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It is official Queens Finest clinches Top Seed and Will decide by 3pm Monday .  Playoffs start January 19th

Final Week - Scoreboard Thursday,Jan 12 2017


Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Final Week Game 1

 

7:45 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Jan 12, 2017

 

DK vs. PPs

 

This game has more meaning for the PPs as they are trying to avoid the dreaded wildcard round.  Their opponent will be the talented Dark Knights who have been winning a lot as of late and have been well rested.  This contest will feature Azfar who is averaging nearly 25pts a game vs the veteran Moe B who is having an all-star season.   While those two will be the feature match-up, let’s not forget the other one-on-one – Arwin vs Maaz, Hanny vs Marc, and so forth.  We expect the contest to be filled with high scoring and great ball movement.  The game of Azfar will dictate the results.  If he can get his mates involved, they have a chance to win.  The Dark Knights can likely withstand Azfar’s big game and still win as long as the remaining PPs don’t rise up to the occasion.  Score Prediction: 59-50 dark knights

 

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Final Week Game 2

8:45 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Jan 12, 2017

 

YBD vs. Autobots

 

The league has been boasting about Rishi’s athleticism and superiority on the court.  However, that is not entirely the reason for the success of ABs this season.  Let’s take a second to recognize LJ, Arif, and Captain Fahad himself.  These ‘lower’ rated players have played a huge role in the success of ABs.  Their opponent in the YBD are also good, as they feature one of the youngest starting squad in the division.  The community expects this to be a physical contest with multipole lead changes and ties.  The keys to success for YBD is to contain the role players of ABs.  If they can do that, they will win going away.  Score Prediction: 50-46 ybd

 

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Final Week

Game 3

9:45 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Jan 12, 2017

 

Maple Park vs. Mujahideen

 

In a lost season, Captain Munir and his loyal deputy Shanni will suit it up one more time and take on the injury ridden Mujahideen who are trying to avoid the wildcard round as they look to end their losing streak.  This contest will feature zero defense.  Look for fast breaks, one vs three penetration, and an up tempo chuck fest.  When it is all said and done, we see the Mujahideen winning if they have Kawasi.  If not Munir’s team got a legit chance as Khalid, Munir, Shani, and Mike are itching for a win.   Score Prediction: 55-49 Mujahideen

 

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Final Week

Game 4

7:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Jan 15, 2017

 

Queens Finest vs. Imaan

The first game on Sunday will feature the long awaited match-up between the No. 1 seed Queens Finest vs. the defending Champs Imaan.  Both teams do NOT like each other.  Wait…QF just does not like Sayem but likely like Imaan.  They remember Sayem taunting them last season before during and after Imaan’s blow-out win.  And, how can we forget the L Train and Sy jawing at each other in Season 9 when both guys were on different teams.  This game does not have any value in the standings.  QF clinched first and Imaan clinched wildcard.  So it is just about bragging rights.  The community sees QF to be complacent and therefore letting Imaan win this one and give them a false sense of security.  Overall, we expect this to be a high scoring affair with jumper after jumper.  It will be interesting to see Moe H taking on his new buddy off the court in Sy.     Score Prediction: 60-55 Imaan

 

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Final Week

Game 5

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Jan 15, 2017

 

Mujahideen vs. OGz

This could be a very important game for the standings.  However, we won’t know the specifics until the results for the prior 4 games are in.  The community sees this as a friendly trash talk type of contest with Usama taking it to the hoop each time versus his buddy Kamil.  When the final buzzer sounds, we anticipate Kaptain Kamil, freshly coming off his shirtless vacation taking it easy since OGz likely will have nothing to play for.  Call it a Kift.  If there is something serious at stake, look for Captain kamil to let the guys loose featuring Kirk, Rahi, and Mir.    Score Prediction: 58-52 Mujahideen

 

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Final Week

Game 6

9:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Jan 15, 2017

 

