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Week 2: Results -- All Games Thursday,Mar 19 2015


Week 2 – Results – ALL GAMES:

Time

Match-Up

Recap & Scores

7:15 pm @ RFK

Game 1

Decepticons vs. Imaan

Kash shows up late… Imaan pushed the ball, made the necessary passes and suddenly jumped out to a double digit lead stunning everyone and hang on for the much needed win.  For Imaan it was an impressive win after a tough loss in week 1.  The player of the game was Zack.  His clutch shooting and strong defense help seal the win.    Final Score Imaan 55, Deceps 43. 

8:15 pm @ RFK

Game 2

MasterMinds vs. TWSS

This contest was very close in the first half. Both teams played gritty defense and converted on fast break opportunities.  MMs generated points at the free throw line due to strong inside play of Lamant and penetration of Omar.  For TWSS it was their team defense that kept them ahead pretty much the entire night.  In the 2H TWSS raised it up a notch creating turnovers and easy scoring options on the other end.  Ali, Bear, and CJ all finished with double digit points en route to a double digit win.  MMs appeared to have some turmoil within their team as we heard Alfredo and Raye express their displeasure.  Final Score: TWSS 53, MMs 33.     

9:15 pm @ RFK

Game 3

Thunder vs. PPs

Thunder and PPs played a tightly contested match-up.  PPs jumped out to a huge lead because Thunder started without Lummi.  Once Lummi arrived, the game was pretty even until the final mins when PPs tightened their defense and converted on easy buckets.  PPs did not particularly shoot the ball well but won on their defense prowess led by Omar and Mark aka Twigs.  For Thunder, the lack of a bench and talent is hurting them.  We hear Captain Sajed is making some calls.  Final Score: PPs 42, Thunder 34.     

7:05 pm @ QHST

Game4

Eagles vs. Chargers

Game 1 on Sunday was an unfair matchup because the Chargers once again were short players.  Therefore, the Eagles took the game from the get-go with the strong performance from Saffi and Junior.  Khalil of the Chargers put a valiant effort but his team fell short and lost by 8 points.  Final Score: Eagles 42, Chargers 34.  With this win, the Eagles win their first game as a new franchise.

8:05 pm @ QHST Game5

Fab 5 vs. Primetime

Fab 5 took the boasting from Primetime in stride before the game.  When the game began, the Fab 5 let their play do the talking.  Their defense closed the passing lanes which literally shut down PT’s low post.  They grabbed all the loose balls and got a complete team effort on both sides of the court.  Ryan and Maaz did their thing with their double digit scoring but credit should go to their role players in Shak, Usman, Yasar (who converted on a few spectacular hook shots), and Naveed for sealing this win.  Their energy was the difference maker.  Shak’s 3 in the final minutes received the loudest cheer, as his team now has won two-in-a-row.  The lone bright spot for Primetime was Hamdy’s scoring and rebounding.  Other than that it was a complete disaster for Primetime, as they came up lame in such a big game.  Final Score: Fab 5 49, Primetime 34.

9:05 pm

@ QHST Game 6

Autobots vs. Bandits

Once again the Bandits made the right rotations and stopped Autobots in their tracks in the second half to win comfortably.  On offense it was the superb ball movement of Juan and Sergio which created easy scoring chances for Shafiq and company.  That man Nabil -- once again hit key shots down the stretch to seal the win.  Mamoon’s gritty defense and penetration also contributed towards the win.  For ABs it was another reminder that they need to adjust their defense to their opponent.  While they played well in the first half, the 2nd half was a different story in terms of intensity and ball movement.  Final Score: Bandits 46, Autobots 43.

