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Week 10 Scoreboard Thursday,May 5 2016


Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Game 1:

8:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

May 5, 2016

 

Primetime vs. PPs

 

For the first time all season, the PPs stand alone in first place. Is there a hotter team in CBL these days?  We don’t think so.  There next opponent will be Primetime, who like the PPs are well balanced and focus on defense.  This contest will come down to execution in the final five minutes.  And that is when the PPs have stepped up this season as Omar knows how to dish and find the right guy or do it himself.  Meanwhile, PT has failed to execute in their losses.  While this should be a tight contest up until the middle of the second half, the community sees the PPs and their main enforcer Kawasi dominate in the paint in the final mins and hold on for another win.  The key is Hamdy for PT – his play vs. Kawasi is imperative.  Score Prediction: 54-51 PPs

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Game 2:

9:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

May 5, 2016

 

Caliphs vs. TWSS

 

Two teams who are headed in the opposite direction will square off.  The Caliphs are trying to secure first place while TWSS is trying to find a win to keep slim playoff hopes alive.  On paper both of these teams have an abundance of talent.  However, it is the Caliphs who have shown it on the court.  We expect this contest to be intense and look for TWSS to upset Saffi and the crew.  Look for Maaz to take charge in the final minutes to spearhead much needed win.

Score Prediction: 60-57 TWSS

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Game 3:

7:10 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

May 8, 2016

 

Eagles vs. Queens Finest

These two teams made a crucial trade (Lamant for Jon) in the early weeks of the season which addressed some of their needs.  Well now they face each other in a crucial late season contest with so many things on the line.  The Eagles need to stay out of the wildcard round while the QF is trying to get to first place.  The community expects this contest to be very offensive minded with high energy and physical paint play.  QF uses their balanced game plan and wear out its opponent.  Meanwhile the Eagles are always in motion.  Their problem has been rhythm.  They don’t seem to be in synch at times.  It is for that reason, we like QF by 5.  They are too organized to lose this one.  Let’s see if CJ can get his revenge.  Score Prediction: 55-50 QF

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Game 4:

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

May 8, 2016

 

Chargers vs. ABs

Fact.  The Chargers have lost 6 in a row.  Fact.  If they keep losing, they could miss the playoffs or settle for wildcard.  Fact.  Their next opponent in the ABs wants to avoid the wildcard.  Fact. It was guaranteed by their leader Dev that the ABs will not be a wildcard team in Season 10.  So we get to this contest.  These two teams present a contrast style.  The ABs uses their power and IQ to generate wins.  Meanwhile Chargers make their living off pick pocketing and guard control.   We see this matchup as a run and gun type of pace in the first half.  In the second half it will be slower and points will be generated in the paint where the ABs have the size to dominate with Nick and Dev.  The Chargers have Kirk and Omar.  If they can spread the ball evenly on offense, they have a chance.  The community sees the Chargers prevailing and finally ending their streak.     

Score Prediction: 55-50 chargers

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Game 5:

9:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

May 8, 2016

 

Maple Park vs. Imaan

So we finally have the game between the Maple Park vs. Imaan.  Munir vs. Tariq will be the focal point.  As Tariq put it once, ‘we don’t like losing to Munir”.  Now let’s get to the contest: Because both teams are familiar with one another look for both of them to devise a plan to confuse the other.  The keys for winning for Imaan is to stop Farhad.  Expect Imaan to double and even triple team Farhad.  This should allow Munir to take 30 shots.  The key to victory for MP is to stop the perimeter shooting of Imaan.  If they can force Imaan to drive to the paint, then they have a legit chance to steal a win.  The X factor will be Mamoon’s defense against his former mates.  The community sees Imaan pulling out a win in OT.       

Score Prediction: 60-58 Imaan

 

Results/Recap:

 

Power Rankings Week 9 Tuesday,May 3 2016


Its back! And my has it shuffled a bit, enjoy.

