Spring 2011: Co-Ed 5v5 League Champs: Just Look At It

    I dont want to say I told you so...but WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT I TOLD YOU SO
    Just Look At It 58 Western University Dolphins 43

    Months ago who would have thought, the co-ed West finals would come to this?  A free agent team against a team that started the season 0-3.  The 3 seed Western University Dolphins and the four seed, Just Look At It were ready to do battle at the Winter Hill School for a spot in the CAC co-ed finals against the Wheels of Steel.  The last time these teams met, it wasn’t pretty for Just Look At It, and it’s also the last time they lost a game back in week 3!

    \"\"Championships are always fun, because the sidelines get crowded with friends, significant others and curious bystanders from already eliminated teams.  On this\"\" Monday night, the Winter Hill School looked more like the Staples Center with a who’s who of CAC co-ed celebrities, including former co-ed West MVP, Sara Doherty, reigning co-ed West MVP, Apolo Swecker, Celli, Tasia, Rev Rip, Lauren Kelley, Tibbs, Roberts and the Wheels of Steel scouting department of Tristan, Monroe, Nick and Loren.  Hell the bystanders probably could have put a team together that could have easily challenged the ones that were on the court.  There were enough people in the house for food and drink vendors…maybe there was a vendor serving beverages that I missed.  I did see an awful lot of red solo cups!

    This game got underway with D-Mac and Chris Boll getting his first taste of co-ed WEST action with the whistle.  “The other” Boll as the Winter Hill Gang’s Dave Boll likes to call him…at least that’s what I tell myself.  Just Look At It was ready to play from the opening tip.  After trading a couple of early buckets, Nate Dogg did what he does best, grabbing an offensive rebound and kicking the ball out to Forthrizzi.  Instead of pulling from three, the sharp shooter found Jane Stockton underneath the hoop and she flipped the ball over her head, off the glass and in for a 7-4 lead. 

    That play sparked a 17-1 run as the Matts combined for three triples…two for Forthrizzi and one for Austin.  Just like that it was 22-5.  Mo had the only two baskets for the Dolphins and Sharkey had added a free throw. 

    No team in either co-ed division took as many three point shots in the regular season as JLAI, who attempted a hair under 27 a game.  If you’re going to attempt more than them, you better be hitting them.  Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for the Dolphins who missed their first 10 threes of the game before Kyle connected on the 11th to make it a 22-10 deficit.  Never a good sign when your point total is equal to the number of threes you’ve missed. 

    The Dolphins have been a dangerous team all season long and I certainly didn’t expect them to go away.  Kyle hit again a couple of minutes later to make it a 10 point game at 25-15.  All things considered, with the team shooting about 15% from three point range and the fact that Gamer, the league player rater leader, had put a goose egg on the board with just a couple of minutes to go in the half, being down 10 didn’t seem THAT bad.  Unfortunately for the Dolphins, it was JLAI scoring the last 5 points of the half to take a 30-15 lead into the break.

    The second half picked up right where it left off and JLAI got the lead to 18 on a three by ForthrizziGamer finally got on the board with 16:35 to go to make it 35-20, but Kelsey IMMEDIATELY answered on the other end with a bucket about 10 seconds later.  She would score four straight points with a nasty drop step move to make it 39-20, biggest lead of the game.  Gamroth started to get it going after his first basket.  He hit a three and starting with the first basket, scored his team’s next 9 points.  The Dolphins hung around.  Early on they shot a ton of threes because they were getting looks…now they were shooting them out of necessity.

    L-Mac missed her first 10 tries from downtown before connecting to make it 42-30.  A couple of minutes later, Kyle hit his 3rd from distance to get the lead down to 10 at 45-35, but that was as close as they would get.  JLAI got the lead back to 14 and then Meg drew a foul with 6:30 to go and went to the line.  She made it a point to tell me before the game that she hit her free throws in the semi final when I wasn’t there.  This was after a rough stretch for her at the stripe earlier in the season.  Well, she didn’t hit em both, but she knocked down one of two to make it 50-35 and the Dolphins were effectively finished. 

    From Kyle’s three to make it 45-35, JLAI went on an 11-3 run to put the game again as they cruised to a 58-43 win and a co-ed West championship.  The championship win came in the same gym where Matty Austin, Nate Dogg and Jane Stockton loss title games in past seasons to Genzyme (Nibs was on that team too) and Shirt Before The Shirt.  Still they would need one more win to truly and fully redeem themselves…I got a pretty good feeling about it.  Congrats to Just Look At It!

    NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS

    -At one point the Dolphins were 3/24 from three point range.  They finished the game 8/35. 

    -Player rater leader Gamer and female MVP L-Mac combined for 0 first half points.  They finished with 14 between the two of the while going 2/19 from downtown.  GREAT season from the two of them…tough way to finish it.  I expect them to come back with a vengeance next season!