Week 2: Previews Wednesday,Mar 18 2015


Week 2 - Thursday March 19 @RFK & Sunday March 22 @ QHST:

Thursday – March 19, 2015 @ RFK HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:15 pm @ RFK

Game 2

Decepticons vs. Imaan

After a monstrous performance by the M&M boys in week 1 they take on Imaan – who is struggling to find the right rotation. We can expect the M&M boys take advantage of a weak perimeter defense and score at will.  Munir seems to be playing at an all -time high level.  The X factor for Imaan is Tariq.  His game appears to be rusty and not playing with the same fire.  If he can get his act together, Imaan could keep it close.  Community sees the Decepticons winning this in a blow-out especially if Imaan has attendance issues.  Score Prediction: Deceps 64, Imaan 43. 

8:15 pm @ RFK

Game 2

MasterMinds vs. TWSS

Captain Pops is back with a new and balance squad.  After losing a tough one in week 1, his team faces another new look team in TWSS.  The community can expect this to be a low scoring grudge-match with half court style of play.  The game will be decided in the final mins where the team that hits their free throws will win.  TWSS’ challenge all season will be their ability to move the ball.   Score Prediction: MMs 40, TWSS 39.      

9:15 pm @ RFK

Game 3

Thunder vs. PPs

Thunder laid a huge egg last week.  This week the defending champs will take on the high energy PPs squad.  It seems that Muzz is not only a great scorer now his defense is improving as well.  With Arwin in the mix, the PPs could be a very dangerous opponent.  Tonight’s contest is about which team can limit the turnovers and play defense.  The community predicts the PPs are a more balanced squad.  Score Prediction: PPs 56, Thunder 47.     

 

Sunday – March 25, 2015 @ QHST – Week 1 Continued:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:05 pm @ QHST

Game4

Eagles vs. Chargers

Game 1 on Sunday will be between the Eagles and Chargers.  Both teams are struggling to find an identity.  The new look Chargers have AR back and should get on the right track soon (with some help).  Meanwhile the Eagles are still searching for a consistent flow on the court.  The community sees this as a sloppy contest with many missed opportunities, blundering plays, and lousy defense and offense.  At the end, AR and company will pull it out with the help of his legendary captain Amin.  Score Prediction:  Chargers 43, Eagles 39.

8:05 pm @ QHST Game5

Fab 5 vs. Primetime

Fab 5 will finally see what Ryan is made of as they take on the enthusiastic Primetime squad.  The community expects this to be an exciting fun-filled match-up with lead changes, friendly talk, and intensity.  Almost like a playoff atmosphere.  We expect Moe h and Ryan to cancel each other on the scoring.  The X factor is who will stop Maaz?  That is where the defense of Primetime will come into question.  Simply put, if Maaz can be held to 15 or less, PR will win.  It is hard to determine a winner but the community experts see Fab 5 winning this one in a nail biter.  Score Prediction: Fab 5 49 PT 47.

9:05 pm

@ QHST Game 6

Autobots vs. Bandits

Bandits are a well-oiled machine that knows how to win in CBL.  No matter who their opponent is, they maintain their style of play.  With the re-acquisition of Nabil, the Bandits have yet another weapon that can beat you.  This matchup versus the talented ABs will be a grind it out type of game as both teams play physical. Scoring will be at a medium pace but the key will be spreading the floor on offense for both teams. If ABs wants to win, they must adjust to the Bandits defense, as the Bandits show different looks. Just ask TWSS last week. Meanwhile the Bandits X factor is to continue what they are doing.  Spread the floor, make quick substitutions, & execute down the stretch. Community sees the Bandits winning in another nail biter.  Score Prediction: Bandits 48, Autobots 43.

