Around The League
The reverse lay-up is a beautiful thing. In this edition of Around The League we look at some sweet reverse lay-ups. This video includes the “King” of reverse lay-ups, Vivek Wu (2x), Paolo Vergara (2x), Idrees Karimzadeh, RB Magat, Michael Husbands, Dario Perc, Branko Veljovic (2), RJ Mallari, Michael Ramirez, Neuton Watson and Geoff Noble.
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REC SUNDAY (APRIL 28 – WEEK 8) PREVIEWS
LXB (3-4) VS NEMESIS (6-1) @ 2:00PM
One of the first 2 games on the docket features the powerhouse Nemesis going up against the feisty LXB. Last week Nemesis fell short to the Panthers, 61-53, despite Idrees Karimzadeh’s 22 points and 4 assists, as they were handed their first loss of the season. As for LXB, they dropped their second straight game in a 66-51 loss to BOOM. Jeff Simeon poured in 15 points and had 6 pickpockets on the day, and Kelvin Philip scored a team high 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go along with 6 boards and 2 steals. These two teams are no strangers to one another, as they battled back in mid February where we witnessed Nemesis squeeze out a gritty 45-41 win over LXB. This Sunday they square off to close out the regular season and solidify their Playoff seeds. In the opening day win, KJ Bakaly scored a game high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and hauled in 6 boards. They’re going to have to keep both him and Moshin Shah out of the paint and secure the boards. Another player they’re really going to have to look out for is Idrees Karimzadeh, who was absent in their first bout. He is perhaps the most dangerous offensive threat in the Sunday division, ranking 1st overall in scoring at 19.6 ppg on an impressive 51% from the field. They’ll have to close out on him on the perimeter because he can shoot from virtually anywhere on the floor, and must rotate well on defense because he’s an effective slasher. Nemesis in turn, must keep an eye on LXB’s Jeff Simeon, who has really turned it on in the past 2 games. They’ll hope than PG Roldan Bartilet will be in the rotation, who registered 13 points, 7 boards and 5 steals back on February 17th. Tip-off for this game takes place at 2:00pm at St. Mike’s College.
SONICS (3-4) VS YNT (4-3) @ 2:00PM
This Sunday the Sonics are set to have a rematch against YNT, who really stomped on them on opening day in a blowout loss, 76-53. YNT’s CJ Case had a monster outing with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 6 steals. Anthony Steele also had a big game with 20 points on a near perfect 10-of-11 shooting to go along with 7 boards and 6 steals. Sonics big man, Bryan Mitchell recorded his first double-double with 20 points and 10 boards, and Davy Wong tallied 15 points and 3 dimes. This Sunday, they meet once again and the primary focus for the Sonics will be on the glass. They were outrebounded by a disastrous -12 margin in their loss to YNT and those second and third chance opportunities really hurt them. YNT was simply quicker to the loose balls which translated into 22 more field goal attempts. For YNT, they’ll have to focus on the dynamic duo of Bryan Mitchell and Davy Wong, their two leading scorers. Mitchell averages 14.7 ppg and 9.0 rbg and isn’t just a threat in the paint, but has also developed a consistent jumpshot this season and can fill it up within 20 feet. Davy Wong is lightning quick and has a knack for getting past defenders and pulling up for mid-range jumpers. Offensively, they’ll need to keep finding Kevin Deeble, who has averaged 18.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in his last 2 games. CJ Case continues to play well, ranked 3rd overall in the league and is coming off a dominant 24 point, 11 rebound performance versus the Breakout Kings. Benjamin Van Bemmel has been doing a great job facilitating the offense, and picked up a season high 9 helpers in their last win. Both teams are stacked with individual talent and this should make for a very exciting affair when they meet at St. Mike’s College at 2:00pm.
