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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...
Bench Warmers 53 Mini-Crushers 83
Cold Blooded 69 Hungover 61
Franks & Beans 52 Worcester IceCats 86
IceCats skate away with an easy victory!
In his Week 5 lines, TommyKid gave Franks and Beans 22 points ...hmmmm.
Tommy was on the right track. The pairing of Matt Foley and Andy Hodgens (Combined total of 59 points, 22 rebounds, 12 Assists, 5 steals) was more than enough for the IceCats.
(Quick question: When it came time to name the team, was there confusion on which sport they were playing? The Worcester Ice Cats? How's their power play? Are they agressive with their forechecks?)
Anyway, it doesn't matter, they're good at basketball. Foley was throwing dimes all over the place, and Hodgens was the guy cashing in. Every possession seemed to include over four passes, everyone touched the ball. What's the record for Team-Assists in a CAC-game? It looked like a fun game to be a part of...unless you were a member of Franks & Beans.
F&B fell behind 21-8 in the game's first 14 minutes with all eight of their points coming from one player, Bilal Belardo...never a good sign.
But the rest of the guys came around, John Costantino knocked down back to back threes, and later, Steve Pacheco would follow with two of his own. They had some fun.
If I had a Tommy point, I'd give it to Hodgens...dude worked the glass, knocked down almost every shot he took and even dropped some nice assists on the fastbreak.
The only drama in this game came when Dan cut his hand and needed to run to the front desk for a Band-Aid. We took care of it, Crisis Averted!
Today, the Cats were too cool, and they skated away with this one.
|Standings Sunday Fall 2009 Thru Week 12|
|6||Franks & Beans||0-9||0.000||L9||7||53.50||95.10|
|Points Per Game|
|Rebounds Per Game|
|3s Per Game|
Franks & Beans
|Assists Per Game|
Franks & Beans