Lights Out vs. Blazers

The final matchup of the season, the Blazers will square off against YBD.  It is no secret the Blazers are trying out new players for next season and therefore could violate the rules and put themselves for a forfeit loss.  However, with nothing on the line, they will chance it vs an inspired YBD team.  With that said, we see an interesting challenge, YBD will have to pass this test vs. an equally younger and hungrier YBD squad as they head into the post season.  Although Blazers new guys bring a lot of energy and spunk, we see YBD winning by a close margin as the regular season comes to an end.  FINALLY.  Score Prediction: 62-58 YBD

 

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Week 13 Scoreboard Wednesday,Jan 4 2017



Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Week 13 Game 1

 

7:50 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Jan 5, 2017

 

Royals vs. Queens Finest

 

Let’s be realistic, today the QF will likely have the best chance to win all season because they are playing a team that is winless and appears to be heading in a downward spiral.  There were false rumors that QF clinched the No. 1 seed after their last win.  Well if they win today, they will have the top seed clinched.  We anticipate a high scoring affair with very little intensity on defense.  At the end the QF are having a dream season and we don’t see anything stopping them.  Especially Not the Royals.  Look for Corey to dominate in the paint.  For the Royals, the man that will have something to play for is Rafael – he is trying to win another scoring title.  Will he be the first ever scoring champ to not win a single game?  SCore Prediction: 57-44 QF

 

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Week 13

Game 2

8:50 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Jan 5, 2017

Blazers vs. Autobots

 

As stated by Captain Jean, the Blazers are playing for fun and looking forward to next season.  Therefore, they may showcase new talent in hopes for next season.  The ABs meanwhile can move up in the standings with this win, as well as fine tune their superstar for the post season.  The community sees the ABs dominating start to finish.  Although it will be interesting to see the Blazers future talent.    Score Prediction: 57-46 Autobots

 

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Week 13

Game 3

9:45 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Jan 5, 2017

Eagles vs. Imaan

 

Both teams have been talking a lot.  Well only Sy and Farooq.  Nevertheless, this contest should have pizzaz as both teams are headed for the post season and will look to solidify their position.  Eagles want to keep their post trade streak alive and continue to let the league know they are coming for the chip led by their trio of AAA guards who possess dynamic skills (Adam, Andrew, Azal).  While Eagles have AAA, the Imaan have the chip and want to repeat.  Tonight will be a good test to see how far Imaan is really prepared for the post season.  The keys to success will be Zak.  He has to maintain composure and ensure that Tariq and Sayem are getting good scoring chances because the defense of the AAA will be extremely tough for Imaan to dominate.  There may be a possibility that Hasan or someone younger may need to step up and bring the fire. The community sees this as an excitement filled contest with the Eagles prevailing in the final minutes.

Score Prediction: 55-51 eagles

 

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Week 13

Game 4

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Jan 8, 2017

 

OGz vs. Maple Park

Despite who shows or doesn’t, the community sees this as an exciting back and forth contest with multiple lead changes and basket penetration on both sides.  Scoring will be low as their will be many 1 vs 3 type shot selection.  The OGz defense and paint presence will be hard to overcome for Maple Park.  The community envisions the OGz to take control midway in the second half and win.  A special shout out to Shafiq J of Maple Park who will be playing in his final few games in CBL before he departs for greener pastures.  Perhaps that will provide some added inspiration for Maple Park.  Win one for Shafiq.  Score Prediction: 59-50 OGz

 

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Week 13

Game 5

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Jan 8, 2017

 

Eagles vs. Mujahideen

Two good teams will square off in a late season match-up which could be a finals preview.  AAA for the Eagles will look to shut down Omar and the great Usama.  Azal vs. Usama will be worth the price of admission.  The community sees these two canceling each other out.  Therefore, the team that has their other guys step up will win.  Adam’s long range shooting could be an ex-factor for the Eagles.  If he is on, then look out Mujahideen.  The community sees a back and forth battle which will be decided in the final secs. The victor will be Mujahideen in a thriller!  SCOre Prediction: 57-56 Mujahideen

 

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Week 13

Game 6

9:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Jan 8, 2017

 

