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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    Silk Nasties 62  Genzyme 40

    Nasties Make it Eight

    For the sake of my mind at 6:30 on a Wednesday, weíll keep this short to what you, the viewer, should know (Or maybe this is an experiment/BFab homageÖyou canít say itís lazy because Iím a fast talker):

     

    • Silk Nasties are clearly the best team as they pasted G-Unit 62-40. Outscored opponents 40-21 primarily based on strength of Steve Taylor and Rob Taylorís shoulders scoring and rebounding. Nasties have beaten every team and they have taken Genzyme out twice. Watch out for that Week 10 XJV vs. Nasties clash. 8-0 now for the #1 team in the hot, hot show.
    • Sequence of the game: Jay Lay hits a 3 (after missing a few to drop that percentage) and then hits Bisson on a ridiculous reverse shot that was fabulous to watch. Bisson and Kopriva played great in their roles as Nasties brought the house from all parties in this game.
    • First half was very close as Nasties only led 22-19 as Rob Taylor had 10 at the break. DLee with 7, including a big three that gave G-Unit an early lead. Major kudos to Tom ëHarperí Martin for an incredibly efficient game (only one miss from the field if my memoryís correct). Also, great handoff play to end the half, Genzyme. More hustle, just not enough roster consistency. Hopefully the Muses and Trans of the world get their 5 game minimum in for the playoffs.
    • Bad luck with newbie Kevin Gregg (sp?) getting hurt after the jump ball! His ankle was the size of MGH; hopefully thatís where he went after the game. Still, Iíve never seen him and he had a fan club. We call his type high rollers. Hopefully, he gets better soon. Genzyme had no bigs again (Marlon Muse had a back injury allegedlyÖis this guy 45 or something? Big Dave, thoughts and prayers are with you.)
    • Good to see Gellar back in the fold as he got on to the scoring column after a delicious dinner at Annaís Taqueria. I knew that guy was smart for a reason.

     

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    Silk Nasties
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Kimball104411206233% 00NA
    Doug Bisson910120000NA 11100%
    Jason Geller201110000NA 100%
    Jerome Layman331410000NA 4125%
    Jim Kopriva8141100100% 00NA
    Rob Taylor149312004250% 00NA
    Steve Taylor1662412000NA 200%

    Genzyme
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    David Lee1341121044100% 2150%
    Nathan Bachtell52021002150% 400%
    Rob Krukowski7021000100% 4125%
    Rohit Bhalla220100000NA 00NA
    Tom Martin1133110033100% 22100%

    Grand Nationals 37  Hi Haters 39

    Blackman Shoots Haters to Huge Win

    I cannot sugarcoat this one, kids. This game had an element missing to it (and hence why I have had trouble writing about it). And the thing is these two teams have both played well most of the season, but scoring points became a major issue for both teams. However, Justin Blackman of the Hi-Haters was the one guy that was able to constantly find the basket thanks to his speed for a big man as he led his team with 14 points, including the game-winning lay-up with 1:00, to give his team a crucial 39-37 win over the Grand Nationals. Grand Nats were missing Coocs, but volume scorer Beintum returned, figuring in big points for him. Still, though outside of Christian 'Mighty Mouse' Hartjes (12 points, 5-6 FTs, 3 steals), no one really put their stamp on this game for the Nats, which surprised the author. Reed Jost played OK as he provided lots of energy and Christian's scoring kept his team ahead for most of the game. Dave Hartjes had two key jumpers that gave his team some big momentum out there. Heck, the Nats led 37-32 with 7:00 to go. However, no points in the last seven minutes usually spells D-O-O-M for the endgame. The comeback started with Nick Souza's (the Captain) three-point shooting ability trimming the lead. Danny Chason was aggressive all game and it paid off as he took good shots that opened things up for other guys on top of a great defensive game. Blackman was the only guy that scored at the end of the game as he tallied up 14 points (7 inside field goals) and 8 rebounds for him as he basically willed it down the stretch getting the comeback win here. His drive for a lay-up gave his team the lead and that cemented it. Pierre got a fadeaway jumper off on the next possession, but after that, the Haters smartly dribbled it out (heads up on DaSilva's part) to kill the clock after two Nats (3-5, tie for 5th place with Hotsteppers) turnovers. Tough game for both teams, but the Haters found a way to win as they stay in a tie for 2nd place at 6-2. The Hi-Haters better bring more than that in their Week 10 clash against Tribe in a huge seeding game in the playoffs if they want to overtake their rivals for the coveted #2 position for the playoffs.

