2015 Results

Stallion Survivors
2015 KanJam World Champions
Stallion Survivors
Eric Klavoon & Jon Sandino

Repeat for Stallion Survivors!

Klavoon & Sandino win back-to-back World titles

On August 8th, a total of exactly 96 teams fought for their shot at becoming official KanJam World Champions. Players came from 16 different states, three Canadian provinces, and even Europe, as the KanJam European Champions traveled from Czech Republic to compete. Without a doubt, the sport has grown tremendously, and the level of competition was that much tougher.

In the end, it was the upstart team of Don't Bucket Up (Austin Matteson & Connor Matteson) who made it to the finals in their very first KanJam World Championship. They went up against Stallion Survivors (Eric Klavoon & Jon Sandino), the defending KanJam World Champions. The matchup featured an exciting Instant Win and ultimately went to a deciding Game 7, where Stallion Survivors won to defend their title. In doing so, they become the 4th different team to win back-to-back KanJam World Championship titles. For Jon, it is his second, and for Eric, it is his 8th KanJam World title.

Overall

OVERALL STANDINGS
Official Ranks including Playoffs

RankTeamWL
1Stallion Survivors439
2Don't Bucket Up4113
3Serenity Now!3313
4Team Domination3312
5Kardiac Kids338
6Sicilian Slot Machines349
7PHILorkus3010
8Little Lebowski Urban Achievers2613
9Young Guns287
10The Heroes of Kanton257
1169-ft Giraffes2511
12Phils Mania267
136 IT2610
14The Benchwarmers2510
15Fabreeze Brothers2313
16Just The Tip2513
17Slice & Dice2110
18Won Handed2511
19Kan Jam Ninjas219
20Jake Taylor2310
21Slackers2212
22Da Bubs2112
23Jamaican Jerks2111
24Disciples of Saint Jam2113
25Jam Kandwich2010
26Czech Republic2114
27Loosie Goosie2113
28Ultimate Bros2011
29Hold my beer and watch this1914
30Vicious and Delicious2014
31BK Nuggets2014
32VONDUNNIT1716

 

Determined by regular season seedings, playoff records, and regular season records against other playoff teams.

Dinger

AMERICAN KANJAM CONFERENCE
Regular Season Standings
DINGER DIVISION

SeedTeamWL
1Kardiac Kids222
2Serenity Now!204
369-ft Giraffes204
4The Benchwarmers195
5Slackers186
6NH Slot Patrol168
7Disciples of Saint Jam159
8Hold my beer and watch this159
9Pure Michigan159
1021 Point Streak1410
11VONDUNNIT1410
12Steelmen 5001311
13The Crisp Thatchers1311
14Motown Jammers1212
15Slots & Thots1113
16Ooh Kill Em915
17Drop A Jam on Em!915
18Slot City915
19Theon's Favorite Toy816
20No Expectations816
21Disc Van Dyke717
22Nice Kans717
23Bahama Kanners321
24The Filthy Canucks321

 

Ties decided by head-to-head play and shootout.
The top 12 teams from this division qualified for the playoffs, with the top four teams receiving a "bye" for the first round.

Bucket

AMERICAN KANJAM CONFERENCE
Regular Season Standings
BUCKET DIVISION

SeedTeamWL
1Sicilian Slot Machines232
2Stallion Survivors232
3Phils Mania223
46 IT205
5Jake Taylor196
6Jamaican Jerks187
7Loosie Goosie187
8Vicious and Delicious169
9716ers1510
10Dibs on the Slot1411
11What The1411
12Slot Life1213
13The French Toastmen1213
14The Disc Iples1213
15JUSTIFIED1213
16The Discepticons1114
17The Kahuna Kanners1014
18Disc Jockeys1015
19Venomous Ducks817
20Slotvakia817
21Dirty Slots717
22Jam Free or Die619
23Jean Claude Kan Jam619
24Sons of Kanarchy519
25In it 2 win it321

 

Ties decided by head-to-head play.
The top 12 teams from this division qualified for the playoffs, with the top four teams receiving a "bye" for the first round.

