Spring 2008: B2 League Champs: XXL

    Tandom of Shultz and Oslo Come Up XXL
    CAC-n-Ballers 60 XXL 65

    XXL takes the B2 West title with a narrow win over CAC-n-Ballers and the Westside MVP!  The usual suspects had big games for XXL, as Easy Ed tossed in 16 points and Matt Monroe provided a steady hand with 12 points and 8 boards.  But the key to their victory was the improved game of Zack Shultz (12 points, 8 boards) and Mike Oslo (12 points, 12 boards).  Sure they didn't exactly slow down Big Country (36 points, 22 boards) but they made him work for every single point.  And they also matched his output for most of the night.  It's about as easy to score on Big Country as it is to slow him down, but Oslo and Shultz did a great job of hitting tough buckets in the paint. 

    The CAC-n-Ballers were able to keep this game close for 2 reasons.  The first, obviously was the outstanding play of John (likes to be called Jack?) Kelley.  The second was that they only gave up 6 steals to the XXL squad.  That's unheard of security with the ball for an XXL opponent.  In fact, they didn't allow a steal for the first 9 minutes of the game, and it was all tied up.  Jamil himself averages 6 steals a game, so that was a big reason this game was so close.  Unfortunately, Big Country didn't get quite enough offensive help.  Joe Randall (7 points) and Vande (9 points) did most of their damage in the first half.  They didn't handle the ball a lot because Jamil was roaming, so they didn't get enough looks in the second half.  Big Country scored 21 of the team's 30 points after the break, but it wasn't enough, as XXL had plenty of guys putting the bisket in the basket.

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    Beacontown Beavers 44  Alnylium 52

    All Grow'd Up - Alnylium Sheds Their Baby Face

    I'm not going to lie, despite the fact that Beacontown didn't have a win coming into this game, the fact that Alnylium didn't have their Baby Face was troubling to me.  I thought that this would finally be the week that the Beavers broke the ice.  But boy, I was wrong, as usual.

    Alnylium jumped out of the gates red hot and never took the metal off the pedal.  Bill Querbes (16 points, 16 boards) had his standout game of the season and left me wondering where this is on a weekly basis.  The man fights for every rebound that is anywhere near him and never lets up.  Plus the layups were falling, so it was a good night.  Chris (16 points) has been a great addition to the roster this season and if they make a run i nthe playoffs, it will be because he's playing well.  I can't say enough about how everyone else stepped up.  Kevin was a maniac on the boards grabbing 13, while JC (14 points) could have walked across water and I wouldn't have been surprised. 

    Beacontown attempted to make a heck of a comeback but the hole was way too big.  Pete and Devon combied for 26 of the team's points, but Alnylium always seemed to have an answer for them.  They're getting closer to that first win, I can almost smell it. 

    Beacontown Beavers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Devon Mckenna831201000NA 00NA
    Jamison Cush055100000NA 00NA
    Peter Lattanzio1831300000NA 00NA

    Alnylium
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bill Querbes1610620005240% 00NA
    Chris Dubois161321009889% 00NA
    Jason Costigan14722200200% 00NA
    Kevin Fitzgerald69422106233% 00NA

    Jessells Grille 53  Channel 4 News Team 64

    Three-Point Barrage Followed Up By Silky Padding Stats? News Team Prevails!

    This was what B2 is all about as both teams combined for 17 treys - including seven from Nally Nally Jeff likes to Pally in the loss.  The problem for Nally was he was a one-man band behind the arc and the News Team brought three three-ball specialists in Mike Shea, Dan Warren, and CMac.

    This one wasted no time starting off with a nine-point unanswered run out of the gate for the Channel 4 News Team as the new dynamic duo - Dan the Man Warren and CMac were at it again but after Anthony Zambardino (11 rebounds in the game) zambonied the offensive glass to cut the lead in half - CMac was buttery sweet with a lefty 'J" off the dribble to double up the Grille, 20-10. 

    Tibbs and I can't say it enough - if some one of CAC's finest shows up ready to play - the gal can play.  Disrespect her?  Little shawty CMac is fine dropping 15 including 3-of-4 from behind the arc with six dimes and even feels free to toss in a few offensive boards. Start taking notice cause CMac ain't waiting for you...especially you Silky - start running the floor!

    Mike Shea - who looks, plays, and even talks like the same Mike Shea of A2 fame - caught fire with CMac and had two of his four threes in the first eight minutes of play before taking a breather midway through the half. 

    With Shea and CMac on the bench leading 24-11, Nally and Dave Scott (17 points) helped the Grille creep back in with 13 unanswered points of their own and the score was tied at 24 before Shea could get back into the flow.

