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Week 9 Is Here Thursday,Dec 18 2014


 

Week 9 Schedule: Thursday Dec 18th @RFK & Sunday Dec 21st @ QHST:

Thursday – December 18, 2014 @ RFK HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:15 pm @ RFK

Imaan vs. Priscilla Panthers

Both teams are coming off bad losses mainly due to attendance issues. This week, the PPs must win over Imaan if they want to be in the playoffs.  Regardless of who shows up both teams need this game to help their chances for post season, as there are several teams 1 or 2 games apart.  On offense, both squads are known for their open floor penetration & kicking it out -- we expect that to continue.  Imaan’s defense at the perimeter is a little better.  However, PPs defense in the paint is better.  Overall, the experience & depth of Imaan will be the factor & will pull it out in the final minutes. Score Prediction: Imaan 47, PPs 42. 

8:15 pm @ RFK

Chargers vs. Team With Sports Spirit

TWSS enters this contest on an all-time high as they won in incredible manner vs. Thunder last week after being down by 18. What we learned is that Juju is arguably the best team player in CBL30 with his ability to maximize his team’s resources despite the situation. Their opponent, the Chargers also has talent & will look to secure their 5th win which would significantly aide their chances to make the playoffs in such a tight division. The community sees this contest to come down to which guard duo plays better TWSS: Andrew & Juju vs. Chargers: Alim & Omar. Both sets of guards are conditioned, speedy, defensively sound, & love to run the open floor.  We think they will cancel each other out.  Therefore, it will come down to who plays better defense in the final minutes.  The community thinks with Lawrence & Mohammad, they have the edge.  Score Prediction: Chargers 49, TWSS 46.      

9:15 pm @ RFK

Primetime vs. Decepticons

PT is on a roll. Moe H, Kamil, Ryan, & Wais are playing with so much confidence & spirit that it is hard to pick against them this week vs. the ill-fated Decepticons. The Deceps are desperate so you better believe Moe B will turn up the intensity. The key is Munir, if he can get back to MVP form, the Deceps have a chance.  Meanwhile, PT is expected to play within the team system & rely on Moe H & Ryan for the offense. The community does not give Deceps much of a chance due to recent trends.  But… if Munir scores 22, Deceps will win. But we don’t see that happening. Score Prediction: PT 50, Deceps 45 

 

Sunday – December 21, 2014 @ QHST:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:05 pm @ QHST

Good Fellas vs. Autobots

Two very similar teams in size, strength, & conditioning will square off at QHST.  ABs are playing for their playoff lives. Another loss, the Champs will be fishing. Therefore, we think that the ABs will come out strong & play suffocating defense & try to take out the GFs early.  The GFs weakness is the lack of offensive flow.  At times, they go in dry spells for significant periods of time. The community sees the ABs exploiting that & this time holding on for a much needed win. The key for GFs is Arwin’s shooting. If he can convert 3’s from downtown, the GFs may have a chance. Score Prediction: ABs 51, GFs 47.

8:05 pm @ QHST

Chargers vs. Decepticons

This will be the 2nd game of the week for these two squads who will likely be battling it out for the final few playoff spots. As reported earlier, the Deceps are in desperate need for a win if the M&M boys want to continue their streak of making the playoffs. The community sees this as an offensive battle with many points off fast breaks & perimeter shooting.  The spotlight will be on Alim & Moe B, as they usually lead their teams in the scoring department. The keys for success for Deceps will be the play of Kash – if he can shake the rust & give them some presence in the paint, it will uplift the Deceps chances. The Community sees the Deceps finally catching a break & winning by a few points. Score Prediction: Deceps 56, Chargers 50.

