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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.
Commentary by Five Hard Fouls...
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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