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Ball Bros. take crown, PHoops postseason awards

Ball Bros. pose after winning last year’s PHoops championship

Sunday night proved more momentous than most were expecting. With the bleachers crowded, the lineups announced and Mr. Rapp on PA, all attention turned to the court. But just a few minutes in, the referee grew distasteful with some Ca$h Money remarks and threw out forward Wil Stockman. This launched a game of frustration for the defending champs.

Ball Bros. guard Sean Azcui hit two three pointers. Braydon Douglas and Tommy Sutkowski quickly followed suit, and the Ball Bros. used a patient motion offense to create open three point shots. They found success driving as well, with Jack Gillard and Reid Johnson each converting inside.

Ca$h Money, for their own part, did well to match the hot shooting Ball Bros. by driving (with Jackson Moore) and dishing to shooters (Alicea, Perine, Bex, Morris). But it was the Ball Bros. ahead 34 to 25 at the break.

Ca$h Money’s half court trapping defense looked unbreakable much of the year; however, the Ball Bros. had just enough shooters and ball handlers to beat it. In the second half, outlandish calls from the referee and patient offense continued. An eighth technical foul set Ca$h Money over the edge, as the perennial champions fell in a 63 to 44 forfeit.

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Ball Bros. 63, Ca$h Money 44.



2019 Most Valuable Player

Finalists: Diego Smith (Half Senders), Jackson Moore (Ca$h Money), David Morgan (PHoops #1) and Scott Grabowski (C-Team)

Winner: David Morgan (PHoops #1)

  • This award generated some controversy, but Morgan has consistently been the most dominant player in PHoops this season. He dropped more than 50 points on several occasions this year and led his PHoops #1 team to an 8 and 3 record.


Fattest Clip Award for best three point shooter

Diego Smith (Half Senders)

  • Showing range from just about anywhere on the court, Smith led the league in three point scoring and led his team to the semifinals. Volleyball line? No problem.


White Mamba Award for best in the paint

Wil Stockman (Ca$h Money)

  • After departing South’s varsity team and accepting a 3 year/100 million dollar deal with Ca$h Money, fans had big expectations for the senior forward. He met those and quickly became one of the most dominant players in PHoops, scoring 20 points per game and leading Ca$h Money to an undefeated regular season.


Will Sheehey 6th Man of the Year Award

Finalists: Tommy Sutkowski (Ball Bros.), Isiah Perine (Ca$h Money), Lance Green (C-Team) and Thomas Like (Slim Clips)

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Most Improved Player

Nick Cannon (G-Fat Clips)

  • Cannon went from averaging 10 points per game (as a Waterboy) to leading the Fat Clips in scoring with 25 per game. The 6-foot-3 guard figures to be one of the best shooters in PHoops next season.


Coach of the Year

Trevor Cutshall (C-Team)

  • Always in professional attire, Cutshall proved to be an offensive mastermind as he coached C-Team to their best season in franchise history. He even “suited down” to make an appearance against the Ball Bros.


All-PHoops 1st Team

Jackson Moore (Ca$h Money)

Diego Smith (Half Senders)

JJ Thomas (Ball Bros.)

David Morgan (PHoops #1)

Wil Stockman (Ca$h Money)


All-PHoops 2nd Team

Scott Grabowski (C-Team)

Max Graf (Half Senders)

Nick Cannon (Fat Clips)

Braydon Douglas (Ball Bros.)

Zach Stewart (Ball Bros.)


All-PHoops 3rd Team

Gio Alicea (Ca$h Money)

Alan Morris (Ca$h Money)

Charlie Bless (Half Senders)

Seth Kestranek (Tune Squad)

Grant Bivins (The Janitors)


Thanks for a great season. Next year’s preparations start today.


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