Fall 2011: Co-Ed 5v5 League Champs: Dizzy Llamas White

    Mark Claffey and DLW Clip CP in Double OT All but Secure First-Round Bye in CAC Madness
    Dizzy Llamas White 64 Child, Please 62

    I’ve watched and reported on 28 games for the CAC Co-Ed East this season (all write-ups are up, by the way, and available on the website by clicking the “Write-Ups” option under “Co Ed 5v5 East F11,” sortable by week), and I saw another four last night.  Last night’s game between Dizzy Llamas White and Child, Please was the most entertaining game I’ve seen out of all of those.  Tightly played at all points, and needed two extra frames to decide- both teams with reasonable opportunities to win.  Regardless of the final result, both teams are poised to make a run in “CAC Madness” (my phrase), which starts later in the month.

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    Sidebar:  Thank God for college basketball.  I mean, really.

    One stark difference between the teams at the start was demeanor.  DL White was loose, shooting the ball around, somewhat disorganized; CP looked more tense (and intense), running lay-up lines and talking strategy.  Moreover, CP’s Captain Dave Grubb sat himself for the opening tip, opting instead for Matty Austin to pair with twin towers Bryan Moore and Mike Comtois.  This game was serious business.

    Sidebar: While I would have started Grubb over Austin, my reasoning is not intended as a slap to Austin, who’s definitely in the running for most improved player in the Division.  Instead, it’s a credit to his mental fortitude, being able to come off of the bench without suffering any appreciable drop in performance, at least, in my opinion.  After subbing in, Grubb seemed a little off-kilter all night.  Try it next week and tell me I’m not right.

    After what I can only perceive as “playful banter” between the two as the teams greeted each other- I couldn’t hear the words exchanged, Comtois won the opening tip from DL White Captain Matt Roberts.  No successful possessions for either team for more than 4 minutes, and during that span, we had four jump balls.  That’s as many as we had in all three other games.  The mood was intense and physical on both sides.

    When the scoring finally did start, it was the Llamas doing most of it.  6-2 DLW with 14:05 left in the first.  Both teams playing strong defense against the other.  The Llamas would pull away a bit at 14-4 (10:25) and 16-8 (6:30), but Child, Please wasn’t going away, making a 9-3 run to bring the deficit to 3 with a minute left in the half.  Both teams tried to posture for a pivotal last shot, and where White could not, Mike Comtois launched a shot a little something like this, except it beat the buzzer, too.  Tie ballgame.  21s.

    For the Llamas, it was Nicole Wolff, scoring 7 of her 17 points in the first half, along with some help from Mike Claffey (6 points), and a bucket here and there from the other players.  Pretty good balance, with just about everyone adding something to the effort.

    For Child, Please, it was all about Jaws.  13 points in the first half (including 5-6 from the line), a bunch of boards and 3 blocks.  Other than that, Comtois’s 2-3 from distance and one part-the-red-sea kind of driving bucket by Shannon Robinson, and that was all we had.  21 points at the break.

    Low-scoring game for two high-powered teams, but it didn’t feel sloppy.  Good offense and good defense.  Kervens on top of his game, and yours truly dialed in on the board.  Again, the teams couldn’t look more different in their halftime approaches: DLW quietly shooting around, CP tightly huddled, scheming (I’m sure).  Let’s get back at it.

    Back and forth we went, until I made a note that Child, Please took the lead at (17:30), 29-28.  CP got much better balance in the second half, and with buckets from Rebecca “Squeaky” Pelletier, Austin, and Robinson to supplement Jaws and a “heating up” Comtois, CP built some cushion.  It also helped that Moore was doing it on both ends (5 second-half steals) and getting inside almost at will.  After two coast-2-coasts that Moore created with steals the other way, and with 14:40 to go in regulation, CP up, 38-31.  I made a note that the llamas were “slipping.”

    But momentum is funny.  A snowball can quickly turn into an avalanche.  Mark Claffey must have sensed the same thing, because he came alive in the second half and put DLW on his back.  3-3 on three point attempts in the second half (I think each assisted by his brother), to go with a circus shot off the backboard that turned CPs’ collective stomachs.  Mark’s 18 second-half points brought White right back into things.  Specifically, one of his 3s brought them to within 55-53 with just 1:27 left in the half.

    Sidebar: To be entirely candid, that last minute and a half was a bit of a blur for me.  In such an important game, I focused first on making sure that score and fouls and game-altering information were completely accurate (which I did).  The other pieces were secondary, and with so many fouls (on both sides), fast paced action, and worrying about a very loose power cord for the scoreboard, doing that much wasn’t a simple task.  What that means, for purposes of this write-up, is that I can’t specifically recall what happened on each possession, but I do believe the following to be true:

    • The llamas tied the game at 55 with about 1:10 left.
    • CP (Moore or Comtois) hit a bucket to bring it to 57-55, CP with 52.2 left.
    • DLW tied the score at 57 with 32 seconds to go.
    • Comtois held the ball for the final shot.
    • Comtois fired one from deep that did not ring true, rebound to DLW, but not enough time to get off a clean shot.

