Fall 2017: Saturday Draft League Champs: Guns & Rosies

    Crown their ass
    Only Built 4 CAC 54 Guns & Rosies 70

    We were looking at a possible Denver Nuggets vs. Sonics upset in the SDL title game as the first and last seeds squared off for the Holy Grail of CAC trophies –although the Bully Trophy was lost somewhere at Bully Headquarters - but this season belonged to MVP Eric Rosiello (spoiler alert) and the top-seeded Guns & Rosies, who held off a pesky Only Built 4 CAC squad, 70-54, to earn a place in SDL immortality.

    Only Built 4 CAC enjoyed an impressive giant-killing run this postseason with two upsets (one major) as the final seed, but they ran out of stones against the ultimate Goliath in Guns & Rosies, who had a stranglehold on the top seed seemingly all season long with just two losses, including a stumble out of the gates in Week 1.

    It was an inspiring run for Ruff’s rookie-heavy squad, which featured four SDL freshmen. Guns & Rosies - on the other hand featured a mix of CAC vets and rooks - and captured hardware without rookie Aaron Myran, who went MIA after being labeled the ‘Bill Laimbeer’ of the SDL after an early season dustup with the Bully. Hey, Frongi, make sure that dude gets his championship sweats.

    Rosiello took home Finals MVP honors thanks to a 26-13-7 line.

    Former SDL mainstay Kap graced us with his whistle on Saturday and we actually had a working scoreboard for the first time in two months.

    Now on to the action...

    GNR rolled out a zone to combat the slash/post attack of Dave Pendergast (team-high 16 points to go with 11 boards) and Zach Simpson (12 points, 16 boards), but OB4C were feasting early on, building a 9-2 lead just 3:20 into the contest thanks to a Ruff (14 points) trey, back-to-back scores from DP (kiss-drive and a spin and pull-up) and a Zach put-back of his own miss.

    Andy McQuilkin, who has enjoyed his best stretch of SDL basketball over the past two weeks, had both of GNR’s hoops (spin on the block and bucket and a jumper) in the first four minutes. He finished with an impressive 22-15-5 line to go with 3-4 from deep. I don’t know if he’s changed his pre-game routine this season or what, but I need some of that.

    GNR were 0-5 from beyond the arc, while OB4C were getting out and running. Chase (trademark Smart line of 6-8-8) found a streaking Zach for consecutive hoops (the second which came after a DP deflection down the other end) to keep the OB4C lead at seven, 13-6 six minutes in.

    Zach was an especially tough matchup for GNR as he hauled in seven boards over the first eight minutes of action.

    McQuilkin was known as a guy who chips in with a bucket here and there and slices through the D for an occasional score, but his game has evolved (dare I say stretch 4?) with his newfound range. He was 3-4 from deep in the title game and his first hit from beyond the arc cut the deficit to 13-11 with 11:10 left to go in the first.

    GNR rook Tom Peteet checked in and immediately injected some energy into his squad, pulling down two quick rebounds and slicing through the wall of defense for a nice scoop-score a minute later.

    Rosiello, who had four points at the midway point of the first, (baseline jumper/17-footer) finally knotted things up for GNR at 15-15 with an unblockable turnaround fade-away in the lane with 9:20 to go in the opening frame. He was just getting going.

    After a Mike Etheridge floater regained the lead and Chase chipped in with a floater for OB4C, Rosiello dialed long distance on back-to-back possessions from seemingly the same spot to give GNR their first lead of the contest at 21-19 with 5:30 to go in the first.

    The triples kickstarted an 11-0 run that also featured a Frongi 3-ball, which came off a McQuilkin kick out of a double. GNR led 26-19 after the dust settled from the run and would never trail again.

    DP stopped the bleeding and the nearly four-minute drought for OB4C with a long J  with 3:15 to go in the first, but came up after landing on a shoe (Anybody see Bruce Bowen?). He seemed OK after walking it off though. Ah, it’s good to be young.

    McQuilkin came right back for GNR with an acrobatic put-back while falling to the floor for the old-fashioned 3-point play to make it 29-21.

