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Standings As Of 4-20-17 Games Friday,Apr 21 2017


Updated @ Week 7 Games as of 4-20-17:

   
           

East:

 

 

 

 

 

Teams

Wins

Losses

Tie

Pct

Division

YDK

4

1

0

800

3-1-0

Priscilla Panthers*

4

1

1

800

2-1-1

Mujahideen

3

3

0

500

3-2-0

Queens Finest

3

4

0

428

2-3-0

Blazers

3

4

0

428

2-3-0

Ogz*

1

4

1

200

1-3-1

* Tie Game

         
           

West:

 

 

 

 

 

Teams

Wins

Losses

Tie

Pct

Division

Decepticons

5

1

0

833

4-1-0

Thunder

4

2

0

667

3-2-0

Autobots

3

4

0

428

2-3-0

Eagles

2

4

0

334

2-3-0

Imaan

2

4

0

334

2-2-0

The Family

2

4

0

334

1-3-0

           

Scores, Wk 7 as of 4-20-17:

       

Thunder 48, Eagles 46

       

Panthers 70, The Family 63

       

Queens Finest 60, Imaan 52

       

Blazers 58, Autobots 53

       

 

Week 7 – “Down The Stretch They Come”:

Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Week 7 Game 1

 

7:00 pm @

RFK

THURS

April 20, 2017

 

Thunder vs. Eagles

 

Thunder comes in on a two-game winning streak and have a chance to finish in second place.  While Suhail and Omar are not at the star level, they still are making a huge impact for their team during the recent streak.  The Eagles are desperate for a win.  Their appears to be some dysfunction between the group.  Well today is the day Azfar can set the team straight with a win which should cure everything.  Expect a fast paced contest with some oohs and aahs.  The X factor is the Eagles defense…are they able to make the big stops? The certainly can score but defense is an uncertainty.     Score Prediction: 57-52 thunder

 

Week 7 Game 2

 

8:00 pm @

RFK

THURS

April 20, 2017

 

 

PPs vs The Family

 

The Family also appears to some internal turmoil after their two-game winning streak was snapped.  Captain Lamant needs to get the team on the right direction because there aren’t many games left and their playoff chances will diminish with a loss today.  Their opponent the PPs are playing great all season led by Omar and Jamal.  These two are versatile and basically can score and defend at will.  So what does The Family have to do to win?  The community recommends they play extremely physical and slow the game down and force the PPs outside of the paint.  Simply put, the PPs penetration must be paralyzed if The Family wants to have a chance.  On the other side, their offense must run through their guards which sets up their big men.  Otherwise, expect the PPs to score on transition points en-route to an easy win.  The community likes the PPs on this day.  Score Prediction: 62-55 pps

 

Week 7 Game 3

 

9:00 pm @

RFK

THURS

April 20, 2017

 

Queens Finest  vs  Imaan

 

These two teams couldn’t be any different other than the fact they are both under-achieving.  QF has an abudance of talent led by Sean but can’t seem to play in a team system; especially on defense.  Imaan just can’t get on  a rhythm for a full 40 mins.  The blame can fall on their captain Zak but he is just one man.  The community thinks it’s time for the two veterans Tariq and Sayem to be called on to put up or shut up.  Simply put, Sy and Tariq should be accountable for the Imaan’s success or failure.  Tonight we see a fast tempo contest with no defense.  The key will be whoever executes down the stretch will win.    Score Prediction: 55-52 QF

 

 

 

 

 

Week 7 Game 4

 

10:00 pm @

RFK

THURS

April 20, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABs  vs  Blazers

 

The ABs win one lose one.  Rishi is an MVP candidate one week but the next week his game is subpar.  Kirk is in one week, Kirk is out the other week.  The ABs are an example of inconsistency.  The only thing consistent is Nick’s game. The good thing is they are still sitting well for a post season run.  Their opponent, the Blazers have made a push for the post season with two big wins recently.  Today is a must win if they want to help their chances even further.  The community sees a rough and tough contest which will be decided at the free throw line.  At the end, Nick and company will be too much to handle for the Blazers who usually choke down the stretch.  Score Prediction: 57-51 ABs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 7 Game 5

 

7:00 pm @

QHST

SUN

April 23, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eagles  vs  Mujahideen

 

Two struggling teams will go at it on the first game on Sunday.  We expect to see the fine play of Usama and Azfar to enlighten the fans.  However, the rest of the guys are up in the air.  It will come down to which team has the better supporting cast.  The edge should go to the Mujahideen with Kowasi and Omar.  However, they seem to be faltering as of late.  The Eagles have Saleh, Qasim, and Junior but they too have been struggling to perform in their role.  The winner will be whichever team’s second best player is better on this night after Azfar and Usama.  Expect a lot of chucks in this one.   Score Prediction: 60-52 Mujahideen

