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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Day 9 Recap

K-Will Jump-Starts Team Connor to Third Win

Team Turean Connor 45
Team Cartier Brown 42

Kenny Williams (11 point and 19 rebounds) was an absolute beast on the low block today, playing by far, his best game of the season for Team Connor (3-2). Unlike other big men in the league who sometimes wander to the perimeter (I don't want to call anyone out, so I'll say Afureay Obeaboray in Pig Latin to protect his anonymity), Williams set up shop in the painted area, and refused to be denied. Members of Team Brown (2-2) bounced off him like flies as he made And-1 after And-1. His ability to clear space allowed him to pick up seven offensive rebounds, two of which were game changers. Williams even showed off a little finesse to his game with a quick spin to a fade-away over Cartier Brown. What was most impressive about his day was that he had absolutely zero complaints (seriously not even a lip smack or an eye roll) to the referees even after a questionable no-call by Coach Maley in the second half. While his contributions were the key to Team Connor getting off to a great start in the first half, it was Daniel Palm (7 points) and Turean Connor (9 points) who sealed the game late in the second half. Palm came up with two consecutive baskets with under 2 minutes to play which allowed Team Connor to retake the lead. Down 1 with 35 seconds to play, Turean Connor calmly drained two free throws, fighting through some quality Dimitri Baker trash talk. After a Tarik Martin acrobatic lay-up which allowed Team Brown to retake the lead, Connor again stepped up to the line and knocked down two more free throws that effectively sealed the deal. Xavier O'Neal added 9 points and three blocks, while Christopher Pride affectively ran the show to the tune of 9 points and 11 assists.

Team Cartier Brown was able to weather the storm of the early first-half onslaught by Kenny Williams and get themselves right back into the game by halftime, trailing by only 3. It was Cartier Brown who hit 4 threes, many of which were shot 4 feet further back than they had to be, to help Team Brown keep pace. Late in the second half, after Derrick Gaddy ripped Chris Pride, leading to a Tarik Martin lay-in, Team Brown had finally taken their first lead of the ball game. The heroics of Daniel Palm and Turean Connor spoiled the comeback effort however and gave Team Brown their second loss in as many games. While the loss must have been disappointing, Team Brown can take solace in the fact that they played their hearts out and left it all on the floor.

Ladies of the Scoreboard Earn Major Respect: We all know Briana Brown and Shamir Taylor are the best scoreboard and scorebook operators in all of the chicagoland area. While Coach Rodgers and I are incredibly grateful for this, they raised my respect level for them even higher with an interesting bit of initiative they took which is sure to increase the comedic output of this blog in the future. Instead of keeping track of just points like they usually do, they decided to keep track of missed shots, knowing that it could be ammo to take subtle jabs at members of the KBA fraternity. While I did not use this reputation ruining classified information on this day, you can be sure that it will be used in the future. So fellas, please keep this in mind, before deciding to put up a 0 for 28 performance. By the way, rumor has it that Shamir Taylor dunked over Kevin Swanson. I was not there to witness it, but it was confirmed by a reliable source and denied by an unreliable source in Swanson.

Captain-Less Team Glostner Struggles but Wins

Team Patrick Glostner 46
Team Afure Obeabor 38

Due to conduct detrimental to the school, Patrick Glostner was suspended for Team Glostner's (5-1) match-up with Team Afure (0-6). Without him, Team Glostner was out of sync in the first half. Even with Glostner coaching from side-line as if life and death rode on the outcome of this game, they could not seem to get anything going. By the way, Glostner's coaching attire was something I've never seen before as he was decked out with actual ankle braces. Obviously this was to prevent a high sprain due to physical nature of saying "Get Back" and "Box Out" a bunch of times. You can never be too careful I guess. Anyways.....where was I. Oh yeah. So after a sluggish first half which had them tied at halftime, Remy Price decided to have "No way are we going to lose to Team Afure" dominant second half. Mr. Price knifed his way into the lane whenever and wherever he wanted, resulting in 26 points, 20 which came in the second half. Even Kevin Swanson who usually does not give any respect to anyone voiced what I was thinking by saying "He is going to be good" when referring to the freshman. Team Afure had absolutely no answer for him. The only person who was able to stop him in the slightest was his own captain, who committed a classic case of over-coaching by calling a time-out in the middle of one of Price's drives to the basket. New-comer Phillip Strong added 6 points to go along with Cash Jones' season low of 2.

Team Afure put together one of their best first halves of the season led by point guard Derrick Roberts. Actually, I was not paying that much attention in the first half but after looking at the score sheet after the game (Derrick ended up with 8 points), and knowing that I do not want to hear Roberts complain anymore about the lack of blog love, we'll just assume that he was the catalyst of their first-half surge. Even with Roberts hypothetically incredible first half, Team Afure came out flat to start half number two. Sensing this, Remy Price exploded, allowing Team Glostner to build a lead that Team Afure was never able to overcome. Afure Obeabor had 11 points and Rob Siler chipped in 10 in the losing effort.

The Name Game: Chris Mister refereed this game in a tee-shirt jersey with Mr. Mister on the back. This made me think, does Chris have the best "Title-Same as Last Name" name in the history of toponymy (The Study of Names)? Let's examine this.
1. Doctor Doctor: No, not that fan friendly.
2. King King: Too overbearing "rulery".
3. Father Father or Reverend Reverend: Separation of Church and State forbids me to comment on this.
4. Misses Misses: Cindy Brady (I'm dating myself) would struggle with this one.
5. Professor Professor: If the And One mix-tape guy decides to teach a college course on the art of the crossover, then Chris could have some competition.
6. Judge Judge: I like it, but not as much as Mister Mister.
7. Officer Officer: Nope, Nope, Nope.
8. Coach Coach: No because if Daniel Palm was his or her player, instead of "Coach Maley, Coach Maley, Coach Maley", it would be "Coach Coach, Coach Coach, Coach Coach". That is just way to much alliteration.
9. Chief Chief: Might be forced to change it due to politically incorrectness.
10. Sir Sir: Nice, but not nice enough.

Well, there you have it. After much research and hours of consideration, it is apparent that Mister Mister is the winner for best "Title-Same as last Name" name in the world. Congrats Chris.

Team Jones on First Two Game Winning Streak after Forfeit

Team Jeff Jones 99
Team Kyle Bailey 0

Team Jones (2-3) gets their second win of the season, while Team Kyle Bailey (2-4) falls two games below five hundred.

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