    DP was feeling just fine and added a smooth spin and score and then a put-back of his own, but Rosiello and McQuilkin canned triples, the last one coming with 55 ticks left in the first to put GNR up 35-25, their biggest lead of the day up until that point.

    Ruff ended the first with a post score and 1-2 from the stripe with 3.5 left to cut the deficit to seven, 35-28, at the break. The duo of Rosiello (15) and McQuilkin (13) equaled OB4C’s first-half output.

    The teams traded punches over the first few minutes of the second:

    -Rosiello to a rolling McQuilkin.

    -Zach in the post a la Zach Randolph.

    -McQuilkin with a sick ‘Statue of Liberty’ reverse? WHAT.

    -Ruff with a 3-ball after an offensive board and find via Chase and the GNR lead was 39-33.

    -Rosiello push and pull.

    -Zach’s still eating in the post.

    OB4C were down 41-35 with about five minutes gone in the second, but GNR opened it up a bit and pushed the lead to 48-37 thanks to a Rosiello spin and southpaw finish, a Steve Gilbert jumper (his first points of the day), a Rosiello drive after a McQuilkin steal down the other end and then a McQuilkin wide-open catapult triple a la Amir Johnson.

    OB4C once again looked to DP to stop the bleeding and his chase-down of a long offensive board and floater cut the deficit to 48-39.

    GNR were firing away from beyond the arc on this day though and Frongi (thanks to a friendly roll) and Rosiello both drilled 3-balls to push the lead to 54-41 just over the midway point of the second.

    Speaking of firing away, GNR hit 11-27 from deep, while OB4C shot just 3-16. The iron was freezing cold from the stripe for OB4C too, where they hit just 3-13.

    Gilbert swished the first of his two daggers treys on the day, but Ruff answered with one of his own to cut it to single digits at 57-48 with six to play. There was still time.

    Chase fought like Hell for an offensive board and score on his team’s next possession, but Rosiello nailed a long 2 and then Gilbert added Dagger 2.0 with a straightaway triple to push the GNR advantage to 62-50 with 3:30 to play.

    Etheridge added a late reverse with 1:30 to play to cut it to seven, but GNR –as they have done the last few weeks- did their best Steve Nash from the stripe in crunch time as they went 4-4 to put this one away.

    Congrats to GNR on the title and OB4C for their impressive run. Thanks to everybody for reading. Let’s do it again in a couple of weeks. I’d also like to thank AO for co-coverage duties this session. Hopefully we can resurrect the Hoops & Hangovers podcast next session. Damn, this was a long-ass writeup.

    -Bully

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    Only Built 4 CAC 54  Guns & Rosies 70

    Crown their ass

    We were looking at a possible Denver Nuggets vs. Sonics upset in the SDL title game as the first and last seeds squared off for the Holy Grail of CAC trophies –although the Bully Trophy was lost somewhere at Bully Headquarters - but this season belonged to MVP Eric Rosiello (spoiler alert) and the top-seeded Guns & Rosies, who held off a pesky Only Built 4 CAC squad, 70-54, to earn a place in SDL immortality.

    Only Built 4 CAC enjoyed an impressive giant-killing run this postseason with two upsets (one major) as the final seed, but they ran out of stones against the ultimate Goliath in Guns & Rosies, who had a stranglehold on the top seed seemingly all season long with just two losses, including a stumble out of the gates in Week 1.

    It was an inspiring run for Ruff’s rookie-heavy squad, which featured four SDL freshmen. Guns & Rosies - on the other hand featured a mix of CAC vets and rooks - and captured hardware without rookie Aaron Myran, who went MIA after being labeled the ‘Bill Laimbeer’ of the SDL after an early season dustup with the Bully. Hey, Frongi, make sure that dude gets his championship sweats.

    Rosiello took home Finals MVP honors thanks to a 26-13-7 line.

    Former SDL mainstay Kap graced us with his whistle on Saturday and we actually had a working scoreboard for the first time in two months.

    Now on to the action...

    GNR rolled out a zone to combat the slash/post attack of Dave Pendergast (team-high 16 points to go with 11 boards) and Zach Simpson (12 points, 16 boards), but OB4C were feasting early on, building a 9-2 lead just 3:20 into the contest thanks to a Ruff (14 points) trey, back-to-back scores from DP (kiss-drive and a spin and pull-up) and a Zach put-back of his own miss.

