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

    COUNTRY OF OLD MEN S17 Champs

    Scores, Box Scores & Write-Ups

    Regular Season: Week 3

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    Port Huron Statement 60  Mystery Men Unite 54

    What a difference a week makes…

    Pre-Game:

    Coming into this game I actually saw Port Huron Statement (PHS) as the favorites. Just thinking that a Rudy led team ended an 11 game losing streak for him and now he could be on a 2 game winning streak is pretty crazy. Although I think Mystery Men Unite (MMU) is a top team in this league, bye weeks are killer especially in this league.

    First Half:

    PHS controlled the half and game. Probably what hurt MMU most is Shawn Thornton went down early with a non-contact injury. If you look at his debut this is certainly not good for MMU. Hopefully it’s not too serious and he is able to come back this season. Anyway, Nate Mendes definitely made the score more respectable with a buzzer beater score but PHS was up 33-26 at the half.

    Player of the Half:

    Seyi Tayo 14 pts, 2-2 from the free throw line, 2 stls, 2 orebs, 5 drebs and 1 ast

    Second Half:

    Nate was carrying the load offensively for MMU and Ron Kindle despite being outsized by Jeff Moccia was holding things down on the defensive side of the court. To my surprise MMU actually was up 54-51 with about the 3 minutes left in the game. Combined with scoring and free throws PHS went on a 9-0 run and won this game 60-54.

    Player of the Game:

    Jeff Moccia the big fella broke the rebound record for this league snatching 32 and just was too much for MMU to handle as I expected.

    Grades:

    Brett Cooley C- if he didn’t stuff the stat sheet I would’ve gone lower. This is the worst game he has ever played in this league without question. I know he will bounce back though.

    Chao Quan B- was thrust into action after an unfortunate injury but I think he actually played decent.

    Nate Mendes A gets a + added to his grade if his team wins. It’s really a shame that such a great game by Nate goes in the loss column.

    Ron Kindle C based on debut performance and the fact that he went 0-6 from three going higher on a grade can’t be justified.

    Shawn Thornton INC went down with an injury early. Although he did get an oreb I’m not one to ruin someone’s overall stats especially when they get injured. Get well soon man.

    Andrew Cheever C decent game but has played better this season so I can’t really go higher.

    Dustin Armstrong C just an ok game but did lead his team in his assists despite going 0-3 from three.

    Jeff Moccia A in a win he broke the rebounding record for this league.

    RoShawn Green B- the 0fer from the free throw line can’t be ignored but still shot well from three and had some other good stats.

    Seyi Tayo A- docking his grade slightly for his free-throw shooting. Overall had another solid game.

    Takeaways:

    I guess my biggest worry for MMU is the Shawn injury. Coming off a bye week I knew they’d struggle a bit. Going forward, if they have to roll with 4 guys this could end up being a very bad thing for this team. Only time will tell.

    That makes 2 straight for PHS. Of course Rudy missed this game so it’s only one for him hahaha, just kidding. This team is coming together nicely. I’m interested to see if this play continues.

    To see this entire game click on this link https://youtu.be/B6YKjlhCSpM

    Port Huron Statement
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Cheever51310104125% 100%
    Dustin Armstrong51230102150% 300%
    Jeff Moccia1822800203133% 3133%
    RoShawn Green8302000200% 5240%
    Seyi Tayo2483120010660% 00NA

    Mystery Men Unite
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brett Cooley74351102150% 11218%
    Chao Quan413000000NA 200%
    Nate Mendes283205306467% 8450%
    Ron Kindle157102402150% 600%

    Uncle Drew 42  Country of Old Men 98

    Aidan vs Uncle Drew (the team)

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    I think this was team Reeves first official game after a week 1 forfeit win and it got ugly fast. Missing in action 1st round pick Jason Tibbs would of needed a super game to even keep up with the pounding his team received. Uncle Drew needs more time playing with each other and everyone needs to find a role and stick to it if they want to make the playoffs.

