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CONGRATULATIONS BEAST MODE!!

Congratulations to Beast Mode for defeating Sic-Bo in an intense, although anti-climatic, final game of the season.

After going back and forth throughout the entire match, Beast Mode ended a 16-16 tie on a 5-0 run to win 21-16.

Beast Mode ended the season undefeated, a perfect champion.

Player of the Game: Wilson Pak

Just like he did the whole season, he put his team on his back and carried them to a victory.

X-Factor: Gary Ng (Sic-Bo)

Although he wasn’t able to score any points, he kept Wilson to a very low percentage from 2-point range and hounded him all game. If it wasn’t for his defense, this game may have ended a lot earlier than Sic-Bo would have liked.

Here are some photos of the champions (courtesy of Rebekah Lee):

Recap of the Year:

Thoughts on First Day of Games:

I couldn’t believe how many people showed up to the games; both the players and the fans. I thought it was going to be pick-up basketball with a few rules in place, but it ended up bringing the competitive juices out of everybody. We got people who usually don’t play basketball (like Wayne, Stanley, Min and Capo) and got them to come out and play. The “yuj-factor”* was in full effect thanks to the number of lovely, young women rooting for the teams. Overall, I was really impressed with everybody’s participation.

*yuj-factor – When guys play harder because of the presence of girls. This is a scientifically documented phenomenon that happens at any sporting event.

Best Game: Team Awesome vs. John’s Team

The battle of the 2 un-victorious teams up to this point was a nail-biter that ended in a 1 point victory for Team Awesome. Although they didn’t play in the playoffs, Team Awesome did prevent being the worst team in the league with this hard fought win.

Worst Moment: Zion’s sprained ankle

Seeing an injury happen while the game is being played is never a pretty thing to see. This injury may have altered the entire landscape of the league.

Most Controversial Moment: Simon’s game-winning travel

Did he? Or didn’t he? I would show you a video and tell you guys to vote on it, but ESPN decided not to cover us that day…

Best Fan: Esther Bongga Lee

Attended every game to support the champions of the league. I would consider her the TRUE X-factor of the league.

Worst(-est) Moment: Cancellation of games due to absences

That’s just me griping. I don’t like when people don’t show up… But I digress…

Let’s dive into what we’ve all been waiting for!

League Awards:

MVP (Most Valuable Player): Wilson Pak (Beast Mode)

A unanimous choice for the All-First TGBL Team, Wilson Pak was an obvious choice for the MVP. Each game, he took the brunt of the defense to get his teammates involved. He carried the scoring load in every game except one and was a defensive stalwart.

2nd: Gary Ng (Sic-Bo) – Headed the offense and was the best defender for the runner-up team in the league.

3rd: Simon Kim (Sic-Bo) – Captain/GM of the runner-up team in the league.

MIP (Most Improved Player): James Lee (Beast Mode)

Under the tutelage of the league’s MVP, James Lee became a force to be reckoned with on both ends of the court. Hitting the shots that Wilson sets up for him on offense and boxing out his man on defense, James Lee has really shown the progress he has made since beginning training last semester.

2nd: Josh Lee/Cliff Kim (Sic-Bo) – Josh Lee became a great force on the offensive glass while Cliff developed into a reliable scorer.

3rd: Jacob Kim/Jon Lee (Kildong’s Team) – Jacob showed his hustle and prowess for grabbing boards while Jon, who was already a great player, developed a three point shot and a nice floater inside to go with his solid defense.

X-Factor: Thomas Kim (Beast Mode)

As the third award in a row goes to Beast Mode, you can see why they won the championship. However, just like the other two players, Thomas fully deserved this award. Creating the only shot that has a nickname (the TCT), he spread the floor for Wilson by preventing teams from fully collapsing on Wilson every time he drove.

2nd: Joy Min (Sic-Bo) – The third dice of the three-headed attack known as Sic-Bo.

3rd: Jacob Kim (Kildong’s Team) – Gave team second and third chance points with his O-boards.

