Spring 2014: Saturday Draft League Champs: RDaddies

    R-Daddies blow out candles on Mazzs birthday Tats season as they cruise to SDL championship
    Tats & Hickies 54 R Daddies 74

    Nick Mazzeo, of Tats & Hickies, celebrated his birthday on Saturday. That, however, would be the only thing the Offensive Player of the Year would celebrate on that day. R-Daddies, on the other hand, had a whole lot of celebrating to do as they took home the SDL championship with an impressive 74-54 victory over Tats, behind the play of their ‘Big Three.’
    R-Daddies, who came into the postseason as the No. 3 seed rallied behind the play of not only their ‘Big Three,’ but also a healthy Steve Pritchard, who proved to be too much to handle for 5th-seeded Tats  to handle in the post.
    Mazz (27 points) and Marc Bartholdi (17 points and 12 rebounds) scored 44 of Tats’ 54 points, and that was no match for the well-rounded effort of R-Daddies, who featured four players in double-figures. Tim Lens was awesome for R-Daddies with 27 points, and Andrew Ray (16 points, 12 boards) also had a nice game, but the player that really took it to the next level on both sides of the ball in this one was Ryan McAuliffe, aka ‘Lefty.’
    McAuliffe did it all, not only on offense with a nice line of 17 points, six boards and six helpers, but on defense where he was an insane hybrid of a pick-pocket guard/forward and shot-blocking big man. His defensive game was part Scottie Pippen (four swipes) and part Zo Mourning (five blocks).
    I love the way McAuliffe bought into the game-plan for R-Daddies the last month-plus. He totally revamped his game and went from a 3-point leaning volume shooter to a guard that looked to swing the ball, take it to the hole, get teammates involved and make a difference on defense. A lot of guys wondered how Ray’s message-board bombs would affect the chemistry of R-Daddies. A few guys wrote them off and thought they would implode. They did not. If anything, they got better.
    After a tough bank lay-in and foul (free throw was good) courtesy of ‘Mr. 63,’ Tats led 7-4 in the opening minutes of the game, but Ray had his eyes on Mazz’s birthday cake and after a tough reverse of his own he let loose an evil-sounding Joker-esque laugh as the ball fell through the hoop. ‘Why so serious?’
    After a Lens floater in the lane, Bart tied things at 10-10 after an offensive rebound and put-back. Lefty scored his first points of the game on a tough fade-away jumper, but Mazz drove and scored down the other end.
    After a Lens drive and score, Pritchard and Andrew Wilson (four points early), of Tats & Hickies, traded buckets. Role players going to work in a deciding game. Love those guys.
    Tats regained the lead, 16-15, on a Mazz tripled with 11:40 to play in the opening half, but Prichard scored in the post. Ray buried his lone triple of the game to give R-Daddies a 21-17 lead midway through the half, and McAuliffe added to that after a nice up-fake and score.
    Then a game of ‘Can You Top This?’
    -Mazz converted a sweet reverse to pull Tats within four at 23-19.
    -Ray featured a sweet reverse of his own when he faked he was going with his right hand under the rim, but put the brakes on, pulled it back and reversed it the other way. A ‘Dream-like shake’ from Ray. Sure, why not. All we need now is Kenny Smith going between the legs, Robert Horry burying last-second shots, Vernon Maxwell choking people and Rudy T. screaming at the top of his lungs on the sidelines.
    -Mazz found his hot-spot, the corner, and buried a triple to bring Tats & Hickies within a field goal at 25-22 with around eight minutes to play.
    -Lefty answered that with a ‘3’ of his own from the top of the key to make it 28-22.
    -Mazz nailed a straightaway triple to bring Tats back within three at 28-25.
