Winter 2016: Saturday Draft League Champs: Hold My Pocket

    Perfect season for Hold My Pocket and the Prince
    Hold My Pocket 60 Kodra Kai Dojo 42

    Hold My Pocket runs the table as the ‘Prince’ captures his 4th-straight SDL championship


    So many storylines here:

    -Harry Lebov, aka the ‘Prince,’ won his 4th-straight SDL title.

    -It also marked the second-straight SDL championship for the Prince-Wolf duo.

    -Speaking of Wolf, what a way to go out. In what was probably his last game at CAC, he scored MVP honors with a 23-16-5 line (not to mention five swipes and two swats). Quite a swan song.

    -And Where’s Waldo? Kodra Kai Dojo hung tough, but really missed Greg Waldman, who went all Sandy Koufax. Waldo was playing at a really high level before traveling back to Philadelphia for the weekend. No doubt it would have been closer, but this season belonged to Harry and Hold My Pocket.

    Hold My Pocket led 35-29 at the break behind 16 from Wolf. KKD, on the other hand, received a boost from the marksmanship of one, Pat Lam, who knocked down three first-half triples, including back-to-back bombs to pull his squad within three at 25-22 with just over six to go in the first. He and Brian Robinson led KKD with 9 points each at the break.

    Rookie stud Mike Susi (14 points) and Bryan Walsh (12) joined Wolf in double-figures for HMP, while B-Rob was the lone player to finish in double-figures for KKD with 11 points and 13 boards, both team-highs. Lam put up a goose-egg in the second half. Kevin Smith chipped in with 9, while Roberts had a quiet seven to go with 10 boards and a team-high four dimes.

    This thing was just 47-42 in favor of HMP with just over five to play, but HMP closed out the game with a 13-0 run thanks to some hustle plays and a few daggers along the way.

    After a K-Smooth jumper to cut it to five, Walsh responded with a hoop and some harm down the other end. He found iron on the free-throw attempt, but Susi came out of nowhere and scored the biggest ‘Bully Point’ of the season after he hit the deck for the rebound, secured the ball and called timeout.

    Wolf nearly broke B-Rob’s ankles -or Achilles…I was actually concerned when I saw him come up lame-on a pull-up jumper at the free-throw line, and then Susi delivered the ultimate knockout blow with a dagger triple off a Walsh push to make it 54-42 with 2:43 to play. Wolf called ‘Nice shot’ as the ball was in mid-air. And that it was.

    KKD had just two leads in this game. The first game after B-Rob drilled a 3-ball to put them up 3-2 on the game’s second possession. Their last lead of the day came after an impressive 7-2 run early in the second half, which saw them take a brief 38-37 lead with 12:15 left in regulation. The lead, which came after an Evan Kodra spin and hoop, which resulted in Frongi hitting the hardwood, was short-lived as HMP took it right back on their next possession thanks to Frongi corner hit (that’s his shot, guys) off a Wolf find.

    Walsh scored twice early on against Lam in the post, and HMP got everybody involved in the first 10 minutes. Wolf added a trey, a deep jumper and a steal and breakaway layup, which he nearly muffed. Susi canned a 3 of his own after a long offensive rebound found him at the arc and then added a lay-in after a nice find from John Flynn. The ‘Prince’ got in on the action and his Sherm Douglas-like floater pushed the lead to 18-11 midway through the first.

    KKD had trouble getting it going on offense without their floor general. Their offense over the first 10 minutes consisted of five points from B-Rob (3-pointer, 2-2 from the stripe), a K-Smooth jumper, a long Roberts jumper and a Kodra post-score. As you can see, there were no scores in transition or successful drives to the hoop.

    KKD wanted to talk it over after the Prince’s bucket, and out of the timeout they responded with a K-Smooth 3-ball, corner pocket. Wolf answered that hit from deep with a put-back down the other end to push the lead to 20-14 with seven and change left.

    Frongi, who shows a penchant for grabbing offensive boards a la Tristan Thompson, did just that about a minute later when he grabbed the offensive board and patiently waited for Roberts to go by before putting it up and in.

    Then it was a bit of a 3 Party with Lam as the guest of honor.

    He knocked his first trey down off a Roberts skip pass out of a double-team and it seemed to breath some life into his squad. After a Harry drive, Lam buried another 3-ball from just over half-court to cut it to 25-22. Unfortunately for KKD, Wolf matched his hit from beyond the arc with one of his own, a catch-and-shoot splash to up the lead to six with 5:30 to go in the opening frame.

    KKD embarked on a 7-1 run, which saw Lam swish his third and final trey of the day, but Susi one-upped them with a leaner in traffic to make it 35-29 with 35 ticks left.

    Both teams encountered major droughts in the second half, combining for 38 points with KKD mustering just 13. 

    There were no points the first two minutes of action…

    Or in the first three minutes of the action…

    Or the first four or five minutes of the half.

    The first points of the half didn’t come until Roberts hit a line-drive triple with 14:20 left in the game.

