Fall 2016: Franchise A Draft League Champs: Flint Tropics

    Flint catches fire for 2nd straight title
    A47 62 Flint Tropics 69

    This final game of Franchise A looked to be a good one as Flint Tropics and A47 squared off for a deciding game 3 for the second consecutive year. A47 had won the first one in a close contest, but Flint Tropics squeezed out a 1-point win their backs against the wall in game 2. Mazz made his thoughts known prior to game 3: "We've all seen how this ends. Tropics drop game 1, win games 2+3 because coach Jackson makes the adjustments blah blah blah"

    Whether it was Billy's supreme coaching, or just an "on" night, the Flint Tropics came out locked in from the beginning. They jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead, thanks in large part to Kofi, who hit some real nice shots en route to tallying 8 of his team's first 14 points. Spoiler alert - this would set the trend for the rest of the game. A47 was struggling on offense, but staying within striking distance thanks to Grimble, who was attacking the rim and doing his usual athletic finishes. The outside shots weren't falling or A47 though, and FT's lead grew to double digits, 25-14. A47 briefly looked alive, as they got a 3, and then a steal from Keith, who fed it to Kelly to cut the lead back down to 6. Flint showed no let-up though, as Swecker and Khaled both got buckets inside and outside to push FT to a 33-21 halftime lead. Kofi led FT with 12 at the break, while Grimble led all scorers with 14 (of his team's 21) points. FT did a nice job of limiting Kelley's looks in the first half, as he went 1-4 from 3. 

    A47 looked dead in the water in the second half, as they continued to struggle on offense. FT was locking down Grimble a little more, and Vladi was having a tough time getting his shot to fall, as the FT lead grew to 39-23. Sparked by Vladi's first 3, A47 went on a little run to cut it back to 10, but Kofi and Swecker showed that killer instinct and responded with back-to-back 3's to stretch the lead back to 47-31. Those two went 8/8 from 3 combined which is probably the single most indicative stat of the whole game.

    Credit to A47 though, because they could've given up after those back to back 3's, but went on an 11-0 run to make it a real game. They picked up their defense and were able to turn that momentum into offense, as Kelley hit a couple 3's, and Keith and Vladi chipped in to make it 47-42. That's as close as it would get though, as Kofi responded with yet another 3, then Swecker with a bucket in the paint. A47 tried to close the gap, but had to start fouling, and didn't really have any chance unless FT started bricking everything from the line. That didn't happen though, and then Grimble fouled out, which was pretty much the nail in the coffin. A47 got some buckets late, including a couple 3's by Kelley to get the score a little closer, but FT was firmly in control for the rest of the game after responding to that A47 run. The final buzzer sounded with score 69-62, marking the second straight comeback title for Billy and the Flint Tropics.

    Player Grades - I'll do them because they seem standard, but take these with a major grain of salt considering my limited knowledge of this league.

    Flint Tropics

    Kofi: (A+) - Easily the MVP. Monster game from him, helping his team get off to a hot start, coming up with huge shots whenever A47 tried to come back, and then hit his free throws at the end.

    Swecker: (A) - Great performance by Swecker, scoring from both inside and outside. Nice all-around performance too, with some o-boards, assists, and nice defense (I think he was on Kelley for most of the game).

    Khaled: (B+) - Not spectacular, but very solid game for Khaled. Took his chances when they were there, and helped his team all game with his energy on both ends.

    Billy: (B/A) - B as a player grade for Billy, A as a captain grade. 0 points, but he didn't really shoot much, and knew he didn't really need to. Facilitated and organized his team well, and played pretty good defense. Seemed like he came up with a pretty good gameplan, so I'll give him credit for that, even if I actually have no clue.

    Devon: (B) - Didn't mention him in the writeup, but he did a pretty nice job off the bench. Hustled hard when he was on the floor, leading to offensive rebounds, steals, and intense defense.

    A47

    Grimble: (A-) - For most of the game, he was A47's only reliable offense, and played with high energy all game long. Shot and missed a bunch of 3's near the end, and fouled out, but did what he could to keep his team in the game. 

    Vladi: (B-) - Hit some 3's in the second half to give his team a sliver of a chance, but for most of the game, he was having a rough time trying to score. 

    Kelley: (B-) - His line looks a little better than it actually was becuase of multiple 3's hit when the game was pretty much out of reach. For most of the game, he couldn't really get much going at all, as he couldn't really break free from the defense to creat quality looks.