Lights Out vs. PPs

The final game of the week will be between two young teams who have tremendous offense but lack defense. The featured contest will Asraf for PPs who is considered the best offensive player in CBL vs. Elijah who too is a scoring machine.  Both men have a different built so won’t guard each other but will be the primary option for their respective teams.  The community sees Lights Out keeping it close and then giving up the lead only to come back and win.  The addition of Tayeb should help Lights Out in this game and as they build for next season.    Score Prediction: 60-54 Lights out

 

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Week 12 Scoreboard Thursday,Dec 22 2016



 

Week 12

Game 1

7:45 pm @ RFK

Thursday

Dec 22, 2016

 

Eagles vs. Maple Park

Munir has tried his best to salvage this season despite injuries and the absent without leave of their superstar Farhad.  Tonight’s contest vs. the Eagles will present another challenge for the under-salaried MP team.  The Eagles have very dedicated guards who dictate the game’s pace.  We are talking about the trio of Adam, Azal, and Andrew.  The AAA crew basically creates havoc on defense and as a result force easy scoring opportunities on offense.  The MP will look to Munir to slash and shoot but after him there is really no one else. Shafiq is injured and Mamoon appears to have a busy social life which prohibits him from attending.  The community sees this as a close contest but the Eagles have too many weapons to lose this one.    Score Prediction: 50-41 eagles

 

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Week 12

Game 2

8:50 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 22, 2016

 

 

ABs vs. Royals

The Royals are dealing with new franchise sorrows as Captain Jon is losing guys left and right.  Tonight they take on Rishi and the powerful ABs who are coming off a major win last week.   The experts see this as a blow-out win for the ABs.  However, the community sees it a little different.  The ABs will certainly win but it won’t be that easy because Rafael has this game circled and will rise to the challenge.  Unfortunately, it won’t be enough as the supporting cast for ABs is too experienced to lose this late season match-up.   Score Prediction: 68-58 abS

 

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Week 12

Game 3

9:45 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 22, 2016

 

Mujahideen vs. Lights Out

Lights Out are also dealing with new franchise blues.  Captain Shaikh is struggling to find a consistent starting 5.  Other than Elijah and maybe now Tayeb, the rest of the team just doesn’t show the passion.   Hussie was thought to be that guy but he too seems to have lost his spirit.  Their opponent tonight has a lot of spirit led by the great Usama.  The community sees the Mujahideen coasting to another win.  It will be interesting to see Elijah vs. Kawasi match-up though.  SCore Prediction: 59-51 Mujahideen

 

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Did You Know - Oct 21, 2016 Wednesday,Dec 21 2016




Queens Finest' recent clinching of the No. 1 seed for Season 11 will mark the second time they have clinched first place in their young history.
Week 11 Scoreboard - Updated Thursday,Dec 15 2016


 

Week 11

Game 1

9:30 pm @ RFK

Wednesday

Dec 14, 2016

 

Dark Knights vs. Maple Park

Dark Knights are on a major streak and with each win, they are gaining confidence.  Tonight they take on Maple Park who is itching for a win.  With Munir confirmed, the community will see an intense game between these two friends off the court.  On the court, we expect Maple Park to keep it close in the first half due to the physical play of Riz and Moon but the second half look to DK spread the floor with Moe, Maaz, and Hanny and win it running away.  The offensive firepower of DK will be too much for MP to overcome.   Hanny will be the player of the game with another double double.    Score Prediction: 60-51 Dark Knights

 

Results/Recap:

Despite missing 3 of their starters, the Maple Park squad came in inspired and played competitive ball for the first half.  Captain Munir was slicing a dicing the defense of Dark Knights and it appeared the MP may pull an upset.  The second half was a different story though.  Dark Knights tighten their defense and featured Hanny on offense and the results were a blow-out win for DK and extending their streak. 

