April 28, 2011

McAlister's Deli Game Summary - Finals

Indianapolis – After a two week break due the to the Pacers NBA playoffs, PFOL resumed it’s playoffs and crowned a new champion. Team 1 came into the Finals with the best record in the league and faced the 3rd seeded Team 4.

Team 1 jumped out to an early 9-2 lead behind the hot shooting of Jason Rost. Team 4 settled down and went on a 17-4 run and went into halftime with a 9 point lead. In the second half, Team 4 showed no signs of letting up as they cruised to an 84-61 victory.

Richie Smith led Team 4 and nabbed the PFOL’s first ever triple-double with 17 points, 10 Rebounds and 10 Assists. Nathan Burger helped Team 4 shoot a blistering 55% from the field by scoring 22 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Jason Rost led Team 1 in scoring with a game high 24 points on 9 of 23 shooting. Eric Flatt owned the glass as he grabbed 22 rebounds; almost equaling the total rebounds Team 1 had (27).

This is Vance Catlin’s third PFOL Championship and Richie Smith’s second. For all of the other players on Team 4 this is their first championship.

“It feels so good to finally get a ring. Everyone was lumping me in the same category with Edmound Elzy – good player but has never won a ring. Now I am finally off that list”, said Alan Mowrey. “I hope that we can all play together next season. I would love to see if we can repeat. I’m going to do everything in my power to see that this team stays together”.

Game Notes and other Misc

• Richie Smith recorded PFOL’s first traditional triple double. (Jake Vernon had a triple double in season one, with 10 points, 10 turnovers and 10 fouls).

• Jake Vernon was technically on Team 4’s roster at the start of the season. This would have been his 3rd championship.

• PFOL was honored before tip off as the 3rd best league to play in Conseco Fieldhouse for the 4th straight season.

• PFOL 5 is scheduled to tip off in May.

• John Griffin missed the game due to personal reasons and not because Alan Mowrey mistyped his email address.

April 27, 2011

PFOL 4 Finals Pictures

Alan Mowrey rejects Jason Rost layup attempt

Team 1's game plan of "Let's leave Richie wide open" didn't work too well

Jason McGuinness in the open court

Burger gets a nice reverse layup

Burger connected on 2 huge 3 pointers

Eric Flatt trying his luck at the 3 ball

Andrew Boehner came into this game gunning

Richie Smith gets another 3 to drop

Rumors were circulating that Burger was upset that Team 1 showed no respect for his jumper

Team 4 shot almost 50% from behind the Arc

Jason gets another layup


April 1, 2011

McAlister's Deli Recap - Playoffs Round 1

Team 4 - 45 Team 2 - 42

Indianapolis - Team 4 learned that they would be playing their playoff game without their All-Star guard Richie Smith only minutes before tip off. Team 4 playing with a full squad for only the 2nd time all season looked confident as they knew Team 4 would miss the shooting and overall leadership Smith brought.

Team 4 came out shooting and jumped out to an early 10-2 lead; a lead that they would never relinquish.

Alan Mowrey got Team 4 off to the fast start with 2 early three pointers. They extended their lead to 11 by halftime. Edmound Elzy did everything he could to help his team claw back into the game. Down by 7 with 1:21 left to play he connected on a driving layup and then immediately stole the ball off the inbounds pass and scored again to cut the lead to just 3 with just over a minute to play.

After a few missed free throws by both teams, Team 2 found themselves down 3 with 8 seconds left. The ball found it's way back out to Elzy who had a game-tying 3 rattle in and out as time expired. "I had a clean look at the shot, I even yelled, 'OVERTIME!' while the ball was in the air.

"I couldn't believe the shot didn't go in", said Elzy.

"I knew the shot was off the second I saw him shoot it. I have seen him miss that shot too many times in my career. There is a reason he is called the Tracy McGrady of PFOL", said Jason McGuinness.

Team 4 was lead by Alan Mowrey who finished with 22 points including a couple of momentum changing 3's. Elzy lead Team 2 with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Team 4 advances to the finals to face John Griffin and Team 1. Game 1 is on Friday April 8th.