Fall 2014: Saturday Draft League Champs: Who is Heisenberg?

    Another SDL season another title for Kari Who is Heisenberg use huge second-half run to top Unit for SDL title.
    The Unit 46 Who is Heisenberg? 59

    Draft leagues are no places for dynasties, but Who is Heisenberg captain Kari Thande just may be the Phil Jackson or Greg Popovich of the SDL after winning his second SDL title in three tries. Oh, and if you didn’t know, there have been only three SDL sessions so Kari’s hand-picked squads have made the finals every season.
    The Unit held a one-point lead at the break, 27-26, but Who is Heisenberg jumped out to a ridiculous 17-4 run to go up 43-31 to start the second half and never looked back.
    It was a battle between the SDL’s top-two seeds and Who is Heisenberg proved they were the better team on this day. You have to admire the Unit guys though. They lost their second pick (Rob Burton), but really came together during the season and ended up as the No. 2 seed.
    Some keys to the game:
    -The Unit’s Mike Cook looked every bit like the SDL MVP in the first half with 18 of his team’s 27 points and 10 boards at the half. Seven of his 10 boards at the break were on the offensive end and he had four scores off offensive rebounds in the opening half. However, Cook, who finished with a game-high 20 points, scored just two points in the second and definitely appeared frustrated. That can be attributed to the defense of one Eric ‘Bomber’ Bonvie. Bonvie guarded Cook for a majority of the second half and did a great job D-ing him up and playing him in the post.
    Bonvie wasn’t the first choice to take Cook, however, as that assignment was initially assigned to Nick Altschuller. However, the ‘Novelist’ suffered a shoulder injury after a clean Ruff strip just three minutes into the game. Altschuller appeared to be in a ton of pain and after some post-game digging I found out that was indeed the shoulder he had previously injured a few seasons back. If I remember correctly, I believe that was the second time this season that Altschuller tweaked the shoulder on a Ruff strip. He didn’t return until there were just over 9 minutes left in the first half, but clearly he wasn’t 100 percent the rest of the way. Some real ‘grit and balls’ by the ‘Novelist’ to fight through it.
    Bonvie finished with just six points on two triples, but his defense was one of the highlights for Who is Heisenberg.
    -The Unit struggled mightily from deep. Despite leading at the break, they shot a dreadful 0-11 from 3-point land. They finished just 1-21 for the game with captain Damian Ruff shooting 1-14.
    -While the Unit found iron on their long-ball attempts, Who is Heisenberg had four players hit two 3-pointers each. Five of their eight triples came in the second half.
    -It was a quiet game for Unit shooting guard John Howard. He finished with just four points. Both of his buckets came on drives to the hoop and both came midway through the second half.
    Taliaferro led the way for Who is Heisenberg with an 18-11 double-double, while Brian Quinn should be nicknamed the ‘Closer’ after scoring seven of his team’s last 9 points en route to a 17-point performance. Dan Eisenberg had a solid game with a nice all-around 14-4-5 line. WIH feature something of a two-PG attack as both Eisenberg and Kari are more than comfortable running the position. It never hurts to have two floor generals out there.
    Cook finished with 14 rebounds to go with his 20 points. Ruff finished with 13 points and seven boards and Brian Robinson battled on the boards all day for the Unit with a game-high 16 rebounds to go with 9 points.
    Cook scored his team’s first seven points as the Unit held a 7-6 lead early on. He looked determined and aggressive on offense, scoring on a nice lefty scoop post move, off an entry pass via Howard and another bucket off his trademark offensive-rebound-and-score power move.
    The Unit jumped out to an 11-6 lead at the five-minute mark of the first half after a Ruff bank lay-in and a B-Rob offensive board and score, but Taliaferro and Bonvie buried back-to-back triples (both off quick Kari swing passes) for a 12-11 advantage. Kari’s jumper put WIH up 14-11, but Cook answered right back with his second offensive rebound putback of the game.
    Eisenberg buried a triple off another Kari find for a 17-15 WIH lead with seven minutes to go in the opening half, but Cook tied things with yet another offensive rebound and score with 6:30 to go.
    After Kari found a wide open Eisenberg underneath for a basket, Ruff found Cook for an old-fashioned 3-point play and a 20-19 lead with 5:30 to go in the half. The foul was Altschuller’s third in just about six minutes of play.
    The Unit ran off a quick 7-2 run that saw B-Rob find a rolling Cook for a hoop, another Cook offensive board and score and a sweet B-Rob reverse.
    Kari found Quinn on a nice look that resulted in a hoop-and-some-harm with a minute to play, but WIH saved the best for last as Taliaferro hit a baseline jumper off an Eisenberg pass as time expired to bring WIH within a point at the half.
    The Heisenberg boys kept the momentum going and started the second half on a 7-0 run behind 2-3 FTs from Taliaferro after he was fouled by B-Rob on a 3-point attempt, an Eisenberg 3-pointer off a Taliaferro outlet for a 31-27 lead, and a Quinn upfake and score in the lane after a long Bonvie outlet pass for a 33-27 lead just three minutes into the second.
    Ruff stopped the bleeding with one free throw, but WIH continued to put the pressure on while relying more on their famous speed and outlet game. Another 10-3 run gave them a 43-31 lead with 11 minutes to play. That final run looked like this:
    -Eisenberg kicked it to Taliaferro for a corner jumper for a 35-28 lead.
    -Eisenberg scored on a scoop-layup after a nice shot-fake.
    -Taliaferro buried a 3-ball off a Bonvie inbound-pass for a 40-31 lead. That ‘3’ came after a B-Rob FT and Cook spin-and-score, his only bucket of the half.
    -Kari found the ‘Bomber’ for a huge triple that gave WIH their biggest lead of the day at 43-31.
    The Unit sensed they were running out of time and responded with an impressive 9-0 run to climb within 43-40 with 9 minutes to play.
    Ruff and Howard combined for all 10 points in the run. Ruff buried a trey and added another score, while Howard added two tough drives for baskets, one an impressive drive after picking off an inbound pass.
    Quinn hit a 3-ball off a Bonvie find to push the lead to eight at 48-40, but Cook found B-Rob with a perfect pass out of a double-team on the block.
    Ruff’s spinning score brought the Unit with four points at 48-44 with just under six minutes to go, but then it was ‘Quinning Time.’
    Another Quinn wing triple gave WIH a 53-46 lead with 3:50, and then the speedster hit the floor to retain possession (Bully Point!) and then scored on an offensive rebound to up the lead to 55-46 with 2:30 to play.
    After two missed Cook FTs, Quinn and Taliaferro added breakaway layups with each player finding the other for easy scores to put the game away.

