DBC (F) Jin Hong attempts to block a lefty reverse layup by MON (G) Anthony Plunkett.
MonStars hold off Connections in double OT
MLK HS, NYC -- The league sure knows how to pick its season openers, this one between the DB Connections (aka CK Spartans) and the expansion MonStars is sure to be an instant classic. From the get-go, 3 things were certain: 1.) success in this league might depend on whether a team can contain TMS (F) Rich Baptiste, 2.) that (C) Nick Harrington is just as much a force in the paint and 3.) despite all that, the Spartans, led by (F) Chris Youn and (G) Mark Lee, will never back down.
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REPRESENT YOUR PEOPLES July 17-18 Intermediate August 14-15 Elite Division
2K10 SUM Season Opener
Deutsche Bank Connections vs. The Monstars | Wednesday (6/16) 10:00pm @ Chinatown YMCA
KEY PLAYERS Career Statistics
T. Hu 17.4 ppg 53% FGs 11.2 rpg 2.8 apg
N. Harring N/A N/A N/A N/A
ANALYSIS: It's funny, summer rolls around, weekdays open up and all of a sudden, the BLUE league is stacked top to bottom. Everyone loves summerball, or is it that everyone loves the chance to play the Chip in Madison Square Garden? Whatever the reason, the DB Connections and MonStars will have plenty of talent on display.
Both are expansion teams but virtually all of DBC has played in FBNYC before, including former MVP (F) Tony Hu. 6-7 rookie (F) Jin Hong should make a splash. The MonStars, on the other hand, will feature 6-9 (C) Nick Harrington, a rookie only by technicality. The current Euro-pro should make a bid for MVP while trying to carry MST to the Garden.
For now, it's hard to tell who might be the better team but one thing's for sure, this season opener will say a lot right away about where the talent level is this season. -- The Jet
(G) Ace Watana 5-10, 160 lbs UCONN
(G) Michael Nelson 5-11, 180 lbs
Watanasuparp is a quick, veteran PG that can make the three. He also has pedigree as a walk-on at UCONN. Nelson described as a crafty PG with great vision.
(G) Mark Lee 5-10, 170 lbs
(G) Kevin Kentish 6-0, 175 lbs Saint Vincent
Both these scorers made their big splash in the RED league. Both are athletic with Lee bringing a penchant for big shots and Kentish an uncanny ability to finish.
(F) Jin Hong 6-7, 190 lbs College of St. Rose
(F) Richard Baptiste 6-5, 215 lbs Brooklyn College
Hong is DBC's tallest and most athletic but SF may be his most effective position. Baptiste is a 3-time DIII All-American and knows how to fill it up.
(F) Tony Hu 6-3, 230 lbs
(F) Mike ???
The former MVP Hu is as big a load as they come in this league, few use their bodies better. He'll be tough in the paint.
(C) Bryant Picone 6-6, 225 lbs
(C) Nick Harrington 6-9, 230 lbs Southern Vermont
Picone is a two-time Defensive MVP but for the first time this season, he will face a slew of bigger players. Harrington should be more than a handful.
BENCH (F) Chris Youn (F) Frisco Alkine (F) Ray Lee
BENCH (G) BJ Grant (G) Eric Tuy (G) Rommel Reece
Youn will be a big, versatile contributor off the bench and new additions carry plenty of size. MST is loaded with FB regulars. (G) BJ Grant and (G) Eric Tuy provide some speed and (F) Rommel Reece is solid.
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