Fall 2018: Franchise B Draft Champs: Destination XL

    They Cant Win Without Hof again..They did
    The Shield 49 Destination XL 61

    They Cant Win Without Hof again………..They did

    Destination XL had an incredible team performance last week without the Hofy one, so they were thrilled to have him back for this one, wait a second Hof is not in the building, and with Tenney and Hopp in attendance XL looked like they were poised for their first loss. The game started out the Shields way as Harry through a beautiful pass to a cutting Hopp. Cundall “The Scout” looked like filling in earlier that night was helping him, as he came out in rhythm nailing a 3 ball, and also was snatching boards.  The beginning of this game was all about Joel Dennis who was straight DOMINATING out there, playing the best game I have seen him play, he had 7 rebounds in a 2 minute stretch, was also finishing around the rim, an area he has struggled in. Tenney looked just off from the start, didn’t seem to have the same lift on his jumpers as his deep 3 balls were missing the mark time and time again. After a Cawley strong take it was 17-11 XL with 7 min remaining in the first half. Sisko wasn’t putting up points but doing all the dirty work , was the author of 3 steals and 2 O boards. Haddock would come in and make a huge fucking impact in this one, as he savagely was pulling up in Amir’s face , bang!!! With the long trey ball, who needs Hof? Harrys zone sure had his team discombobulated, Tenney looked frustrated as the big’s on XL were having a field day on the boards leading to easy 2nd chance opportunities time , and time again. Cawley would add to the wreckage have a hesi, cross over, dive to the rack that made a mess in young Joel Shaffers pants, he had to go change. It was 34-20 at this point and the Sheild looked left for dead. Tenney finshed with 2 points at the half , 0-6 from 3, Hof would add to the misery as he was 0-5 to start, just crazy , crazy stuff I truly didn’t believe what I was seeing.

                Cawley would not take his foot off the gas pedal as he would add a pull up, jumper and yet again another sick drive to help his team further their lead at 40-23, he would even draw a foul ona 3 ball after that to add to the Sheilds mishaps. Something woke up in the Shield at this pint as Tenney dimed up Harry and it looked to spark things for the struggling team. Hopp would add a 4-0 run himself with some nice takes, Tenney stopped settling for jumpers and had a grown ass man to the rack, and the lead was cut in half just like that ! 9 pt game we had a ball game!. Tenney with 2 huge o boards and got fouled on a sick finger role attempt it’s a 7 point game, back from the dead. At this point Mr. Haddock had enough of that shit and splashed 4th 3 of the game. As the Sheild tried to come back , Walker was the stopper , grabbing every board, making heady passes, and playing strong mofuckin D, dude is an animal, just shows the extreme depth of XL. After a bad turnover it spelled the end for the shield, Ian would hit a 3 for Tenneys 5th assist, but it was too little too late, as Joel finished the way he started , hitting 2 straight lay ins and that was about it. 61-49 , XL is very very tough right now.

     

    Sheild

    Tenney-B-)The the best game for the MVP candidate, 5 assist was good but 0-10 from 3 is a very hard spot to put your team in. He is so effective going to the rack, I’d like to see him do that more when the shot is off

    Hopp- B-Thought he played with fire the whole game and was a big reason they came back, but the 2-10 from 3 again just kills your team.

    Scout-B- Was pretty solid , but seemed to run out of gas, shouldn’t have filled in!

    Harry-C- Started well but just disappeared, his zone strategy really seemed to muck things up and made everything messy.

    Amir-C-) Got badly outplayed by Haddock, sorry bud

    XL

    Cawley-A+- Great leadership , super-efficient, relentless 8-9 from the stripe, just a great game!

    Walker-B+-Solid as a rock 6 O boards, with 4 ast , LOVE this player

    Joel-A-)-Best game I’ve seen him play , if he hits his ft’s he gets +.

    Sisko-B-Didn’t have to score to make an impact, dirty man , did the dirty work , I loved it

    Gone fishing for HADDOCK-A- With no Hof , he delivered exactly what his team needed to the tune of 4 3’s but more impressively had 6 boards.

