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Finals Previews Thursday,May 18 2017


Match-up: Decepticons vs. ydk

Time: 8:15 pm

Date: May 18, 2017

Place: RFK, Flushing Queens

Tagline: The CHIP Game – Season 12

Season 12 was a unique season in CBL30, as this was the first time ever we had divisions within an overall division in CBL.  What benefit the divisions bought, we may never know.  However, there appeared to be parity amongst the 12 teams and the final standings were not decided until the final whistle was blown.  The season itself featured a bit extra younger talent than expected.  People like Azfhar, Jamaal, Etisham, and company stole the limelight from the fading starts like Tariq, Usama, Moe B, and company.    

There are so many story lines in this finals matchup.  Maaz’s final season in CBL.  Hamch vs Begawala’s after being on the same team last season and prior notable history. Ali playing vs his former teammates on TWSS.  Bearcat trying to win his first chip in CBL.  Ironically, the last time Bear had a chance at the chip was vs. Moe B’s team in the Elite division where Bear’s team lost thanks to a big shot by Moe B as time expired to seal the chip.  And, of course Saffi going for his record 4th Chip in CBL30. 

The community expects the contest to be extremely intense and physical.  It will likely get down to the two floor generals in Saffi and Moe B.  It will be their job to find the advantageous match-ups for their team as the defense will be tight.  The community predictions are pretty even.  Some say YDK has great shooters but not enough defensive stoppers like Deceps who have Bear and Moe B.  One thing is for sure is that both teams have talented personnel which will make the game very exciting and close.  We expect an instant classic with lead changes, ties, and many fancy plays. 

Head-to-Head Deceps vs. YDK:

1 – Bear vs. Hamch.  Two big men who have a history in CBL that dates back to over a decade.  Bear is stronger in the paint and can convert the layup after getting his own rebounds on missed shots.  Hamch can hit the mid-range but is not as good in the paint as Bear.  In fact, Bear has been the main reason for Deceps success, as he played above his rating.  Edge. DECEPS

2 – Maaz vs. Etisham. Two great shooters who do not lack confidence.  They play with a lot of pride and are dangerous during the stretch.  Maaz single handidly beat the Eagles in the semis.  Ethisham scored over 40 in the semis.  Somethings gotta give.  Edge: EVEN

3 – Moe B vs. Saffi. Two of the most popular people in CBL.  They both love to be the floor generals.  They both have the highest IQ.  Saffi may get the edge due to his youth.   However, Moe B is not backing down to anyone.  Especially in the CHIP game.   Edge: EVEN

4 - Sami vs. Kam. Kam is an elite type of player when he is healthy.  He can hit the three and block the shot in the same sequence.  Moreover, the guy has high IQ.  Sami certainly has a disadvantage but he has the ability to get to the basket and surprise many.  Especially if he can get the one-handed layup.  Edge: YDK

5 – Hussie vs. Hasan.  Two one rated players that have very different type of game.  Hassan can drain 3s and penetrate and play hard knocks defense.  Hussie makes his money being a fierce defender and that is really it.  Edge: YDK

Bench.

The bench favors YDK with Ali and Zia.  Ali has become an experience leader that can create shots and play fiery defense.  Zia can drain 3s at the most opportune time.  Deceps have Arwin who is a great rebounder and shooter and they have Shak, a CBL veteran who is known for his good defense and smart team play.  Edge: YDK

Prediction

Both teams have youth and veteran leadership.  YDK can open the floor more with Kam, E, and Saffi.  Deceps will rely on Maaz and Moe for offense and Bear to clean up the boards.  There are no x factors, as both teams know what to expect.  It will really come down to whichever team plays better defense and execution in the final minutes.  The community sees YDK winning in a thriller in OT.  Score: YDK 68, Deceps 65 in OT. 

Season 12 Chip Game Friday,May 12 2017


Season 12 Finals Set:

Decepticons vs YDK

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at RFK High School @ 8pm:

- Food

- Drinks

- Award winners

Previews - SemiFinals Thursday,May 11 2017


G1 (RFK@7:45 pm, May 11, 2017): Mujahideen vs YDK

After a heroic performance in Rd 1, the Mujahideen will square off versus YDK for the rights to advance to the Finals.  This contest will come down to the both teams trios:  Kam, Saf, E will go up against Kawasi, Usama, and Omar.   These 6 are arguable in the top 10 in terms of talent. 