#1 - Pricilla Panthers

A rotating door at first place it has been and with the playoffs approaching will the Pricilla Panthers end as the top dog? This team has never lacked an offensive punch in the past, now they have that and more. Leading candidate for MVP Kawasi has played a huge role in this run, with Marc back in the fold and beside Kawasi they've left opponents with headaches rebounding and driving the lane. Team leading scorer Omar has only benefited from such luxuries and has had to do exponentially less now on offense, it's left him even more energetic for rebounds and defense and has only made him more lethal. At 7-1 and just two games left on schedule with Primetime and the Autobots they have the destiny of first seed in their hands and the luxury of choosing your opponent. If they can finish strong as the community believes they will, they will end in first and most likely end up choosing the same team they face the final week of the season in the Autobots.

#2 - Queens Finest

Far too long has this team gone unnoticed or even mentioned. They may have had an abrupt end in the playoffs for what was a wonderful first place finish in their first season in the league, but that hasn't stopped them from continuing down that same pace once again. At 6-2 they have one team ahead of them with PP who earlier this season they were able to hand a loss to them 54-51. QueensFinest has the softest schedule remaining of the top 4 teams that can finish in first and they may very well attain it due to a tie breaker win against PP. Captain Marlon has yet again brought in a stellar unit built on trust and passion on defense, it has only been strengthened from seasons past with familiar faces in last seasons MVP Tyrone and his cohort Femi. One can only bet they don't plan on having a similar finish, watch out.

#3 - Caliphs

My how the mighty have fallen! What once was their personal throne atop the CBL world and cruising in first place has now become a team with questions. Hobbled, lack of attendance and possibly being overconfident has led to a recent loss to the Pricilla Panthers in what was a battle for 1st seed. All that being said they ended up losing by a few points so it's not as if they don't possess the power for change and greatness once again. Captain Sami recently out of eye surgery and wearing goggles a first time in his playing career has had to make an adjustment and he is a crucial part of the triangle offense they have with him, Saffi and Ryan. Once they fix the attendance issues and players can qualify for playoffs they will come in rested and ready for war, a few steps down in the ranking but one scary team.

#4 - Primetime

Defense has always been the key to this teams success for years now. Just this past week they were facing a red hot Maple Park team and one fighting for their playoff lives. A gritty effort would be required of PT's top two players in Moe and Shafique and a fiery effort it was. It was this teams defense in the second half that turned the game around and were able to squeeze out the win. If this team truly wants to prove their worth, Pricilla Panthers and Imaan await as the final 2 games and what better opponents to prove your worth with. A tale of two teams, one week they are clicking, moving the ball, sliding on every opponent on defense and helping their teammates. The next week this team is flustered with their heads down, these next two games will be the key factor to their demeanor going into the playoffs and the community sees them dropping both games.

#5 - Imaan

Full of talent top to bottom, underachieving they have been. There is no way this team should be 4-3 and that should only bring fear to all of your hearts. Going into the playoffs it is a given, we all begin 0-0 again. Captain Zaki has been battling injuries all year long and hasn't been able to establish a groove with this unit, but when they are healthy they are LETHAL. League scoring leader in Sayem has done his part in the scoring department, household names in Tariq and Wais have also done their jobs admirably, so what's missing? Losing to the 1st seed Caliphs at the time proved to be costly as it dropped them in the standings waking up the next morning finding themselves in 6th place for the first time this season. Although the game was as expected and full of scoring, it took overtime for this to be settled and a game winner ended the night. That being said the losses that have been, have been by 4 points or less so this is no fluke team, just unlucky finishes.

#6 - Autobots

Fresh off a spanking of the last placed Thunder this Autobots team is licking their chops once again as the Chargers are on deck and they have been struggling mightily as of late. This Autobots team finds itself right in the middle of the pact as projected and a different feel than their typical wild card entrance they enjoy most. Coming in with that peace of mind in the first round of the playoffs and well rested they can bang with anyone in this league. Boasting one of the best starting 5's led by Devaughn certainly helps the cause, Dev, Nick and Darwin are one of the better front courts in CBL30 history and they have played many years together. They have the previously mentioned Chargers in town followed by TWSS who will be fighting for their playoff lives and we see this team going 1-1 in them to finish the season.

