2009_Winter/Spring AAA-Elite (NYC)
Swishes & Bricks 3.15-3.19
David Cheng (PLPE) – I don’t see how DC could have been Picked Last in PE especially with a statline like this. Cheng showing why he should be picked first in PE with a team high 25 points on a very efficient 8/13 shooting (3/8 on triples, 6/9 on FT’s- what is it this week with 8/13 or 8/14 shooting lines for 20+ points??) on top of a board, 3 dimes and 4 steals in their first win of the season, 65 – 59 over New Blood.
Rob Chanthavongsa (New Blood) – Black Rob with another big performance that is cementing his status as the ‘Go-to’ option on the New Blood squad. With all the other offensive weapons on the team, that is a pretty big achievement. Scored an AAA-E week high 26 points on a scorching 11/17 shooting performance from the field while also contributing in all facets of the game with 7 boards, 3 dimes and 3 steals in the close 6 point loss to PLPE.
David Wong (TSIV OS) – Vegas Dave with a vintage offensive performance that instantly throws his name back into the race for the AAA-Elite scoring chip. Brutally efficient on the offensive end of the court by going 9/15 from the field (3/5 on 3’s) for 23 points overall with a board, 2 dimes, a steal and a block in a nice 65 – 48 win over G5.
Jack Ma (Runnin Rebels) – Jumpin Jack putting the Run in the Runnin Rebels with a very nice overall game to the tune of 15 points on 5/11 shooting (although he could have had more points had he not emulated Big Ben Wallace from the charity stripe by going 4/12) with 2 boards, a dime and 2 steals in their 53 – 29 win over HKT.
Joe Yen on Fire!
Joe Yen (G5) – With a very Matrix-like performance, Might Joe Yen again doing it all on the offensive end for G5 in yet another loss that has dropped them to 0-3 for the season. Mighty Joe definitely seems to be hitting his stride as he tallied his second consecutive double dub of the season, this one his best yet. Had 20 points on 9/17 shooting (a nice 2/3 on 3’s- proving me wrong when I ask why he keeps on taking 3’s) with 11 boards, 2 dimes and a steal in the 17 point loss to TSIV OS.
Arif Ansari (TSIV OS) – I read online that ‘Clash of the Titans’ was being remade for the new generation of movie watchers, but if anyone wanted an early preview all they had to do was show up for this game with Double A winning the board battle against another behemoth, Mighty Joe. Tallied a nice double double of his own with 14 points on 6/12 shooting which was matched nicely with 14 boards in TSIV OS’ 3rd consecutive win to open the season.
Nick Gao (New Blood) – Party Boy bringing the party to the court as he completely dismantled PLPE down low. While New Blood did com e out on the losing end of this battle, the Party Boy imposed his will all over the court with a solid double double of 18 points on 8/14 shooting (2/4 on triples) and 14 boards with 2 dimes.
Brian Hsu (G5) – While Mighty Joe recorded the nice double dub that will get all the pub, there was another G5er on the squad that had a strong overall game and also did his thing on the boards. Missing a double double of his own by 1 rebound, Hsu grabbed 9 boards to go along with 10 points on 5/13 shooting with 2 dimes, 2 steals and a block in the 17 point loss to TSIV OS.
Danny Luk (HKT) – Tough times for HKT after returning from a one year hiatus. Down (because of the loss), but not out of Luk, DLuk led HKT in rebounding for probably the last time since grabbing boards is K-Fong territory with 12 boards to go along with 6 points on 3/8 shooting, a dime and a steal in the 24 point blowout loss to the Running Rebels.
Rob, I need those articles!
Rob Chanthavongsa (New Blood) – If Dreamleague NY had a VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) ranking system, Black Rob would be right up there as there doesn’t look to be another New Blood baller (or any other baler out there period) that can match come close to matching his output. Not only did he lead the team in scoring once more with 26 points on 11/17 shooting, but he padded his statline with 7 boards, 3 dimes and 3 steals in their 6 point loss to PLPE.
Ray Huang (TSIV OS) – Like Scottie to MJ, Ray Ray complimented Vegas Dave well to help secure this win for TSIV OS. While Vegas Dave was doing his thing on offensive end of the court, Ray Ray displayed his great overall game with 17 points on 8/16 shooting to go along with 6 boards, a dime and 3 steals in the 65 – 48 win over G5
Brian Yu (G5) – Now this is what a Bomber is about especially when you get every one of your points from beyond the arc. Sank 4/7 from long distance en route to 12 points on 4/10 shooting overall with 3 boards, 2 dimes and 3 steals in the loss to TSIV OS. Maybe the new gameplan to avoid another loss would be to give Yu a mandate to only shoot 3’s as he shot better on three point field goals (57%) than on two point field goals (0/3- 0%).
David Wong (TSIV OS) – I’d bet the house that the only thing Vegas Dave can’t do on the offensive end of the court is an off the backboard, 260 degree, windmill dunk, but then again I might be wrong and has already done that, so at this point I rescind my prior statement. Lit it up from beyond the arc by hitting 3/5 triples en route to a game high 23 points on 9/15 shooting overall with a board, 2 dimes, a steal and a block in their 65 – 48 win over G5.
Definitely Not Picked Last
Stan Yeung (PLPE) – Another individual that I highly doubt would be Picked Last in PE, especially with performances like this, Stan the Man showed how much of a pest he is on the defensive end. Led the AAA-Elite with 5 steals on top of a 17 point on 6/9 shooting (3/5 on triples), 4 board and 2 dime performance in the win over New Blood. I like the underdog moniker by implicating that everyone on this team was picked last in PE, but with performance like this they may have to change their name to “Cool kids who always got picked first in every activity in PE”.
James Lam (New Blood) – The Long Arm of the Lam was felt this game as James went on to swat 2 shots and also tally a steal on the defensive end while scoring 11 points on a rough 5/17 from the field (1/6 on triples) with 4 boards and 3 dimes in the close loss to PLPE.
Kevin Fong (HKT) – Like the new Kevin Garnett commercial stating what he hasn’t done, K-Fong can also say that he has never had a bad game so far in the AAA-Elite. If he isn’t leading HKT in boards, he’s doing the little things to positively impact the game. While they dropped yet another game which is making double elimination status look like a dream at this point, K-Fong is still chugging along, doing his thing. Played some tenacious D with 3 steals and a block to go along with 9 points on 4/11 shooting and 7 boards in their loss to the Runnin Rebels.
Quincy Tso (PLPE) – Q getting double digits in the scoring column happens frequently, but this game it took a bit longer to get there. Scored 13 points, but took 22 shots to get it (5/22 23%, 1/8 on triples), but at least they still picked up the win over New Blood.
Erick Gargantiel, Jimmy Nguyen, Avery Wong (G5) – This Triple Threat to the Offensive Basketball Fundamentals combined to shoot 3/20 from the field (15%) for 6 points in the loss to TSIV OS. To say this performance was atrocious pretty much sums it all up.
Billy You (HKT) – Billy, You have to cover your eyes if you want to read this shooting line. 0/7 shooting, and apparently decided a little late to attempt a 2 point field goal as he was 0/6 from beyond the arc, in the 53 – 29 thrashing handed to them by the Runnin Rebels.
Walter Ho (New Blood) – Wally had a nice game, but not in the scoring column. While he did have 7 points, a dime and a steal in the New Blood loss, he only was able to muster 4 points on 2/11 shooting (18%).
POTW: Vegas Looks Too Comfortable Down There