Defensive Player of the Year: Zion Hwang (Team Awesome)

Although their season wasn’t very spectacular, Team Awesome did have a gem in Zion Hwang. Although people may know him better for his deadly midrange on offense, his defensive efforts allowed Team Awesome to compete with any team they played. Against Sic-Bo he guarded Simon Kim and limited him to just 1 point. Although he was injured midway through the season, he came back against John’s Team and recorded 3+ blocks and steals.

2nd: Jon Lee (Kildong’s Team) – Great rebounder and one of the peskiest man to man defenders.

3rd: Simon Kim (Sic-Bo) – “By clogging the lanes, closing out on shooters, and altering layups with his size, deceptive quickness, and precise timing, Simon Kim changed the way every offense approached Sic-Bo.” – John Kim

Teammate: Kildong Kim (Kildong’s Team)

Other than carrying a team that had 3 freshmen and Howard Rim, an athlete who doesn’t really play much basketball, Kildong did everything he could in order to push his team to the championship. He never lost his temper, even in the most intense matches, and kept his team morale up in every single game.

2nd: Gary (Sic-Bo) – A great vocal leader who makes everyone play better.

3rd: Jon Lee (Kildong’s Team) – Although his demeanor on the court may be intimidating to other teams, his teammates love his hustle and heart.

Captain (GM) of the Year: Simon Kim (Sic-Bo)

“Serving the role of both commissioner of the TGBL and the captain of Sic-Bo, Simon Kim has without a doubt shown his dependability and leadership. Simon led his team as every captain should – on and off the court. On the court, he got everyone involved and made sure that everybody was having fun; furthermore, he did everything his team needed: big rebounds, big blocks, big threes. Off the court, he organized practices and held teammates accountable for meeting the attendance requirements. His commitment to Sic-Bo and TGBL were not in vain as his efforts crystallized in the form of a silver in the TGBL.” – John Kim

2nd: Wilson Pak (Beast Mode) – Led team to championship.

3rd: Kildong Kim (Kildong’s Team) – Took a team with a lot of raw talent and molded them together to end up finishing 3rd in the league.

All-First Team: (in order by position)

G: Wilson Pak (Beast Mode): 5’10” – Eastern Technical High School – Perry Hall, Maryland – Class of 2011

G: Gary Ng (Sic-Bo): 5’10” – International Christian School – Hong Kong – Class of 2013

G: Kildong Kim (Kildong’s Team): 5’9″ – Yongsan International School of Seoul – Bucheon, South Korea – Class of 2012

F: Simon Kim (Sic-Bo): 5’10” – Adlai E. Stevenson High School – Deerfield, Illinois – Class of 2010

C: Howard Rim (Kildong’s Team): 6’2″ – Northern Valley Regional High School of Demarest – Demarest, New Jersey – Class of 2012 (CPA)

All Second Team: (in order by position)

G: Stephen Chang (Team Awesome)

G: Thomas Kim (Beast Mode)

F: Jon Lee (Kildong’s Team)

F: Joy Min (Sic-Bo)

C: Billy Kang (John’s Team)

Season Stats (sorted by PPG):

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These stats only encompass the regular season.

Special Thanks:

I would like to specially thank all the fans who came out to watch us play. I would try to name every person that came out to each game but I know I’ll forget somebody.

Thank you to all the players who played in TGBL’s monumental first season.

Finally, I would like to thank God for giving us a new medium for us to get to know our brothers in Christ. I really believe that we can make TGBL into a great tool for both fellowship and evangelizing in the future.

THANK YOU!!

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The TGBL Finals: It’s amazing (sort of)

After a thrilling semi-final game between Kildong’s Team and Sic-Bo (which ended VERY similarly to the last one… other than the fact that there was no questionable travel), the finals stage has been set. Sic-Bo will take on the undefeated Beast Mode for the TGBL championship.