The contest itself should be up-tempo with lots of points in transition and fast breaks.  And, of course beyond the arc scoring – especially with E and Usama.  The keys to winning will be the play of the supporting cast of Mujahideen.  We know what to expect from YDKs support (Zia and Ali) – however, Mujahideen with Moose, Tayeb, and Shafiq  are not exactly the most consistent players.  Although they played well last week, it won’t matter unless they come through this week.   Especially since there will be clock stoppage.

Score Prediction: YDK 59, Mujahideen 54 

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G2 (RFK@9:15 pm, May 11, 2017): Decepticons vs Eagles

With a new core, the Eagles have another chance to get to the Chip game this season.  While the duo of Azfar and Saleh have always been the main reason for success this season, the play of Khalid, Qasim, and Ibrahim have really helped in the post season.  Meanwhile, the Decepticons have been riding high all season.  Captain Moe has kept his mates motivated and playing above their ratings.  After an easy win over their Rd 1 opponent, it is time to take on the battle tested Eagles. 

The matchups are obvious: Saleh vs Maaz,  Azfar vs Moe.  Ibrahim vs Bear.  The community thinks it will come down to the team that executes on defense.  In the prior contest, Moe B made the key defensive plays on Azfar when it counted.  In this contest, we expect the Decepticons to dominate the paint with Bear and get extra perimeter shooting from Arwin.  The community feels the Eagles are too thin in the talent department to defeat the Decepticons with their balanced attack.   The X factor will be Azfar.  Can he take his game to another level?

Score Prediction: Decepticons 62, Eagles 57

And Then There Were Four.. Monday,May 8 2017


Final four Set:

Game 1: After 80 minutes of intense Ball which required winning back to back with no rest, team Mujahideen advances to the Semis.   First, they defeat the Blazers in the wildcard game in a close physical contest which wasn’t decided till the final secs.  Then with no rest, they defeat a loaded PPs team by 6 points to punch their ticket to the semis.  Omar, Usama, Tayeb, Mussaib, Shafiq, and Kowasi all showed tremendous heart and grit on this historic night, as they trailed in both games.  Final Scores: Wildcard, Mujahideen 62, Blazers 60.  Rd 1, Mujahideen 64, PPs 58. 

Game 2: Saffi and company jumped out to a high double-digit lead and really never looked back.  They soundly defeat an uninspired dis-coordinated QF team.  And Now -- Team YDK will meet Mujahideen for the right to go to the CHIP.   Final Score: YDK 66, QF 53. 

 

Schedule:

Game 1: YDK vs Mujahideen, Thurs May 11 @ 7:45 pm @ RFK

Game 2: Eagles vs Decepticons, Thurs May 11 @ 9:15 pm @ RFK

Eastern Conference Playoff Previews Sunday,May 7 2017


Eastern Conference Rd 1 Previews: May 7, 2017 @ QHTS

Wildcard Game, Blazers vs Mujahideen, 7:00 pm:

Surprise surprise…who would have thought that these two teams would be in the wildcard game after week 4?  Mujahideen were trending towards the no. 1 seed and the Blazers were in the tank.  Oh Well.  This game will feature a team in the Blazers that plays very rugged and almost out of control at times.  Mujahideen have the finesse style with Usama and Kawasi but at times play very passively. 

We expect street ball vs finesse.  The keys for the Blazers is to get the rest of them to play with the same fire of Ansan and Jerry.  Especially on defense.  While Mujahideen has too many weapons on offense, they still could be stopped with the right defense.  At the end, the community sees Mujahideen pulling it out led by Kawasi.  Unfortunately, for the Blazers, they will not be able to keep up with the technical play of Usama and Omar.  Score Prediction: Mujahideen 59, Blazers 51.