Final Score: DK 51, MP 34

 

Week 11

Game 2

7:50 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 15, 2016

 

 

Dark Knights vs. Royals

With the Royals in town, there is another opportunity to steal a win for DK.  The likes of Hanny, Zia, Moe, Maaz, Hamdy, and Tanzeel (with his often game changing 3) will be tough to contain for the feisty Royals. The community sees this as a blowout loss for the Royals.  The only chance they have is to make the game ugly which means hard fouls, send DK to the free throw line, and contest every shot.  But that would mean Rafael has to play defense.  Perhaps Alfredo can inspire them. Score Prediction: 67-54 Dark knights

 

Results/Recap:

Dark Knights win again!  The tone was set early by Moe and Maaz shooting lights out.  And anything they missed, the ElSayed boys put it back.  For the Royals it was a struggle on defense.  Rafael was unstoppable on offense but their team defense was the main reason for the loss. 

Final Score:  DK 74, Royals 59

 

Week 11

Game 3

8:45 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 15, 2016

 

PPs vs. Queens Finest

The PPs vs QF should be an awesome treat.  Both teams have excellent players in Azraf (PPs) and Moe H (QF).  Simply put, whoever has the better game, his team will win.  Azraf may very well score more points over Moe H but Moe H can still be the better players as his defense and getting his team can be the difference maker.  The community sees this as a back and forth battel with multiple lead changes and ties.  It will be decided in the final minutes with QF hanging on for a two- point win.  SCore Prediction: 54-52 QF

 

Results/Recap:

In a typical QF low scoring game, they pulled out a two-point win over a PPs squad that arrived late.  QF continued to play team ball led by Moe H’s versatility.  For PPs, Azraf played well but the QF defense gave him different looks and held him below his usual averages.  With this win, the QF is one win away to clinch the best record.

Final Score: QF 45, PPs 43

 

Week 11

Game 4

9:45 pm @ RFK

Thursday

Dec 15, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Lights Out vs. Imaan

This contest will be closer than what we may think – especially looking at the head-to-head match-ups.  Who will stop Elijah, the best scorer in the league?  Imaan may have Sy, Tariq, and Zak but Lights Out have Hussie, Elijah, and new-comer Tayeb.   This game will be decided in the final secs and we think Lights Out will win it due to the aggressive offense Elijah brings.  With Tayeb in the fold, that will only help their chances.  Score Prediction: 55-51  Lights out

 

Results/Recap:

In a surprise, Imaan played well on both sides of the court and won in a rout.  Tariq, Sayem, and company dominated from start to finish and shut out the undermanned Lights Out squad for a much needed win to keep post season hope alive.

Final Score: Imaan 59, Lights Out 43

 

Week 11

Game 5

7:15 pm @ RFK

SATURDAY

Dec 17, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

YBD vs. OGz

 

After a tough loss for the OGz vs. the Eagles last week, they will face an even tougher challenge versus the young YBD squad led by Saffi, Ali, and Ethisham.  This team has the make-up to beat the OGz because they are hungry and appear to be playing relaxed.  The only challenge will be containing Batista and Mir.  The youngsters lack the size.  Therefore, if the OGz are smart, they will feed it to Batista and Mir all day long and win the game in the paint.  The community sees the OGz leading all the way until the final 3 mins where the YBD boyos will use their younger legs to steal a win mainly due to Ethisam and Shan.   Score Prediction: 60-57 YBD

 

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Week 11

Game 6

8:15 pm @ RFK

SATURDAY

Dec 17, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Mujahideen vs. Royals

 

This contest will be fast pace with the Mujahideen dominating from start to finish.  Unfortunately, the Royals don’t have the pieces to contain Osama and Kirk.  It will once again come down to Rafael playing defense.  His size and salary demand a defensive presence.  The community sees Omar and company having an open court field day. Score Prediction: 64-51 MUJAHIDEEN

 

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Week 11

Game 7

9:15 pm @ RFK

SATURDAY

Dec 17, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Eagles vs. Blazers

 