    Keith: (B) - Seemed like a decent night for Keith. Wasn't the force on the boards that he was in game 2, but still did a decent job, and got some buckets here and there. His defense wasn't bad, but he was the victim of facing some hot shooters.

    Walsh: (C) - Limited minutes off the bench, and couldn't do a whole lot, missing the only few shots he took. Did have a couple nice offensive rebounds, but overall couldn't make much of an impact.

    Craig:  (C) - Very quiet game for Craig off the bench. Didn't really do anything poorly from what I remember, just wasn't a real factor. 

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    A47 62  Flint Tropics 69

    Flint catches fire for 2nd straight title

    This final game of Franchise A looked to be a good one as Flint Tropics and A47 squared off for a deciding game 3 for the second consecutive year. A47 had won the first one in a close contest, but Flint Tropics squeezed out a 1-point win their backs against the wall in game 2. Mazz made his thoughts known prior to game 3: "We've all seen how this ends. Tropics drop game 1, win games 2+3 because coach Jackson makes the adjustments blah blah blah"

    Whether it was Billy's supreme coaching, or just an "on" night, the Flint Tropics came out locked in from the beginning. They jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead, thanks in large part to Kofi, who hit some real nice shots en route to tallying 8 of his team's first 14 points. Spoiler alert - this would set the trend for the rest of the game. A47 was struggling on offense, but staying within striking distance thanks to Grimble, who was attacking the rim and doing his usual athletic finishes. The outside shots weren't falling or A47 though, and FT's lead grew to double digits, 25-14. A47 briefly looked alive, as they got a 3, and then a steal from Keith, who fed it to Kelly to cut the lead back down to 6. Flint showed no let-up though, as Swecker and Khaled both got buckets inside and outside to push FT to a 33-21 halftime lead. Kofi led FT with 12 at the break, while Grimble led all scorers with 14 (of his team's 21) points. FT did a nice job of limiting Kelley's looks in the first half, as he went 1-4 from 3. 

    A47 looked dead in the water in the second half, as they continued to struggle on offense. FT was locking down Grimble a little more, and Vladi was having a tough time getting his shot to fall, as the FT lead grew to 39-23. Sparked by Vladi's first 3, A47 went on a little run to cut it back to 10, but Kofi and Swecker showed that killer instinct and responded with back-to-back 3's to stretch the lead back to 47-31. Those two went 8/8 from 3 combined which is probably the single most indicative stat of the whole game.

    Credit to A47 though, because they could've given up after those back to back 3's, but went on an 11-0 run to make it a real game. They picked up their defense and were able to turn that momentum into offense, as Kelley hit a couple 3's, and Keith and Vladi chipped in to make it 47-42. That's as close as it would get though, as Kofi responded with yet another 3, then Swecker with a bucket in the paint. A47 tried to close the gap, but had to start fouling, and didn't really have any chance unless FT started bricking everything from the line. That didn't happen though, and then Grimble fouled out, which was pretty much the nail in the coffin. A47 got some buckets late, including a couple 3's by Kelley to get the score a little closer, but FT was firmly in control for the rest of the game after responding to that A47 run. The final buzzer sounded with score 69-62, marking the second straight comeback title for Billy and the Flint Tropics.

    Player Grades - I'll do them because they seem standard, but take these with a major grain of salt considering my limited knowledge of this league.

    Flint Tropics

    Kofi: (A+) - Easily the MVP. Monster game from him, helping his team get off to a hot start, coming up with huge shots whenever A47 tried to come back, and then hit his free throws at the end.

    Swecker: (A) - Great performance by Swecker, scoring from both inside and outside. Nice all-around performance too, with some o-boards, assists, and nice defense (I think he was on Kelley for most of the game).

    Khaled: (B+) - Not spectacular, but very solid game for Khaled. Took his chances when they were there, and helped his team all game with his energy on both ends.

    Billy: (B/A) - B as a player grade for Billy, A as a captain grade. 0 points, but he didn't really shoot much, and knew he didn't really need to. Facilitated and organized his team well, and played pretty good defense. Seemed like he came up with a pretty good gameplan, so I'll give him credit for that, even if I actually have no clue.