Wk 2 Schedule Monday,Mar 16 2015


Week 2 Schedule - March 19, 22
Time/Day Match-up
7:15p,  Thurs - RFK Decepts/Imaan
8:15p,  Thurs - RFK MMs/TWSS
9:15p,  Thurs - RFK Thunder/PPs
7:15p,  Sun - QHST Eagles/Chargers
8:15p,  Sun - QHST Fab 5/Primetime
9:15p,  Sun - QHST ABs/Bandits

DYK Sunday,Mar 15 2015




The Bandits have never been defeated by TWSS.
Week 1 Results - Complete Saturday,Mar 14 2015


Week 1 – ALL RESULTS

Results, Thursday – March 12, 2015 @ RFK HS:

Time

Match-Up

Recap and Score

7:15 pm @ RFK

Game 1

Decepticons vs. Thunder

Thunder arrived as champs but did not bring a full roster or even enough players. The Deceps saw it and capitalized with a team effort.  All five starters participated in the win.  The M&M boys score 30 each en-route to a blowout win.  Final Score: Deceps 76, Thunder 39. 

8:15 pm @ RFK

Game 2

Chargers vs. Autobots

The Chargers were also undermanned – and as a result the slightly new look Autobots picked up an easy win led by Chris’ 10 steals and Nick & Devaughn dominating in the paint.  Chargers introduced Khalil and AR but were not enough to keep the game competitive.  The sole highlight for Chargers was AR’s half-court shot ahead of the buzzer at halftime.  Other than that it was all ABs.  Final Score: ABs 64, Chargers 39.      

9:15 pm @ RFK

Game 3

Primetime vs. MasterMinds

Primetime showed us what practice and team building can do.  It creates positive chemistry and gets you a win.  Last night Primetime introduced a new style of play.  Passing, team defense, and positive reinforcement.  Result, a hard fought win over an upstart MasterMinds team that introduced some new brothers to the league.  Moe H was the player of the game with his timely 3’s and swift passing, as well as excellent defense on Omar.  Finals Score: PT 49, MMs 42.      

 

Results, Sunday – March 15, 2015 @ QHST:

Time

Match-Up

Recap and Score

7:05 pm @ QHST

Game4

Eagles vs. Priscilla Panthers

The PPs came out smoking led by the penetration of Omar setting up Muzz and Arwin.  Combine that with excellent defense, the PPs have sent a message that they are ready for a great sophomore season.  Their opponent in the Eagles was just not prepared as this new franchise is still trying to figure out their roster.  Junior could have dented into the lead if he was able to convert on lay-ups but he didn’t.  Final Score:  PPs 66, Eagles 43.

8:05 pm @ QHST Game5

Fab 5 vs. Imaan

Missing 60 percent their starting roster in Yasar Ryan, and Azeez, the Fab 5 still were able to overcome a single digit Imaan lead and win the game going away vs. a pretty formidable Imaan squad.  Simply put, Maaz’s offense game and team defense sealed the win for Fab 5.  Final Score: Fab 5 57 Imaan 47.

9:05 pm

@ QHST Game 6

TWSS vs. Bandits

TWSS introduced their new starting line-up featuring Bearcat and Ali.  In the first half due to the strong interior game TWSS took an 8pt lead and seem destined for a win.  However, the Bandits double teamed Bearcat in the 2H and forced turnovers and bad shots.  As a result they erased the lead and when onto win by 7pts.  Nabil hit huge shots down the stretch to seal the victory for the well-oiled machine captain Riz has.  Final Score: Bandits 47, TWSS 40. 

Week 1 - Previews And Predictions Thursday,Mar 12 2015


Week 1 - Thursday March 12 @RFK & Sunday March 15 @ QHST:

Thursday – March 12, 2015 @ RFK HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:15 pm @ RFK

Game 1

Decepticons vs. Thunder

Thunder comes in as the CHAMPS of Season 7!  Congratulation again to Captain Sajed.  Their first order of business is: Defeat a team that they have had so much trouble with in the past. They are the Decepticons.  Both teams have a new look.  Saffi, MVP of Finals has left Thunder.  Deceps lost Zeb. Therefore, it will be tough to predict the results. But we can tell you this: Both teams have veteran leadership and will be ready to bring it despite the opponent. The community expects a grind it out type of battle with the scoring low.  Moe B will be pressed & forced to pass. The Deceps will pull it out as Thunder’s perimeter defense will be weak.  Score Prediction: Deceps 44, Thunder 40. 