    -Kudos to Alleigh for even playing in this game with a wrist that still may eventually need surgery.  She taped it up, got out there and dished a couple of assists.  Like they say in the pros…you’ve got all off season to heal…only problem is, our off season is about two weeks

    -Nate Dogg capped off a breakout co-ed West season with 17 boards, 6 assists, 3 steals and a block.  He’s always put up big rebound and block numbers, but I don’t ever remember seeing a team utilize his skills THIS well.  He is the glue that holds them together.

    Kelsey and Meg have been creating matchup problems against smaller girls all season.  They combined for 17 points on the block. 

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    Just Look At It 58  Western University Dolphins 43

    I don't want to say I told you so...but WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT? I TOLD YOU SO!!!

    Months ago who would have thought, the co-ed West finals would come to this?  A free agent team against a team that started the season 0-3.  The 3 seed Western University Dolphins and the four seed, Just Look At It were ready to do battle at the Winter Hill School for a spot in the CAC co-ed finals against the Wheels of Steel.  The last time these teams met, it wasn’t pretty for Just Look At It, and it’s also the last time they lost a game back in week 3!

    Championships are always fun, because the sidelines get crowded with friends, significant others and curious bystanders from already eliminated teams.  On this Monday night, the Winter Hill School looked more like the Staples Center with a who’s who of CAC co-ed celebrities, including former co-ed West MVP, Sara Doherty, reigning co-ed West MVP, Apolo Swecker, Celli, Tasia, Rev Rip, Lauren Kelley, Tibbs, Roberts and the Wheels of Steel scouting department of Tristan, Monroe, Nick and Loren.  Hell the bystanders probably could have put a team together that could have easily challenged the ones that were on the court.  There were enough people in the house for food and drink vendors…maybe there was a vendor serving beverages that I missed.  I did see an awful lot of red solo cups!

    This game got underway with D-Mac and Chris Boll getting his first taste of co-ed WEST action with the whistle.  “The other” Boll as the Winter Hill Gang’s Dave Boll likes to call him…at least that’s what I tell myself.  Just Look At It was ready to play from the opening tip.  After trading a couple of early buckets, Nate Dogg did what he does best, grabbing an offensive rebound and kicking the ball out to Forthrizzi.  Instead of pulling from three, the sharp shooter found Jane Stockton underneath the hoop and she flipped the ball over her head, off the glass and in for a 7-4 lead. 

    That play sparked a 17-1 run as the Matts combined for three triples…two for Forthrizzi and one for Austin.  Just like that it was 22-5.  Mo had the only two baskets for the Dolphins and Sharkey had added a free throw. 

    No team in either co-ed division took as many three point shots in the regular season as JLAI, who attempted a hair under 27 a game.  If you’re going to attempt more than them, you better be hitting them.  Unfortunately this wasn’t the case for the Dolphins who missed their first 10 threes of the game before Kyle connected on the 11th to make it a 22-10 deficit.  Never a good sign when your point total is equal to the number of threes you’ve missed. 

    The Dolphins have been a dangerous team all season long and I certainly didn’t expect them to go away.  Kyle hit again a couple of minutes later to make it a 10 point game at 25-15.  All things considered, with the team shooting about 15% from three point range and the fact that Gamer, the league player rater leader, had put a goose egg on the board with just a couple of minutes to go in the half, being down 10 didn’t seem THAT bad.  Unfortunately for the Dolphins, it was JLAI scoring the last 5 points of the half to take a 30-15 lead into the break.

    The second half picked up right where it left off and JLAI got the lead to 18 on a three by ForthrizziGamer finally got on the board with 16:35 to go to make it 35-20, but Kelsey IMMEDIATELY answered on the other end with a bucket about 10 seconds later.  She would score four straight points with a nasty drop step move to make it 39-20, biggest lead of the game.  Gamroth started to get it going after his first basket.  He hit a three and starting with the first basket, scored his team’s next 9 points.  The Dolphins hung around.  Early on they shot a ton of threes because they were getting looks…now they were shooting them out of necessity.

    L-Mac missed her first 10 tries from downtown before connecting to make it 42-30.  A couple of minutes later, Kyle hit his 3rd from distance to get the lead down to 10 at 45-35, but that was as close as they would get.  JLAI got the lead back to 14 and then Meg drew a foul with 6:30 to go and went to the line.  She made it a point to tell me before the game that she hit her free throws in the semi final when I wasn’t there.  This was after a rough stretch for her at the stripe earlier in the season.  Well, she didn’t hit em both, but she knocked down one of two to make it 50-35 and the Dolphins were effectively finished. 