Deuce

NATIONAL KANJAM CONFERENCE
Regular Season Standings
DEUCE DIVISION

SeedTeamWL
1Don't Bucket Up223
2PHILorkus205
3Slice & Dice196
4Fabreeze Brothers196
5Won Handed196
6Just The Tip187
7Czech Republic178
8The Showstoppers178
9BK Nuggets169
10Dirty Duo1510
11The CC Express1510
12Triple 201411
13Brett Boerema1411
14Playground Legends1411
15Can-Am Jammers1213
16This Is Our Year1114
17The Rookies1015
18She's the Big Deal916
19Team Diesel916
20KaffTin817
21Points On The Board817
22Pterodactyls817
23Cole-Lentini Connection421
24Purple Breeze421
25AmeriKan Dream124

 

Ties decided by head-to-head play.
The top 12 teams from this division qualified for the playoffs, with the top four teams receiving a "bye" for the first round.

Hammer

NATIONAL KANJAM CONFERENCE
Regular Season Standings
HAMMER DIVISION

SeedTeamWL
1Young Guns211
2The Heroes of Kanton202
3Team Domination184
4Little Lebowski Urban Achievers175
5Kan Jam Ninjas175
6Da Bubs166
7Jam Kandwich166
8Ultimate Bros157
9Backyard Kings148
10Hand Eeze148
11Slot Mags1012
12Straight cash homie913
13Dirty Myrtle913
14The Big Deuce814
15Grumpy Monks Making Bad Choices814
16Show me your kans814
17Duck or Bleed814
18Ebony and Ivory715
19ROC steady616
20The Kan Among Boys616
21Dorflinger Dingers319
22Hammertime319

 

Ties decided by head-to-head play.
The top 12 teams from this division qualified for the playoffs, with the top four teams receiving a "bye" for the first round.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Prior to the start of the 2015 KanJam World Championship, long-time tournament coordinator and KanJam co-inventor, Paul Swisher announced that there would be a new game-day coordinator for future tournaments. Swisher has been the MC of the tournament since the very beginning (1990) when it started out as the Garbage Can Disc World Championship, and eventually evolved into the KanJam World Championship. On behalf of the entire KanJam community, thank you "Swish" for all your efforts in organizing and running a smooth operation from year to year.

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Annoucements
Jayce Grefrath (left) taking over for Paul Swisher (right) as the game-day tournament coordinator

The torch has been passed on to Jayce Grefrath, who has been a regular player for several years and runs his own KanJam league in Rochester, NY. His high energy, KanJam knowledge, and passion for the game will be a great fit for the tournament for years to come.

REGULAR SEASON

After the very entertaining and informative announcements, the music kicked into high gear as 96 teams headed out to their assigned divisions. Keeping with the format that has worked extremely well in the past, teams were randomly divided into two conferences - the American KanJam Conference, composed of the Dinger (Red) & Bucket (Blue) Divisions, and the National KanJam Conference, composed of the Deuce (Yellow) & Hammer (Green) Divisions.

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96 teams
Teams came from 16 different states, 3 Canadian provinces, and even Europe

For morning play, all teams played every team one game to 21 points in the regular season "scramble" round in their division only. There was about a three-hour time limit for teams to complete all their games. Each team would play about 22-24 games, depending on which division they were in. Almost every team was able to complete all their games for the regular season.

To ensure fair and consistent play across the board, three official KanJam referees were implemented for the 5th straight year. Their efforts over the years have helped with keeping the peace, resolving any disputes, and enforcing the rules, ultimately paving the way for a higher level of play. Once again, the referees were Josh Tonn (5th year as referee), Mike Matikosh (4th year), and Andy Evans (4th year). All three have over 10 years of KanJam experience and have been playoff contenders in years past. The referees and the tournament coordinators (Paul Swisher & Jayce Grefrath) reviewed all the team folders at the conclusion of the regular season to determine playoff teams. During the break, teams had lunch, courtesy of the North Tonawanda Police.

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Just one win shy of a perfect record, Young Guns (Ajay Cybulski & Charles Rizzo, NY) finished the regular season at 21-1 in the Hammer Division for the number one seed. The 2013 Runners-Up lost their only game to The Heroes of Kanton, a team consisting of a new pair-up of Adam Williams (2011 Runner-Up) and TJ Burns (2014 Final 4 contender), both from NY. Don't Bucket Up (NY) was the top team in the Deuce Divsion, ending the regular season at 22-3.