#7 - Maple Park

Tough loss last game and it only gets better with TWSS in town. Both of these teams cannot afford ONE loss going forward and this will make for one of the better games of the season. With names like Moe and Maaz, Munir and Farhad, Ali and Mamoon these teams are full of veteran talent and it is on each individual just how much they are willing to bring to the table this week to help the team get the win. Maple Park has been led by Munir and Farhad all season with Mamoon and Riz doing the work on rebounds and defense. They should have a better record but this is a first year team and hardships are but a norm for players that haven't played together. Two games remain for this team against the aforementioned TWSS and Imaan as the final game, both will be up hill battles but if they want the playoffs you couldn't have asked for a more interesting time for a run.

#8 - Eagles

Fresh off a beating a TWSS team that had no choice but to win, this Eagles team could truly use that game as the moment it all turned around. You can forget the sloppy start, the lack of bonding and arguing on court because of that, this next game for them is it. This team will be facing a powerhouse in Queens Finest and if their recent win still lingers in their mind this couldn't be a better time to replicate the results. This is a make or break week for a team that hasn't found an identity, win this game and face a last placed Thunder as the final game of the season. That last game being a win and they may come into the playoffs on a 3 game win streak and gelling at exactly the time you want to be.

#9 - Chargers

It is disappointing that the team we ranked 1st place at 2-0 just two months ago can now find themselves near the bottom of the rankings. A team with the talent they have has only made it more evident that talent isn't the only key to success, it is compassion for one another. The term "black hole" has resonated most when you think of this team, once it comes up the court and into the hands of a player, it's as if no one else on the court is there to pass to. Shots have gone up plenty, defense has been the only thing that has left them relevant with Kirk leading the league in steals and one time DMVP Omar.

#10 - TWSS

Captain Ali coming off a championship had to reconfigure his starting lineup that consisted of two players that led the charge for the chip in Saffi and Sayem. This year the only reason there is a shred of belief in this team making the playoffs is due to the sheer greatness of Moe and Maaz and their past history in Crescent. TWSS has 3 games remaining and the only way to make it, win all 3. A daunting task looms but what better guards than the Begawala brothers to try and make this magical story happen, if not it will sadly be a first time that they are both not in the playoffs in their crescent history.

#11 - Thunder

Leagues doormat, enough said

Stat Of The Week 5/2 Monday,May 2 2016


Kawasi Ashby of The Pricilla Panthers: 21 points, 20 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, 1 steal

Week 9 Scoreboard Friday,Apr 29 2016


Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Game 1:

7:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

May 1, 2016

 

Queens Finest vs. Thunder

 

QF has been one of the hottest teams in CBL30 and have a legit chance to finish first again.  This week’s contest vs Thunder is likely an easy win based on head to head matchup.  QF is constructed to bring strength and high IQ which will be tough for Thunder to overcome.   The likes of Core and Femi will be hard to contain.  The outside chance Thunder has if they want to win - they must spread the floor and keep rotating the ball and slow down the game.  However QFs transition offense is too good to fall into that trap so look for guard pressing to generate points in transition.   Score Prediction: 59-44 QF

 

Results/Recap: The only way this game was going to be played was if the players personally opened the gym personally. Nobody wanted to be there for a cakewalk of a matchup and not much can be said of it as a matchup. Queens Finest fresh off a great game against PT made this one seem like a scrimmage for next week. Queens Finest wins this one 58-33 and the Eagles are coming up. This team may very well end in 1st due to their soft remaining schedule.