Preview: In their first meeting of the season, Beast Mode was able to pull off a 4 point victory behind Wilson’s 10 points. The only difference between that game over a month ago and the championship game on Friday will be how much each team’s chemistry has grown. In order to defeat Beast Mode, Sic-Bo will have to play great team defense and offense. Beast Mode will once again have to rely on Wilson Pak’s hot hand and the support of the rest of the team.

Key Players:

Sic-Bo: Joy Min.

With Wilson Pak defending either Gary Ng or Simon Kim on Sic-Bo, Joy Min will have to step it up on the offensive end and carry the scoring load for Sic-Bo to win. On defense, he’ll have to be the anchor down low he was against Kildong’s Team.

Beast Mode: Thomas Kim.

With the majority of Sic-Bo’s defense being focused on Wilson Pak, the second leading scorer of the team will have to come through and hit shots when he’s given the opportunity. If not, the frustration on offense may mount and they may have a tough time against Sic-Bo. If he can hit, this game could be less interesting than the first time they met.

Prediction: Who knows? =)

PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK’S POST!!!!

Not only will there be a recap of the championship game, we will have the awards for MVP, MIP, X-Factor, Defensive Player, Most Improved, Best Teammate, and Best Captain of the year. Also, we will have the All-First Team of TGBL.

PLEASE RESPOND TO THE FACEBOOK MESSAGE I WILL BE SENDING TO ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THE LEAGUE!

SEE YOU THIS FRIDAY!!!!

Playoffs?!!? We’re talking about playoffs?!?!

The final standings for TGBL looks like this

Beast Mode (4-0)

Sic-Bo (3-1)

Kildong’s Team (1-2-1)

Team Awesome (1-2-1)

John’s Team (0-4)

This means that John’s Team is eliminated from the playoff race.

The playoffs will be starting this SATURDAY (please note that it is not Friday due to the KASA formal) at around 9 PM (but it really depends on the availability of the courts).

The only rule change is that the games are up to 21, win by 2, cap 25.

Most importantly, there will be a prize that is awarded to the winner of the championship. More details to follow…

Game 1

Beast Mode vs. Team Awesome

Preview: The first time these teams played, Beast Mode cruised to an easy win. We’ll see what adjustments Team Awesome makes to stop Wilson from scoring all over them. Peter Nguyen has not been present at the team’s last 2 games and we’ll see how much this affects their chemistry.

Key Player:

Team Awesome: Zion Hwang

The self-proclaimed defensive specialist will have to either lock down on Tom to stop his barrage of 2’s or try to slow Wilson down 1 on 1.

Beast Mode: Wilson Pak

There’s no way to look at Beast Mode and say that Wilson Pak isn’t the key player for them to win this game or the championship game. If Wilson is not on his game, this team will struggle to beat any of the teams in the league

Prediction: Beast Mode 21-15

Team Awesome isn’t going to let Beast Mode come out and walk all over them like the first game. However, even with the few adjustments they may make, I believe Wilson Pak is just too much for Team Awesome to handle.

Game 2

Kildong’s Team vs. Sic-Bo

Preview: During the regular season, this game ended up being one of the longest, most grueling matches to both watch and play in. Taking almost an hour to complete, this game had 4 people with double-digit rebounds, a late surge from Kildong Kim that tied the game, and a questionable final play where Simon Kim hit a three after a possible uncalled travel. How will this rematch compare to the prequel?

Key Player:

Kildong’s Team: Howard Rim

Just like last game, Howard needs to dominate the paint and grab offensive rebounds to give his team a chance at winning this game.

Sic-Bo: Josh Lee

A late free agent add-on who has developed his game in the past few weeks. He’ll have to keep Howard off the glass in order to stop the upset from happening.

Prediction: I’m not going to predict my own game… All I will say is that it’s going to be a nail-biter.

HIATUS OVER!!

Sorry about the long delay….

This Friday the first matchup will be Kildong’s Team vs. Team Awesome.

This will be followed by Sic-Bo vs. John’s Team.

There are playoff implications that will be explained to the captains that day so bring your A game!