8:15 pm @ RFK

Game 2

Chargers vs. Autobots

The Chargers cleaned house in the offseason. But the guy they decided to keep in Alim, just got injured and out for the season.  Oh Boy!  Meanwhile the guy they released in Raheel – is on a team they will face tonight called the ABs. While the Chargers have added AR and Khalil, the community feels Captain Amin will not have much of a chance tonight. The ABs with Nick, Devaughn, and Chris will prove to be too much.  Especially since Alim’s offense will leave a hole.  Community sees Devaughn & Nick owning the paint.  Score Prediction: ABs 48, Chargers 39.      

9:15 pm @ RFK

Game 3

Primetime vs. MasterMinds

Talk about two teams who know CBL. Kamil and Pops, respective leaders of their teams have seen it all.  This season they made key moves to bolster their roster.  In fact, between these two teams more than a handful of players have switched jerseys.  We expect tonight’s contest to be defensive oriented.  We will see bodies flying, hard fouls, contested shots, and bruised egos.  We hope the league provides ice packs and bandages.  The only two players that will generate offense will be Moe H of PT and Omar of MMs.  The burden will be on them to execute down the stretch and lead their team to a win.  Community sees Wais led PT taking it in an ugly battle.  Score Prediction: PT 36, MMs 30.      

 

Sunday – March 15, 2015 @ QHST – Week 1 Continued:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:05 pm @ QHST

Game4

Eagles vs. Priscilla Panthers

Game 1 on Sunday will be between the new franchise named Eagles led by Junior and Saffi vs. the Priscilla Panthers led by Muzz and Omar. The PPs have added Arwin which should help with the offense.  The community sees this as a back and forth offensive battle.  Muzz will be taking his shots and keeping his team in it as he is accustomed to.  The community likes the PPs as Muzz will make the key shot when needed.  And Omar will penetrate and play D.  The Eagles will have to go through a few hard luck losses before they can win one.  Score Prediction:  PPs 50, Eagles 43.

8:05 pm @ QHST Game5

Fab 5 vs. Imaan

Captain Yasar took one for the league. He let Junior and Hamdy, two of his best defenders, go to different teams this season. While he replaced them with superstar Ryan, it is no means an upgrade because losing Hamdy and Junior is huge.  No offense to Ryan.  He will score his points. This contest versus Imaan should favor Fab 5 as they have a more set team that is injury free.  Imaan is dealing with roster changes and Shafiq’s injury.  Therefore the community is not giving much of a chance.  We expect scoring to be low but it will be too much Maaz for Imaan to overcome.  Score Prediction: Fab 5 44 Imaan 37.

9:05 pm

@ QHST Game 6

TWSS vs. Bandits

Farooq started the Bandits & helped them win two chips.  Now he heads TWSS and hopes to lead them to similar success.  Their opponent in week 1.  The Bandits.  We expect the Bandits to play with consistency and rhythm in this contest.  The community envisions TWSS struggling due to lack of ball movement & getting accustomed to playing with new players.  This contest will be sloppy on both sides.  But the Bandits with their great team chemistry will overcome and hold on for an impressive win  Score Prediction: Bandits 47, TWSS 44.

Season 8 Previews - Team By Team: Tuesday,Mar 10 2015


1 - Team: Bandits

Known For: Two championships; Defense and Hustle; Consistency in roster and team chemistry.  Referred to as the most successful franchise in CBL’s history.

Last Season Finish: First Round loss to Fab 5

Season 8 Update: The boys in red are back and are fired up after a second place finish last season.  This season the only change will be the addition of Nabil and subtraction of Khurram.  Captain Riz will have his guys battling for the chip.  Yet again.

Community Prediction: Will be your Season 8 Champs!

 

2 - Team: Autobots

Known For: Employing a bunch of nice guys with great team chemistry.  However, guys have a tendency reminding league about their restrictions.  Season 6 champs, Season 7 bust.