 

Final Score:

 

 

Game 2:

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

May 1, 2016

 

PPs vs. Caliphs

Both teams will put on their heavy weight game face as this is the Game of the Week. At stake is standings, bragging rights, and most of all to try to get the no 1 seed so they can pick their opponent.  At 6-1 both teams are well balanced, have great guards, and high IQ. Yes the PPs IQ has increased.  The Caliphs are coming off an emotional over-time win over their rivals in Imaan with Kamil hitting a 3 at the buzzer.  This week’s opponent is constructed differently with physique, speed and a captain who has a flare for the dramatics.  The community envisions a fast pace contest with many oohs and aahs.  Kawas / Marc / Omar vs Ryan / Sami / Saffi.  Wow that sounds exciting.  All six are playing at a high level.  The community predicts the Caliphs to utilize a game plan to stay clear of Kawasi and the paint and let the guards do their thing.  With LJ, Saffi, Kamil, and Shukhan the Caliphs can avoid the paint and still be successful.  Our advice to the PPs is to rigorously pressure the ball.    Otherwise the likes of Shukhan and company will strike often.  For the PPs, just let your offense get too predictable.  We see this game decided in the final min with Saffi and company winning it in a thriller

Score Prediction: 60-55 Caliphs

 

Results/Recap: What was game of the week, lived to its hype. Two powerhouse teams collided at 6-1 and only one could leave the victor, both see the light at the end of the tunnel and ending first will be quite the testament in this highly competitive year. Back and forth the score went all night long with multiple lead changes. Team scoring leader Omar had just flown in just hours prior from his pilgrimage and it seemed he hadn't lost a beat. Marc and Kawasi have been defensive forces in the middle and no team will drive the lane without thinking twice, make it three times. PP wins this one 55-48 and now stand atop the CBL standings, look for them to be ranked first and a great challenge ahead with PT on Thursday night. As for the Caliphs, it was just a fall from grace for this week as they were hobbled, they'll be back.

 

Final Score:

 

 

Game 3:

9:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

May 1, 2016

 

Maple Park vs. Primetime

 

Well folks the community thinks MP has arrived.  They are on a two-game winning streak and have a chance to move up in the standings.  Needless to say that Captain Munir has the guys focused and looking up.  Their opponent this week is the offensively challenged PT who struggle to score down the stretch which is the only reason for their losses.  Simply put, PT needs to have leadership in place in the final 5 mins.  Because PT’s defense is one of the best, we expect MP to earn their points and the game to be low scoring.  The community sees Farhad who is in the 20 per game club with his mate Munir to carry his team to another win.  The community does not think PT has answer for Farhad.

Score Prediction: 49-47 Maple park

 

Results/Recap: Maple Park had come into this game on quite the groove and were finally making the strides the league had been waiting to see since game 1. On this night they were facing a team fresh off a heartbreaking loss and they to were looking to make a positive stride. Primetime opened up to a quick 10 point lead with early shots from 3 point specialist Juan, strong rebounding and interior defense by Arwin, Shafique and Ham as well. Moe has done a stellar job stepping his game up this year and it can be seen and felt on the court and they will only go as far as his game and emotions take him. At halftime this was a 2 point game and it stayed that way until the very end with Farhad aka Terminator doing everything in his power to keep the offense clicking but does it become harder for others to get a groove? Find out next week when MP has a tough matchup with Imaan. PT wins this one 51-47.

 

Final Score:

 

Stat Of The Week 4/24 Tuesday,Apr 26 2016


35 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals.... This weeks stat of the week for games through 4/17-4/24 goes to Farhad of team Maple Park in their demolishing of the Chargers.

Interview With Marlon Monday,Apr 25 2016


 

 

Interview with MARLON, Captain of Team QUEENS FINEST

1. How was the Queens Finest team constructed?  Who did you call first and tell us about each member of this season’s roster?  QF was constructed out of a disagreement between two players of the Masterminds camp.  In order for players to move forward we needed to go separate ways.  In the end I took certain players and allowed other players to be free for free agency. I felt I need to take CBL in a different direction. It needs to become a coaches league. I wanted to create a team that mimics the Spurs basketball. A team with very little ego so I spent all summer thinking of the players I wanted to add to my roster. In the end it worked out for both QF and Masterminds last season as we both were pretty good teams.   Femmi & Tyrone had good chemistry playing together so I knew we had somewhere to start. I just needed to work within the rules and regulations of the system. So Femmi and I added Panajot and then Kore. Once we had four players that I trust I then needed to add sprinkles on the cake with Randy (long time friend) and CJ (assigned from Farooq). CJ Turned out to be a money maker with his shooting. Randy also gives us some pretty good hustle plays on defense and he hit some big threes for us. Randy took a head on charge from ManBeast! Who does that? LOL. This season we have the luxury of Lamont (LTrain) and I have a really good feeling about him. I was so surprised of how well we played last season.

