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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    Hi Haters 47  Genzyme 49

    Genzyme Wins...but Hi-Haters Move On

    This is not a fun write-up for me to do, so let's just put the elephant in the room now. Genzyme did indeed win this basketball game after being down 35-15 in the second half to outshine the Hi-Haters in the clutch...but the Hi-Haters will be playing Tribe in the semis next week. Haters won the game as Genzyme had six guys, one of whom is MNicey (the B2 Defensive Player of the Year and B1 Resident Stud). Unfortunately, in good conscience and with our rules set-up the way they are, Genzyme did not advance because they could only get five guys that were on the original roster and/or played the minimum five games (MNicey unfortunately didn't meet the minimum, and he still shouldn't play in a meaningful game in the C League.) This was explained to both teams BEFORE the game, for the record. Haters pounded early on Genzyme as Ryan Chason (the RoY) was unstoppable as he scored 15 of his 23 in the second half. Nick Souza added eight and Justin Blackman also added eight with a potential killshot in the final minutes (the big coast-to-coast layup after a Genzyme bunny rolled off)Still, this Genzyme team fought hard as they get to say they won their last game. To come back down 20 with over 17 minutes to go is a testament to a "never say die" attitude. DLee and Tom Martin hit big threes down the stretch. Mike Miller (17 points, 9 rebounds) was a monster all game as he attacked the glass with great energy. Rob Krukowski hit a killer three late and yes, MNicey, Peredna himself, hit the biggest shot of the game to put up his team up by 1 with a little more than a minute to go. Still, the Haters almost won this game outright as they had a couple of great looks (Souza and Chason both had shots literally go in and out.) Miller made one of two free throws and Baby Scal ended up having a great shot (you take that shot every time, Nick) at the buzzer, but he couldn't convert it off the half-court inbounds play (kind of like Courtney Lee in the finals...a tough makeable shot). Major kudos to Genzyme for not quitting and executing down the stretch. A good season and a good core group has been established for this league. DLee, Krukowski, Bachtell, Tom Martin, etc...got there every week and they're the guys that Genzyme needs to build around for future success. Haters slide into the semis next week, however they have another shot at immortality and the rubber match against the Tribe next Monday.

    Hi Haters
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Danny Chason541243000NA 2150%
    Jimmy Dasilva010020000NA 200%
    Justin Blackman862030000NA 00NA
    Nick Sousa321010000NA 2150%
    Nick Sousa820010011100% 2150%
    Ryan Chason2372020000NA 2150%

    Genzyme
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    David Lee944210022100% 3133%
    Matt Peredna98443004125% 00NA
    Rob Krukowski71101003133% 22100%
    Rohit Bhalla220100000NA 00NA
    Tom Martin521210000NA 2150%

    Tribe 71  Grand Nationals 45

    Tribe Sprints N' Shoots to the Semis

    Tribe came to play in this one. Inspired by the ghosts of Larry Johnson, Greg Anthony, Anderson Hunt, and the Plastic ManÖthese guys looked like the true Runniní Rebels on this evening. By garnering 14 team steals and firing lots of shotgun-style passes down-court, Tribe used a huge second half to drop the Grand Nationals 71-45 in this quarterfinal matchup. Once again, The Switch was turned on as Franklin Salvador went off for 36 points (6-10 3PT), 6 rebounds (?), and 6 steals in probably his best all-around game of the year. Danny Teixeira came to play in this game as he had six assists and thirteen points as he looked rejuvenated out there. Jerry Alitdor may have been trying to McGrady some passes out there, but he grabbed nine points all in the first half, including a big step back three. Yet still, the feisty Nats were only down 34-24 at the break. Jeremiah Jordan actually hit back-to-back treys to give his team a 12-11 lead. Jordan scored all 13 of his points to keep his team in it gamely. But Salvador and crew just took off like bandits in the night on a big 10-0 run that offered the separation. And in spite of a big game from Grand Natsí wizard (and MG favorite) Dave Hartjes (7 points, big trey, smart decisions), Teixeira, Salvador, and Andrade were too much offense. Younger legs prevailed in this one. Tribe's Dave Cunha (good rebounding too) had a sweet play off the break as everyone joined the action for both teams as it wound down late in the action. Grand Nats can hold their head high as they went in undermanned and played hard to the end. A noble group of gentlemen that hopefully will be back for more next season. Tribe looks really tough right now and with the way the Hi-Haters looked in the 6:00 pm game, the Tribe has to be a heavy favorite to win in their semifinal clash next Monday with all factors accounted. Can Tribe win it all with their Sprint Ní Shoot version of basketball? We will find out in the next few weeks.

