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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    Tribe 70  Genzyme 54

    Tribe Dismantle G-Unit with Balanced Attack

    Talk about a nice warmup for next week. Lead by four different teammates in double figures, the Tribe dominated from start to finish to rout a competitive Genzyme squad by the final score of 70-54. Franklin Salvadore put on a phenomenal show for the second week in a row as he scored a game-high 28 points. Throw in two excellent individual performances from Jerry Altidor (a 12-11-4-5) and Danny Teixeira (14-4-4-4) and the matchup problems were simply overpowering for G-Unit against the Tribe. Not to mention, 'Broadway' Joe Andrade had another great game, leading his troops with a nice basket and key assist (as he added 14 points as well) to start the game off right. Genzyme hung around for awhile as Dave Bierut had a very good first half as he hit the glass hard (18 boards are impressive!) and made easy buckets. Also, good to see David Lee a.k.a. The Asian Sensation line up for G-Unit because this guy is a solid overall player. DLee can create his own shot and he had a few great moves to get his shot off. Add another solid Nate Bachtell perfomance, very deft at getting to the line like a true scorer knows how to, and Genzyme definitely hung around for awhile. Still, Genzyme is having attendance issues (the core issue with 0-to-1 subs) and other guys like Krukowski and Van need to find their sea legs when they get open shots. Regardless, the main theme in this game was the Tribe offense. The team speed and blazing quicks on defense have been too much to handle for any team so far this year. Then add the awesome shooting prowess of Andrade, V-Teix, D-Teix, Jerry, Franklin, Cunha, Figgy, and E-Rod, forget it. As of right now, the Tribe are at 4-0 and next week they will face the other undefeated team, Silk Nasties, in the 7 p.m. game next Monday night.

    Tribe
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Danny Teixiera14134410200% 3267%
    Dave Cuhna000110000NA 100%
    Eddie Rodrigues011000000NA 00NA
    Frank Salvador2801011011100% 9556%
    Jerry Altidor1210145003133% 3133%
    Joseph Andrade143322006583% 00NA
    Kevin Figuerido000000000NA 00NA
    Val Teixeira201210000NA 100%

    Genzyme
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Dave Bierut159911104125% 00NA
    David Lee1962210000NA 4375%
    Duongvan Tran010010000NA 300%
    Nathan Bachtell145120007686% 100%
    Rob Krukowski520000000NA 11100%

    HotSteppers 40  Silk Nasties 77

    Silk Nasties Eat HotSteppers Like Hostess Cupcakes.

    This recap is brought you by the C Leagueís Game of the Week: Monday June 15, 2009:

    Tribe vs. Silk Nasties, 7:00 p.m. King School. You wouldnít want to miss it.

     

    And onto this monstrosity of a game. Silk Nasties murdered their opposition like Method Man talked about feeding you and feeding you with sewing utensils in the building. Harsh, perhaps? But the poor HotSteppers were sliced, diced, and boxed like Rice-A-Roni as they lost 77-40. You had the line cook, Jerome Layman a.k.a. Jay-Lay, do that Yayo dance as he hit three big three-pointers early to have eleven points in the first fourteen minutes of action. There was the preparer of taquitos, Jason Gellar, who was hitting threes like they were running out of hot sauce at Annaís (better than Boca Grande, for serious). Steve Taylor was like a badass Iron Chef out there as he was Grandmaster Hibachi to the tune of 20 points as he now leads the player-rater for the league. Hell, the twin towers of Rob Taylor and Brian Kimball were the dudes on that Fox show that no one watched, but were good that only a true savant like FHF would appreciate their filleting of the opposition 12 points apiece and many rebounds). Silk Nasties just pouring Tabasco all over those HotSteppers (Sully had another monster game, but sorry no one else gets any love with that performanceÖthough the Hall/Sully pick-and-roll may be the most unstoppable play in the league. The two-man game works for stretches, but for whole games? Questionable. Bad shooting night, okay. But 77 points? Yikes to the atrocious defense). And speaking of segues, next week #1 tangles with #1-A as Silk Nasties face the Tribe to see who the best team in the C Leagueís non-corporate division really is.

    HotSteppers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Adam SanSolo201000000NA 00NA
    Brian Sullivan218321102150% 5240%
    Ken Vandevoordt831010022100% 200%
    Maria Alessandrini001000000NA 100%
    Mike Hall530501000NA 6117%
    Mike Lamb031004000NA 00NA
    Paul Kelley404000000NA 100%

    Silk Nasties
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Kimball12661010200% 00NA
    Jason Geller810310000NA 3267%
    Jerome Layman192073002150% 6467%
    Ken Gowell620110011100% 2150%
    Rob Taylor1252120022100% 00NA
    Steve Taylor2033322000NA 200%