2. Are you happy with your team’s record so far?  We are still learning because we are a new team. New teams take time to gel and Rome wasn't built overnight. We could do better but we are where we deserve to be with our record. Life isn't fair so I certainly don't expect any handouts from CBL. For me it's about playing ball with my friends I have been playing ball with for the past 5 years. Our goal is to make the playoffs.

3. You seemed very upset after getting trounced by Imaan? What happened to Tyrone that game?  Did you feel that Imaan is stacked more than others? I take pride in keeping integrity of the QF brand in high standings but certain players just feel it's their right to trash everyone on every team publicly. I would never call out a player or team like that.  Iman is a good brand. QF too is a good brand. The trash talking makes it more fun for the league. It’s definitely not personal. Everyone is here to have fun and at the end of the day basketball should be fun.  I don’t think Imaan I stacked more than any other team.   Zack is really injured so if they were they definitely balance out now.  Tyrone is fine. He has been very busy with his kids lately. His son is a future college star!  His daughter too. The guy is raising future NBA prospects, LOL.

4. Has your opinion changed with recent victories?  Please elaborate. We are going through the growing pains of young teams. This season feels like season one for us. We are still working on ourselves and in time we will eventually solidify. The wins just give us a bit more confidence that we are moving in the right direction.

5. What have you learned from last season? I learned that just because you are number one that does not guarantee anything. Myopic expectations will not take you very far in this league.

6. Your team was soundly defeated by Primetime and in the postgame interview you said that Prime Time downplayed during the season so they would go under the radar.  Did you really mean that? I would like to apologize to Primetime for those comments.  I was a bit upset after we took the L. Primetime did play their best game against us all season.  They could not repeat the same game in the finals against TWSS.

7. Do you think teams purposely downplay just to avoid league scrutiny?  Would you do that?  Yes some shady captains probably do that but you can't prove it.  No, I would never do that.  QF was #1 last season and we were a new team. We leave everything on the floor.  We don't play politics at QF.

8. You have been following CBL since 2006.  You used to be a spectator and now a well-regarded player and coach.  Tell us what you have learned and how has the league changed over the years?   What is that one thing that has been consistent in your eyes?  I love watching and playing the game of basketball. In the old days I would come to watch Andrew and the Bandits play. The talent in CBL Elite was spectacular. Waleed, Syem, BD2EZ, Moe B, Mazz, Rye, Zo, Mike Leando, Roids, Aljo, Elvis and Silvio. I remember watching a youngTariq on team Iman. These guys were all so good and competitive. CBL Elite was a different animal. Today CBL30 is more of an organized system. Teams were really imbalanced in CBL Elite. Our cap system in CBL30 has fixed these imbalances.  Elite was more about basketball. CBL30 is more about brotherhood and politics. I was not good enough to play in CBL30 it took many years of training from Panajot to get my game up to a level where I can actually be on the floor with some of these legends. Farooq has done an excellent job with this league. CBL is one of the best leagues in New York.

9. Why did you trade Jon?  Who else were you considering trading or acquiring?  Trading Jon was really tough. I am a loyal person so it was extremely tough to execute the trade. Jon seem to handle it allot better than me. We needed to match up better with the new talent this season. Jon is an amazing player.  We looked at Riz, LTrain, Gene and Andrew.  I love all my guys and I don't really believe in trading. We are like the spurs and we stay together. Friends first then basketball is second.