 

Week 7 Game 6

 

8:00 pm @

QHST

SUN

April 23, 2017

 

OGz vs Deceps

 

The defending champs have had a terrible season.  Who would have thought that they would just have one win at this point.  If they want to repeat, the MUST win now.  Otherwise it is a lost season for the new captain Batista.  Can we dare say it – they need Kamil back.  The Deceps, who will be their opponent, is rolling and according to the community will take this one too in blow-out fashin as Moe and Maaz are looking for revenge after last season’s intense Semis loss to the OGz.  On this night there will be too much Moe and Maaz for the Champs to handle.  Score Prediction: 59-55 deceps

 

Week 7 Game 7

 

9:00 pm @

QHST

SUN

April 23, 2017

 

YDK  vs Thunder

 

YDK and Thunder – two teams full of youth and energy.  Unfortunately, for Thunder, YDK is more youthful and more energetic.  Therefore, we expect YDK to blow-out Thunder as Suhail and Omar will be overmatched vs. E, Saffi, Kam, and Ali.  While it seems like a rematch of a CBLj game, it really isn’t on paper because team Thunder has some oldies who wont be able to hang with YDK.  Although it will be fun to watch Omar guard Saffi.     Score Prediction: 60-50 YDK

 

Week 6 Standings Monday,Apr 17 2017


Updated @ Week 6 Games:

       
           

East:

 

 

 

 

 

Teams

Wins

Losses

Tie

Pct

Division

YDK

4

1

0

800

3-1-0

Priscilla Panthers*

3

1

1

750

2-1-1

Mujahideen

3

3

0

500

3-2-0

Queens Finest

2

4

0

334

2-3-0

Blazers

2

4

0

334

2-3-0

Ogz*

1

4

1

200

1-3-1

* Tie Game

         
           

West:

 

 

 

 

 

Teams

Wins

Losses

Tie

Pct

Division

Decepticons

5

1

0

833

4-1-0

Thunder

3

2

0

600

2-2-0

Autobots

3

3

0

500

2-3-0

Eagles

2

3

0

400

2-2-0

Imaan

2

3

0

400

2-2-0

The Family

2

3

0

400

1-3-0

           

Scores, Wk 6:

         

Thunder 67, Autobots 59

       

Blazers 48, OGz 39

         

Queens Finest 70, Mujahidden 60

     

 

April 16 Games:

Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Week 6 Game 1

 

7:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

April 16, 2017

 

Blazers vs. OGz

 

Both teams come in with just one win.  What a shocker– especially for the defending champs OGz.  Needless to say, playoff lives are on the line for this one.  If the Blazers can carry last week’s win into a confidence booster and another win, they could sneak into the playoffs.  Expect this to be a bruiser with most of the action in the paint.  Though Kinees loves to launch the 3s from the arc.  X factor will be the Blazers ability to play team defense.   Score Prediction: 55-48 OGz

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Week 6 Game 2

 

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

April 16, 2017

 

 

Thunder vs Autobots

 

ABs are a team that can go far. They seem to have a complete package as we head into the final few weeks.  The strong guard play has carried them to 3 wins and a shot at first place.  Rishi is the floor general who has made his team better.  Especially Nick, who seems to be scoring more and maintaining his usual defensive presence.  Captain Fahad has also joined the party with his timely treys.  Their opponent, the Thunder come in at 500 and a win would greatly improve their chances for the post season.  The community sees this as a fast pace offensive focused contest.  Suhail and Omar (Thunder stars) have yet to reach their former status but we see them as two very dangerous players that can have an immediate impact.  Therefore, we don’t expect a cake walk for ABs.  Score Prediction: 59-54 Autobots

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Week 6

Game 3

9:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

April 16, 2017

 

Queens Finest  vs  Mujahideen

 

What is going on with the Mujahideen?  They have lost two-in-a-row and now must beat a desperate QF team if they want to avoid falling to .500.  Speaking of falling, Captain Marlon is scratching his head trying to find a perfect rotation to compete with the CBL30 talent this season.  With Sean and Panajor playing well, there still is a chance this team can make some noise.  The community sees an upset in the making this week as QF will overcome the trio of Kawasi, Omar, and MVP Usama.  The X factor for QF is to run the ball through Sean and get their bigs involved in the paint so they can convert on high percentage shots.  If their offense is not balanced, then Mujahideen with the strong defense of Omar and Kawasi will eat them up.   However, the community likes QF in OT.     Score Prediction: 54-52 QF

