Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Hunter - No the Other One - Leads Mailmen in Blowout

Jason Hunter may finally be finding a groove. Coach Hunter dropped a season high 21 points, five of eight from three, as the Mailmen roll past Drizzle 57-26.

Brandon Hunter added 14 points as the two Hunter brother's outscored the opposition by themselves. John Reminder had 12 (8 rebounds) and Andy Kempf grabbed 8 rebounds as the team moved to 8-2 on the year.

It was a lower scoring game for the Mailmen. But that could be due to the large deficit after the first half. The Mailmen defense stepped up again and allowed a total of 2 points to Drizzle at the end of the first half. The Mailmen lead the league in opposition scoring, only 392 points, or about 40 points per game. The lead the league by over 50 points in that category.

"It was good feeling," Jason said after, "very smooth, very confident. Hopefully this gets things moving in the right direction for me offensively. If I can do this on a nightly basis, I think that makes us pretty tough to beat. We can defend just about anyone, just comes down to us making shots. If I'm making shots, we have a lot of offense. Really hope this can continue for me."

J. Hunter has shot much better the past two games, 8 of 15, from three. He was in a slump as of late, shooting under 30% from the year from deep.

The Mailmen will battle Firehouse this coming Sunday. The good guys beat on them pretty well in their last meeting, 70-27. Firehouse has yet to win a ballgame this year.

"We cant look past them," Kerry Hunter said, "playoffs are coming up and we have to continue to roll. One game at a time."


Weigel signed through year The Mailmen added Clinton Weigel for the remainder of the season. With big man Kerry Hunter out and no timetable for his return, the team added depth with Weigel. Pat Cripple was also out last week after an ankle injury. Weigel had 4 points and 4 rebounds against Drizzle.

Cripple fined by team Word from the Mailmen front office is Pat Cripple was fined an undisclosed amount following his ankle injury. He sprained it playing basketball outside of the organization. Cripple is questionable for this Sundays game.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Size Does Matter as Mailmen Fall to Jalepenos

The good guys battled, but came out short, literally, against Jalepenos, 57-53.

The teams were involved in a physical battle all night. Three technical fouls were given, two to the Jalepenos, and one against the Mailmen (John Reminder). Tempers flared and the intensity was high all night long, unfortunately the Mailmen faltered down the stretch and came up short.

Brandon Hunter paced the team with 21 points on 7 of 15 shooting, 5 for 11 from three. He hit his first four shots to start the game, all three pointers, but only managed one the rest of the way. Pat Cripple added 10 and Jason Hunter came out of a season-long shooting slump, hitting on three three pointers totaling nine points.

The Mailmen suffered inside and on the rebounding end against the taller, longer Jalepeno team. Getting to the basket was no problem, but shot after shot was swatted away underneath, and offensive rebounds for the Jalepenos killed the momentum.

"We had a shot to win this game," Kerry Hunter said, "we battled, we just came up a little short tonight."

"As tough as we play," Crip said after the game, "you figure we'd get some brownie points. But our tough play seems to go against least in the refs minds and whistles."

The foul calls were a bit one sided after the first half, 6-0, against the Mailmen. It ended 11-10 with the Mailmen still on the losing end, but it did not look as close as it was.

Jason just shook his head after hearing a question about the refs for the second time this season, "I don't have deep pockets, I'm done talking about it. I just know we play hard and scrap and do what we can, especially when we are undersized. We won't change how we play, we can't if we want to win."

The Mailmen will play a rare Saturday night game this weekend and then a Sunday game following. The Saturday game is a makeup for Super Bowl weekend. They go up against Rockout With Your Lockout who was 2-5 as of this writing.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Mailmen Shoot Well, Win Big

The Mailmen improved to 6-1 on the season after a 61-39 route of Darice.

Brandon Hunter returned to form, somewhat, scoring 21 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. He only hit on 5 of 16 shots, but filled it up from the line going 9 of 11.

"It was good for me to get back on track," Brandon said, "I still didn't shoot as well as I would have liked, but I got a lot of calls tonight going to the basket and took advantage there."

Pat Cripple had the best game of his season, scoring 16. But most of those points came off of steals at the top of the 2-3 zone. Crip, Mike Giardina, and Jason Hunter suffocated the Darice offense up top, tipping passing, creating double-teams and turnovers. This led to fast break points and easy lay ups, which exhausted the opposition in the second half. Giardina and Cripple had a 4 to 5 possession stretch where passes were tipped, balls were stolen, and lay ups ensued.

"We've been locking down defensively the past few weeks," Coach Jason Hunter (8 points) said afterward, "When we can't score, we defend. We are starting to create easy baskets, which helps us greatly. We have struggled the past few games percentage wise, but the free throws and lay just don't miss those."

The team shot 42% from the field, 38% from three. The Mailmen had a tremendous night at the line, 15 of 20, way above their season free throw percentage (55%).

The Mailmen have an off week next weekend for the Super Bowl. Play will resume for the team February 12th, when they go up against Jammin Japaleno's. They were 5-1 as of this writing. The team has some unfinished business with the Jalapeno's as they were the team that ultimately eliminated the Mailmen, who were the Reignmaker's then, from the playoffs last year.

Kempf says "4", only finds basket once
Andy Kempf wanted everyone to know he was going in big time this past game.

"I said I was going to score 4 tonight," Andy smiled, "but I didn't get the ball where I needed it...with score."

That's when Brandon Hunter yelled from across the locker room, "Yea, when he dribbles coast to coast, it's never an opportunity to score!"

Kempf laughed, "I'm not a ball handler."