Spring 2012: SML League Champs: All Grit & Balls

    Mo and B Lead G B Past Big Nice In Thrilling SML Finals
    Big Nice 67 All Grit & Balls 69

    Kap here covering the title game for the Sunday Morning League and I am pleased to be here. The SML was hotly contested this season with great talent and competition across the board. Only two teams could vie for the lucrative banner however, and it did not surprise me one bit to see Big Nice and Grit and Balls as the two teams left standing.

    Unfortunately for G & B though, PStone was nowhere to be seen to start the game. I know he was out drinking the night before but that’s no excuse considering it is the finals! I thought there would be no way G & B would win this one without PStone clogging up the middle and lucky for them he showed a few minutes into the game. At this point Big Nice had jumped to the early 10-7 lead so the game was still in the balance. 

    Overall the first half belonged to Big Nice. Big Nice looked like a team that had been there before as well as looking like the more “in sync” team. O’Cal did a nice job of directing traffic while Mazz and CPW took care of the scoring load. Defensive assignments were missed left and right by G & B and the veteran Big Nice squad made them pay. If not for Mo, this game could have been over early, but Mo’s prolific offense kept G & B in the game in the first half

    Both teams were pretty content launching from deep and this quickly became a game of threes. Big Nice was able to hit a few more in the first half than G & B as they grabbed a 13-point half time lead. 

    For the first part of the second half Big Nice was able to maintain a healthy lead. Midway through the half though G & B chipped away as Big Nice got away from what was working the entire game: team chemistry and ball movement. Mazz really fell in love with the three ball and I felt like he settled too much in the second half for low percentage shots. On the other end, G & B took advantage of wasted possessions by Big Nice. Bernard found the stroke at the right time as he became an integral force in G & B’s comeback. After a couple huge threes from Bernard and some tough shots in traffic by Mo, G & B found themselves down 3 with 8 minutes to go. We had a great game on our hands.

    Down the stretch G & B continued to ride the momentum as Bernard and Mo put the team on their backs. G & B grabbed their first lead of the game with 4 minutes to go as they took a 2-point lead. I was shocked to see Big Nice give up this kind of a lead (13 at half) in a title game and I got the feeling they felt the same sentiment. Regardless, Big Nice didn’t fold. Press hit a huge three to stop the bleeding only to be answered on the very next possession by Bernard.

    In the waning minutes and seconds we had a frantic, physical contest. Points were tough to come by as the 2 refs really let both teams play. Finally, in a tie game, PStone went to the line with 5 seconds left with a chance to give G & B a lead and potentially the win. He proved to be clutch hitting both FTs. O’Cal called timeout for Big Nice and with one last chance drew up a pretty good play. O’Cal drove the lane and kicked out to a wide open Press who came up just short on a championship winning three. Congrats to Grit and Balls on a good comeback and a hard earned title. 

    Finals MVP: Mo – Mo was amazing in this game. He scored an extremely efficient 27 points and it felt like he never missed. G & B really should have found him more throughout the game but when you play for a team with THAT many egos I guess you can’t complain. Nice game Mo and congrats!

    Quick Hits:

    1. Bernard was flat out heroic in this game. B his some epic shots and really played a great game on offense. He shot an efficient 4/9 from deep and hit a few at clutch times.

    2. Ruff was a COMPLETE non factor in the finals, scoring just 3 points and fouling out with 18 minutes to go in the 2nd half.

    3. I would have like to see Big Nice go inside more. CPW was dominant in the paint but I felt like Big Nice was content launching from deep instead of feeding him.

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    Big Nice 67  All Grit & Balls 69

    Mo and B Lead G & B Past Big Nice In Thrilling SML Finals

    Kap here covering the title game for the Sunday Morning League and I am pleased to be here. The SML was hotly contested this season with great talent and competition across the board. Only two teams could vie for the lucrative banner however, and it did not surprise me one bit to see Big Nice and Grit and Balls as the two teams left standing.

    Unfortunately for G & B though, PStone was nowhere to be seen to start the game. I know he was out drinking the night before but that’s no excuse considering it is the finals! I thought there would be no way G & B would win this one without PStone clogging up the middle and lucky for them he showed a few minutes into the game. At this point Big Nice had jumped to the early 10-7 lead so the game was still in the balance. 

    Overall the first half belonged to Big Nice. Big Nice looked like a team that had been there before as well as looking like the more “in sync” team. O’Cal did a nice job of directing traffic while Mazz and CPW took care of the scoring load. Defensive assignments were missed left and right by G & B and the veteran Big Nice squad made them pay. If not for Mo, this game could have been over early, but Mo’s prolific offense kept G & B in the game in the first half

    Both teams were pretty content launching from deep and this quickly became a game of threes. Big Nice was able to hit a few more in the first half than G & B as they grabbed a 13-point half time lead. 

    For the first part of the second half Big Nice was able to maintain a healthy lead. Midway through the half though G & B chipped away as Big Nice got away from what was working the entire game: team chemistry and ball movement. Mazz really fell in love with the three ball and I felt like he settled too much in the second half for low percentage shots. On the other end, G & B took advantage of wasted possessions by Big Nice. Bernard found the stroke at the right time as he became an integral force in G & B’s comeback. After a couple huge threes from Bernard and some tough shots in traffic by Mo, G & B found themselves down 3 with 8 minutes to go. We had a great game on our hands.