    57s.  OOOOvertime.  Awesome.  Everybody exhale for a bit while I tell everybody who’s got what fouls.

    First OT (3 minutes running time, clock stops at 1:00, team fouls continued from regulation (both teams in the bonus), one time out each)

    Comtois wins the tip, steps up and buries a 3.  Clutch.  60-57, CP.  Mark Claffey tries to answer, but misses.  CP misses inside the arc, Minotaur gets the board.  Can you breathe?  Me either.

    Minotaur in the lane, draws a foul on Comtois (his 4th),hits the first, misses the second, but he alertly gets the offensive board and putback.  60-60.

    Comtois, Grubb and Moore pass the ball back and forth, waiting for the last shot.  Moore is really calling for it, but time is running out.  And Moore would shout “Noooo!” each time the ball got more than a pass away from his hands.  With time expiring, the ball is passed to Grubb, who doesn’t get a good look and the ball caroms off the backboard, wide left, to Wolff, who calls TO with 1.2 left.  The llamas get a surprisingly good look, but it rims out…

    And we go to…

    DOUBLE OT (2 minutes running time, clock stops at :30, team fouls continued from regulation (both teams in the bonus), one time out each)

    Comtois wins the tip (again), passes to Moore, who drives the lane and gets fouled (by Mark Claffey, his 4th).  Moore drills both foul shots.  62-60, CP.  Mark Claffey hits a reverse high off the glass, 62s.  Time is running out again.

    As before, Comtois again tries to hold for the last shot.  He pops up right near the Awesome Table, but without anyone around accidentally and inexplicably dribbles it off his high top and out of bounds with just 16.7 seconds to go.

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    Llamas ball, Wolff draws Squeaky’s first foul and makes both shots, 64-62 DLW.  7.9 seconds left.

    Moore tries for, but misses a three at the buzzer.

    Cue the confetti and music.  It\'s a really corny song, but people seem to like it...

    And Mark Claffey, for bringing your team up and over in the clutch in the Game of the Week (maybe the season), you are the Week 8 Pyramid Breweries Player of the Week.  Pick up the armband for the regular season finale at the scorer’s table.

    Oh, that’s right.  This was just a regular season game.  Wait ‘till CAC Madness really starts…

    Game Notes:

    - 20 of Mark Claffey’s 23 came in the second-half (and later).

    - Jaws was a monster out there.  Had a huge game (32 pts, 16 boards (7 off.), 7 steals (5 in the second half),  4 blocks and 2 assists) and is the Pyramid Breweries Player of the Week Runner-UpComtois, Minotaur, and Wolff all get Honorable Mention for their play.

    Carissa Everett had 6 rebounds on the night, co-leading her team with Minotaur.  How she got in the middle of all those huge players to get at least half of them confounded me.

    - Minotaur had one first-half rebound.  That is not a misprint.

    - The Llamas went 17-27 (63%) from the line and Child, Please went 14-23 (60.8%).  Though there was plenty of griping about fouls, Kervens called it evenly, and appropriately for the game.  19 fouls on DLW and 20 on CP, for the record.  He called two personals in double OT- one on each side (and both players hit both shots).  Kervens handled the game about as well as anybody could have, and nobody got jobbed, not the least little bit.  This game was absolutely decided by the players.

    - While Comtois might not be as sympathetic a character as, say, Harvey, it’s tough not to feel bad for him on that late turnover.  Truth be told, it was his play in great part that kept CP right there and in position to win the game multiple times, so don’t get too down on yourself, Reddick.

    - Everything about this game was symmetrical.  Points, aggression, fouls, effort, talent, hustle, mistakes, “star” play, opportunities.  Everything.  Though it was two days after Halloween, it was a treat to watch.  Personal thanks out to both teams for making it such a fun game to watch.

    Scores, Box Scores & Write-Ups

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    Genzyme 61  Pumped up Kicks 71

    Genzyme
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Katie Martore230740000NA 200%
    Neal Grabowski671121000NA 100%
    Pat Lawson224433204125% 5120%
    Sam Sok500110000NA 3133%
    Stefanie Green1731112000NA 8338%
    Van Tran9102110200% 7114%

    Pumped up Kicks
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Caitlin Vestal Tibbetts112310106583% 00NA
    Dave Ryan19030300100% 2150%
    Jerry Botelho101800004250% 100%
    Jessica Hurt003220000NA 00NA
    Luana Botelho033211000NA 00NA
    Matt Hayes823000000NA 200%
    Nate Nickerson023000000NA 00NA
    Xavier Holland2320761107229% 6117%

    Child, Please 81  Dizzy Llamas Plaid 68

    Child, Please
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Amanda Cascione4104000100% 00NA
    Bryan Moore12154313044100% 100%
    Dave Grubb1462231000NA 6467%
    Jared Mercuri12240000300% 00NA
    Matt Austin520121000NA 11100%
    Mike Reddick2691332033100% 8563%
    Shannon Robinson8015000100% 00NA

