July 29, 2011

McAlister's Deli Game Summary - PFOL 5 - Week 9

Team 4 – 68
Team 2 - 64

Indianapolis – Having locked up the best overall record, Team 4 decided to rest some of their starters. Tamba Samba sat out with a sore hamstring and Peter Dinwiddie skipped today’s game with a strained work load.

Team 2 still hoping for a playoff spot knew this game could help them get there. For the 2nd game in a row Team 2 hit a shot at the halftime buzzer to keep the score close. This week Vance Catiln’s rebound put back as time expired help trim Team 4’s lead to just 4 at the break.

In the 2nd half Team 4 built a 12 point lead with 4 minutes left before Team 2 went on a 13-2 run capped by a Vance Catlin 3 with 1:22 left in the game to cut the lead to 65-64.

After getting two defensive stops, Team 2 called a timeout with 40 seconds left. The play was designed to get the ball into Alan Mowrey in the post and go from there. As Mowrey spun baseline Kyle Krol came over from the weak side to steal the ball.

Team 4 made 1 of 2 free throws and left the door open for Team 2 to tie or even take the lead with a 3. Doug Morgan pushed the ball up court and got the ball to Vance Catlin on the wing. Catlin went for the win and shot a contested 3 with 5 seconds left. Krol Krol grabbed the rebound, was fouled, and then iced the game with 2 free throws.

Alan Mowrey scored 28 points in the loss. Mike Weisberg scored 29 points and none better than this gem at the expense of Alex Montagano

Team 1 – 63
Team 5 – 43

Edmound Elzy recorded the first Triple-Doulbe in PFOL history (not counting Jake Vernon’s 10 points, 10 turnovers and 10 airball game in 2010). Elzy scored 18 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Team 1 used an 18-4 run to secure a victory over a short handed Team 5 who drops to 1-6 on the season but will still have a shot at getting into the playoffs if they can beat Team 2 by more than 6 points next Friday.

“This is just like what the Lakers do, they go through the motions for 3/4ths the game and then decide it’s time to close it out and take it up another notch and finish the game off. That’s what we did today”, said Edmound Elzy.

When asked about Troy Brokl missing the game, Elzy said: “I didn’t even realize he wasn’t here”.

Steve Reitan played the best game of his career as he grabbed 14 rebounds and had 5 blocked shots. “He has been a force this season in the paint”, said Elzy.

Reitan leads the league in block shots with 2.75 blocks per game (22 total on the season). That is the most blocks in PFOL history since the league started keeping that stat 8 weeks ago.

July 28, 2011

Week 9 Pictures

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Jason McGuinness loves this game - he is always smiling

Reitan clearing on of his 14 rebounds

Eric Cole has been called the 2nd best player (By Edmound Elzy)
on Team 1

Pugh drops a nice pass to a Burger

Elzy floats one home

Burger a little winded

J-Mac attacks the rim

Reitan picks up one of his 5 blocks on the day

Alan Mowrey driving towards the basket

Team 2 had no point guard on Thursday

Montagano playing stellar D on Mike

Mowrey drains a 3 in Krol's mug

Lilly scores in the paint.

July 27, 2011

McAlister's Deli Game Summary - Week 8

Team 1 - 72
Team 5 - 50

Indianapolis - Team 5 jumped out to a quick 14-6 lead over Team 1 on Wednesday. They knew a victory today would put them one step closer to securing a playoff spot. Team 1 quickly settled down and regained control of the game behind some timely scoring and passing by Edmound Elzy. Elzy scored 19 points on 9 of 12 shooting, dished out 8 assists while grabbing 8 rebounds. "I had to remind these guys (my teammates) who the Alpha Dog is on this team. When I was gone, people starting thinking they were the man. This is one man show, PERIOD," said Elzy.

Team 5, who shot 2-14 from behind the Arc, dropped to 1-5 on the season. Jason Rost scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. "He has gotten so much better since last season, said stat keeper Lauren Hyde.

Team 5 will get a 2nd shot at Team 1 tomorrow, but rumors are that Brian Stutzman, Brian Brown and Greg Smith will all miss the game. "You better believe I am going to get mine tomorrow", said Jason McGuinness.