    -Then Lens tried an old-fashioned 3-point play when he drove and scored plus some harm. He did, however, miss the free throw, but R-Daddies had a 31-25 advantage with six minutes to go in the half.
    Jirom came up with a ‘Bully Point’ after he grabbed an offensive board with a few Tats & Hickies players around him and put it back home for ‘2.’ After a Mazz lay-in, what followed next was probably one of my favorite moments of the game: McAuliffe scored a bucket in the lane for R-Daddies, but had the presence of mind enough to race back against a fast-breaking Tats team after a quick outlet to come up with a loud swat against Kari at the other end. Speaking of Kari, I love the way the dude battles on defense. He had his usual Kari-type game with his harassing defense to the tune of four steals and also a nice block on Lens in the paint in the first half. He also dished out six assists, but was quiet otherwise on offense with just four points.
    After a Bart bucket off a Kari feed, McAuliffe was at it again late in the first, coming up with timely blocks on Bart in the post and also on Fritts on a drive to the hoop.  Lens’ money jumper capped the first-half scoring for R-Daddies and led them to a 37-31 halftime advantage.
    The guys took their lead to the locker room and rumor has it they were huddled in a corner singing Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and Face-timing Piasta.
    Piasta: Hey guys, how’s it going? I’m stuck here in Minnesota. Wish I could be there to grab some offensive boards and bang some corner 3s.
    ‘Whoa! We’re halfway there!’ Lens and Co. screamed into the phone.
    Click.
    Jirom: White chocolate? Whole wheat?
    Lens: Pizza man?
    -No response. Piasta is apparently not a Bon Jovi fan.
    Old naked dude walks by: Pizza? You guys have pizza?
    OK, enough of that and back to the action.
    After a back-and-forth first half, R-Daddies really turned it on out of the gates in the second, opening the half on an insane 20-5 run behind their three-headed monster. Here is how that run took place. After some Bon Jovi at halftime, R-Daddies turned up the Jazz and put on an offensive display that would have made Pistol Pete proud:
    -Lefty threw a strike to a cutting Pritchard to open the scoring.
    -R-Daddies upped the lead to 10 after McAuliffe faked the drive and buried a step-back triple.
    -Ray threw a strike of an outlet pass to a streaking Lens for two.
    -Ray found McAuliffe for an easy two on a sick find and just like that it was 46-32 with 17 minutes to play.
    -Lens showed off his un-guardable fade-away jumper in the lane to up the lead to 16.
    -After a Mazz floater-pass (airball?) to Bart for a basket, Lens showed off a sick stop-and-go. Speaking of stop-and-go dribble drives, are there two better scorers at change-of-pace drives, speed-bursts than Lens and Mazz?
    -Ray buried a long jumper.
    -After a Kari mid-range jumper, Lens buried a 3-ball and Ray scored another bucket in the post and it was 57-36.
    Man, that happened very quickly. The shots just weren’t falling for Tats on this day. Wilson and Fritts shot 0-5 from deep and Mazz struggled a bit too. R-Daddies were relentless on offense though. They just pushed the pace and they proved to be a huge matchup problem for Tats.
    Tats appeared deflated, and after a Mazz 3-pointer cut the lead to 57-39, R-Daddies were oozing confidence from their top players all the way down to the role players. Jirom showed off a shake-and-bake crossover move that concluded with him hitting a jumper after a friendly roll and the lead was 60-39 with under 9 minutes to play.
