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Week 1 in the Books.  Week 2 schedule Coming soon.

Week 1 Recap And Results Saturday,Oct 18 2014

Results, Week 1. All Games:



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:



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:



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.

Finals Preview: Masterminds Vs. Autobots Tuesday,Jul 1 2014


Time: 8:40 pm

Date: June 26, 2014

Place: RFK, Flushing Queens

Tagline: For the CHIP!

So after a long season full of passionate basketball, new faces, scheduling complexities, and even a few surprises in the playoffs, we have finally arrived to yet another CHIP game. Many say that if you never win a CHIP in CBL then your career is left incomplete.Well these finals there are a few guys who would love to have a Ďcompleteí career.

The two teams who will be performing at this seasonís biggest stage on June 26th at RFK are none other than the MASTERMINDS of Queens&LI and the AUTOBOTS of Brooklyn&Queens.Could these two teams be more different?The Masterminds yelled, clawed, screamed, and sweated to the finals (just look at Aliís antics in the semifinals game).All along they played within the spirit their captain Pops instructed.We witnessed Ali Ladak come through in a huge way in the semifinals victory over the Decepticons Ė where he single handedly finished off the Deceps with a strong second half with huge 3ís and locked down defense.Meanwhile, their opponent Autobots quietly went about their business without any fan fair.Each player knew their role and delivered week in week out.Devaughn, Nick, Mohamed, Darwin, Chris, and Saher followed the lead of their captain Fahad - whose style is one of calm, poise, and confidence.The Autobots team quickly became known as a team that had the best chemistry.And as a result became an inspirational to all in CBL.

This contest, the community anticipates could possibly have mixed results. Some predict the Autobots to dominate and winning by a large margin.Others have Masterminds winning due to their experience.†† Based on our assessment we see this as being a very physical match-up where Masterminds will throw everything at Devaughn and Nick to slow them down.We donít expect Autobots to change their game significantly.They will feature Chris as the main ball handler and feed it to Devaughn and Nick in the paint or to Fahad and Darwin beyond the arc. Mohamed will be crashing and hustling for loose balls.

Head-to-Head Masterminds vs. Autobots:

1 Ė Alfredo vs. Devaughn. This key power forward match-up may be the best ever. Alfredo may be the best defender than can guard Devaughn as his strength and strong hands could be a major advantage for Masterminds.But donít discount Devaughnís ability to remain resilient and take his game up a notch.Alfredo will have the edge in rebounding.Therefore, we feel this will be an even match-up. Edge. EVEN

2 - Ali vs. Nick. Ali takes pride in his defense as he was one of the best shot blockers in the league this season.And we know he can score based on his performances vs. Deceps last week.Nick is also a solid player with his ability to score in the paint and run the open floor.This should be another interesting dual.Edge: EVEN

3 - Issac vs. Mohamed. Both men love to hustle and run the open floor.Mohamedís defense is better but Isaacís offense is better.This too will likely be a wash.But if Mohamed can score, he will certainly give his team the edge.Edge: EVEN

4 - Jean vs. Fahad. In this match-up, Jean has the height advantage and is a better defender.In fact, for those that donít know, Jean is a candidate for Defensive MVP.Fahad has the shooting advantage, as he is known for his big shots down the stretch.In fact his shot last week in the final minutes versus Primetime was a huge momentum shifter for his team.The community sees this as another even contest.Edge: EVEN

5 - Jon vs. Chris. These two went at it in last seasonís finals when Chris was on Deceps.We expect this to be an intense match-up as both men are good ball handlers and play a balanced style on both sides of the court.Due to the fact Chris has played with his guyís longer, he has a slight advantage.Edge: AUTOBOTS


The bench will be a huge factor because of the rising temperature and limited ventilation at RFK.The Masterminds have a huge edge with the power forward Khalil who can be a starter on any team, Pops who plays great defense and commits rigid fouls, Asad who scored 7pts last week, and Andy who can provide that hustle.The Autobots only have Darwin and the injured Saher.Darvin has the ability to score 20+ and could be enough depth needed.Edge: Masterminds


On paper, the Autobots have the edge due to the fact that each player is very successful in their roles and they have the ability to score consistently.Masterminds may play with more emotion and seem to want it more largely due to their on the court behavior, but donít let the mild manners of Autobots fool you.They are hungrier as anyone.Just look at the video after they lost to TWSS.The community sees this is a half court type of contest with the Masterminds using their deep bench to apply the physical pressure on Devaugh.The X factor will be Darvin of Autobots and Ali Ladak of Masterminds.Whichever one plays better, his team will win the Chip.Score Prediction: Autobots 58, Masterminds 54.

Finals Setup Monday,Jun 30 2014

Finals Itinerary - June 26th RFK Thursday,Jun 26 2014

June 26th, Finals Itinerary:

7:50 PM: Best Shooters Contest

Contestants: Waqas (Thunder), Juan (Bandits),

Farhan (Decepticons), Arwin (Primetime), Shafiq (DK),

Munir (Decepticons), Alim (Chargers), Shafiq (Imaan).

8:30 PM: Maghrib Prayers

8:40 PM: Finals Tipoff

9:30 PM: Hall Court Shooting Contest - Raffle

9:55 PM: Award Presentations

10:20 PM: All Star Game

Food Will Be Served at Halftime of Finals



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)

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Team Win Loss
Bandits 1 0
Masterminds 1 0
Team With Sports Spirit 1 0
Chargers 1 0
Thunder 1 0
Imaan 1 0
Autobots 0 1
Decepticons 0 1
Darkknights 0 1
Fab 5 0 1
Primetime 0 1
Priscilla Panthers 0 1

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