Spring 2012: C League Champs: Steamboats

    Its the feel good story of the year
    The Loose Balls 52 Steamboats 64

    FP usually covers the C League but since (Nate) was at King School covering the Corporate West League I figured I’d just stay on to score this game. Between myself, Matty Bells and FP we had three scorekeepers that were quite invested in this surprisingly exciting game and between the fans on the opposite wall the ref was heard to remark: this is the most excitement there’s ever been in this gym!

    That’s because the C League Finals was a classic David vs. Goliath match up from the get go, since everyone on The Loose Balls had about a half-foot height advantage over everyone on the Steamboats. Matty informed me that The Loose Balls were undefeated as a result of that huge height advantage and that the last time they played Steamboats they crushed them by 20+. So needless to say when the Steamboats came out on FIYA, draining their first four 3pt attempts on the way to a 20-8 early lead, I was all over Matty for his presumptive prediction.

    It’s true TLB was down 12 but they did not seem worried, and when Matos got into the game I understood why. This guy was hitting shots from all over the floor at like an 80% clip and his size and quickness are way above the C League level. Between their 17 offensive rebounds and Matos 12 first half points TLB made the lead manageable at halftime and only trailed 29-35.

    In the second half the bigger team continued to grind down the smaller/quicker Steamboats. Lee, Tang and Tran did an excellent job getting feisty rebounds and stripping the bigger players on TLB but without their 3s falling on the other end they were losing the war of attrition. Steamboats had 5 points through the first 12 minutes of the 2nd half, and when Klavens drained a pull-up 3 TLB was within one-possession. A couple more 2nd chance points and a Matos jumper gave Goliath it’s first lead at 42-40 and they soon expanded it to 48-42.

    SO after a 19-5 run through the first ¾ of the half I was ready to declare the Steamboats finished, but they weren’t going out like a sucka. Martin Yuan and Andy Lee kept shooting and they each nailed a 3 to tie the game at 48. Then Lee had a strip steal for a lay-up to grab the lead back and Matos made a crucial mistake by dribbling it off his foot at half court and instead of finishing the play, he hung his head and Tang picked it up for another lay-up. TLB fell apart at the seams and didn’t seem to know what they were doing on offense the final 5 minutes. The leadership of Tang put the Steamboats in a position to win this game and he got clutch at the FT line along with M.Yuan to seal the game and the title. This was really a gutsy performance and a lot of fun to watch as Steamboats shocked the world. SHOCK THE WOOOOOOOOORLD! Anything is possible, KG.

    Finals MVP: Leng Tang 20 pts, 6 rebs, 7 asts, 4 stls, 6-7 FT

    Best Effort: Dennis Klavins 13 pts, 10 rebs, 3 asts

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    The Loose Balls 52  Steamboats 64

    It's the feel good story of the year!

    FP usually covers the C League but since (Nate) was at King School covering the Corporate West League I figured I’d just stay on to score this game. Between myself, Matty Bells and FP we had three scorekeepers that were quite invested in this surprisingly exciting game and between the fans on the opposite wall the ref was heard to remark: this is the most excitement there’s ever been in this gym!

    That’s because the C League Finals was a classic David vs. Goliath match up from the get go, since everyone on The Loose Balls had about a half-foot height advantage over everyone on the Steamboats. Matty informed me that The Loose Balls were undefeated as a result of that huge height advantage and that the last time they played Steamboats they crushed them by 20+. So needless to say when the Steamboats came out on FIYA, draining their first four 3pt attempts on the way to a 20-8 early lead, I was all over Matty for his presumptive prediction.

    It’s true TLB was down 12 but they did not seem worried, and when Matos got into the game I understood why. This guy was hitting shots from all over the floor at like an 80% clip and his size and quickness are way above the C League level. Between their 17 offensive rebounds and Matos 12 first half points TLB made the lead manageable at halftime and only trailed 29-35.

    In the second half the bigger team continued to grind down the smaller/quicker Steamboats. Lee, Tang and Tran did an excellent job getting feisty rebounds and stripping the bigger players on TLB but without their 3s falling on the other end they were losing the war of attrition. Steamboats had 5 points through the first 12 minutes of the 2nd half, and when Klavens drained a pull-up 3 TLB was within one-possession. A couple more 2nd chance points and a Matos jumper gave Goliath it’s first lead at 42-40 and they soon expanded it to 48-42.