In the other conference, Sicilian Slot Machines (Steve Schillero & Dan Guastella, OH) tied with defending World Champions, Stallion Survivors (NY) at 23-2. However, Sicilian Slot Machines won their head-to-head matchup against Stallion Survivors in order to claim the top seed in the Bucket Division. Lastly, over in the Dinger Division, Kardiac Kids (Joe Schillero & Dan Schillero, OH) took the number one spot with a record of 22-2.

There was one "shootout" held to determine playoff seedings, and it took place in the Dinger Division for the #7, #8, and #9 seeds. After three teams tied at 15-9 and all had a 1-1 head-to-head record against their counterparts, all three teams participated in a quick shootout. As with before, each team took their own court and had three rounds of throws (six total throws) to score as many points as possible. In the shootout, Disciples of Saint Jam (Scott Sendlak & Michael Sweeney, NY) scored a total of 12 points, earning the #7 seed, while Hold my beer and watch this (Darryl Gear & Joel Blom, Ontario, CN) took #8 and Pure Michigan (Scott Johnson, 2012 World Champion & Kurtis Hine, MI) landed the #9 seed.

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Regular Season action
Teams in the Hammer Division compete

In the Bucket Division, there was a four-way tie for the last playoff spot (#12 seed) with a 12-13 record. Slot Life (Nick Desenberg & Derrick Isham, GA) won the head-to-head tie with a 3-0 record against their counterparts to make it in. The teams that just missed the playoffs were: The French Toastmen (#13 seed, Glenn Colton, 2-time World Champion, & Adam Colton, NY), The Disc Iples (#14 seed, Nate Schutt, 2011 Runner-Up & Eddie Walsh, NY), and JUSTIFIED (#15 seed, Tom Popovec & Nick Popovec, 2002 Runners-Up, NY).

Similiar to the Bucket Division, there was a tie for the last playoff spot in the Deuce Division, with these teams all locked at a 14-11 record. Triple 20 (Matthew Poland & Ethan Ranck, Ontario, CN) beat out Brett Boerema (Brett Ticzon, Manitoba, CN & William Boerema, NY) and Playground Legends (Randy Wiggins, NY & Jesse Wiggins, FL) in head-to-head play to earn the last playoff spot in their division.

And in a two-way tie at 9-13 for the final playoff spot in the Hammer Division, Straight cash homie (Jimmy Phillis & Nick Greier, OH) knocked out Dirty Myrtle (Mark Boesken Jr, NY & Marc Frechette, SC) from the playoff group by winning their regular season matchup.

There were a few other head-to-head ties, and the breakdown by division can be viewed above.

WILD CARD
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First ever European team
Tereza Pokorná (left) & Jan Schwarzer (right) represent the Czech Republic in the 2015 KanJam World Championship

Divisional Wild Card (best of 5) - For the first round of the playoffs, the top four teams from each division earned a "bye," while seeds #5 through #12 squared off. There were actually only two total upsets in the Wild Card round, with all the other higher seeds winning their series to advance. In a close series, #11 seed, VONDUNNIT (Brandon Von Holt & Timothy Dunn, NY) knocked out NH Slot Patrol (#6 seed, Shea Whalen & Nick Page, NH), three games to two in the Dinger Division. BK Nuggets (#9 Brian McDonald, Manitoba, CN & Kyle Moslow, NY) took down #8 seed, The Showstoppers (Ezra Nicholson & Kurt Watson, Ontario, CN) in four games.

For the first time ever, a team advanced without playing a game. After #12 seed, Straight cash homie, failed to show up for their series, Kan Jam Ninjas (#5, Derek Eich & Chuck Eich, NY) advanced automatically to the next round in the Deuce Division. This division also featured the 2014 European KanJam Champions, who traveled all the way from Prague, Czech Republic in Europe to compete in this year's World Championship. They made the playoffs as the #7 seed under the team name "Czech Republic" (Jan Schwarzer & Tereza Pokorná), and defeated Dirty Duo (#10 seed, Danielle Edelglass & Dave Young, NY) in a close series, 3-2 to advance.

