Spring 2017: Over-30 Legends Draft Champs: Country of Old Men

    WallBall Champs
    Country of Old Men 59 Leaving on a Jet plane 56

    Awards link - https://www.cacbasketball.com/discussion/cac-previews-awards/over-30-legends-draft-spring-2017-awards/#p118866

    Another exciting season has come to an end and we now have a champion for the over 30 legends league in Country of old Men.Congratulations fellas but lets chat a little about this game.

    I was on time, Kap the ref was on time and things looked smooth going into the game. Before tip off while both teams warmed up a CAC member decided he wanted to put some shots up and walked onto the court doing just that. Ruff allowed it and all was good. The mystery guy wore a Kyrie Irving Jersey shirt and was launching it from downtown with some not so pretty releases but possibly better looking then what I throw up,anyway you could tell hes a fan of the game and a newbie to stepping on the court so new that when Kap blew his whistle for tip off he thought it was possible to play in a championship game.. Wow lucky for us Ruff let him know " Umm no you cant play this in a championship game but you can watch from the balcony." The young fella looked up to an empty balcony and was hesitant to walk off the court. Kap with a disgusted/impatient face wanted him to pick up the pace and get off the damn court.

    We finally got the game going with COOM winning the tip. LOAJP struggle to score while COOM came out the gates hot. LOAJP got its first bucket at 15:45 from an assist to Cheese from Ghost. The way Coom came out and seeing the defensive game plan they had i was a little nervous for LOAJP.
    Eventually COOM started to let off the gas and that's something you cant do versus a team with championship experience that will not give up until the final buzzer.
    On a side note back to the story line of the mystery baller funny thing about him he finally made it to the balcony maybe with 6 minutes into the 1st with.... I kid you not a band new CAC jersey on. HAHA this kid really wanted to ball I laughed but was kind of pissed that the person up front really sold him that jersey but I'm pretty sure he will faithfully wear that jersey plenty of times and hey that's more advertisement for the leagues so shout out to him.

    Ruff had an interesting game plan on defense which had Aidan the offensive player of the season on Fraher. Ghost has some inches on Aidan but was played well for the rest of the game after Kap Warned Aidan of his two hands on the back defense. Aidan plays strong on both ends and limiting Ghost to 5 first half points is a rare site for a guard to accomplish.

    LOAJP settled down and finally got things going. Cheese and Ryan got that movement from all season and that opened up slightly easier lanes and shots.The Jet at first wasn't able to get by the body of Ruff with left and right dribbles but it finally clicked that hes fast as hell and Ruff is really old so he started slithering and driving to the lane and doing Jet things.
    COOM was up 26-19 with 1:25 in the 1st. Aidan was killing and getting any shot he wanted, Aidan floats like a feather and when those shots fall they surely sting. 18 points at the half.
    Ruff worked hard for his 4 points by posting and never got a chance to put up much 3's. The defense was tight once he got in the paint so game plan adjustments were made.
    Lee killed it on the glass all game but had 14 in the 1st alone. Rebounding and Aidan helped COOM into the half leading 30-21.

    LOAJP went to the locker room to discuss things and came out with a different approach. They started chipping away at the score fighting back with physicality down 26-30 with 4 minutes off the clock.
    10:42 on the clock LOAJP finally go up 41-39 with flashes from Ghost and the Jet taking off.
    Although Krishna had a rough game offensively he had a few blocks and a key steal and rebound in this game to make up for it.
    Dave grabbed 5rebounds and played the enforcer roll while getting physical with Tams who was not a happy camper and let things get to him this game but after the dust cleared Tams was back to supporting his team and focused on the goal at hand.
    This game was tight with the lead going back and forth. Before the starters got back i wanted to point out that Dmitry had a nice block which stopped a possible easy one. Rich missed his only 3 that rolled out but grabbed a rebound in the 2nd with every possession being important. Everyone on both teams played the perfect roll and this was a really good title game.

    LOAJP started pulling away from Ryan hitting some 3's and layups and the Jet heating up from downtown but Aidan had a answer for that with a 3 and a drive taking the lead back 51-49 with 3:40 left.
    Cheese had a nice finish on Lee but Lee would answer his style with some put back points on his end. Ryan and Jet hit clutch shots down the stretch while fighting to stay alive in this game.
    20 seconds left in the game Coom was up 55-54. Every shot put up was suspenseful for both teams knowing 1 mistake could end it all. LOAJP got a bucket to go up 1 but Coom got what they needed from Aidan a full head of steam to the rim for an and1 play putting them back up 1. Aidan was so pumped he looked like a dragon ball z character charging up, hopefully we have some footage of that.
    COOM up 57-56 had total control of this game with 7 seconds left and only 2 team fouls and plenty to give. COOM at this point playing the foul game with that knowledge but LOAJP still had a chance with 1.8 left but failed during the inbound pass to Ghost which slipped right out his hand.
    Both team out of timeouts and the ball ended up in the hands of Lee who's been good all season at the line now stepping up for 2 big shots and only 0.7 left. Lee knocked them both down and LOAJP would need a miracle full court shot to happen. Cheese got a good look but the shot was off left and money on the pad.