The Eagles who are streaking will take on the Blazers who are struggling for wins.  We hear the Blazers will be missing players and showcasing talent for next season.  That is fine but has Captain Jean seen the playoff standings – there is still a chance.  Despite the attendance, we expect Andrew, Azal, and Adam set the tone with their defense and offense.  The Eagles have too much positive chemistry and good will to lose this one.  Score Prediction: 55-51 eagles

 

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Week 10 Scoreboard - Final Edition Monday,Dec 12 2016


 

Week 10

Game 1

7:45 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 8, 2016

 

Dark Knights vs. Blazers

Dark Knights will look to finally get back in action as they take on the Blazers who aren’t so hot as of late.  The community sees the Dark Knights taking care of business by attacking the basket led by Moe B and dominating the paint led by Hanny.  The Blazers play good ball for the first 25 mins but then just can’t seem to execute.  Will this be the week they finally execue and play defense for the entire game?  The community doesn’t think so as the Dark Knights have too many weapons combined with high IQ to lose this one.  Score Prediction: 65-52 Dark Knights

 

Results/Recap:

Aggressive put-backs and offensive rebounds by Zia helped DK take an early lead.  Surprisingly, Moe and Maaz missed many shots earlier on which opened up transition points for the Blazers led by Ron and Anson.  However, as the game progressed, the Blazers turned the ball over and played sloppy defense which resulted into easy buckets for DK.  Tanzeel nailed two big 3s to pad the lead and contributed to DKs 9pt win.    Final Score: DK 67, Blazers 58.

 

Week 10

Game 2

8:45 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 8, 2016

 

 

PPs vs. Maple Park

MP has all the talent but the attendance is just not there.  This means you Farhad.  Meanwhile, their opponent has done a superb job battling injuries and intangible issues.  Yes we are talking about the PPs.  But then again, when you have a D1 player it makes things that much easier to compete.  Azraf and his PPs teammates will look to run and gun over the depleted MP squad.  The community sees this as a laugher till the end with the PPs taking it to the MP often led by none other than Azraf.  The X factor will be to contain Azraf for MP.  If Captain Munir can find someone to do that, they a stunning upset is possible.  Score Prediction: 60-51 PPs

 

Results/Recap:

Sloppy and low scoring was the theme early on in this contest.  Munir made tough shots in the first half to keep the Maple Park ahead.  However, in the second half when Azraf arrived, his shooting and effective passing helped the PPs win another one.    Final Score: PPs 44, MP 38

 

Week 10

Game 3

9:45 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 8, 2016

 

YBD vs. Royals

The Royals will try to snap a losing streak that everyone dreads (winless for the season).  However, their opponent YBD doesn’t care as they too want start winning again after a tough loss last week to QF. The community sees this as a run and chuck contest with many uncontested shots as defense will be non-existent.  YBD has the younger legs -- so look for them to keep the metal on the pedal.  The Royals have more defensive minded guys that like to grind.  The X factor is if the Royals can play tight defense even for a half.  This means you Rafael?!   Nevertheless, the community envisions YBD winning it.  SCore Prediction: 64-55 ybd

 

Results/Recap:

With new additions on hand, the Royals battled hard against the YBD squad.  However, their lack of defense in the final frame did them in as Saffi, Ethisam, and company had too much firepower.  Final Score: YBD 70, Royals 66

 

Week 10

Game 4

7:20 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 11, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

OGz vs. Eagles

This is going to be a fun game as the guard match-up will be amazing to watch where Rahi/Kirk (OGz) vs Adam/Azal (Eagles) will square off.  The rest of the match-ups will favor OGz as the likes of Mir, Batista, etc is considered slightly better than Thomas, Waqas, and Ibrahim.  The community sees this as a physical contest with multiple lead changes and ties.  The ball movement will be a factor for the Eagles as the OGz defense is one of the best in the league.  On this night, they may need an additional shooter (e.g. Waqas, CJ, etc) to score from the paint to spread the floor because you can be certain Adam will be defended vigrously.  However, at the end it will be hard for the Eagles to overtake OGz.    Score Prediction: 55-49  OGz

 

Results/Recap:

Slow yet energetic defensive from both squads kept the game tight the entire contest.  Adam was surprisingly off in his shooting despite getting good looks.  However, Azal and Andrew locked down the guards of OGz and left them out of sync the entire night. Meanwhile the bigs of Eagles did enough to keep Mir and Batista in check.  In the final secs, the OGz missed free throws and squandered the game to Adam and the Eagles who converted on their final two free throws to win it!

