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Tribe Shocks The CAC With Major Upset Over XJV in East Finals
XJV 55 Tribe 57
The 1998 Vikings. The 2007 Patriots. And now, it's the 2009 Fall XJV roster.
What a heartbreaker for The XJV crew. But still, it took a performance for the ages to beat them and it came from the underrated and big-hearted Tribe team. Scott Nascimento's game winning pull-up jumper from ten feet out with :20 left gave Tribe the winning points in a 57-55 thriller that electrified everyone in the King School on Monday December 14. Still, Tribe led 55-49 with 2:00 only to see XJV tie the game after two clutch free throws from James Kopp and the huge long two from Tom Layman that tied the game with just :35 left (twisted irony here or what? I can't even make that up.) Tribe gave XJV many many opportunities to tie (and to win) this game as missed free throws from SN & JM became an issue. However, two desperate last shots, including a three off transition from Bugbee (with Layman & Kopp both open) hitting an unkind iron with less than :02 to go. Time felt like eternity out there for both teams in this one.
Early on, XJV remembered their slow start last week against Steamboats. They were focused on early as they came out on fire early grabbing a 7-2 lead six and a half minutes into the game. At the start, the XJV took advantage of the slow pace with solid defense. Until, Justin Maldonado hit a crazy fadeaway jumper. Then, Scott nailed a three (which he doesn't have a great percentage). Momentum came right back for Tribe as Justin found Scott on an incredible tricky pass for a lay-up to tie the game at 11-11 with 12:00 left in the first half. Barbuto decided to one-up the tomfoolery with an incredible shake/bake drive to get XJV the lead back. James Kopp brought the scoring hammer on this night. Scott nailed another three to trim the lead, but then super sub Dave Cunha (who played all game with Jimmy DaSilva absent) nails a big three to give Tribe their first lead with 7:00 in the first half.
Scott's deciding to be the man out there even as the youngest pup (just 21) out there as he hits a Shamwow! worthy shot off the drive. Kid's relentless. The Tribe D has stepped up as they take the 20-19 lead off Cunha's 3 into a 28-23 lead at the break. Scott's got 12 and 8 at the break. The shocking stats at the break were XJV's as Ja. Kopp (10), Barbuto (8), and Tommy (5, big three early) were the only ones with any points. Tribe did a good job of getting on the shooters.
XJV showed why they're tough as they made the halftime adjustments. We had an offensive explosion as XJV nabbed 7 points off the break early and suddenly Tribe clung to a 31-30 lead thanks to a Nick Souza three. And then, we had an incredible sequence where Jay Layman finally nails his patented corner three, Scott comes down and banks home an incredible shot on the run, to be followed by another Jay corner three. it was bedlam out there. XJV down 39-37 with 12:00, but playing well. XJV and Tribe kept battling, but Barbuto kept inching XJV to one basket as he kept driving and hitting the shots out there. Tribe somehow did not relinquish the lead until the last minute as they always kept their opponents two points away.
Nascimento did nail two big free throws late to make 51-47. Buto's last drive made it 51-49 with 4:00, but then Justin made an awesome drive. Kid had a monster night as he showcased a penchant for hitting some wild, some lucky, and some clutch shots out there. Tribe had to use their last timeout on a loose ball with 3:00, but it kept the possession arrow in their favor (foreshadowing here). Andrade, the Tribe vet/captain, was a steady hand down the stretch as he called the timeout and then hit two free throws to pad the lead to 55-49 with 2:00. Verge of a major upset here. Still, Tribe shot 7/17 FT from the line as the door stayed open for XJV. Shibley's two free throws made it a four-point game before Kopp and Layman's (the Wes Welker of this contest) plays to tie the game.
What an astounding game. What an incredible crowd. (thanks to ORA, Commitment, Smoked for coming down and watching...we appreciate you guys very much). Tribe pulls off a motherf****** shocker as they roll onto The C League Title Game on 12/21 at King (6:30...come after 6:00 to shoot around). And Tommy Doyle's after the game for everyone's the place to be!!!!
Commentary by Five Hard Fouls...
Tribe 66 Grand Nationals 53
Tribe Plays Big in Second Half to Become Last Undefeated
The write-up. Brought to you by $12 pitchers at Tommy Doyle's on game night. Do it already.
With the game, good to see the Grand Nationals rockin' out the King again. They were whoppin' candy asses all over the gym at Kennedy and they got call to move East. The Hartjes, Breton, Beintum, and Coox are back and they even brought a point guard, Chai. Ummm, he has a handle, you say? Nationals are already better than last season's team. And they beat The Tribe last season in an epic 1-point win so you know battle-tested veterans are out there for the GN's. Things aren't looking good early as Nascimento goes down with the knee. (The knee? Yes, the knee. Not, the knee injury. But the knee. Bill Simmons, you're a hero for pointing out this absurdity.) Suddenly, a jort-clad Dan Souza hits the court (if you're rockin' jorts, you're obviously not ready to hoop up or are you?). Nationals take of this advantage early.