Team 4 - 67
Team 2 - 38

Indianapolis - Andrew Boehner dropped a deep 3 at the end of the first half to cut a Team 4 lead to just 2 points at half 24-22. However, that was the closest Team 2 would get the rest of the game. Team 4 outscored Team 2, 43-16 in the 2nd half and walked away with a convincing 67-38 victory. Team 4 scored 47 of their 67 points in transition. "We just couldn't keep up with the pace. They are just better conditioned that we are", said Rob Laycock. Alan Mowrey was unavailable for comment due to the oxygen mask being administered to him.

"We have 5 people on our team in better shape than anyone on their team, said Spencer Anderson. "To be clear, I'm not one of those 5".

Only 3 players scored for Team 2, Mowrey (20), Catlin (13) and Lande (5). "We need to figure out a better offense than what we are running, said Rob Laycock.

Notes from Games

* Rob Laycock became only the 2nd player in PFOL history to play in 2 games and not take a single shot. The other play was Eric Flatt in PFOL season 1 (only because Elzy wouldn't pass to him).
* Alex Montagano missed today's game due to a Tanning appointment that he was unable to reschedule.
* Chris Melby shot an impressive 75% and scored 7 points. He is looking to win the award - "Best Sponsorship Department PFOL player".
* Alan Mowrey led his team in turnovers for the 3rd week in a row.
* Edmound Elzy leads the league in FG% AT 67%
* Alan Mowrey and Troy Brokl are tied for most 3 point FGs at 15 each

Week 8 in pictures

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Everyone on the court marveling at Edmound's high arching shot.

Brian Stutzman is left wide open

Burger dialing it up from long range

Jason Rost scored a game high 27 points

Jason McGuinness with his patent driving floater

Catlin creating space on Samba.

Mowrey taking it the rim

Weisberg did all he could to keep Lande out of the lane

Samba shooting over Catlin

Laycock blocking Krol - Krol called a foul though

Boehner drills a 3 at the buzzer to cut the lead to 2 at half.

July 25, 2011

McAlister's Deli Game Summary - PFOL 5 - Week 7

Team 4 – 58
Team 3 – 32

Indianapolis – Team 3 used a 29-6 run to start the 2nd half and turned a 1 point game at halftime into a blowout. Michael Wiesberg scored 28 points and Tamba Samba grabbed 12 rebounds.

Eric Flatt failed to record a double double today breaking his PFOL record of 16 consecutive games with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds. Flatt only scored 6 points but managed to grab 16 rebounds.

Team 3 played without Richie Smith (vacation) and Dave Neff (retirement).

“We got exposed today” said Scott Higginson. “I have never been so winded in my life”.

Team 2 – 55
Team 5 – 49

Indianapolis – In a battle of teams sitting at the bottom of the PFOL standings, Team 2 and Team 5 knew this was an important game. So important, that guard Jason Rost only showed up 10 minutes late for the game. “I usually roll in about 20-25 minutes late, but today I knew I needed to get there early” said Rost.

Team 2 was able to hold off Team 5 and squeeze out a 55-49 victory putting Team 5’s playoff hopes further out of sight.

Alan Mowrey scored 18 points and Andrew Boehner added 11. Vance Catlin made his return to the team after a 3 game absence and scored 8 points and 8 rebounds.

Notes from the games:

• The Photographer did not show up to work today. Rumor is he is on strike and wants lettuce and tomato added to his Chic-a-Fila sandwiches or he is not returning.
• Team 3 shot a dismal 4 of 21 (19%) from behind the Arc. 14 of 49 (29%) overall from the field. This marks the worst shooting performance in PFOL since last week.
• Thorpe Miller is in discussions with Team 3 to come out of retirement and join the team for the playoff run.
• Rookie of the Year voting has begun – Marty Lande leads all rookies with 2 votes.

McAlister's Deli Game Summary - PFOL 5 - Week 6

Team 1 – 57
Team 2 – 53

Indianapolis – Team 2 blew a 10 point lead with 4 minutes to play and dropped to 1-3 on the season. Team 1’s comeback was capped by Ryan Gibson’s two 3 pointers late in the game.

