Fall 2009: SML League Champs: Cold Blooded

    Cold Blooded claims first Sunday Morning League title.....
    Mini-Crushers 63 Cold Blooded 73

    Itís the inaugural first championship of the Sunday Morning League and it wouldnít be a Cold Blooded game if we werenít waiting a couple of extra minutes for them to show up. Also adding to their troubles was the loss of Jason Chiverton in their line up for this one. And you know itís a championship atmosphere when you get Wolverine (whoís going to be joining us next season) as a second ref and CACís resident videographer (J-Rod) in attendance getting some pre-game interviews. There were a couple of great quotes that I hope make the highlight real. The first came from league MVP Bobby C, ìIím going for a quadruple double today.î Talk about some serious confidence, I guess when youíre MVP you can say things like that. I certainly wasnít going to argue with him. Of course Nim probably had my favorite, ìwinning the Tommy Award was probably my greatest achievement every,î seriously, how can anyone dispute that!!

     

    Well we finally got the game going and I have to tell you it was pretty boring. In the first 5 minutes of the game, all we could muster for a score was 5-5. Jim B (29 pts, 12 reb) was the only one who could get things going for the Crushers and was exploiting his size down low. For CB, Wachtel (24 pts, 16 reb) was just a beast, as it seemed like he was grabbing every rebound and getting to the basket at will. But despite these two being the aggressor and setting the pace for each team, we were tied at 19 with 6 minutes to go. These are the two highest scoring teams in the league, whatís going on here? Well just as things were crawling along, JHend (25 pts) went off scoring 11 points in the next 6 minutes to help CB hold a 39-28 half time lead.

     

    Early in the second half, things continued to roll for CB and they were able to increase their lead to as much as 16. It seemed as though CB could now cruise to the title but Bobby C (14 pts, 17 reb) finally woke up and decided to get going. Bobby was able to get a quick couple of buckets and this attention led to some wide open looks for his teammates. The main beneficiary of this was Cadman (20 pts) who nailed three straight 3ís to cut the CB lead to 7 with 6 minutes to go. That was about as close as the crushers were able to get, with CB hitting their free-throws late (14-23 -- 61%) but with about one minute to go, things could have gotten real interesting. CB was up 12 and Bobby C was fouled shooting the 3 ball. To compound that, the player fouling him already had 5 fouls, so as all you know, thatís a technical and the Crushers were getting the ball back. We could have seen a potential 8 point play that would have cut the lead to 4 with a minute to go, but the Crushers werenít able to convert all the FTís and missed the ensuing shot. That series of possessions sealed the deal and CB held on to win the championship.

     

    It was a great year for the Crushers, who (ranked #2 in my pre-season poll) lived up to their press hype and represented quiet nicely this season. Bobby C and the boys are coming back next season and I expect them to come back strong. CB had a great season as well. They set a CAC single game scoring record (139 pts), played fantastic team ball, lived up to their #1 pre-season ranking and although Wacthel missed out on the league MVP, he was rewarded with the finals MVP. They too are coming back next season and have set the bar for the rest of us.

     

    Congrats to everyone who participated in this seasonís SML, each and every one of you made it great. Weíre coming back next season better than ever and I look forward to seeing more of you, hungover, glossy eyed and reeking of alcohol. Weíre 27 days and counting from the next league, I canít wait!!!!

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    Commentary by Roy...

    Worcester IceCats 66  Bench Warmers 53

    Cats continue to roar

    In a game that was suppose to showcase two of the leagues best point guards starts with neither in attendance. Because of that the game started REAL slow. The first 5 minutes of the game lead to a total of 6 points, but Matt (19 pts) finally made his appearance and the Cats jumped out to an early. Jamil (23 pts) finally made his appearance but started off real slow. This showed because BW had trouble moving the ball, getting good looks, and ultimately making buckets. Jim (20 pts) & Jay (13 pts) got some easy looks and help build at 36-18 halftime lead.

     

    In the second half, Jamil finally woke up, at least offensively. He was the aggressor, taking it to the basket and getting to the FT line. This cut the lead to 6 with about 4 minutes to go and the momentum was all on the side of BW. But Andy Hodgens (this weeks Tommy Points winner) found ways to contribute in all aspects of the game and a couple of late 3ís by Matt put this game away.

     

    Itís clear the BWís need Jamil to set the pace, so he better step it up, while the Cats are positioning themselves as a top tier team in this league.

    Worcester IceCats
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andy Hodgens1042322022100% 200%
    Dan Ferguson210001000NA 00NA
    Jay Ferguson139521005360% 00NA
    Matt Foley1923040000NA 10550%
    Patrick Griffin221210000NA 100%

    Bench Warmers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ben Hendricks320302000NA 11100%
    Chris Hanson10701120100% 4250%
    Jamil Ball231010008788% 5120%
    Jeff Nally630000000NA 3267%
    Michael Turin118432302150% 300%
    Noah Spaulding47301004250% 200%

    Cold Blooded 102  Mini-Crushers 66

    Cold Blooded dominates in a battle of the favorites

    SeriouslyÖ.stop calling games of the week. I expected a dog fight in this one, but what I got was pure domination and the leagues first controversy. A short handed CB brought in some friends that clearly shifted the balance of this game in their direction. After review from the league, nothing will change in terms of results but measures have been put in place to prevent this from happening again.

