Fall 2011: Corporate League Champ: Ercolini & Company

    Ercolinis D Stymies Pippen Aint Easy to Cap Off Perfect Season
    Pippen Ain't Easy 31 Ercolini & Company 48

        It all started with the last game of the regular season and the showdown were were all waiting for.  The only 2 undefeated teams in the league squaring off against each other.  We all know what happened in that game and tonight, we got another helping of Ercolini vs. Pippen Aint Easy.  The rematch we were all waiting for didn’t quite live up to the drama of the original meeting but it was still a solid game with Ercolini winning a bit more convincingly than the first bout.
        The Pippen man to man versus the Ercolini zone was the story early on as this game looked like it would be a defensive battle for the full 44:00 minutes.  Neither side could get out in transition and baskets were hard to come by as evidenced by the low 15-13 score with only 6:07 left in the first half.  It seemed like both sides were playing at half speed but that was actually do to the incredible defense being played at both ends of the floor.   

    When Ercolini did score, it was usually by Bill Reichmann who carried their offensive load for much of the first half.  Pippen’s Matt Moy was matched up with Zack Jacobelis for much of the half and he did an admiral job against the OPY.  Z Jac did put up a few points in the first frame but they were tough to come by and he wasn’t going crazy which helped keep the game close.  For Pippen, they really did not have one player step up and knock down shots in the first half so they had to rely on their ball movement and spread the scoring around.  

    In the final minutes of the first half, Pippen called a time out to regroup and try and figure out how to crack the Ercolini zone that had baffled them for much of the first half.  What they didn’t see coming was that Ercolini was also scheming in their timeout.  When play began again, they whacked them with a 6-0 run to close out the half which had Pippen looking at a 23-15 deficit that was a mere 2 points not more than a few minutes ago.  

    In the second half, Pippen’s energy seemed to dip a bit which allowed Ercolini to start to build a lead.  On the defensive side, Pippen was using a ton of energy trying to stop the Ercolini attack which translated to almost nonchalant offensive sets.  Jonathan Moy did attack the Ercolini zone but not nearly enough.  Moy and company seemed to be content to move the ball around the perimeter and settle for the outside shot that just was not falling for them instead of getting into the seams and disrupting the zone.  Off the Pippen misses, there were no second chances as Chris Wasmer and Farad Muhammad were ripping down boards by the bunches.    

    At the 13:17 mark the score was 27-19 in favor of Ercolini and it was looking less and less likely that Pippen would go on the run we were all waiting for.  The Ercolini zone was just too strong and too impenetrable and Pippen just could not find the stroke from behind the arc.  With each Pippen miss, came an Ercolini basket as Z Jac started knocking down his customary fadeaway J.  Even when Pippen drained a rare three, Ercolini came right back at them like when Matt Moy connected from downtown but on the following 2 possessions, Trevor Fay ended up with 2 layups off of steals.  Pippen was simply having no luck and Ercolini was just too good.  

    The dagger came when Pippen found themselves in the bonus with 8 minutes left in the half.  Thats right, Ercolini was shooting free throws on every foul from the 8 minute mark on.  Not only did this put points on the board for Ercolni but it also burned an immense amount of clock.      

    Down the stretch, Pippen could not keep Ercolini off the line nor muster enough offense against their dominating zone D.  As Ercolini drained foul shot after foul shot, Pippen saw the clock tick down toward Ercolini’s perfect season.  

    So, Ercolini capped off their deep playoff run with not only a championship but also an impressive undefeated season.  If they return to defend their title they will be a tough match-up for any team to contend with.  In the offseason, each team will have to pick up some key free agents otherwise, Ercolini could run the table again.  Thanks for a great season everyone and I’m sure i’ll see ya’ll around the CAC.   

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    Ercolini’s D, Stymies Pippen Aint Easy to Cap Off Perfect Season

        It all started with the last game of the regular season and the showdown were were all waiting for.  The only 2 undefeated teams in the league squaring off against each other.  We all know what happened in that game and tonight, we got another helping of Ercolini vs. Pippen Aint Easy.  The rematch we were all waiting for didn’t quite live up to the drama of the original meeting but it was still a solid game with Ercolini winning a bit more convincingly than the first bout.
        The Pippen man to man versus the Ercolini zone was the story early on as this game looked like it would be a defensive battle for the full 44:00 minutes.  Neither side could get out in transition and baskets were hard to come by as evidenced by the low 15-13 score with only 6:07 left in the first half.  It seemed like both sides were playing at half speed but that was actually do to the incredible defense being played at both ends of the floor.   

    When Ercolini did score, it was usually by Bill Reichmann who carried their offensive load for much of the first half.  Pippen’s Matt Moy was matched up with Zack Jacobelis for much of the half and he did an admiral job against the OPY.  Z Jac did put up a few points in the first frame but they were tough to come by and he wasn’t going crazy which helped keep the game close.  For Pippen, they really did not have one player step up and knock down shots in the first half so they had to rely on their ball movement and spread the scoring around.  

    In the final minutes of the first half, Pippen called a time out to regroup and try and figure out how to crack the Ercolini zone that had baffled them for much of the first half.  What they didn’t see coming was that Ercolini was also scheming in their timeout.  When play began again, they whacked them with a 6-0 run to close out the half which had Pippen looking at a 23-15 deficit that was a mere 2 points not more than a few minutes ago.  