    SO after a 19-5 run through the first ¾ of the half I was ready to declare the Steamboats finished, but they weren’t going out like a sucka. Martin Yuan and Andy Lee kept shooting and they each nailed a 3 to tie the game at 48. Then Lee had a strip steal for a lay-up to grab the lead back and Matos made a crucial mistake by dribbling it off his foot at half court and instead of finishing the play, he hung his head and Tang picked it up for another lay-up. TLB fell apart at the seams and didn’t seem to know what they were doing on offense the final 5 minutes. The leadership of Tang put the Steamboats in a position to win this game and he got clutch at the FT line along with M.Yuan to seal the game and the title. This was really a gutsy performance and a lot of fun to watch as Steamboats shocked the world. SHOCK THE WOOOOOOOOORLD! Anything is possible, KG.

    Finals MVP: Leng Tang 20 pts, 6 rebs, 7 asts, 4 stls, 6-7 FT

    Best Effort: Dennis Klavins 13 pts, 10 rebs, 3 asts

    The Loose Balls
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Dennis Klavins136430103133% 5240%
    Jeff Love35502004125% 00NA
    Patrick D. McCarty441003000NA 00NA
    Rayoni Matos2413011000NA 3267%
    Ryan LaMar875211000NA 300%
    Thomas Brouns031000000NA 00NA

    Steamboats
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andy Lee1951220022100% 12542%
    Jimmy Tran420020000NA 00NA
    Jonathan Ho000000000NA 00NA
    Leng Tang206074007686% 00NA
    Martin Yuan156122004375% 10440%
    Thuy Nguyen030000000NA 00NA
    Will Yuan611020000NA 00NA

Standings C 5v5 S12 Thru Week 11
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1The Loose Balls9-01.000W9065.2742.00
2Steamboats8-10.889W4163.6446.55
3The Cleveland Steimsmas5-40.556W2449.7044.40
4Rage On, Rondo!4-50.444L2543.0053.90
5The Adjustment Bureau1-80.111L4833.5655.56
6NextSeason0-90.000L9935.7856.89
Points Per Game
1Rayoni Matos
The Loose Balls
28.20
2Leng Tang
Steamboats
20.45
3Jacob Poling
The Cleveland Steimsmas
17.25
4Dennis Klavins
The Loose Balls
15.82
5Martin Yuan
Steamboats
14.36
6Evan Easterbrooks
Rage On, Rondo!
13.00
7Chris Williamson
The Adjustment Bureau
11.88

Player Rater
1Rayoni Matos
The Loose Balls
49.6510
2Leng Tang
Steamboats
47.4511
3Dennis Klavins
The Loose Balls
41.5011
4Ryan LaMar
The Loose Balls
34.4010
5Martin Yuan
Steamboats
32.8611
6Alex Klaessig
Rage On, Rondo!
30.676
7Chris Williamson
The Adjustment Bureau
28.068
8Evan Easterbrooks
Rage On, Rondo!
27.367
9Jacob Poling
The Cleveland Steimsmas
26.888
10Shobin Uralil
NextSeason
26.176

Rebounds Per Game
1Ryan LaMar
The Loose Balls
10.20
2Alex Klaessig
Rage On, Rondo!
8.33
3Eric Krasnauskas
The Cleveland Steimsmas
7.67
4Patrick D. McCarty
The Loose Balls
7.64
5Chris Mason
The Adjustment Bureau
6.89
6Evan Easterbrooks
Rage On, Rondo!
6.71
7Chris Williamson
The Adjustment Bureau
6.63

3s Per Game
1Rayoni Matos
The Loose Balls
3.0039%
2Jacob Poling
The Cleveland Steimsmas
2.7551%
3Dennis Klavins
The Loose Balls
2.5542%
4Martin Yuan
Steamboats
2.0944%
5Fritz Ceriales
NextSeason
1.8844%
6Evan Easterbrooks
Rage On, Rondo!
1.8652%
7Chris Williamson
The Adjustment Bureau
1.6334%

Assists Per Game
1Leng Tang
Steamboats
4.55
2Dennis Klavins
The Loose Balls
4.00
3David Miller
Rage On, Rondo!
3.43
4Tyler Norod
The Cleveland Steimsmas
2.89
5Rayoni Matos
The Loose Balls
2.60
6Thuy Nguyen
Steamboats
2.00
7Ryan LaMar
The Loose Balls
1.90