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Because of the nature of our bracket, Goon Squad will need to beat Cuse Flightz twice to win the championship. Thus far into the playoffs, Goon Squad has already sustained a loss while Cuse Flightz remained undefeated.
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Semi-Finals Stats!!

Team 4: Goon Squad

Team 5: MSB

Semi-Finals Box Score:

1) MSB (11) v. Goon (17)

Semi-Finals Standings:

1) Flightz (5-1)

2) Goon Squad (6-2)

3) MSB (2-6 eliminated)

4) Better than you (4-3 eliminated)

5) Foot Fire (1-5 eliminated)

Semi-Finals Column MVPs:

-Pts: Joy Min, Jason Kim, Zion Hwang (5)

-3s Made: Jason Kim (2)

-Rebs: Howard Rim (30)

-Asts: John Kim, Dan Ahn (4)

-Stls: Dan Choi (4)

-Blocks: Dan Ahn (2)

Season Leaderboard:

SIDE NOTE: After the final game takes place, the official stat taker will upload the entire stats for Season 2 of TGBL!! Check back to see who made season double-doubles, triple-doubles, quad-doubles?, cinco-doubles??!?!




Preview Playoff Round 3: School Bus v. Goon Squad

It’s win or go home. Let me clarify, that’s WIN OR GO HOME. 

You don’t dig deep. You dig deeper.

You don’t fight hard. You fight harder.

You’ve got to want it more. You’ve got to need it more.

This is why you came. This is why you’re here.

TGBL Playoffs baby. Semi’s baby.

Playoff victories are usually determined by how much momentum one team has over the other, coming in to the match.

So in the momentum game, this is a battle of teams with two very different stories.

Both played last week to get to where they are now. The Fan favorite, underdog, eco-friendly, Magic School Bus lost handedly to Syracuse Flightz only last week, proving that they can wilt when matched against truly skilled players. Will heart and distracting, highlighter green uniforms be enough to overtake Goon Squad?

Joy Min certainly does not think so. As the brashest, greasiest player in TGBL, Joy Min has successfully led his team to the semi’s after a slugfest in last week’s quarter final game. If Jowee and Senior Howard Rim can get on the same page, Goon Squad looks to be the team that wins and looks ugly.

X Factor: Freshmen, Kevin Lee of MSB and Jason Kim of GS.

Kevin has developed into the second scoring option on the MSB’s scrappy offense. His ability to fill up the stat sheet will be needed to make a dent into Goon Squad’s D. Jason Kim’s return last week to GS was nothing less than heroic. His continued development has given GS a veteran PG to lead the team.

Final Prediction: MSB: 14 Goon Squad: 17

Goon Squad pulls off the expected win after some initial difficulty guarding Senior John Kim in his last game at the ‘Cuse. 

Week 9 Recap/ Playoffs Round 2

Flightz v. MSB

It’s not often we get two undefeated teams, playing their best basketball, play each other at the same time. The basketball gods are rarely that generous. So when the only two undefeated playoff teams played center-stage at the Archbold, it was because the basketball gods ordained it to be.

Flightz. Schoolbus. The only two undefeateds left in TGBL squared off center stage, meeting together in Archbold gymnasium’s middle court in a rematch of the scrappiest game of the regular season. Sorry to disappoint, but scrap turned into slop and this one was a doozy. Players with no business with the ball, cough cough Josh Lee, made multiple turnovers.  With the number one seed safely in place, Wilson Pak’s Flightz found increasingly creative ways to turn the ball over and fail to convert on layups. Again led by Pak’s flamboyant sense of basketball IQ and intuition, the Flightz looked like the one man team they had tried to avoid being all season. Freshman duo Kevin Squared (Kwon and Kim) contributed 5 rebounds a piece to lead the team in rebounding, while junior Matt Park was the second-highest scorer with 4.

