Winter 2015: Saturday Draft League Champs: Quantum Leap

    Leap Year Mazz Towne help Quantum Leap capture SDL title
    Quantum Leap 70 In Love with the Koko 52

    Their captain drafted the team from Vegas via cell phone. They put their faith in an unknown rookie. They started off the season at 6-0. They ripped through the regular season with an 8-1 mark, with their only blemish coming courtesy of a Benvenuti-led beatdown. They barely escaped the first round, narrowly avoiding a No. 8 vs. No. 1 upset, better known around these parts as a Nuggets vs. Sonics upset. They cruised through their semifinal matchup.
    And after Saturday, Quantum Leap hoisted the SDL Cup (No, Jason DuMond, you can’t take the SDL trophy home) after a 70-52 win over In Love with the Koko. They are the SDL W15 champs!
    Anything’s possible…when you have a duo like Nick Mazzeo and Dan Towne, who will undoubtedly go down as one of the great duos in SDL history.
    The tandem combined for an amazing 60 of their team’s 70 points on 13 3-pointers, with Mazz leading the way with a game-high 34 on 8-14 from deep, while Towne added 26 on 5-7. It was one of Mazz’s better all-around efforts as he also dished out seven helpers and grabbed seven boards. Towne was active as usual with 13 rebounds, 10 of which came in the first half alone.
    Quantum Leap were the team to beat from early on this season. In Love with the Koko, however, came together late in the season where they won six straight to get to the title game.
    Mike Sydorko led ILWTK with 16 points and 9 boards, both team-highs. Brian Quinn added 15 points, while captain Dustin Williams chipped in with 12 and 5. Ryan Ondrejko, who handed out a game-high 9 assists, finished with just four points on two second-half field goals.
    Brian Rob rounded out the Top 3 for Quantum Leap. He had just six points, but grabbed 15 boards. He and Towne combined for 28 rebounds on the day. In Love with the Koko grabbed 25...as a team.
    Quantum Leap led 32-27 at the break behind 30 points from their top duo of Towne (17) and Mazz (30). You read that right: The rest of the roster combined for just one basket (B-Rob). The pair also buried four triples each, with Towne emerging as the more-efficient marksman at 4-5 from deep for the half. Mazz was no slouch at 50 percent (4-8) for the first. They did most of their damage from deep (24 points on eight 3s) while scoring just three 2-point field goals the entire half.
    For In Love with the Koko, on the other hand, nothing was falling. They were held scoreless for the first five-and-a-half minutes of action until D-Will’s bank lay-in. At that point, ILWTK found themselves already down 10-2.
    Quinn led ILWTK at the break with 9 points. D-Will and Sydorko both scored seven points each.
    Mazz was feeling it early for the Leap with back-to-back triples, the second a step-back that pushed the lead to 8-0 with 15:30 to go in the first. He found a cutting B-Rob for the score for a 10-0 lead on the team’s next possession.
    Sydorko followed his team’s first field goal with a high-kiss reverse, which kicked off a 7-0 ILWTK run to get to within one at 10-9 eight minutes in.
    D-Will showed off some range with a 3-ball (he hit 2-2 from deep on the day) and then scored via a James Hanks inbound find.
    Towne silenced that quick rally with a wing triple for a 13-9 lead, but Hanks scored two-straight hoops (upfake and score and finish after a nice Ondrejko over-the-top lob) to tie things up at 13-13 midway through the first.
    Towne was at it again though, knocking down his second trey of the game and adding a nice drive-and-score for an 18-13 lead. Sydorko responded with one of his two bombs on the day from straightaway.