9:05 pm

@ QHST

Bandits vs. Thunder

The Bandits caught a break vs. an undermanned Imaan team last week.  This week vs. Thunder we can almost guarantee the key players in Ennis, Saffi, Nadeeb & Sajed will attend.  Therefore, we expect an exciting contest with many lead changes filled with oohs & aahs. The keys to victory for the Bandits will be to stop Saffi, who seems to have no weakness. Can Mamoon be that guy?  This will be a true test for an overachieving Bandits squad.  Meanwhile, Thunder may be the most talented with their 4 horse-man (Nadeeb, Saffi, Sajed, & Ennis).  The community sees this as a real nail-biter with Thunder winning at the buzzer.  Score Prediction: Thunder 47, Bandits 46.

AutoBots Rewired Wednesday,Dec 17 2014


 It is said that a team takes on the personality of its coach and leader.  Well Autobots have become FAHAD X 4.

 


Week 8 Tuesday,Dec 9 2014


 

Week 8 Schedule: Thursday Dec 11th @RFK & Sunday Dec 14th @ QHST:

Thursday – December 11, 2014 @ RFK HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:15 pm @ RFK

Team With Sports Spirit vs. Thunder

TWSS has been an enigma. They beat some of the top teams but have struggled against some of the weaker teams.  What does that tell you?  They have the talent but need to focus.  Thunder, their opponent, seems to be having a consistent season in terms of chemistry & confidence.  From what we hear, both teams will have no bench due to attendance issues for this game.  Therefore, the better conditioned team will win.  Based on what we saw from Mike & Waqas this past Sunday, TWSS is in for a thumping.  (:.  The community sees the contest close in the 1H.  2H Thunder will look to their young guns & win by double digits. The difference will be Thunder’s superior stamina.  Score Prediction Thunder 55, TWSS 45. 

8:15 pm @ RFK

Bandits vs. Imaan

The community sees this contest as physical & low scoring. The Bandits weakness is their lack of set rotation & perimeter shooting which puts a lot of pressure on their defense. Simply put, they have too many guys & not enough quality minutes to get a good offensive flow. Imaan’s only weakness is their attendance. At full strength, we expect Imaan’s starting five to break down the Bandits defense with swift ball movement & open court penetration led by Shukhaan.  And because of that they will wear down the Bandits defense & win by a small deficit.  Score Prediction: Imaan 44, Bandits 41.      

9:15 pm @ RFK

Primetime vs. Masterminds

If you look closely, you will realize that a good sum of these bros have played either on PT or MMs at some point. Our point.  These two teams know each other & nothing should come as a surprise. The game will be fast paced & intensity filled. The MMs will focus on stopping Ryan & Moe H. Both teams are coming off impressive wins last week.  The community concludes that former Captain Kamil is finally having fun & as a result that will translate into wins.  In this contest, Moe H & Ryan will be too much for MM to handle, as their games are too versatile which gives PT the edge.  The X factor is Ali Ladak – in particular how he plays down the stretch – that could be the deciding aspect.  Score Prediction: PT 49, MMs 46 

 

Sunday – December 14th, 2014 @ QHST:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:05 pm @ QHST

Good Fellas vs. Decepticons

Deceps are in a desperate need for a win. Therefore, a change of venue in QHST may prove to be beneficial as the M&M boys have never missed the playoffs in their CBL30 tenure. Their opponents in the GFs finally have their groove on & are destined for great things as Andrey, Arwin, & Randy seem to be on top of their game. Has Captain Mujahid finally found a speech that works? Time will tell, as they are battling for the final spot. For now we expect another brutally physical grind it out type of battle with many lead changes & hard fouls. The team that prevails will be the one that makes their free throws down the stretch.  And we think it will be the GFs.  Score Prediction: GFs 52, Deceps  51.

8:05 pm @ QHST

Autobots vs. Fab 5

Speaking of desperation, the ABs aka defending Champs are in a must win situation. After blowing the game last week, they take on a red hot full of energy & confident Fab 5 squad. Is there any team playing hotter than Fab 5?  The community envisions this contest to be filled with many oohs and aah’s as both teams have highly skilled players & role players.  So there will never be a dull moment.  At the end, the ABs will blow another one as their focus down the stretch seems to wander over the past few weeks.  Plus the Fab 5 are playing at a level that is hard to match.  Score Prediction: Fab5 49, ABs 45.