Schoolbus displayed its dangerous attack of balance and wit, as Senior Dan Ahn and Freshman Kevin Lee pitched in with the heart to take on Wilson’s stronger Purpler team. And in a season that has been so improbable, the impossible continues to happen. “Super Junior” Zion Hwang, rocking his new healthy relationship physique, was able to grab an astounding 5 rebounds. Those sitting courtside had the misfortune of seeing Mr Hwang’s bare stomach as his jersey rode up with every rebound. The reactions were not very flattering, not very flattering at all.

So in an unflattering game, Wilson’s team wins. John Kim’s School Bus puts up a decent fight but falls to the trappings of not being at full strength and Zion Hwang’s constant fight with cholesterol. Both teams looked ugly.  But on a rough day for TGBL, it looks like we have a clear projection for one of our Finalists. With its undefeated hallmark still standing, Syracuse Flightz should take this through (Editor’s note: Flightz has one loss this season).

In the words of G-Baby from the 2001 Keanu Reeves drama, Hardball,

“We goin to the ‘ship, boy.

We goin to the ‘ship.”

Player of the Game: Wilson Pak. Making it rain since 1989. In related news, Wilson needs a haircut.

Final Score. Flightz: 17. School Bus: 12

X-Factor: Dan Ahn. The man of absolute mystery.

Goon Squad v. Team That’s Better Than You at Everything

Joy Min knows how to win ugly. He knows how to win dirty. He knows because he is a little bit of both. And that may be enough to punch him and his squad into the Finals this year. In a clash of the two most physical, muscly-armed teams in the league, games rarely disappoint.

Showing off a fresh haircut, Senior CRS SUPERSTAR Billy Kang looked the part of the talented badboy of TGBL. His refusal to take out his diamond stud earrings was nothing short of debonair and defiant, traits that have made him a fan favorite among the females in attendance. Kang unleashed his soft touch to pour in 6 points and 11 rebounds to lead his team. Junior Tom Kim, who made a dashing display of confidence on the runway at the 3rd annual K-Night as G-Dragon, took over point guard duties and chipped in 3 points.

This was a win or go home for the two big boys of the TGBL. No crying allowed. Elbows are allowed sometimes. There was plenty of the latter. Both sides called lots of fouls as big men Howard Rim and Billy Kang collided again and again. In a game deadlocked by pure brute strength and physicality, the game changer came in the form one of TGBL’s most notorious rules. NO cursing allowed. So when the popular cry “Gimme that S**t” was heard on the court, “Better than You” was immediately given a technical and Goon Squad was given two free throws.


With a tech in hand, and the quality play of the Choi Boys (Dan and James) Goon Squad scratched out a victory to qualify themselves for the next round of playoff contention.

With that said, TGBL would like to say its fondest goodbye to the Grove’s resident Queens native, pool shark, and all-around nice guy Billy Kang, who played his last game as a member of the Grove undergrad. We wish all the best in your future endeavors.


Player of the Game: Jason Kim. Freshman PG returned from injury to lead his team with the best game he’s played all year. He’s one to watch out for if Goon Squad is going to make a run.

X-Factor: Howard Rim. Grabbing 9 boards 1 assist 2 steals and 1 block. Truly a defensive presence down low.

Almost Semifinals stats!

Side Note: The official stat taker had to look over the stats and add on some stats which the stats takers for the game have missed. Stat takers, please take your job seriously and try to record EVERY stat.

Team 2: Cuse Flightz

Team 3: Better Than You

Team 4: Goon Squad

Team 5: MSB


Box Score:

1) Goon (17) v. Better (13)

2) MSB (12) v. Flightz (17)

Week 8 Standings:

1) Cuse Flightz (5-1)

2) Goon Squad (4-2)

3) MSB (2-5)

4) Better than You (4-3 eliminated)

5) Foot Fire (1-5 eliminated)

Week 8 Column MVPs:

Pts: Wilson Pak (12)

3s made: Wilson Pak (3)

Rebs: Billy Kang (11)

Asts: Dan Ahn (4)

Stls: Kevin Lee (4)

Blks: Jason Kim (3)

Season Leaderboard:


Enjoy the weather!!


