|2K10 SUM Championship Results||FBNYC, 9.16.10|
|MVP-less Fury win franchise's third straight chip
Playing without defending MVP Nic Echevestre, Fury didn't skip a beat
Chinatown YMCA, NYC -- It's not often that a team makes a Cinderella run as impressive as Audacity of Dope has in the playoffs. All the right pieces just clicked at the right time. All-Star (F) Aaron Fisher picked up his game, (G) Jon Scheiman returned from his workout overseas and (F) Lamar Smith emerged as one of the league's premiere defenders. Knocking off an upstart Monkey Kings team and the powerhouse DB Connections was no mistake, and all this without league scoring leader (G) Usama Nausrudeen, AOD had the toughest team in the league, especially on defense.
But, few had any illusions about when the clock would strike midnight. The Fury, gunning for their 3rd straight title, albeit with only (G) Joe Kim returning from last season's roster, were playing on a different level than any other team going in. Even without (F) Nic Echevestre, NYF had been dominant, beating the Asphalt Ninjas by 31 pts. The Fury would again be with out Echevestre in here but that didn't change the perception of the game. This was the Fury's championship to lose.
That's probably what the Dope wanted. All through the playoffs, teams underestimated them and they walked away with the last laugh. The Fury, however, didn't make the same mistake. They came out with the same intensity they used against ASN and went up early. But AOD answered, going into the 2nd qtr down just 19-14. The pace, however, was all Fury. Dope struggled to dictate the tempo on defense. A 34-25 Fury lead at halftime was just one point shy of the total points AOD had allowed in their semifinal vs. DBC.
Though NYF (G) Jake Choi had missed some early 3FGs, the open looks were there and eventually, Choi started filling it up while (G) Joe Kim deftly set the table. Veteran and captain (G) Ren Hsieh also hit a timely 3FG to help push NYF ahead going into the half. AOD struggled to get any offensive rhythm with Kim and the other NYF guards pestering Dope ball handlers up and down the court but (G) Byron Goldstein found the range early on to keep AOD within range.
In the 2nd half, Choi continued to roll while (G) Garrett James got into the act on defense and out in transition. Veterans (F) Varun Manocha and (C) Mo Ghumman played solid floor games on both sides of the court, never allowing AOD to make a significant 3rd quarter run. (C) Ezra Hoover also contributed some destructive blocks and tough finishes in the paint.
Midway into the 4th qtr, the Fury seemed to have control but as even the best teams tend to do, they got a little complacent. Settling for perimeter shots, they let AOD get out in transition. Goldstein made a 3FG, then captain (C) Len Kamdang, then Smith and suddenly it was a game. The Dope were within 5 pts with less than 3:00 min left. The Fury were stunned to be sure but after a time-out, came out strong to finish as Choi answered with his 4th 3FG of the game.
As time wound down, AOD would have to foul and hope for Fury misses. Kim would take on the chance to close and converted 4 of 5. Choi also hit a couple and with AOD misses, their hopes for a Cinderella run were dashed. It was an impressive effort for the Dope, proving that they indeed, belonged in the chip, but the Fury prevail for their 3rd straight championship. -- "Scoop" Jack Sun
|Spot Dessert Bar Presents the 2K10 SUM Championship||FBNYC, 9.13.10|
(2) NYC Fury vs. (5) Audacity of Dope | Tuesday (9/14) 9:00pm @ Chinatown YMCA
NYF SCOUTING REPORT: The NYC Fury have a lot of firepower and now they're gonna need it. Defending MVP (F) Nic Echevestre (24 ppg, 7 rpg) is unavailable for the game. Which leaves (G) Jake Choi and (G) Garrett James for AOD to worry about, but even if they can key in on those two, the Fury still have (G) Joe Kim and (G) Ren Hsieh, both of whom have led teams in scoring in previous seasons. Depth, the Fury has, even if the bench isn't exactly deep. With Echevestre out, NYF runs just 7 deep.
AOD SCOUTING REPORT: Audacity of Dope by contrast isn't known for it's scoring depth but it has bruisers and dedicated defenders in spades. They may be the perfect foil for the finesse Fury or a terrible match-up. If floor leader (G) Jon Scheiman can slow down the pace and get (F) Aaron Fisher involved early, it just might free up shooters and give Dope a chance. AOD needs to keep it close until the end and then make a move to finish, something they've done perfectly in two playoff wins.
X-FACTOR: AOD (F) Lamar Smith has emerged as a premiere defender but with Echevestre out, there's no need for a Nic-stopper. The key then switches to (G) Usama Nausrudeen. An x-factor is essentially something that could win (or lose) you the game. Nausrudeen may be just that. Leading the league in scoring before sitting out the rest of the season with a neck injury, if Nausrudeen can help stretch the Fury defense, he can really help the cause. But AOD also got this far without him. How much will chemistry be an issue, especially with Smith, who has not played with him?
