Spring 2009: C League Champs: Silk Nasties

    FOT Nasties Walk Through Hell to Become East Champs
    Silk Nasties 55 Tribe 52

          A long time ago, a disgraced icon in the sport of baseball spoke of his undying passion to play the game. He talked about how he would 'walk through hell in a gasoline suit' to play the game. On Monday night, we saw of that same passion for basketball that Peter Edward Rose had for the game of baseball in the eyes, hearts, and minds of some great basketball players. Silk Nasties took on Tribe in a game that will be remembered for all the right reasons as time passes us by where many moments helped to carry the legacies for different men.

          Tribe came into the game as the rightful underdog against a bigger, undefeated squad in Silk Nasties. Still, with Joe Andrade's scouting the week before, Tribe came into this thing with a gameplan to neutralize the size of Silk Nasties and attack their ballhandlers. Runner-up for MVP, Franklin Salvador, was shooting AND driving with ferocity in this one as he hit one of his vaunted outside treys early. Jerry Altidor was getting steals as he managed to bank in a crazy shot and draw the "And 1" to give his team a 15-11 lead. Tribe looked great as they had the energy, but Silk Nasties can turn to many weapons and a quiet one came up roses in this game. Jim Kopriva nailed a huge three and created a fantastic layup to give his team the 16-15 lead midway through the half. Without the Heavies doing their usual work, Nasties manage to take the lead. Still, Kimball and Bisson were coming up big with baskets as Nasties would keep a slim lead until 'Broadway Joe' nailed a huge three to tie the game at 23-all with 4:00 to go. Slow end-of-the-half as we were tied at 27, while the Nasties had the ball at the end. The Tribe D forced Gellar into a shot on the move near the buzzer, but Kimball alertly cleaned up the mess right before the buzzer to give the Nasties 29-27. Kimball with 8 points, while Kopriva had seven big ones at the break. Salvador leading Tribe with 14 big ones as he was poised throughout, while Andrade had seven big points as well.

         Second half...was outstanding. After a subpar by their standards half, the Taylor brothers were ready to make big plays as they both started scoring big buckets for the Nasties. However, this game was a tete-a-tete offensively as both teams would not relent. Altidor kept driving the lane and Salvador was on fire throughout getting good looks on the drive and off spot-ups. His two free throws finally gave Tribe the lead back at 43-41 with 8:00 left. Then, Val Teixeira made a phenomenal pass to Altidor for a lay-up to give Tribe a four-point lead. But, Rob Taylor answered as he hit a tremendous three that gave his team some juice for the stretch to cut the lead to 45-44. Nasties D came up with a few stops, while MVP Steve Taylor managed to get to the line to hit some crucial free throws down the stretch to give the Nasties a two-point lead. Nasties added another basket, but Altidor had a huge AND 1 sequence to keep the lead at just one point for the Nasties with less than 3:00 to go. Nasties played it smartly and close to the vest with under 2:00 to go as they played smart, kept it turnover-free, and even got a few key steals on defense. Ken Gowell's defense late was awesome as he had two huge steals, one leading to a lay-up to give the Nasties a 51-48 lead with 1:00 to go. Salvador had a shot to tie, but he missed. This thing looked over as Gowell made another great deflection while the Nasties were about to take it down for a lay-up. Somehow, an alert Teixeira made a great play falling out of bounds to flip the ball to Salvador. Salvador pulled up a full step behind the line as he hit a huge three to tie it up. 51-51 with :25 on the clock, Nasties take the timeout. The Nasties ran a great play as they had the ball on the left wing as someone found a wide open Kimball on the other side of the basket. However, a long pass was rocketed over Kimball's hands, giving the Tribe a shot for the win with 6.7 seconds left. It has to go to Salvador, right? Wrong as Danny Teixeira got the ball and he drove in for the lay-up. It looked like it was in the cup, but it rolled off the front on the way back and the buzzer sounds. Overtime.