DIVISIONAL QUARTER-FINALS
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Bye teams take on winners from Round 1
Young Guns vs Ultimate Bros

Divisional Quarter-Finals (best of 7) - After the completion of Round 1, the field was whittled down to 32 teams. The winners from the Wild Card Round faced the top four bye teams in a best of 7 series. In fact, every remaining playoff series was a best of 7 series to the end of the tournament. Out of the 16 series from this round, there was just one upset, as the top seeds all advanced. The upset came with the #6 seed, Just The Tip (Ryan Conger & Lee Blair, NY) knocking out the #3 seed, Slice & Dice (LeeAnn Greenauer & Antonette Backert, NY), 4-2 in the Deuce Division.

DIVISIONAL SEMI-FINALS
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16 remaining teams compete in best of 7 series

Divisional Semi-Finals (best of 7) - Both the #1 and #2 seeds won their series in the American KanJam Conference. In the Dinger Division, Kardiac Kids (#1) knocked off The Benchwarmers (#4, David Morrison & Marcus Middleton, NY), 4-2, while #2 seed, Serenity Now! (Tim Klavoon, NY & Dan Klavoon, 3-time World Champion, MD) defeated 69-ft Giraffes (#3, Kyle Merrifield & Adam Moran, NY) in five games. Sicilian Slot Machines (#1) eliminated 6 IT (#4, Lenny Feldman & Sam Caquias, NY), 4-2 in the Bucket Division, while Stallion Survivors (#2) swept their second straight playoff series by beating Phils Mania (#3, Dave Ryley & Aaron Ryley, NY).

On the other side in the National KanJam Conference, the top seeds swept both series in the Deuce Division. Don't Bucket Up (#1) swept Just The Tip (#6) 4-0, while PHILorkus (#2, Josh Greenauer, 4-time World Champion & Phil Schneider, NY) beat Fabreeze Brothers (#4, Ben Jones & Jon Heus, OH) in four games. The same cannot be said of the Hammer Division, as both the #1 and #2 seeds were eliminated. In a series that came down to one deciding throw in Game 7, Little Lebowski Urban Achievers (#4, Jackson Trinh & Mark Stein, NY) defeated #1 seed, Young Guns, 4-3. Meanwhile, The Heroes of Kanton (#2) fell to the 2-time World Champions, Team Domination (#3, Mark Lopian & Bryan Irish-Jones, NY), 4-1.

DIVISIONAL FINALS
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Team Domination vs Little Lebowski Urban Achievers
Jackson Trinh of Little Lebowski scores a Dinger

Divisional Finals (best of 7) - With just two teams left from each division and eight remaining overall, the stage was set to determine a winner from each division. Like the prior year, all remaining teams were a #4 seed or higher, including a #1 vs #2 matchup in three out of the four divisions. In the National KanJam Conference, Team Domination (#3) took on Little Lebowski Urban Achievers (#4) in a rematch from a classic series in the past. Back in 2008, these two teams had an epic series in the Final 4, where Bryan-Irish Jones from Team Domination threw an Instant Win in Game 7 to win the series. Now seven years later, Little Lebowski Urban Achievers had their shot at redemption. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't hold up, as Team Domination rolled past them four games to one to advance. In the Deuce Division, Phil Schneider (PHILorkus, #2 seed) threw an Instant Win slot in Game 5 against Don't Bucket Up (#1), but it wouldn't be enough, as Don't Bucket Up won the series 4-2 to move on.

Final 8
Top 8
Little Lebowski Urban Achievers, Team Domination, Serenity Now!, Kardiac Kids, Sicilian Slot Machines, Stallion Survivors, Don't Bucket Up, & PHILorkus

Jackson Trinh, Mark Stein, Mark Lopian, Bryan Irish-Jones, Tim Klavoon, Dan Klavoon, Joe Schillero, Dan Schillero, Dan Guastella, Steve Schillero, Jon Sandino, Eric Klavoon, Austin Matteson, Josh Greenauer, Connor Matteson, & Phil Schneider

In the American KanJam Conference, it was not only a matchup of #1 and #2 seeds, but also a battle of families between The Klavoons and The Schilleros. Each team in both series had at least one member from each family. The Dinger Division featured a matchup of two father-son teams, Kardiac Kids (#1) vs Serenity Now! (#2). Serenity Now! got out to an early 3-1 series lead, but Kardiac Kids rebounded. In Game 6, Kardiac Kids needed one point to close, but Dan Schillero tipped the disc into the slot, resulting in them going back to 17. However, they still were able to come back and win the game to force a deciding Game 7. In the final game with a 17-15 lead, Kardiac Kids needed four points, but could not convert the one point needed on the final throw. Serenity Now! had the hammer, and came through in the clutch with double buckets to win the series.