BREAKOUT KINGS (0-7) VS BOOM (6-1) @ 3:00PM
The last time these teams squared off, BOOM took a 57-47 victory over the Breakout Kings. Fast-forward to week 8, and both teams are at completely opposite ends of the standings. The Breakout Kings continue to slide and are yet to take a game despite coming close on many occasions. They took a bad loss to YNT last Sunday as they struggled at both ends. As for BOOM they took a 66-51 win in a physical bout versus LXB, improving to 6-1 heading into the final game of the regular season. Looking ahead to this Sunday, they’ll need to keep Herbert Nanes from heating up from three-point range. In their first meeting, he exploded for 23 points which included 5 from downtown. He has struggled in his past 2 games and is due for a big game. The Breakout Kings will have to focus on former MVP, Mike Sobrepena, who lit them up at the other end for a game high 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the floor to go along with 5 boards. They’ll need to prepare for BOOM’s full-court press, which often catches teams off guard. They are good at trapping the ball in the backcourt and forcing long passes that are easily intercepted by the weak side help. Can the Breakout Kings pull off an upset and take down the first seeded BOOM? Find out this Sunday when they square off at 3:00pm.
PANTHERS (5-2) VS TAKE FLIGHT (1-6) @ 3:00PM
Back on February 17th, the Panthers ran over Take Flight, 58-32. 4 Panthers players scored in double figures and collectively, they shot a stellar 50% from the field. Since then, Take Flight has continued their struggles and now sit 2nd to last in the division standings. The Panthers however, continue to play well and recently handed the former top seed, Nemesis, their first and only loss of the regular season. Take Flight will have to pay special attention to Jerome Anglin, who is coming off a 24 point, 9 rebound, 2 steal, 2 block performance last week. Brandon Chase has also been lighting it up as of late, who has hit a total of 11 threes in his past three games. Take Flight’s Lionel Cox will be the Panthers’ top assignment, scoring a game high 22 points to go along with 7 boards in a loss to the Sonics last Sunday. Stefan Aziz always finds ways to be a factor out there, doing the little things and providing the squad with a lot of energy at both ends. Captain Allen Cuffy is also coming off a solid game, posting 15 points, 7 boards and 3 dimes against the Sonics. As a team, Take Flight will need to all work together to clean the boards. Back in week 1, they were heavily out-rebounded, 38-25. It’s been proven that whoever wins the battle of the boards usually comes out with the win, so each player will need to find a body and box out every time a shot goes up. Take Flight will be hungry for this win as they’d love to head into the post-season with some momentum. Tip-off takes place at 3:00pm at St. Mike’s College.
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NO LOOK passes from Around The League
This video includes no looks passes from Jamie Weksberg, Valid Nadi, Jp Gomez, A.J. Mauricio, Alex Lea, Jason Tiangco, Adrian Swaby, Leng Yeang, Jon Phan and Ian Regalado with multiple highlights.
Farmers PG Neil Sehra is the Thursday Advanced League MVP
Farmers PG Neil Sehra leads the Thursday Advanced League in scoring at just under 20.0 per game. The Farmers capped off their regular season by winning 5 straight, and during that remarkable stretch, Sehra posted 23.6 ppg and shot 40-of-44 from the freethrow line. He was plagued by an ankle injury at the beginning of the season, which caused him to miss a few games where they went 0-2 without their floor general. The Farmers began the regular season 0-4 and when Sehra was inserted back into the mix, healthy, things began to turn around dramatically. They currently sit 4th place in the standings, and with their momentum carried over into the first round, and Sehra leading the charge, the Farmers are considered a serious contender in the post-season. Congratulations Neil Sehra, our Winter 2013 Thursday Advanced League MVP!
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Ravinder Mutti (Farmers), Aaron Hagos (Generals), Adam Wyzsynski (Partizan), Geoff Noble (Regulators), Allan Outram (Hurricanes) and Roderick Ramsay (Ravens).
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Can the Clooney defense stop Hospedales and Hanson?
The #1 Blackscots (8-1) lock horns with The #4 George Clooneys (6-3) this Tuesday at SMCS in the REC-Tuesday Semi-Finals. This game tips off at 9:00pm. The winner of this game will play the winner of the Tropic Thunder-Huskies game in the Finals on April 30th. The losing team will play the losing team between the Tropic Thunder-Huskies game in the bronze medal game.
