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Week 3 - Rivalry Week Wednesday,Oct 29 2014


Week 3 Schedule: Thursday Oct 30th @RFK & Sunday Nov 2nd @ QHST:

Thursday – October 30, 2014 @ RFK HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:15 pm

Thunder vs. Decepticons

The Deceps are trying to avoid going 0-3 as they take on the red hot Thunder squad. Moe B is battling his way through an injury. He needs his deputy Munir to step up & carry his team to a much needed win.  Thunder, meanwhile are clicking on all cylinders with the savvy Saffi breaking down the opponents defense and Ennis nailing the huge 3’s.  This contest we expect things to remain the same with Thunder running the open floor & coasting to another win.  Score: 53-50. 

8:15 pm

Masterminds vs. Imaan

So where do the MMs stand now?  They beat the champs in wk 1 but lost to the Bandits wk 2. We hear there will be attendance issues tonight – that won’t help. Imaan has shifted their style this season & have become a run & gun team.  Tonight we predict Imaan will win again mainly due to attendance issues of MMs.  Not performance.  Not a good start for their new Captain (Ali). Score Prediction: Imaan 57, MM 49. 

9:15 pm

Autobots vs. Chargers

Two teams (both at 500) which feature paint players & perimeter shooters will square off tonight. The ABs are coming off an impressive win over TWSS so they have nothing to prove. Chargers, however, have lost AR & will need to devise a plan without him to win tonight.  The community thinks it will be tough as Fahad, Devaughn, Nick, and Chris are too crafty to blow this one.  Final Score prediction: ABs 60, Chargers 51.

 

Sunday – November 2, 2014 @ QHST HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:00 pm

Priscilla Panthers vs. DarkKnights (Good Fellas)

FYI the DarkKnights are now called the Good Fellas.  Captain Mujahid who is a great fella has done a superb job boosting morale. This week he will take on PPs, who too have an inspirational leader in Muzz that is trying to get his new franchise a much needed win.  The community sees the PPs competing hard but faltering down the stretch.  At the end, the GFs have too much talent in the paint which will be hard to match.  Score Prediction: GFs 58, PPS 46.

8:00 pm

Fab 5 vs. Primetime

It took 7+ months, but Fab 5 finally won a game.  Maaz, Junior, & company should be fine once they get into sync.  This week they will face on talented but winless Primetime squad.  The community sees PT pulling a much needed win as they are desperate to avoid a 0-3 hole.  We expect this game to be fast paced with many shifts on the scoreboard.  Score Prediction: PT, 53 Fab 5 52 in OT. 

9:00 pm

TWSS vs. Bandits

A rivalry is born! A key member of the Bandits two championship runs named Andrew has left & now will be facing up against them as a member of TWSS.  Andrew’s got to be happy with his new mate Juju who compliments his game so far. The Bandits also are doing fine with Shafiq in the fold. This contest will be physical, low scoring, with many fouls & free throws. At the end if Juju can help his team execute, we will likely see a TWSS win. For the Bandits, Juan can be the X factor. Score Prediction: TWSS 50, Bandits 47.

 

 

 

Week 2 Results - All Games - Champs Get On The Win Column! Thursday,Oct 23 2014


Results, Week 2 Results:

Time

Match-Up

Results and Recap

Game 1

Imaan vs. Decepticons

Imaan uses their speed led by Ibrahim and deliver an early knockout punch to the Decepticons and win going away.Decepticons now 0-2.Meanwhile Imaan starts the season at 2-0.Final score: Imaan 64, Deceps 50.

Game 2

DarkKnights (aka Good Fellows) vs. Primetime

Primetime jumped out to a 13-0 lead.However, Captain Mujahid kept his team composed as Andrey, Moe H, & Randy played a balanced game & held on for a huge win over Primetime who showcased their trio of Ryan, Wais, and Arwin.Final Score: DarkKnights 58, Primetime 53.††

Game 3

Masterminds vs. Bandits

In an ugly and sloppy defensive battle, the Bandits prevail over MM by scoring the final 8 points of the game.For the Bandits it was a team effort with Khuram hitting some key jumpers and Riz playing strong in the paint.††Did the MM come in overconfident after defeating the Champs last week?Final Score: Bandits 44, MM 34

Game 4

Chargers vs. Thunder

Chargers arrive late, fall behind double digits, battle back and almost pull it out.However, Thunder was too strong and too balanced.They win again and now are 2-0.

Game 5

Fab 5 vs. Priscilla Panthers

Fab 5 play like one unit and soundly defeat PPS by a score of 52-35.Maaz & Junior do their thing. Yasar scores 15 in a winning effort.Despite win, there are strong rumors about a trade in place with TWSS.Stay tuned.