    This is where JGrille found a seam and Nally took advantage of some small guard play on the outside to start hitting his own threes.  Nally finished with a game-high 23 points, but like I've said in the past - when you only bring four players to the Brick Oven Dance - the offensive runs are going to be few and far between.

    While the News Team held a slim one-point lead at the break - 27-26 - the rest proved helpful as Tyberski (my fellow NY Met fan) was starting to get worn down in the backcourt and CMac was getting clean looks for two more three-bees and dishing the rock when challenged outside to Mike Que Serra Serra (nine) and Warren cutting to the hoop and this one was officially out-of-hand 51-35.

    But Nally and Zambardino were not going down without a fight as the inside-out game returned for a six-minute stretch as Zambardino put back his own offensive rebound to cut the lead to nine with just over two minutes to play - but the Grille ran out of gas and even fan favorite Silky Tilly got in on the fun with the game's final four points.  Stat padding Tilly?  It was close - but this is the CAC - who isn't padding their stats?!  Actually if Silky didn't get in the stat line in this one - it would have been a trav-sham-ockery as every time the Silky One touched the ball - the seven people in attendance were gasping for a patented rainbow to fall just once...anytime a nickname like "Silky" sticks....it is surely worth mentioned every write-up.  Keep padding away Tilly, keep padding away - I'll do all I can to help...

     

    Jessells Grille
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Anthony Zambardino137400002150% 00NA
    Dan Tyburski232200000NA 00NA
    Dave Scott174220007457% 00NA
    Jeff Nally23601100100% 00NA

    Channel 4 News Team
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Colleen Mcglaughlin1532411000NA 00NA
    Dan Warren1101401022100% 00NA
    John Tilley4112000200% 00NA
    Mike Serra910311000NA 00NA
    Mike Shea22101130022100% 00NA
    Pat Maguire36300002150% 00NA

    Fighting CACs 42  XXL 37

    Fighting CAC's Scrap Their Way To Victory - Literally

    Maybe it's always the last game of the night for me that just does not capitvate my interest - but I had Rob "Orange Slices" Vigneau and Jamil Ball facing off at center ice and I get a 42-37 "barnburner"?

    I was waiting for Slices to drop-step the shorter XXL lineup,  waiting for the fade-a-ways, waiting for the mid-range jumper to fall, waiting....waiting...waiting....it was no better on the other side of the ball - in fact it was worse as the CAC All-Star - JBall - was busy sitting out the first nine minutes of the game inexplicably with Matt Monroe (AKA Greg Miller Jr.).  Two of XXL's high-energy guys waiting on the sidelines for the first nine minutes?  Clearly there needs to be a coaching seminar for these guys...

    Anyway - John Exanter was doing his best to make things interesting early on and put the CAC's up 7-2 with his only three-ball of the game, but the offensive "explosion" stopped there even after Jamiland Monroe entered the game.  In one of the chippiest first halves I've witnessed at the Brick Oven - Easy Ed Miller was the offense for BOTH teams as XXL held a two-point lead at the half, 16-14, thanks to Miller's 10 first-stanza points.

    But Miller disappeared like a drop of water in the Charles River and the Fighting CAC's came alive behind the glass-cleaning efforts of Sorrentino and Gelow (pronounced JELLO!).  I mean this team has an assortment of quality "write-up" names in Orange Slices, Jello, and Glumac (GLUUUUUUUE-MAC!)  Love it!  Just gotta come up with something for Exanter - X Factor?  Might work...

    Anyway - Jello snapped a three to cut the XXL lead to five, 27-22 and it ignited an 9-0 run that had Jamil calling timeout with 6:28 left in regulation trailing by one, 28-27, as the Fighting Sorrentino ended the run with a trey of his own.  It was the biggest three of the night as the Fighting CAC's never trailed the rest of the way - but may need to leave the elbow sharpeners at home as Preston - the mildest mannered 6'3'' gent I know - was handing out technicals like condoms at a San Francisco brothel....too much info?  Possibly....

    ANYWAY - P.RAY had enough of the bickering with Ball and Sorrentino but the real story was the disappearance of Vig-alicious?  Vig's dropping 30 in game one and then pulls a very non-A2 like six points on a 3-of-8 shooting night.  Even a five rebound effort was minimal - but minimal was the storyline in this one as each team struggled to reach the 40-point plateau but a win is a win and the undefeated Fighting CAC's improve to an impressive 4-0 on the season.

