Spring 2016: Saturday Draft League Champs: Return of the Dojo

    Return of the Dojo capture SDL crown
    Return of the Dojo 57 Bust a Kap 48

    We knew the title matchup between Return of the Dojo and Bust a Kap would be quite the slugfest, but it was Dojo that emerged victorious, leaving Bust a Kap bloodied and on the runner-up mat with a 57-48 win to take home the SDL S16 title.

    The first half of this one would have fit perfectly in the 90s NBA (Heat and Knicks anybody?) as Return of the Dojo held a 21-19 lead at the break.

    The Bust a Kap offense really struggled late in the first as they scored just six points over the final 10 minutes of the first. Surprisingly, before their drought, Bust a Kap held a 13-8 advantage thanks to a long Kap 3-ball at the midway point of the first.

    Matt Roberts took home MVP honors thanks to his 21-point, 13-rebound performance, which featured 13 second-half points, including 7-7 from the line to ice it over the final 1:05.

    He wasn’t alone for Dojo though.

    Eric Haudel, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored six points and added a sweet behind the back dish to a cutting Evan Kodra during a crucial 13-1 Dojo run that saw them erase a 25-23 Bust a Kap advantage and go up 36-26 with 12:40 to play. Crucial indeed as they would never look back.

    Tobi Adebanjo continued his hot shooting from beyond the arc and scored a game-high 11 at the break on 3-5 from deep. Sure one triple was a backboard-shattering banker to put Dojo up 21-13 with about three minutes in the first, but the box score doesn’t reflect that. Tobi had an unbelievable game on the defensive end too as he finished with four swats and two swipes.

    Evan Kodra scored eight of his 10 points in the second half and hauled in 12 rebounds, all the while playing some stifling defense, especially early on where he took to harassing Kap at the 3-point line.

    And then there was an injured Waldo, who was rooting his teammates on from the sideline and even called a random timeout in the first just to feel like he was part of the action. JJ got a nice sweat going.

    This was a weird one for Bust a Kap. They never seemed to click on offense. Kap scored six of his 15 in the second half, but finished with an un-Kap-like one assist for the day. He also found the iron to be somewhat unkind from deep as he hit just 3-13 from deep. Dave Cox, who finished with a team-high 16, did his usual battle on the boards (15 boards), but had just four points at the break. Keith Leven was pretty solid, while chipping in with 12 points and a team-high four dimes.

    We may have seen the last of Haudel, who is en route to D.C. as of my writing this, but he will live on forever in the form of SDL S16 sweatpants and after a championship banner is put up on the Wall at CAC. Oh wait, scrap that second part. Hey, there’s always the sweatpants though.

    Kap (high bounce and in) and Tobi (off a Kodra offensive board and kick) traded 3-balls early in the first, but Tobi one-upped him and drained another for an 8-7 Dojo advantage nearly six minutes in.

    Kap’s second bomb of the first pushed the lead to 13-8 at the exactly the midway point of the first, but then Roberts took over and singlehandedly highlighted an 8-0 run.

    -Post-spin.

    -Dish to a cutting Kodra for the hoop.

    -Then a David West midranger off a Haudel inbound.

    -Mix in a tough drive for the Minotaur and just like that it was 16-13 with five and change to play in the first.

    Some notes at this point: Cox had just one FG (15-footer), but he was doing work on the boards with 9 rebounds. Roberts had 8-6. Nick Altschuller had a game-high three dimes. No lie.

    A Cox jumper would cut the Dojo lead to 21-19 with 1:20 left in the half.

    Roberts continued his dominance down low with a Big Al post-score to open the second, but Altschuller, now officially ‘the Novelist,’ dialed long distance after Cox’s 1-2 from the line to knot things up at 23-23.

    From Steven Adams to Steve Novak, I guess.

    Cox snuck in for an offensive rebound between two defenders and put it home to give Bust a Kap a 25-23 lead, but Haudel decided it was time to do some swishing and dishing as he capped a game-changing 13-1 run with a stop-on-a-dime pull-up J (his first FG), a behind the back dish to Kodra for the contact-score (And-1?), an offensive board and score, and another dish, this one a perfectly placed Stockton bullet to Roberts (his Malone) for the score.

    Haudel just happened.