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Week 5 Standings Updated Tuesday,Apr 11 2017


Updated @ Week 5 Games:

       
           

East:

 

 

 

 

 

Teams

Wins

Losses

Tie

Pct

Division

YDK

4

1

0

800

3-1-0

Priscilla Panthers*

3

1

1

750

2-1-1

Mujahideen

3

2

0

600

3-1-0

Ogz*

1

3

1

250

1-2-1

Blazers

1

4

0

200

1-3-0

Queens Finest

1

4

0

200

1-3-0

* Tie Game

         
           

West:

 

 

 

 

 

Teams

Wins

Losses

Tie

Pct

Division

Decepticons

5

1

0

833

4-1-0

Autobots

3

2

0

600

2-2-0

Thunder

2

2

0

500

1-2-0

Eagles

2

3

0

400

2-2-0

Imaan

2

3

0

400

2-2-0

The Family

2

3

0

400

1-3-0

           

Scores, Wk 5:

         

Autobots 55, Imaan 45

       

Decepticons 57, The Family 43

     

YDK 75, OGz 70, 2 OT

       

Blazers 61, Mujahideen 47

       

PPs 63, Queens Finest 55

       

(Apr 10) Decepticons 58, Eagles 54

     

 

Week 5: April 9 Games:

Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Week 5 Game 3

 

7:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

April 9, 2017

 

YDK vs. OGz

 

Talk about two power-houses.  YDK brings their youth and versatile squad for a match-up against the OGz who feature their gentle giant Kinees.  The community envisions this to be a real exciting battle with many exciting plays and intense moments.  YDK will look to spread the floor with E and Saffi.  With Kinees in the paint, Kamran will be tasked to challenge him.  And we think he will do a good job.  At the end the community sees YDk edging out the champs as they have too much firepower.  Score Prediction: 55-47 ydk

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Week 5 Game 4

 

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

April 9, 2017

 

 

Mujahideen vs Blazers

 

As our MVP says on Wazzap – his team played like Trash in their overtime loss to the Deceps last week.  Therfore, we expect the Trashy play to discontinue versus the Blazers.  The likes of Kawasi, Usama, and Omar will be too much to handle for the upstart Blazers.  We see Mujahideen pulling away in the second half and sealing another win.  While Captain Jean has tried different defensive schemes, it just doesn’t appear to be workings.  Score Prediction: 57-49 Mujahideen

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Week 5

Game 5

9:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

April 9, 2017

 

Queens Finest  vs  Priscilla Panthers

 

Captain Omar seems to be taking a real interest in the league this season as we see him scouting other teams.  That is a great sign of a committed leader.  It is easy to be a leader when you have the best player in CBL at your disposal.  We are talking about none other than Jamaal.  This man can do it all.  Score, defend, and make his teammates better.  Their opponent, QF, is in a huge mess.  They don’t know their PG from SG or C.  The only good thing about QF this season is Captain Marlon.  He knows how to build winners.  He is the winningest coach in CBL for the past 3 seasons.  This contest will be extremely physical and low scoring.  If Special K can play within his role and Sean can get the respect of his mates, perhaps QF has a chance.  But we don’t see it as Jamaal and the surging Man Beast (Omar) seem to be clicking each week.    Score Prediction: 49-47 pps

 

Results/Recap:

 

Previews: April 6th Games Thursday,Apr 6 2017


Game 1. @ RFK at 9pm

Imaan vs ABs

Two titans of the western division meet in this matchup and they could not be more different. On one side, we have team Imaan, who lost a tough game to YDK last week and had an explosive fight heard by everyone in the gym. On the other hand, we have team Abs, who won a tough OT game against OGz and are on record saying they don’t talk to each other besides game days. Imaan wants to play a slow paced, half-court offense. The Autobots want to run up and down as much as possible. This game is going to come down to which team dictates pace the best. Will Imaan be able to recover from their team affairs from last week or will they continue on their downward spiral? The community predicts that Autobots perimeter defense will pressure Imaan into a LOT of turnovers and be the difference in the otherwise close game tonight.