10. What is your assessment of the salary cap system?  Do you think it works and will it survive over time?  Talk about the negatives and positives of it from your point of view.   The system works great. Keep it till 2099!

11. Who will win the following in season 10 and why?  

-MVP -  Any QF member (yes I am biased)
- Dmvp - Kore (yes I am biased)
-Most improved -  Shukran (Sweat pants dude) of Caliphs!
-Chip winner - QF (yes I am biased)
-Chip runner up -  QF (Yes I am biased)
-Sportsman – Me ( I actually know everyone in CBL and speak to them LOL)
- All-star game Under 30 vs Over 30 and MVP winner – The young bucks should win

12. For each member of your team, what is the first word that comes to mind? 

- Marlon (Scrub with a camera)
- Panajor (Assassin)
- Lamant (Beast with a handle)
- Femmi (Curry)
- Core (Energy)
- Randy (Fearless)
- Tyronne (Passionate)

13. You joined the Primetime roster in Season 7 with lots of excitement -– however you parted ways under unfriendly circumstances.  What happened?  Please take this opportunity to clear the air and present your side of the story.  I was told from members of the original team that the leaders at the time felt I was not good enough for the team. They wanted to add two more new players and replace me because they had too many bodies on the team. I wasn't happy about the way it was done because I never really played much. In the end QF came out of that bad situation because POPS turned out to be an amazing friend.  POPS in my opinion is the best coach in CBL history.  He knows how to manage players and egos.  He has given me so much guidance with building the QF brand. Thank you POPS!

14. Give us your top 3 moments in CBL’s history which impacted your team?  Good or bad. 1) Winning the number one seat and choosing our opponent was allot of fun. We did it with style too. The raffle idea was fun. 2) Playing at a high level despite allot of stuff that was going on around the team. 3) Dealing with the hate and scrutiny that comes with being number one all season.

15. Please complete the following statement…My name is Marlon and I am the new commish of CBL30 and my first order of business is upgrade the website, record all games and add real time stats.

Week 8 Scoreboard - Updated Friday,Apr 22 2016


Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Game 1:

8:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

April 21, 2016

 

Queens Finest vs. Primetime

 

There are so many great matchups this week and this one can easily be one of them.  QF has been on a winning streak and so has their opponent.  So something’s gotta give.  We expect a physical defensive oriented contest.  Moe H has been the man all season for PT with his floor leadership while Hamch has been the enforcer.  For QF Captain Marlon is getting contribution from all his guys.   Shades of Season 9 QF.  This contest should be even until the final 2 mins when either Panajor or Moe H will make or break their team’s streak.  The community sees the QF winning in the final secs.  Score Prediction: 54-52 QF

 

Results/Recap:

QF continues in their winning ways and holds PT to only 35 pts as they are inching up the standings.  On this night it was genuinely a complete team effort which aided another win.  The solid D of Lamant and the dishing of Panajor was the difference maker down the stretch.  PT led in the first half but their offense cooled down significantly in the second half which ultimately sealed their fate.  In fact, they score zero points in the final mins.      

Final Score: QF 43, Primetime 35.

 

Game 2:

9:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

April 21, 2016

 

Maple Park vs. Chargers

 

Both teams have the talent but are struggling with consistency and attendance.  This should be interesting as both teams feature guards for scoring and defense.  Munir vs Omar, Mamoon vs Kirk could possibly cancel each other.  The deciding factor could come down to Farhad vs. Raphael – two power forwards who are not known for their defense.  The community envisions the Chargers mixing up their defense to offset the powerful offense of MP which will result into a much needed win for the Chargers.          

Score Prediction: 55-50 Chargers

 

Results/Recap:

Kirk, Omar, and Amin arrive late – and as a result the Chargers losing streak continues to 5 games.  For Maple Park it was Farhad who was slicing and dicing past the Chargers offense.  He had 3 and 1s in the game which showed he could not be stopped in the paint.   Meanwhile the smothering defense of Mamoon, Pops, and Riz impacted the Chargers flow on offense.  The Chargers made a push in the second half but the lead was too much to overcome.  Captain Munir now has his troops right in the middle of the playoff mix.  Have they finally gotten their swagger?       