    Tats cut the lead to 18 at 64-46 with around six minutes to go, but Pritchard bulldozed his way through Wilson in the post for two. After Kari found Wilson for a short jumper, Lens sped past the defense for two more, and after Bart and Ray traded offensive rebounds and scores for their respective teams, R-Daddies again had a 20-point lead at 68-48 with just three minutes to go.
    And just like that, R-Daddies blew out the candles on Mazz’s birthday cake and ultimately Tats & Hickies’ season.
    It started out tight with both teams trading punches and I thought we were going to have another crazy, close finish, something that the SDL was known for this past season. R-Daddies, however, had other ideas. They came out on fire in the second half to put this thing to bed. I love the way their ‘Big Three’ finished out the season. Controversy, although self-administered, couldn’t derail them. R-Daddies had an interesting mix to say the least. You have the quiet scorer, but the quickest gunslinger in the West in Time Lens, then you have the quiet leader who put stats on the backburner to focus on a common, team-goal in Ryan McAuliffe, and then you have the heart in Andrew Ray. Plus, their two role dudes came to play. Piasta would have only helped their cause, but Jirom and Pritchard were big for RD, especially the strength and size of Pritch. Whenever he had Wilson or somebody smaller on him in the post, R-Daddies took advantage and exposed the matchup. Pritchard did the rest, pounding his way inside for easy buckets.
    You know, it’s like Bob Kraft said after the Patriots won their first Super Bowl: ‘We’re all R-Daddies today!’
    NOTES:  Stephen Piasta did not get to celebrate the championship with his R-Daddies teammates, nor did he find his way into the picture that will live on forever of R-Daddies with the ‘Bully Trophy.’ Our favorite role player was in Minnesota to try to work out a deal for Kevin Love to play for his SDL team next session. His rookie bio says he’s tall, but not athletic and favors the mid-range over taking it to the hole. I can already see he’ll end up on Kari’s team. Tats shot just 4-15 from deep with Mazz going 4-10, while R-Daddies shot 4-9. Kari and Bart went to work yet again on the defensive end. Bart had five steals and Kari had four takeaways. Surprisingly, Kari had the lone block for Tats. McAuliffe was downright filthy on defense for R-Daddies. His stock rose tremendously due to that prime-time performance. The big players always come out in the big games and ‘Lefty’ was all over the place. Both teams had two players apiece in double-figures at the break. Mazz had a game-high 19 and Bart had 10 for Tats, while McAuliffe led R-Daddies with 12 and Lens added 10. The game featured an infamous Kap ‘4-second call,’ one of my favorite rules in the SDL. Kap: I don’t call 3 seconds, but I’ll call 4-seconds. Pritchard finally looked healthy after he was hampered by injuries for most of the season. The big dude not only showed his strength in the post, but he also was a force on defense, bodying Bart up in the post and cutting him off at the block on a few occasions. McAuliffe and Kari tied for a game-high six assists. Bart nearly had as many offensive rebounds (7) as the entire R-Daddies team (8). R-Daddies totaled six blocks, with McAuliffe swatting five. Tats held the advantage in steals, 11-9.
    Take a look at this box score for a second:
    -Lens and Mazz both finished with 27 points each for their respective teams.
    -Bart had 17 and 12, while Ray had 16 and 12. Seriously, it doesn’t get more even.
    -However, McAuliffe proved to be the ‘X-factor.’ He had 17 and Pritchard had 10. That’s 27 points, while the rest of the Tats roster (Kari, Wilson and Fritts) accounted for just 10 points. That’s a 17-point advantage for R-Daddies and they won by 20. It’s safe to say Tats was in dire need of another weapon, either that or they needed another miraculous offensive output from Mazz, aka ‘Mr. 63.’