Beintum is scoring at will on the inside. Christian Hartjes is getting to the rack as the 2-guard and Chai is making some nice moves to the buckets and gettin' dimes for his teammates. Add Dave Hartjes' two clutch shots (including a biggie near the end of the half) and the Grand Nats have a slim lead at the break, but they're playing well. Nascimento's injury is huge for the Tribe as he probably sat about ten minutes before checking back in. 'Broadway' Joe's keeping his team in it with some big shots and Dan Souza did hit a huge three to keep momentum from steamrolling the Tribe.
Second half was a much different story. Tribe decided to implement the Air Coryell offense and it worked. Lots of shotgun passes and lots of fastbreaking. Nascimento was unguardable in the second half as he ripped a few steals for easy lay-ups and he somehow took down a few longballs for lay-ups. 13 of his 17 came in the second half. Nick Souza started hitting threes when the defense broke down and Broadway Joe kept rockin' it to the basket via the drive and his patented stepback three. A key player in all of this was Dave Cunha, who had a few nice steals as he played a great all-around game. The Grand Nats could have won this game, but their D collapsed in the second half as young legs decided to run at a breakneck pace. Still, the efforts of Andrade and crew were more than enough as they showed why they're the leaders of the clubhouse right now with a 3-0 record.
Steamboats 61 cauc-Asian 46
Steamboats Perform Victory Roll for Dragon's Return
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Dragon returns. Ricky 'The Dragon' Ng, the godfather of the team was back in action and ready to unleash some pain with his fellow Steamboats. And is it too early to call Leng Tang, 'Ultimo' Tang? Leng Tang has more in his arsenal than the incredible Ultimo Dragon (i.e. Liger bomb) with his wonderful offensive game. Doesn't matter where he is: on the drive, from the midrange, beyond the arc, etc. Ultimo Tang put together another masterpiece (similar to Dragon's battle with Rey Mysterio at World War 3!) as he hit for 24 points as he couldn't be stopped in this one. Not to mention, this Steamboats stable has old steady hands that can shoot the rock like Martin Yuan and young guns like David Tang (5 steals) and Will Yuan (8 points, steady on offense). Throw in some hustle from Calvin Lee, Eric Lominac, and even the Original Dragon, Ricky...chalk it up to another Steamboats victory.
Still, they had a game opponent in cauc-Asian. Captain Kerby Chan's got a solid dozen here and these guys ain't no joke. In fact, they played well for the first ten minutes and really well in the last ten minutes of this one. This is a group that will compete every week as they should pull out a few more victories with this crew of hustlers. Pete Stratigaskis is a beast of energy as he made a few key steals and took his blazing speed to the rack (and one for a sweet pullup three!). Johnson Tran did well again as he is a definite scorer for this team. Add the hustle of Eric Wang (3 steals) and this team should be OK. If they can figure out ways to score 50-55 points every week, they will be fine as they have a nose for the ball. Good effort for them as they gave the Steamboats, an upper-echelon team in the league, a battle all night long.
Smoked 5 ORA 3
Smoked Wins, ORA Stuck at Work Listening to Richard Marx
Smoked, congrats on the forfeit win. You're a likeable bunch of guys and I dig your enthusisam, post-game cigarettes included. ORA, try to get there this Monday and if not, just call us or shoot an e-mail to CACBasketball@gmail.com next time. I'll be right here waiting for you.
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XJV 63 Commitment 68
Commitment Shines with Win of The Year (So Far...)
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#1, I'm a jerk. Sorry, guys. Better late than never, I guess. #2, Gary Fan, you're the man. That orange popsicle hit the spot at 9:00 after a forfeit at 8:00. That made my night. #3, this was a freakin' incredible game by both sides...
Commitment's ready to roll in this one and they look fantastic early as they POUNCE for many nice baskets early. Gary and Hao Mei were on fire from the get-go. Gary Fan must have been watching Gary Payton back in the 90s when he was the NBA's best point guard (and also the best player on that amazing '96 Sonics team...let's discuss at Tommy Doyle's on that one) on the deep midrange jumper. It's almost a lost art, tough to guard nowadays. Fan makes it work. XJV's struggling early as they're down Barbuto (2-3 weeks with the ankle...injury). Still, they have the big man, James Kopp, who is easily the biggest guy on the floor scoring enough on the inside. JLay's got the three ball going and XJV's hanging around in the first half. King Leung was a beast in spurts in this game for Commitment and Tom Yu was also chipping in for them. Great balance from Commitment as they lead at the break.
At halftime, XJV had to figure out who was going to be the alpha-male with Barbuto absent. Well, Tom Layman assumed that role (and motivated me to do this writeup!) as he started scoring at will. A couple of huge drives and some bigtime threes later and Tommy had dropped 15 of his 25 in the second half. XJV were down about 10 points, but Layman's surge led them all the way to back to a tie game in the last five minutes. The last few minutes were tense as it was back-and-forth. Up 2 with 1:45 to go, King Leung's jumper followed by a Gary Fan lay-up were what put this one on ice. Commitment eeked it out thanks to clutch shooting from those two and Hao Mei. Great game management down the stretch by Commitment as they pull off the huge win in what has to be Game of the Year contender (just in Week 3).
Stay tuned this Monday as we have four excellent games, including a desperate Grand Nationals and steady Commitment battle at 6:00 and a huge megawatt primetime XJV vs Tribe battle at 9:00.
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