Final Score: MP 69, Chargers 50.

 

 

Game 3:

7:10 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

April 24, 2016

 

Eagles vs. TWSS

Both teams come in desperate for a win.  The Eagles have lost two-in-a-row while TWSS has only won one game all season.  Can the Begewala bros turn around the TWSS ship?  If so, they will need to win the battle vs. Jannik and Junior.  On paper the TWSS should win because no one can stop Moe and Maaz.  On the contrary on paper no one can stop Janni and Junior from the TWSS side.  So let’s see which duo will prevail.  The community likes the duo of Moe and Maaz because in CBL30, the guards usually prevail.  The X factor for Eagles is to play smarter as their play calling at times is very suspect.      

Score Prediction: 59-52 TWSS

 

In the surprise result of the night the Eagles came out and surprised the fans with a mighty effort from Batista and Junior leading the pack. Batista led this team as he has all season except this time even the opponents had no answer on defense as he hit it from long range or drove the lane for 2. The M&M brothers are running out of time and captain Ali needs to figure this one out quickly for the defending champs. Eagles win 57-48.

 

 

Game 4:

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

April 24, 2016

 

ABs vs. Thunder

All it takes is one win and Thunder may be in the playoff race.  It would need to start this week though vs the ABs who appear to be struggling with injuries, age, and attendance.  The community sees this contest to be closer than what we are thinking.  Expect Sajed and his boys to push the ABs to the limit up until the final 5 min mark of the second half when the ABs will take over and win running away.  At the end, the likes of Chris, Nick, and Darwin, are a cut above the Thunder.  Nadeeb needs to step up his game if he wants a shot at the post season.

Score Prediction: 64-51 abs

 

So the tale of the Autobots continue, and yet again they never fail to amaze you. On a night they were short handed and missing their superstar forward Devaughn they were able to dominate from tip to finish. Much can be said about these Autbots and one only wonders why they can't pack this same punch every week with the roster they possess. With the Autobots winning 55-33 not much can be said about the game other than it was an easy one. The Thunder have all but packed it in for the season.

 

 

Game 5:

9:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

April 24, 2016

 

 

Imaan vs. Calips

Well folks here is the much anticipated game of the season thus far where we will see Saffi take on his former teammate Sy for so many rights such as first place, bragging, and maybe even MVP.  The community sees this as a back and forth battle with multiple lead changes and ties, exciting plays, and oohs and aahs from the crowd.  Will this be the game where Tariq who is averaging a double double takes over and shows Saffi and rest of the CBL world what an MVP is about?  We think so -- as Imaan has too many weapons to blow this one.  While the Calips have their own all stars in Shukhan and Sami, the community sees the trio of Sy, Wais, and Tariq too much to handle.  And if Zak gives them anything, it could be over early.  At the end Sy and company will prevail in a nail biter. 

Score Prediction: 60-57 Imaan

Note: This preview is independent of the game of the week article posted on april 20th.

 

Only the most serendipidous way to end a game. In this weeks game of the week featured on the website it didn't fail to meet its expectations at all. Both the Caliphs and Imaan played the way they have been spoken of, captain Saffi and his crew and Captian Zaki alike. Up until minutes before the game it was still being discussed by many, some taking a bow of silence to concentrate which led this to feel like a playoff game atmosphere. What you realized in the game was what we could very well expect as a finals matchup as it was evident these were superior teams. Saffi and Ryan and Sami held their own all night and the role players played as they should. On Imaans side, Tariq picked up some slack this week as Cbl30's leading scorer was having trouble on this night and most surprisingly at the free throw line. WAIS and his addition to this team has been pivotal for their future success and he came out and showed it. Serendipity it was indeed, crescent has many members that are well known but none more than Kamil himself and for this man it was his night to shine. Imaan who let him go earlier this season to the Caliphs decided to leave home wide open in overtime and the Caliphs were down 2, he didn't hesitate taking the 3 point dagger..... Much can be side for the confidence Saffi exudes , that was all she wrote as the game ended 63-62 in a Caliphs win.

