Winter 2013: B2 4v4 League Champs: Wildcat

    Wildcat Takes The B2 South Crown Behind Stifling Second Half Defense
    Warrior Country 40 Team Wildcat 54

    The one and only KAP here happy to be filling in for Capitol P. I agreed to cover for him because I legitimately wanted to see this showdown. The B2 South came to a close tonight with Team Wildcat taking on the top seeded, and slightly favored, Warrior Country. The winner would go on to face the B2 North winner next week in the B2 4v4 unification game.

    Before the game started I thought to myself that this would be a very good game. Wildcat and WC were unquestionably two best teams in the South this season, so it was fitting that they should meet in the finals. I also thought JMul would have a huge game as easily the biggest guy on the floor. Hell, I even thought Terry might actually ref a decent game for once. A long shot, I know. 

    Right out of the gate the league scoring champ, Marc LeBlanc, went to work, knocking down two triples and setting the tone right away. JMul and BMul each contributed a trey of their own as the long ball was hot early for WC. WC led 12-5 out of the gate and I felt like this could slip away from Wildcat if they didn’t step up on defense and contain the shooters on WC.

    Wildcat really is a gritty bunch and they answered the bell in impressive fashion. A 9-3 run gave Wildcat their first lead with 11 minutes to go in the first half as the WC lead was erased just like that. It was a true team effort by Wildcat to get back in the game. Southworth buried a sweet step back 3. Jerome made some TOUGH buckets in the paint over the longer, but softer JMul. McDonough did a nice job getting to the rim and forcing WC to play more defense than they wanted to.

    From here on out in the first half, the offense on both sides went dry. The defense on both sides was very stingy and the game was never more than a 2 point contest either way. At the break Wildcat held a slim 22-21 advantage and it was clear we were in for grinder.

    Out of the halftime break, Wildcat drew first blood. I am actually drawing a blank on what happened and who did what, but I do know Wildcat led by 6 at the 16 minute mark of the 2nd half. It appeared to be slipping away from WC just a bit at this point, but LeBlanc wouldn’t allow it. LeBlanc knocked down 2 treys, one that hit every single part of the rim and found a way to drop. At this point in the game (14 minute mark) LeBlanc was 4/5 from deep and was really having a nice game for himself on a night when the rest of his team was off to say the least (THREES: LeBlanc 4/7, Rest of Team 3/15). 

    The game was tied at 31, with 14 minutes to play and this had the feel of an instant classic. Kevin wasn’t sensing that feeling though (no way I am taking the time to write that last name!). First of all, Kevin was pretty quiet all game long, not looking for his shot, and sort of just coasting along. I think he is the best player on Wildcat…when he wants to be. At the 14 minute mark though, Kevin wanted to be. He went into hero mode, driving to the rim and converting tough layups, knocking down mid-range jumpers and even a DEEP 3. Kevin singlehandedly took this game over from the 14 minute mark to the 8 minute mark. That was the key stretch of the game right there. 

    On another note, Kevin’s defense on LeBlanc was stellar. For the last 14 minutes of the 2nd half, LeBlanc could not get a single good look. Kevin really amped up the defense and really made life tough for LeBlanc. I knew someone else on WC would have to step up on offense, but it never happened.

    Wildcat led by 9 with 8 minutes to play and this felt like a huge lead in this type of game. The offense went cold for WC, due to the defense of Wildcat and the simple fact that WC couldn’t hit shots when they were needed. Where did the Mul’s go!?

    Down the stretch, WC played the foul game, but McDonough was perfect at the FT line in the clutch. WC couldn’t overcome the Kevin onslaught in the end and I have to say I am somewhat shocked at how this one turned out. Tied at 31 with 14 minutes to go and Wildcat wins by 14!? Crazy. What I do know is that Wildcat played great defense in the second half, limiting WC to only 18 points. That isn’t going to get it done.

    Congrats to Wildcat on winning the South. I will admit it took me this long to actually respect these guys but I will give credit when it’s due. Well done. The journey is not done though! Wildcat will have a tough game next week against the B2 North winner for a chance to take home the lucrative B2 4v4 title!

    Some other thoughts…

    1. Sundell left at halftime for WC. This was a huge development. WC really needed his defense on the perimeter against a guard-heavy Wildcat squad.

    2. Ethan Robert quietly had an excellent game. He had a really nice offensive rebound put back and hit two outside shots. In a game like this all those little things add up. Very impressed with his performance in limited minutes.