Final Score: Eagles 36, OGz 35

 

Week 10

Game 5

8:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 10, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Mujahideen vs. Autobots

 

This contest we see it close in the first half but in the second half look for Mujahideen to spread the huge floor at QHST and put an offensive show for the fans.  Autobots have a balanced squad but due to injuries, they are a step slow.  The community sees the ABs playing tough but Usama, Kawasi, and Omar’s talent will be too much of a burden for ABs to handle.  But there is an X factor – it’s Nick staying out of foul trouble and playing tough defense on Kawasi to somewhat stabilize them.   Score Prediction: 65-59 Mujahideen

 

Results/Recap:

A poor defensive effort by Mujahideen led to Rishie attacking the basket over and over which created easy scoring chances for Fahad, Chris, and company.  The ABs kept the metal to the pedal and won going away vs. a frustrated Mujahideen team.   

Final Score: ABs 87, Mujahideen 65

 

Week 10

Game 6

9:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 10, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Knights vs. Queens Finest

 

Queens Finest will look to improve on their perfect record thus far as they take on the talented Dark Knights who match up well against them.  With Hanny (and Hamdy) in the fold, the DK can now equalize the paint vs Corey and Lamant.  Throw in Moe B and Maaz the guards of QF will have a challenge on their hands.  The community sees this as the most intense game of the week with physical play and high drama.  We expect the scoring to be low as each shot will be contested.  The open floor opportunities will be limited as well because both teams play smart and don’t take low percentage shots.  The X factor will be the guards of QF – will they be able to hold their own vs. Moe and Maaz; especially with the restriction.  At the end, the community sees DK pull off a win in the final seconds in a thriller.  Score Prediction: 52-50 DK

 

Results/Recap:

The streak of perfection has stopped for QF.  The Dark Knights played with pride passion and rugged defense enabled the Dark Knights to hold off QF and serve them their first loss of the season.  While Moe H played solid, his mates were complacent and appeared frustrated by the refs.  However, at the end, Hanny and company’s defense was too good for Qf to overcome.

Final Score: Dark Knights 53, QF 50.

Week 9 Scoreboard - Final Edition Monday,Dec 5 2016


 

Week 9

Game 1

8:30 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 1, 2016

 

Royals vs. Blazers

Two teams who are playing for their playoff lives will square off in a condensed schedule on Thursday.   On paper it seems the Royals have the edge with the great Bravo.  However, the Blazers seem to be playing with lots of energy but no team concept and as a result a poor record.  The community sees the Blazers pulling this out with the likes of Ansel and Jean playing smart down the stretch.  The X factor is Bravo for the Royals.  He is definitely the most talented man on the court.  Score Prediction: 64-48 blazers

 

Results/Recap:

By winning the rebounding game on offense and defense, Anson and Ron led the transition offense for the Blazers resulting in easy scoring opportunities for Kash and Nadeeb.  While Rafael, Jon, and Alfredo made a valiant effort, it is hard to play from behind all the time.

Final Score:  Blazers 76, Royals 58.

 

Week 9

Game 2

9:40 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 1, 2016

 

 

OGz vs. ABs

Game 2 will be an intense game because it features Kamil’s team vs. Fahad’s team. Both teams have talented players.  Kamil’s team (OGz) is playing at a level which is hard to match.   There balanced squad plays excellent defense and can score with the best of them.  When in doubt feed it to Batista on offense.  On defense, just put Kirk on their PG and watch the transition points off steals or poor shots.  All of this will result into another win for Kamil’s team.   Score Prediction: 59-50 OGz

 

Results/Recap:

In an extremely physical and evenly contested first half, the ABs held their own due to strong defense which included creating turnovers and transition points led by Darwin and Nick.  However, in the second half, after Nick fouled out, the OGz went on an offensive blitz resulting from the swarming defense of Kirk and Rahi which created easy scoring chances for Mir, Batista, and Moe Hoque.  The dagger came when Mir Khan on back to back plays willed his way in the paint.