9:05 pm

@ QHST

Chargers vs. Priscilla Panthers

With all the last second shots, the PPs are coming up big when it counts. This week they take on the very talented Chargers led by Omar & Alim. The battle of the Omar’s will be very very interesting to watch as they both play with high energy & drive to the basket fearlessly. The community sees this as the game of the night with so much on the line.  A loss could set each of these teams back.  Therefore all hands will be on deck.  Look for a brouhaha type of environment.  Score Prediction: Chargers 47, PPs 43.

Week 7 Results Friday,Dec 5 2014


 

Week 7 Results:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:15 pm @ RFK

Thunder vs. Imaan

Imaan were missing Tariq, Shukhan, & Ahmed. Result: A blowout loss to Thunder who too were missing some bench guys but Saffi, Nadeeb, Sajed, & Ennis – all present – played in sync from start to finish routing Imaan.  Saffi scored 20+ points, Ennis scored 16, and Sajed dished diligently.  Final Score: Thunder 57, Imaan 42.   

8:15 pm @ RFK

Decepticons vs. Masterminds

In the game of the season thus far, MMs & Deceps played an extremely Physical game which showcased defense at its finest.  Especially from the MMs who ensured that the M&M boys do not get a single good look all night. MMs maintained a 3-5 pt lead in the first half mainly due to their gritty team defense & effective ball movement led by Ali. Asad hit two 3pters to give MM some breathing room in the 1H. But Moe B converted when needed to keep the game close as possible. In the 2H, when it appeared that MMs were going to win going away, the Decepticons stepped up their D led by Kash & Shanni which forced turnovers & chipped into the lead. On offense, Moe made tough off balanced shots with multiple defenders thrown at him. In a matter of minutes the Deceps shifted the momentum & earned a 5 pt lead & it seemed like they were on their way to an impressive win. But, at the 1:30 mark with Deceps leading by 5, Lumii & Munir got tangled up in a physical play. Deceps took offense to Lummi’s play & were issued a tech which stopped the clock & put Lummi at the line for 4 shots. The MMs converted on the FTs & basically used that momentum to swing the game in their favor & steal an improbable win. Final Score: MMs 48, Deceps 44.  

9:15 pm @ RFK

Primetime vs. Chargers

The previews said that the Chargers would win over PT by a large deficit.  Boy were they wrong…PT came out smoking.  Kamil & Moe H played superbly by created easy scoring opportunities for Ryan & Mahmood. In fact, at times the lead was ballooned to 20+. The trend continued the entire game as PT finally won a laugher.  The Chargers made a late push with Omar’s up-tempo style but it was too much deficit to overcome.  Final Score: PT 57, Chargers 47.  The players of the game were Ryan who scored 20+ & Moe H who dished 10.

7:05 pm @ QHST

Autobots vs. Priscilla Panthers

ABs jumped out to a double digit lead & it seemed they were destined to a blow-out win. Early on, Devaughn’s paint presence & Fahad’s shooting helped pad ABs lead over a hapless PPs squad. However, Captain Muzz kept telling his guys to keep their heads up – ‘we can do this’.  Midway in the 2H the PPs started to play smothering defense & shots were starting to go in & it appeared PPs had a shot. With lead at 3 at 30 sec, the ABs squandered a chance to seal the win due to mental errors.  With less than 2 secs remaining Muzz canned a deep 3 from the left center to send the game into OT & shock CBL30 nation. In OT,  the PPs did the improbable & secured the win mainly due to Omar’s penetration & huge blocks from their big man.  Final Score: PPs 59, ABs 56.  

