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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!!!!
Commentary by Roy...
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.
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
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.
|Standings Sunday Fall 2009 Thru Week 12|
|6||Franks & Beans||0-9||0.000||L9||7||53.50||95.10|
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|3s Per Game|
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