Final Score: OGz 54, ABs 48

 

Week 9

Game 3

7:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 04, 2016

 

Imaan vs. PPs

Finally.  The Defending Chumps...Champs, finally got a win last game against the lowly Blazers.  Was that more of a testament to the talent Imaan has or just how bad the Blazers are?  Who knows anymore with this team.  They get PP this week who is in a similar position and looking to lock up this win to better their chances at the playoffs.  PP is fueled by Azfar who is killing the league right now with his 24PPG.  Who is going to stop this young gun?  Muzz is shooting well to help but will the rest of the team step up?  Marc has usually found success against Imaan and we expect him to play well this time around.  Imaan hasn't played a game in almost 2 weeks so we'll be interested in seeing how they come out.  We figured out one thing though, when they move the ball and play as a team they win games.  We expect Tariq and Sy to come out firing but the win will depend on which version of Wais shows up.  We're thinking Imaan wants this more and will edge out a close win.  Score Prediction: 57-51 IMaan

 

Results/Recap:

On this night it was the Azfar show.  He scored 3pters, layups, set plays, free throws, etc.  And when he wasn’t scoring he set up Muzz and Hamza for easy scoring opportunities. On defense it was Marc who challenged Imaan’s offenders and held them down.  For Imaan it was another horrific effort on both sides of the court.  The only thing that stood out was their captain berating the refs and getting two techs and getting thrown out of the game.  

Final Score: PPs 70, Imaan 48

 

Week 9

Game 4

8:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 04, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

YBD vs. Queens Finest

This is going to be a super fun game to watch.  The young guns of YBD vs. the veterans of Queens Finest who are perfect thus far despite their restrictions. Both teams come in streaking.  The X factor will be how YBD can score in the paint.  With Corey in the house expect YBD to settle for jumpers or transition points.  That may be tough as Moe and Panajor are great defenders.  Both teams are built very similar in terms of organized play and chemistry, but we think YBD has a better offensive game and the X factor with their young legs.  The community things this will come down to the wire where YBD will win this game by the score of 66 - 65 on a last second 3 pointer from Ehtisham.   Score Prediction: 66-63  YBD

 

Results/Recap:

In a classic defensive low scoring battle where we saw multiple lead changes and ties, QF prevails again to remain undefeated. While Captain Saffi did a superb job with the rotations and keeping things close by having his guys play great defense and managing the ball on offense, QF just were slightly better led by Moe H’s great defense and timely free throws down the stretch to seal their 8th win-in-a-row.  Once again it was a complete team effort.  Will this team ever lose?

Final Score: QF 48, YBD 44

 

Week 9

Game 5

9:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 04, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Eagles vs. Lights Out

 

This could be a really good game on paper, but let's be honest, outside of Elijah, we don't see Lights Out being able to compete with the Eagles.  Their backcourt is lethal right now with the addition of Azal and they are in a groove. Definitely a sleeper team that the rest of the league should be mindful of.  They have some talent and their chemistry can go a long way.  On the other end, Elijah is doing his best to keep Lights Out relevant but we think the struggles continue this week.  Should be a fun game to watch and we're expecting minimal defense and a ton of points, but in the end, the Eagles will get over .500 and inch closer to the playoffs. Score Prediction: 68-60  Eagles

 

Results/Recap:

Lights Out battled hard in this game.  The duo of Elijah and new comer Tayab kept the game close and it appeared the Lights Out would perhaps come away with a win.  However, the trio of Azal, Adam, and Ibrahim prevailed in the final 5 mins with clutch shots and aggressive defense to win their fourth-in-a-row.   For Lights Out, they have a legit star in Elijah, as he single-handedly carried his team for a large stretch to keep his team in it. 