    COOM pulled this out and gave captain Ruff his 12th title and probably the last wall ball title of the year.
    Aidan was the MVP with his clutch answers and solid D on Ghost. 36 points 5 rebounds
    Honorable mention of Lee Eudy with a monster game of 15 points 22 rebounds and 4 blocks .

    Great season all! looking forward to the new excitement to come next season


    Scores, Box Scores & Write-Ups

    Regular Season: Week 12

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    OVER30 S17 Basketball League

    Commentary by MENDES & RUFF...

    The Young Guns 50  Port Huron Statement 89

    Is this season over? Time to draft?

    The Young Guns needed a win to get into the playoffs but faced off with top seeded Port Huron Statement.
    PHS has not let off the gas one bit and in my eyes I see them in the finals in two weeks.

    TYG got off to a slow start not getting anything going and only running with 4.
    Mazzone started to heat up some but PHS adjusted its defense and gave Mazz different looks. Dustin the underrated baller is whiling to play up on the best player every game and does a great job even against taller players.

    Seyi and Rudy came out the gates filled with energy. I could tell Seyi was in a great mood off the simple fact that he was chewing gum all game. Seyi is now 2-0 and completes another big game while being ' Bubble gum Seyi '

    Rudy was feeling the mid range after having a few bad weeks and finally returning to the league period. Rudy took control in the 2nd and the rest of his team followed and proceeded to stomp the young guns out.

    Moccia had a smooth game and made it look so easy. Mazz attempted the drive a few times but ultimately decided running into a brick wall wasn't worth it.
    Jeff had the 3 ball working from his hot spot at the top middle and banged 3 heart breakers and i say that because whoever was guarding him looked stunned once they went in. I believe Jeff had a season high of 5 steals . Easy work

    This game was over at halftime PHS up 44-28. TYG put up 6 points in the first 6 minutes of the of the 2nd while PHS scored 14 in a heartbeat.
    Eloi and Alec finally got involved in the game making the score look better if that's a thing these days. Eloi had his good and bad moments all game but TYG needed a perfect game as a unit to pull off a win.

    PHS face off in the playoffs as the number 1 seed and if they keep playing like they have all season they should win it all. Anything can happen only time will tell

    The Young Guns
    Alec Peralta851201000NA 100%
    Eloi Cardoso1640120044100% 7229%
    Frank Malsbenden8532110200% 5240%
    Jon Mazzone18803100200% 12433%

    Port Huron Statement
    Andrew Cheever92010002150% 00NA
    Dustin Armstrong741211022100% 4125%
    Jeff Moccia21125453022100% 5360%
    Rudy Hersh2632520033100% 5360%
    Seyi Tayo2663500033100% 11100%

    Priorities People 5  Uncle Drew 2

Standings OVER30 S17 Thru Week
Port Huron Statement7-20.778W3073.0059.78
Leaving on a Jet plane6-30.667W2171.8966.44
Priorities People6-40.600W21.552.0048.90
Country of Old Men5-40.556L1273.6765.67
The Young Guns4-50.444L1366.3374.67
Mystery Men Unite4-60.400L23.563.3066.60
Uncle Drew1-90.100L96.541.7058.00
Points Per Game
1Aidan O’Kennedy
Country of Old Men
2Jon Mazzone
The Young Guns
3Brett Cooley
Mystery Men Unite
4Jeff Arinella
Leaving on a Jet plane
5Jeff Moccia
Port Huron Statement
6Seyi Tayo
Port Huron Statement
7Ryan Shaffer
Leaving on a Jet plane

Player Rater
1Aidan O’Kennedy
Country of Old Men
2Jeff Moccia
Port Huron Statement
3Jon Mazzone
The Young Guns
4Jeff Arinella
Leaving on a Jet plane
5Lee Eudy
Country of Old Men
6Seyi Tayo
Port Huron Statement
7Brett Cooley
Mystery Men Unite
8Frank Malsbenden
The Young Guns
9Ryan Shaffer
Leaving on a Jet plane
10Mike McCauley
Priorities People

Rebounds Per Game
1Jeff Moccia
Port Huron Statement
2Lee Eudy
Country of Old Men
3Jon Mazzone
The Young Guns
4Frank Malsbenden
The Young Guns
5Chris Hanks
Priorities People
6Mike Fraher
Leaving on a Jet plane
7Brett Royer
Priorities People

3s Per Game
1Brett Cooley
Mystery Men Unite
2Jon Mazzone
The Young Guns
3Nate Mendes
Mystery Men Unite
4Aidan O’Kennedy
Country of Old Men
5Mike McCauley
Priorities People
6Ryan Shaffer
Leaving on a Jet plane
7Lee Eudy
Country of Old Men

Assists Per Game
1Jeff Arinella
Leaving on a Jet plane
Leaving on a Jet plane
3Frank Malsbenden
The Young Guns
4Ryan Shaffer
Leaving on a Jet plane
5Mike McCauley
Priorities People
6Aidan O’Kennedy
Country of Old Men
7Jon Mazzone
The Young Guns