Stallion Survivors (#2) started out with an early series lead against Sicilian Slot Machines (#1) in the Bucket Division. Needing an Instant Win, Steve Schillero (Sicilian Slot Machines) threw an Instant Win to bring them back into the series and provide momentum. They would win Game 6 in overtime to tie up the series 3-3. In the final game, Jon Sandino made great tip for one point to lock up the series for Stallion Survivors.

FINAL 4 - CONFERENCE FINALS
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Klavoon vs Klavoon
Tim Klavoon makes a bucket in a series against his son's team

Final 4 (Conference Finals, best of 7) - The division champs in each conference faced each other to determine the conference champ and who ultimately reached the World Championship Finals. In the American KanJam Conference, it was a matchup of two #2 seeds, Serenity Now! (Dinger Division) and Stallion Survivors (Bucket Division). As an interesting note, this series included three Klavoons; Eric (Stallion Survivors), Tim (Serenity Now!), and Dan (Serenity Now!). The first two games went to overtime, including double overtime in Game 2, with Stallion Survivors winning both to take a 2-0 series lead. With nearly a perfect game, Serenity Now! won Game 3 to bring the series in reach at 2-1. After Stallion Survivors closed out Game 4, Tim Klavoon from Serenity Now! threw the disc into the slot, but it came out the top of the goal, barely missing an Instant Win to tie the series. Instead, Stallion Survivors took a 3-1 lead and eventually won the series 4-1. For Tim Klavoon, this was his first trip to the Final 4, and for Dan Klavoon his 9th Final 4 appearance.

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Don't Bucket Up (#1 seed) vs Team Domination (#3 seed)
Austin Matteson (Don't Bucket Up) makes the toss to his brother in a close series

The other series in the National KanJam Conference was one to remember. The matchup featured the 2-time World Champions, Team Domination (#3, Hammer Division) vs Don't Bucket Up (#1, Deuce Division). Out of the gate, Bryan Irish-Jones from Team Domination threw an Instant Win in Game 1 to take an early series lead. This series would go the distance to a deciding Game 7. Out of the seven games, five of them went to overtime, including the final game. In Game 7, Don't Bucket Up won the series in triple overtime by a score of 6-5 to knock out Team Domination. In doing so, this ended Team Domination's streak of three straight World Championship Finals appearances.

Final 4
FINAL 4
Team Domination, Serenity Now!, Stallion Survivors, & Don't Bucket Up

Mark Lopian, Bryan Irish-Jones, Tim Klavoon, Dan Klavoon, Eric Klavoon, Jon Sandino, Austin Matteson, & Connor Matteson
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
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Don't Bucket Up vs Stallion Survivors
Jon Sandino (Stallion Survivors) jumps to score a bucket

KanJam World Championship Finals (best of 7) - The champion from each conference faced each other in the World Championship Finals. Representating the American KanJam Conference was Stallion Survivors (#2 seed, Bucket Division), marking their second straight Finals appearance. For Eric Klavoon of Stallion Survivors, this was his 10th Finals appearance. From the National KanJam Conference, Don't Bucket Up (#1 seed, Deuce Division) made it to the Finals in their first ever World Championship. It was truly a matchup of the young upstarts vs the veterans, and there was without a doubt the largest crowd on hand ever to witness a truly epic Finals series.

GAME 1 - Stallion Survivors had the Hammer for Game 1, starting strong with six points. They then took an early 9-5 lead. After getting off to a shaky start, Don't Bucket Up shook off their nerves and hit four straight buckets. However, it was too little too late, as Stallion Survivors got the remaining four points to win Game 1 by a score of 21- 18.