    Mazz raised Sydorko’s triple with one of his own, after a nice swing look from DuMond.
    After a Quinn sprint-and-score, Towne grabbed two-straight O boards and scored on a putback.
    Quinn’s triple after an Ondrejko kickout tied things at 23-23 with just four minutes to play in the opening frame, but Towne knocked down another 3-ball from the top of the key for a 26-23 lead just 30 seconds later.
    Towne’s running-mate, Mazz, added his trademark step-back trey to up the Leap lead to 29-23.
    Quinn was rolling though and added four more points (2-2 from the line, and a score a nice cut, dish from D-Will). Quinn was money late in the half where he scored 9-straight points for ILWTK.
    Towne’s fourth 3-ball in as many attempts off a B-Rob look upped the lead to 32-27 with one minute to go.
    Don’t forget about the role guys!
    Quantum Leap captain Harry Lebov, who finished with just one point, came up with a huge steal off an inbound pass where he deflected the ball into the backcourt, chased it down and called timeout. Bully Point!
    Quantum Leap started the second half on a 12-2 run, while it was ‘Groundhog Day’ for In Love with the Koko as they were held scoreless for the first six minutes of the half.
    B-Rob got in on the scoring with two early baskets (offensive rebound and score, another bucket off a Mazz dish inside) and Mazz connected on two long 3s, the last of which pushed the Leap lead to 42-29 just two minutes in.
    Mazz’s first 2-point field goal of the day, a baseline drive, pushed the lead to 15 and you could sense this one slipping away for In Love with the Koko.
    The momentum continued to shift in favor of Chao Quan’s squad after B-Rob took a legit charge on a hard D-Will drive with 17:05 to play.
    Ondrejko finally got on the board after he grabbed an offensive rebound and put it home. His score made it 46-31. Quiet day for Ondrejko. He had just the two field goals, but didn’t take a lot of shots. He shot 0-4 from deep, 0-2 from the line and attempted only a couple of other shots. Hey, give the guy a break. He defeated Mazz on Wednesday in the BDE title game.
    Ondrejko’s scored breathed some life into ILWTK as Quinn (wing) and D-Will (corner) buried back-to-back triples to cut the lead to 46-37.
    A Sydorko 3-ball -Release the Kraken! - cut the lead to 48-40, but Mazz followed that with  10 straight points during a 10-1 run for Quantum Leap. The run put the Leap up 58-41.
    Mazz’s personal highlight reel looked like this:
    -Long 3-ball over half court.
    -2-2 from the stripe.
    -Change of pace drive.
    -Corner 3-pointer off a Dumond inbound pass.
    Mazz was hitting and In Love with the Koko were struggling. Danish Salah, who had a great regular season as a solid player off the bench who could bury the mid-range, struggled in his first-ever title game. He finished with just one point on the day and a couple of missed bunnies. Hanks, one week after emerging as a playoff hero with 14 second-half points in the SDL semifinal, finished with just four. He was active though with three steals in the second half.
    After Ondrejko’s reverse Rondo-like scoop, DuMond came up with a nice block after he timed his jump perfectly following a Hanks upfake. Don’t forget the role players!
    Immediately after his block, DuMond knocked down a corner 3-ball and CAC workers started loading the coolers and lining the locker room walls with plastic.
    Ondrejko hooked up with Quinn on a nice outlet, which resulted in an old-fashioned 3-point play, but Towne knocked down his fifth trey of the day to up the lead to 64-49 with five minutes to go.
    It was a day of firsts all around for the SDL: No Kari in the title game, and Mazz’s first SDL title.