    Dizzy Llamas Plaid
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alleigh Marre611211000NA 8225%
    Keith Kantor210330000NA 100%
    Lauren Kelly652121044100% 00NA
    Matt Forlizzi224412002150% 12325%
    Nate Brigham167256102150% 5360%
    Paul Nimblett1676211022100% 8225%
    Steph Baran010110000NA 100%

    Dizzy Llamas White 67  Dizzy Llamas Orange 47

    Dizzy Llamas White
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Carissa Everett482001000NA 00NA
    Jen Kuzmick8313100200% 00NA
    Mark Claffey20502400100% 00NA
    Matt Roberts1663211000NA 00NA
    Mike Claffey841310000NA 200%
    Nick Bruce823320000NA 00NA
    Phillip Putis37030002150% 00NA

    Dizzy Llamas Orange
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Enright632241000NA 100%
    Caitlin Phillips210021000NA 00NA
    Carla Pacione603010022100% 00NA
    Dan Leahy13324102150% 100%
    Marcelo Rivera35600002150% 00NA
    Michael McDonald72002002150% 6233%
    Nick Hogan204502004250% 5240%
    Taryn O\'Neil201310022100% 200%

    Weapons of Mass Seduction 66  Wheels of Steel 53

    Weapons of Mass Seduction
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Christopher Harvey53011002150% 00NA
    Dave Celli95210202150% 4250%
    Erin Johnson93030004125% 100%
    Heather Marino201422000NA 00NA
    Mike Rocco2113335406583% 00NA
    Paul Mitrano850421000NA 4250%
    Rory Duyon630100000NA 100%
    Sara Doherty6201320100% 400%

    Wheels of Steel
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brad Coffey491531000NA 00NA
    Brian Lapham843021000NA 00NA
    Justine Hill000110000NA 00NA
    Kaitlin Linehan1411000011100% 4125%
    Loren Turner211410000NA 500%
    Nick Altschuller157203002150% 3267%

Standings Co-Ed 5v5 East F11 Thru Week 9
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Dizzy Llamas White8-10.889W5067.1153.56
2Weapons of Mass Seduction8-10.889W6056.8948.44
3Child, Please6-30.667W1272.0062.11
4Wheels of Steel5-40.556L1359.7853.00
5Dizzy Llamas Plaid4-50.444L1459.4463.44
6Pumped up Kicks4-50.444W1455.2253.78
7Dizzy Llamas Orange 1-80.111L6744.8963.33
8Genzyme0-90.000L9846.6764.33
Points Per Game
1Tristan Mouligne
Wheels of Steel
26.40
2Bryan Moore
Child, Please
25.25
3Xavier Holland
Pumped up Kicks
23.22
4Mark Claffey
Dizzy Llamas White
21.78
5Matt Forlizzi
Dizzy Llamas Plaid
20.75
6Mike Reddick
Child, Please
20.00
7Mike Rocco
Weapons of Mass Seduction
19.20

Player Rater
1Bryan Moore
Child, Please
76.698
2Xavier Holland
Pumped up Kicks
69.729
3Mike Rocco
Weapons of Mass Seduction
65.005
4Nate Brigham
Dizzy Llamas Plaid
62.698
5Tristan Mouligne
Wheels of Steel
54.905
6Mike Reddick
Child, Please
50.888
7Pat Lawson
Genzyme
44.717
8Brad Coffey
Wheels of Steel
44.506
9Matt Forlizzi
Dizzy Llamas Plaid
44.318
10Nicole Wolf
Dizzy Llamas White
41.448

Rebounds Per Game
1Mike Rocco
Weapons of Mass Seduction
20.00
2Bryan Moore
Child, Please
19.63
3Nate Brigham
Dizzy Llamas Plaid
15.38
4Xavier Holland
Pumped up Kicks
15.00
5Nick Altschuller
Wheels of Steel
13.00
6Tristan Mouligne
Wheels of Steel
11.40
7Mike Reddick
Child, Please
10.75

3s Per Game
1Matt Forlizzi
Dizzy Llamas Plaid
3.2535%
2Nicole Wolf
Dizzy Llamas White
2.7543%
3Tristan Mouligne
Wheels of Steel
2.6030%
4Mike Reddick
Child, Please
2.3845%
5Xavier Holland
Pumped up Kicks
2.3333%
6Dave Grubb
Child, Please
2.2236%
7Paul Nimblett
Dizzy Llamas Plaid
2.1724%

Assists Per Game
1Nate Brigham
Dizzy Llamas Plaid
6.00
2Xavier Holland
Pumped up Kicks
4.67
3Erin Johnson
Weapons of Mass Seduction
4.25
4Mike Claffey
Dizzy Llamas White
4.11
5Sara Doherty
Weapons of Mass Seduction
3.86
6Bryan Moore
Child, Please
3.50
7Rebecca Pelletier
Child, Please
3.14