|Fall 2014 Champions - Boomtown||FBNYC, 11.19.14|
|Boomtown holds off Breakers after fast start
The Boomers controlled the game early and never let up in their first title win
|MLK HS, NYC -- If this were a seven-game series, who knows what might have happened. But it isn't. The Fall 2014 Premier Division championship is just one game, and in this one game, Boomtown was the better team. Both teams have now played each other 6 teams in 4 seasons. Boomtown now claims two wins out of six, but none bigger than this one.
They simply came out with more energy than the defending champions. Boomtown was quite simply willing to work harder to make every play possible to get the win. The Breakers didn't have the same commitment to make the little plays.
After trailing 25-17 at the half, FBN did make a run in the 3rd quarter, but it was repeatedly stalled by missed free throws. As a team, FBN missed 12 FTs. Half of those misses would have tied this game.
But give credit to Boomtown, they never game an open window to let the Breakers take control of the game. They never let up, and this time, they didn't run out gas. They were led on offense by (F) Jake Moreno, who finished with a game-high 18 pts on 7-16 FGs. FBN's zone was designed to stop Jones from getting into the paint, but what they gave up was shots in Moreno's comfort zone. He took full advantage of the opportunity to step up.
BOO (G) Jack Delighter was no less a madman on the offensive boards than he had been all season. The repeated second chances he created for his team were one of the keys to this win. Boomtown out-rebounded Fastbreak NYC 40-21. Three BOO players had at least as many rebounds as FBN's top rebounder (F) Youssef Hulse (7).
This game was Boomtown dictating the pace early, playing their brand of basketball, and never letting up. Fastbreak NYC never could match their energy. And, the shots just weren't falling. The result is a well-earned title, Boomtown's first, and hopefully not their last. -- FBNYC [Boxscore]
|FBNYC Top 10 (Oct 27 - Nov 13)||FBNYC, 11.17.14|
|Fall 2014 Championship Preview||FBNYC, 11.12.14|
(1) Fastbreak NYC vs. (2) Boomtown | Wednesday (11/12), 8:00pm @ MLK HS
NEW YORK CITY -- Team FBNYC will be vying for their 4th straight title in tonight's game at The King, a Premier Division first. But this will be their first attempt as the playoffs' top seed, perhaps unfamiliar territory. What will be very familiar is their opponent, Boomtown. This is their 6th match- up in 4 seasons, and every one of them has been a battle. FBN is 4-1 all-time including a win in the championship two seasons ago.
The Breakers haven't always been the most talented team in the league but every season they have added a key piece, and this season, they are perhaps the league's best talent. Boomtown could make the argument, however, that they have been the best "team" this fall. They haven't changed their roster since day one. This could be a test of chemistry over talent. But, FBN isn't exactly without chemistry. The same core group has been together for longer than Boomtown has been in the league. These games have never been easy. Every last one hard fought.
Boomtown has historically been a tough match-up for the Breakers. They have a powerful slasher in (F) Nate Jones and a big who stretches the floor in (F) Jake Moreno. Key parts, but their advantage has always been their energy and all-out hustle. FBN is an aging team that doesn't move quite as well--and can't sustain that kind of pace. They are long defensively, and they generally play smart, contained ball, but Boomtown's hustle always keeps them in the games. It wears teams out. They proved as much against BBR in the Semifinals.
The x-factor that FBN brings to the table this season is (F) Matija Petrovic, a 6-7 mobile big man that Boomtown can't really defend one-on-one. He did not play in their regular season match-up with BOO, which FBN won anyway. The presence of Petrovic will make it very difficult for Boomtown to focus their defense on FBN star (F) Youssef Hulse, something they've done well in the past. With this kind of balance, the Breakers certainly seem to be the favorites. Particularly with Hulse's penchant for monster efforts in title games. But Boomtown has never let that stop them before. They will try for a second time to beat FBN for a title. -- FBNYC
|(G) Ren Hsieh
||(G) Josh Puritz
||Hsieh and Puritz bring the same kind of thing, they set the offense, try to make a difference on D, and hit open shots. Both are shooting well this season.
|(G) Garrett James
||(G) Keith Markovich
||FBN hasn't called on James to score at a high rate this season, but he is still very capable. Markovich is BOO's 2nd leading scorer & their most prolific 3-pt shooter. Perhaps a bit streaky.
|(G) Will Haile
||(G) Jack Delighter
||Even match-ups? This is what we mean. Both players can lay claim to being the hardest working in Premier. Haile is the better scorer, but isn't young anymore. Delighter has boundless energy.
|(F) James Bartlett
||(F) Nate Jones
||Bartlett is one of Premier's best help defenders and he's FBN's most trusted player on the floor. Jones is a nearly unstoppable slasher, creating match-up problems with his size and strength.
|(F) Youssef Hulse
||(F) Jake Moreno
||Hulse is perhaps the league's toughest guard. A big (F) who can score from any spot, especially off the dribble. Moreno is crafty, rebounds well, and can get hot from 3. He'll spread the floor for BOO.
(G) Pat Armstrong
(F) Ezra Hoover
(F) Matija Petrovic
(G) Evan Silver
(C) Brett Heller
(C) Bryant Picone
|All of the FBN bench could be starters on anther team. Only Petrovic hasn't been here before. BOO gets an all-out hustle guy in Silver, and solid front-line. Picone is a top paint defender.
|Fall 2014 Playoff Results - Semfinals||FBNYC, 11.6.14|
FALL 2014 PLAYOFF RESULTS - SEMIFINALS
|(2) The Monstars
|(3) Fastbreak NYC
|Player of the Game
Matija Petrovic (FBN) 16 pts, 6 reb, 1 ast
|(4) Basketball Reasons
|Player of the Game
Nate Jones (BOO) 18 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast
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