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    Quantum Leap 70  In Love with the Koko 52

    Leap Year: Mazz, Towne help Quantum Leap capture SDL title

    Their captain drafted the team from Vegas via cell phone. They put their faith in an unknown rookie. They started off the season at 6-0. They ripped through the regular season with an 8-1 mark, with their only blemish coming courtesy of a Benvenuti-led beatdown. They barely escaped the first round, narrowly avoiding a No. 8 vs. No. 1 upset, better known around these parts as a Nuggets vs. Sonics upset. They cruised through their semifinal matchup.
    And after Saturday, Quantum Leap hoisted the SDL Cup (No, Jason DuMond, you can’t take the SDL trophy home) after a 70-52 win over In Love with the Koko. They are the SDL W15 champs!
    Anything’s possible…when you have a duo like Nick Mazzeo and Dan Towne, who will undoubtedly go down as one of the great duos in SDL history.
    The tandem combined for an amazing 60 of their team’s 70 points on 13 3-pointers, with Mazz leading the way with a game-high 34 on 8-14 from deep, while Towne added 26 on 5-7. It was one of Mazz’s better all-around efforts as he also dished out seven helpers and grabbed seven boards. Towne was active as usual with 13 rebounds, 10 of which came in the first half alone.
    Quantum Leap were the team to beat from early on this season. In Love with the Koko, however, came together late in the season where they won six straight to get to the title game.
    Mike Sydorko led ILWTK with 16 points and 9 boards, both team-highs. Brian Quinn added 15 points, while captain Dustin Williams chipped in with 12 and 5. Ryan Ondrejko, who handed out a game-high 9 assists, finished with just four points on two second-half field goals.
    Brian Rob rounded out the Top 3 for Quantum Leap. He had just six points, but grabbed 15 boards. He and Towne combined for 28 rebounds on the day. In Love with the Koko grabbed 25...as a team.
    Quantum Leap led 32-27 at the break behind 30 points from their top duo of Towne (17) and Mazz (30). You read that right: The rest of the roster combined for just one basket (B-Rob). The pair also buried four triples each, with Towne emerging as the more-efficient marksman at 4-5 from deep for the half. Mazz was no slouch at 50 percent (4-8) for the first. They did most of their damage from deep (24 points on eight 3s) while scoring just three 2-point field goals the entire half.
    For In Love with the Koko, on the other hand, nothing was falling. They were held scoreless for the first five-and-a-half minutes of action until D-Will’s bank lay-in. At that point, ILWTK found themselves already down 10-2.
    Quinn led ILWTK at the break with 9 points. D-Will and Sydorko both scored seven points each.
    Mazz was feeling it early for the Leap with back-to-back triples, the second a step-back that pushed the lead to 8-0 with 15:30 to go in the first. He found a cutting B-Rob for the score for a 10-0 lead on the team’s next possession.
    Sydorko followed his team’s first field goal with a high-kiss reverse, which kicked off a 7-0 ILWTK run to get to within one at 10-9 eight minutes in.
    D-Will showed off some range with a 3-ball (he hit 2-2 from deep on the day) and then scored via a James Hanks inbound find.
    Towne silenced that quick rally with a wing triple for a 13-9 lead, but Hanks scored two-straight hoops (upfake and score and finish after a nice Ondrejko over-the-top lob) to tie things up at 13-13 midway through the first.
    Towne was at it again though, knocking down his second trey of the game and adding a nice drive-and-score for an 18-13 lead. Sydorko responded with one of his two bombs on the day from straightaway.
    Mazz raised Sydorko’s triple with one of his own, after a nice swing look from DuMond.
    After a Quinn sprint-and-score, Towne grabbed two-straight O boards and scored on a putback.
    Quinn’s triple after an Ondrejko kickout tied things at 23-23 with just four minutes to play in the opening frame, but Towne knocked down another 3-ball from the top of the key for a 26-23 lead just 30 seconds later.
    Towne’s running-mate, Mazz, added his trademark step-back trey to up the Leap lead to 29-23.
    Quinn was rolling though and added four more points (2-2 from the line, and a score a nice cut, dish from D-Will). Quinn was money late in the half where he scored 9-straight points for ILWTK.
    Towne’s fourth 3-ball in as many attempts off a B-Rob look upped the lead to 32-27 with one minute to go.
    Don’t forget about the role guys!
    Quantum Leap captain Harry Lebov, who finished with just one point, came up with a huge steal off an inbound pass where he deflected the ball into the backcourt, chased it down and called timeout. Bully Point!
    Quantum Leap started the second half on a 12-2 run, while it was ‘Groundhog Day’ for In Love with the Koko as they were held scoreless for the first six minutes of the half.
    B-Rob got in on the scoring with two early baskets (offensive rebound and score, another bucket off a Mazz dish inside) and Mazz connected on two long 3s, the last of which pushed the Leap lead to 42-29 just two minutes in.
    Mazz’s first 2-point field goal of the day, a baseline drive, pushed the lead to 15 and you could sense this one slipping away for In Love with the Koko.
    The momentum continued to shift in favor of Chao Quan’s squad after B-Rob took a legit charge on a hard D-Will drive with 17:05 to play.
    Ondrejko finally got on the board after he grabbed an offensive rebound and put it home. His score made it 46-31. Quiet day for Ondrejko. He had just the two field goals, but didn’t take a lot of shots. He shot 0-4 from deep, 0-2 from the line and attempted only a couple of other shots. Hey, give the guy a break. He defeated Mazz on Wednesday in the BDE title game.
    Ondrejko’s scored breathed some life into ILWTK as Quinn (wing) and D-Will (corner) buried back-to-back triples to cut the lead to 46-37.
    A Sydorko 3-ball -Release the Kraken! - cut the lead to 48-40, but Mazz followed that with  10 straight points during a 10-1 run for Quantum Leap. The run put the Leap up 58-41.
    Mazz’s personal highlight reel looked like this:
    -Long 3-ball over half court.
    -2-2 from the stripe.
    -Change of pace drive.
    -Corner 3-pointer off a Dumond inbound pass.
    Mazz was hitting and In Love with the Koko were struggling. Danish Salah, who had a great regular season as a solid player off the bench who could bury the mid-range, struggled in his first-ever title game. He finished with just one point on the day and a couple of missed bunnies. Hanks, one week after emerging as a playoff hero with 14 second-half points in the SDL semifinal, finished with just four. He was active though with three steals in the second half.
    After Ondrejko’s reverse Rondo-like scoop, DuMond came up with a nice block after he timed his jump perfectly following a Hanks upfake. Don’t forget the role players!
    Immediately after his block, DuMond knocked down a corner 3-ball and CAC workers started loading the coolers and lining the locker room walls with plastic.
    Ondrejko hooked up with Quinn on a nice outlet, which resulted in an old-fashioned 3-point play, but Towne knocked down his fifth trey of the day to up the lead to 64-49 with five minutes to go.
    It was a day of firsts all around for the SDL: No Kari in the title game, and Mazz’s first SDL title.