          Wow. That was awesome. Three minutes for the East title. Unbelievable. Smartly, Nasties went right to it early as the MVP, Steve Taylor, went in for a lay-up to give SN the 53-51 lead. Unfortunately for Tribe, they put the Nasties on the line (and the non-stop time rule favors the team getting fouled, rightfully so). Steve hit 1-of-2 from the line and next trip down, Rob hits 1-of-2 from the line. Salvador (of 27 points, the game-tying three, leading scorer fame) manages to get fouled as he hits a big free throw (1-of-2) to trim the lead to 55-52 with :40 left. Wild trip for a loose ball at half court and it goes to the Nasties (much to the chagrin of Tribe, understandingly) with less than :07 to go. Nasties miss both free throws and Tribe has a shot at the prayer for double overtime. Sadly, not enough. It sucks someone had to lose this masterpiece of a game. Tribe was awesome as they left everything on the floor in a valiant effort. However, this night belonged to the Silk Nasties as they overcame foul trouble and their toughest opponent to prevail. Lots of heroes on this night, especially: the Taylor brothers with their scoring and presence in the second half and OT, Kimball coming up with big play after big play, and Doug Bisson, who again shone in the clutch with eight points. Silk Nasties face off against the Steamboats for a shot at fourteen wins a row, the C League championship, and immortality on Monday night.

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    Genzyme 50  Hi Haters 36

    Genzyme Pulls A Vanessa Williams

    I could have gone Phil Collins on your ass, but this one fit the bill. Genzyme, this oneís for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdusgXW_Wi4. Hard to believe, but the same people have actually been showing up for three or four weeks in a row now. This Genzyme squad is actually pretty good and they showed it with a masterful defensive performance to notch a victory over the Hi-Haters in this one. Many members of Gang Green chipped in like David ëBuddyí Lee, who kept up the scoring, and his point guard, Matt ëMNiceyí Peredna (funny, Lady luck showed up again and they won again). Peredna was key to the game with his intensity on defense and his facilitating duties and ability to get to the cup. Mike Miller (not on the WizardsÖitís a common name) commanded the inside as he hit for 11 points, a few coming off some sweet entry passes and nice cleanup efforts on the glass. Then, thereís the veteran. Tom Martin is becoming the Master of Efficiency out on the basketball court. Never takes a bad shot, plays smart basketball within the flow, and seems to have a knack for hitting the big shot. Thatís a guy you want out there. Add Nate Bachtellís leadership, Rak Sergeantís rebound/defense/two solid shots, and Krukowskiís outside shooting and this actually looks like a basketball team. All they need is Bob ëMarloní Muse to mess it up by hucking up his lunch at Boston Market all over the hardwood at King next Monday after three consecutive no-shows. Iíve got a notion to say what doesnít feel rightÖwhat an image. If this was professional wrestling, Muse would have to work his way back by being the lowly timekeeper. Sadly, we live in the real world. Speaking of bad, thatís how the shooting was for Hi-Haters. They simply missed shots they normally make. Ryan Chason had another solid game as he can simply score, though I wonder why he doesnít go at the rim more often. Heís damn near unstoppable, though he can still hit those midrange jumpers. Other than him and Blackman in the second half, there was nothing on offense. Hi-Haters simply have to shake off the bad game, regroup and play together (the team that looks like itís in harmony usually is) next week. Hi-Haters (6-3) face off against Tribe in a huge game next week for playoff seeding and that sibling rivalry. Anyways, kudos to Genzyme (3-6) on a big win as they actually have become a competitive team in this league that can beat anyone (except for the Silk Nasties) for a shot at the title.

    Genzyme
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    David Lee96301104375% 200%
    Matt Peredna115023008450% 2150%
    Nathan Bachtell010110000NA 100%
    Rob Krukowski612010000NA 200%
    Tom Martin1151100000NA 2150%

    Hi Haters
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Danny Chason75412003133% 200%
    Jimmy Dasilva032200000NA 100%
    Justin Blackman114311103133% 00NA
    Nick Sousa420000022100% 200%
    Nick Sousa012000000NA 100%
    Ryan Chason140402004125% 3133%
    Shelton Winspeare090010000NA 00NA

    Silk Nasties 73  Grand Nationals 42

    Bulls on Parade: Nasties Run Wild

    Hey, hey, what can I say? Aside from sign up next season by getting in touch with Tibbs at CACBasketball@gmail.com to get even more CAC Basketball. Oh, yeah. Do it before slots fill up, especially for the B2 5v5 league (basically this league) starting in the fall.