GAME 2 - Almost always, the team that loses the preceding game elects to have the Hammer (last up) in the next game. Don't Bucket Up, however, elected to throw first in Game 2, as they had a different strategy of putting the pressure on. They did right away, putting up double buckets to open Game 2. Stallion Survivors stayed consistent, tying the game up at 10-10. After trailing 19-14, Stallion Survivors got in range with four points to make it 19-18. After both teams closed out, Game 2 went to overtime. Don't Bucket Up got zero points on the first throw, and then threw a bucket back to make it 3-0. Stallion Survivors threw double buckets to win Game 2 in overtime 6-3, taking a 2-0 series lead.

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World Championship Finals
Eric Klavoon (Stallion Survivors) makes a bucket

GAME 3 - After some thought, Don't Bucket Up decided to change their strategy for Game 3 and take the Hammer. It seemed to work, as they started with a 10-8 lead after two rounds. After another round, the score was 14-14. Stallion Survivors then went up 20-14 on double buckets, and Don't Bucket Up followed with four points to make it 20-18. After Stallion Survivors closed, Connor Matteson made a perfect throw, and Don't Bucket Up tied the game at 21 to force overtime once again. In overtime, both teams matched four points to force another round. In double overtime, the first throw by Stallion Survivors was low, and they got zero points on the attempt to flip it in. On the return throw, they only got one point, opening the door for Don't Bucket Up. After one point on the first throw, Don't Bucket Up threw a bucket to win Game 3 by a score of 4-1 in double overtime, trailing the series 2-1.

GAME 4 - In Game 4, Stallion Survivors chose the Hammer. Dont Bucket Up did the opposite of their team name and started with double buckets. Stallion Survivors put up four to make it 6-4. With a throw short of the goal and a high return throw, Don't Bucket Up got zero points the following round. Stallion Survivors went up 10-6 on double buckets, including a great slam by Eric Klavoon. After another zero point play, Don't Bucket Up got a bucket on the return throw to make it 10-9. Klavoon made another great play on a slam, where the disc hung on the edge and eventually dropped in for a bucket. With another bucket back, Stallion Survivors were in command 16-9. Don't Bucket Up got six points to follow to get in range at 16-15. After going up 19-16 and with the Hammer, Stallion Survivors put the pressure on Don't Bucket Up to get five points. With zero points on a flip attempt, Don't Bucket Up knew they needed an Instant Win, as Stallion Survivors were just two points away from taking a commanding 3-1 series lead. In dramatic fashion, Austin Matteson threw a clutch Instant Win through the slot to tie up the series at 2-2. The crowd went crazy, knowing that the series was now up for grabs and it was still anyone's crown.

The shot marked just the 3rd Instant Win in the KanJam World Championship Finals since 2001:

  • 2015 - Game 4 - Austin Matteson (Don't Bucket Up)
  • 2006 - Game 7 - Eric Klavoon (Sole Survivors)
  • 2003 - Game 1 - Bob Greenauer (Dorkus Malorkus)

Game 4
Full game including clutch Instant Win

GAME 5 - Keeping calm, Stallion Survivors matched perfect buckets with Don't Bucket Up to start Game 5. Don't Bucket Up kept their momentum going, with another six point round to follow, taking a 12-6 lead. They would then extend their lead to 16-9 with a four point round to follow. After Stallion Survivors only got four points, Don't Bucket Up had a chance to close out with a five point round. They got the first bucket, but could not get the deuce on the return throw, breathing new life for Stallion Survivors at a score of 19-13. Stallion Survivors got four to get in range at 19-17. After Don't Bucket Up closed out 21-17, Stallion Survivors got one point on the first throw, setting up a huge throw back. Sure enough, they got the bucket on a perfect throw to extend this critical game into overtime. In overtime, Don't Bucket Up got zero points on the first throw, but threw a bucket back to make it 3-0. After getting one point, Stallion Survivors shot a bucket to secure the victory 4-3 in overtime, giving them a 3-2 series lead.