    NOTES: Taliaferro, Quinn and Bonvie all celebrated their second SDL title. Nick A. and Tams were each held scoreless for the game. Only three players scored for the Unit at the break. Cook was downright dominant while Ruff and B-Rob combined for 9. Who is Heisenberg relied on a more-balanced attack with Taliaferro and Eisenberg leading the way with seven points each at halftime.
    The Unit’s shooting woes weren’t relegated to the 3-point line. Cook and Ruff combined to shoot 4-12 from the free-throw line. It was an uncharacteristic game for Ruff and Co. Cook, who averages four assists per game and is generally regarded as one of the best-passing big men in the SDL finished with just one helper.
    The Unit held a 12-9 advantage in steals. Ruff led the way with four steals and Cook added three more. Bonvie and Quinn led WIH with three steals each. Taliaferro had the game’s lone block.
    WIH out-assisted the Unit, 20-11. Kari had a team-high six helpers, while Howard led the Unit with six.
    WIH really turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, limiting the Unit to just 19 points.
    Surprisingly, WIH shot just four free throws, hitting three.
    The Unit cleaned up the offensive glass, holding a 16-3 advantage. That clearly was a factor in the Unit’s lead at the break despite their shooting 0-11 from deep.
    Tams may not have scored a basket, but early in the second half he scored a ‘Bully Point’ as he hit the deck for a steal.
    Picking an MVP for this was ridiculously hard. Quinn had an insane surge late in this one and Taliaferro immediately nominated Bonvie for his defense on Cook in the second, but I think the Taliaferro and Eisenberg deserve co-honors in this one. I really love the way Eisenberg played. He was patient and effective, especially when finding the open man, while Taliaferro had his usual solid outing. Taliaferro was the ace starter on Saturday, Eisenberg was the flame-throwing middle reliever and Quinn was the hard-throwing closer that slams the door shut. Hard to pick an MVP out of that trio.
    If you’re interested, check out the ‘Running Score’ I posted on the message boards.
    Great season, fellas. It was really a lot of fun. I’m already looking forward to next season, especially the draft.
    That’s a wrap.

