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.

GAME CHANGER. (DON’T DO IT GUYS. IT’S JUST NOT WORTH IT. THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS)

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.

FINAL SCORE- GOON SQUAD: 17 BETTER THAN YOU: 13

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.

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