Final Score: Eagles 69, Lights Out 57

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Week 8

Game 1

7:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 20, 2016

 

OGz vs. PP

My what different seasons these two teams are having. The Ogz are built on veteran names and defensive grit. While the Panthers come in with youth in Azfar and team unity. The OGz are back to their winning ways and PP is heading in the opposite direction unable to close out games. It was sooner or later they ran into the higher ranked teams. Unfortunately, CBL does not feel sorry for anyone and this is why we see the OGz with their full squad packing the paint and giving the Panthers a night of misery. Unless Azfar gets help from his cast expect PP to stay on their losing streak.  Score Prediction: 64-48 OGz

 

Results/Recap:

Outstanding defense stimulated by Mir, Rahi, and Moe Hoques helped OGz jump to an early double digit lead.  The PPs fought back and tied it with solid defensive play of Marc and Azfar which created scoring opportunities for Muzz and Hamza.  However, in the second half Batista was featured and he delivered by making easy layups in the paint and opening up the floor for his mates which helped the OGz cruise to another win.

Final Score: OGz 53, PPs 35

 

Week 8

Game 2

8:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 20, 2016

 

Blazers vs. Imaan

Well this just might be what Imaan needed a team that is worse than them, one game worse. This is a must win game for Imaan because Mujahideen put the nails into the coffin but the Blazers might be the ones to throw the coffin of a season into the soil. The blazers put up a fight last week but could not hold it for two halves and so went the same for Imaan who were up by 15 at one point and got the game ripped out of their hands. This game will come down to who wants this win more and who can execute their offense better because names don’t mean a thing at this point. We expect Tariq to lead his team in the positive direction as he has the better personal. Its do or die for Imaan! No 3peat? More like get one win. Score Prediction: 59-52 ImaAn

 

Results/Recap:

In this contest it was Imaan who won it in a laugher.  While Anson, Kash, and Jean put up a valiant fight for the Blazers, it was not enough to contain Tariq’s triple double, Sayem’s 8 3s, and Wais’ aggressive overall play while achieving a double double in points and boards. 

Final Score: Imaan 73, Blazers 48

 

Week 8

Game 3

9:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 20, 2016

 

Lights Out vs. Queens finest

Another win and another week still undefeated and sitting at number 1. Qf took care of business against an energetic Blazers team that put up a fight but on that night Moe H and his offense woke up for 19pts and 7 assists as QF ran by the Blazers. This week comes in Lights out who were handed a sour loss by the OGz as they could not find their offense. We expect this game to be controlled by QF as they will look to pick point the weakness of Lights out and pounce on it. Lights out will compete as they are not walkovers. Look for Elijah to attack the basket and let off deep threes but in the end this may not be enough. Can his teammates help him? Something we have been asking all season. Team effort and passing by QF will keep them on the winning train!  Score Prediction: 62-56

 

Results/Recap:

QF played the ultimate team ball which created open shots for all the mates. Meanwhile, Moe H continues to show his worth by becoming a ‘cookie monster’ gathering rebounds and staying aggressive and converting layups in transition and put-backs on missed baskets, as well as post ups.  His co-pilot Panajor sprinkled in 27 pts while Femmi drain 3 3s to help the QF remain undefeated.  For the Lights Out, Elijah did all he can do but overall the QF is a hard team to defend over a 40 min period.

Final Score: QF 81, Lights Out 62

 
 

 

HADITH OF THE DAY
Hadith Of The Week

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
Queens Finest 11 1
Dark Knights 9 3
OGz 9 3
YBD 8 4
Eagles 8 4
Autobots 7 5
Mujahideen 7 5
Priscilla Panthers 6 6
Imaan 5 7
Blazers 3 9
Maple Park 3 9
Lights Out 2 10
Royals 0 12

Top Players
Team Name PPG
Royals Rafael 27.36
Mujahideen Usama 25.11
Lights Out Elijah 24
Priscilla Panthers Azfar 23.2
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Eagles Adam 20.83
Maple Park Farhad 19.33

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