    3. Not enough JMul. Easily the best big man in the league simply got pushed around by Jerome, the 2nd best big man in the league. JMul needed to be more physical in the post and not give up so easily on the move he was making.

    4. Terry reffed a great game! Really solid effort by him actually had me praising the ref. Who would have thought? I think he maybe missed 1 or 2 calls all game. That’s pretty damn good.

    5. B2 South Finals MVP: Kevin – Easy choice here. Put Wildcat on his back in the second half with some great offense and defense.

     

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    Warrior Country 40  Team Wildcat 54

    Wildcat Takes The B2 South Crown Behind Stifling Second Half Defense

    The one and only KAP here happy to be filling in for Capitol P. I agreed to cover for him because I legitimately wanted to see this showdown. The B2 South came to a close tonight with Team Wildcat taking on the top seeded, and slightly favored, Warrior Country. The winner would go on to face the B2 North winner next week in the B2 4v4 unification game.

    Before the game started I thought to myself that this would be a very good game. Wildcat and WC were unquestionably two best teams in the South this season, so it was fitting that they should meet in the finals. I also thought JMul would have a huge game as easily the biggest guy on the floor. Hell, I even thought Terry might actually ref a decent game for once. A long shot, I know. 

    Right out of the gate the league scoring champ, Marc LeBlanc, went to work, knocking down two triples and setting the tone right away. JMul and BMul each contributed a trey of their own as the long ball was hot early for WC. WC led 12-5 out of the gate and I felt like this could slip away from Wildcat if they didn’t step up on defense and contain the shooters on WC.

    Wildcat really is a gritty bunch and they answered the bell in impressive fashion. A 9-3 run gave Wildcat their first lead with 11 minutes to go in the first half as the WC lead was erased just like that. It was a true team effort by Wildcat to get back in the game. Southworth buried a sweet step back 3. Jerome made some TOUGH buckets in the paint over the longer, but softer JMul. McDonough did a nice job getting to the rim and forcing WC to play more defense than they wanted to.

    From here on out in the first half, the offense on both sides went dry. The defense on both sides was very stingy and the game was never more than a 2 point contest either way. At the break Wildcat held a slim 22-21 advantage and it was clear we were in for grinder.

    Out of the halftime break, Wildcat drew first blood. I am actually drawing a blank on what happened and who did what, but I do know Wildcat led by 6 at the 16 minute mark of the 2nd half. It appeared to be slipping away from WC just a bit at this point, but LeBlanc wouldn’t allow it. LeBlanc knocked down 2 treys, one that hit every single part of the rim and found a way to drop. At this point in the game (14 minute mark) LeBlanc was 4/5 from deep and was really having a nice game for himself on a night when the rest of his team was off to say the least (THREES: LeBlanc 4/7, Rest of Team 3/15). 

    The game was tied at 31, with 14 minutes to play and this had the feel of an instant classic. Kevin wasn’t sensing that feeling though (no way I am taking the time to write that last name!). First of all, Kevin was pretty quiet all game long, not looking for his shot, and sort of just coasting along. I think he is the best player on Wildcat…when he wants to be. At the 14 minute mark though, Kevin wanted to be. He went into hero mode, driving to the rim and converting tough layups, knocking down mid-range jumpers and even a DEEP 3. Kevin singlehandedly took this game over from the 14 minute mark to the 8 minute mark. That was the key stretch of the game right there. 

    On another note, Kevin’s defense on LeBlanc was stellar. For the last 14 minutes of the 2nd half, LeBlanc could not get a single good look. Kevin really amped up the defense and really made life tough for LeBlanc. I knew someone else on WC would have to step up on offense, but it never happened.

    Wildcat led by 9 with 8 minutes to play and this felt like a huge lead in this type of game. The offense went cold for WC, due to the defense of Wildcat and the simple fact that WC couldn’t hit shots when they were needed. Where did the Mul’s go!?

    Down the stretch, WC played the foul game, but McDonough was perfect at the FT line in the clutch. WC couldn’t overcome the Kevin onslaught in the end and I have to say I am somewhat shocked at how this one turned out. Tied at 31 with 14 minutes to go and Wildcat wins by 14!? Crazy. What I do know is that Wildcat played great defense in the second half, limiting WC to only 18 points. That isn’t going to get it done.