     

    Onto the action, Silk Nasties, to the surprise of no one, pulverized a game but undermanned Grand Nats squad for a 73-42 victory. The Nasties (9-0) dominated from the get-go off Kimballís tap pass to the returning Jason Gellar (who would also hit a big three and rave about empanadas postgame), for a lay-up not five seconds into the game for a lead they wouldnít relent on all game. There may not have been a better brother combo than Rob Taylor and Steve Taylor since Mario and Luigi. Both of these guys are just deadly efficient as they brought the heat with an array of rebounds, jumpers, and great moves to the basket. Each had 16 points, 8 rebounds, and free throw issues, making a one-on-one game between the two fairly intriguing (my moneyís on Steve, he would win 21-18.) Score was 43-14 at the break (or something like that for you Matchbox 20 fans) as each Nasty chipped in with fine play. Grand Nats (no Jordan or Christian) definitely turned it on in the second half with a great run to start as Beintum found the basket and Breton pumped in two threes. The shots that didnít go down in the first half started flying in (CooxÖyes, Cuccaro) hit a three and Pierre was making some nice all-around plays for him and his teammates. Nats got it back to 16, but the Nasties got Jay Lay to hit a few daggers and Kimball cleaned up on the glass like the Windex Man.

     

    On the horizon: Grand Nationals (3-6) face off against a determined HotSteppers squad thatís coming off a huge win and looking to avenge their loss to the Nats back in Week 3. Silk Nasties draw their rival, XJV, whoís playing like the 2nd best team in the league in Week 10ís Game of the Week. First game was a 3-point win for the Nasties and the only game theyíve won by single digits all year. Can the Nasties beat XJV to go 10-0?

    Silk Nasties
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Kimball1065122000NA 00NA
    Doug Bisson855110000NA 00NA
    Jason Geller502110000NA 11100%
    Jerome Layman610420000NA 6233%
    Jim Kopriva10421200200% 100%
    Ken Gowell220110000NA 00NA
    Rob Taylor164432007343% 11100%
    Steve Taylor167131206233% 00NA

    Grand Nationals
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    David Hartjes010020000NA 100%
    Joey Breton841110000NA 4250%
    Matthew Cuccaro510210000NA 11100%
    Mike Beintum165203002150% 4125%
    Pierre-Loic Assayao911020000NA 2150%
    Reed Jost465401000NA 00NA

    Team Dynasty 54  HotSteppers 61

    Four HotSteppers = Clutch

    In the gutsiest team performance from any group this season, the HotSteppers came into this game with four people to pull off a stunning gem of a win over Team Dynasty. With injuries to PK and BLau and Hall gone MIA, the Fab Four was: Sully (still fighting the rolled ankle), Ken, Lamb, and Maria. Whereas Team Dynasty had four guys, but one of them was Scott Nascimento (whoís a virtual lock for the All-Star game) and his buddy, Doug Pinto, is also a proven scoring commodity. Dynasty also had Biggi (who hit a big three ball in this contest), a returning Matt Souza, and some guy thatís played before (Dennis Sullivan?) on the bench. Dynasty wanted to go four-on-four and I guess thereís honor in that even if you pay to play five. (Major credit to Nascimento, he is a man with lots of integrity.) So what happened? Back and forth most of the game. Nascimento had 19 and thatís a quiet night for him scoring-wise, but the man does everything on the court (Contender for League MVP, check back next week). Pinto was phenomenal as he dropped 27 big ones out there on an array of drives and shots that were dropping like itís hot. Ken played out of his mind offensively (key: aggression) as he drove to the basket with ferocity and he grabbed every damn ball off the glass for his team. In the meantime, Sully was being Sully. That guy has a chance at the MVP (League Awards: next week) after this performance (26 and 14), all while not being at 100%. Not to be forgotten is Mike Lamb, who played another solid all-around game, showcasing that midrange jumper with the touch. However, it was Maria who made the key buckets down the stretch. She hit a monster three in the second half and then followed with a big lay-up to give her team a 5-point lead late in the game. Sully and Ken finished it off after that. And itís too bad for Team Dynasty and late-arriving Shawn Roque, who entered the game with 8:00 left in a tie-game (48-48). However, the flow was really messed up by the sudden impact of five players on the court. Dynasty went back to four and it was too late. By that time, Maria hit her big shots and the HotSteppers gutted out a strangely huge victory. HotSteppers (4-5) have landed in a good place in the standings as they look like the definite #5 seed in this league. Team Dynasty (0-9) has one more chance to get a regular season victory against Genzyme (a very winnable game for TD) before they get eaten by the lions from the Silk Nasties in two weeks.