    Leading in the MVP race so far in this early season Aidan O'Kennedy came out hungry getting to the rim at will with some smooth acrobatic moves.
    Aidan actually broke the scoring record for our league with 51 points passing Mike Fraher's 46.
    I have a feeling those 51 points are not safe mark my words.
    Speaking about the number 51 Aidan scored more than the entire Uncle Drew team which only mustered up a sad 42. Aidan put up 39 in the 1st half along with 8 rebounds and 3 assist.

    Ruff on Country of old men collected a easy 20 points this game getting wide open shots and when he drove he had the mismatch he wanted and took full advantage of it. Ruff picked up his assist numbers in the 2nd half.

    Lee Eudy went to work on the glass and got a chance to showcase some of the offense he can provide for the team because they will need it if others ever go cold. This team is tough on the glass and Lee will lead in that category.

    Krishna did the little things this week and he had no reason to play hard because the score was 62-18 for the 1st half. Easy game easy win.

    Reeves was upset with the lack of calls and checked out early to avoid wear and let certain players adjust to the wall ball and hopefully see the direction that the team needs to go. The 1st foul committed by Country of old men was in the 2nd half with 12 minutes to go so i guess he did the right thing checking out.

    James Hanks was frustrated early on probably from work and lack of calls which missed his game up early as they needed some type of offense.

    Rory Stein showed signs of being an impact player for the team. Rory can rebound and looks like he has a jump shot in his bag of tricks.

    Glenroy Anthony did good on the glass but took a bunch of tough shots. Glenroy is possibly still adjusting to the gym but only time will tell if he can really help the team with solid play so they can make the playoffs.

    The bright side of things for Uncle Drew was Jeff Etiene who had a really slow start but came alive in the 2nd . Jeff needs to really help on the glass and just eat all day in the paint if his team stands a chance moving on.

    This game was ugly for sure. The score was 76-30 with 11:16 left in the game woooow.
    Country of old Men look like the team to beat at this point. Aidan has not slowed down and is looking better each game that's the scary part.
    No games next week so who knows how that will play factor in any momentum that was building.

    Uncle Drew
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Glenroy Anthony461010000NA 500%
    James Hanks791320000NA 3133%
    Jeff Etienne17531000200% 6117%
    Paul Reeves453220000NA 00NA
    Rory Stein103500002150% 2150%

    Country of Old Men
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Aidan O’Kennedy5113352007686% 6350%
    Damian Ruff204052006467% 6467%
    Krishna Aragam7502040100% 3133%
    Lee Eudy1614620104375% 4125%
    Rich Carey420000000NA 00NA

    Priorities People 61  Leaving on a Jet plane 58

    The race

    Officially the second game for Priorities People since the team decided to forfeit week 2 for the Celtics game or maybe they had a secret practice which is why they came out victorious versus Leaving on a jet plane.

    PP looked totally different from when i saw them week 1
    1. Mike McCauley showcased some flashes of 2011
    2. Rookie Chris Hanks is adjusting well in this early season
    3. Brian Geary has fit in perfectly being that 2nd/3rd guy to handle the ball

    LOAJP looked the same but jet lagged
    1. Jeff Arinella did his thing by looking at the stats but was not fully charged up because of the amount of layups that he missed
    2. Ryan Shaffer was off but was best when attacking the rim.
    3.Mike Fraher killed it on the glass but struggled a tad from the defense of Brett Royer.

    MC1 will always come to play when called out and that's what he did.
    Setting the tone early this game wasnt really a score fest but both teams filled the stat sheets. Mike got called out for his defense but somehow came up with a block and 2 steals in the 1st half.

    Royer the top pick struggled a little to get around the body of Fraher but capitalized in the 2nd once the Ghost disappeared from the result of 18 rebounds 10 in the 1st.

    Mike Fraher was that guy holding it down in the 1st along with the Jet. Mike had 7 points and 10 rebounds trying to keep up with Priorities People down 21-27 at the half.

