2009_Winter/Spring AAA-Elite (NYC)
Swishes & Bricks 3.1-3.7
Danny and Mike Chin (Ironmen) – In a performance that would make the real Ironman, Tony Stark smile, Run DMC (Danny & Mike Chin) unleashed an offensive flurry that the AAA-Elite has not yet witnessed in this thrilling 60–57 win over the Bearcats. Danny and Mike (too bad these two aren't another AAA brother combination like Vince and myself?) generating an almost identical statline (Danny - 21 points on 8/17 shooting (3/8 on 3’s) with 5 boards, 4 dimes and 4 steals; Mike - 23 points on 8/15 shooting (3/4 on 3’s) with 5 boards, 2 dimes and a steal) right down to the turnovers (Danny - 3; Mike – 2) they committed. Hopefully these two can put together more performances like this one to make sure that the Ironmen can keep up with the Stark Industry standard.
Tommy Zheng (Bearcats) – Just like my Bearcat years at the International School of Manila, opening day losses were pretty frequent (I think that I also participated in the worst loss ever handed to the school so please feel free to ask me about that whenever), but on the bright side we did manage to turn things around as the year went on. Too bad the Bearcats didn’t have 2 Zhengs on this squad or the final outcome may have been different. TMZ with a very efficient offensive game overall tallying 21 points on only 12 shots taken (made 8 while also shooting 4/5 from beyond the arc) to go along with 5 boards and a dime in the Bearcats close 3 point loss to the Ironmen.
Brian Yang (Ironmen) – After throwing a curve ball into the AAA Elite scene by playing in the Ironmen’s first game (after a rumor that he may not set foot on a Dreamleague court until later this month or April) the Commish with a big day on the boards leading the Ironmen with 7 caroms to go along with 2 points and 2 dimes in their opening day win.
Danny Chin (Ironmen) – It seems to me that his NL tailored game hasn’t hit any bumps in the road en route to the AAA-Elite division. Instead of playing a Guard spot in the NL he made the transition to Center pretty seamlessly. Not only was he tied for the second most points scored for the week with 21, but he also stuffed the stat sheet with 5 boards, 4 dimes and 4 steals in their first win.
Mike Chin (Ironmen) – Showing his preference for long range weaponry this Ironman did major damage from beyond the arc. Shot a scorching hot 75% on 3’s (3/4) en route to a game high 23 points on 8/15 shooting with 5 boards, 2 dimes and a steal in their close 3 point win over the Bearcats. Safe to say his 3’s did make a difference in the outcome of the game. Without it, Iron would have completely blown their near-20 point lead and lost the game.
Kashem Miah, Tommy Zheng (Bearcats) – Killah and TMZ killed it from beyond the arc in their near win over the Ironmen. Despite falling to 0-1 due to a very slow start that saw them only score 19 points in the 1st half, this duo combined to shoot 8/16 from beyond the arc (Killah with 14 points on 5/15 shooting (4/11 on triples) with 7 boards and 3 dimes; TMZ with 21 points on 8/12 shooting (4/5 on triples) with 5 boards and a dime) which may be a scary sign of things to come for the rest of the AAA-Elite season.
Danny Chin (Ironmen) – Utilizing his defensive prowess, DC played the passing lanes beautifully to intercept 4 passes on top of his great aforementioned all around performance in the Ironmen’s first win of the season en route to top defensive honors of the week. Easily one of the early frontrunners along with Vegas Dave for the MVP.
Andrew Tu (Bearcats) – Tu bad he didn’t have a better shooting performance. Opening day jitters may have caused Andrew to misfire on 7 shots as he went on to shoot 1/8 (13%) for 2 points in the first loss of the Bearcats season. But man, what an almost comeback they had!