    Grand Nationals
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Christian Hartjes121023006583% 2150%
    David Hartjes420210000NA 100%
    Jeremiah Jordan661010022100% 200%
    Joey Breton521012000NA 2150%
    Mike Beintum52100005120% 00NA
    Pierre-Loic Assayao310110000NA 11100%
    Reed Jost243242000NA 00NA

    Hi Haters
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Danny Chason952231000NA 2150%
    Jimmy Dasilva251130022100% 00NA
    Justin Blackman143600003267% 100%
    Mike Santos003020000NA 00NA
    Nick Sousa101000002150% 5360%
    Nick Sousa202000000NA 100%
    Ryan Chason2430100200% 00NA

    Tribe 66  Team Dynasty 59

    Tribe Outruns Dynasty

    In Round 2 of the matchup between friendly rivals, Tribe had enough firepower to sprint past a game Team Dynasty for a critical 66-59 victory before a brutal pre-playoff homestretch. Tribe definitely has the toughest schedule left with games against XJV and Hi-Haters (who won a crucial game in the last minute) still on their schedule so the value of this win over Dynasty canít be understated. A well-balanced attack from Tribeís many assets propelled them to lots of points on the break as Teixeira, Salvador, Altidor, and Andrade all hit double figures in this game. Still, an improved Team Dynasty took over this game early as they built a 17-7 lead as multiple guys chipped in the scoring column besides Scott Nascimento in this one. Justin Maldonado (17 points, lots of drives, smart and calm demeanor) and Manny ìWelcome Backî Chaves (who played within himself and very well) were getting points and Pinto was a nice pickup showing savvy out there. This team played better as they knew what to do out there as they showed their resolve. Still, Tribe is loaded with so many talented guys as they ripped out a 14-2 run to take the lead for good late in the first half. Halftime score was 38-28 with Tribe on top as Salvador showed off an impressive midrange game (think Gary Payton in the 90s) on top of a big trey. Salvador ended up with 15 points, but attention on him later in the game opened it up for other folks like Danny Teixeira, who got some great close looks at the bucket with his speed. The second half saw Tribe keep it on as Jerry Altidor turned on the juice in the second half scoring layups and throwing some great passes to an alert ëBroadwayí Joe Andrade. E-Rod and Cunha (he almost had a dunk!) played smart and hustling basketball as they added to the point total. Lead never got under ten until the last minute in garbage time. Good effort for a poised Team Dynasty team showing balance. Justin makes Scott and the rest of the team so much better out thereÖthey need to recruit him!! They are probably a rebounder away (and Roque was absent, so maybe heís that guy) from being a force in the league, but thereís no shame in showing good effort against a superior team. Team Dynasty (0-8) still has two winnable games on the schedule so weíll see what happens down the stretch. Tribe (6-2) takes on XJV in a huge playoff implications game next Monday at King.

    Tribe
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Danny Teixiera1832120022100% 3267%
    Dave Cuhna200020000NA 00NA
    Eddie Rodrigues410020000NA 00NA
    Frank Salvador155123003267% 3133%
    Jerry Altidor1410131007457% 00NA
    Joseph Andrade112310002150% 00NA

    Team Dynasty
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Joe Biggi010000000NA 200%
    Manny Chaves134202007571% 22100%
    Scott Nascimento2310611005240% 8225%

    HotSteppers 30  XJV 46

    XJV Grinds It Out After Early Success

            Whatís the best metaphor I can come up with to compare this game to something? Knuckles? This game was like Tim Wakefield and Charlie Hough locked in up a battle of knuckleball pitchers and the home team did most of their damage in the first inning. That makes sense. XJV started out hot in this game on a 12-3 run as they slowly and painfully swam around in this game on their way to a 46-30 victory over HotSteppers. Steppers only had five as Hall was missing and PK has been added to the injury list with a gingerbread hamstring (not really, PK was legitimately hurtÖsort of). Sullyís still dealing with a rolled ankle and heís one of the five so this looked like a long night from the pregame. Steve Barbuto of XJV took advantage of this early as he scored five of his teamís points on that 12-3 run as he attacked and ran the ball down the court smartly. After that, Hotsteppers found a way to score as the MVP nominee, Brian ëSullyí Sullivan, kept his team in it with some key baskets, gimpy ankle and all. However, John Kopp started hitting threes like the newly refashionable jorts were sitting on the rack at TJ Maxx. Three outside bombs from Kopp and two big treys each from Bugbee and Griffin Benelli (all in the first half) gave XJV a 33-15 lead at the half. Seven made three-pointers in a half have a significant effect on the game when the other team has trouble scoring. XJV kept it on in the 2nd half as they led by as many as 23 with 16:00 to go before we saw the inevitable ëairportí mentality from the winners. HotSteppers chipped away at this lead as Ken V hit a big three and Maria had two really big baskets on this extended run of good play from HotSteppers. XJV was outscored 12-1 by HotSteppers before turning cruise control off with 4:00 to go. Rightfully, someone booed XJV for running for the Four Corners with 3:00 to go. (Play basketball the way it should be played, kids!) HotSteppers were down 12 with 4:00 to go, but not enough with just five guys. Sullyís ankle limited him as no one was able to crack double figures. Kopp and Barbuto lead the way with 11 each as Benelli chips in with eight. HotSteppers (3-5) lose their 3rd in a row and slide out of the top half of the bracket, while XJV is looking like have an actual chance at defending their title at 4-4 after a few very narrow misfires early in the season. Never underestimate the heart of a champion.

    HotSteppers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Adam SanSolo070310000NA 100%
    Brian Sullivan810311206467% 100%
    Ken Vandevoordt94120002150% 3267%
    Maria Alessandrini50210002150% 200%
    Mike Lamb8112111000NA 100%

    XJV
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Griffin Benelli841100000NA 4250%
    James Kopp663011000NA 100%
    Jason Gordon041410000NA 200%
    John Kopp1111110000NA 7343%
    Patrick Bugbee602010000NA 22100%
    Steve Barbuto113144007343% 100%
    Tom Layman431010000NA 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