    Congrats to Wildcat on winning the South. I will admit it took me this long to actually respect these guys but I will give credit when it’s due. Well done. The journey is not done though! Wildcat will have a tough game next week against the B2 North winner for a chance to take home the lucrative B2 4v4 title!

    Some other thoughts…

    1. Sundell left at halftime for WC. This was a huge development. WC really needed his defense on the perimeter against a guard-heavy Wildcat squad.

    2. Ethan Robert quietly had an excellent game. He had a really nice offensive rebound put back and hit two outside shots. In a game like this all those little things add up. Very impressed with his performance in limited minutes.

    3. Not enough JMul. Easily the best big man in the league simply got pushed around by Jerome, the 2nd best big man in the league. JMul needed to be more physical in the post and not give up so easily on the move he was making.

    4. Terry reffed a great game! Really solid effort by him actually had me praising the ref. Who would have thought? I think he maybe missed 1 or 2 calls all game. That’s pretty damn good.

    5. B2 South Finals MVP: Kevin – Easy choice here. Put Wildcat on his back in the second half with some great offense and defense.

     

    Warrior Country
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brad Mulholland67120002150% 4125%
    Brian Barrett030000000NA 100%
    Brian Sundell011020000NA 100%
    John Mulholland86151104375% 3133%
    Marc LeBlanc2341013033100% 7457%
    Mike D'Alelio351000000NA 6117%

    Team Wildcat
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ben Jerome98411204125% 00NA
    Ethan Robert611000000NA 00NA
    Kevin Golembiewski166120004375% 4125%
    Mike Monsegur370200000NA 3133%
    Rob Southworth840010000NA 7229%
    Sam McDonough1250320055100% 3133%

Standings B2 South W13 Thru Week 12
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Warrior Country8-10.889W5070.1852.45
2Slow Klap7-20.778W7173.6055.90
3Team Wildcat7-20.778W1163.0943.09
4JBB Jr.6-30.667L1262.2051.30
5Ass Gas or Grass5-40.556L1366.9059.40
6CTC4-50.444W1457.9072.20
7Mouthfeel3-60.333W1552.9061.60
8The Gus3-60.333L6554.5064.60
9Mide Tech2-70.222L1640.8961.33
10Game. Blouses0-90.000L9842.1171.11
Points Per Game
1Marc LeBlanc
Warrior Country
26.20
2Gilly LaRocque
The Gus
26.00
3Brett Armstrong
Slow Klap
25.00
4Mark Katz
CTC
24.63
5Sean Murray
Ass Gas or Grass
22.50
6Bill Weydemeyer
JBB Jr.
22.10
7Pat Fidler
Ass Gas or Grass
21.30

Player Rater
1Sean Murray
Ass Gas or Grass
60.0010
2Brett Armstrong
Slow Klap
55.2010
3Gilly LaRocque
The Gus
55.198
4Mark Katz
CTC
55.138
5Pat Fidler
Ass Gas or Grass
53.9010
6Steve Hanly
Mide Tech
53.147
7Ben Jerome
Team Wildcat
51.888
8John Mulholland
Warrior Country
51.5911
9Bill Weydemeyer
JBB Jr.
48.9010
10Marc LeBlanc
Warrior Country
46.1010

Rebounds Per Game
1Gilly LaRocque
The Gus
14.63
2Steve Hanly
Mide Tech
14.29
3Ben Jerome
Team Wildcat
13.00
4Sean Murray
Ass Gas or Grass
12.40
5Pat Fidler
Ass Gas or Grass
12.00
6Mark Katz
CTC
11.75
7John Mulholland
Warrior Country
11.73

3s Per Game
1Marc LeBlanc
Warrior Country
4.4052%
2Brian Maney
The Gus
3.7033%
3Mark Katz
CTC
3.5034%
4Bill Weydemeyer
JBB Jr.
3.1037%
5Brett Armstrong
Slow Klap
3.0049%
5Matt Kaplan
Slow Klap
3.0038%
7Pat Fidler
Ass Gas or Grass
2.8036%

Assists Per Game
1Sam McDonough
Team Wildcat
4.83
2Sean Murray
Ass Gas or Grass
4.50
3Mike D'Alelio
Warrior Country
4.40
4Rob Southworth
Team Wildcat
4.10
5John Meador
Mouthfeel
3.86
6Bill Weydemeyer
JBB Jr.
3.80
7Matt Kaplan
Slow Klap
3.70