    Devon: (B) - Didn't mention him in the writeup, but he did a pretty nice job off the bench. Hustled hard when he was on the floor, leading to offensive rebounds, steals, and intense defense.

    A47

    Grimble: (A-) - For most of the game, he was A47's only reliable offense, and played with high energy all game long. Shot and missed a bunch of 3's near the end, and fouled out, but did what he could to keep his team in the game. 

    Vladi: (B-) - Hit some 3's in the second half to give his team a sliver of a chance, but for most of the game, he was having a rough time trying to score. 

    Kelley: (B-) - His line looks a little better than it actually was becuase of multiple 3's hit when the game was pretty much out of reach. For most of the game, he couldn't really get much going at all, as he couldn't really break free from the defense to creat quality looks.

    Keith: (B) - Seemed like a decent night for Keith. Wasn't the force on the boards that he was in game 2, but still did a decent job, and got some buckets here and there. His defense wasn't bad, but he was the victim of facing some hot shooters.

    Walsh: (C) - Limited minutes off the bench, and couldn't do a whole lot, missing the only few shots he took. Did have a couple nice offensive rebounds, but overall couldn't make much of an impact.

    Craig:  (C) - Very quiet game for Craig off the bench. Didn't really do anything poorly from what I remember, just wasn't a real factor. 

    A47
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alex Grimble213432004250% 8113%
    Bryan Walsh012000000NA 200%
    Craig Baranowski020010000NA 00NA
    Keith Baranowski961320000NA 3133%
    Pat Kelley1551230000NA 12542%
    Vladi Nechev1720300011100% 12433%

    Flint Tropics
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alec Devon433020022100% 100%
    Billy Jackson0202110200% 00NA
    Kevin Swecker183330003267% 33100%
    Khaled Abukhidejeh144120004375% 9333%
    Kofi Williams318020009667% 55100%

Standings Franchise A Draft F16 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
I Play for Keeps8-20.800W3077.6068.80
Jerk Store6-40.600W2270.7067.40
Flint Tropics5-50.500W2357.4054.20
A475-50.500L2360.1061.70
Make the Corp Great Again4-60.400L2464.7066.80
Special Cloth Alert2-80.200L3670.5082.10
Points Per Game
1Matt Medeiros
I Play for Keeps
34.00
2Matt Fermon
Special Cloth Alert
25.50
3Nick Mazzeo
Make the Corp Great Again
22.80
4John Mulholland
Jerk Store
20.60
5Marcel Quetant
Special Cloth Alert
19.22
6Nick Edson
Make the Corp Great Again
19.00
7Pat Kelley
A47
17.67

Player Rater
1Matt Medeiros
I Play for Keeps
57.339
2Matt Fermon
Special Cloth Alert
49.388
3John Mulholland
Jerk Store
45.1510
4Khaled Abukhidejeh
Flint Tropics
43.8513
5Marcel Quetant
Special Cloth Alert
42.949
6Nick Edson
Make the Corp Great Again
42.2510
7Matt Kaplan
I Play for Keeps
38.6411
8Pat Kelley
A47
37.7512
9David Cox
I Play for Keeps
37.568
10Keith Baranowski
A47
37.4613

Rebounds Per Game
1Khaled Abukhidejeh
Flint Tropics
10.46
1Keith Baranowski
A47
10.46
3David Cox
I Play for Keeps
9.88
4David Bradshaw
Special Cloth Alert
9.71
5Marcel Quetant
Special Cloth Alert
9.44
6Evan Kodra
Make the Corp Great Again
8.88
7John Mulholland
Jerk Store
8.70

3s Per Game
1Matt Medeiros
I Play for Keeps
5.8946%
2Matt Fermon
Special Cloth Alert
5.3836%
3Nick Mazzeo
Make the Corp Great Again
5.2043%
4Pat Kelley
A47
4.3342%
5Ryan Ouellette
Jerk Store
2.9140%
6Vladi Nechev
A47
2.8335%
7Matt Kaplan
I Play for Keeps
2.3635%

Assists Per Game
1Matt Fermon
Special Cloth Alert
5.13
2Matt Medeiros
I Play for Keeps
4.67
3Pat Kelley
A47
4.08
4Nick Edson
Make the Corp Great Again
3.80
5Vladi Nechev
A47
3.33
6Matt Kaplan
I Play for Keeps
3.27
7John Mulholland
Jerk Store
3.00