Prediction. ABS 58, Imaan 54

 

Game 2. @ RFK at 10pm

Decepts vs The Family

Both of these teams lost their first game of the season and have played amazing basketball since, combining to go 5-1 since week 1. Decepts are run as usual by the steady presence of Moe B and their microwave scorer Maaz. The Family counters by playing a BIG lineup of former MVP Tyrone, 2 time scoring champ Raphael, and Brandon. They have the surprise player of the season Brandon, who many thought would not be able to translate his MVP performance in the legends division over to CBL30. BOY WERE WE WRONG! This guy’s work in the post is easily one of the best in the league. Luckily for Decepts, they have a lot of bigs as well that can at least contain The Family’s big men. The difference in this game will be the guard play and as we have seen in the past, that will most likely mean the advantage is with the Begawala brothers.  

Prediction. Decepts 64, The Family 55

Power Rankings Midway Wednesday,Apr 5 2017


Power Rankings – Midway Point

Rank

Team

Prior Rank

Explanation

1-

Decepticons

NA

They are the hottest team in the league right now.  An OT thriller over the Muj showed this team is for real.  The have the experience and veteran leadership in Mo, scoring of Maaz, and now the inside punch of Bear and Sami/Arwin.  They are a complete team and will be a very tough out come playoffs.

2-

Mujahideen

NA

We might have ranked them #1 had they not lost last week.  Despite Usama playing like 'trash' last week, to put it in his own words,  Kawasi is still playing both sides of the ball and man does he look impressive. Don't let Usama's trash talk fool you.  He is the real deal and a likely MVP candidate.  This team will go only as far as he can carry them.

3-

YDK

NA

Is it youth? Is it Speed? Is it Saffi? Whatever the team wants to call itself YDK/YBD they are looking for a KO.  Off to a great 3-1 start they are groomed for a long playoff run.  Despite losing star Hanny they gotta an even better player in Kamran, at the very least basketball IQ definitely went up.

4-

Eagles

NA

Captain Fargo is at it again! He has put together a championship caliber team in a matter of days.  With all stars like Asfar and Saleh this teams looks like a threat.  Add in the solid play of Qasim and co. and you got yourself a very solid core.  But don’t be fooled this team will only go as-far as Azfar takes ‘em.  GET IT?  

5-

PPs

NA

A very dangerous team! With perhaps the best lethal scorer that CBL30 has to offer, in Jamal Razaki and a solid PG in Omar their 1-2 punch is second to none.  But the one questions remains do they have enough help besides these two?

6-

Thunder

NA

A sort of disappointing team till date.  We expected more from the legendary Sofizada clan.  They did show sings in a complete and thorough beating of Blazers last week.  But they are 0-4 for a reason.  Can they become an elite team in a matter of weeks?  Remains to be seen.

7-

OGz

NA

Another flop till date.  Call it the Championship hangover or champions curse.  Remember no team has won back to back titles in CBL30 history.  In fact most champions failed to even make the playoffs the following season.   Nice to see CK is continuing to build upon that tradition despite a loaded roster.

8-

Autobots

NA

This team maybe ranked lowered than where they should be.  But unfortunately for them it’s a very competitive leage this season.  When you have arguably the best overall player in the league in Rishi and solid role players like Darwin and Nick you can never be counted out.  Look for this team to make a strong push in the 2nd half of the season.

9-

Imaan

10

Not only did they get blown out last week by YDK but it looks like they blew up internally.  Chemistry issues aside they seem to have a solid starting 5.  But getting everyone on the same page maybe be tough for this volatile team.  Can they look past the ego issues and come together to make a serious post season run?  We shall see…

10-

The Family

NA

After a 0-2 start everyone had written this team off.  But they have shown life the last 2 weeks and look to get back in the playoff hunt.  At .500 they are looking better each week.

11-

Queens Finest

NA

After a tremendous 2016 where they were almost unbeaten they have already lost more games than their previous two seasons combined.  We are hoping they didn’t miss their window the last 2 years.  Where a great regular season led to playoff collapses.  In this league the title window shuts on you real fast!!

12-

Blazers

NA

The only winless team in CBL30.  They sure pass the eye test.  With great athletic looking players at every position.  However the skill test leaves much to be desired.  Other than Anson no one has stepped up for this team consistently.  And they may have already knocked themselves out of playoff picture.

 

 
 

 

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 5 1
YDK 4 1
Priscilla Panthers 4 1
Thunder 4 2
Mujahideen 3 3
Autobots 3 4
Blazers 3 4
Queens Finest 3 4
Imaan 2 4
The Family 2 4
Eagles 2 4
OGz 1 4

Top Players
Team Name PPG
Priscilla Panthers Jamal R 26.5
Eagles Saleh 25
Eagles Azfar 23.33
22
Blazers Anson 21.4
Mujahideen Usama 20
Autobots Rishi 19.2

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