The Difference sprang the Fury into contention in another career season
Another season and another set of career-highs (19.0 ppg, .569 FG%, .849 FT%) for FBK's difference-maker (F) Tony Hu. Hu's 19.0 ppg was topped only by BTR (F) Christian Stevens and his 9.5 rpg once again put him in the league's Top 10. Both stats were integral to the league's best regular season record (6-2, tied with DLE) and highest scoring offense (65.0 ppg). -- FBNYC Runner-Ups: Christian Stevens (BTR), Yoshi Kagitomi (DLE)
FBNYC News: Marshall "Moz" Cho featured in ESPN Page 2
Due to the unexpected bye week there's been little to post on the site but from time to time we get to hear from former "A" league MVP Marshall Cho all the way from Mozambique, Africa where he does outreach work for Hoops 4 Hope, a global not-for-profit organization that aids youth development throughout southern Africa by providing more than 10,000 school-age children with their Basketball/Life Skills program. Click the link for more info.
Anytime we hear from Marshall, it's usually a pen-worthy occasion and this time is no different. The original face and logo of FBNYCis spotlighted in a Kevin Carroll story on ESPN Page 2. Click here to check it out. -- FBNYC
2K7 FALL Championship & Playoff Recap
Ageless Kagitomi lifts Dreamleague East to 1st FBNYC title Forward Yoshi Kagitomi put the finishing touches on a total team effort for the Dreamers
MLK HS -- In a throwback to the early days of Fastbreak NYC, and to accommodate a smaller than usual number of teams in the playoffs, the Commish greenlit FBNYC's last team standing style post-season where it all happens in one day. The best shall stand. The rest shall fall. And on this day, Dreamleague East proved to be the best in FB. -- FBNYC
FBNYC 2K7 FALL "A" Championship MVP
34-year-old veteran (F) Yoshi Kagitomi took over for the Dreamers when it counted most, converting on DLE's last 4 FGs including a breakaway dunk to ice the finish.
*Lead team. ^Lead all.
DREAMLEAGUE EAST NYC Fury Blue
Other Top Performers
NYC FURY BLUE
U. Nasrudeen Pts: 20 Reb: 5 Ast: 2 Stl: 3 Blk: 0
F. Alfonso Pts: 18 Reb: 4 Ast: 0 Stl: 2 Blk: 1
U. Nasrudeen 20
F. Alfonso 18
Y. Kagitomi 9
C. Youn 6
B. Takenouchi 6
U. Nasrudeen 3
[3 players] 1
F. Alfonso 1
INSIDE THE STATS
After shooting a red-hot 58% in their 1st round match-up with TCB, the Dreamers managed only 39% in the Chip. Credit that to FBE's athletic and swarming defense. The Blue, however, shot only 28% from the field. That, too can be credited to DLE's equally stifling defenders.
Despite reaching the line 28 times to DLE's 13, the Fury Blue could only convert on 68% of their freebies. Compare that to DLE's 85% shooting from the charity stripe.
CHARLES BOK LEE'S ANALYSIS
It was a helluva game. After shocking the 2nd seed NYC Fury Black, the Fury Blue came into the Chip riding high and winning 5 out of their last 6 games. Despite coming out a little sluggish, likely a victim of the 2-hr layoff, give the Blue a little credit. They fought back after giving up a 14-pt lead. But in the end, the shots just weren't falling and DLE's shots were.
The Dreamers' backcourt was deadly from the perimeter, and just the same the shots from FBE weren't falling. The energy that (G) James Choi was popping with in the opening round just didn't carry over to the second.
Backcourt mate (G) Fellipe Alfonso did his best to carry the struggling squad but after 5-9 behind the arc vs. FBK, he couldn't find the net on any of his 6 attempts. In the end, it was all (F) Yoshi Kagitomi. Despite FBE's suffocating defense, they decided to leave him in single coverage. Yoshi came through huge, and that's why he's the MVP of the Chip. -- C.B. Lee
KENNY "THE JET" LI'S ANALYSIS
Not gonna say much that Charles hasn't already, except to add that aside from Yoshi's late 2nd half heroics, the DLE back-court was killing it. After nearly racking up a triple-double in their 1st rd matchup with The Clockblockers, (G) Usama Nasrudeen followed it up with an assortment of long-range daggers (4-7 3FGs) that helped put the Dreamers up early and seal the deal late.
His backcourt mate, (G) Bang Takenouchi was equally an impact. Stifling FBE's Choi on defense and tallying 6 assists, none more memorable than the between the legs bounce to a streaking Kagitomi for the photo finish. In all, it was a team effort, whether it was (F) Wilson Wang's clutch 3-pointer, (G) Vince Sutherland's hustle or (F) Brian Yang and (C) Len Kamdang's timely offensive boards, the Dreamers had all the bases covered. -- K.J. Li
His first season as a full-time starter with the Fury, Redhead broke out. A career-high 17.7 ppg on 47% shooting, he was the gun in FBK's run.
G | Christian Stevens (BTR) | 6-4, 190 lbs | Profile
*Top 10 in league. ^Leads league.
It's a stretch to say "Pogo" played (G) but he spent more time outside with BTR's bigs in the paint and he proved he had the skills to run it.
G | Bang Takenouchi(DLE) | 5-10, 155 lbs | Profile
*Top 10 in league. ^Leads league.
Takenouchi made it look easy this season. Mixin' a flair for the razzle with a big game jumpshot, DLE is just fine with him at the helm.
SECOND TEAM C J. Yu (BTR) 11.8 ppg, 12.7^, 0.8* spg F C. Youn (FBE) 11.7 ppg, 8.9* rpg, 2.7* spg F Y. Yu (TCB) 15.7* ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.1 spg G J. Moy (FBK) 15.6* ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 spg G J. Choi (FBE) 12.3* ppg, 5.3* apg, 2.3* spg
Hon. mention: F. Alfonso (FBE), R. Hsieh (FBK), J. Scheiman (BTR), B. Strebel (TCB), W. Wang (DLE)
*Top 10 in league. ^Leads league.
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM C K. Forde (TCB) 12.5* rpg, 0.8 spg, 1.8* bpg F F. Alfonso (FBE) 5.5 rpg, 1.3 spg, 0.8* bpg F A. Vaca (BTR) 12.0* rpg, 1.5* spg, 3.0^ bpg G C. Stevens (BTR) 9.7* rpg, 0.9 spg, 2.4* bpg G M. Meonske (FBK) 4.5 rpg, 3.3^ spg, 0.3 bpg
Hon. Mention: V. Bhartiya (DLE), Y. Kagitomi (DLE) B. Picone (FBE), C. Youn (FBE), J. Yu (BTR)
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