G | Ian Yu (HYP) 2nd season Ht: 5-10 | Wt: 155 lbs Player profile Few were as dominant as "C-Wonder" in the 2nd half of the season, leading HYP to a league high 6-2 record while leading the league in asts and finishing in the top 10 in PPG and SPG.
Runners-Up: Derrick Tyson (SWA), Joe Kim (HYP)
*Top ten in league. ^Leads league.
2K9 FALL Wat Misaka Award C | Bryant Picone (NYF) 2nd season Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 240 lbs
Picone simply shut the paint down for his opponents. His reach and timing racked up a league-high 2.1 bpg and he changed even more shots than that. But, the best part is he usually got the boards as well, to a tune of a league best 11.9 rpg.
RU: Derrick Tyson (SWA), James Li (HYP)
2K9 FALL Most Outstanding Rookie C | Derrick Tyson (SWA) Rookie Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 225 lbs
Tyson was a wizard on D, leading the league with a whopping 4.6 spg. And as the season progressed, so did his offense. Before long he was the SWA franchise. One of the closest runners up to MVP we've ever had, that's how good he was.
RU: Ezra Hoover (QIK), Chris Moore (FAS)
2K9 FALL Sixth Man Award
F | Pat Pilar (QIK) Rookie Ht: 6-5 Wt: 230 lbs
Just when you thought you'd weathered the storm of QIK's (C) Ezra Hoover, in came Pilar, who was often just as dominant in short bursts of play.
Runner-Up: Jason Wu (HYP)
*Top ten. ^Led playoffs.
2K9 FALL Sam Lo Award C | D. Tyson (SWA) Rookie Ht: 6-4 Wt: 225 lbs
Tyson was not only one of the strongest front-court players in the league, he also outworked almost everyone on the court. The man was indefatigable.
Runner-Up: Drew Chen (SLA)
*Top ten. ^Led playoffs.
2K9 FALL Most Improved G | Ian Yu (HYP) 2nd season Ht: 5-10 Wt: 155 lbs
What can you say, the guy went from streaky scorer to MVP and leading the league in assists, who saw that coming? His arrival put HYP on another level.
Alex Cho (NYF), Joe Kim (SLA), Wilson Lew (QIK), Chris Moore (FAS), Jiang Yu (SLA)
Tournament Defensive MVP Bryant Picone (NYF)
FBNYC 2K9 FALL Championship Review
Five-man Fury pull off improbable Championship run
With the rest of their roster out for the playoffs, the Fury needed only five to win their second title
MLK HS, NYC -- A bewildered NYF (G) Alex Cho, almost unable to believe it himself, summed it up, "you only need five." Entering the final two rounds of the playoffs, no one outside of the Fury camp could truthfully say they expected a short-handed NYF to beat the NYC Quicks, much less win the 2K9 FALL chip. But, in two knock-down, drag out displays of straight will and determination, the NYC Fury proved Cho's declaration accurate. If you play with this kind of heart, you only need five.
2K9 FALL "RED" LEAGUE FINALS MVP
G | Rommel Dolar (NYF) | Rookie
^Game high *Team high
(2) NYC Fury (5) The Slayers
Other Top Performers
R. Chang Pts: 15 Reb: 11 Ast: 1 Stl: 0 Blk: 2
H. Chung Pts: 11 Reb: 11 Ast: 2 Stl: 2 Blk: 2
B. Picone Pts: 5 Reb: 13 Ast: 2 Stl: 0 Blk: 5
J. Kim Pts: 11 Reb: 7 Ast: 1 Stl: 3 Blk: 0
R. Dolar 24
B. Picone 13
H. Chung 11
R. Dolar 6
[3 players] 2
D. Chen 4
B. Picone 5
INSIDE THE STATS
NYF (G) Rommel Dolar's 24 pts marks a new career-high. Dolar is averaging 20 ppg in the playoffs, 7.6 ppg more than his reg. season average. Dolar's 21 pts in the 2nd half is an FBNYC record for most 2nd half pts in a championship game.