     

    Well the matchup of Bobby C and Josh Watchel (Tommy Point winner) was a dandy. Both guys scored 30 or more, grabbed double digit rebounds and contributed in other areas as well. Just check out the box score, these guys are playaís.

     

    But CB just had too much fire power and run every opportunity getting some wide open looks. CB made 17 3ís (out of 36) while the Crushers struggled from beyond the arc (6-20). The Crushers were also missing Jim and Billy and the fatigue clearly showed. I anticipate the rematch to be more competitive and far more entertaining.

    Cold Blooded
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    James Henderson16421010022100% 7229%
    Joshua Wachtel3410121003267% 12650%
    Phil Lord104142005360% 4125%
    Steve Chuilli1262001000NA 00NA

    Mini-Crushers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alan Au1623210000NA 4250%
    Allen Wong2310000200% 00NA
    Bobby Colantonio30105530022100% 12433%
    Mike Cadman18121310000NA 400%

    Franks & Beans 41  Hungover 66

    Balanced attack leads the way for Hungover

    I said it last week, if Hungover gets balance and contributions from the bench, theyíre going to win games. Well the stat sheet proved me right again. After having only 2 points from everyone else not named Morgan (25 pts) and Drew (14 pts) last week, this week the bench stepped up in a huge way. 4 guys scored, led by Andrew (10 pts and Tommy Point winner), and everyone contributed in some way.

                                                     

    For F&B, there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. New comers Berlardo (19 pts) & Oliver (10 pts) have added some much needed size and should mesh well with James, Joey and Steve. Both were able to get the rim, and when they learn to play with their teammates, theyíll be able to get wide open looks for others. They will not go 0-10 this season.

    Franks & Beans
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bilal Belardo19632530800% 9333%
    Joey Henry2121300100% 100%
    Johann Maradey2000000100% 100%
    John Costantino833200088100% 100%
    Oliver Wesselhoft1010414203267% 400%

    Hungover
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andrew Capland1020200000NA 300%
    Drew Legare1412531005480% 00NA
    Jason Leavit631010000NA 100%
    John Cadigan010300000NA 00NA
    Morgan O'Loughlin2598521010220% 6350%
    Paul Chaisson711010000NA 3133%

Standings Sunday Fall 2009 Thru Week 12
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Cold Blooded7-20.778W1090.1869.73
2Mini-Crushers7-20.778W2079.4565.73
3Hungover6-30.667W4172.5561.64
4Worcester IceCats5-40.556L1274.0966.27
5Bench Warmers2-70.222L2572.6089.20
6Franks & Beans0-90.000L9753.5095.10
Points Per Game
1Bobby Colantonio
Mini-Crushers
28.55
2Jamil Ball
Bench Warmers
25.44
3Morgan O'Loughlin
Hungover
24.78
4James Henderson
Cold Blooded
23.73
5Joshua Wachtel
Cold Blooded
22.30
6Jason Chiverton
Cold Blooded
22.17
7Mike Cadman
Mini-Crushers
21.00

Player Rater
1Bobby Colantonio
Mini-Crushers
69.7311
2Morgan O'Loughlin
Hungover
66.509
3Jamil Ball
Bench Warmers
59.839
4James Henderson
Cold Blooded
58.9111
5Joshua Wachtel
Cold Blooded
56.5010
6Drew Legare
Hungover
56.4010
7Jason Chiverton
Cold Blooded
54.426
8Matt Foley
Worcester IceCats
53.9511
9Mike Cadman
Mini-Crushers
53.8611
10Jim Bayley
Mini-Crushers
53.448

Rebounds Per Game
1Morgan O'Loughlin
Hungover
15.89
2Jim Bayley
Mini-Crushers
14.13
3Drew Legare
Hungover
14.00
4Mike Cadman
Mini-Crushers
13.91
5Bobby Colantonio
Mini-Crushers
12.55
6Michael Turin
Bench Warmers
12.00
7Noah Spaulding
Bench Warmers
11.25

3s Per Game
1James Henderson
Cold Blooded
4.3648%
2Matt Foley
Worcester IceCats
4.2744%
3Bobby Colantonio
Mini-Crushers
3.8248%
4Mike Cadman
Mini-Crushers
3.1844%
5Joey Henry
Franks & Beans
2.5056%
6Jason Chiverton
Cold Blooded
2.3354%
6Morgan O'Loughlin
Hungover
2.3354%

Assists Per Game
1James Henderson
Cold Blooded
6.36
2Ben Hendricks
Bench Warmers
5.33
3Matt Foley
Worcester IceCats
5.18
4Jamil Ball
Bench Warmers
5.11
5Bobby Colantonio
Mini-Crushers
4.73
6Steve Pacheco
Franks & Beans
4.17
7Joshua Wachtel
Cold Blooded
3.90