Rewind to March 12th and the Clooneys became the first team to challenge the Blackscots, losing 40-36. The Blackscots didn’t dominate and had a difficult time getting consistency on offense. The play of Craig Hanson helped lift the Blackscots to victory with 13 points and 15 rebounds and D’Andre Hospedales who also added 13 of his own. The Clooneys did a poor job on the glass and at the free throw line and that was the difference in the game. Clooneys were -14 on rebounds and miss 10 of 12 free throws.
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Last week the Blackscots let the Trojans hang around for too long beating them 59-46 in a game most thought would be far more lopsided considering the Trojans have never won a game. If the Blackscots plan on advancing to the Finals, they need to play a lot better than they did last week. If not for D’Andre Hospedales’ 29 points, the Blackscots would have been eliminated. In this game against the Clooneys, a team they’ve had some difficulties with, the Blackscots need to use their young legs and their athleticism to beat an older more experienced Clooney team. The Clooneys are not a great offensive team, but can force you to play their style of basketball which will not work in the Blackscots favour. On offense, they need someone to help double H out and on defense, keep an eye out for everyone, their offense is well balanced.
Here’s D’Andre Hospedales hitting the key 3 against the Clooneys
The George Clooneys - Preview
For the first time since their birth in Megacity the Clooneys have made it into the semi-finals and will play on the St. Michael’s College full court. Although they are the underdogs in this game, they will enter the building with a lot of confidence, knowing that they almost beat the Blackscots in regular season without their 2nd best player. The Clooneys defense was the key in that game, but I think what the key to this game is how they defend in the final stretch of this game. Blackscots tend to cruise for the first 30 minutes then turn it up a notch for the final 10 and either come back or blowout their opposition. Keys for the Clooneys would be to contain atleast one of the dynamic duo, rebound better and get help off the pine on the offensive end to give the Clooneys a boost.
Here’s Mathew spinning and scoring against the Blackscots
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The #2 Tropic Thunder (7-2) will face off against the #6 Huskies (4-5) this Tuesday at SMCS in the REC-Tuesday Semi-Finals. This game tips off at 8:10pm. The winner of this game will play the winner of the Blackscots-Clooneys game in the Finals on April 30th. The losing team will play the losing team between the Blackscots-Clooneys in the bronze medal game.
These two teams clashed on February 26, 2013. The Huskies cruised to a 58-38 win behind a balanced team effort. Daniel Theodore and Christian Osea led the team with 12 a piece. Huskies were able to force over 20 turnovers and pick up 17 steals. Kareem Henry was the most efficient player in the game, with 14 points on 7/11 and 12 rebounds. Since then, the Thunder have won 6 of their last 7.
Tropic Thunder - Preview
The #1 priority for the Thunder is to take care of the ball. In both of their losses, they turned over the ball 20+ times. If they can do a better job of communicating with each other and protecting the ball, they’ll have a good chance of advancing. Also on offense, you simply can’t rely on Murtaza Khan to do the bulk of the scoring. This team is far better when they have a guy who steps it up like Thanusan Karunakaran did against the Vipers. On defense, it’s going to be a challenge. Huskies are an unselfish group of players and very good on the open court. This is another reason why they cannot turnover the ball.
Here’s Murtaza Khan shooting and scoring
Huskies - Preview
After a big-time win over the Vipers in the 1st round, they will be going into this game with a lot of confidence. The Huskies played excellent team basketball, getting production from every guy on the floor. The 3 ball was also a big reason for the win, shooting 41.7% from 3pt range. Marvin Palomo also tied his career best with 13 on 5/7 from the field. In this game against the Thunder, the obvious advantage is their young legs and their athleticism. They need to run out as much as possible. The 1 player to zero in on on the defensive end would be Murtaza Khan who is this team’s MVP. Also box out one of the league’s best rebounders in Kareem Henry.
