Eric Klavoon & Jon Sandino
Repeat for Stallion Survivors!
Largest Klassic to date won by the defending champs
The 2015 KanJam Klassic took place on Saturday, April 25th. For the first time in over 10 years, the tournament returned to where it all started, Sportsplex in North Tonawanda, NY. With a total of 33 teams and players traveling from as far as Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ontario, and Florida, this marked the largest and most widespread Klassic to date.
With just one loss from the Regular Season at 15-1, defending Klassic champions Stallion Survivors (Eric Klavoon & Jon Sandino) took down some talented teams to advance to the Finals, including a very close Game 7 triple overtime win against Da Bubs in the Divisional Semi-Finals. They met up with PHILorkus (Josh Greenauer & Phil Schneider), 2013 Klassic Champions, in the Finals, where they went on to win the series four games to one to capture their second straight Klassic title.
Official Ranks including Playoffs
|6||Nacho y Esqueleto||19||9|
|7||Little Lebowski Urban Achievers||20||10|
|10||What's the big deal||17||9|
|14||Kool aid jammers||16||12|
|18||The AmeriKAN & The MexiKAN||12||9|
|30||The Pecan Sandies||4||13|
Determined by final finish, regular season seedings, playoff records, and regular season records against playoff teams.
REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
|3||Nacho y Esqueleto||14||3|
|4||Little Lebowski Urban Achievers||13||4|
|5||What's the big deal||12||5|
|9||The AmeriKAN & The MexiKAN||11||6|
|15||The Pecan Sandies||4||13|
Ties decided by head-to-head play and shootouts.
The top 12 teams from this division qualified for the playoffs.
REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS
|8||Kool aid jammers||10||6|
Ties decided by head-to-head play and shootouts.
The top 12 teams from this division qualified for the playoffs.
As with each passing year, the Klassic continues to draw in top teams, including those that regularly participate in the KanJam World Championship. This would set up another competitive route to the Klassic title. With a record number of teams for this indoor major KanJam tournament, the field of teams was randomly divided into two divisions, similar to the Klassic two years prior (2013). The Dinger Division (Red) consisted of a total of 17 teams, while the Deuce Division had a total of 16 teams. Teams would play every team one full game to 21 points within their division only.
The top 12 teams from each division made the playoffs, with the top four earning a bye for the first round. In the Dinger Division, Matteson Brothers (Austin Matteson & Connor Matteson) made KanJam history, becoming the first team ever in a KanJam major tournament to post an undefeated record in regular season play, going a perfect 17-0 to claim the #1 seed. The young upstarts also won the highlight game from the regular season, defeating PHILorkus in a six overtime round game. PHILorkus (Josh Greenauer, 5-time Klassic Champion & Phil Schneider) took #2 at 15-2, while Nacho y Esqueleto (Erik Arneth & Evan Sardo) were #3 (14-3) and three-time Klassic finalists, Little Lebowski Urban Achievers (Mark Stein & Jackson Trinh) earned the final bye spot at #4 (13-4).
In the Deuce Division, defending Klassic Champions, Stallion Survivors earned the #1 seed at 15-1, losing their only game to Barrel Roll. Serenity Now! (Tim Klavoon & Dan Klavoon, 3-time Klassic Champion) went 13-3 for the #2 seed. Three teams tied at 11-5 and had each split their head to head games, setting up a three-way tiebreaker shootout to determine which teams would earn the final two bye spots. Each team took a court and threw three rounds of throws. In their return to the Klassic, Milo's Minions (Adam Williams & Nate Schutt, 2011 Klassic finalists) recorded 14 points in the shootout, claiming the #3 seed. Barrel Roll (George Carvell & Zach Mayer) outshot Daddy DayKare (Matt Lafferty & Trevor Trethewey) 12 to 11 to get the final bye and #4 seed.
Largest KanJam Klassic to date
A three-way tie at 11-6 set up another shootout in the Dinger Division for 7th place. Jamaican Jerks (Bob Greenauer, 4-time Klassic Champion & Scott Silverman) ended on top with 12 points in the shootout, with Slackers (Jim Daugherty & Kim Klavoon, 2007 Klassic finalists) to follow at 11 points for the #8 seed, and The AmeriKAN & The MexiKAN (Ivan Gonzalez & Jarrett Tootle) taking the #9 seed after getting nine points.