    Tribe
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Danny Teixiera1341630000NA 2150%
    Dave Cuhna250110000NA 00NA
    Frank Salvador3642260000NA 10660%
    Jerry Altidor9633200200% 4125%
    Joseph Andrade1134520000NA 11100%

    Grand Nationals
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Christian Hartjes610330000NA 200%
    David Hartjes750220000NA 11100%
    Jeremiah Jordan1381121000NA 33100%
    Joey Breton92100002150% 3267%
    Matthew Cuccaro10441100200% 100%

    Silk Nasties 76  Team Dynasty 50

    Nasties Topple Dynasty, Seize 11-0

    The Nasties cruised in this one and 'twas to be expected. The complete team that rolls eight strong (and every guy on this team chips in) showed why they are the best team in the league as they beat the young up-and-comers, Team Dynasty in a 76-50 rout. In spite of the best efforts from a 'one man gang' in Scott Nascimento, the Nasties broke this game open late in the first half with a 14-4 run to close the half as Dynasty was only down 21-17 with 5:00 to go in the half. And yes, Nascimento was brilliant again as he scored his team's first fourteen points on a mixture of drives and three-pointers. Still, Manny Chaves committed four first-half fouls for TD and, more importantly, there was no answer for 1st-Teamer and a spurned MVP's brother in Rob Taylor. Rob has been ballin' lately showing off his beastly inside producion as he got down with 17 points in the first half (27 points, 11 boards for the whole game). Couldn't be stopped. The other bigs were dominant too as Taylor, Kimball, and Taylor combined for 33 of the Nasties' 35 points. (Lots of close shots = lots of makes) However, the key plays were made on two consecutive assists by backup point, Jason Gellar. Gellar made an inside-out dupe to Taylor and then he fed Brian Kimball for an easy lay-up to get the Nasties' first half closeout run going. 35-21 at the break, Nasties. Second half was simply a continuance. Jay Lay got going with back-to-back jacks out of the gate and then Gellar followed suit with his own three. Gellar really stepped up big in this game with his smart play. This thing was over by midway through the second half, though, amazingly, Nascimento had 27 of his team's first 32 points, but his team was down 24 at that point. Scott ended up with 32 points and 11 rebounds as he ended a fabulous individual season, but something tells me he would have traded some stats for a few more wins. We'll see him again, for sure.

    (Our 'Barack Obama teachable moment' for the night: if you are ever down 26 with less than 1:00 to go, you should not foul the other team. That would be considered unsportsmanlike. Manny, I'm saying that because I like you...get your shit together and don't be a jerk. Most important thing.)

    This game was about the Nasties. Eleven-and-oh. Dominant all game long. But wait a minute, they have to play XJV next week for the third time. Each time, they have only won by three points. Will XJV solve the Nasties riddle to break up the undefeated season next Monday? In due time, we'll find out.

    Silk Nasties
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Doug Bisson210200000NA 100%
    Jason Geller5103100200% 11100%
    Jerome Layman820110000NA 22100%
    Jim Kopriva643212000NA 00NA
    Ken Gowell400110000NA 00NA
    Rob Taylor275610002150% 00NA
    Steve Taylor1394200011100% 00NA

    Team Dynasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Joe Biggi502110000NA 2150%
    Manny Chaves610000033100% 3133%
    Scott Nascimento327312002150% 10550%
    Shawn Roque0411000200% 100%

    XJV 65  HotSteppers 56

    Surviving + Advancing XJV Style

    So many good stories in this game and the main theme in this one was: redemption. In this fantastic 4v5 matchup, there were a lot of surprises in this game and the first one was the return of BLau from the separated shoulder just to give HotSteppers five guys. And it was even crazier when BLau flushed home not one, but two threes right back-to-back to tie this game up at 10. Awesome. Still, XJV recovered for a spurt of their own with Steve Barbuto doing his usual song and dance and then Griffin Benelli hitting two crucial threes for eight first half points of his own. Talk about a guy who's gotten better every week out for his team right there. James Kopp also did business out there with eight more points in the half and XJV led 31-27 at the break. It would have been more if Sully didn't hit some key buckets to close strong for HotSteppers. Solid half, but the second half was absolutely wild. John Kopp hit two threes. Bugbee hit a nice jumper Barbuto banged home a big dagger from outside. Tom Layman hit one from beyond NBA range, it was silly. XJV started the half on an epic 26-9 run to take a 57-36 lead with just over 10:00 to go in the game. This thing had Saran wrap all over it, but then a funny thing happened. HotSteppers refused to roll over even with just five bodies down 21. Slowly, they chipped away at this thing as they got a few key baskets from 1st teamer Sully (26 points) and then Maria. With 7:00, it was down to 57-45. Frustrations mounting, Benelli kept mouthing off at Alberto and spiked the ball for a silly technical. Sully hit one of the free throws. Then BLau uncorked a three. Sully nailed a giant three. Five point game with 4:00 to go? 16-0 run for HotSteppers? Yes, the impossible can happen. XJV needed an answer and fast. And the guy who missed the game-tying shot last week hit a gigantic three and a big insurance lay-up to pad that lead back for the final margin. Tom Layman was the hero of the night. Steppers couldn't get closer than five. That was the ballgame. And what an excellent game played by both teams. For the HotSteppers, a phenomenal effort they should be proud of as they gelled well down the stretch to improve a lot as a team. Great season, guys. On the other side, XJV gets what they want. A shot at immortality and a chance to break the undefeated streak of Jay Lay's Silk Nasties squad in Round 3 on Monday night. Does it get any better than this?

    XJV
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brendan Thomas71412002150% 00NA
    Griffin Benelli833000000NA 3267%
    James Kopp8500300200% 00NA
    John Kopp602111000NA 5240%
    Patrick Bugbee510200000NA 11100%
    Steve Barbuto155033002150% 3267%
    Tom Layman1632120000NA 7457%

    HotSteppers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Sullivan263220004375% 4375%
    Bryan Lau1120310000NA 5360%
    Ken Vandevoordt1091300011100% 2150%
    Maria Alessandrini421110000NA 100%
    Mike Lamb58020002150% 100%

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