MLK HS, NYC -- It was not pretty but NYC Skyline managed hold off a Shoot Don't Pass team that never quite got into it and yet, never quite fell out of it. It was a defensive battle from beginning to end and a very worthy win for Skyline.
You can't say SKY wasn't at least consistent. After jumping out to an early lead, the offense may have stalled a bit but they managed to score 9 pts in every quarter but the 3rd, where they scored 8. They left everything else to their defense.
The Shooters never seemed to get into any kind of offensive rhythm and their team shooting 22% for the game is indicative of that. Still, they never quit on the game and their defense was able to give them chances to come back. They never did, however, lead.
SKY (G) David Wong was relentless in the 1st half but SDP was able to contain him in the 2nd by recovering in transition and limiting his chances in the open court. The game was essentially neck and neck entering the final 5:00 min of the game.
That's when Chip MVP (F) Andre Liu took over. His 9 consecutive points were enough to hold off an SDP squad trying to make one last push. This one couldn't be sweeter for Liu who was on the losing end last season. He certainly wasn't going to let it happen again. -- FBNYC [Boxscore]
INSIDE THE STATS
SKY (F) Andre Liu had been held scoreless until the 4th qtr when he scored all nine of Skyline's total points in the deciding period.
NEW YORK CITY -- Skyline was easily the best "team" in the league this season but Shoot Don't Pass carried the best player on its roster, league MVP (G) Drew Chen. Which isn't to say his teammates are slouches. Both teams carry plenty of veteran experience, this will be a battle.
Skyline will have (G) Dave Wong on offense. His commitment to dropping buckets is astonishing. He can finish, make the three and draw fouls. The rest of the starters are all feisty defenders with plenty of veteran savvy on offense and (F) Victor Lin is still the most athletic player on the court.
The Shooters don't run their scoring through (G) Drew Chen anymore. Which is a good thing. He's their best playmaker and all-around player. He can now focus on D and winning plays. (G) Dennis Yang will score and a veteran crew will take this game down to the wire. -- The Jet
Shoot Don't Pass
(G) Felix Shen
(G) Brent Morita
This is a classic veteran match-up at the PG spot. Both are known for their defense but Shen is one of the league's leaders in A/TO ratio. Morita can make some big shots.
(G) Dave Wong
(G) Dennis Yang
Here, we have a another classic match-up. Two veteran scorers. Nobody attacks the rim more relentlessly than Wong and Yang has never met a three he didn't like. Both are streaky and can change this game.
(F) Victor Lin
(F) Drew Chen
Lin was a discovery last season, able to do it all, even help shut down this season's MVP, Chen in last season's playoffs. This is an all new season, though, and Chen focused on new goals, namely a chip.
(F) Andre Liu
(F) Myong Choi
The match-ups couldn't be better so far. Liu and Choi are two more veterans with plenty of pedigree. Both can score when needed and are solid on boards and hustle plays.
(C) Marco Palacios
(C) Alex Inn
Palacios, a former MVP at higher levels than this, is older now, legs not always there but what Inn lacks in Palacios' skills, he makes up for in all out hustle. Inn goes hard.
BENCH (G) Joshua Lin (F) Brian Yang (C) Brian Zhang
BENCH (G) Gene Kim (C) Jae Ha Hwang
Skyline boasts reserves that could easily be starters, even stars on other teams. If (F) Brian Yang is available, SKY's depth may just overwhelm SDP, who carries solid hustle guys and a veteran presence in Hwang.
K. "THE JET" LI
C. BOK LEE
J. VAN GHANDI
"SCOOP" J. SUN
(1) NYC Skyline
(3) Shoot Don't Pass
2K12 SUM Most Valuable Player Awards
2K12 SUM MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
G/F | Drew Chen (SDP) Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 175 lbs Player Profile 2nd Season
Season Highlights 14 ppg, 15.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2 spg
It shouldn't be any surprise, when Chen turned his devotion from scoring to making the hustle plays to get his team wins, Shoot Don't Pass is now in their first championship game. That kind of play was always more fitting to his style.
Runner-Ups: Mike Ha (THU), David Chu (SXP)
2K12 SUM Wat Misaka Award F/C | Dan Tak (LIE) Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 185 lbs Player Profile Rookie
Season Highlights 13.6 rpg, 1 spg, 3 bpg
There were some other notable candidates but nobody was as dominant on defense as Tak. His athleticism and devotion to dominating the paint is reflected in his impressive BPG.
Runner-Up: John McConnell (GLO)
2K12 SUM Most Outstanding Rookie F/C | Dan Tak (LIE) Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 185 lbs Player Profile Rookie
Season Highlights 12.6 ppg, 13.6 rpg, 1 spg, 3 bpg
Again, there were other very notable candidates but no one dominated on at least one side of the ball as consistently as Tak. He may be at least a Def MVP for many seasons to come.
Runner-Up: Leo Novakidas (GLO)
2K12 SUM Sam Lo Award
G/F | Drew Chen (SDP) Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 175 lbs Player Profile 2nd season
Season Highlights 14 ppg, 15.6 rpg, 2.6 apg Typically speaking we don't like to double up awards but no one worked harder this season than the "Childish Gambino." Runner-Up: John McConnell (GLO)
2K12 SUM Sixth Man Award G | B. Plunkett (NOD) Ht: 5-9 | Wt: 135 lbs Player Profile Rookie
Season Highlights 10.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 spg
The Nation posted a surprisingly strong season and much of it was a testament to Plunkett's great hustle play off the bench.
Runner-Up: Joshua Lin (SKY)
2K12 SUM Most Improved F | Jae McGuire (ENF) Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 190 lbs Player Profile 3rd season Season Highlights 13.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.9 spg
When you bump up your PPG average by nearly double-digits and post career-highs in assists and steals, you win this award.
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