Winter 2011: B2 League Champs: Wheels of Steel

    Wheels Survives and Advances
    Wheels of Steel 62 The Bomb Squad 59

    Yes, I know, if O\'cal had covered these games the write-ups would have been up by midnight.  But do I look like I have a uni-brow? I tried to get him to cover these, believe me. 

    But then I would have missed out on a pretty excited pair of games.  In the opener of the B2 South semi-finals, the top seeded Wheels of Steel faced a tough test against the Bomb Squad.  I was told thatI shouldn\'t judge Bomb Squad by their record, they play incredibly well when they have a full squad. 

    Well everyone struggled in the opening minutes getting used to playing at Wall Ball Arena.  It\'s a different beast, the walls are really, really close.  For the Squad, Sam had no trouble adapting off the bat. He took the ball to the hole, took the wall slam in stride and jogged back on D ready to get a steal and do it again.  He paced the offense with 9 first half points.  Zouk was all over the place, sprinting for boards, getting putbacks, but foul trouble limited his minutes late in the first half and to start the second.  No biggie, Qym and Raf stepped their games up and produced to keep Bomb Squad upset-minded.   

    The Squad let by 7 at the break and it looked like we had yet another upset in the making.  The South had THREE in the first round last week.  The rest of the B2 leagues combined only had TWO combined! And they say parity is dead.

    Anyway, this Wheels of Steel teams reminds me of the Scalopini team that came out of the B2 South in the Spring 2010 season. Bunch of guys that don\'t wow you individually, but play well together and have a jumpshooting point guard to pace the offense. They came out of the South and shocked the East before winning the Uni game and I could see the same thing happening this season. 

    Roberts and Monroe can control the boards, Jamie and Nick chip in a ton of hustle, and no one is really sure what Rory does, but he\'s there, cracking jokes about the Breakfast Club and his Co-Ed team, at least he brings something to the table.  Everyone does something well and that\'s the sign of a good championship squad!

    Down 7 with 7 to go, that jumpshooting pg, Tristan, hit back to back 3s to make this thing a gamel  It was the start of a 13-2 run that gave Wheels control of the game.  Rory hit 3 of 4 from the stripe down the stretch, but Bomb Squad still got the ball back with a chance to tie.  Thankfully for all involved (ok just me) we avoided another OT game (for now).

    Wheels will play at 7:20 next week against the Big Dilemma for the right to play in the B2 Unification Final Four!

    Scores, Box Scores & Write-Ups

    Regular Season: Week 12

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    B2 South W11 Basketball League

    Commentary by O'CAL...

    Wheels of Steel 79  The Big Dilemma 45

    Wheels of Steel
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Matt Monroe219412004375% 3267%
    Matt Roberts1754111011100% 00NA
    Nick Altschuller412210000NA 00NA
    Rory Duyon1632220044100% 100%
    Tristan Mouligne2383421011764% 600%

    The Big Dilemma
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Leclair14212100200% 3267%
    Brendan McCabe135220102150% 6117%
    Justin Parker7512100200% 3133%
    Mark Dilulio10212000200% 200%

Standings B2 South W11 Thru Week 12
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Wheels of Steel11-10.917W11059.9246.17
2I'm Nasty7-30.700L1462.9054.30
3C4NT6-40.600L1557.5652.50
4Abusement Park5-50.500L3654.6054.20
5The Bomb Squad5-60.455L1656.8258.64
6The Big Dilemma5-70.417L1662.5061.92
7I Hate My Life3-80.273L1857.5563.45
8Celtic Cross1-90.100L21040.4063.78
Points Per Game
1Quincy Nunnally
The Big Dilemma
24.00
2Ben Frutkin
C4NT
23.00
3Tom Trupiano
I Hate My Life
22.10
4Jay Henderson
The Bomb Squad
21.38
5Craig Henricksen
Abusement Park
21.22
6Robert Haas
I Hate My Life
20.09
7Tristan Mouligne
Wheels of Steel
19.73

Player Rater
1Quincy Nunnally
The Big Dilemma
64.086
2Craig Henricksen
Abusement Park
60.229
3Robert Haas
I Hate My Life
55.0011
4Bob Viercinski
I'm Nasty
49.6510
5Tristan Mouligne
Wheels of Steel
49.5011
6Dave Hammerschmidt
C4NT
47.7010
7Aaron Dushku
Celtic Cross
46.797
8Ben Frutkin
C4NT
45.948
9Brendan McCabe
The Big Dilemma
45.1811
10Qym Miller
The Bomb Squad
45.0511

Rebounds Per Game
1Craig Henricksen
Abusement Park
14.44
2Quincy Nunnally
The Big Dilemma
13.17
3Robert Haas
I Hate My Life
12.73
4Qym Miller
The Bomb Squad
12.64
5Ross Goldberg
C4NT
11.83
6Aaron Dushku
Celtic Cross
11.29
7Dave Hammerschmidt
C4NT
11.20

3s Per Game
1Mike Shea
C4NT
3.00100%
2Robert Haas
I Hate My Life
2.7383%
3Jay Henderson
The Bomb Squad
2.63100%
4Dave Hammerschmidt
C4NT
2.60100%
5Ben Frutkin
C4NT
2.50100%
6Brendan McCabe
The Big Dilemma
2.1873%
6Tristan Mouligne
Wheels of Steel
2.1862%

Assists Per Game
1Peter Song
The Big Dilemma
4.60
2Tristan Mouligne
Wheels of Steel
4.36
3Rory Duyon
Wheels of Steel
4.18
4Mike Suntken
I'm Nasty
3.90
5Jeff Ruggiero
I Hate My Life
3.88
6Bob Viercinski
I'm Nasty
3.70
7Michael Fields
Celtic Cross
3.63