    Andy McQuilkin, who has enjoyed his best stretch of SDL basketball over the past two weeks, had both of GNR’s hoops (spin on the block and bucket and a jumper) in the first four minutes. He finished with an impressive 22-15-5 line to go with 3-4 from deep. I don’t know if he’s changed his pre-game routine this season or what, but I need some of that.

    GNR were 0-5 from beyond the arc, while OB4C were getting out and running. Chase (trademark Smart line of 6-8-8) found a streaking Zach for consecutive hoops (the second which came after a DP deflection down the other end) to keep the OB4C lead at seven, 13-6 six minutes in.

    Zach was an especially tough matchup for GNR as he hauled in seven boards over the first eight minutes of action.

    McQuilkin was known as a guy who chips in with a bucket here and there and slices through the D for an occasional score, but his game has evolved (dare I say stretch 4?) with his newfound range. He was 3-4 from deep in the title game and his first hit from beyond the arc cut the deficit to 13-11 with 11:10 left to go in the first.

    GNR rook Tom Peteet checked in and immediately injected some energy into his squad, pulling down two quick rebounds and slicing through the wall of defense for a nice scoop-score a minute later.

    Rosiello, who had four points at the midway point of the first, (baseline jumper/17-footer) finally knotted things up for GNR at 15-15 with an unblockable turnaround fade-away in the lane with 9:20 to go in the opening frame. He was just getting going.

    After a Mike Etheridge floater regained the lead and Chase chipped in with a floater for OB4C, Rosiello dialed long distance on back-to-back possessions from seemingly the same spot to give GNR their first lead of the contest at 21-19 with 5:30 to go in the first.

    The triples kickstarted an 11-0 run that also featured a Frongi 3-ball, which came off a McQuilkin kick out of a double. GNR led 26-19 after the dust settled from the run and would never trail again.

    DP stopped the bleeding and the nearly four-minute drought for OB4C with a long J  with 3:15 to go in the first, but came up after landing on a shoe (Anybody see Bruce Bowen?). He seemed OK after walking it off though. Ah, it’s good to be young.

    McQuilkin came right back for GNR with an acrobatic put-back while falling to the floor for the old-fashioned 3-point play to make it 29-21.

    DP was feeling just fine and added a smooth spin and score and then a put-back of his own, but Rosiello and McQuilkin canned triples, the last one coming with 55 ticks left in the first to put GNR up 35-25, their biggest lead of the day up until that point.

    Ruff ended the first with a post score and 1-2 from the stripe with 3.5 left to cut the deficit to seven, 35-28, at the break. The duo of Rosiello (15) and McQuilkin (13) equaled OB4C’s first-half output.

    The teams traded punches over the first few minutes of the second:

    -Rosiello to a rolling McQuilkin.

    -Zach in the post a la Zach Randolph.

    -McQuilkin with a sick ‘Statue of Liberty’ reverse? WHAT.

    -Ruff with a 3-ball after an offensive board and find via Chase and the GNR lead was 39-33.

    -Rosiello push and pull.

    -Zach’s still eating in the post.

    OB4C were down 41-35 with about five minutes gone in the second, but GNR opened it up a bit and pushed the lead to 48-37 thanks to a Rosiello spin and southpaw finish, a Steve Gilbert jumper (his first points of the day), a Rosiello drive after a McQuilkin steal down the other end and then a McQuilkin wide-open catapult triple a la Amir Johnson.

    OB4C once again looked to DP to stop the bleeding and his chase-down of a long offensive board and floater cut the deficit to 48-39.

    GNR were firing away from beyond the arc on this day though and Frongi (thanks to a friendly roll) and Rosiello both drilled 3-balls to push the lead to 54-41 just over the midway point of the second.

    Speaking of firing away, GNR hit 11-27 from deep, while OB4C shot just 3-16. The iron was freezing cold from the stripe for OB4C too, where they hit just 3-13.

    Gilbert swished the first of his two daggers treys on the day, but Ruff answered with one of his own to cut it to single digits at 57-48 with six to play. There was still time.