Round 1, Wildcard Winner vs PPs, 8:00 pm:

The PPs will be well rested and waiting for the winner of the aforementioned wildcard winner.  Simply put: The only team that can present a challenge is Mujahideen.  And that is because of the trio of Usama, Kawasi, and Omar.  Those three can matchup versus Jamaal, Omar, and Alim.  If the Blazers advance, the PPs will run past the ‘reactive’ Blazers defense. 

The PPs appear to be getting the most from the Omar and Jamaal duo lately.  Moreover, when you throw in Alim, they are a very dangerous offensive team.  Therefore, the community sees the PPs advancing out of Rd. 1 despite the opponent in the first round.  Score Prediction: PPs 64, Opponent 55.   

Round 1, YDK vs Queens Finest 9:00 pm:

YDK is dealing with many injuries amongst other things.  Their opponent, The Queens Finest seem to be coming out of their dysfunctional mood and playing well as of late.  This matchup should be very interesting as both teams are capable of playing very inconsistently.  E and Saffi have to ‘Up’ their game if they want to win versus a talented yet raw QF team.  The community sees this as a back and forth contest with high tempo and physical play. 

The keys to success for the Queens Finest is to get Sean and Special K to play within their roles.   At times, these two are not on the same page.  Captain Marlon needs to devise a plan, which makes the QF offense flow smoothly and in an organized fashion.   On defense, they are fine as long as they don’t play man.  The YDK keys to success is having Hamch and Ali convert on easy opportunities because of Saffi and E’s smart offensive play.  In addition, the other huge X factor is the health of Kam.  If Kam attends and plays his usual style, then it is over.  However, the community thinks he is not 100 percent and therefore the games will be much closer than anticipated.  Score Prediction: YDK 55, QF 52 in OT.

Western Conference Playoff Previews Thursday,May 4 2017


Well here it is.  Opening game of Season 12 of the CBL30 post season.  In prior seasons, the playoffs have been dramatic, violent, and thrilling.  We have seen the likes of Saffi hoist the trophy record 3 straight seasons.  We even witnessed Kamil win the chip last season.  NO matter who wins, one thing is for sure, the road will not be easy.  Best of luck to all.

 

Western Conference Rd 1 Previews: May 4, 2017 @ RFK HS

Wildcard Game, Autobots vs The Family, 7:40 pm:

The Autobots, who were riding high with a loaded team suddenly dropped to the wildcard round towards the end of the season.  Their opponent, the Family who were inconsistent all season long will join them on this post season date.  The contest itself should be intense with a lot of physicality and competitiveness.

Both teams have excellent paint presence with likes of Brandon, Nick, Darwin, Trammal, etc.  However, the ABs have the clear edge at the guard position which we believe will be the difference in this game.  Kirk and Rishi form the best back court duo on CBL.  Both can defend, penetrate, and score on transition.  In order for the Family to be successful, they need to spread the floor and stay away from being trapped.  Otherwise, it will be a barrage of transition scoring on turnovers.

The community sees the ABs easily winning this one as Captain Fahad has his people focused.  Plus, the fact the lack of ball handlers for the Family will cost them.  Score Prediction: ABs 57, The Family 50.

Round 1 G1, Wildcard Winner vs Decepticons, 8:55 pm:

The Decepticons will be waiting patiently for the winner of the wildcard game between the Autobots and Family.  The community has the Deceps winning in a landslide despite the opponent.  Tired opponent or not, the Deceps are playing too good as of late to lose in Rd 1.  The play of the Begawala boyz will be the key reason for their success.  If it is the ABs, the Deceps will have a little tougher challenge but the likes of Bear, Arwin, and Hussie will help the seal the win as ABs will not have the skills to match-up versus all of them.

If it is the Family, the Deceps will run by them each time and cause havoc on offense.  On defense the Family’s strength may present a challenge but the Deceps will overcome it and win with easy.  Score Prediction: Decepticons 66, Opponent 55.

Round 1 G2, Thunder vs Eagles 9:55 pm:

The Eagles and Thunder will be a low scoring affair as Thunder will find a way to slow down the game.  The keys to their win last time was the tremendous defense by their guards on Azfar.  This time around we can expect the same.  However, we do see the Eagles adjusting their offense to allow additional scoring opportunities.  However, at the end the Sofizada boys are playing excellent team ball and will shut down the dysfunctional Eagles.   Score Prediction: Thunder 54, Eagles 48.