    Team Dynasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Joe Biggi310000000NA 4125%
    Matt Souza432020000NA 00NA
    Scott Nascimento198435103133% 5240%
    Shawn Roque10000002150% 100%

    HotSteppers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Sullivan217821208675% 100%
    Ken Vandevoordt2613141304125% 4125%
    Maria Alessandrini102100002150% 2150%
    Mike Lamb672404000NA 100%

    XJV 73  Tribe 57

    Week 9 + LNO + 3-on-3 Tourney Info

    So if you're reading this, know that I am a few (and only a few) steps ahead of you. I left my stat sheets with all of your stats and game notes on my computer desk at home last night. Late tonight (after an all-afternoon meeting session and a basketball game), I'll have all the stats up and I should have the writeups by lunchtime tomorrow. Great games last night...looking forward to writing about last night's action.

    However, this gives me a great opportunity to pimp the 3v3 tourney (August 8th-9th) and our trimesterly League Night Out (LNO) on August 7th (Friday) at Tommy Doyle's in Harvard Square. Details are here: http://www.cacbasketball.com/3on3_basketball_tournament.php (though you should disregard all the October dates and pay attention to the August dates above). League Night Out is for anyone who plays or works for CAC basketball to get together for a fun night out on the town. Did I mention if you win your 3-on-3 bracket, you get half your dues off of next season? Contact Tibbs at CACBasketball@gmail.com for any information and for signing up!

     

     

    XJV
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brendan Thomas322000000NA 11100%
    Griffin Benelli85301002150% 2150%
    James Kopp10732110300% 00NA
    Jason Gordon340420000NA 11100%
    John Kopp2100110000NA 9778%
    Patrick Bugbee2302110100% 100%
    Steve Barbuto1841311022100% 3267%
    Tom Layman85301002150% 2150%

    Tribe
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Dave Cuhna351221000NA 3133%
    Eddie Rodrigues210000000NA 200%
    Joseph Andrade2472232022100% 8225%
    Val Teixeira1320032011100% 4250%

Standings C East Spring 2009 Thru Week 13
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Silk Nasties10-01.000W10066.9246.23
2Hi Haters7-30.700L1348.1748.58
3Tribe6-40.600L4462.3157.85
4HotSteppers5-50.500W2548.1852.27
5XJV5-50.500W1554.8350.83
6Genzyme3-70.300L5745.1852.18
7Grand Nationals3-70.300L2746.9156.73
8Team Dynasty1-90.100L5948.6461.36
Points Per Game
1Frank Salvador
Tribe
26.80
2Scott Nascimento
Team Dynasty
26.20
3Brian Sullivan
HotSteppers
17.89
4Steve Taylor
Silk Nasties
16.46
5Rob Taylor
Silk Nasties
16.33
6Ryan Chason
Hi Haters
16.00
7Steve Barbuto
XJV
15.67

Player Rater
1Scott Nascimento
Team Dynasty
54.9010
2Frank Salvador
Tribe
43.5510
3Brian Sullivan
HotSteppers
40.839
4Steve Taylor
Silk Nasties
39.8513
5Rob Taylor
Silk Nasties
38.3812
6Jerry Altidor
Tribe
36.5911
7Steve Barbuto
XJV
34.0012
8Danny Chason
Hi Haters
33.2512
9Ryan Chason
Hi Haters
32.009
10Joseph Andrade
Tribe
31.5013

Rebounds Per Game
1Scott Nascimento
Team Dynasty
10.80
2Brian Sullivan
HotSteppers
10.11
3Rob Taylor
Silk Nasties
10.08
4Brian Kimball
Silk Nasties
9.00
5Steve Taylor
Silk Nasties
8.92
6Justin Blackman
Hi Haters
7.80
7Reed Jost
Grand Nationals
7.78

3s Per Game
1Frank Salvador
Tribe
4.6051%
2John Kopp
XJV
2.6058%
2Scott Nascimento
Team Dynasty
2.6038%
4Joey Breton
Grand Nationals
2.0058%
5Jerome Layman
Silk Nasties
1.5047%
6Mike Hall
HotSteppers
1.4337%
7Danny Chason
Hi Haters
1.3350%

Assists Per Game
1Jerry Altidor
Tribe
2.82
2Jerome Layman
Silk Nasties
2.79
3Mike Hall
HotSteppers
2.71
4Jason Gordon
XJV
2.57
5Danny Chason
Hi Haters
2.50
6Doug Bisson
Silk Nasties
2.45
7Steve Barbuto
XJV
2.08