Winter 2008: C League Champs: Genzyme

    The Reign of Genzyme has Begun
    Grand Nationals 44 Genzyme 61

    Two season's ago, Genzyme began their transformation from laughing stock of Wall Ball Arena, to championship contender.  That season, with some crafty manuevering, they took the B2 title, surprising everyone that fondly remembers their 0 fer seasons.  Then last season, they sandbagged a future CAC all-star to take the B1 title.  But now, the slow transformation is complete, as they have an MVP in each league (yes, Nate is taking the C MVP, to go with Billet's A2, and Matty O's B2), and still have title hopes alive for each of those leagues. 

    The C league held up their end of the bargain, giving Genzyme their third title in 3 seasons, with more likely to come.  It didn't look good early, as the Grand Nationals sprinted out to a 32-16 lead with 4 minutes to go in the first half.  The bench was riled up, hootin' and hollerin' the Js of Jeremiah Jordan (17 points, 3 steals).  Le Crapaud was on point in the first as well, dropping 13 of his 15 with his swooping layups and 3balls.  But Jordan doubled his ppg average by halftime, and was a huge reason that the Nationals were still up 8 at the break.

    See that though, Genzyme went on an 8-0 before the end of the half to slowly start to turn the tide.  Nate (13 points), Joe Jeffrey (7 points) and Deep (4 points) finally started to find the range on the 'good rim', but I swore it was too late.  They only musted 24 points on it, how were they supposed to slow down the Grand Nationals and score enough to complete the comeback??  Apparently they had a secret weapon up their sleeve, one they've been hiding up there all season long.

    Most of the season, Tom Martin has played the Ron Harper role to Nate's MJ.  He hits some 3s, plays some scrappy defense and gets some boards.  But last night, was his night to shine.  Tom, aka Harp was strumming perfect notes, hitting 9 of his 10 attempts from 3 in the second half (on the double rim!! take that conventional wisdom!!) and pouring in all 29 of his points as 'Zyme took control of the game with 10 minutes left and never gave it back.  That's a Finals MVP worthy performance if I've ever seen one.  Harp just kept letting them fly, even smirking to himself after the 5th or 6th, knowing he was on fire.  His fingers were literally twitching as he saw another pass come his way and his defender just a step too far away from him. 

    It helped that the defense really stepped up in the second half too, holding the Grand Nationals to just 12 points while they were going at the 'good rim'.  CW just took the night off I guess.  The Nationals were out of sync, overwhelmed, and couldn't recover from the Harp's music.  Congrats to Genzyme on another title, and now that the C team has done it, they're banking on the B2 and A2 versions to extend the Reign of Genzyme, much to BFab's delight...

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    Grand Nationals 44  Genzyme 61

    The Reign of Genzyme has Begun

    Two season's ago, Genzyme began their transformation from laughing stock of Wall Ball Arena, to championship contender.  That season, with some crafty manuevering, they took the B2 title, surprising everyone that fondly remembers their 0 fer seasons.  Then last season, they sandbagged a future CAC all-star to take the B1 title.  But now, the slow transformation is complete, as they have an MVP in each league (yes, Nate is taking the C MVP, to go with Billet's A2, and Matty O's B2), and still have title hopes alive for each of those leagues. 

    The C league held up their end of the bargain, giving Genzyme their third title in 3 seasons, with more likely to come.  It didn't look good early, as the Grand Nationals sprinted out to a 32-16 lead with 4 minutes to go in the first half.  The bench was riled up, hootin' and hollerin' the Js of Jeremiah Jordan (17 points, 3 steals).  Le Crapaud was on point in the first as well, dropping 13 of his 15 with his swooping layups and 3balls.  But Jordan doubled his ppg average by halftime, and was a huge reason that the Nationals were still up 8 at the break.

    See that though, Genzyme went on an 8-0 before the end of the half to slowly start to turn the tide.  Nate (13 points), Joe Jeffrey (7 points) and Deep (4 points) finally started to find the range on the 'good rim', but I swore it was too late.  They only musted 24 points on it, how were they supposed to slow down the Grand Nationals and score enough to complete the comeback??  Apparently they had a secret weapon up their sleeve, one they've been hiding up there all season long.