8:05 pm @ QHST

Bandits vs. Fab 5

The bandits arrived early to practice & set plays for their big match-up vs. Fab 5. However, once the game started they seemed unprepared & unmotivated, as Fab 5 brought it from the first second.  Fab 5 led a balanced attack featuring the penetration of Jr., the rebounding of Shak & Hamdy & of course the stellar offense of their superstar Maaz.  The lead at times ballooned to 20.  The Bandits made one push to cut the lead to 10 in the 2H but on the next possession the Fab 5 converted on a huge 3 & it pretty much put a fork in the Bandits sole first place standing.  Maaz finished with 20+ points & Junior had double digits rebounds & points. Final Score: Fab 5 55, Bandits 39. Don’t look now, there is a 4 way tie for first.

9:05 pm

@ QHST

GoodFellas vs. TWSS

GFs finally played a solid all-around game to defeat a lackluster TWSS team. In the first 7 minutes both teams went back & forth in an up-tempo style which generated scoring opportunities & kept the score with a few lead changes. Towards the midway of the 1H, the TWSS squad could not keep up with the up-tempo pace.  The GFs recognized that & basically ran TWSS off the court.  The half ended with an 8pt lead for GFs. In the 2H it was more of the same as LJ, Andrey, Randy, & Arwin just were too quick for TWSS to keep up with.  At the 5 min mark, the GFs finished a 6-0 run to expand the lead to 14 & that was pretty much the game.  Final Score: GFs 56, TWSS 50.

Week 7 Schedule & Predictions Wednesday,Dec 3 2014


Week 7 Schedule: Thursday Dec 4th @RFK & Sunday Dec 7th @ QHST:

Thursday – December 4, 2014 @ RFK HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:15 pm @ RFK

Thunder vs. Imaan

Two very talented teams with a 4-2 record will square off.  Saffi may be Thunder’s best player (20pts avg) but Nadeeb & Ennis have played outstanding to help their team achieve success. Their opponent, Imaan, also has an abundance of talent. Their win over TWSS showed CBL nation that they feature a balanced attack on both sides of the floor. This contest will be fast paced with swift ball movement & wide-ranging perimeter shooting. The community sees Thunder pulling it out in the final seconds, as they have too many scoring weapons. Score Prediction Thunder 52, Imaan 48. 

8:15 pm @ RFK

Decepticons vs. Masterminds

Pops may be absent but you better believe he will coach his guys to bring the intensity. The last time they met, it was MM who sent Deceps packing from the playoffs. This time the Deceps are just playing for their playoff lives. Therefore, expect the Deceps to bring the intensity from the get-go. The contest is expected to be low scoring & physical with so much focus on Moe B that someone else must step up. Good news is that Kash is back for Deceps.  That should help the M&M boys. Meanwhile, MMs will rely on Captain Ali to set the tone. Alfredo’s paint prowess & Mr. Big Shot Khalil will all need to step up.  The community sees multiple lead changes & ties & hard fouls with MMs prevailing. Score Prediction: MMs 45, Deceps 41.      

9:15 pm @ RFK

Primetime vs. Chargers

These two teams are heading in the opposite direction. The Chargers are thriving after significant roster changes.  PT are still struggling after their significant roster changes.  The community notices they lack rhythm, cohesion, & execution. Even a change in captainship & addition of Moe H still has not given them the lift they need to get on the right track. This contest versus the Chargers will not be close. The Chargers play with high energy, organization, & attitude. The community sees the Chargers getting a strong hold in the 2H & win going away.  PT will have too many turnovers & not enough ball movement.  Omar & Alim will be hard to contain. Score Prediction: Chargers 50, PT 40. 

 

Sunday – December 7th, 2014 @ QHST:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:05 pm @ QHST

Autobots vs. Priscilla Panthers

PPs huge win over Thunder last game shows they can hang with anyone. In fact, a few breaks their way, they could be at 4-2. This week they take on the defending champs at the big gym.  Which means the PPs will showcase their speed & high energy vs. a slower but very talented ABs team.  All season we expected ABs to get on a streak & play like champs. Well it’s past the midpoint & time is running out. This game will have PPs jump out to an early lead but fizzle out in the 2H where ABs will use their ability to spread the floor & dominate the paint to win by a reasonable margin. Score Prediction: ABs 59, PPs 50.

