|2K10 WIN Championship Preview||FBNYC, 3.18.11|
(1) Paid in Full vs. (2) NYC Fury Black | Sunday (3/20) 4:00pm @ MLK HS
After two weeks out due to some network issues, the BLUE league site is back up. And, just in time for the Chip. We still need to update boxscores and we're working on it. Also, there will be plenty of highlights to come.
PIF SCOUTING REPORT: Paid in Full is defined by their high-energy play. Few teams in this league have ever played with that level of intensity and it has overwhelmed most teams this season. The Fury are one of two that were able to weather the storm and pull it out the win. PIF needs to find a balance between their energy and an ability to execute in the clutch.
FBK SCOUTING REPORT: The upstart Paid in Full have been the surprise team of this season but the Fury Black laid quietly in the fold waiting for their chance. With all the strong, new teams this season, it might be easy to forget they are the defending champs. They have a balanced team and veteran leadership. The chip is there's to lose.
X-FACTOR: PIF rookie (G) Will Smallwood can change the game with his unmatched athleticism. If he can wreak havoc on the boards and in the passing lanes, he'll give his team an advantage. FBK (G) Kash Miah and (G) Roger Redhead are the Fury's knockdown shooters. If they can get it going, they can make PIF's aggressive defense pay. -- Jeff Van Ghandi
||Audacity of Dope
|(G) Jake Choi
5-11, 160 lbs
||(G) Antonio Hunter
6-1, 185 lbs
|Choi has the quickness and speed to get any shot he wants but how well he gets his teammates involved will dictate this game. Hunter is a big guard and a very solid play maker. He can hit some big shots, too.
|(G) Garrett James
5-11, 185 lbs
||(G) Marlon Santos
5-11, 175 lbs
|James has been solid all season on both sides of the ball and he can run the point as well. Santos has been PIF's big shot maker all season making clutch plays down the stretch on offense and defense.
|(G) Shawn D. Reyes
6-2, 180 lbs
||(G) Will Smallwood
6-2, 200 lbs
|Reyes is a defensive maestro and the Fury's heart and soul. He's the one that gets them fired up. Smallwood is a peerless athlete in this league. He plays in only one gear and that's at full speed.
|(F) Mo Ghumman
6-5, 215 lbs
||(F) Rahmel Miller
6-3, 215 lbs
|Ghumman is a veteran rebounder who can knock down the mid-range. Miller has been a dynamic, athletic force all season. He can get it done in a number of ways.
|(C) Ezra Hoover
6-5, 195 lbs
||(C) Eldridge Bracey
6-3, 250 lbs
|Hoover is one of the league's most athletic players. If he can keep from being bullied, he should have success. Kamdang is a veteran bruiser who has some tricks up his sleeve.
(G) Ren Hsieh
(G) Kash Miah
(F) Roger Redhead
(F) Varun Manocha
(G) Terry Gittens
(G) Joe Dumars
(F) C. Johnson
(F) Mike Rustin
(C) F. Jimenez
|The Fury have plenty of skill coming off the bench but may be playing short-handed with out Manocha. What PIF's bench might lack in polish, they make up for all-out energy and hustle. They go all out all the time.
||CHARLES BOK LEE
||KENNY "THE JET" LI
||JEFF VAN GHANDI
||"SCOOP" JACK SUN
|(1) Paid in Full
|(2) NYC Fury Black
|2011 March Madness Tournament Pool||FBNYC, 3.15.11|
Back by popular demand, the Fastbreak March Madness NCAA Tournament Pool. But, as always we try to contribute to a charitable cause and there is no bigger cause to support right now than the relief efforts in Japan.
The winner aka Charlie Sheen of this pool wins 65% of the pot PLUS up to $200 comped for an upcoming season (for FBNYC WHITE & RED leagues only). First loser aka 2nd pl wins 20% of the pot PLUS one of our limited ed "Stat & Melo" shirts.
Fastbreak Houston contestants will get different additional prizes TBA shortly.
The remaining 15% of the winnings will be matched by a sponsor and donated in the name of the winner to the Japanese relief effort of their choice.
|HOW TO ENTER
To enter, go to: http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com, use Group ID#: 118573, Password: fastbreaknyc, then e-mail email@example.com for payment instructions. It all goes down this Thursday so sign up ASAP.
You're free to submit as many brackets as you wish. Defending FBNYC champion Nikki Chawla already has three. Feel free to invite your friends, it's fun but for a good cause, too. Thanks and good luck.
