|FBNYC 2K9 FALL Playoff Preview - (4) SWA vs. (5) SLA||FBNYC, 12.2.09|
(4) Swagganauts vs. (5) The Slayers | Saturday (12/5) 1:00pm @ MLK HS
ANALYSIS: Arguably the surprise team of the season, SWA doesn't usually look pretty but with a group of straight-laced, blue-collar types, they get the job done. They wear you down with defense, keep the game close and force mistakes down the stretch. (C) Derrick Tyson is an MVP candidate with a versatility that dominates on offense and defense. (F) Amin Gillespie and (F) Dave Liu round out a very strong SWA frontcourt.
The Slayers, on the other hand, have been a tale of two teams. Their start was typical of the back-to-back champs they are but the 2nd half of the season has seen the team check out. It's hard to say who will even be suited out this Saturday but one thing is for sure, defending MVP (G) Joe Kim will be there. Hopefully, he'll get some help from (G) Drew Chen and SLA's deep, scrappy backcourt but it's the bigs who have to show. SWA did an excellent job of swarming Kim in the regular season when SLA had no bigs to take the pressure off.
X-FACTOR: Gillespie has been solid running the show in the second half of the season and if he continues to do that and limit his TOs, SWA can win no matter who shows up. Drew Chen, though, is usually and will still be key for the Slayers. When he's on, he mingles with elite player status but even if he's off, he always seems to be in the right spot at the right time in the crunch. -- K.J. Li
|(G) John Hsu
||(G) Drew Chen
||Chen has been solid all season compared to Hsu's somewhat inconsistent play but Hsu always good for at least one big play.
|(G) James Lam
||(G) Joe Kim
||Lam has struggled with his shot but is still a scrappy defender. Kim, however, may be the most unguardable player in the league.
|(F) Amin Gillespie
||(F) Harris Chung
||If Chung shows, this will be worth watching. Chung is one of the few players that can match Gillespie in skill set and athleticism.
|(F) Dave Liu
||(F) Jared Sper
||Sper has been MIA recently, but he's playoff eligible. He gives SWA a size advantage but will struggle with Liu's quickness.
|(C) Derrick Tyson
||(C) Jiang Yu
||Yu has all but checked out this season. If he's there, he gives SLA another big body but either way, its a bad match-up for SLA.
||Both teams have solid benches that fit the scheme of their respective game-plans. But neither has a star off the bench.
||CHARLES BOK LEE
||KENNY "THE JET" LI
||"SCOOP" JACK SUN
||JEFF VAN GHANDI
|(5) The Slayers
|2K9 FALL Weekly Player Awards (Week 8)||FBNYC, 11.26.09|
|Chris Moore (FAS)
F | 6-3 | 200 lbs
Week 8 Stats
Moore's been showing signs all season of a big breakout game and in a record-setting contest against the high-octane Quicks, he got his chance. Scoring 21 of his team-high 27 pts in the 2nd half, Moore helped FAS close out a surging QIK team.
Runner-Up: D. Cohn-Williams (AOD) 24 pts, 5 rebs
|Derrick Tyson (SWA)
C | 6-4 | 220 lbs
Week 8 Stats
Hard to believe this is just Tyson's first selection to PoW as SWA has flown under the radar for most of the season. It's fitting then, in their regular season finale, that "DT" gives SWA his finest work, including a season-high 5 3FGs.
Runner-Up: Ezra Hoover (QIK) 27 pts, 11 reb, 2 blk
|The Sam Lo Award for Hustlers
V. Southerland (AOD) 17 pts, 8 rebs
Southerland has long been one of the league's top hustle guys. In Wk 8 vs. HYP, he simply outworked his younger opponents to 17 pts, 8 rebs.
Runner-Up: James Li (HYP) 8 rebs, 3 stls, 1 blk
|Defensive Player(s) of the Week
D. Tyson (SWA) 13 rebs, 6 stls, 1 blk
We hate doubling up Weekly Awards but that's how good Tyson was in Wk 8. He simply shut down the paint in the 2nd half of their win vs. NYF.
Runner-Up: Bryant Picone (NYF) 18 rebs, 1 blk
|The "High Five" Club
Rommel Dolar (NYF) 10-7-6-1-1
Amin Gillespie (SWA) 10-4-6-3-1
James Li (HYP) 12-8-2-3-1
Derrick Tyson (SWA) 18-13-1-6-1
|Discorama Rookie of the Week
David Chu (FAS) 24 pts, 4 3FGs
Moore wasn't the only one with a breakout game, Chu showed that if you get him the ball in rhythm, he can knock it down with prolific touch.
Runner-Up: Howie Chu (HYP) 20 pts, 11 rebs
|The "John Starks" Award
James Lam (SWA) | 3-11 FGs (.273)
Lam didn't shoot well but when you have Derrick Tyson under the rim, you tend to be carefree with your shot selection. SWA wins anyway.
Dis. Mention: Both NYF subs (6-23 FGs combined)
|The "Chris Dudley" Award
Howard Chu (HYP) | 2-7 FTs (.286)
Chu's 20 and 11 were solid in giving HYP a chance to stay in the game but had he made a few more FTs, they might have won.
Dishonorable Mention: Ian Yu (HYP) 2-6 FTs
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