Aaron Madfes, Player of the game
In a potential Division II playoff preview, MLB flexed their size and skill to come out on top of a stingy Google II team, 44-32.
On paper, MLB had an apparent advantage. With 6’5” ex-volleyballer Andrew Spock, the gruesome twosome of Jeff Paulo and Stephen Mueller, and a bevy of complementary players rounding out the rest of the roster, Google II had their work cut out for them from the start. In hopes of limiting MLB’s offensive output, Coach Thomas Advent matched Ray Wong up with Jeff Paulo. Wong delivered, limiting Paulo to only five points. However, MLB was simply too deep for Google and the rest of their lineup picked up the slack.
Google came out of the gates hot and scored the game’s first few points, but MLB weathered the early storm and took a 13-9 lead by the end of the first quarter. In the second, MLB’s Josh Rubin took center stage and poured in the fast break buckets, eventually finishing with 11 points. At halftime, MLB had a 22-15 lead.
Though they were down at halftime, by no means was Google out. Just as they did in the first half, they started the second half strong. Michael Wallman sparked the offense with his tenacious defense, and Ray Wong made sure Jeff Paulo got nothing going by running him off of the three point line and forcing him to drive and dish. Nonetheless, MLB mirrored their first quarter performance by absorbing Google’s initial attack and maintaining control. On the back of Andrew Spock--who finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds despite Google throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him--MLB had a 30-24 lead heading into the fourth.
With Google hanging on by a thread, Stephen “The Toolman” Mueller did his best Tim Taylor impression and busted out his hammer to drive home the final nails in Google’s coffin. With his relentless slashing and fearless attacking he pounded Google into submission in the fourth quarter. He finished with a team-high 12 points and five steals.
After this loss, Google now knows what to expect from MLB come playoff time and they have a lot of positive takeaways coming out of this game. First and foremost, their defense has made amazing progress since the beginning of the season. Secondly, ageless wonder Aaron Madfes has emerged as the heart and soul of this team. Not only does he direct traffic and facilitate communication on both ends of the floor, but he also fills up the stat sheet (he had 13 points in the loss). Perhaps he’s discovered the fountain of youth, or perhaps he’s just inspired by NBA ageless wonder Vince Carter, who continues to perform at an elite level despite his age.
Player of the Game: Aaron Madfes, Google II