Spring 2017: Saturday Draft League Champs: Stop Drop and Roll me a J

    Zak beats the buzzer to give SDARMAJ 17 Title
    Stop Drop And Roll Me a J 73 Lambda Epsilon Omega 70

    The 2017 SDL Final lived up to the hype, as the game came down to the final seconds. Zak swished a shot just inside of half court with the buzzer sounding, which gave Stop Drop And Roll Me A J a 73-70 victory over Lambda Epsilon Omega, and the SDL title.

    Let’s fast forward to the final minute of the game. LEO led 70-68, and SDARMAJ had possession. LEO was playing tight defense, and it did not look like SDARMAJ was going to get a good look. Surprisingly, Zak found EJ on a back cut in the middle of the paint, and EJ finished a contested lefty layup over Mike Sydorko, which tied the game 70-70 with 30 seconds left.

    LEO had a chance to take the last shot in regulation, but did not do so. With less than 10 seconds left, Matt Leone started to drive to the left corner, and thought he drew contact at the three point line. Leone decided to shoot a three ball from the corner, but there was no whistle. The Leone shot never had a chance of going in, as Zak corralled the rebound, and immediately called SDARMAJ’s final timeout with 4.8 seconds left on the clock.

    SDARMAJ inbounded the ball to Zak. Zak took one dribble and Sydorko tipped the ball. It looked as though Sydorko may steal the ball and give LEO a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but somehow the ball bounced straight up, very high, where Zak was easily able to retain possession of the ball, while Sydorko ran by. Once Zak had the ball back, he turned and ended up being wide open just inside of half court. Zak took the deep shot, and all you heard was the buzzer and the bottom of the net.

    Now let’s rewind to the beginning of the game. SDARMAJ came out on fire, especially Jon Daley. Daley created an and-1 opportunity, as he finished a strong right handed layup in the lane, after taking contact from Matt Meservey. Daley completed the and-1 from the line, which gave his team an early 10-6 lead, (17:00 mark).

    Leone answered for LEO, as he connected from deep off a hand off, and cut the deficit to three, (9-12 at 16:00 mark). It was all Daley in the first half though, as he drilled a straight-away three, and pumped SDARMAJ’s lead to six, (23-17 at 12:00 mark). Zak made a tough reverse layup, which kept SDARMAJ’s lead at six, (31-25 at 9:00 mark).

    LEO then answered with an 8-0 run, and took their first lead of the game, (33-31 at 6:00 mark). Sydorko was responsible for the first six points of the run, and Dustin Williams finished a right handed layup to complete the run.

    SDARMAJ decided to call timeout once they fell behind. It was a good timeout for SDARMAJ, as they finished the final six minutes of the half on a 13-6 run, and took a 44-39 lead into the half.

    The game felt like it had a chance to get into the 100’s, as both teams were executing their offense perfectly. Well, the second half tightened up a lot.

    Leone opened the half with a three for LEO, which cut the deficit to two, (42-44 at 17:20 mark). LEO opened the half on a 6-1 run, but EJ would stop the bleeding for SDARMAJ, as he connected from deep and tied the game 48-48, (16:00 mark).

    Cheese responded for LEO, as he hit a half lefty hook in the lane, which gave his team a 50-48 lead, (15:35 mark). Zak answered for SDARMAJ, and he connected from three, and gave his team the lead back, (51-50 at 15:15 mark).

    For the next 7 minutes of play, LEO controlled the pace of play. The game slowed down, and LEO ended up taking their biggest lead of the game 63-57, (at 8:00 mark), after Cheese finished a fast break layup off a steal by Dustin.

    It felt as though LEO’s lead would only grow from this point, but SDARMAJ had different plans. Zak created an and-1 opportunity after finishing at the rim. Zak completed to three-point play, which cut the deficit to three, (60-63 at 7:30 mark).

    Leone answered for LEO, as he hit a turnaround jumper in the lane, which pushed their lead back to five, (65-60 at 7:00 mark). EJ then responded for SDARMAJ, as he made a lefty hook in the lane, and cut the deficit back to three, (62-65 at 6:30 mark).

    The final 6:30 of the game was really a back and forth grind, as expected, and we all know how the final minute ended.  It was really a well played game by both teams, and it was fun to cover.

     

    GRADES

    SDARMAJ:

    Zak, (A): Zak finished the game with great numbers, (27 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists), and hit the game-winner. I don’t think he shot as good as he would have liked from three, and try to force the issue a little too much from time-to-time. Never the less, he deserves an A.