Game 6

TWSS vs. Autobots

In an intense physical battle, with multiple lead changes and ties, the champs pull out a victory versus the gutsy TWSS squad.Devaughn & Nick dominate the paint and help lead their team to their first win of the season. TWSS made a strong push in the final 5 minutes and had a chance to win it when Waqas passed the ball to an open Mike under the basket for an easy layup.But it wasnít meant to be.Final Score; ABís 65, TWSS 63.

Week 2 Schedule, Previews, And Predictions Tuesday,Oct 21 2014


Week 2 Schedule: Thursday Oct 23rd @RFK &  Sunday Oct 26th @ QHST:

Thursday – October 23, 2014 @ RFK HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:15 pm

Imaan vs. Decepticons

The Deceps will look to avenge week 1’s loss and get back on the winning track versus Imaan who has introduced speed and penetration in week 1.  Keys to winning for Deceps are to stop Imaan’s penetration to the basket.  Keys to winning for Imaan are to win the rebounding battle.  Community likes Imaan in a nail biter by a score of 55-54. 

8:15 pm

Primetime vs. DarkKnights

Captain Kamil made the request & got approval to add Abdul from the 2009 CBL Elite team.  Will that make him happy?  Time will tell as his team will take on the reformed DK led by former PT Mujahid.  For DK’s sake, hopefully their entire squad will attend.   Score Prediction: Primetime 49, DK 40. 

9:15 pm

Bandits vs. Mastermind

Both teams have been boasting how good they are on social media. Well now it’s time to put up or shut up.  Both teams play fierce, physical, and do whatever it takes to win.  The community sees this as a half court defensive oriented battle.  In the end, the Masterminds balanced talent is too good for Bandits. Final Score prediction: MM 48, Bandits 45.

 

Sunday – October 26, 2014 @ QHST HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:00 pm

Chargers vs. Thunder

Many say the Chargers are getting old.  However, with AR and Alim, it is hard to root against them.  This contest versus the younger and quicker Thunder squad may be a good test for both teams to see where they stand.  The community likes Thunder as they have speed, power, and Saffi.  For the Chargers to win, they need to find a  qualified PG that can somewhat replace Yazeed.  Score Prediction: Thunder 55, Chargers 50.

8:00 pm

Fab 5 vs. Priscilla Panthers

Of all the teams, Fab 5 underachieved in week 1.  They have a tremendous amount of talent with the addition of Maaz.  But can Captain Yasar make them gel?  Meanwhile the upstart PPs are struggling to find an identity and wins.  Let’s see if Captain Muzz can make history with their first win.  Community sees this as a back &forth battle with many lead changes. Score Prediction: Fab 5 50, PPs 48. 

9:00 pm

TWSS vs. Autobots

With the addition of JuJu TWSS is now one of the more talked about teams in a positive manner.  Their opponent this week will be the Champs aka Autobots.  The community sees this as an evenly contested battle with many oohs’ and aahs.  In the end, the team that executes down the stretch will win it.  Andrew of TWSS could be the X factor as all the attention may go to Juju.  If the Autobots don’t shake the rust, they could be in for a long day.  Score Prediction: Autobots 63, TWSS 59.

Week 1 Recap And Results Saturday,Oct 18 2014


Results, Week 1. All Games:

Time

Match-Up

Results and Recap

Game 1

TWSS vs. Decepticons

Juju delivered big time for TWSS as he got his whole team involved enroute an impressive victory over the Decepticons.Final score: TWSS 56, Deceps 50.

Game 2

Fab 5 vs. Imaan

With a limited roster, the feisty and quick Imaan team held on for a win over the new look Fab 5.Final Score: Imaan 41, Fab 5 39.††

Game 3

Masterminds vs. Autobots

WOW!MM arrived without Alfredo yet still pounded the defending champs and avenged their finals loss from last season by routing the Autobots 51 to 37.

Game 4

Primetime vs. Thunder

Both teams were shorthanded but at the end the quick and efficient Thunder prevailed with a season opener win.

Game 5

Bandits vs. Priscilla Panthers

The Bandits get off to a strong start with their new roster.They win over a feisty PPs squad as Juan scores 22pts and they play team defense.Meanwhile, for PP Captain Muzz led all scorers with 24 points.Final Score: Bandits 54, PPs 37.

Game 6

Chargers vs. DarkKnights

The new look DK fall short to the Chargers.Captain Mujahid is getting to know his players and will soon have an effective rotation.

Week 1 Previews And Predictions Thursday,Oct 16 2014


 

Week 1 Starts Tonight (RFK) and Sunday (QHST).  Here is the Schedule:

Tonight – October 16, 2014 @ RFK HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:15 pm

TWSS vs. Decepticons

TWSS have added Juju but Deceps are too strong on the offensive front.  Deceps will win 56-44.

8:15 pm

Fab 5 vs. Imaan

Fab 5 retools with the addition of Maaz Bigewala to help them get out of the gutter.  Imaan has the same squad.  The community likes Fab 5 by a point – 47-46. 