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    Tats & Hickies 54  R Daddies 74

    R-Daddies blow out candles on Mazz's birthday, Tats' season as they cruise to SDL championship

    Nick Mazzeo, of Tats & Hickies, celebrated his birthday on Saturday. That, however, would be the only thing the Offensive Player of the Year would celebrate on that day. R-Daddies, on the other hand, had a whole lot of celebrating to do as they took home the SDL championship with an impressive 74-54 victory over Tats, behind the play of their ‘Big Three.’
    R-Daddies, who came into the postseason as the No. 3 seed rallied behind the play of not only their ‘Big Three,’ but also a healthy Steve Pritchard, who proved to be too much to handle for 5th-seeded Tats  to handle in the post.
    Mazz (27 points) and Marc Bartholdi (17 points and 12 rebounds) scored 44 of Tats’ 54 points, and that was no match for the well-rounded effort of R-Daddies, who featured four players in double-figures. Tim Lens was awesome for R-Daddies with 27 points, and Andrew Ray (16 points, 12 boards) also had a nice game, but the player that really took it to the next level on both sides of the ball in this one was Ryan McAuliffe, aka ‘Lefty.’
    McAuliffe did it all, not only on offense with a nice line of 17 points, six boards and six helpers, but on defense where he was an insane hybrid of a pick-pocket guard/forward and shot-blocking big man. His defensive game was part Scottie Pippen (four swipes) and part Zo Mourning (five blocks).
    I love the way McAuliffe bought into the game-plan for R-Daddies the last month-plus. He totally revamped his game and went from a 3-point leaning volume shooter to a guard that looked to swing the ball, take it to the hole, get teammates involved and make a difference on defense. A lot of guys wondered how Ray’s message-board bombs would affect the chemistry of R-Daddies. A few guys wrote them off and thought they would implode. They did not. If anything, they got better.
    After a tough bank lay-in and foul (free throw was good) courtesy of ‘Mr. 63,’ Tats led 7-4 in the opening minutes of the game, but Ray had his eyes on Mazz’s birthday cake and after a tough reverse of his own he let loose an evil-sounding Joker-esque laugh as the ball fell through the hoop. ‘Why so serious?’
    After a Lens floater in the lane, Bart tied things at 10-10 after an offensive rebound and put-back. Lefty scored his first points of the game on a tough fade-away jumper, but Mazz drove and scored down the other end.
    After a Lens drive and score, Pritchard and Andrew Wilson (four points early), of Tats & Hickies, traded buckets. Role players going to work in a deciding game. Love those guys.
    Tats regained the lead, 16-15, on a Mazz tripled with 11:40 to play in the opening half, but Prichard scored in the post. Ray buried his lone triple of the game to give R-Daddies a 21-17 lead midway through the half, and McAuliffe added to that after a nice up-fake and score.
    Then a game of ‘Can You Top This?’
    -Mazz converted a sweet reverse to pull Tats within four at 23-19.
    -Ray featured a sweet reverse of his own when he faked he was going with his right hand under the rim, but put the brakes on, pulled it back and reversed it the other way. A ‘Dream-like shake’ from Ray. Sure, why not. All we need now is Kenny Smith going between the legs, Robert Horry burying last-second shots, Vernon Maxwell choking people and Rudy T. screaming at the top of his lungs on the sidelines.
    -Mazz found his hot-spot, the corner, and buried a triple to bring Tats & Hickies within a field goal at 25-22 with around eight minutes to play.
    -Lefty answered that with a ‘3’ of his own from the top of the key to make it 28-22.
    -Mazz nailed a straightaway triple to bring Tats back within three at 28-25.
    -Then Lens tried an old-fashioned 3-point play when he drove and scored plus some harm. He did, however, miss the free throw, but R-Daddies had a 31-25 advantage with six minutes to go in the half.
    Jirom came up with a ‘Bully Point’ after he grabbed an offensive board with a few Tats & Hickies players around him and put it back home for ‘2.’ After a Mazz lay-in, what followed next was probably one of my favorite moments of the game: McAuliffe scored a bucket in the lane for R-Daddies, but had the presence of mind enough to race back against a fast-breaking Tats team after a quick outlet to come up with a loud swat against Kari at the other end. Speaking of Kari, I love the way the dude battles on defense. He had his usual Kari-type game with his harassing defense to the tune of four steals and also a nice block on Lens in the paint in the first half. He also dished out six assists, but was quiet otherwise on offense with just four points.
    After a Bart bucket off a Kari feed, McAuliffe was at it again late in the first, coming up with timely blocks on Bart in the post and also on Fritts on a drive to the hoop.  Lens’ money jumper capped the first-half scoring for R-Daddies and led them to a 37-31 halftime advantage.
    The guys took their lead to the locker room and rumor has it they were huddled in a corner singing Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ and Face-timing Piasta.
    Piasta: Hey guys, how’s it going? I’m stuck here in Minnesota. Wish I could be there to grab some offensive boards and bang some corner 3s.
    ‘Whoa! We’re halfway there!’ Lens and Co. screamed into the phone.
    Click.
    Jirom: White chocolate? Whole wheat?
    Lens: Pizza man?
    -No response. Piasta is apparently not a Bon Jovi fan.
    Old naked dude walks by: Pizza? You guys have pizza?
    OK, enough of that and back to the action.