    Down the stretch G & B continued to ride the momentum as Bernard and Mo put the team on their backs. G & B grabbed their first lead of the game with 4 minutes to go as they took a 2-point lead. I was shocked to see Big Nice give up this kind of a lead (13 at half) in a title game and I got the feeling they felt the same sentiment. Regardless, Big Nice didn’t fold. Press hit a huge three to stop the bleeding only to be answered on the very next possession by Bernard.

    In the waning minutes and seconds we had a frantic, physical contest. Points were tough to come by as the 2 refs really let both teams play. Finally, in a tie game, PStone went to the line with 5 seconds left with a chance to give G & B a lead and potentially the win. He proved to be clutch hitting both FTs. O’Cal called timeout for Big Nice and with one last chance drew up a pretty good play. O’Cal drove the lane and kicked out to a wide open Press who came up just short on a championship winning three. Congrats to Grit and Balls on a good comeback and a hard earned title. 

    Finals MVP: Mo – Mo was amazing in this game. He scored an extremely efficient 27 points and it felt like he never missed. G & B really should have found him more throughout the game but when you play for a team with THAT many egos I guess you can’t complain. Nice game Mo and congrats!

    Quick Hits:

    1. Bernard was flat out heroic in this game. B his some epic shots and really played a great game on offense. He shot an efficient 4/9 from deep and hit a few at clutch times.

    2. Ruff was a COMPLETE non factor in the finals, scoring just 3 points and fouling out with 18 minutes to go in the 2nd half.

    3. I would have like to see Big Nice go inside more. CPW was dominant in the paint but I felt like Big Nice was content launching from deep instead of feeding him.

    Big Nice
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Chris Williams184342205240% 00NA
    Jeff Hrkach32110003133% 00NA
    Jon Mazzone214013002150% 17635%
    Jon Press981201000NA 6117%
    Sean O'Callaghan165172004375% 3133%

    All Grit & Balls
    Player PTS DRB ORB AST STL Blk TURN FTA FTM FTP 3P 3PM 3PP
    Bernard Johnson211000002150% 9444%
    Damian Ruff320101000NA 2150%
    Maurice Collins278030102150% 4250%
    Paul Reeves230020000NA 400%
    Preston Raymond1210542006467% 300%
    Seyi Tayo410010000NA 00NA

Standings Sunday AM S12 Thru Week 11
PTeamRecord%StreakGBPFPA
1Team Bring It9-01.000W9067.9055.40
2Big Nice6-30.667W1373.7368.36
3Hungover5-40.556L1450.3051.20
4All Grit & Balls4-50.444W1564.0062.64
5Sunday Morning Legends3-60.333L1670.4473.33
6Team Free Agents0-90.000L9939.0057.22
Points Per Game
1Chris Kerr
Sunday Morning Legends
29.33
2Jon Mazzone
Big Nice
25.13
3Maurice Collins
All Grit & Balls
24.25
4Jon Waters
Team Free Agents
23.57
5Drew Legare
Hungover
21.17
6Jon Press
Big Nice
19.90
7Morgan O'Loughlin
Hungover
19.33

Player Rater
1Chris Kerr
Sunday Morning Legends
56.756
2Jon Mazzone
Big Nice
56.698
3Maurice Collins
All Grit & Balls
55.388
4Sean O'Callaghan
Big Nice
53.948
5Drew Legare
Hungover
53.426
6Jon Waters
Team Free Agents
49.937
7Morgan O'Loughlin
Hungover
49.289
8Bobby Colantonio
Team Bring It
45.8510
9Jon Press
Big Nice
42.8510
10Matt Kaplan
Sunday Morning Legends
41.367

Rebounds Per Game
1Chris Kerr
Sunday Morning Legends
13.83
2Jon Mazzone
Big Nice
12.13
3Morgan O'Loughlin
Hungover
11.89
4Jemail Lewis
Hungover
10.88
5Drew Legare
Hungover
10.50
6Maurice Collins
All Grit & Balls
9.25
7Jon Waters
Team Free Agents
9.00

3s Per Game
1Jon Mazzone
Big Nice
5.6342%
2Vladi Nechev
Sunday Morning Legends
3.3335%
3Mike Cadman
Team Bring It
3.1338%
4Jon Waters
Team Free Agents
3.0034%
5Maurice Collins
All Grit & Balls
2.7547%
6Tom Kahana
Big Nice
2.5727%
7Matt Kaplan
Sunday Morning Legends
2.4335%

Assists Per Game
1Sean O'Callaghan
Big Nice
6.63
2Maurice Collins
All Grit & Balls
4.75
3Bobby Colantonio
Team Bring It
4.50
4Tom Kahana
Big Nice
4.00
5Vladi Nechev
Sunday Morning Legends
3.83
6Drew Legare
Hungover
3.50
7Jon Waters
Team Free Agents
3.43