8:05 pm @ QHST

Bandits vs. Fab 5

Two of the more hot teams will clash at QHST this Sunday. Both teams have relied on gritty defense & upbeat energy to earn wins. On offense Fab 5 has basically relied on Maaz Bigewala (20+ pts per game) & Junior (16+ points a game).  The rest are playing within their roles which is a direct result of the team’s success.  Meanwhile the Bandits have showcased the whole team. 1-8 they all can score, play defense, or cheer on their mates. The community sees this as an exciting fast paced match-up with many oohs & aah’s to delight the audience. In the end, the team that can limit the turnovers will be the victor. The community feels that Maaz is that guy who can control the pace & lead his team to victory.  Score Prediction: Fab 5 49, Bandits 48.

9:05 pm

@ QHST

GoodFellas vs. TWSS

These two teams come in a bit shook up. The TWSS lost their offense & spirit last game & the game.  GFs certainly have the talent but they are not getting the results mainly due to poor execution.  Their last game was a dismal performance.  Can Captain Mujahid get his guys to play as one unit this week?  The X factor for TWSS is always Waqas & Mike playing a within the team system that superstar PG Juju creates.  This contest, the community envisions being low scoring with many turnovers - especially in the 1H.  Both teams will play better in the 2H where GFs should prevail due to their size advantage.  Score Prediction: GFs 46, TWSS 41.

 

GRADES Tuesday,Dec 2 2014


MID-SEASON REPORT CARDS

 

 

Ahh, its that time of the year again.  Where the team Caps line up and receive their grades for a job well done or a job with nothing done.  Lets start with the positive stories:

 

Grade A

They have done a nice job of putting in new guys and meshing rather quickly.  Though they have had a weak schedule to start season you can only play whats given to you.  It remains to be seen if they can continue winning these 1-2 point games for an entire season.  Those things eventually balance out.  But for now the rest of CBL is looking up at the Big Bad Bandits.

 

  Grade A -

Well Cap Shafiq has retooled the roster after losing guys like Lumi he has added the PG with the sweatpants, and the bench has been boosted with some great players.  With the attendance of Tarek and Yamah they have the twin towers to go with Shafiq.  Their one detraction is still attendance.  At full roster they could have been 6-0.

 

Grade B+

They were well on their way to an A+ grade, that is until they lost to PP.  In a shocker that saw the emergence of Omar, Thunder lost well..some of its thunder.  But they are a legit squad they are looking to make some real noise.  Cap Sajed had a 3 year program and this is the season he has planned to make a run at the Finals.  They have come close before..lets see what they can do in the 2nd half.

 

Grade B+

After only winning one game all of last season some readers maybe surprised to see Cap. Yasar and Co. getting anything less than A.  Heck they have quadrupled their win total from last season already.  But CBL30 has much higher standards for them.  With perhpas the best young talent in CBL in Maaz and one of the best Centers in Hamdy to go along with a former MVP in Jr we expect much bigger things from the FAB V.

 

Grade B

This team has been consistently winning games for the last 3+ seasons.  They have made it to the title game a couple of times.  Ali and Khaleel are doing a good job of taking over reigns in Pops abscence.  Can they continue to build more team chemistry and become a title contender? We shall see..

 

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTvOcgAuuyw18SCp6EoBzLdxcdYYwsHlwLKI1EnonHP-QTNoOPi Grade B

They have continued to battle on.  Despite losing perennail MVP candidate AR they have gone back to the well and dug up Razi and Nabeel.  With the MVP play of Alim and side support from Raheel and new star in making Omar LOOK OUT!!! Cap Amin has done a great job once again.