Also, here are some different options for making a contribution to the relief efforts: http://mashable.com/2011/03/13/japan-earthquake-tsunami-help-donate. Even if you don't want to play, you can make a donation.
|2K10 WIN Power Rankings (Week 11)||FBNYC, 2.25.11|
Paid in Full climbs back to top of the charts
After a disappointing two-game losing streak, Paid returns to form
There is no outright favorite to win this league right now. There might be four contenders with Paid in Full, NYC Fury Black, Fire Turtles and Real People but among these four, there is no clear cut favorite, each one of these teams could beat the other on any given day. The final three could get an upset in there as well with Fury Gold as the likeliest giant killer. As the regular season wraps up, it's pretty clear that this will be a very interesting post-season and impossible to predict. -- FBNYC
|FASTBREAK NYC 2K10 WIN Power Rankings (Week 11)
||They lost two straight but bounced back with a convincing drubbing of the otherwise 1st place Real People. After a couple of uncharacteristically slow games, PIF answered with the intensity and defense that carried them all season. They are the best team in the league right now, slightly.
||Ask the Fury themselves and they will tell you they haven't even started clicking yet. They're still trying to catch a groove and they're finishing with the league's 2nd best record by default. With their all-around talent, the Fury are poised and confident they will get it going in the playoffs.
||The Turtles have been the surprise team in the league after re-tooling their roster. They're athletic, experienced and savvy, led by captain (G) Wilson Lew and crafty (F) Matt Collazo. Veteran (F) Alex Stewart adds to that veteran leadership.
||After a dominant stretch of wins, Real People finishes the season with two losses against two fellow contenders. To add injury to insult, standout (F) Mike Barnes was unavailable for the latter loss and may be out for the 1st rd of the playoffs.
||The Gold has shown some signs but has struggled to fill out their roster. They've had some big games from (G) Grant Leslie and role player (F) Pat Layton but they'll need (G) Arnell Milton to come up big to make a real push in the post-season.
||The Legends finally got their first win of the season over floundering Yea Boi and they play very hard. But, to have any chance of advancing, they will need big games from new additions (F) Steve Hickman and (G) Jeff Hunter. The veterans have been solid but need help.
||Yea Boi has been in a bit of limbo as the schedule has not worked in their favor but rangy (F) Kareem Merrick is one of the league's best players and when they enter the post-season, he'll give them a chance.
|Observations... first a moment to honor the passing of Troy "Escalade" Jackson... one of NYC's finest... welcome to NY, Melo... as seen on our Facebook, holler if you want a "Stat & Melo" shirt... Stat & Melo, Stat & Melo, Stat & Melo... to see a pic, click here... Wojo was on a mission, not a peep, just an all-day scowl... it was eerie... welcome back Mega Man... where did Pat Layton come from?
|2K10 WIN Weekly Player Awards (Week 11)||FBNYC, 2.23.11|
|Pat Layton (FGO)
F | 6-3 | 175 lbs
Week 11 Stats
Barnes was unconscious and a stunned Fury Black struggled to contain him for pretty much the entire game. His five 3FGs is a season-high for the rookie. His 24 pts is also a personal best, topping his previous mark of 23 set on Jan 12.
Runner-Up: Danny Lee (FGO) 19 pts, 5 3FGs, 2 ast
|Brian Womack (TUR)
F | 6-3 | 190 lbs
Week 11 Stats
In his first full season, Collazo has been the most consistent player on the TUR roster. He was dominant on the boards, on defense and made timely shots to keep the Fire Turtles ahead in an upset win over the previously 1st pl Paid in Full.
RU: Kareem Merrick (BOI) 14 pts, 10 reb, 8 ast
|The Sam Lo Award for Hustlers
B. Picone (FGO) 13 reb, 2 stl, 5 blk
Runner-Up: Will Halie (LMG) 11 rebs, 3 asts
He didn't make a FG but he made all the plays FGO needed him to make down the stretch help secure the win including 13 big rebounds.
|Defensive Player of the Week
B. Picone (FGO) 13 reb, 2 stl, 5 blk
Picone gets the double up this week because no one played harder on the court to get his team the win. 13 reb, 2 stl and 5 blk is ridiculous.
Runner-Up: Kai Campbell (BOI) 5 reb, 1 stl, 4 blk
|The High-5 Club
Kai Campbell (BOI) 9-5-1-1-4
Matt Collazo (TUR) 16-7-6-2-1
Andre Logan, Sr. (LMG) 7-10-4-1-1
Pat Layton (FGO) 24-6-2-1-1
Kareem Merrick (BOI) 17-2-5-3-1
David Ortner (BOI) 17-2-5-3-1
Bryant Picone (FGO) 2-13-7-2-5
Ronald Salters (LMG) 2-6-1-1-1
|Discorama Rookie of the Week
Jeffrey Hunter (LMG) 16 ppg, 2.5 spg
In just his 2nd and 3rd gms with LMG Hunter has made his presence felt right away, giving them the speed and athleticism they were lacking.
Runner-Up: David Ortner (BOI) 17 pts, 5 ast, 3 stl
|The "John Starks" Award
J. Giacobbe (FGO) | 3-12 FGs (.250)
Giacobbe was aggressive and hit a few big shots down the stretch so this isn't the worst thing to happen for him. Plus, they won.
Dishonorable Mention: Will Halie (LMG) 5-15 FGs
|The "Chris Dudley" Award
Jeff Hunter (LMG) | 3-10 FTs (.300)
Luckily for Hunter, they won this one anyway but 3-10 from the FT line is never a pretty sight, especially from a guard.
Dishonorable Mention: Bryant Picone (FGO) 2-6 FTs
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