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    The Unit 46  Who is Heisenberg? 59

    Another SDL season, another title for Kari; Who is Heisenberg use huge second-half run to top Unit for SDL title.

    Draft leagues are no places for dynasties, but Who is Heisenberg captain Kari Thande just may be the Phil Jackson or Greg Popovich of the SDL after winning his second SDL title in three tries. Oh, and if you didn’t know, there have been only three SDL sessions so Kari’s hand-picked squads have made the finals every season.
    The Unit held a one-point lead at the break, 27-26, but Who is Heisenberg jumped out to a ridiculous 17-4 run to go up 43-31 to start the second half and never looked back.
    It was a battle between the SDL’s top-two seeds and Who is Heisenberg proved they were the better team on this day. You have to admire the Unit guys though. They lost their second pick (Rob Burton), but really came together during the season and ended up as the No. 2 seed.
    Some keys to the game:
    -The Unit’s Mike Cook looked every bit like the SDL MVP in the first half with 18 of his team’s 27 points and 10 boards at the half. Seven of his 10 boards at the break were on the offensive end and he had four scores off offensive rebounds in the opening half. However, Cook, who finished with a game-high 20 points, scored just two points in the second and definitely appeared frustrated. That can be attributed to the defense of one Eric ‘Bomber’ Bonvie. Bonvie guarded Cook for a majority of the second half and did a great job D-ing him up and playing him in the post.
    Bonvie wasn’t the first choice to take Cook, however, as that assignment was initially assigned to Nick Altschuller. However, the ‘Novelist’ suffered a shoulder injury after a clean Ruff strip just three minutes into the game. Altschuller appeared to be in a ton of pain and after some post-game digging I found out that was indeed the shoulder he had previously injured a few seasons back. If I remember correctly, I believe that was the second time this season that Altschuller tweaked the shoulder on a Ruff strip. He didn’t return until there were just over 9 minutes left in the first half, but clearly he wasn’t 100 percent the rest of the way. Some real ‘grit and balls’ by the ‘Novelist’ to fight through it.
    Bonvie finished with just six points on two triples, but his defense was one of the highlights for Who is Heisenberg.
    -The Unit struggled mightily from deep. Despite leading at the break, they shot a dreadful 0-11 from 3-point land. They finished just 1-21 for the game with captain Damian Ruff shooting 1-14.
    -While the Unit found iron on their long-ball attempts, Who is Heisenberg had four players hit two 3-pointers each. Five of their eight triples came in the second half.
    -It was a quiet game for Unit shooting guard John Howard. He finished with just four points. Both of his buckets came on drives to the hoop and both came midway through the second half.
    Taliaferro led the way for Who is Heisenberg with an 18-11 double-double, while Brian Quinn should be nicknamed the ‘Closer’ after scoring seven of his team’s last 9 points en route to a 17-point performance. Dan Eisenberg had a solid game with a nice all-around 14-4-5 line. WIH feature something of a two-PG attack as both Eisenberg and Kari are more than comfortable running the position. It never hurts to have two floor generals out there.
    Cook finished with 14 rebounds to go with his 20 points. Ruff finished with 13 points and seven boards and Brian Robinson battled on the boards all day for the Unit with a game-high 16 rebounds to go with 9 points.
    Cook scored his team’s first seven points as the Unit held a 7-6 lead early on. He looked determined and aggressive on offense, scoring on a nice lefty scoop post move, off an entry pass via Howard and another bucket off his trademark offensive-rebound-and-score power move.
    The Unit jumped out to an 11-6 lead at the five-minute mark of the first half after a Ruff bank lay-in and a B-Rob offensive board and score, but Taliaferro and Bonvie buried back-to-back triples (both off quick Kari swing passes) for a 12-11 advantage. Kari’s jumper put WIH up 14-11, but Cook answered right back with his second offensive rebound putback of the game.
    Eisenberg buried a triple off another Kari find for a 17-15 WIH lead with seven minutes to go in the opening half, but Cook tied things with yet another offensive rebound and score with 6:30 to go.
    After Kari found a wide open Eisenberg underneath for a basket, Ruff found Cook for an old-fashioned 3-point play and a 20-19 lead with 5:30 to go in the half. The foul was Altschuller’s third in just about six minutes of play.
    The Unit ran off a quick 7-2 run that saw B-Rob find a rolling Cook for a hoop, another Cook offensive board and score and a sweet B-Rob reverse.
    Kari found Quinn on a nice look that resulted in a hoop-and-some-harm with a minute to play, but WIH saved the best for last as Taliaferro hit a baseline jumper off an Eisenberg pass as time expired to bring WIH within a point at the half.
    The Heisenberg boys kept the momentum going and started the second half on a 7-0 run behind 2-3 FTs from Taliaferro after he was fouled by B-Rob on a 3-point attempt, an Eisenberg 3-pointer off a Taliaferro outlet for a 31-27 lead, and a Quinn upfake and score in the lane after a long Bonvie outlet pass for a 33-27 lead just three minutes into the second.
    Ruff stopped the bleeding with one free throw, but WIH continued to put the pressure on while relying more on their famous speed and outlet game. Another 10-3 run gave them a 43-31 lead with 11 minutes to play. That final run looked like this:
    -Eisenberg kicked it to Taliaferro for a corner jumper for a 35-28 lead.
    -Eisenberg scored on a scoop-layup after a nice shot-fake.
    -Taliaferro buried a 3-ball off a Bonvie inbound-pass for a 40-31 lead. That ‘3’ came after a B-Rob FT and Cook spin-and-score, his only bucket of the half.
    -Kari found the ‘Bomber’ for a huge triple that gave WIH their biggest lead of the day at 43-31.
    The Unit sensed they were running out of time and responded with an impressive 9-0 run to climb within 43-40 with 9 minutes to play.
    Ruff and Howard combined for all 10 points in the run. Ruff buried a trey and added another score, while Howard added two tough drives for baskets, one an impressive drive after picking off an inbound pass.
    Quinn hit a 3-ball off a Bonvie find to push the lead to eight at 48-40, but Cook found B-Rob with a perfect pass out of a double-team on the block.
    Ruff’s spinning score brought the Unit with four points at 48-44 with just under six minutes to go, but then it was ‘Quinning Time.’
    Another Quinn wing triple gave WIH a 53-46 lead with 3:50, and then the speedster hit the floor to retain possession (Bully Point!) and then scored on an offensive rebound to up the lead to 55-46 with 2:30 to play.
    After two missed Cook FTs, Quinn and Taliaferro added breakaway layups with each player finding the other for easy scores to put the game away.