    After a back-and-forth first half, R-Daddies really turned it on out of the gates in the second, opening the half on an insane 20-5 run behind their three-headed monster. Here is how that run took place. After some Bon Jovi at halftime, R-Daddies turned up the Jazz and put on an offensive display that would have made Pistol Pete proud:
    -Lefty threw a strike to a cutting Pritchard to open the scoring.
    -R-Daddies upped the lead to 10 after McAuliffe faked the drive and buried a step-back triple.
    -Ray threw a strike of an outlet pass to a streaking Lens for two.
    -Ray found McAuliffe for an easy two on a sick find and just like that it was 46-32 with 17 minutes to play.
    -Lens showed off his un-guardable fade-away jumper in the lane to up the lead to 16.
    -After a Mazz floater-pass (airball?) to Bart for a basket, Lens showed off a sick stop-and-go. Speaking of stop-and-go dribble drives, are there two better scorers at change-of-pace drives, speed-bursts than Lens and Mazz?
    -Ray buried a long jumper.
    -After a Kari mid-range jumper, Lens buried a 3-ball and Ray scored another bucket in the post and it was 57-36.
    Man, that happened very quickly. The shots just weren’t falling for Tats on this day. Wilson and Fritts shot 0-5 from deep and Mazz struggled a bit too. R-Daddies were relentless on offense though. They just pushed the pace and they proved to be a huge matchup problem for Tats.
    Tats appeared deflated, and after a Mazz 3-pointer cut the lead to 57-39, R-Daddies were oozing confidence from their top players all the way down to the role players. Jirom showed off a shake-and-bake crossover move that concluded with him hitting a jumper after a friendly roll and the lead was 60-39 with under 9 minutes to play.
    Tats cut the lead to 18 at 64-46 with around six minutes to go, but Pritchard bulldozed his way through Wilson in the post for two. After Kari found Wilson for a short jumper, Lens sped past the defense for two more, and after Bart and Ray traded offensive rebounds and scores for their respective teams, R-Daddies again had a 20-point lead at 68-48 with just three minutes to go.
    And just like that, R-Daddies blew out the candles on Mazz’s birthday cake and ultimately Tats & Hickies’ season.
    It started out tight with both teams trading punches and I thought we were going to have another crazy, close finish, something that the SDL was known for this past season. R-Daddies, however, had other ideas. They came out on fire in the second half to put this thing to bed. I love the way their ‘Big Three’ finished out the season. Controversy, although self-administered, couldn’t derail them. R-Daddies had an interesting mix to say the least. You have the quiet scorer, but the quickest gunslinger in the West in Time Lens, then you have the quiet leader who put stats on the backburner to focus on a common, team-goal in Ryan McAuliffe, and then you have the heart in Andrew Ray. Plus, their two role dudes came to play. Piasta would have only helped their cause, but Jirom and Pritchard were big for RD, especially the strength and size of Pritch. Whenever he had Wilson or somebody smaller on him in the post, R-Daddies took advantage and exposed the matchup. Pritchard did the rest, pounding his way inside for easy buckets.
    You know, it’s like Bob Kraft said after the Patriots won their first Super Bowl: ‘We’re all R-Daddies today!’
    NOTES:  Stephen Piasta did not get to celebrate the championship with his R-Daddies teammates, nor did he find his way into the picture that will live on forever of R-Daddies with the ‘Bully Trophy.’ Our favorite role player was in Minnesota to try to work out a deal for Kevin Love to play for his SDL team next session. His rookie bio says he’s tall, but not athletic and favors the mid-range over taking it to the hole. I can already see he’ll end up on Kari’s team. Tats shot just 4-15 from deep with Mazz going 4-10, while R-Daddies shot 4-9. Kari and Bart went to work yet again on the defensive end. Bart had five steals and Kari had four takeaways. Surprisingly, Kari had the lone block for Tats. McAuliffe was downright filthy on defense for R-Daddies. His stock rose tremendously due to that prime-time performance. The big players always come out in the big games and ‘Lefty’ was all over the place. Both teams had two players apiece in double-figures at the break. Mazz had a game-high 19 and Bart had 10 for Tats, while McAuliffe led R-Daddies with 12 and Lens added 10. The game featured an infamous Kap ‘4-second call,’ one of my favorite rules in the SDL. Kap: I don’t call 3 seconds, but I’ll call 4-seconds. Pritchard finally looked healthy after he was hampered by injuries for most of the season. The big dude not only showed his strength in the post, but he also was a force on defense, bodying Bart up in the post and cutting him off at the block on a few occasions. McAuliffe and Kari tied for a game-high six assists. Bart nearly had as many offensive rebounds (7) as the entire R-Daddies team (8). R-Daddies totaled six blocks, with McAuliffe swatting five. Tats held the advantage in steals, 11-9.
    Take a look at this box score for a second:
    -Lens and Mazz both finished with 27 points each for their respective teams.
    -Bart had 17 and 12, while Ray had 16 and 12. Seriously, it doesn’t get more even.
    -However, McAuliffe proved to be the ‘X-factor.’ He had 17 and Pritchard had 10. That’s 27 points, while the rest of the Tats roster (Kari, Wilson and Fritts) accounted for just 10 points. That’s a 17-point advantage for R-Daddies and they won by 20. It’s safe to say Tats was in dire need of another weapon, either that or they needed another miraculous offensive output from Mazz, aka ‘Mr. 63.’