9:15 pm

Masterminds vs. Autobots

Repeat of last season’s finals.  Result will be the same.  Autobots will win going away according to the community experts.  Score: 55-44.  Sorry new Captain (Ali) of the MM.

 

Sunday – October 19, 2014 @ QHST HS:

Time

Match-Up

Preview & Prediction

7:00 pm

Primetime vs. Thunder

Both teams lost key pieces from last season. PT added Ryan who is better than most we hear.  Prediction: Primetime 47, Thunder 44.

8:00 pm

Bandits vs. Priscilla Panthers

Both teams showcase red uniforms.  Many unknowns heading into this contest.  Bandits will no longer have Andrew on their roster.  Mamoon & company better step it up otherwise it could be a long season. Meanwhile PP is led by Muzz.  That’s all we know.  Score Prediction:  PP 42, Bandits 37.

9:00 pm

Chargers vs. DarkKnights

DK is now led by Mujahid who has reformed with the addition of Keith, Randy, and kept a few original guys like Andrey, Tammer, and LJ.  Meanwhile, the Chargers are the same squad from prior seasons.  This week, we predict the Chargers to win by a score 50 to 45.

 

 

Season 7 Update Monday,Oct 6 2014


Season is 7 is ready to go.Well almost. Check out the standings to your right which lists all the teams for the upcoming season.The organizers are finalizing details and will release the entire schedule very soon. Schedule for week 1 is up. Please continue to check back on the site or check with your captain for the latest.We hope to kick-off on October 16.Meanwhile, check out the legends league if you want to get some practice time in.Thank you.

Pops Corner: Finals Highlights Saturday,Jul 5 2014


Last Words 6 Wednesday,Jul 2 2014


Final Article, Season 6:
As we transition out of this season and into Ramadan, the CBL organizers would like to sincerely thank everyone for their participation. †The season was filled with a number of new faces, as well as the usual exhilarating moments that only CBL is accustomed to producing.†With 11 teams and Ramadan looming, there were a number of scheduling complexities which were dealt with effectively mainly due to the cooperation and flexibility of the Captains.†In fact, we played games at 3 different venues over a 7 day period.†A CBL record. When the final standings were posted, the separation between the first place team and 9th place team was 3 games.†So the parity goal was accomplished. The Decepticons clinched first place due to the lights out shooting of Farhan and Munir.†Congratulations to Moe B and the rest of his team for another great regular season.†
The playoffs were exciting as always.†The Chargers won two games in back-to-back nights to clinch the last spot. Primetime pulled off a huge upset as they knocked out a talented DarkKnights squad.†Hopefully Captain Kamil and his mates will feel a sense of accomplishment in getting their team to the semifinals.†The Masterminds finally got over the hump and knocked out the Decepticons to get to the Chip game where they were defeated by the talented Autobots team in a thrilling end where the Masterminds cut the lead to one in the final minute after trailing by double digits almost the entire game.†The Autobots may have had a slight advantage in talent but there was no better TEAM than them.†Their chemistry and overall style on and off the court was an inspiration to all.†Congratulations to Captain Fahad and his teammates on their first ever CHIP in CBL 30. ††Nick with his strong efforts earned the MVP of finals.
Here are your award winners of Season 6:
Most Valuable Player: Co-Winners: Munir, Decepticons and Shafiq, DarkKnights
Best Defensive Player: Jean, Masterminds
Best Sportsman: Mamoon, Bandits
Best Rookie: Devaughn, Autobots
Best Villain: Kamil, Primetime
3pt Contest Winner: Juan, Bandits
All Star MVP: Shafiq, Imaan
Finals MVP: Nick, Autobots ††
Congratulations to another great Season.
Ramadan Kareem.

 
 

 

HADITH OF THE DAY
Hadith - Oct 2014

"Islam has been built on five [pillars]: testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah, performing the prayers, paying the zakah, making the pilgrimage to the House, and fasting in Ramadan." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

Team Standings
Team Win Loss
Bandits 2 0
Thunder 2 0
Imaan 2 0
Autobots 1 1
Darkknights 1 1
Fab 5 1 1
Masterminds 1 1
T.W.S.S. 1 1
Chargers 1 1
Decepticons 0 2
Primetime 0 2
Priscilla Panthers 0 2

Top Players
Team Name PPG
T.W.S.S. Juju 26.5
Chargers Alim 24
Imaan Shafiq Yasin 22.5
Fab 5 Maaz Bigewala 19
Thunder Saffi 18.5
Darkknights Randy 17
Chargers Raheel N 16.5

Upcoming Games
Sunday,Nov 2 2014
Priscilla Panthers  vs  Darkknights, at  7:00 pm @ QHST
Fab 5  vs  Primetime, at  8:00 pm @ QHST
Bandits  vs  T.W.S.S., at  9:00 pm @ QHST

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