    Kap found nylon on a trey to cut the Dojo lead to 38-33 with six to play, but Dojo decided to expose a mismatch as Tobi posted up Mike Rousselle to the tune of a post-score and 1-2 from the line for a 42-35 lead with 2:45 to play.

    Tobi came up with an even bigger play down the other end as he came up with a block on Cox from behind.

    Two more Tobi freebies pushed the lead to 47-39 with just over a minute to play, and despite late triples from Cox and Leven, Dojo hit 10-10 from the stripe to seal the victory.

    Congrats to Return of the Dojo on the title. Nice way for Haudel to go out.

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    Return of the Dojo 57  Bust a Kap 48

    Return of the Dojo capture SDL crown

    We knew the title matchup between Return of the Dojo and Bust a Kap would be quite the slugfest, but it was Dojo that emerged victorious, leaving Bust a Kap bloodied and on the runner-up mat with a 57-48 win to take home the SDL S16 title.

    The first half of this one would have fit perfectly in the 90s NBA (Heat and Knicks anybody?) as Return of the Dojo held a 21-19 lead at the break.

    The Bust a Kap offense really struggled late in the first as they scored just six points over the final 10 minutes of the first. Surprisingly, before their drought, Bust a Kap held a 13-8 advantage thanks to a long Kap 3-ball at the midway point of the first.

    Matt Roberts took home MVP honors thanks to his 21-point, 13-rebound performance, which featured 13 second-half points, including 7-7 from the line to ice it over the final 1:05.

    He wasn’t alone for Dojo though.

    Eric Haudel, who was held scoreless in the first half, scored six points and added a sweet behind the back dish to a cutting Evan Kodra during a crucial 13-1 Dojo run that saw them erase a 25-23 Bust a Kap advantage and go up 36-26 with 12:40 to play. Crucial indeed as they would never look back.

    Tobi Adebanjo continued his hot shooting from beyond the arc and scored a game-high 11 at the break on 3-5 from deep. Sure one triple was a backboard-shattering banker to put Dojo up 21-13 with about three minutes in the first, but the box score doesn’t reflect that. Tobi had an unbelievable game on the defensive end too as he finished with four swats and two swipes.

    Evan Kodra scored eight of his 10 points in the second half and hauled in 12 rebounds, all the while playing some stifling defense, especially early on where he took to harassing Kap at the 3-point line.

    And then there was an injured Waldo, who was rooting his teammates on from the sideline and even called a random timeout in the first just to feel like he was part of the action. JJ got a nice sweat going.

    This was a weird one for Bust a Kap. They never seemed to click on offense. Kap scored six of his 15 in the second half, but finished with an un-Kap-like one assist for the day. He also found the iron to be somewhat unkind from deep as he hit just 3-13 from deep. Dave Cox, who finished with a team-high 16, did his usual battle on the boards (15 boards), but had just four points at the break. Keith Leven was pretty solid, while chipping in with 12 points and a team-high four dimes.

    We may have seen the last of Haudel, who is en route to D.C. as of my writing this, but he will live on forever in the form of SDL S16 sweatpants and after a championship banner is put up on the Wall at CAC. Oh wait, scrap that second part. Hey, there’s always the sweatpants though.

    Kap (high bounce and in) and Tobi (off a Kodra offensive board and kick) traded 3-balls early in the first, but Tobi one-upped him and drained another for an 8-7 Dojo advantage nearly six minutes in.

    Kap’s second bomb of the first pushed the lead to 13-8 at the exactly the midway point of the first, but then Roberts took over and singlehandedly highlighted an 8-0 run.

    -Post-spin.

    -Dish to a cutting Kodra for the hoop.

    -Then a David West midranger off a Haudel inbound.

    -Mix in a tough drive for the Minotaur and just like that it was 16-13 with five and change to play in the first.

    Some notes at this point: Cox had just one FG (15-footer), but he was doing work on the boards with 9 rebounds. Roberts had 8-6. Nick Altschuller had a game-high three dimes. No lie.

    A Cox jumper would cut the Dojo lead to 21-19 with 1:20 left in the half.

    Roberts continued his dominance down low with a Big Al post-score to open the second, but Altschuller, now officially ‘the Novelist,’ dialed long distance after Cox’s 1-2 from the line to knot things up at 23-23.

    From Steven Adams to Steve Novak, I guess.