    The second half both teams found a groove and we had a good game.
    PP still had control but Leaving on a Jet was the goal at hand. Jeff Arinella was in charge of getting this flight in position for take off. Some rain came down from Mike and Brian who hit a combined 4 threes in the second half.
    The Jet, Ghost and the Sniper saw the clock ticking away being down 47-52 with 4:23 left in the game the time to score was making its way in.
    Ryan hit a his 1st and only 3 of the game after some good ball movement but ultimately left that part of his game alone and decided to take it to the rim which he converted for some big plays while they chipped away at the score.
    Brett Royer had some half time space jam juice and came out looking primed. Brett's defense and aggression towards the rim was sooooo needed for his team to pull off the win and it came at the perfect time. Cheese finally made it two big plays 1 being a block/foul and a nice post up hook when they made a run.
    MC1 and the Jet had a back and forth in the final 2 minutes.
    A few steals and a big Jet 3 to make things tight. I felt like this game was heading to overtime with the amount of clutch shots going in from both sides. No leaving before you have your priorities in order was the case.

    23-7-4-5 was the stat line on a off night for the jet? ...
    20-7-4-3-1 from MC1 with the win.
    Can both guys keep the momentum going if this production is needed every week?
    Ill be watching this trend because i feel as both teams have multiple MVP candidates but the question is which formula will translate into wins to make a playoff push

    Priorities People
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Sadoway772102011100% 100%
    Brett Royer126212304125% 2150%
    Brian Geary123012203133% 33100%
    Chris Hanks1011210003267% 100%
    Mike McCauley205243103267% 6467%

    Leaving on a Jet plane
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Cheese441101000NA 00NA
    Dmitry Baranovsky020011000NA 100%
    Jeff Arinella235245009444% 5240%
    Mike Fraher1518001002150% 00NA
    Ryan Shaffer165333102150% 5120%

Standings OVER30 S17 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
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
37.33
2Jon Mazzone
The Young Guns
27.88
3Brett Cooley
Mystery Men Unite
25.78
4Jeff Arinella
Leaving on a Jet plane
24.90
5Jeff Moccia
Port Huron Statement
22.67
6Seyi Tayo
Port Huron Statement
22.40
7Ryan Shaffer
Leaving on a Jet plane
21.30

Player Rater
1Aidan O’Kennedy
Country of Old Men
66.729
2Jeff Moccia
Port Huron Statement
63.179
3Jon Mazzone
The Young Guns
61.948
4Jeff Arinella
Leaving on a Jet plane
58.0010
5Lee Eudy
Country of Old Men
53.8510
6Seyi Tayo
Port Huron Statement
49.9010
7Brett Cooley
Mystery Men Unite
48.619
8Frank Malsbenden
The Young Guns
48.449
9Ryan Shaffer
Leaving on a Jet plane
47.6010
10Mike McCauley
Priorities People
45.399

Rebounds Per Game
1Jeff Moccia
Port Huron Statement
19.22
2Lee Eudy
Country of Old Men
14.90
3Jon Mazzone
The Young Guns
13.13
4Frank Malsbenden
The Young Guns
12.22
5Chris Hanks
Priorities People
11.75
6Mike Fraher
Leaving on a Jet plane
10.82
7Brett Royer
Priorities People
10.56

3s Per Game
1Brett Cooley
Mystery Men Unite
6.3338%
2Jon Mazzone
The Young Guns
5.1336%
3Nate Mendes
Mystery Men Unite
3.4439%
4Aidan O’Kennedy
Country of Old Men
3.3339%
5Mike McCauley
Priorities People
3.2243%
6Ryan Shaffer
Leaving on a Jet plane
3.0038%
7Lee Eudy
Country of Old Men
2.7047%

Assists Per Game
1Jeff Arinella
Leaving on a Jet plane
5.30
2Cheese
Leaving on a Jet plane
4.25
3Frank Malsbenden
The Young Guns
4.22
4Ryan Shaffer
Leaving on a Jet plane
3.80
5Mike McCauley
Priorities People
3.67
6Aidan O’Kennedy
Country of Old Men
3.56
7Jon Mazzone
The Young Guns
3.38