Can Marvin Palomo get hot again?
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Team Partizan (6-2) will take on the suddenly hot Farmers (4-4) this Thursday @ HoopDome. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:45pm. If Partizan wins, they’ll take the #2 seed and get a bye though the first round, however, if they lose, they’ll finish #3 (Showtime will win tonight by default) and play the #6 seed in the 1st round. The Farmers could finish as high as 4th depending on what happens with the Regulators and the Hurricanes.
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Over this stretch of 4 straight wins, the big 3 of Rados, Sehra and Mutti have been stellar. Sehra has provided the scoring, averaging 24 PPG, Rados has also provided the scoring plus the presense in the paint averaging just under a double-double and Mutti is doing every thing from creating for his teammates, getting out on the break and being a pest on the defensive end. If these 3 continue to play well and they get solid support from the rest of the team, they’re looking good for an upset in the 1st round. In this game, it’s all about defense. Last time they played Partizan, they scored 67 points and shot 45.6%. Adam Wyzsynski scored a career best 31 points in that game.
Partizan - Preview
Partizan must feel good after their blow out win over the Regulators last week. Offense was killer once again, scoring 81 points on 46.5% shooting and 40.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The team chemistry is off the charts right now coming off 21 dimes last week. 6 players had 2 or more which tells me this team is really looking out for each other on offense. This is a key game for them because with a win, they are guaranteed the #2 seed and I’m certain they much rather win this game then have to deal with a 1st round match-up. Defensively, it’s all about the Farmers big 3. You won’t be able to stop all 3 or maybe even 2 of them, but if you can atleast contain 1 of them, Partizan will have a good chance of winning.
Key Match-Up: Neil Sehra vs. Dario Perc
Both players are very good crafty offensive players and are usually these guys have the ball during crunch time. It’ll be one hell of a match-up especially if it’s a close game.
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Mill Street Ole Gunz back to .500 mark with win over Money Shot
Chris Carmichael would swish his second three-pointer 5 minutes in as the Ole Gunz led the way, 8-2. Money Shot’s Tyler Balding would respond at the other end with a three of his own. At the 12 minute mark of the second half, teammate Alex Estell would get in on the three-ball party and knock in back-to-back threes of his own as they still trailed the Gunz by 1 point. Michael Arblaster would convert on an and-1 play down low as Money Shot now had their first lead of the game, 18-16. Chris Clarke would then reply at the other end with a strong interior take of his own. At the break, the Gunz pushed back out to a 28-25 advantage. Paolo Raymundo was making it look easy out there with 13 points on 5/8 from the field. Carmichael was right behind him with 9 points on 3/5 from beyond the arc. For Money Shot, Balding led all team scorers with 10. 4 minutes into the second half, Marc Mendoza of the Ole Gunz would score his second of back-to-back buckets inside that extended their lead to 9. He’d follow up with a three on their next possession, completing a 7-0 run all on his own. Fast-forward to the 8 minute mark and Javed Thadani connected on a baby hook just inside the freethrow line as the Gunz held a 45-30 lead. They’d continue to come up with stops at the other end, en route to a 57-35 win.
Money Shot had a 5 man roster in this one and were sorely missing the presence of both Michael Klizs and Alex White. They turned the ball over a total of 16 times and were held to just 32% shooting from the field. For the Gunz, Raymundo poured in a team high 21 points which included a perfect 7/7 from the charity stripe. Carmichael and Mendoza added 9 apiece, and Thadani recorded a game high 10 boards. Chris Clarke was a huge factor off the bench with 7 points, 3 rebounds and a career high 6 steals. For Money Shot, Estell led the way in scoring with 15 point and hauled in 9 boards. Balding added 13 points and 5 boards, and Aadam Marx was a force at the defensive end of the ball with 4 steals and a block. Next up for the Mill Street Ole Gunz are the struggling Royals (1-5), and next on the docket for Money Shot are the heavyweights, Smilework (5-1).
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