|Elephants Break Through as Alliance Denies BTR
AUGUST 5, 2004 -- The tipoffs for 8/8 have been posted and we have been reassured by the PHRC director that the scoreboard console will be there when we arrive. We are actually still awaiting 100% confirmation on the schedule from the PHRC director, but if it changes, we'll update the website and contact all captains playing in SF by phone. BTW, there is a 1.5-hour break in between the SF games due to AL playoffs and the AL's requirement of having a break in between their games due to the two-a-days. We recommend hitting Rustico at 300 De Haro Ave (cross street 16th St) for some quick light grub.
Please note that with the championships on 8/15 in Cubberley due to Fob Five or Alliance having the Winners Bracket advantage next week, we'll try to squeeze in 3-Point Shootout prelims 5-10 minutes before games. Participants, be ready! Meanwhile, here are previews for 8/8...
#4 Fob Five vs #2 Alliance: Is the third time the charm for Fob Five since they are 0-2 against Alliance this season?...Alliance is so tough because they can beat you at all five positions...Fob Five needs to play the defense of their lives to stop trio of Donny Young, Eugene Chung, and Jack Chin all at the same time...The Lius of Fob Five have to shoot well...Still, these teams could face each other for the 4th time on 8/15 if the loser comes back to survive the Losers Bracket!
#8 Flying Elephants vs #5 Striders: This one is tough to call...Only point of reference was Elephants' 6-point victory over Striders, but that was back in Week 1 -- April 25th, can you believe that?!...Well, for the Striders it's all about Godwin Wong...Oh yeah, there's Mike Chui who's hitting 40% from downtown, but averaging a so-so 8 ppg, while Eric Tam is at a near double-double average on pts and reb...The Flying Elephants, on the other hand, have pretty balanced scoring, but their leading rebounder, Calvin Shueh, is out...They have shown they can win even when sniper Boun Khamnouane, who is also shooting 40% from downtown but on an incredible 79 attempts, is off.
#6 Below The Rim at #1 Dynamic Flying Brothers: Both of these teams have yet to really hit their potential...At first glance, BTR looks solid with Yih-Wei Chien barely under a double-double average, Jason Lin consistently hitting his shots, and John "Stacey Augmon" Hsu liable to bust out with a game-breaking three or steal, but 3-point percentage is woeful and there's a tad too many turnovers, not too mention a thin bench, esp. with all-star Rob Dhat away on his honeymoon...For DFB, their 8-2 record doesn't necessarily exude dominance...Rich Santiago, Rob Fong, Steve Fong, and Nate Wong are all big-time players who share the ball, but sometimes they can all fall into a funk at the same time...Avoiding the funk is their key.
Winner-FlyE/Striders vs Winner-BTR/DFB: On paper, the Flying Elephants and Striders got a favorable draw with potent BTR and DFB killing each other off...FlyE and Striders have a better shot if the slower BTR was able to knock off DFB, which has beaten both teams by 8 and 9 pts, respectively.
JULY 31, 2004 -- Because both Fob Five and Alliance are in the Winners Bracket, the team that has the advantage going into the Final Three will undoubtedly be a Southern Conference team (i.e., either Fob Five or Alliance, of course).
This means that the championship will be held at Cubberley on 8/15. As such, the last Losers Bracket game that eliminates the entire field except for two teams must occur at 10am at Cubberley on 8/15, since the winner would play against the Winners Bracket team, which automatically has the advantage and stays at Cubberley. Then we'd take a 5-minute break and get on with the championship at 11am against the winner of Fob Five and Alliance from 8/8.
JULY 29, 2004 -- Recaps from 7/25...
#5 Striders def. #7 Got Rice: Forfeit by Got Rice, which is really not a surprise since they only had 4 guys last week...One big loss for Got Rice was James Tao's "retirement", but what about the other 2-3 guys?
#4 Fob Five 44, #1 DFB 37: DFB faltered and Fob Five took advantage...No one on DFB finished in double-digit scoring...Fob Five doubled DFB's output in rebounds.
#8 Flying Elephants 62, #3 Ballers 53: Doni Guitarte (B) led all scorers with 19 pts, but the Flying Elephants had three players in double-figures, surprisingly none of them was last week's hot hand Boun Khamnouane...John Alolor led the Elephants with 15 pts.
#2 Alliance 61, #6 BTR 52: Alliance faced a 41-37 deficit going into the 4th, then ran away with the victory as BTR tired...Jason Lin and Yih-Wei Chien led BTR with 17 pts each, but BTR could not get the ball down low to Chien and when they did, he could not make the shots fall...Donny Young had another stellar performance for Alliance, leading them with 20 pts and icing the game with a critical three...Eugene Chung (A) was held to 8 pts, but he still had 10 reb 5 ast...Biggest stat: Alliance outrebounded BTR 42-27.
All playoff games have been postponed to 8/8 due to 3 of the 6 remaining teams having conflicts. One thing to note is that in the Losers Bracket, #1 DFB has already faced #8 Flying Elephants. As the Rules & Regulations state, the top seed will then face the next-highest seed so as to avoid a repeat matchup in which the first meeting would be rendered useless. Therefore, #1 DFB faces #6 BTR instead -- a tough-luck draw for BTR, but at this point, it's simply win-or-go-home. Previews for Round 3 will be here early next week...