    KKD took the lead after a B-Rob turnaround jumper on the block and Kodra’s hoop nearly eight minutes into the half.

    After Frongi regained the lead with his trademark hit from the baseline, Walsh canned a triple off a Wolf kick-out to make it 42-38 with 10:10 to play.

    It was a lead they would never relinquish.

     

    That’s a wrap on this season, fellas. Congrats to Hold My Pocket on their undefeated season and to Harry for a ridiculous fourth-straight championship.

    Look for my running score of the title game as well as the SDL Awards, which will be posted over the next few days.

    Let's go Celts.

     

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    Hold My Pocket 60  Kodra Kai Dojo 42

    Perfect season for Hold My Pocket and the Prince

    Hold My Pocket runs the table as the ‘Prince’ captures his 4th-straight SDL championship


    So many storylines here:

    -Harry Lebov, aka the ‘Prince,’ won his 4th-straight SDL title.

    -It also marked the second-straight SDL championship for the Prince-Wolf duo.

    -Speaking of Wolf, what a way to go out. In what was probably his last game at CAC, he scored MVP honors with a 23-16-5 line (not to mention five swipes and two swats). Quite a swan song.

    -And Where’s Waldo? Kodra Kai Dojo hung tough, but really missed Greg Waldman, who went all Sandy Koufax. Waldo was playing at a really high level before traveling back to Philadelphia for the weekend. No doubt it would have been closer, but this season belonged to Harry and Hold My Pocket.

    Hold My Pocket led 35-29 at the break behind 16 from Wolf. KKD, on the other hand, received a boost from the marksmanship of one, Pat Lam, who knocked down three first-half triples, including back-to-back bombs to pull his squad within three at 25-22 with just over six to go in the first. He and Brian Robinson led KKD with 9 points each at the break.

    Rookie stud Mike Susi (14 points) and Bryan Walsh (12) joined Wolf in double-figures for HMP, while B-Rob was the lone player to finish in double-figures for KKD with 11 points and 13 boards, both team-highs. Lam put up a goose-egg in the second half. Kevin Smith chipped in with 9, while Roberts had a quiet seven to go with 10 boards and a team-high four dimes.

    This thing was just 47-42 in favor of HMP with just over five to play, but HMP closed out the game with a 13-0 run thanks to some hustle plays and a few daggers along the way.

    After a K-Smooth jumper to cut it to five, Walsh responded with a hoop and some harm down the other end. He found iron on the free-throw attempt, but Susi came out of nowhere and scored the biggest ‘Bully Point’ of the season after he hit the deck for the rebound, secured the ball and called timeout.

    Wolf nearly broke B-Rob’s ankles -or Achilles…I was actually concerned when I saw him come up lame-on a pull-up jumper at the free-throw line, and then Susi delivered the ultimate knockout blow with a dagger triple off a Walsh push to make it 54-42 with 2:43 to play. Wolf called ‘Nice shot’ as the ball was in mid-air. And that it was.

    KKD had just two leads in this game. The first game after B-Rob drilled a 3-ball to put them up 3-2 on the game’s second possession. Their last lead of the day came after an impressive 7-2 run early in the second half, which saw them take a brief 38-37 lead with 12:15 left in regulation. The lead, which came after an Evan Kodra spin and hoop, which resulted in Frongi hitting the hardwood, was short-lived as HMP took it right back on their next possession thanks to Frongi corner hit (that’s his shot, guys) off a Wolf find.

    Walsh scored twice early on against Lam in the post, and HMP got everybody involved in the first 10 minutes. Wolf added a trey, a deep jumper and a steal and breakaway layup, which he nearly muffed. Susi canned a 3 of his own after a long offensive rebound found him at the arc and then added a lay-in after a nice find from John Flynn. The ‘Prince’ got in on the action and his Sherm Douglas-like floater pushed the lead to 18-11 midway through the first.

    KKD had trouble getting it going on offense without their floor general. Their offense over the first 10 minutes consisted of five points from B-Rob (3-pointer, 2-2 from the stripe), a K-Smooth jumper, a long Roberts jumper and a Kodra post-score. As you can see, there were no scores in transition or successful drives to the hoop.

    KKD wanted to talk it over after the Prince’s bucket, and out of the timeout they responded with a K-Smooth 3-ball, corner pocket. Wolf answered that hit from deep with a put-back down the other end to push the lead to 20-14 with seven and change left.

    Frongi, who shows a penchant for grabbing offensive boards a la Tristan Thompson, did just that about a minute later when he grabbed the offensive board and patiently waited for Roberts to go by before putting it up and in.

    Then it was a bit of a 3 Party with Lam as the guest of honor.

    He knocked his first trey down off a Roberts skip pass out of a double-team and it seemed to breath some life into his squad. After a Harry drive, Lam buried another 3-ball from just over half-court to cut it to 25-22. Unfortunately for KKD, Wolf matched his hit from beyond the arc with one of his own, a catch-and-shoot splash to up the lead to six with 5:30 to go in the opening frame.