Last Season Finish: Missed playoffs.

Season 8 Update: The ultimate goal is to win the chip – especially with the talent.  They lost Darwin but added Raheel and Jon.  However, the restrictions still remain.  Captain Fahad will have the boys playing hard, as they hope to rebound from such a disappointing season.  Community sees them having a great season 8. 

Community Prediction: Will finish with a record of 7-4 and finish in the top 4.

 

3 – Team: Eagles

Known for: New Franchise 

 

Last Season Finish: New Franchise

Season 8 Update: No history but they have a line-up of veterans and proven CBL30 stars in Junior (captain), Saffi (formerly of Thunder), and Randy (formerly of TWSS and Bandits). 

 

Community Prediction: Will finish in the middle of the pack with a 500 record.  Clinch playoffs.

 

 

4 – Team: Team With Sports Spirit

 

Known for: Spirit and defense.  Led by Farooq and Waqas with a controversial name. (:

 

Last Season Finish: Defeated in Semifinals by Thunder

Season 8 Update: After a superb regular season, TWSS lost Randy, Juju and Andrew.  They picked up Bearcat (from CBL Elite) and Ali Ladak (formerly of MMs and Primetime) to replace their two best players from Season 7.  The expectations are high with the focus now in the paint.  The season 8 roster will include Farooq, Waqas, CJ, Ali, Asad (formerly of MMs), Bearcat, and Mike.

 

Community Prediction: Will lose in Rd 1.  Lack of ball movement will be a challenge all season. 

 

 

5 – Team: Chargers

Known for: Having successful seasons year after year. AR and Alim (MVPs) who are prolific scorers and team leaders.

 

Last Season Finish: Lost to GoodFellas in Rd 1

Season 8 Update: The Season 4 Champs are back and ready to make another run but with many changes.  Gone are Raheel, Omar, Lawrence, Nabil, and others.  AR has returned and will look to represent the way we know he can.  Welcome back bro AR.   And let’s not forget the acquisition of Khalil (formerly of MMs).  His presence should help with the rebounding.

 

Community Prediction: Will clinch the wildcard.  

 

 

6 – Team: Decepticons

Known for: Season 5 Champs!   The M&M boys who can score in bunch.   

 

Last Season Finish: Lost to TWSS in Rd 1

Season 8 Update: The Decepticons are returning with a vengeance.  Gone are Khalid, Zeb, and Aftaab.  This means Moe B, Munir, and Kash gotta raise their game.  News flash.  The league loves to see the Deceps down due to their continuous success.  Which means the M&M boys will be amped to prove their nay-sayers.    

 

Community Prediction: Will finish towards the bottom and be eliminated in the early rounds.  Their downfall will be the lack of defense and rebounding – once again.

 

 

7 – Team: Primetime

Known for: Teamwork, Passing, and Passion for CBL, and Wazzap self-promotion. (:

 

Last Season Finish: Lost the wildcard game to Decepticons

Season 8 Update: Captain Kamil Wais made a notable transaction on the day of the Captain’s meeting by acquiring Hamdy via trade for Ryan to Fab 5.  With Hamdy secured, the Primetime will shift their focus to defense with Hamdy, Jean, and Jack.  Meanwhile, Moe H, Wais, and Kamil will lead the offense.  The addition of Marlon should also bolster their overall team play, as he brings energy and passion and a loud presence on Wazzap.

 

Community Prediction: Will Miss the Playoffs. ):

 

8 – Team: MasterMinds

Known for: Great Defense, Rebounding, and Losing in Finals.

 

Last Season Finish: Lost to Thunder in Rd 1

Season 8 Update: After a disappointing season, Captain Pops cleaned house. With the exception of Alfredo, the entire roster has been changed. The big additions are Omar (formerly of Chargers) and Lamant (formerly of Primetime).  With that trio, the MMs will give it another shot.  One thing certain about captain Pops, no one player is safe. 

 

Community Prediction: Will clinch wildcard game.

