a tough time keeping up with Bagley’s Body (7-0), by far the deepest team in the league with 10 more than capable players. Seven players got on the board for Bagley’s Body, including Sean MacAdie (11 points) and Lee Dearborn (9 points).

    “Every game we try to run and we do that because we know we have depth,” Dutton said. “People can go to the bench when they need a breather. They only have six guys, run them and get them tired.”

    Dutton said even though they would’ve liked to see Silk Nasties at full strength they are used to scraping with good teams.

    “We’ve had that before, getting into battles with good teams and it gets heated,” he said, “but I look forward to playing them again.”

    Silk Nasties
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Derek Wigman23112020044100% 11100%
    Doug Bisson352000011100% 00NA
    James Kopriva552001000NA 11100%
    Jay Layman221010000NA 00NA
    Patrick Bugbee0310100200% 00NA
    Spencer LeFlem990220000NA 22100%

    John Bagley's Body
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brendan Roach261010022100% 00NA
    Dave Dutton14421200100% 22100%
    Josh Glover6540000300% 00NA
    Lawrence Fabian0104020000NA 00NA
    Lee Dearborn99500204375% 00NA
    Matt Fabian252000000NA 00NA
    Pat MacAdie4430600100% 00NA
    Sean MacAdie117500203133% 00NA

    The Legends 61  Sixth Sense 60

    The Legends hold off Sixth Sense

    With about 10 seconds left in Thursday night’s third game of the evening The Legends clung to a 1-point lead when Thomas Layman came up with a Larry Bird-like steel on a Sixth Sense inbound bass to hold onto the victory.

    “Like Ty Law 2004,” Layman, who scored a game-high 22 points, said after the 61-60 win. “Ty Law baby.”

    With 6:39 left in the game Tim Spinney (12 points on four 3-pointers) tied the game at 54 with a triple

    to come back from a 7-point deficit. He hit another one a few minutes later to cut the lead, 59-58.

    The Legends got the rest of their points on free throws as Sixth Sense failed to convert several opportunities to win the game.

    James Kopp finished with 17 for The Legends (3-4) while John Kopp had 15. Sixth Sense (2-5) was led by Roland Vega and Manus Patten, who each contributed 15 points apiece.

    “You gotta move the ball, rebound and play defense,” Layman said. “That’s it.”

    The Legends
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    James Kopp187111004125% 33100%
    John Kopp1532210000NA 55100%
    Leo Kopp3310200400% 11100%
    Noah Shibley46110002150% 11100%
    Tom Layman224403005360% 33100%

    Sixth Sense
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Manu Patten1552100000NA 11100%
    Mario Carranza041010000NA 00NA
    Ronaldo Vega153230004250% 33100%
    Samuel Kachmar108201003133% 11100%
    Scott Hazzard11101010000NA 33100%
    Tim Spinney1240010000NA 44100%

    Just the Tip-Offs 58  Swish 53

    Tip-offs win without Shapiro Tip-offs win without Shapiro

    Playing without marksmen Dave Shapiro, Just the Tip-offs defeated Swish 58-53 in the final game of the evening on Thursday night.

    Peter Krause hit a pair of clutch free throws to put the Tip-offs (5-2) up 43-40 with 6:45 to play and he converted a 3-point play with about three minutes left to put his squad up 51-48 before finishing with 11 points.  

    “It was a gritty game, we were missing Shapiro, he’s one of our big scorers, and a couple of our other guys but we had to grit it out a little more,” Krause said.  “We were a little bit more involved in the post and passing it around so it worked out well.

    “We took the ball to the basket a lot. We usually rely on our threes. I think we had one three or no threes in this game so it was a lot of gritty stuff down low.”

    After Krause’s 3-point play, Matt Jaeger (game-high 20 points) had a nice spin move in the lane before knocking down a layup to put his team up 53-48.

    “Jaeger was doing a little dipsy-doo dunkaroo,” Krause said. “He tried the LeBron crab dribble a couple times, that didn’t work out, but otherwise he’s one of our best scorers so you know he’s going to get is eventually.”

    Matt Diffy had a good game for the Tip-offs with nine points and eight rebounds, including six offensive rebounds, while Swish was led by 19 points from Tarek Shazly and 10 from Kariuki Thande. 

    Just the Tip-Offs
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Jason Brenner211000022100% 00NA
    Jayme Mendal73210004125% 00NA
    Matt Diffey98601103133% 00NA
    Matt Jaeger2140000011982% 22100%

    Swish
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Kariuki Thande1021100044100% 00NA
    Mike Merriam1162000000NA 11100%
    Roshan Satgunan020000000NA 00NA
    Tarek Shazly19511300200% 33100%
    Van Tran60002004375% 11100%
    Yasuhiro Shirasaki883120000NA 00NA

Standings B2 East 5v5 Winter 2010 Thru Week 12
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1John Bagley's Body9-01.000W9056.9237.58
2Silk Nasties7-10.875W2262.3652.55
3Just the Tip-Offs7-20.778W3257.9146.55
4Swish5-40.556W2452.9053.90
5The Legends3-60.333L2655.7358.36
6Sixth Sense2-60.250L5748.8955.44
7Vicious and Delicious2-70.222L2745.8059.10
8BioHazard0-90.000L9936.3059.70
Points Per Game
1Derek Wigman
Silk Nasties
23.50
2Matt Jaeger
Just the Tip-Offs
20.40
3Steve Barbuto
The Legends
17.90
4Thomas Snelling
BioHazard
16.75
5Tarek Shazly
Swish
15.67
6Dave Dutton
John Bagley's Body
15.40
7Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
14.89

Player Rater
1Derek Wigman
Silk Nasties
49.1312
2Thomas Snelling
BioHazard
41.318
3Matt Jaeger
Just the Tip-Offs
36.6010
4Spencer LeFlem
Silk Nasties
35.8611
5Tarek Shazly
Swish
34.789
6Brian Kimball
Silk Nasties
31.9111
7Steve Barbuto
The Legends
31.6510
8Chris Cunningham
Sixth Sense
30.756
9James Kopp
The Legends
29.2311
10Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
29.119

Rebounds Per Game
1Brian Kimball
Silk Nasties
12.55
2Derek Wigman
Silk Nasties
12.25
3Thomas Snelling
BioHazard
10.38
4Lawrence Fabian
John Bagley's Body
9.80
5Matt Diffey
Just the Tip-Offs
9.67
6James Kopriva
Silk Nasties
8.86
7Chris Cunningham
Sixth Sense
8.83

3s Per Game
1Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
4.00133%
2Matt Jaeger
Just the Tip-Offs
3.0070%
2John Kopp
The Legends
3.0093%
4Dave Dutton
John Bagley's Body
2.8072%
5Tarek Shazly
Swish
2.5679%
6Steve Barbuto
The Legends
2.40141%
7Derek Wigman
Silk Nasties
1.9282%

Assists Per Game
1Kariuki Thande
Swish
3.80
2Spencer LeFlem
Silk Nasties
2.36
3Noah Shibley
The Legends
2.18
4James Kopriva
Silk Nasties
2.00
4Dave Shapiro
Just the Tip-Offs
2.00
4Tarek Shazly
Swish
2.00
7Brendan Roach
John Bagley's Body
1.91