    Hi Haters 61  Team Dynasty 48

    One Cannot Beat Five, Hi-Haters Move Up

    This game had that Kanye versus Jay-Z feel to it. Friendly rivals and big sellers (lots of parallels with the attendance for both of these squads), but a little bit of tension to make this contest interesting. The Hi-Haters definitely showcased that they had more weapons in the tank, especially those Chason brothers, as they notched a big 61-48 victory over their likable rivals, Team Dynasty. Ryan Chason has no fear. Itís pretty evident watching this cat play basketball. Especially when he dropped eight points in the first eight minutes with a certain swagger. Heís the motivating engine on this team as he provides the spark with his inside game. But the other brother, Danny Chason, is no slouch either. In fact, this guyís an outside shooter and heís one hell of a facilitator. Twelve points, eight rebounds, and five assists screams of a complete game even if he hasnít regained that magical outside touch from early in the season. Even facilitators need guys to give the ball to and Hi-Haters have plenty of guys that can play hoops. Like Mike Santos (7 points, clutch boards) or Shelton Winspeare (7 boards, 3 assists) or Nick Souza (8 points) or the other Nick Souza a.k.a. Baby Scal (some really nice passes that go under the radar, this guy is unselfish and make his teammates better). Justin Blackman also proved to be a Freeway-smooth force as he proved he can score when on the floor the last two games and Jimmy DaSilvaís a hustler that the Roc-A-Fella would be proud. Itís no shock that Hi-Haters won this game as they led comfortably for over forty minutes. Still, the star of the show was Scott Nascimento. Watching this guy ball was like watching Pierce in Game 7 last year against LeBron. In terms of a sheer volume scorer, there may not be a better guy in the league than Nascimento. Some of the plays were just silly out there. Weíre talking steals on breaks, some sick moves to the basket, and then a couple of long-range bombs (including a called glass shot on his last one). 39 points later (out of 48 for his team probably isnít the best thing...Manny was quiet but only figuratively, Matt Souza provided a nice lift on the glass, but everyone else was quiet. This team needs a second scorer. Is it Manny? Harrington? Who knows?) and we had our individual performance of the season. Most important thing: in spite of Scottís ridiculous game, Hi-Haters lockdown the #3 seed at the midway point with a huge team victory

    Hi Haters
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Danny Chason12615200300% 400%
    Jimmy Dasilva613030000NA 100%
    Justin Blackman443201000NA 00NA
    Mike Santos72420105360% 00NA
    Nick Sousa822021022100% 00NA
    Nick Sousa2231200100% 100%
    Ryan Chason2070212000NA 00NA
    Shelton Winspeare243300000NA 00NA

    Team Dynasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Joe Biggi021020000NA 200%
    Manny Chaves32105003133% 100%
    Matt Souza35301002150% 100%
    Scott Nascimento3955120033100% 7343%
    Shawn Roque020120000NA 00NA
    Steven Cabral311100000NA 11100%

    XJV 52  Grand Nationals 51

    XJV's Last-Second Miracle Earns Win #1

    This game was wild. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. After reading the stat sheet and my accompanying notes, my first thought was ìHow the hell did XJV win this game?!?î They trailed 47-40 after Mike Beintum and Christian Hartjes of the Grand Nationals hit seeming dagger three-pointers with just 5:30 left to go. Other guys for the Stevie Strasburgs that hit big shots were Pierre-Loic Assayao and Joey Breton in the second half to help pad that lead against XJV. The defending champions started out the season 0-3 and the chips were certainly thrown all over them in this game. But, like any great champion, they simply stood up and kept coming back for more. Steve Barbuto, last yearís MVP, finally got untracked as he hit for a couple of huge buckets. Suddenly, we had a 47-44 game with 2:00 to go. Then the Kopp brothers delivered big time as James hit a two-pointer and John hit a huge three as XJV led 49-47. Next possession down the floor and WHAM! Kidney-punch by the Grand Nationals as Breton bangs home an open three off great ball movement to give his team a 50-49 lead with about 1:15 left. XJV flipped it right back as John Kopp hit another three to give his team a 2-point lead. Pierre comes right back as he gets fouled on a smart drive. Makes the first, misses the second. Lead is 52-51 with :30 to go. Grand Nats had to waste a lot of fouls so they didnít actually get this to one-on-one with :07 to go. Benelli missed the front end so we had the Grand Nats come screaming down as Pierre got a semi-contested 16-footer off (a tough but definitely makeable shot, definitely a good look in that situation) that bricked. XJV escapes. They are out of the cellar to climb up to 1-3 where they have their sights set on getting back to the top.

    XJV
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brendan Thomas2212000200% 00NA
    Griffin Benelli231201000NA 6350%
    James Kopp125410005480% 200%
    John Kopp1120101000NA 6350%
    Steve Barbuto1524120055100% 200%
    Tom Layman106122104375% 2150%

    Grand Nationals
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Christian Hartjes721220000NA 11100%
    David Hartjes030000000NA 00NA
    Jeremiah Jordan240200000NA 100%
    Joey Breton1420010000NA 5480%
    Matthew Cuccaro2311000200% 00NA
    Mike Beintum752400000NA 11100%
    Pierre-Loic Assayao111100004375% 00NA
    Reed Jost81020304250% 00NA

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