 

9 – Team: Fab 5

Known for: Multiple finals appearances and having very outspoken members on their roster.

 

Last Season Finish: Lost to GoodFellas in Semifinals

Season 8 Update: After an excellent regular season where the team enjoyed the best winning percentage in their history, Captain Yasar still made changes.  He acquired Ryan via trade for Hamdy and let Junior walk.  The only key addition is Azeez – who brings veteran experience and solid team play.  The question will be: Will Azeez and Ryan’s acquisition offset Junior and Hamdy?  Time will tell.    

 

Community Prediction: Will finish in the middle of the pack but will clinch playoffs.

 

10 – Team: Imaan

Known for: Great brothers but have shown they have poor attendance and lack passion.   

 

Last Season Finish: Missed playoffs.

Season 8 Update: A disappointing second half doomed their playoff chances last season.  This season they come in with no known additions.  In fact, we hear Ahmad, Sunny, and Shukhan may not return.  Therefore, the expectations are very dim.  Hopefully we will see brother Zak in uniform as he makes a full recovery from cancer. 

 

Community Prediction: Will miss playoffs.

 

11 – Team: Thunder

Known for: Playing with lots of passion and always competing. 

 

Last Season Finish: CHAMPIONS!!!!

Season 8 Update: Thunder won it all last season.  The bad news is that there MVP of the finals Saffi and all around MVP has left the team. And we hear Ennis is also out.  Therefore, we expect this team to still compete but expectations of a repeat are out the window.  However, they still have Nadeeb, Sajed, and newbie Amjad (Sajed’s brother).  Could that be a formidable team?  We will find out March 12th.

 

Community Prediction: Will miss playoffs.  The ABs curse.

 

12 - Team: Priscilla Panthers

Known For: Muzz and Omar and a second year team.

Last Season Finish: Missed playoffs.

Season 8 Update: Muzz and his mates had a very up and down season 7.  To their credit they played hard and really proved to be a well-balanced new franchise.  In fact they were in almost all the games.  The community welcomes them back.  Their big additions this season is the signing of Arwin (formerly of Primetime) and newbie Hamza.  These two will look to be an integral part of the team’s offensive flow. 

Community Prediction: Will clinch a playoff spot.

 

Season Award Winners: Wednesday,Feb 11 2015


Your Season 7 Award Winners are:
Most Improved: Muzz Hafeez, Team Priscilla Panthers
Scoring Champion: Mazz Begawala, Team Fab 5
Defense MVP: Omar Khan, Team Chargers
Sportsman: Devaugn Morris, Team Autobots
Most Valuable: Juju Mansour, Team TWSS

 
 

 

HADITH OF THE DAY
Hadith - March 2015

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Take benefit of five before five: your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free-time before your preoccupation, and your life before your death.” (Hakim)

Team Standings
Team Win Loss
Bandits 2 0
Fab 5 2 0
Priscilla Panthers 2 0
Autobots 1 1
Eagles 1 1
Team With Sports Spirit 1 1
Decepticons 1 1
Imaan 1 1
Primetime 1 1
Thunder 0 2
Chargers 0 2
MasterMinds 0 2

Top Players
Team Name PPG
Fab 5 Maaz 27.5
Decepticons Moe B. 25.5
Decepticons Munir 21
Priscilla Panthers Omar 20
Imaan Zack 17.5
Chargers Abdul Rehman 17
Imaan Tariq 17

Upcoming Games
Sunday,Mar 29 2015
Fab 5  vs  Priscilla Panthers, at  5:00 pm @ QHST
Primetime  vs  Imaan, at  6:00 pm @ QHST
Decepticons  vs  Bandits, at  7:00 pm @ QHST
Eagles  vs  Team With Sports Spirit, at  8:00 pm @ QHST
Autobots  vs  Thunder, at  9:00 pm @ QHST
MasterMinds  vs  Chargers, at  10:00 pm @ QHST

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