    Cox snuck in for an offensive rebound between two defenders and put it home to give Bust a Kap a 25-23 lead, but Haudel decided it was time to do some swishing and dishing as he capped a game-changing 13-1 run with a stop-on-a-dime pull-up J (his first FG), a behind the back dish to Kodra for the contact-score (And-1?), an offensive board and score, and another dish, this one a perfectly placed Stockton bullet to Roberts (his Malone) for the score.

    Haudel just happened.

    Kap found nylon on a trey to cut the Dojo lead to 38-33 with six to play, but Dojo decided to expose a mismatch as Tobi posted up Mike Rousselle to the tune of a post-score and 1-2 from the line for a 42-35 lead with 2:45 to play.

    Tobi came up with an even bigger play down the other end as he came up with a block on Cox from behind.

    Two more Tobi freebies pushed the lead to 47-39 with just over a minute to play, and despite late triples from Cox and Leven, Dojo hit 10-10 from the stripe to seal the victory.

    Congrats to Return of the Dojo on the title. Nice way for Haudel to go out.

    Return of the Dojo
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Eric Haudel841610000NA 100%
    Evan Kodra109320104250% 00NA
    John Johnson011100100NA 100%
    Matt Roberts21121310077100% 00NA
    Tobi Adebanjo187032406583% 6350%

    Bust a Kap
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    David Cox169633006350% 2150%
    Keith Leven1230440033100% 4125%
    Matt Kaplan156110007457% 13323%
    Mike Rousselle222200000NA 00NA

Standings Sat Draft S16 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Nightmare on First Street7-20.778W3053.3339.22
Curry Up!7-20.778L1069.7860.44
Put Some Respek On Our Names7-20.778W4073.8970.78
He Haas Game5-40.556L1268.2262.67
Return of the Dojo5-40.556W1245.6749.78
Abdellas Insurance5-50.500W32.566.8067.40
Bust a Kap4-50.444L1356.5654.67
Anything is Possible3-60.333W1459.0062.89
Team Banana Boat3-60.333L4463.4472.78
Still Slick when Wet2-70.222L2563.6767.22
Purple Cobras2-70.222L6547.5660.00
Points Per Game
1Matt Medeiros
Curry Up!
43.43
2Zak Tseytlin
Still Slick when Wet
31.00
3Chip Julien
Put Some Respek On Our Names
28.44
4Casey Tenney
Put Some Respek On Our Names
28.38
5Nick Mazzeo
Anything is Possible
28.14
6David Cox
Bust a Kap
26.00
7Andrew Ray
Nightmare on First Street
25.75

Player Rater
1Zak Tseytlin
Still Slick when Wet
89.698
2Matt Medeiros
Curry Up!
77.367
3Chip Julien
Put Some Respek On Our Names
75.009
4Casey Tenney
Put Some Respek On Our Names
66.448
5David Cox
Bust a Kap
66.229
6Andrew Ray
Nightmare on First Street
59.758
7Nick Mazzeo
Anything is Possible
57.297
8Marc LeBlanc
Abdellas Insurance
54.8510
9Pat Kelley
Team Banana Boat
53.448
10Robert Haas
He Haas Game
52.9510

Rebounds Per Game
1Chip Julien
Put Some Respek On Our Names
18.89
2Zak Tseytlin
Still Slick when Wet
18.88
3Mike Sydorko
Nightmare on First Street
16.86
4David Cox
Bust a Kap
15.56
5Casey Tenney
Put Some Respek On Our Names
14.63
6Robert Haas
He Haas Game
14.10
7Andy Mcquilkin
Team Banana Boat
11.43

3s Per Game
1Matt Medeiros
Curry Up!
6.8641%
2Pat Kelley
Team Banana Boat
5.2544%
3Zak Tseytlin
Still Slick when Wet
4.3832%
4Sammy Abdellas
Abdellas Insurance
4.1842%
5Casey Tenney
Put Some Respek On Our Names
3.8834%
6Nick Mazzeo
Anything is Possible
2.8631%
7Matt Kaplan
Bust a Kap
2.8029%

Assists Per Game
1Zak Tseytlin
Still Slick when Wet
8.38
2Eric Haudel
Return of the Dojo
5.78
3Andrew Ray
Nightmare on First Street
5.63
4Marc LeBlanc
Abdellas Insurance
5.60
5Matt Medeiros
Curry Up!
5.43
6Nick Mazzeo
Anything is Possible
5.29
7Matt Kaplan
Bust a Kap
4.70