    Chase fought like Hell for an offensive board and score on his team’s next possession, but Rosiello nailed a long 2 and then Gilbert added Dagger 2.0 with a straightaway triple to push the GNR advantage to 62-50 with 3:30 to play.

    Etheridge added a late reverse with 1:30 to play to cut it to seven, but GNR –as they have done the last few weeks- did their best Steve Nash from the stripe in crunch time as they went 4-4 to put this one away.

    Congrats to GNR on the title and OB4C for their impressive run. Thanks to everybody for reading. Let’s do it again in a couple of weeks. I’d also like to thank AO for co-coverage duties this session. Hopefully we can resurrect the Hoops & Hangovers podcast next session. Damn, this was a long-ass writeup.

    -Bully

    Only Built 4 CAC
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chase Lessard6178110100% 100%
    Damian Ruff144121006350% 10330%
    David Pendergast16831100200% 400%
    Edgar Borerro020000000NA 00NA
    Mike Etheridge636110000NA 100%
    Zach Simpson12882100400% 00NA

    Guns & Rosies
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andy Mcquilkin22123511011100% 4375%
    Eric Rosiello2612170004250% 11436%
    Nick Frongillo1241300022100% 6233%
    Steven Gilbert821410000NA 6233%
    Thomas Peteet240000000NA 00NA

Standings SDL F17 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Guns & Rosies7-20.778L1069.3363.67
You Got Meserved6-30.667W1161.2259.00
The Boston Mazzacre5-40.556W1268.5062.44
B2B or Bust A Nut3-60.333L1461.0063.33
BallFonderlerz3-60.333L1466.0066.33
Only Built 4 CAC3-60.333W1450.8961.38
Points Per Game
1Nick Mazzeo
The Boston Mazzacre
33.67
2Eric Rosiello
Guns & Rosies
25.33
3Zak Tseytlin
B2B or Bust A Nut
24.25
4Robert Haas
BallFonderlerz
23.80
5Christian Hopp
BallFonderlerz
20.20
6Seun Tayo
B2B or Bust A Nut
17.36
7Mike Sydorko
You Got Meserved
16.89

Player Rater
1Zak Tseytlin
B2B or Bust A Nut
83.638
2Nick Mazzeo
The Boston Mazzacre
68.399
3Robert Haas
BallFonderlerz
66.9510
4Eric Rosiello
Guns & Rosies
62.399
5Mike Sydorko
You Got Meserved
51.569
6Christian Hopp
BallFonderlerz
48.1010
7Jeff Arinella
The Boston Mazzacre
45.647
8Seun Tayo
B2B or Bust A Nut
44.3211
9Andy Mcquilkin
Guns & Rosies
44.0010
10Chase Lessard
Only Built 4 CAC
41.6411

Rebounds Per Game
1Robert Haas
BallFonderlerz
20.10
2Zak Tseytlin
B2B or Bust A Nut
18.75
3Mike Sydorko
You Got Meserved
12.89
4Steve Rakusin
You Got Meserved
12.20
5Eric Rosiello
Guns & Rosies
11.67
6Mike Etheridge
Only Built 4 CAC
11.50
7Andy Mcquilkin
Guns & Rosies
11.20

3s Per Game
1Nick Mazzeo
The Boston Mazzacre
5.0039%
2Zak Tseytlin
B2B or Bust A Nut
3.3837%
3Christian Hopp
BallFonderlerz
2.9034%
4Damian Ruff
Only Built 4 CAC
2.4530%
5Jeremy Fathy
The Boston Mazzacre
2.4437%
6Robert Haas
BallFonderlerz
2.4037%
7Steven Gilbert
Guns & Rosies
2.2736%

Assists Per Game
1Zak Tseytlin
B2B or Bust A Nut
9.00
2Nick Mazzeo
The Boston Mazzacre
7.33
3Chase Lessard
Only Built 4 CAC
6.00
4Eric Rosiello
Guns & Rosies
5.78
5Christian Hopp
BallFonderlerz
5.30
6Jeff Arinella
The Boston Mazzacre
4.71
7Matt Meservey
You Got Meserved
4.63