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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    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 Griffin, Bugbee, John Kopp (3 treys), Layman, and Jay Gordon all chipped in as all seven guys hit at least one three-pointer. As a team, XJV shot 66% from outside (10-of-15). When that happens and the other team doesnít score lots of points, game over. Credit Genzyme for not quitting as Van Tran got it going, starting with his buzzer beater to end the first half to cut the deficit to 22. Van had a fantastic 2nd half as he scored 13 of his 18 points along with some terrific man-to-man defense on Barbuto, which was very effective. G-Unit even got a 7-0 run going to start the 2nd half to cut the lead down to fifteen points. Aside from DLee and Van, there was not much offense to go around for this undermanned squad. Then again, the bigs were Bachtell and fill-in Mike Miller, who both played admirably, but XJV murdered it on the boards as G-Unit simply had no size, which was instrumental in pushing the ball up to score all those points in the first half. XJV (2-4) sits alone in 6th place, while Genzyme (1-5) slips down to 7th place with four weeks to go in the season.

    XJV
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Griffin Benelli531110000NA 11100%
    James Kopp1583023000NA 2150%
    Jason Gordon931210044100% 2150%
    John Kopp920000000NA 6350%
    Patrick Bugbee610210000NA 22100%
    Steve Barbuto144321104125% 11100%

    Genzyme
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    David Lee164202007686% 5240%
    Duongvan Tran1804100000NA 12433%
    Nathan Bachtell79120004375% 100%
    Rob Krukowski541010000NA 3133%
    Rohit Bhalla010010000NA 00NA

    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:

     

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    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 prowess. Rob Taylor, Bisson, Kopriva, and Gowell (after that wicked header to the ribs, tough hombre) all chipped in. The final was 90-41. And Manny didnít get even double figures. Nine? Címon, MannyÖtake it to the rack and help Scott out. Silk Nasties draw their best opponent to date as the #2 Hi-Haters look to break the Nastiesí undefeated streak and clench on the top spot down.

    Team Dynasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Joe Biggi321110000NA 3133%
    Manny Chaves93000002150% 5240%
    Matt Souza031100000NA 100%
    Scott Nascimento2142272011100% 6233%
    Shawn Roque46202002150% 200%

    Silk Nasties
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Doug Bisson952300000NA 2150%
    Jerome Layman1920400000NA 4375%
    Jim Kopriva1583100000NA 11100%
    Ken Gowell641010000NA 00NA
    Rob Taylor1577311000NA 11100%
    Steve Taylor26610211044100% 00NA

    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.

    Hi Haters
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Danny Chason291320000NA 200%
    Jimmy Dasilva955031033100% 200%
    Justin Blackman995111000NA 5120%
    Nick Sousa311120000NA 4125%
    Nick Sousa1002020000NA 3267%
    Ryan Chason1652011022100% 4250%

    HotSteppers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Adam SanSolo0012100200% 00NA
    Brian Sullivan1442112022100% 200%
    Ken Vandevoordt791010000NA 5120%
    Maria Alessandrini0100000200% 100%
    Mike Hall1221440000NA 4250%
    Mike Lamb270120000NA 00NA
    Paul Kelley040010000NA 100%

    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, Salvador, Cunha, Figgy, and E-Rod against the full complement of Grand Nationals, who donít resemble the guys from Washington at all. Away we go. Tribeís hot early as Franklin Salvador has outscored the other team 10-7 in the first six minutes. Mike Beintum grabs the first nine points for the Grand Nats as we have a potential Bird-ëNique showdown going here. Tribe grabs a commanding ten point lead as Andrade (11 1st half points) and Salvador (16 in the 1st) appear to be unstoppable so far. They have a 35-25 lead with 4:00 in the first half, but then the brick wall came out. With no subs and a smart opponent, the Grand Nationals close out the half strongly on a 12-0 run, highlighted by a Breton 3-pointer and Reed Jostís tweener leaner with :10 to go. Grand Nats lead 37-35 at the break. Like Rancid, and out come the wolves to start stanza two. Awesome back-and-forth (Aaliyah-like) pace to this game as everyone is scoring. Another Breton 3 and a huge jumper from Dave Hartjes pad the lead, but Salvador and Andrade arenít going away. Outside bombs from Broadway and Franklin and a big one from Cunha grab the lead back for the Tribe. Andrade 3, Tribe led 62-61 with 5:30. Salvador and Andrade with two key lay-ups to get the lead to 66-64 with 2:30 to go. Then, Christian Hartjes goes to the rack and hits the lay-up while getting fouled to tie this game up. After a free throw, Matt Cuccaro with a huge basket to give his team a one-point lead with 1:00 to go. Salvador ends up getting fouled as he hits two money free throws to give Tribe a 71-70 lead with :25 to play. Grand Nationals bring it down as they work around for a good shot. Cuccaro delivers again from the inside as he nails a huge shot for a 72-71 lead with :10 to go. Salvador misses a three and Grand Nats run the clock out with two fouls to take and a missed free throw as they survive the wildest and most well-played game by two teams this season in the C League. Beintum scores 22, but Cuccaro was the hero of the day with two titanic shots in the last minute. And on the other side, an undermanned Tribe team was awesome as ëBroadwayí Joe and Franklin Salvador (33 big ones) were phenomenal. What a freakiní game. Patience rewarded. The best of CAC basketball was on display from both teams tonight.

    Grand Nationals
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Christian Hartjes72151003133% 100%
    David Hartjes430000000NA 100%
    Jeremiah Jordan932301000NA 11100%
    Joey Breton844120000NA 3267%
    Matthew Cuccaro815020000NA 00NA
    Mike Beintum226611007229% 22100%
    Pierre-Loic Assayao831400022100% 00NA
    Reed Jost643420000NA 100%

    Tribe
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Dave Cuhna700010000NA 11100%
    Eddie Rodrigues560000000NA 4125%
    Frank Salvador3322230055100% 9333%
    Joseph Andrade235622007686% 5240%
    Kevin Figuerido350020000NA 4125%

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