The match-ups will be:

Magic School Bus vs. Cuse Flightz

Goon Squad vs. Team Better Than You

The order of the games (which match-up is game 1 and which is game 2) will be announced at the gym. All participants please arrive at the gym by 9:45 PM. If your team is playing first and you arrive at 10:30, too bad.

The attendance rule continues to hold; I hope you guys are all attending Sunday, FG, or Friday!


Game 1: MSB vs. Goon Squad

In a rematch of a regular season classic, teams Magic School Bus and Goon Squad gave the audience another barn burner for the ages. Goon Squad maintained its inside-out game with senior Howard Rim breaking free from uncalled fouls and arms dragging him down to grab 17 (17!!!!) rebounds. Meanwhile, just-as-tall-as-Howard sophomore Joy Min continued his to show his stroke from distance as he went to score 8 points, with 6 of them coming from beyond the arc.
However, senior Cliff Kim already had a happy ending planned for MSB (we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt). As senior John Kim ran frantically around the court like a headless chicken trying to get away from the leader of the Huns in Mulan (Joy Min), MSB ran a play for Kevin Lee. Unfortunately, Lee was unable to connect as he was able to against Foot Fire. Already knowing that Lee was going to miss and where exactly the ball would land, Cliff Kim placed himself in perfect position for the tip. Says Howard Rim, “It was one of those situations where I jumped, and then I saw Cliff jump right after me and get the ball.” In arguably one of the most exciting finishes in TGBL history, Cliff Kim remained calm. He doesn’t always get rebounds, but when he does, he prefers tip-ins.

Player of the Game: Cliff Kim. He provided the two things MSB thrive off of most: heart and height.

X-Factor: Wayne Chen. In a game decided by one point, his 2 points were critical.

Game 2: Foot Fire vs. Better Than You

The TGBL blog writing staff would like to personally applaud and give props to sophomore David JJ Kim. In a season marred by wildly inconsistent lineups and a team largely composed of freshmen, JJ Kim stepped up to the plate. Whether he would have to play big, small, on-ball, or off-ball was up in the air every week as two of his dominant teammates, Nick Wong and Gary Ng, were often unable to be in attendance. Regardless, JJ Kim took leadership of his team and played his heart out every single week. And his team followed.
Unfortunately, Foot Fire’s matchup this week, Team Better Than You, is too good of a team for any team to take on without a full squad. However, Foot Fire tried, and it competed. As seniors Billy Kang and Sam Song (6 and 5 points respectively) were pouring in the points, Foot Fire kept up their competitiveness. Freshman SungHwan Kim and sophomore Danny Ryu stroked it from range. Freshman Will Zhou was hustling for boards. Every single member of this team competed, even though it did not end in a W for them. So congratulations on a good season Foot Fire. Hope to see you all next year!

Player of the Game: Sam Song. With stats all across the boards, Song was finding opportunities for both himself and his teammates to score while playing good defense.

X-Factor: Jon Lee. 13 rebounds let’s gooooo

Week 7 Stats!!

Team 1: Foot Fire

Wk7 Team1 Stats

Team 3: Better than you

Wk7 Team3 Stats

Team 4: Goon Squad

Wk7 Team4 Stats

Team 5: MSB

Wk7 Team5 Stats


Box Score:

1) MSB (17) v. Goon Squad (16)

2) Foot Fire (9) v. Better than you (17)

Week 7 Standings:

1) Cuse Flightz (4-1)

2) Better than you (4-2)

3) Goon Squad (3-2)

4) MSB (2-4)

5) Foot Fire (1-5)

Week 7 Column MVPs:

Pts: Joy Min  (8)

3s Made: Joy Min (3)

Rebs: Howard Rim (17)

Asts: Sam Song (4)

Stls: Alex Lee, John Kim (3)

Blks: Howard Rim (3)

Season Leaderboard:

TGBL Season Leaders Week 7


For those of you wondering how the TGBL Playoffs are structured:

Recaps of last week will be out tomorrow! Please stay tuned!!