    Scores, Box Scores & Write-Ups

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    The Shield 57  Mean Machine 54

    The Shield
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Amir Learner021210000NA 00NA
    Casey Tenney2114431105360% 10220%
    Christian Hopp185242003267% 5480%
    Harry Demakes0412110100% 100%
    Ian Cundall188121104375% 5360%

    Mean Machine
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ben MacDonald76431102150% 100%
    Chad Agozzino1623130000NA 5480%
    Jeff Doyle540210000NA 11100%
    Michael Marcus210200000NA 00NA
    Robert Haas21174311000NA 8338%
    Tom Coburn321110000NA 2150%

    Destination XL 71  Fightin Nimrods 46

    Destination XL
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Walker10823100100% 00NA
    Ben Sisko252100000NA 00NA
    Joel Dennis031010000NA 00NA
    Mike Cawley1934421033100% 200%
    Ryan Hof3790110055100% 21838%
    Sean Haddock321100000NA 6117%

    Fightin Nimrods
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Cavano722111022100% 4125%
    Chris Quinn1574110022100% 4125%
    Cory Gans1471200000NA 12217%
    Mike Kuzdeba103341003133% 3133%
    Ryan McNabb032100000NA 200%

    Vandelay Industries 74  7th Floor Crew 65

    Vandelay Industries
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ben Koller1510341204375% 100%
    Chas Belliveau121122002150% 2150%
    Jeff Rubin15411010100% 4375%
    Michal Jakubowski622002000NA 00NA
    Nick Frongillo640110044100% 200%
    Vladi Nechev2000510000NA 13431%

    7th Floor Crew
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    David Baxter153343003267% 4125%
    Jeff Hamill030000000NA 00NA
    Matt Litchfield1041001022100% 00NA
    Mike Etheridge124522004250% 00NA
    Nate Toll1331310000NA 2150%
    Tom Kahana151142002150% 9444%

    Mark It Zero 91  Rome is Berning 88

    Mark it a wild one

    The late game here in week 2 ended up being a wild one. Both teams were fully staffed and looking for a win to avoid an 0-2 start. Rome is Berning came out hot, jumping out to a big lead - they were moving the ball well and hitting shots (including some nice jumpers from Joel), while Mark It Zero struggled to find a rhythm. It was 10-0 before MIZ scored, and the lead stretched out to 14 before Young Jacques came to the rescue. Down 22-8, he splashed two consecutive 3’s, and when Calderan answered with a two on the other end, Jacques came right back down and hit his 3rd triple in the span of a couple minutes. After a stop, Pendergast drove the lane and kicked out to Nate Dogg for 3, and suddenly it was 24-20, and MIZ was right back in the game.

    Calderan and Kap were doing the majority of the work on offense for RIB (great acronym); Calderan in particular was hitting some tough shots, and led all scorers with 14 first half points. But MIZ continued to roll with the momentum - Scottie nailed a 3 and got fouled, and converted the free throw for a 4-point play that gave MIZ their first lead of the game. Pendergast was also finding success driving to the hoop. As he was dribbling down the floor in transition, Jacques called out that he had no numbers, and to pull it back out, but Pendergast went right in and converted a tough layup. Jacques clapped approvingly from the sideline, yelling out “That works better!”

    Near the end of the first half, the ref made an out of bounds call on Bernstein, possession to Mark It Zero; Ed responded that he hadn’t touched it, and the ref actually said “Oh, you didn’t touch it?” and reversed the call. Everyone on Mark It Zero looked around in disbelief like “did that really just happen?” Despite that questionable call, Mark It Zero went into the half with a 39-35 lead

    Early in the second half, MIZ went to Civale down low - after scoring just 4 in the first half, he was able to get some quick buckets down low, and MIZ stretched their lead to 47-40. RIB came back with a quick 10-0 run to retake the lead, highlighted by at least one trademark Kap deep 3, maybe two. Following this, we had some great back and forth action with 3’s coming from all angles; Sam McAlpine got in on the action with a triple, Scottie responded with a triple of his own, then Tams retook the lead with a 3, prompting a hilariously surprised look from the ref, who apparently was not a huge fan of Tams’s shooting form. Civale nailed a triple as well, and this all culminated with a narrow lead for Mark It Zero as we closed in on crunch time.