    NOTES: Taliaferro, Quinn and Bonvie all celebrated their second SDL title. Nick A. and Tams were each held scoreless for the game. Only three players scored for the Unit at the break. Cook was downright dominant while Ruff and B-Rob combined for 9. Who is Heisenberg relied on a more-balanced attack with Taliaferro and Eisenberg leading the way with seven points each at halftime.
    The Unit’s shooting woes weren’t relegated to the 3-point line. Cook and Ruff combined to shoot 4-12 from the free-throw line. It was an uncharacteristic game for Ruff and Co. Cook, who averages four assists per game and is generally regarded as one of the best-passing big men in the SDL finished with just one helper.
    The Unit held a 12-9 advantage in steals. Ruff led the way with four steals and Cook added three more. Bonvie and Quinn led WIH with three steals each. Taliaferro had the game’s lone block.
    WIH out-assisted the Unit, 20-11. Kari had a team-high six helpers, while Howard led the Unit with six.
    WIH really turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, limiting the Unit to just 19 points.
    Surprisingly, WIH shot just four free throws, hitting three.
    The Unit cleaned up the offensive glass, holding a 16-3 advantage. That clearly was a factor in the Unit’s lead at the break despite their shooting 0-11 from deep.
    Tams may not have scored a basket, but early in the second half he scored a ‘Bully Point’ as he hit the deck for a steal.
    Picking an MVP for this was ridiculously hard. Quinn had an insane surge late in this one and Taliaferro immediately nominated Bonvie for his defense on Cook in the second, but I think the Taliaferro and Eisenberg deserve co-honors in this one. I really love the way Eisenberg played. He was patient and effective, especially when finding the open man, while Taliaferro had his usual solid outing. Taliaferro was the ace starter on Saturday, Eisenberg was the flame-throwing middle reliever and Quinn was the hard-throwing closer that slams the door shut. Hard to pick an MVP out of that trio.
    If you’re interested, check out the ‘Running Score’ I posted on the message boards.
    Great season, fellas. It was really a lot of fun. I’m already looking forward to next season, especially the draft.
    That’s a wrap.