 


Game Of The Week Thursday,Apr 21 2016



Caliphs VS Imaan

April 20, New York, If ever there was a war between two true powerhouses, this is the game of games to feature. One of the most chatted about and most anticipated matchups of the season will be when these two face off come Sunday at QHST @8pm. The star power of names can roll out for days with the likes of 3 time CBL30 champion Saffi and his ex-champion teammate in Sayem now league scoring leader for Imaan. Tariq and his MVP title, Ryan and Sami, household names for many and always being attained for other teams to play on with their many skills. Down to the role players such as Sult who has made quite the splash as if this was his first year here. I guess being in sweatpants he truly wasn't noticed. Zak and his amazing continued recovery trail, for anyone who knows his story you smile from cheek to cheek, if you don't please refer down to his interview a few columns down. CBL30's most talked about man on whatsapp with Kamil and his rants. The funny thing is I can keep going and it's a testament just to show how strong both of these teams are.

Back to the actual game, Caliphs come in at 5-1 and Imaan at 4-2. Similar records and one will leave having had a better idea of what they are capable of now, seeing as we are now past the midway point of the season. This game can very well end up as the finals matchup and this game will feature the same such intensity. Previous seasons team Imaan had one go to scorer in Tariq and he did a mighty fine job of it. This season they opened the door to two great men and players in Wais and Sayem. Wais was coming off a disappointing finals loss and felt he needed a change of scenery and wisdom from his elders, Sayem happened to be on that championship team and decided why not share the wealth and win elsewhere. Zak and Yamah have continued playing their roles admirably and now find themselves poised for a breakout run with this team and it can start this week with a huge win.

Saffi happens to have a similar cast of offense with the likes of Sami Rabb and Ryan Rahim. Both have been capable scorers for their respective teams in previous seasons and now share the ball together and have made it seamless. Sult has been an added gift to this equation as he has led many of sparks for this team in late games with his superb play. They haven't clamped down on much when it comes to defense but who needs defense when your team is scoring 60-80 points a week in a league where the average total score ranges between 45-60 per game.

This will go down as the league’s highest scoring affair with threes dropping from all locations, timely slashing plays and fast breaks every other possession. This game will come down to who will be more aggressive on the rebounds and on defense as offense will be in high supply. The community believes its initial preseason projections will come to fruition by the end of this game and having the league’s leading scorer surely helps matters. Look for imman to grab the extra rebounds that will be the difference in a few points come end of the game, they can match the Caliphs on offense and speed but the Caliphs cannot match the size of Imaan with T, Wais and Yamah in the front court. Imaan will win 68-66.

 
 

 

HADITH OF THE DAY
Hadith Of The Week 5/2

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: Messenger of ALLAH (PBUH) said, "Every day the sun rises charity (sadaqah) is due on every joint of a person: you administer justice between two men is a charity; and assisting a man to mount his beast, or helping him load his luggage on it is charity; and a good word is a charity; and every step you take (towards the mosque) for Salat (prayer) is a charity and removing harmful things from the road is a charity".

Team Standings
Team Win Loss
Priscilla Panthers 7 1
Queens Finest 6 2
Caliphs 6 2
Imaan 5 3
Primetime 5 3
Autobots 4 3
Maple Park 4 5
Eagles 3 5
Chargers 3 6
T.W.S.S. 1 7
Thunder 1 8

Top Players
Team Name PPG
Imaan Sayem 26.57
Chargers Rafael 24.88
Eagles Johnny (Batista) 22.57
Maple Park Farhad 21
Autobots Devaughn 19.33
Maple Park Munir 18.78
Priscilla Panthers Omar 17.5

Upcoming Games
Thursday,May 5 2016
Primetime  vs  Priscilla Panthers, at  8:00 pm @ RFK
T.W.S.S.  vs  Caliphs, at  9:00 pm @ RFK

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