    CRUNCH TIME

    With just under two minutes to go, Pendergast found Civale rolling to the hoop for two, giving MIZ a 76-72 lead. From here, let’s go with the bulleted play by play:

    • In a shocking miscue by the CAC veteran, Hammond fouls Bernstein on a 3-point attempt, but Bernstein misses all 3 free throw attempts.
    • RIB has to foul, MIZ makes 1/2 FTs to go up 77-72
    • Joel banks in a 3 from the wing, cuts deficit to 77-75
    • Civale misses front end of the 1-and-1, but Hammond gets a huge o-board.
    • Hammond sinks both FTs, MIZ up 79-75. Aside from that earlier foul, Scottie was extremely clutch in this game
    • Somewhere around here, Calderan picked up his 5th foul and was out
    • Bernstein gets fouled down low, gets the bucket for an and-1. Sinks the FT, now MIZ leads 79-78
    • Civale hits 1/2 FTs, MIZ now up 80-78
    • With about 20 seconds to go, Shaffer hits another monster 3, this time a clean swish, to put RIB up 81-80.
    • MIZ misses a shot (I think a Civale tough fadeaway), and I think the ball went out of bounds, because then RIB was inbounding on the baseline with under 10 seconds to go.
    • Inbounds pass goes to Kap - instead of immediately taking the foul, Jet slides around and slaps the ball away from Kap, getting the steal.
    • Dishes to a cutting Pendergast who is blocked by Bernstein at the hoop. I think the ball ended up in Hammond’s hands, he makes a tight pass to Civale around the hoop, who tries to put up a contested shot in traffic right before the buzzer
    • No good, but the ref calls a foul! With no time left on the clock, Civale hits the first to tie it at 81 apiece, but misses the second. To OT we go!
    • My view was too obscured, so I honestly couldn’t tell if it was a good foul call or not (or even who it was on - Bernstein I think?). RIB protested, but didn’t go crazy, which led me to believe it wasn’t that egregious a call. Also a ballsy call by ref to potentially extend the game when he very easily could’ve swallowed his whistle to go home, so I assume he must’ve thought it was pretty clear.

    Kap marshaled the troops before the OT period, and his yelling caused the ref to muse, “he’s like a little dictator over there isn’t he?” Also right around this point, half the lights in the gym went out, so we were suddenly playing in some weird mood lighting setting.

    Quick pace in OT, and both teams traded buckets. With MIZ up two with under a minute to go, Civale got called for a foul on Bernstein, which he was unhappy with, both because he thought it was soft, and it was his 5th foul, knocking him out of the game. Down 87-85, Bernstein went to the line and hit 1/2 to bring RIB within 1, but with so little time remaining, they had to foul. It was Nate who went to the line, and calmly knocked down 2/2 to push the lead back up to 3. With time winding down under 10 seconds, Kap opted to go in for the two, cutting the lead back down to 1. On the sideline, Calderan alertly called a timeout, stopping the clock from running while MIZ inbounded the ball. This was a clutch move, and saved them at least 4 crucial seconds. With about 5-6 seconds to go, Hammond was quickly fouled on the inbounds, and like Nate, he calmly knocked down both free throws. Down 3 and going the length of the court, Kap found Joel somehow wide open down on the opposite wing. Joel reeled in the pass, quickly gathered and shot a potential game-tying 3 as time expired - it was on line and looked good, but glanced over the front rim. Mark It Zero escaped with the 91-88 win.

    Player Grades

    Mark It Zero

    Pendergast: (B+) - Solid game for Dave, doing a little bit of everything out there.

    Civale: (A-) - After just 4 points in the first half, he scored 21 in the second half and OT. Could’ve been more efficient, and he did miss the potential game winning FT in regulation, but overall his offense kept them in the game.

    Hammond: (A-) - Overall, pretty clutch game for Scottie. Hit some clinching FTs at the end, had a huge offensive rebound off a late missed free throw, and was great on the boards in general.

    Jet: (B+) - Had arguably the biggest play of the game when he came up with the steal that led to the foul that sent it to OT. Played high-risk/reward defense on Kap, coming up with 4 steals, but Kap got a lot of buckets too. Jet had his usual array of tough finishes around the hoop.

    Carlucci: (B+) - Limited stats for Nate, but impactful and efficient when he was on the floor. Two clutch FTs late played helped his team hold on in OT.

    Jacques: (B) - Didn’t do as much in the second half, but his run of 3’s in the first half to get his team back in the game was a huge lift.