    KKD embarked on a 7-1 run, which saw Lam swish his third and final trey of the day, but Susi one-upped them with a leaner in traffic to make it 35-29 with 35 ticks left.

    Both teams encountered major droughts in the second half, combining for 38 points with KKD mustering just 13. 

    There were no points the first two minutes of action…

    Or in the first three minutes of the action…

    Or the first four or five minutes of the half.

    The first points of the half didn’t come until Roberts hit a line-drive triple with 14:20 left in the game.

    KKD took the lead after a B-Rob turnaround jumper on the block and Kodra’s hoop nearly eight minutes into the half.

    After Frongi regained the lead with his trademark hit from the baseline, Walsh canned a triple off a Wolf kick-out to make it 42-38 with 10:10 to play.

    It was a lead they would never relinquish.

     

    That’s a wrap on this season, fellas. Congrats to Hold My Pocket on their undefeated season and to Harry for a ridiculous fourth-straight championship.

    Look for my running score of the title game as well as the SDL Awards, which will be posted over the next few days.

    Let's go Celts.

     

    Hold My Pocket
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bryan Walsh12522100300% 8225%
    Harrison Lebov54010002150% 100%
    John Flynn011111000NA 00NA
    Mike Susi1441411000NA 9222%
    Nick Frongillo613100000NA 00NA
    Wolfman23115552012975% 7229%

    Kodra Kai Dojo
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Brian Robinson1111231004250% 5120%
    Evan Kodra651300000NA 100%
    Kevin Smith951300000NA 5120%
    Matt Roberts782410000NA 5120%
    Patrick Lam921101000NA 8338%
    Patrick Lam921101000NA 8338%

Standings Sat Draft W16 Thru Week
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
Hold My Pocket10-01.000W10074.0062.70
Slick when Wet8-20.800L1270.9059.90
B&B Enterprises7-30.700W1366.4056.80
Pretty in Mink6-40.600W2467.3067.70
Ghostbusters6-40.600L1469.1063.90
Bomber's Original Recipe BBQ6-40.600W2462.9066.60
Gas Pedals Stuck5-50.500L1562.3058.30
Tayo Mom I Said Hi5-50.500W1552.6057.60
Kodra Kai Dojo5-50.500W1559.4059.60
Back Them Esses Up!4-60.400W3660.1062.70
All We Got is Us4-60.400L4660.0067.50
Welcome to the Terrordome2-80.200L2853.9060.80
WE EATIN1-90.100L7969.6078.10
#BLOUSES1-90.100L2953.8060.10
Points Per Game
1Nick Mazzeo
WE EATIN
38.70
2Josh Esses
Back Them Esses Up!
34.00
3Zak Tseytlin
Slick when Wet
33.00
4Wolfman
Hold My Pocket
30.50
5Casey Tenney
Pretty in Mink
26.88
6Matt Leone
All We Got is Us
25.63
7Ryan McAuliffe
Gas Pedals Stuck
22.17

Player Rater
1Zak Tseytlin
Slick when Wet
86.6811
2Nick Mazzeo
WE EATIN
74.7510
3Wolfman
Hold My Pocket
70.8812
4Casey Tenney
Pretty in Mink
61.068
5Josh Esses
Back Them Esses Up!
59.647
6Robert Haas
B&B Enterprises
58.7112
7Matt Leone
All We Got is Us
58.008
8David Cox
Welcome to the Terrordome
55.9511
9Ryan McAuliffe
Gas Pedals Stuck
54.1712
10Marc Bartholdi
Bomber's Original Recipe BBQ
53.3010

Rebounds Per Game
1Robert Haas
B&B Enterprises
17.58
2Zak Tseytlin
Slick when Wet
17.55
3Chip Julien
Welcome to the Terrordome
16.55
4Marc Bartholdi
Bomber's Original Recipe BBQ
14.80
5Victor Chubukov
Pretty in Mink
14.27
6David Cox
Welcome to the Terrordome
14.09
7Casey Tenney
Pretty in Mink
13.63

3s Per Game
1Josh Esses
Back Them Esses Up!
7.5744%
2Zak Tseytlin
Slick when Wet
5.8239%
3Matt Leone
All We Got is Us
5.1341%
4Nick Mazzeo
WE EATIN
5.0030%
5Eric Bonvie
Bomber's Original Recipe BBQ
3.5034%
6Casey Tenney
Pretty in Mink
3.2534%
7Damian Ruff
All We Got is Us
3.1327%

Assists Per Game
1Eric Haudel
Ghostbusters
7.13
2Zak Tseytlin
Slick when Wet
6.82
3Billy Jackson
Bomber's Original Recipe BBQ
6.78
4Greg Waldman
Kodra Kai Dojo
6.44
5Nick Mazzeo
WE EATIN
6.40
6Jeff Rubin
Ghostbusters
6.00
7Chas Belliveau
Slick when Wet
4.70