GAME 6 - Don't Bucket Up went back to deferring the Hammer, and chose to throw first in Game 6. Once again, Don't Bucket Up started strong, going perfect to 18, taking a 18-8 lead. With having the Hammer, Stallion Survivors decided to keep battling rather than attempting an Instant Win early. In doing so, they shot double buckets to make it 18-14. With a chance to put Stallion Survivors out of reach, Don't Bucket Up needed just three points. After the first throw was errant, then needed a bucket on the return throw. With a low throw, Connor went to flip it, but only managed to get one, making the score 19-14. With the Hammer, Stallion Survivors had another chance, shooting double buckets to make it 20-19. Both teams closed out, making it the 4th game in the series to go to overtime. Putting the pressure on, Don't Bucket Up scored six points. The first throw by Stallion Survivors was high, and after a jump attempt by Klavoon, the disc hit the top of the goal and bounced off, resulting in an Instant Win attempt. Unable to get it, Don't Bucket Up won Game 6 in overtime 6-1, tying up the series and forcing a deciding Game 7 for the title.

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Don't Bucket Up stays consistent
Connor Matteson slams another bucket

GAME 7 - This is what it all came down to - one final game to decide who would be crowned 2015 KanJam World Champions. Stallion Survivors chose the Hammer in order to throw last. In fitting fashion, Game 7 started with seven straight buckets by both teams, including a great play by Klavoon to keep pace. Stallion Survivors caught their 4th throw which was wide. At this point, Don't Bucket Up led 12-9. With a wide throw of their own and not taking a chance, Austin Matteson caught the first throw, and then tossed a bucket back to his brother to take a 15-9 lead. Knowing they need to stay with them, Stallion Survivors put up double buckets, including a nice play by Sandino to tie the game at 15-15. On the first throw by Don't Bucket Up, Austin attempted a flip up play, but got no points. On the throw back, they got just one point to take a 16-15 lead. With the Hammer and needing six points, it was set up for Stallion Survivors to have a shot at winning it. On the first throw, Klavoon made a great play by slamming a bucket. On the return throw back, Sandino slammed a bucket to clinch the 2015 KanJam World Championship for Stallion Survivors.

World Championship Finals
Game 7

For Stallion Survivors, they become the first team to successfully defend their title since Rebel Survivors last did it in 2011, and are now the 4th different KanJam team to win back-to-back KanJam World Championship titles. Don't Bucket Up can be commended with an excellent effort, coming just one win shy of the title in their very first KanJam World Championship. For certain, they will be a team to beat for years to come.

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2015 Runners-Up
Don't Bucket Up

Austin Matteson & Connor Matteson

As a side note, Stallion Survivors also tie Rebel Survivors by becoming the only two teams to ever win both the KanJam Klassic and KanJam World Championship in the same year twice. The KanJam Klassic is a major KanJam indoor tournament held in the spring, and Stallion Survivors won this tournament earlier in the year as well, completing the KanJam sweep for 2015.

As official 2015 KanJam World Champions, Stallion Survivors will have a team plaque added to the permanent Hammer trophy to join the list of prior World Champions. In addition, they won their own 2015 KanJam World Championship "Hammer" trophy to keep, along with other prizes. Other top teams were awarded with prizes as well.

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Stallion Survivors receive The Hammer
The winning team gets their own Hammer trophy to keep and their team plaque on the permanent trophy

This was certainly a year to remember with the competition being tougher than ever. Proceeds from the 2015 KanJam World Championship benefited the Food Bank of WNY and the North Tonawanda Police Athletic League. This event cannot be made possible without the hard work and dedication of coordinators, volunteers, referees, and sponsors. On behalf of KanJam, Charlie and Mitch would like to thank everyone involved for an amazing year. Lastly, thank you to all the dedicated players and spectators that traveled near and far to be part of KanJam history. KanJam hopes to see everyone again next year!

Once again, to keep it easy for planning purposes, the KanJam World Championship will always take place on the second Saturday in August every year. So go ahead, mark your calendars now, as the 2016 KanJam World Championship will take place on Saturday, August 13th, 2016. Please save the date and plan ahead! Registration and tournament details will be posted online at kanjamleague.com in May of 2016. We already have some ideas to make it even better, so please spread the word!

PLAYOFF BRACKET
Playoff Bracket
Playoff Bracket
2015 KanJam World Championship
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New York Global Marketing Solutions posted three videos from the 2015 KanJam World Championship, including the entire Finals. Check out their videos on YouTube below:

2015 WC Highlights Finals

 

Local TV News Channel 4 in Buffalo, NY (WIVB) posted a short video story from the tournament on their website:

News story