    Most of the season, Tom Martin has played the Ron Harper role to Nate's MJ.  He hits some 3s, plays some scrappy defense and gets some boards.  But last night, was his night to shine.  Tom, aka Harp was strumming perfect notes, hitting 9 of his 10 attempts from 3 in the second half (on the double rim!! take that conventional wisdom!!) and pouring in all 29 of his points as 'Zyme took control of the game with 10 minutes left and never gave it back.  That's a Finals MVP worthy performance if I've ever seen one.  Harp just kept letting them fly, even smirking to himself after the 5th or 6th, knowing he was on fire.  His fingers were literally twitching as he saw another pass come his way and his defender just a step too far away from him. 

    It helped that the defense really stepped up in the second half too, holding the Grand Nationals to just 12 points while they were going at the 'good rim'.  CW just took the night off I guess.  The Nationals were out of sync, overwhelmed, and couldn't recover from the Harp's music.  Congrats to Genzyme on another title, and now that the C team has done it, they're banking on the B2 and A2 versions to extend the Reign of Genzyme, much to BFab's delight...

    Grand Nationals
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Christian Hartjes81210002150% 00NA
    David Hartjes020110000NA 00NA
    Ed Kerrigan453103000NA 00NA
    Jordan1732130000NA 00NA
    Lawrence Coffin073021000NA 00NA
    Pierre-Loic Assayao15443100200% 00NA
    Sanji Fernando31110002150% 00NA

    Genzyme
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Fabry12300004125% 00NA
    Chris Cheney434210000NA 00NA
    Eric Crowley234420000NA 00NA
    Joe Jeffery72120002150% 00NA
    Nathan Bachtell1310022207343% 00NA
    Pradeep Mammen50341002150% 00NA
    Tom Martin2980210000NA 00NA

Standings C Winter 2008 Thru Week 15
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Genzyme7-30.700W3051.8348.17
2Grand Nationals7-30.700W1040.8337.17
3StructureTone6-40.600W5142.9238.83
4Geritol5-50.500L1235.7340.09
5XJV5-50.500L3244.7540.75
6Secret Sauce4-60.400L1340.0039.00
7TRO1-90.100L2628.8043.60
Points Per Game
1Nathan Bachtell
Genzyme
19.64
2Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts
Secret Sauce
17.20
3Dave Scott
Geritol
13.88
4Pierre-Loic Assayao
Grand Nationals
13.27
5Bryan Waller
StructureTone
12.00
6Patrick Ottery
XJV
11.80
7Doug Bisson
XJV
11.33

Player Rater
1Nathan Bachtell
Genzyme
45.0011
2Steve Desimone
StructureTone
43.729
3Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts
Secret Sauce
38.5010
4Bryan Waller
StructureTone
38.4511
5Dave Scott
Geritol
34.758
6Doug Bisson
XJV
32.3812
7Anthony Zambardino
Geritol
31.1010
8Pierre-Loic Assayao
Grand Nationals
28.9511
9Patrick Bugbee
XJV
28.6411
10Tom Martin
Genzyme
28.4010

Rebounds Per Game
1Steve Desimone
StructureTone
14.56
2Nathan Bachtell
Genzyme
10.91
3Anthony Zambardino
Geritol
10.80
4Brad Champan
Secret Sauce
9.60
5Bryan Waller
StructureTone
9.45
6Lawrence Coffin
Grand Nationals
8.92
7Charles Shock
Secret Sauce
8.56

3s Per Game
1David Hartjes
Grand Nationals
0.00nan%
1Doug Bisson
XJV
0.00nan%
1Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts
Secret Sauce
0.00nan%
1Mike Pelletier
StructureTone
0.00nan%
1Jordan
Grand Nationals
0.00nan%
1Nathan Bachtell
Genzyme
0.00nan%
1Dave Scott
Geritol
0.00nan%
1Chris Tonelli
XJV
0.00nan%
1Lawrence Coffin
Grand Nationals
0.00nan%
1Chris Cheney
Genzyme
0.00nan%
1Matt Elliot
Geritol
0.00nan%
1Pradeep Mammen
Genzyme
0.00nan%
1Anthony Zambardino
Geritol
0.00nan%
1Daniel Sarfaty
Geritol
0.00nan%
1Indraneel Sheorey
XJV
0.00nan%

Assists Per Game
1Andrew Darien
Geritol
3.36
2Bryan Waller
StructureTone
3.18
3Patrick Bugbee
XJV
2.91
4Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts
Secret Sauce
2.40
5Doug Bisson
XJV
2.33
6Chris Cheney
Genzyme
2.30
7Christian Hartjes
Grand Nationals
1.91