Remember Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey from Saturday Night Live? Well, here's the Bay Area dreamleague's weekly version: Cheep Thoughts. A collection of my thoughts on each game as I go thru the scoresheets and post scores on the website. One-plus minute per game multipled by about 45-50 games and I can knock this beast out in an hour -- yeah right, it always ends up being double. The idea here is that I do not spend hours upon hours of time coming up with game articles...
AAA-P: Rising Stars 67-62 over Bulldogs. Sohrab Alem with 16-and-12. Henry Chhiv 21 points in the loss, but he started out 0-for-7... The Elephants blew by City Select, 64-40, as Mike Usis broke out with a 20-point output. Once again our non-scoring stats are a little sparse, so nothing to shout about there... Bomb Squad crushed Wrecking Squad in the battle of the "squads", but Wrecking Squad was only down 31-33 at halftime. That's when big man Mike Singh took over and scored 18 of his 20 points in the 2nd half. Singh totaled 15 rebounds... The Team fought back to cut their deficit to 41-45 heading into the 4th, then got outscored 16-2 in the final frame by the SJ Monstarz to fall 43-61. Aaron Katayama with 26 points. Kevin Tom with 15 points in defeat... Visual Basic's Quoc Huynh led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points as they held off TheOcho, 56-49. Dai Nguyen added 10 points and 15 rebounds. Son Nguyen with 20 points in defeat... It's the first time I've seen Hibachi this season and the first time you look at them, you're thinking, "Damn, they're huge!" But the bigger they are, the harder they clank. Their 41-32 win over the SJ Barons would have been closer if not for the Barons' Jack Tran remaining dormant on the boards in the 1st half, as well as a 5-point Barons 3rd quarter. James Bogan was rebounding everything under the sun, but only hit 3 field goals inside the paint to go along with his 17 boards. Tran finished with 15 points, but couldn't get around the Hibachi towers and grabbed a subpar 8 rebounds... An absolute horrific scoresheet, but I think I can make out Mad Cow's Kevin Ruan hitting for 24 points to help them beat Richmond Wolfpack, 51-42.
STANDINGS WATCH: Here are the standings, since it's either hard to read or not in the right tiebreaker order on the STANDINGS page...
So on 5/4, we have most of the Southeast (Oakland) at the Southwest (Redwood City). And most of the Northeast (Oakland) at the Pacific. First off, Team Dynasty and TheOcho will take the week off. The best matchup of the day has to be the Rising Stars at the SJ Monstarz. Big matchup underneath with Alem and Katayama. The Monstarz have more size, but the Rising Stars have a little more finesse. And if there's a time when you're glad you lost some tiebreakers, it's right now. Because Frosh Tryouts is at 3-3, one win away from double-elim status, and they get to play City Select, which only has 1 win thus far. Likewise, Multiple Scoregasms and Viewpoint Veggies are at the brink of single-elim status in the Lower playoff bracket. Visual Basic is in the same predicament.
Finally, there's the big complication where mathematically I have to give a Southwest team a doubleheader (originally coded "sw#7"). Since TheOcho is a team crossed out because of a previous matchup (with Team Dynasty), I can force them to be that team that was supposed to have a doubleheader, but then they actually won't have a doubleheader because of the previous matchup. This avoids forcing any other team with a doubleheader, so it all works out nicely. If I lost you there, don't worry about it.
All the rest of the matchups will flow around those pre-determined matchups. The SJ Barons get another shot at Lightspeed, which was a 1-point game a few weeks ago. That will be a preview of a possible Lower bracket late-playoff matchup.
You can also see now that playoffs start on 5/11. 5/25 is a holiday and I really hope to get the playoffs done by 6/15 or 6/22, no later.