    From Kyle’s three to make it 45-35, JLAI went on an 11-3 run to put the game again as they cruised to a 58-43 win and a co-ed West championship.  The championship win came in the same gym where Matty Austin, Nate Dogg and Jane Stockton loss title games in past seasons to Genzyme (Nibs was on that team too) and Shirt Before The Shirt.  Still they would need one more win to truly and fully redeem themselves…I got a pretty good feeling about it.  Congrats to Just Look At It!

    NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS

    -At one point the Dolphins were 3/24 from three point range.  They finished the game 8/35. 

    -Player rater leader Gamer and female MVP L-Mac combined for 0 first half points.  They finished with 14 between the two of the while going 2/19 from downtown.  GREAT season from the two of them…tough way to finish it.  I expect them to come back with a vengeance next season!

    -Kudos to Alleigh for even playing in this game with a wrist that still may eventually need surgery.  She taped it up, got out there and dished a couple of assists.  Like they say in the pros…you’ve got all off season to heal…only problem is, our off season is about two weeks

    -Nate Dogg capped off a breakout co-ed West season with 17 boards, 6 assists, 3 steals and a block.  He’s always put up big rebound and block numbers, but I don’t ever remember seeing a team utilize his skills THIS well.  He is the glue that holds them together.

    Kelsey and Meg have been creating matchup problems against smaller girls all season.  They combined for 17 points on the block. 

    Just Look At It
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alleigh Marre000200000NA 00NA
    Kelsey Simonds82200004250% 00NA
    Matt Austin350220000NA 4125%
    Matt Forlizzi2471300066100% 7457%
    Meg Driscoll91100002150% 00NA
    Nate Brigham0143631000NA 100%
    Paul Nimblett121001004125% 6117%
    Steph Baran212120000NA 300%

    Western University Dolphins
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Sharkey126431002150% 8338%
    Bryan Gamroth1191230000NA 7114%
    Jerry Antone442001000NA 00NA
    Kyle Kolbe952300000NA 8338%
    Lauren McNamara320310000NA 1218%
    Moira Rafferty413221000NA 00NA

Standings Co-Ed 5v5 West S11 Thru Week 12
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Too Legit To Quit8-10.889L1067.4560.64
2MonStars7-20.778W1151.9149.82
3Western University Dolphins7-20.778W3159.9245.33
4Just Look At It6-30.667W6268.5853.75
5Winter Hill Gang3-60.333L3547.3058.00
6Dizzy Llamas Black2-70.222W1644.4056.80
7Kiss Our Passes2-70.222L1648.2060.60
8Dizzy Llamas Green1-80.111L8749.9059.50
Points Per Game
1Tom Kahana
Too Legit To Quit
21.00
2Bryan Gamroth
Western University Dolphins
20.58
3Kevin Swecker
MonStars
20.36
4Matt Forlizzi
Just Look At It
20.08
5Paul Nimblett
Just Look At It
17.18
6Jason Tibbetts
Too Legit To Quit
15.00
7Dustin Williams
Dizzy Llamas Green
14.67

Player Rater
1Bryan Gamroth
Western University Dolphins
61.5812
2Tom Kahana
Too Legit To Quit
58.1411
3Kevin Swecker
MonStars
57.8211
4Nate Brigham
Just Look At It
55.0412
5Brendan Check
Dizzy Llamas Black
50.256
6Jason Tibbetts
Too Legit To Quit
49.5911
7Carlos Ledee
Kiss Our Passes
46.1510
8Matt Forlizzi
Just Look At It
45.7512
9Kariuki Thande
Dizzy Llamas Green
43.1010
10Phillip Putis
Dizzy Llamas Black
42.509

Rebounds Per Game
1Brendan Check
Dizzy Llamas Black
15.83
2Nate Brigham
Just Look At It
13.58
3Bryan Gamroth
Western University Dolphins
12.67
3Dan Kraemer
Dizzy Llamas Green
12.67
5Mike Cassell
MonStars
12.30
6Rob Vigneau
Too Legit To Quit
10.70
7Phillip Putis
Dizzy Llamas Black
10.33

3s Per Game
1Tom Kahana
Too Legit To Quit
4.0042%
2Loren Turner
Too Legit To Quit
3.1138%
3Matt Forlizzi
Just Look At It
2.9244%
4Kevin Swecker
MonStars
2.2730%
5Brian Sharkey
Western University Dolphins
2.1842%
6Bryan Gamroth
Western University Dolphins
2.1733%
7Paul Nimblett
Just Look At It
1.9123%

Assists Per Game
1Nate Brigham
Just Look At It
6.33
2Tom Kahana
Too Legit To Quit
6.09
3Carlos Ledee
Kiss Our Passes
5.50
4Kyle Kolbe
Western University Dolphins
4.58
5Kariuki Thande
Dizzy Llamas Green
4.30
6Kevin Swecker
MonStars
4.27
7Bryan Gamroth
Western University Dolphins
3.67