    Daley, (A-): Daley really played a well as he finished with 22 points and three blocks. He went a little cold in the second half, as 16 of his points came in the first half, but played had to chase around Leone all game as well.

    Ghost, (B+): Ghost was as solid as a rock. He finished the game with 12 points.

    EJ, (A): The captain was the spark his team needed. He did most of his damage in the second half, when it means the most. He also tied the game up at 30 seconds, that is an A effort.

    Alan, (B-): Alan was not much of a factor in this one, but no one can get that bad of a grade on the winning side.

     

    LEO:

    Leone, (B+): Leone had a rather quiet first half, but really picked up his play in the second half. He did not shoot particularly well from deep, but his offensive surge in the second half was a big reason why LEO surged ahead.

    Meservey, (C): Meservery had a game he would like to forget. Did not shoot well from the field, but did end up with a team-high of 4 assists.

    Sydorko, (A-): Sydorko played a really strong game all around. He shot the ball very well, corralled 14 rebounds, and had four blocks.

    Dustin, (B+): Dustin had a solid game, as he finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

    Cheese, (B): Cheese had a good game as well, as he scored 10 points off the bench, and added two steals.

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    Stop Drop And Roll Me a J 89  Dojo Volume 63: Catch the fucking ball Evan 86

    Daley drills game-winner in OT, to push SDARMJ to finals against the odds.

    It looked as though Stop Drop and Roll Me A J were going to be in all kinds of trouble against Dojo Volume 63, as they only had three players to start the game. Despite being literally outmanned for a large portion of the game, SDARMAJ found a way to hang around, and ended up hitting a game-winner in overtime, to the tune of an 89-86 victory.

    SDARMAJ played the first 22 minutes of the game 3-on-4, and yet only found themselves down 52-47 at the half. The biggest reason why SDARMAJ was able to hang around in the first half was the play and shot making of both Zak and Ghost.  Zak finished the half connecting on five three-pointers, and dishing out five assists, while Ghost finished the half with 14 points.

    55-50 at the 18:20 mark of the second half. This is when Alan Orellana showed up, and his impact was immediately felt, as SDARMAJ went on an 8-0 run, and took a 58-55 lead at the 16:00 mark.

    From that point on, it was a back and forth affair and the game headed into overtime at 84-84. SDARMAJ drew blood first in OT, when Zak forced a Dojo turnover, which ended up as an uncontested layup for Alan, (86-84 at 2:00 mark). Nick Mazzeo tied the game, as he converted a layup on a strong right handed drive to the basket, (86-86 at 1:30 mark).

    Both SDARMAJ and Dojo didn’t score on their ensuing possessions, but SDRMAJ had the ball under a minute, with a chance to win the game. Zak drove hard to the basket, and found Jon Daley for an open straight away three that he swished with 1.2 seconds remaining on the clock. Dojo was forced to take a three quarters court heave at the end that did not have a chance of going in.

    GRADES:

    SDARMAJ

    Zak, (A+): Zak saved his best game for one of the most important games of the season. He ended up finishing the game with another triple-double, (36 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists). He also sealed up the MVP award in the process, (in my opinion).

    Ghost, (A): Amazing shot making by Ghost. It felt like anytime he shot the ball, there was no doubt it was going to go in. His stats don’t lie, (27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists).

    Daley, (A-): Daley had a bit of a rough day shooting the three-ball, but had no problems drilling the game-winner.  He finished the game 16 points and four assists.

    Alan, (B): I would have given Alan an even lower game, because he was MIA for the first 22 minutes of play, but his impact was felt immediately. I truly believe if Alan didn’t end up showing up, SDARMAJ would have ended up on the losing end. He finished the game with nine important points.

    Dojo

    Mazz, (B+): Mazz did all he could to keep his team in the game in the second half. He was scoring from deep and inside the paint. He ended up finishing the game with 32 points and six assists. He would have finished with a higher grade if his team was able to come out on the winning side.

    Kodra, (A-): Kodra had a real good game on both sides of the ball. He shot very efficient from three, (finished the game making 5 threes, and 23 points), and also blocked four shots. He also corralled 10 rebounds.

    Tobi, (B): Tobi did not have a great day with his shot, but caused a lot of chaos on defense, as he finished with five steals. He did end up netting 14 points, but not very efficiently.

    Rakusin, (C): Steve did not have a really good game at all. He was the guy that needed to produce during the 22 minutes his team had a man advantage, and was unable to do so. He finished the game with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

    Rousselle, (C): Rous did not have much impact in this one, but did play with good energy.

    Tony, (B-): Tony did make connect on his first three of the season, and did have some other good hustle plays in the process.