    In the second half, Pippen’s energy seemed to dip a bit which allowed Ercolini to start to build a lead.  On the defensive side, Pippen was using a ton of energy trying to stop the Ercolini attack which translated to almost nonchalant offensive sets.  Jonathan Moy did attack the Ercolini zone but not nearly enough.  Moy and company seemed to be content to move the ball around the perimeter and settle for the outside shot that just was not falling for them instead of getting into the seams and disrupting the zone.  Off the Pippen misses, there were no second chances as Chris Wasmer and Farad Muhammad were ripping down boards by the bunches.    

    At the 13:17 mark the score was 27-19 in favor of Ercolini and it was looking less and less likely that Pippen would go on the run we were all waiting for.  The Ercolini zone was just too strong and too impenetrable and Pippen just could not find the stroke from behind the arc.  With each Pippen miss, came an Ercolini basket as Z Jac started knocking down his customary fadeaway J.  Even when Pippen drained a rare three, Ercolini came right back at them like when Matt Moy connected from downtown but on the following 2 possessions, Trevor Fay ended up with 2 layups off of steals.  Pippen was simply having no luck and Ercolini was just too good.  

    The dagger came when Pippen found themselves in the bonus with 8 minutes left in the half.  Thats right, Ercolini was shooting free throws on every foul from the 8 minute mark on.  Not only did this put points on the board for Ercolni but it also burned an immense amount of clock.      

    Down the stretch, Pippen could not keep Ercolini off the line nor muster enough offense against their dominating zone D.  As Ercolini drained foul shot after foul shot, Pippen saw the clock tick down toward Ercolini’s perfect season.  

    So, Ercolini capped off their deep playoff run with not only a championship but also an impressive undefeated season.  If they return to defend their title they will be a tough match-up for any team to contend with.  In the offseason, each team will have to pick up some key free agents otherwise, Ercolini could run the table again.  Thanks for a great season everyone and I’m sure i’ll see ya’ll around the CAC.   

    Pippen Ain't Easy
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Barrett211000000NA 100%
    Darin Solomon2601000100% 00NA
    Eric Low210010000NA 00NA
    Jonathan Moy70020004250% 3133%
    Matthew Moy221010000NA 300%
    Michel Bamani471001022100% 00NA
    Rob Mazzoni000000000NA 100%
    Will Hinkle123000006233% 00NA

    Ercolini & Company
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bill Reichmann 152012007571% 5240%
    Chris Wasmer251201000NA 00NA
    Dave D’Entremont000110000NA 00NA
    Farad Muhammad 17300104125% 00NA
    Trevor Fay 410000000NA 00NA
    Wilder Jacobellis58211203133% 00NA
    Zack Jacobellis21210100111091% 2150%

Standings Corporate 5v5 F11 Thru Week 12
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Ercolini & Company9-01.000W9057.3337.25
2Pippen Ain't Easy8-10.889L1149.0034.83
3Sugar Time6-30.667W2345.0042.50
4McGladrey5-40.556W1445.7348.73
5Autotegrity4-50.444L2543.2744.18
6Simon-Kucher & Partners4-50.444W2540.9041.40
7Buy My Startup3-60.333L6640.5046.90
8Genzyme3-60.333W1646.5646.33
9Grand Nationals3-60.333L1645.7051.30
10The Hungry Fish0-90.000L9924.0054.00
Points Per Game
1Zack Jacobellis
Ercolini & Company
22.00
2Steve McAveeney
Autotegrity
21.27
3Jonathan Corbin
Buy My Startup
17.13
4Andy Ong
Simon-Kucher & Partners
16.56
5Will Hinkle
Pippen Ain't Easy
14.58
6Pat Lawson
Genzyme
11.43
7Dan Sullivan
McGladrey
11.33

Player Rater
1Steve McAveeney
Autotegrity
53.2711
2Wilder Jacobellis
Ercolini & Company
48.0511
3Jonathan Corbin
Buy My Startup
38.138
4Zack Jacobellis
Ercolini & Company
34.5012
5Will Hinkle
Pippen Ain't Easy
34.2112
6Jeff DiPrimio
Genzyme
33.507
7Pat Lawson
Genzyme
31.007
8Michel Bamani
Pippen Ain't Easy
29.8312
9Andy Ong
Simon-Kucher & Partners
28.949
10Jefferson Correia
McGladrey
28.9111

Rebounds Per Game
1Jeff DiPrimio
Genzyme
13.57
2Steve McAveeney
Autotegrity
12.91
3Wilder Jacobellis
Ercolini & Company
11.55
4Michel Bamani
Pippen Ain't Easy
9.83
5Farad Muhammad
Ercolini & Company
9.73
6Jonathan Corbin
Buy My Startup
8.50
7Keith Bauer
McGladrey
8.44

3s Per Game
1Andy Ong
Simon-Kucher & Partners
3.6747%
2Dan Sullivan
McGladrey
1.8930%
3Matthew Moy
Pippen Ain't Easy
1.8332%
4David Hartjes
Grand Nationals
1.7833%
5Mert Terzioglu
Simon-Kucher & Partners
1.6030%
6Sam Sok
Genzyme
1.5024%
7Joey Breton
Grand Nationals
1.4039%

Assists Per Game
1Matt Sanderson
McGladrey
4.25
2Wilder Jacobellis
Ercolini & Company
3.91
3Eliav Kahan
Autotegrity
3.00
4Jonathan Moy
Pippen Ain't Easy
2.82
5Christian Hartjes
Grand Nationals
2.50
5Will Hinkle
Pippen Ain't Easy
2.50
7Bill Reichmann
Ercolini & Company
2.18