    Quantum Leap
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Robinson6105311000NA 100%
    Chao Quan000000000NA 100%
    Dan Towne267640002150% 7571%
    Harrison Lebov11101002150% 00NA
    Jason Dumond330211000NA 2150%
    Nick Mazzeo347071008675% 14857%

    In Love with the Koko
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Quinn1530100033100% 6233%
    Danish Saleh10001002150% 00NA
    Dustin Williams1241320000NA 22100%
    James Hanks412331000NA 100%
    Mike Sydorko166311005240% 7229%
    Ryan Ondrejko4149100200% 400%

Standings Sat Draft W15 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Quantum Leap8-10.889W2068.3360.78
Driving On Your Neck6-30.667L1266.7861.00
Roberts Downey Jr6-30.667W1265.5659.67
In Love with the Koko6-30.667W4262.2258.67
Saturday Special Pizza Delivery5-40.556L1361.3357.11
Everybody Eats4-50.444L2460.1162.11
Raging Bullies4-50.444W2457.0058.33
Oral Llamas2-70.222W1656.1157.11
Too Many Cooks2-70.222L5650.8959.11
50 Shades of Ray2-70.222L6659.4473.89
Points Per Game
1Eric Benvenuti
Saturday Special Pizza Delivery
37.22
2Nick Mazzeo
Quantum Leap
33.64
3Andrew Ray
50 Shades of Ray
30.67
4Ryan McAuliffe
Driving On Your Neck
24.70
5Dan Towne
Quantum Leap
23.73
6Robert Haas
Raging Bullies
22.11
7Marc Bartholdi
Oral Llamas
21.10

Player Rater
1Eric Benvenuti
Saturday Special Pizza Delivery
79.569
2Andrew Ray
50 Shades of Ray
64.619
3Nick Mazzeo
Quantum Leap
63.3211
4Robert Haas
Raging Bullies
56.679
5Matt Roberts
Roberts Downey Jr
55.949
6Mike Cook
Too Many Cooks
55.676
7Ryan Ondrejko
In Love with the Koko
53.5511
8Marc Bartholdi
Oral Llamas
53.2510
9Dan Towne
Quantum Leap
53.2311
10David Bradshaw
Everybody Eats
52.229

Rebounds Per Game
1Eric Benvenuti
Saturday Special Pizza Delivery
16.67
2Matt Roberts
Roberts Downey Jr
15.89
3Robert Haas
Raging Bullies
15.78
4Brian Robinson
Quantum Leap
14.18
5Andrew Ray
50 Shades of Ray
14.11
6Mike Sydorko
In Love with the Koko
13.75
7Dan Towne
Quantum Leap
12.64

3s Per Game
1Nick Mazzeo
Quantum Leap
6.7343%
2Ryan McAuliffe
Driving On Your Neck
3.7045%
3Eric Benvenuti
Saturday Special Pizza Delivery
3.4438%
4Eric Bonvie
Saturday Special Pizza Delivery
3.2227%
5Andrew Ray
50 Shades of Ray
3.0040%
6Jon Waters
Raging Bullies
2.6735%
7Matt Taliaferro
Everybody Eats
2.6038%

Assists Per Game
1Kariuki Thande
Saturday Special Pizza Delivery
6.50
2Ryan Ondrejko
In Love with the Koko
6.00
3David Baxter
Oral Llamas
5.56
4Jon Waters
Raging Bullies
5.44
5David Bradshaw
Everybody Eats
5.33
6Damian Ruff
Everybody Eats
5.11
7Eric Bonvie
Saturday Special Pizza Delivery
4.89