     

    Fighting CACs
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Gelow1110800006467% 00NA
    Jon Exanter1391020010660% 00NA
    Jon Glumac02111004125% 00NA
    Mike Sorrentino9720110300% 00NA
    Rob Vigneau65010004125% 00NA

    XXL
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Doug Clendenin94200104125% 00NA
    Ed Miller174213005240% 00NA
    Hemang Kotecha022100000NA 00NA
    Jamil Ball5133710300% 00NA
    Matt Monroe444032000NA 00NA
    Waverly Francis2210100200% 00NA

    ALS-TDF 34  Drago 58

    ALS-TDF
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bashar241100000NA 00NA
    Fernando Vieira1253330000NA 00NA
    Ken Thompson121233310100% 00NA
    Matt Bell662001000NA 00NA
    Ron Homa200000000NA 00NA

    Drago
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Gabe Porter1842230022100% 00NA
    Joe Vieira873100000NA 00NA
    Kip Cross1244230010440% 00NA
    Sean McNabb2012144007229% 00NA

    Tribe Called Texeira 43  Pat Pidgeons 60

    Tribe Called Texeira
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Danny Teixiera1810112104125% 00NA
    Eddie Rodrigues752100000NA 00NA
    Joseph Andrade187211106583% 00NA

    Pat Pidgeons
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Von Seggern753310000NA 00NA
    Darren Berge041100000NA 00NA
    Ken Abrahamsen2714511102150% 00NA
    Owen Foster101051000200% 00NA
    Rudy Hersh163333102150% 00NA

Standings B2 W Spring 2008 Thru Week 14
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Pat Pidgeons9-10.900L1056.5045.17
2Channel 4 News Team8-20.800L1159.5850.00
3CAC-n-Ballers7-30.700W2253.3147.62
4Fighting CACs7-30.700W4244.4538.73
5XXL7-30.700W2259.0047.08
6Tribe Called Texeira6-40.600W3352.5547.73
7Alnylium4-60.400L3549.1857.36
8Drago3-70.300W2642.7349.91
9ALS-TDF2-80.200L6737.8052.60
10Jessells Grille2-80.200L2740.0050.30
11Charlestown-90.000.00
12Beacontown Beavers0-100.000L10936.5054.10
Points Per Game
1John Kelley
CAC-n-Ballers
28.62
2Mike Shea
Channel 4 News Team
23.27
3Ken Abrahamsen
Pat Pidgeons
19.64
4Ed Miller
XXL
19.38
5Jeff Nally
Jessells Grille
17.13
6Joseph Andrade
Tribe Called Texeira
17.00
7Chris Dubois
Alnylium
16.00

Player Rater
1John Kelley
CAC-n-Ballers
67.0413
2Mike Shea
Channel 4 News Team
52.8211
2Ken Abrahamsen
Pat Pidgeons
52.8211
4Ben Heywood
ALS-TDF
47.508
5Jamil Ball
Fighting CACs
43.5024
6Ed Miller
XXL
42.4613
7Joseph Andrade
Tribe Called Texeira
42.4510
8Brian Gelow
Fighting CACs
40.948
9Tim Read
Alnylium
39.899
10Jeff Nally
Jessells Grille
39.388

Rebounds Per Game
1John Kelley
CAC-n-Ballers
19.15
2Ken Abrahamsen
Pat Pidgeons
14.00
2Ben Heywood
ALS-TDF
14.00
4Brian Gelow
Fighting CACs
13.88
5Bill Querbes
Alnylium
10.90
6Owen Foster
Pat Pidgeons
10.56
7Jeff Nally
Jessells Grille
10.00

3s Per Game
1John Kelley
CAC-n-Ballers
0.00nan%
1Akhil Goel
Tribe Called Texeira
0.00nan%
1Brian Gowdy
Tribe Called Texeira
0.00nan%
1John Tilley
Channel 4 News Team
0.00nan%
1Mike Serra
Channel 4 News Team
0.00nan%
1Tim Read
Alnylium
0.00nan%
1Owen Foster
Pat Pidgeons
0.00nan%
1Paul Kelley
CAC-n-Ballers
0.00nan%
1Doug Clendenin
XXL
0.00nan%
1Eddie Rodrigues
Tribe Called Texeira
0.00nan%
1Jon Glumac
Fighting CACs
0.00nan%
1Rob Gendron
Jessells Grille
0.00nan%
1Rudy Hersh
Pat Pidgeons
0.00nan%
1Gabe Porter
Drago
0.00nan%
1Ben Heywood
ALS-TDF
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Colleen Mcglaughlin
Channel 4 News Team
3.22
2Ken Abrahamsen
Pat Pidgeons
3.09
3Jamil Ball
Fighting CACs
3.08
4Ed Miller
XXL
3.00
5Dan Warren
Channel 4 News Team
2.90
6Joe Randall
CAC-n-Ballers
2.82
6Danny Teixiera
Tribe Called Texeira
2.82