    Tats & Hickies
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Wilson620100000NA 300%
    Bryan Fritts020100000NA 200%
    Kariuki Thande411641000NA 00NA
    Marc Bartholdi176625004375% 00NA
    Nick Mazzeo275142007571% 10440%

    R Daddies
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Ray168442104125% 3133%
    Jirom Yibrah412000000NA 100%
    Ryan McAuliffe176064505360% 3267%
    Steven Pritchard1070010022100% 00NA
    Tim Lens272232005480% 2150%

Standings Sat Draft S14 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Drive In Pull Out8-20.800W1064.0057.10
Lam Bam Thank You Ma’am7-20.778L10.576.2269.78
R Daddies6-30.667W11.574.8970.00
WaterBoarders5-40.556W12.562.0058.56
Tats & Hickies5-40.556W32.568.3360.78
Lemonade4-50.444L13.560.1159.44
Stiviano's Dignity2-70.222L35.551.2265.67
Rains of CACtamere2-70.222W15.562.1171.67
Scalabrine's Fettucini2-70.222L15.563.3370.00
Points Per Game
1Nick Mazzeo
Tats & Hickies
35.60
2Jon Waters
WaterBoarders
27.33
3Matt Fermon
Rains of CACtamere
26.60
4Jeff Moccia
Lam Bam Thank You Ma’am
25.89
5Mike Sydorko
Lemonade
25.38
6Ryan McAuliffe
R Daddies
25.08
7Robert Haas
Scalabrine's Fettucini
23.20

Player Rater
1Jeff Moccia
Lam Bam Thank You Ma’am
66.899
2Nick Mazzeo
Tats & Hickies
65.1510
3Ryan McAuliffe
R Daddies
64.0012
4Marc Bartholdi
Tats & Hickies
63.5911
5Robert Haas
Scalabrine's Fettucini
62.7010
6Mike Sydorko
Lemonade
59.008
7Matt Fermon
Rains of CACtamere
58.1510
8Mike Cook
WaterBoarders
55.229
9Jon Waters
WaterBoarders
54.569
10Andrew Ray
R Daddies
54.4010

Rebounds Per Game
1Jeff Moccia
Lam Bam Thank You Ma’am
20.22
2Robert Haas
Scalabrine's Fettucini
19.00
3Marc Bartholdi
Tats & Hickies
16.64
4Mike Cook
WaterBoarders
15.33
5Andrew Ray
R Daddies
14.20
6Bob Ruggeiro
Drive In Pull Out
13.82
7Mike Sydorko
Lemonade
11.75

3s Per Game
1Nick Mazzeo
Tats & Hickies
6.1042%
2Matt Fermon
Rains of CACtamere
6.0029%
3Damian Ruff
Lemonade
4.5635%
4Jon Waters
WaterBoarders
3.2233%
5Robert Burton
Stiviano's Dignity
3.0028%
6Mike Sydorko
Lemonade
2.7540%
7Patrick Lam
Lam Bam Thank You Ma’am
2.3631%

Assists Per Game
1Kariuki Thande
Tats & Hickies
6.75
2Greg Waldman
Lam Bam Thank You Ma’am
6.71
3Robert Burton
Stiviano's Dignity
5.56
4Nick Mazzeo
Tats & Hickies
5.50
5Damian Ruff
Lemonade
4.89
6Nate Mendes
Drive In Pull Out
4.67
6Jon Waters
WaterBoarders
4.67