“This is the worst lost of the season for us. We can’t let go of leads like the one we had”, said Alan Mowrey.

Team 1 who was playing without Edmound Elzy improves to 3 – 3 on the season (2-1 without Edmound Elzy).

Team 3 – 61
Team 5 – 49

Eric Flatt recorded his 15 straight double double game (dating back to last season) as his team cruised past Team 5. Flatt ended the game with 23 points and 21 rebounds. He grabbed 15 of those rebounds in the 2nd half.

Team 5 drops to 1-3 and faces the other 1-5 team on Monday (Team 2).

July 23, 2011

PFOL 5 - Week 6 pictures

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Mowrey knocks down 3 over Cole.

Laycock and Morgan look to double team Troy Brokl

Doug Morgan goes back to his Little League pitching days to throw this outlet pass.

Reitan making a strong push for DPOY.

Lande blows by Burger.

Brokl talking trash to Mowrey

Laycock with the floater

Eric Cole stuffs Boehner's shot

Chris Lemay was on fire in the first half

Eric Flatt driving in for a missed layup, rebound and layup

McGuinness dials it up from long range.

This is the way Higginson let his teammates know he's ready to check into the game.

Flatt with a runner

Greg Smith attacks the rim.

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July 19, 2011

McAlister's Deli Game Summary - PFOL 5 - Week 5

Team 3 - 59
Team 1 – 54

Indianapolis – Team 3 learned earlier this week that Dave Neff would be retiring from PFOL. He will be taking his “talents to Exact Target”. Upon hearing the news, Team 3’s General Manager quickly picked up a free agent and signed him to a 1-game contract. Frank Vogel, the Indiana Pacers Head Coach, made his PFOL debut on Tuesday and immediately made his presence felt. Vogel filled up the stat sheet as he scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. He also was active on the defensive end as he nabbed Defensive Player of the Week honors by tallying 3 steals, 1 block and several deflections all while holding Chris Melby scoreless for only the 16th time in his career.

Vogel’s presence helped hold off a furious comeback attempt by Team 1 led by back to back 3 pointers by Troy Brokl. Team 1 was playing without star forward Edmound Elzy who missed his 2nd straight game. Edmound is listed as day to day due to a case of “Having something better to do”.

“Even though we lost 2 games in a row, I think it shows that we don’t need Elzy to compete in this league”, said Dustin Pugh

In the end Team 1’s comeback fell short as they lost 59-54 and dropped to 2-3 on the season.

Michael Glaser scored a game high 24 points while guard Eric Cole scored a career high 21 points in the loss

Team 5 – 46
Team 4 – 44

Indianapolis – By starting off the season 0-2 and facing the league’s best team (Team 4) things were not looking good for Team 5. That all changed as Jason McGuinness banked home a wild shot at the buzzer to give his team a shocking 46-44 win over Team 4 Tuesday afternoon.

“I have been practicing that shot my whole life. I can’t tell you how many weird looks I’ve gotten when I am at NIFS practicing a running off balanced flip shot from my hip late at night. Most of the time it flies over the backboard but today it went in”, said Jason McGuiness.

Team 4 was left shell shocked as their hope of an undefeated season get got snagged from beneath them. “I want to see a replay, I don’t think he got it off in time”, said Michael Weisberg.

McGuinness carried his team all the way until the final buzzer as he scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

“Brian Brown and Joe English were huge down the stretch, and Greg Smith locked up the middle. This is why I drafted veteran players. Players that have been here before”, said Brian Stutzman.

PFOL 5 - Week 5 Pictures

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Glaser dropped 24 points on Tuesday

Frank Vogel ready to check into the game

Dustin Pugh gets a jumpshot as Vogel closes out

Melby playing lock down defense

Vogel sizing Gibson up for a nasty crossover

Chris Lemay looking determined

Frank Vogel blows by Pugh for an easy 2 points

Team 3 pulled out the victory

Chad Lilly pushing the ball

Michael with the fall away jumper

Greg Smith about to throw some bows