For the Fury, their bigs will have to continue to play well. (C) Ezra Hoover and (F) Mo Ghumman have been strong finishers for the Fury guards so far and will have to continue to be aggressive against a beefier AOD front-line. If not, the NYF has a tendency to rely on perimeter shooting, which is exactly what AOD wants. -- Jeff Van Ghandi
||Audacity of Dope
|(G) Jake Choi
5-11, 160 lbs
||(G) Jon Scheiman
6-1, 185 lbs
|In his first full season, Choi has provided consistent scoring and the Fury need it now more than ever. Scheiman is as steady as they come and will have AOD poised to win.
|(G) Joe Kim
5-11, 175 lbs
||(G) U. Nausrudeen
5-11, 175 lbs
|So far Kim has done everything for this team but score points, it's worked well enough. It's hard to gauge where Nausrudeen is at. If the appearance at PAAG '10 was any indication, he might be ready.
|(G) Garrett James
5-11, 185 lbs
||(G) Lamar Smith
6-2, 200 lbs
|James has carried NYF in stretches and he'll be called upon to do it here too. Smith may have the assignment to stop him and if MNK (G) Nick Mui's 2nd half disappearance was any indication, he just might.
|(F) Mo Ghumman
6-5, 215 lbs
||(F) Aaron Fisher
6-3, 215 lbs
|It hasn't been the most consistent season for Ghumman but when he's playing well, he's one of the league's best. Fisher always brings it, even if the scoring isn't there, the D is.
|(C) Ezra Hoover
6-5, 195 lbs
||(C) Len Kamdang
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
(F) Varun Manocha
(G) B. Goldstein
(G) Shane Neufeld
(G) Jamie Riillay
(C) Josh Ellison
|What NYF lacks in depth, they make up for in experience and pedigree. Hsieh was an All Star and Manocha is an elite defender. AOD does not have big names but they get plenty of energy and gritty play off the bench.
||CHARLES BOK LEE
||KENNY "THE JET" LI
||JEFF VAN GHANDI
||"SCOOP" JACK SUN
|(2) NYC Fury
|(5) Audacity of Dope
|2K10 SUM Top 10 Plays of Week 10||FBNYC, 9.7.10|
Finally, after several weeks of finagling, we have a new Top 10 highlight reel... clips were outsourced to Robby Huang out in Indiana who put his own twist on the FBNYC highlights. Big, big shout out to slim shady for the cut. For more videos, go here: vimeo.com/fbnyc/videos.
|2K10 SUM Players of the Week (Playoffs)||FBNYC, 9.5.10|
|N. Harrington (MON)
F/C | 6-8 | 225 lbs
Week 12 Stats
Harrington had taken 34 3FGs in the regular season, making only 9. He almost matched it with 6 in this 1st rd match-up with ASN as Harrington did just about everything a player can do to carry his team to the win, except get the win.
Runner-Up: Aaron Fisher (AOD) 16.5 ppg, 5 rpg
|B. Womack (ASN)
F | 6-3| 190 lbs
Week 12 Stats
Womack was unconscious while carrying his Ninjas to a 1st rd victory over the MonStars. His 6 3FGs seemed to come out of nowhere to perhaps anyone but him. But it was his defense that sealed the deal, Womack may be the league's best.
RU: Garrett James (NYF) 20 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.5 apg
|The Sam Lo Award for Hustlers
Joe Kim (NYF) 5.5 rpg, 5 apg, 3 spg
Kim has even gone scoreless in one game but he's done everything else to keep the Fury winning, including guarding the other team's best (G).
Runner-Up: Sam Dedwiler (BOI) 12 rebs, 4 stls
|Defensive Player of the Week
Lamar Smith (AOD) 6.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Ah, ah, don't give Womack that best defender title just yet. He might not have huge numbers but Smith has dominated on D all post season.
RU: Brian Villy Womack (ASN) 12 rebs, 6 stls, 1 blk
|The High-5 Club
Shion Campbell (ASN) 8-5-1-2-1
Sam Dedwiler (BOI) 14-12-1-4-1
Mo Ghumman (NYF) 10-4-3-2-3
Nick Harrington (MON) 36-11-1-2-2
Ezra Hoover (NYF) 14-9-1-2-1
Ezra Hoover (NYF) 8-6-1-2-2
Lamar Smith (AOD) 6-7-3-3-1
Kareem Merrick (BOI) 13-7-3-2-3
|Discorama Rookie of the Week
Garrett James (NYF) 20 ppg, 4.5 apg
James has simply taken over for the Fury in stretches. Just when you think you have Echevestre and Choi locked up, James kills you.
Runner-Up: Sam Dedwiler (BOI) 14 ppg, 12 rpg
|The "John Starks" Award
J. Plunkett (MON) | 1-10 FGs (.100)
The big man usually fills it up from deep and Harrington could have used the help but in a playoff loss, Plunk just couldn't find the range.
Dishonorable Mention: T. Goode (ASN) 2-11 FGs
|The "Chris Dudley" Award
Tony Hu (DBC) | 3-9 FTs (.333)
It all boiled down to a 1-pt game, any of Hu's six misses would have helped. And, Hu is one of the most clutch FT shooters around.
Dishonorable Mention: Jon Scheiman (AOD) 2-6 FTs
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