Final Standings Sunday,Apr 30 2017


Final Standings - Season 12:

         
             

East:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teams

Wins

Losses

Tie

Pct

Division

 

Priscilla Panthers*>

5

2

1

714

3-2-1

 

YDK

5

3

0

625

4-2-0

 

Queens Finest

4

4

0

500

3-3-0

 

Mujahideen=

4

4

0

500

3-3-0

 

Blazers=

3

5

0

375

2-4-0

 

Ogz*

1

6

1

143

1-4-1

 
             

West:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teams

Wins

Losses

Tie

Pct

Division

 

Decepticons*>

6

1

1

857

4-1-1

 

Thunder*

5

2

1

714

3-2-1

 

Eagles

4

4

0

500

3-3-0

 

Autobots=

3

5

0

375

2-4-0

 

The Family=

3

5

0

375

3-3-0

 

Imaan

3

5

0

375

3-3-0

 
             

Legend

           

* Tie Game

           

> Clinched Division

           

= Clinched Wildcard

           
             
             

Scores, Wk 8

           

Imaan 68, The Family 59

         

Eagles 56, ABs 53

           

YDK 66, PPs 54

           

QF 60, Blazers 53

           

Mujajideen, 65, Ogz 57

         

PPs 51, YDK 49

           

The Family 46. Imaan 42

         
           
April 30 Previews: Saturday,Apr 29 2017


 

 

 

 

 

Week 8 Game 4

 

7:00 pm @

QHST

Sun

April 30, 2017

 

Mujahideen  vs  OGz

 

This game has some meaning mainly for Mujahideen.  They win, there is a chance they will avoid the wildcard. Their opponent, the OGz has had a very disappointing season as defending champs.  This interesting matchups will Kines vs Kawasi, Rahi vs Usama, and the rest will be up in the air.  The community sees a close contest throughout with Mujahideen winning down the stretch. Score Prediction: 57-54 mujahideen

 

 

 

 

 

Week 8 Game 5

 

8:00 pm @

QHST

SUN

April 30, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PPs  vs  YDK

 

This one is for the division.  After a shocking upset by the undermanned YDK team in the final regular season game, they have earned the right to play the PPs again for the divisional rights.  We expect nothing short of an exciting back and forth contest between these two young teams.  Ethisham stands out for the YDK as his slicing and dicing and sharp shooting is fun to watch.  And let’s not forget his buddy Saffi. On the other side, Jamaal was seen leaving the gym angrily as his PPs did not come through in a division clinching chance. Let’s hope he clears his head and is ready along with Omar. We expect the intensity to be high with a playoff like atmosphere.  The critics are saying the PPs look like they are quitting.  However, with Jamaal, it is hard to go against him and his 34 mins.  Score Prediction: 59-56 pps

 

Week 8 Game 6

 

9:00 pm @

QHST

SUN

April 30, 2017

 

Imaan vs The Famaily

 

The Family vs Imaan Rd 2 is upon us.  This contest is a win or go home stake.  Therefore, we anticipate an intense and focused pair of teams giving it their all.  The Family doesn’t play perimeter defense.  Imaan doesn’t play paint defense.  So somethings gotta give.  The community sees multiple lead changes and ties.  It may come down to the floor leadership of Moe H if Imaan wants to win.  Can Moe H get Wais and Sy to buy into offensive style?  We expect Imaan to pull off another win to advance.  Score Prediction: 57-54 imaan

 

 

 
 

 

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
Decepticons 6 1
Thunder 5 2
Priscilla Panthers 5 2
YDK 5 3
Mujahideen 4 4
Queens Finest 4 4
Eagles 4 4
WC Winner 0 0
Autobots 3 5
Blazers 3 5
Imaan 3 5
The Family 3 5
OGz 1 6

Top Players
Team Name PPG
Priscilla Panthers Jamal R 27
Mujahideen Usama 23.25
Eagles Saleh 22.14
22
Eagles Azfar 21
Queens Finest Sean 19.29
YDK Saffi 18.6

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