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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...
Silk Nasties 62 Genzyme 40
Nasties Make it Eight
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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.
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
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.
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