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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    Worcester IceCats 64  Hungover 55

    Cats own the longest win streak in Sunday morning league history

    After a week one loss, the Cats have been on a tear and it continued this week. A Morganless Hungover gave it everything they had, but it just wasnít enough as the Cats now own the longest win streak in Sunday Morning League history. Granted the history is short, but itís worth mentioning.

     

    The Cats started off quickly as last week Tommy Point winner, Andy (20 pts) was able to get some easy looks cutting to the basket. He got these easy looks because Jim (12 pts, 19 reb) attracted a lot of attention down low. Matt Foley, struggled early with his shot, found other ways to get people involved, as he recorded 5 boards, 4 assists and 2 steals in the first 15 minutes. With a 34-20 half time lead, things looked good for the Cats to cruise to another win.

     

    However, in the second half Drew, who was a beast on the glass (16 pts, 23 reb) and Parker, their new addition (33 pts, 18 reb) helped clawed Hungover back into the game and got it as close to 6. But in the final few minutes, Foley found his shot and hit 4-6 3ís late to keep things far enough apart to sustain the 9 point win. For his efforts, he was rewarded the games Tommy Point.

     

    With the addition of Parker, Hungover has added another presence that will make them that much harder to beat. For the Cats, they continue to fight for a top seed and play well together. I canít wait for the playoffs.

    Worcester IceCats
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Andy Hodgens2011200000NA 00NA
    Dan Ferguson30200002150% 00NA
    Matt Foley1682650001NA 13431%
    Patrick Griffin510222111100% 00NA
    Tim Ferguson80030003267% 00NA

    Hungover
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Drew Legare16131062108450% 6233%
    Jason Leavit630100000NA 6233%
    John Cadigan031002000NA 100%
    Parker Muir33108120013969% 7229%

    Bench Warmers 72  Cold Blooded 127

    Cold Blooded shoot their way to another dominating win

    Another shorthanded week for CB, but this time with a league approved player. Without their size the Bench Warmers had a shot for the upset in this one if they could control the pace of play. Well needless to say, that didnít happen as CB ran on every opportunity and ended this one early.

     

    Right from the start, JHend (27 pts, 9 reb, 11 ast) set the pace. The crafty lefty point guard was able to get into the teeth of the defense and get his teammates wide open looks. The looks where so wide open, they shot 8-13 from behind the arc in the first half. In the first 10 minutes, CB built a 31-16 lead, but then really turned it on and stretch the half time lead 37. Watchel (40 pts, 18 reb) got any shot he wanted out there and Nim (34 pts, 13 reb), the games Tommy Point winner was just on fire.

     

    In the second half, the BWís showed some life, but the 3 ball just wasnít falling for the (3-15 for the game). Despite unable to hit from long range, the ball started to move to get them some easy looks. JBall (33 pts) and Mixtape (18 pts, 11 reb) kept the attitude positive despite the score and that resonated with the rest of the team. They continued to fight it out, even though CB was just too much. I hope BW can figure things out as we enter into the middle portion of the season. For CB, while things have gone well, if they canít get guys to show, they wonít become eligible for

    Bench Warmers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Ben Hendricks230200000NA 00NA
    Chris Hanson1022121000NA 200%
    Jamil Ball334350206467% 9111%
    Michael Turin1877322000NA 22100%
    Noah Spaulding95013104375% 200%

    Cold Blooded
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    James Henderson27721130000NA 14750%
    Joshua Wachtel4014482104375% 9333%
    Nim Cohen3476442000NA 8450%

    Mini-Crushers 91  Franks & Beans 47

    Welcome to Bobby Cís own little block party

    Did you get the invite? Bobby C was throwing his own little block party and at CAC and Franks & Beans was the main guest. Bobby C was close to getting CACís first quadruple double (22 pts, 13 reb, 8 ast, 8 blk) but those 8 blocks were emphatic. So emphatic, I have a feeling the Commish might raise league fees to pay for the dents in the wall. Bobby wasnít the only one hosting this party though, as usual the Candy Man (20 pts, 12 reb) clocked in, did his thing and clocked out. And despite Alanís poor 3 point shooter (0-5 with constant heckling from me) he managed to finish with 18, but got 6 swipesÖ.who says the man plays no D.

     

    As for Franks & Beans, it was another tough outing despite some solid shooting from Bilal. Bilal (20 pts) is starting to find comfort with the Wall Ball arena, but could have used his running mate Oliver. Clearly the team still needs to figure how to play together, and improve that assist total. Only 4 as a team wonít get things done.

     

    So as you can tell, this one was never in doubt either (91-47), and the Crushers continue to keep pace with CB and the Cats for a top two seed and a round one bye.

    Mini-Crushers
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Alan Au1831260000NA 500%
    Allen Wong602100000NA 00NA
    Billy Bryson320310000NA 11100%
    Bobby Colantonio2294838022100% 6233%
    Jim Bayley2296210022100% 22100%
    Mike Cadman20102200000NA 6233%

    Franks & Beans
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bilal Belardo208323004375% 6350%
    James Kane744110033100% 100%
    Joey Henry210040000NA 200%
    Johann Maradey203010000NA 300%
    John Costantino162411004375% 5360%

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