Both divisions had a shootout battle to determine the final playoff spots since head-to-head record was locked in a tie. In the Dinger Division, three teams tied at 6-11, with only two of them able to get in the playoffs. 716 Kan-nection (Adam Gibson & Michael Nowakowski) took the #11 seed after they scored nine points in the shootout. The other two teams, Booker, please (Doug Stone & Brian Cadwallader) and High Voltage (Chris Southwick & Gabe Southwick) each shot eight points, setting up one more additional round to break the tie. Booker, please won by a score of four to two, ultimately landing the final playoff spot in the Dinger Division.
Over in the Deuce Division, three teams tied at 5-11 for the final #12 seed. Waterboys (Dylan Diebel & Joe Gardon) shot seven points and Pterodactyls (Ryan Rafferty & Chris Johncox) shot nine points. After getting eight points on their first five throws, Jam Session (Tom Iak & Jeff Clemo) had one throw left. Jeff threw a slot shot, which counts as 10 points in a tiebreaker shootout, giving Jam Session a total of 18 points and the final playoff spot.
Divisional Wild Card Round (best of 5) - After the Regular Season concluded and all the shootout tiebreakers were decided, a playoff bracket was set up for each division. Mirroring the format for the World Championship, the top seed would play the bottom seed throughout the playoffs. Once it came down to one winner from each division, those teams would square off to determine a Klassic Champion.
With the top four teams sitting out for the first round, seeds #5-#12 competed in the Divisional Wild Card Round. This was a best of five series. In the Dinger Division, all the higher seeds won their matches, with the first three matches as 3-0 sweeps. What's the big deal (#5, Brian Schultz & Matt Nelson, 2014 Klassic finalist) defeated Booker, please (#12). SIX IT (#6, Lenny Feldman & Sam Caquias) took down 716 Kan-nection (#11), while Jamaican Jerks (#7) won their series against The Benchwarmers (#10, David Morrison & Marcus Middleton). And in the only series that wasn't a sweep, Slackers (#8) defeated The AmeriKAN & The MexiKAN (#9), three games to one.
There was just one upset in the Deuce Division. In a 3-0 sweep, #10 seed, 10-13 (Jayce Grefrath & TJ Burns) knocked out #7 seed, The Showstoppers (Ezra Nicholson & Kurt Watson). The other higher seeds all won their series. Daddy DayKare (#5) knocked out Jam Session (#12), 3-1. Da Bubs (#6, Alex Reinecke & Sarah Burns) swept Nice Kanz (#11, Kyle Wittmeyer & Josh Timm) in just three games. And in the closest series from this round, Kool aid jammers (#8, Matt Maciejewski & Mark Markukis) held on to beat Hand Eeze (#9, Coltin Ferrick & Bobby Fragale), 3-2.
Divisional Quarter-Finals (best of 7) - The top four bye teams entered playoff action in round two, facing the winners from the Wild Card Round. All remaining playoff series would be best of 7 matches. In a Final 4 rematch from last year's World Championship, Stallion Survivors (#1) defeated 10-13 (#10), 4-1 in the Deuce Division. Serenity Now! (#2) eliminated Kool aid jammers (#8) in a close series, 4-3. Da Bubs (#6) continued their hot streak, sweeping their second straight playoff series 4-0, against Milo's Minions (#3). And in the final series, Barrel Roll (#4) knocked out Daddy DayKare (#5), 4-0.
Six out of seven games went to overtime
Over in the Dinger Division, all series were relatively close, with all matches going to at least game 6. While #8 seed Slackers threw a timely Instant Win on the last throw of a game against #1 seed Matteson Brothers early in the series, Matteson Brothers prevailed by winning the series 4-2 to advance. PHILorkus (#2) took on Jamaican Jerks (#7) in one of the most epic series of the tournament. The series went the distance to game 7, with all but one game going to overtime. Here is a quick recap of the series:
Game 1 - PHILorkus win in overtime 3-1
Game 2 - Jamaican Jerks win on a deuce shot to close out
Game 3 - PHILorkus win in double overtime
Game 4 - PHILorkus win in triple overtime
Game 5 - Jamaican Jerks win in double overtime
Game 6 - Jamaican Jerks win in 4th overtime
Game 7 - PHILorkus win in double overtime
Nacho y Esqueleto (#3) won their series against SIX IT (#6), 4-2, while #4 seed, Little Lebowski Urban Achievers (#4) advanced by beating What's the big deal (#5), 4-2. All the top seeds from this division moved on.
