© All rights reserved
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...
XJV 66 Genzyme 50
XJV Shoots the Lights Out
And another one. XJV gets back on the horse after a heartcrushing loss at the buzzer last week to trounce Genzyme on their way to an impressive 66-50 victory. What would you say? Aside from itís good to hear a Dave Matthews Band album that doesnít make your ears bleed after eight long years? XJV whooped up on this G-Unit squad. Especially in the first half. But, Genzyme did lead 5-0 thanks to the direction of a necktie-less BFab on the sidelines before leaving for a 6:20 Morse affair. Still, over a thirteen-minute time span, we would see XJV outscore their opponent by a whopping 39-12 margin. Steve Barbuto looks like heís all-the-way back as he poured in 11 points, including one of his trademark threes. James Kopp had a great game as well, including his McGrady-like rebound off his shot on one incredible sequence. This was a complete team effort as
Team Dynasty 41 Silk Nasties 90
Nasties Make Dynasty Crumble
What do you want here? Can we not do a write-up, Scott? Trust me I want to black this one out from the memory bank, but the fine folks at CAC pay for my candor and razor-sharp wit, so what the hell? Wait a secondÖwhy donít I plug stuff before I do the write-up. Like our fall leagues, you should sign up before youíre so 2000 and late:
See, that wasnít so hard. Tibbs is the guy you want to get in touch with. And yes, fall league will be here sooner than you think. Spaces go quickly so sign up now! Onto the game. Wow, Silk Nasties kicked some serious ass in this game. They started out on an 11-0 run as JayLay got hot again to kick off the game with a pair of threes. JayLay had 12 of his 19 points in the first half as the Nasties led 48-24 at the break. The only bright side on the other side was Scott Nascimento as all four of us fans thought he could have dropped 40 in this one. He managed to keep his team hanging around with 12 points in the first half, but they just couldnít score or rebound on the Nasties at all. A full-fledged rout was on as Steve Taylor (26 points for the MVP favorite) mastered the art of stat-padding with his offensive rebounding
Hi Haters 49 HotSteppers 35
Hi-Haters Step Up to 2nd Place
Segue much? (Segway is that weird two-wheeled vehicle thing; a segue is unpausing, though itís meant to be a musical never-ending jam by the intended definition, much like my train of thought.) Sign up for our fall leagues right here: http://www.cacbasketball.com/tibbsblog.php?newsid=369
So far on the night, weíve had two blowouts. Will the basketball gods give me a good game? Then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Holy crapicus, HotSteppers come out shooting well. Ken Vandevoordt is doing it again as he shows off the aggression for a huge three and a quick bucket right out of the gate. Brian Sullivan and Mike Hall each score a few big baskets as HotSteppers grab a 14-4 lead seven minutes into the game. This a major upset in the making here, but suddenly, the Hi-Haters share the love in this game as they rip out an 11-0 run to take the lead. Ryan Chason hits two gigantic three-pointers, but then everyone else chips in as Nick Souza and Jimmy DaSilva nail some more three to end stanza one. A 25-5 run to close the half?!? Chason has 10 points and Justin Blackman is having a monster all-around game, scoring and rebounding at will. Second half starts well for the HotSteppers as they get the lead back down to six, but Nick Souza II (a.k.a. Baby Scal) hits the dagger three and Ryan Chason hits a sick shot off the drive and this thing is driven home. Bring that home, you know what I mean? The lead never touched single figures again for the Hi-Haters as they cruised onto the 49-35 victory. HotSteppers struggled to score as Sully fought thru a rolled ankle in the first half. Yet, Sully was the only person to score more than two points in the second half. Yikes! Still, the Hi-Haters (5-1) were rolling. Ryan Chason scored the most again as he had a great offensive game, but the true stars were Blackman and Danny Chason. Blackman was a beast on the glass as was Danny, yet more importantly was Dannyís aggression on offense. Even though he missed, he got great looks at the basket that weíve seen him make earlier in the season. Jimmy DaSilvaís efforts on defense and his clutch three in the first half also were instrumental for the win. The Haters look like the clear #2 team with a lot to prove next week. They play Silk Nasties in a clash for the top spot in the standings next week.
Grand Nationals 72 Tribe 71
Grand Nats Outlast Tribe in Thriller
Two ho-hummers and a bad blowout. At this point, all Iíve had is a Clif Bar in my stomach and a crappy Monday at work with a freakiní Bangles song (though written by Prince) stuck in my head. But, the main story is the Tribe roster tonight. No Jerry Altidor or Danny Teixeira? What are they doing, playing in another CAC game somewhere? Talk about loyalties. Tribeís got a five of Andrade,
|Standings C East Spring 2009 Thru Week 13|
|Points Per Game|
|Rebounds Per Game|
|3s Per Game|
|Assists Per Game|