    Stop Drop And Roll Me a J
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alan Orellana913020000NA 11100%
    Jon Daley173041102150% 10220%
    Mike Fraher27445220200% 11100%
    Zak Tseytlin3617310300200% 19842%

    Dojo Volume 63: Catch the fucking ball Evan
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Evan Kodra2391304000NA 9556%
    Mike Rousselle211101000NA 00NA
    Nick Mazzeo3241610000NA 12433%
    Steve Rakusin1294210000NA 3267%
    Tobi Adebanjo1443351000NA 8225%
    Tony Mazz312200000NA 11100%

    Enter the Lyon's Den 69  Lambda Epsilon Omega 74

    Huge 3 at Buzzer by DWill helps Lambda reach the finals

    Enter the Lyon's Den
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Gerard Distefano021310000NA 100%
    Harrison Lebov10404100200% 4250%
    Lyon Van Voorhis287721306117% 4125%
    Seun Tayo196331105480% 00NA
    Seyi Tayo1253423000NA 00NA

    Lambda Epsilon Omega
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Dustin Williams1931320010660% 5120%
    Matt Leone268221204375% 15747%
    Matt Meservey2051410000NA 9444%
    Mike Sydorko98422402150% 4250%

Standings SDL S17 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Stop Drop And Roll Me a J6-30.667W3076.5669.22
Enter the Lyon's Den5-40.556W1166.2262.22
Dojo Volume 63: Catch the fucking ball Evan5-40.556L2155.2254.67
Lambda Epsilon Omega5-40.556W1161.8960.00
Hopp on the Yates Train4-50.444L1258.3362.78
Back at it like a mutherfuckin crack addict2-70.222L1461.8971.22
Points Per Game
1Nick Mazzeo
Dojo Volume 63: Catch the fucking ball Evan
33.38
2Zak Tseytlin
Stop Drop And Roll Me a J
26.10
3Mike Fraher
Stop Drop And Roll Me a J
21.64
4Lyon Van Voorhis
Enter the Lyon's Den
21.63
5Matt Leone
Lambda Epsilon Omega
21.11
6Jeffrey Yates
Hopp on the Yates Train
21.00
7Damian Ruff
Back at it like a mutherfuckin crack addict
18.89

Player Rater
1Zak Tseytlin
Stop Drop And Roll Me a J
96.9010
2Lyon Van Voorhis
Enter the Lyon's Den
59.258
3Nick Mazzeo
Dojo Volume 63: Catch the fucking ball Evan
54.758
4Mike Sydorko
Lambda Epsilon Omega
53.509
5Christian Hopp
Hopp on the Yates Train
48.926
6Matt Leone
Lambda Epsilon Omega
46.619
7Jeffrey Yates
Hopp on the Yates Train
45.926
8Seun Tayo
Enter the Lyon's Den
42.7010
9Brian Robinson
Back at it like a mutherfuckin crack addict
42.007
10Mike Fraher
Stop Drop And Roll Me a J
41.7311

Rebounds Per Game
1Zak Tseytlin
Stop Drop And Roll Me a J
18.80
2Lyon Van Voorhis
Enter the Lyon's Den
14.25
3Mike Sydorko
Lambda Epsilon Omega
13.67
4Steve Rakusin
Dojo Volume 63: Catch the fucking ball Evan
11.50
5Jared Espindola
Back at it like a mutherfuckin crack addict
11.00
6Brian Robinson
Back at it like a mutherfuckin crack addict
10.86
7Jeffrey Yates
Hopp on the Yates Train
10.83

3s Per Game
1Nick Mazzeo
Dojo Volume 63: Catch the fucking ball Evan
6.6340%
2Matt Leone
Lambda Epsilon Omega
4.4433%
3Zak Tseytlin
Stop Drop And Roll Me a J
3.7033%
4Damian Ruff
Back at it like a mutherfuckin crack addict
3.6729%
5Christian Hopp
Hopp on the Yates Train
3.1741%
5Jeffrey Yates
Hopp on the Yates Train
3.1738%
7Nate Mendes
Hopp on the Yates Train
2.3831%

Assists Per Game
1Zak Tseytlin
Stop Drop And Roll Me a J
11.60
2Christian Hopp
Hopp on the Yates Train
4.17
3Nick Mazzeo
Dojo Volume 63: Catch the fucking ball Evan
3.63
4Matt Meservey
Lambda Epsilon Omega
3.44
5Damian Ruff
Back at it like a mutherfuckin crack addict
3.33
6Harrison Lebov
Enter the Lyon's Den
3.22
7Seun Tayo
Enter the Lyon's Den
3.10