Divisional Semi-Finals (best of 7) - With just four teams left in each division, the competition was heating up in the Divisional Semi-Finals. Matteson Brothers (#1) battled with Little Lebowski Urban Achievers (#4), eventually winning a very close series, 4-3 to continue on in the Dinger Division. In the other series, PHILorkus (#2) took down Nacho y Esqueleto (#3), 4-1.
In the Deuce Division, Da Bubs (#6) nearly knocked out the defending champions. They continued their hot play, taking a 3-2 series lead on Stallion Survivors (#1). Stallion Survivors won the next game to force a game 7, where the series was on the line in overtime. After Stallion Survivors scored four points in double overtime, Da Bubs matched them to go to triple overtime. Stallion Survivors prevailed 6-4 in triple overtime to win the series and avoid elimination. In the other series, #4 seed, Barrel Roll upset the #2 seed, Serenity Now!, winning the series 4-2.
Final 4 (Divisional Finals, best of 7) - The remaining two teams in each division faced each other to determine the Division winner. In the Dinger Division, Matteson Brothers (#1) took on PHILorkus (#2). In a four game sweep, PHILorkus defeated Matteson Brothers to advance to the Klassic Finals for the second time in three years. This was the only matchup in the Dinger Division playoffs where the lower seed won the series. For Matteson Brothers, they placed third overall in the Klassic and their first ever KanJam major appearance.
Stallion Survivors (#1) took on Barrel Roll (#4) in the Deuce Division Finals. After losing the first game, Stallion Survivors won the next four games to clinch the series 4-1, advancing to the Klassic Finals for the second straight year.
PHILorkus (left) vs Stallion Survivors (right)
Josh Greenauer, Phil Schneider, Jon Sandino, & Eric Klavoon
In a fitting matchup, the 2015 KanJam Klassic Finals featured the last two Klassic Champions. Stallion Survivors (2014 Klassic Champions, #1 seed) would take on PHILorkus (2013 KanJam Klassic Champions, #2 seed), with both teams vying for their second Klassic title. For a little history, all four players competed on separate teams in the past: For Jon Sandino (Stallion Survivors) and Phil Schneider (PHILorkus), this marked their 3rd Klassic Finals appearance, including the third straight for Jon; for Josh Greenauer (PHILorkus), this was his 7th Klassic Finals appearance, and for Eric Klavoon (Stallion Survivors) this was his 8th Klassic Finals appearance. Let the games begin! Here is a breakdown of how the 2015 KanJam Klassic Finals went:
Game 1 - PHILorkus started with The Hammer for Game 1, and took an early 6-4 lead on a great slam by Phil Schneider. Stallion Survivors went up 16-12 on two great tips. However, PHILorkus stayed consistent, going perfect to 18. Needing five points to close, Eric Klavoon (Stallion Survivors) slammed a bucket and hit the goal directly for a deuce to get to 21. PHILorkus got the final bucket to stay perfect and force overtime. Stallion Survivors got four points. The first throw by PHILorkus was wide and they got no points, forcing an Instant Win attempt. Stallion Survivors won Game 1 to take an early 1-0 series lead on the missed Instant Win attempt.
Game 2 - Stallion Survivors went perfect to 15, before missing, taking a 15-10 lead. They then closed out at 21-12 on a great tip by Jon Sandino, making PHILorkus attempt another Instant Win. Unable to get it, PHILorkus trailed 2-0 in the series heading into Game 3.
Game 3 - Eric Klavoon made a one-handed bucket on the first play, and Stallion Survivors went on to a 12-6 lead. Josh Greenauer (PHILorkus) made a great play to make it 9-12, then got one point back, trailing 10-12. Stallion Survivors extended their lead to 16-10 on a jump bucket by Jon Sandino. Leading 16-14, Stallion Survivors could not get five points this time, opening the door for PHILorkus to force overtime. In the first overtime, Stallion Survivors got six points. Josh Greenauer made a nice tip to keep PHILorkus alive, tying it up and going another round. In double overtime, both teams matched six points again, forcing triple overtime. Stallion Survivors continued their consistency, throwing perfect again for six points. Josh Greenauer made an excellent one-handed tip for a bucket, but PHILorkus could not get a bucket on the return throw, resulting in a commanding 3-0 series lead for Stallion Survivors.