NYF (F) Rich Chang's 15 pts and 11 rebs marks his 7th career playoff double-double. After missing 10 straight 3FGs, (F) Daniel Kweon made his last to put NYF up 2 pts in the game's final minute.
SLA (F) Harris Chung's 11-11-2-2-2 marks the 7th time in his career that he reached the High-5 club in post-season play.
SLA (G) Joe Kim has struggled in his FBNYC post-season career, averaging just 8.7 ppg in 3 Finals appearances, 9 ppg less than his regular season career average.
Coming in, it couldn't have escaped the Fury that their 2K9 SPR MVP (G) Joe Kim left to join the Slayers for a better chance at the Chip. That could have been motivation enough but even captain (F) Rich Chang admitted winning was unlikely. Sure enough, the defending champion Slayers, who know something about squashing underdog playoff runs, having dismantled the Quicks last season, were fully aware of NYF's short roster and came out aggressive. (G) Drew Chen attacked the rim early on while (F) Harris Chung got it going with a couple of early jumpers. Solid defense by SLA and unforced Fury TOs nearly put NYF away in the 1st. Only inspired play from Chang kept the NYF within reach. Chang played the 1st with noticeably more energy than and just as NYF seemed to quit, Chang pushed them on.
In the 2nd qtr, the Fury got a second wind. Cho and rookie (G) Rommel Dolar made key 3FGs while Chang continued to thrive on the offensive boards. SLA, meanwhile, seemed content to run out the clock rather than push the tempo as the Fury were reeling. NYF regained its composure and closed within 25-23, carried by Chang's 11 pts, 7 rebs while, Dolar, their best scorer in the playoffs had only 3 pts on 1-8 FGs and 5 1st half TOs. If not for Chung's 8 pts, 6 rebs and strong court presence from Chen and (G) Kirk Kim, SLA might have gone into half-time with a deficit as Joe Kim, unable yet to break his struggles in the Finals, had only 2 pts on 1-6 FGs.
At the half, SLA regrouped and jumped out to another lead, going ahead by as much as 8 on key 3FGs from (G) Brent Morita. But, SLA again slowed the pace, letting NYF regroup as Dolar came alive in the 3rd and the Fury turned up the D. (C) Bryant Picone's presence in the paint was key. When not racking up one of his game-high 5 blks, he changed shots. SLA rarely got a clean look in the paint and NYF secured the boards.
With :03 left in the 3rd, SLA overthrew a full-court pass. Chen chased it down just before it went out but not without colliding with the door stop. His behind-the-back save went straight to Chung who just missed an open three. The rebound came to SLA (C) Jiang Yu who seemed to have an easy putback but Chang flew in from the corner, where he had run out on the shooter and blocked Yu's attempt as the 3rd qtr whistle sounded. Had either gone down, SLA might have finally broken the Fury's back, instead they had signs of life.
As the 4th qtr began, Joe Kim became more aggressive, getting into the paint and to the line. Morita made another 3FG and the Slayers were again in charge, up by 6. The Fury again looked ready to quit, walking with their heads down but Chang fired at his teammates to fight on and they responded. Dolar hit a three, then Cho, then Chang followed up another. And, after an SLA miss, Dolar, playing through calf cramps, willed himself to take over, making yet another 3FG to give NYF a 1-pt lead, their first of the game with only 3:00 min left. SLA's Kirk Kim, however, would quickly answer with 2 pts to regain the lead.
The game went back and forth as the clock wound down with NYF's Dolar leading the way. And, in the final minute, the SLA shots stopped falling. Down 1-pt, with less than 1:00 to play, the Fury found (F) Daniel Kweon in the corner for three. Despite missing his first 5 3FGAs and all five in their previous game, he didn't hesitate. Fury up 2. Joe Kim's jumper at the other end fell short and SLA had to put Dolar on the line. He made both. Down 4 pts with only seconds remaining, Kim's 3FG fell short. Dolar back on the line, made another FT, icing on his record 21 second half pts. Just like that, the Fury were the 2K9 FALL champs, and as exhausted as they were, they looked as surprised as everyone else. -- Kenny "The Jet" Li