    The Unit
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Robinson97922002150% 300%
    Christian Tams010010000NA 00NA
    Damian Ruff137024006233% 1417%
    John Howard450620000NA 400%
    Mike Cook207713006233% 00NA

    Who is Heisenberg?
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Quinn1721330011100% 4250%
    Dan Eisenberg1440510000NA 6233%
    Eric Bonvie620330000NA 7229%
    Kariuki Thande430600000NA 00NA
    Matt Taliaferro1810132103267% 8225%
    Nick Altschuller031000000NA 100%

Standings Sat Draft F14 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Who is Heisenberg?6-30.667L1074.0067.44
The Unit6-30.667W1058.8957.00
Shot Through the Bart5-40.556L1160.2260.56
Seen It All5-40.556W3168.1160.00
LensCrafters5-40.556L1166.5667.67
The Good Bad and the Ugly5-40.556L3169.7867.33
Barroom Heroes4-50.444W1263.2264.67
Release the Kraken!4-50.444W1262.6763.44
Sweet Baby Rays4-50.444W3260.3366.11
Fritts & Giggles1-80.111L3544.6754.22
Points Per Game
1Ryan McAuliffe
LensCrafters
32.88
2Nick Mazzeo
Seen It All
32.44
3Tim Lens
LensCrafters
27.86
4Jon Waters
Shot Through the Bart
23.89
5Matt Fermon
The Good Bad and the Ugly
22.29
6David Bradshaw
Sweet Baby Rays
21.75
7Matt Taliaferro
Who is Heisenberg?
21.00

Player Rater
1Ryan McAuliffe
LensCrafters
71.508
2Mike Cook
The Unit
66.5010
3Andrew Ray
Sweet Baby Rays
61.937
4Matt Roberts
Release the Kraken!
61.0010
5Matt Taliaferro
Who is Heisenberg?
59.7512
6Nick Mazzeo
Seen It All
59.509
7Marc LeBlanc
Barroom Heroes
59.336
8Robert Haas
Seen It All
53.9510
9Jon Waters
Shot Through the Bart
52.949
10Marc Bartholdi
Shot Through the Bart
52.069

Rebounds Per Game
1Mike Cook
The Unit
19.60
2Andrew Ray
Sweet Baby Rays
16.14
3Marc Bartholdi
Shot Through the Bart
16.11
4Matt Roberts
Release the Kraken!
16.00
5Ryan McAuliffe
LensCrafters
15.00
6Robert Haas
Seen It All
14.50
7Matt Taliaferro
Who is Heisenberg?
11.83

3s Per Game
1Matt Fermon
The Good Bad and the Ugly
4.5730%
2Nick Mazzeo
Seen It All
4.5636%
3Ryan McAuliffe
LensCrafters
3.7537%
4Damian Ruff
The Unit
3.3630%
5Jon Waters
Shot Through the Bart
3.1131%
6Eric Bonvie
Who is Heisenberg?
2.7126%
7Harrison Lebov
Release the Kraken!
2.6735%

Assists Per Game
1Marc LeBlanc
Barroom Heroes
7.00
2Kariuki Thande
Who is Heisenberg?
6.25
3Andrew Ray
Sweet Baby Rays
5.57
3Eric Bonvie
Who is Heisenberg?
5.57
5Dan Eisenberg
Who is Heisenberg?
5.17
6Keith Leven
Shot Through the Bart
5.10
7Jamil Ball
The Good Bad and the Ugly
4.78