Game 4 - PHILorkus rebounded to take a 12-10 lead on a great slam bucket by Phil Schneider. They would go up 18-16, forcing Stallion Survivors to convert five points. With only point on the first throw, Stallion Survivors threw for an Instant Win and did not get it. PHILorkus shot the last bucket to complete the perfect game and trailed the series now 3-1.
Game 5 - Stallion Survivors tied the game at 6-6 on two great slams to keep pace. They then went ahead perfect to 18. Trailing 20-18 but with The Hammer, Stallion Survivors needed just a bucket to capture the series. On the first throw, Eric Klavoon slammed the final bucket to complete the perfect game and win the series four games to one.
Stallion Survivors celebrated in becoming the 2015 KanJam Klassic Champions, with high fives all around for both teams. In doing so, they become the fourth different team to win back-to-back Klassic titles. As a team, Stallion Survivors have won all three major tournaments they have competed in, posting an overall Finals record of 12-1 in all three tournaments (2014 & 2015 Klassic and 2014 World Championship). For Eric Klavoon, this marks his 7th Klassic title, which is the most of any player. It was quite a display in the Finals for both teams, and hats off to PHILorkus for another great performance.
As tradition, the main prize for this tournament has always been "The Hammer" trophy, as the team that wins gets to carve their team name and year onto the handle. They are also responsible for bringing The Hammer back to next year's Klassic. With being crowned as official 2015 KanJam Klassic Champions, Stallion Survivors were presented with The Hammer. The top four teams were also awarded with prizes (see below). In addition, for everyone remaining at the conclusion of the Finals, there was also a random drawing of multiple prizes (choice from either the prize table or from an assortment of gift cards).
Top four teams:
- KanJam Klassic Hammer trophy, free entry into the 2015 KanJam World Championship (1. Stallion Survivors)
- $25 Fandango gift card, KanJam Gliders set - Eric Klavoon (1. Stallion Survivors)
- $25 Best Buy gift card, KanJam Gliders set - Jon Sandino (1. Stallion Survivors)
- $25 Amazon gift card - Josh Greenauer (2. PHILorkus)
- $25 Fandango gift card - Phil Schneider (2. PHILorkus)
- $15 Subway gift card - Austin Matteson (3. Matteson Brothers)
- $15 Subway gift card - Connor Matteson (3. Matteson Brothers)
- $15 Subway gift card - George Carvell (4. Barrel Roll)
- $15 Applebees gift card - Zach Mayer (4. Barrel Roll)
Random Drawing of remaining small prizes:
- KanJam League koozie - Jon Sandino (Stallion Survivors)
- $15 Fandango gift card - Amanda Conlin (Ninja Tippers)
- $15 Applebees gift card - Bob Greenauer (Jamaican Jerks)
- KanJam Glow-In-The-Dark Disc - Jeff Clemo (Jam Session)
- $15 Fandango gift card - TJ Burns (10-13)
- $15 Fandango gift card - Jamar Carroll (Ninja Tippers)
- KanJam League koozie - Lenny Feldman (SIX IT)
- KanJam Splash set - Matt Lafferty (Daddy DayKare)
- KanJam Gliders set - Trevor Trethewey (Daddy DayKare)
- $15 Applebees gift card - Phil Schneider (PHILorkus)
- $10 Amazon gift card - Kim Klavoon (Slackers)
- $10 Amazon gift card - Jim Daugherty (Slackers)
- $10 Amazon gift card - Connor Matteson (Matteson Brothers)
- KanJam pink flying disc - Jayce Grefrath (10-13)
- KanJam Gliders set - Scott Silverman (Jamaican Jerks)
- KanJam blue flying disc - Josh Greenauer (PHILorkus)
- KanJam League koozie - Adam Williams (Milo's Minions)
- KanJam League koozie - Evan Sardo (Nacho y Esqueleto)
As always, we want to send out a thank you to all participating teams that traveled from near and far to compete in this annual tradition. Without their dedication, this tournament would not be possible. Also, special thanks to everyone that helped with tournament setup, takedown, and announcements. All proceeds were donated to "Carly's Club" at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Visit www.carlysclub.org for more information regarding this charity. Thank you to Sportsplex for coordinating the field rental and working with us to set up the tournament. We look forward to seeing everyone one again at next year's Klassic.