    Rome is Berning

    Kap: (A-) - Kap was all around very good, scoring and distributing all game long. He thought he should’ve had more than two FT attempts. Getting stripped by Jet late does hurt.

    Calderan: (A) - Until he fouled out, Calderan was playing excellent basketball, making plays on both ends of the court. Very efficient too. Him not being on the floor late was tough, but I get that they were fouling in desperation mode, so he didn’t have much of a choice.

    Shaffer: (B+) - Solid game for Joel, making the biggest impact right at the beginning, and then late with his big 3’s.

    Bernstein: (B-) - Big effort game from big Ed, but 0/5 from 3 and 3/7 from FT line (and I honestly might’ve missed an additional miss) is tough. He made some big plays on both ends (blocks, and thate late and-1), but Civale kind of got the better of him in the second half.

    Tams: (B) - Got a couple efficient buckets in the second half, then came in and played solidly after Calderan fouled out.

    McAlpine: (B-) - Hit 1/4 3’s, snatched a few boards, moved the ball well for a couple assists (which he loudly let me know about!).

    Mark It Zero
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Civale256310308563% 6233%
    David Pendergast1910050002150% 200%
    Jacques Penicaud930210000NA 33100%
    Jeff Arinella1430240000NA 100%
    Nathan Carlucci531100022100% 11100%
    Scott Hammond1974202012758% 5240%

    Rome is Berning
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Christian Tams511100000NA 2150%
    Ed Bernstein133120307343% 500%
    Joel Shaffer157320002150% 4250%
    Matt Kaplan277061002150% 10440%
    Paul Calderan2654421000NA 6467%
    Sam McAlpine330200000NA 4125%

Standings THE Franchise League F18 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Destination XL9-01.000W9068.1158.56
Mark It Zero6-30.667W1370.0068.00
Vandelay Industries6-30.667L1365.5663.33
7th Floor Crew5-40.556W2471.6769.67
Rome is Berning4-50.444L1566.6765.89
Fightin Nimrods3-60.333L2661.0067.44
The Shield 2-70.222L5762.7868.78
Mean Machine1-80.111W1862.4466.56
Points Per Game
1Ryan Hof
Destination XL
26.89
2Casey Tenney
The Shield
24.63
3Robert Haas
Mean Machine
20.56
4Mike Cawley
Destination XL
20.08
5Ben Koller
Vandelay Industries
19.20
6Nate Toll
7th Floor Crew
19.11
7Brian Civale
Mark It Zero
18.50

Player Rater
1Casey Tenney
The Shield
58.638
2Robert Haas
Mean Machine
57.399
3Ben Koller
Vandelay Industries
53.6010
4Ryan Hof
Destination XL
52.119
5Mike Etheridge
7th Floor Crew
49.4510
6David Baxter
7th Floor Crew
49.449
7Matt Kaplan
Rome is Berning
48.789
8Mike Cawley
Destination XL
47.1712
9Joel Shaffer
Rome is Berning
46.1510
10David Pendergast
Mark It Zero
41.5510

Rebounds Per Game
1Robert Haas
Mean Machine
16.11
2Casey Tenney
The Shield
14.75
3Ben Koller
Vandelay Industries
14.00
4Joel Dennis
Destination XL
13.00
5Mike Etheridge
7th Floor Crew
12.90
6David Baxter
7th Floor Crew
10.22
7Mike Kuzdeba
Fightin Nimrods
9.91

3s Per Game
1Ryan Hof
Destination XL
4.8938%
2Christian Hopp
The Shield
3.7543%
3Casey Tenney
The Shield
3.6331%
4Chris Cavano
Fightin Nimrods
3.1041%
4Tom Kahana
7th Floor Crew
3.1039%
6Matt Kaplan
Rome is Berning
2.7829%
7Vladi Nechev
Vandelay Industries
2.4531%

Assists Per Game
1Matt Kaplan
Rome is Berning
5.67
2Mike Etheridge
7th Floor Crew
4.70
3Mike Kuzdeba
Fightin Nimrods
4.27
4Vladi Nechev
Vandelay Industries
4.18
5David Baxter
7th Floor Crew
3.67
5Mike Cawley
Destination XL
3.67
7Ryan Hof
Destination XL
3.33