 

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTvOcgAuuyw18SCp6EoBzLdxcdYYwsHlwLKI1EnonHP-QTNoOPiGrade B -

The jekyl and hyde of CBL30.  At 3-3 they are nothing but a middle tier team.   They have gotten some great wins over FAB 5, MMs and Decepts.  And lost a couple of heart breakers.  Can they find more consistent play from their entire squad.  Can Andy give them a double-double off the bench?  Who knows, but at least we now know what their team name stands for!!

 

http://www.southasianfootball.com/live/images/logos/1379205457_Decepts.png Grade C+

The excellence of excution, this squad has been the standard bearer for CBL30 for so long seeing them under .500 for the first time in a very long time seems like a passing of the guard.  But make no mistake about it the M&M boys won't go down with out a fight.

 

Grade C

 

Not bad for a first year squad.  They were almost out of it, till the wild haymaker they threw at Thunder.  The ripple effects are still being effect around CBL30.  But is it Omer and bust for this squad? Or do they have legit talent besides him?  Lets find out 2nd half.

 

Grade D

Yea they climbed back into playoff hunt with a win over the hapless PT.  But thats nothing to brag about in CBL since PT birth.  They easily have the most talented squad in  CBL30 and a 2-4 record is almost a fail.  However we hear Cap Fahad has squad working OT and looking to defend their title the right way come 2nd half.

 

Grade D -

Another team with hoards of talent are the GoofFellas.  I mean you have to be goofy to win only one game and lose 5 when you have legit all-stars in Andrei and Arwin, along with solid supporting cast of Randy, Mujahid Keith and LJ.  You should win 2-3 games by accident with that deep a roster.  Even after trading CBL30s version of JR Smith in Moe H they can't find a win.  WOW!

 

Grade: Incomplete

 

Yes the only team that made a change mid-season in CBL30 history is PT.  After stripping Kamil of his captaincy and Wais taking over we saw big things coming.  Unfortunately for Kamil big things never happen to him or his squads.  Even with the beastly big man Ryan and the additions of Moe H and Shiraz we just cant see them making a serious playoff push.  But you never know...

Pops Corner - Week 5 Games Sunday,Nov 23 2014


Pops Corner - W/Fahad & NIck Of ABs Sunday,Nov 23 2014


 
 

 

HADITH OF THE DAY
Hadith - Dec 2014

Prophet Muhammad advised his followers, to work, to be energetic, and to start their day early, all of which are conditions for a healthy body. He said “O God, make the early morning hours blessed for my nation.” Obesity or an inadequate diet, laziness and weakness are all afflictions for which we will be called to account. Even though preventing illness or injury is often out of our control, there are many conditions brought on or made worse by our own lack of attention to diet and fitness. Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said, “Any action without the remembrance of God is either a diversion or heedlessness excepting four acts: Walking from target to target [during archery practice], training a horse, playing with one’s family, and learning to swim.”

Team Standings
Team Win Loss
Bandits 6 2
Fab 5 6 2
Masterminds 5 3
Chargers 5 3
Thunder 5 3
Priscilla Panthers 4 5
Team With Sports Spirit. 4 5
Imaan 4 5
Decepticons 3 5
GoodFellas 3 5
Primetime 3 6
Autobots 2 6

Top Players
Team Name PPG
Fab 5 Maaz Bigewala 21.25
Decepticons Moe Bigewala 20.86
Thunder Saffi 20.38
Priscilla Panthers Omar 19.86
Team With Sports Spirit. Juju Mansoor 17.83
Autobots Devaughn 17.71
Imaan Shafiq Yasin 17.13

Upcoming Games
Sunday,Dec 21 2014
Autobots  vs  GoodFellas, at  7:15 pm @ QHST
Chargers  vs  Decepticons, at  8:15 pm @ QHST
Bandits  vs  Thunder, at  9:05 pm @ QHST

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