CBL30 Season 10 Finals (May 26 @ RFK 8:00 pm): Imaan vs Priscilla Panthers
Predictions from around the community:
Congrats to CBL on its 10th Anniversary. So it all comes down to this one game; I think the 2 most talented teams made it to the finals this season. Zaki Omar and the ageless Imaan team bring their flawless fundamental talents into battle against Captian Muzz and the dynasty-seeking Priscilla Panthers. Led by Sharp Shooter Sayem Khan and the ever-understated Tariq Yasin, they look to take full advantage of this opportunity.
Matchups worth watching: Imaan Tariq Yasin vs. Panthers Kawasi Ashby, Wais Vs. Panther’s Omar Salama
Scoring leaders: Imaan SG Sayem Khan (25.11 ppg), Panthers PG Omar Salama (17.6 ppg)
Why Panthers can win: Imaan doesn’t have a rim protector of Marc and Kawasi’s Caliber. The Panther’s will give Imaan problems by preventing them from scoring in transition and in the paint. Arfan and Omar are disciplined and quick enough to fight thru Imaans screens to prevent Sy’s sharp shooting capabilities. Panthers win if Muzz makes his 3’s.
Why Imaan can win: Imaan is deeper than the Panthers and have had more consistent outside shooting throughout the playoffs. Muzz and company will have their hands full with the likes of Wais, Tariq (MVP Candidate), Zak, and Sayem (MVP Candidate) all whom had a stellar Western Conference Finals. Yamah , Wais and Tariq will win the battle in the paint as they are more savvy and poised than Panther’s bigs. Imaan wins if Wais has a double double.
My Prediction: Tough choice but Imaan wins by 5
--Munir, Maple Park
I think both teams are evenly matched but in different ways. PPs has a running game and an excellent finisher around the rim in Kawasi. Imaan has an excellent 3pt shooting and hustle defense. This game will go down to the wire. The PPs will trail in the first half but will make a comeback in the second half to keep the game close. Imaan has been closing out games strong this season. They have done a good job by getting their opponents into foul trouble and grinding out the win. Therefore I like Imaan. – Fahad, Captain Autobots
It is really hard to choose because both teams have a big part in CBL30 to win. But this is Imaan’s season. They have unfinished business from last season. T and Wais won’t let this chance get away. With Sy Curry on their side Imaan wins in a buzzer beater by Wais. – Raheel, Caliphs
Too close to call. Either way one of my under 30s will win a chip so I am happy. – Saffi, Caliphs
For me I see the PPs winning because they are more aggressive. – Junior, Team Eagles
My prediction for these two big teams is that it comes down to two factors. PPs must stop Sy and Tariq and Imaan must stop Kawasi and Omar. I see the PPs winning 60-54. – Mike P, Captain Chargers
Congratulations to both teams for making the elusive CBL30 Finals. As it has been stated, getting to the Chip game is never easy despite whatever level you play. There are so many factors that have to go your way such as health, family, schedule, rust, etc. My prediction is usually to stay neutral but this time my heart will go with Imaan as they have been paying their dues to CBL for over a decade. I would love to see Tariq and Zak and their mates finally hoist the cup. The PPs is a great team and I love the way Omar and Muzz are playing right now but my choice is Imaan by 2pts. I just hope there is lots of drama (: – Farooq, Team Eagles
I hope they both lose. -- Adnan, TWSS
Congratulations to both teams for making the Finals. I like Imaan by 8. – Janick (Batista), Team Eagles
We know about Omar and Sy. Omar will get his points but the supporting cast for the PPs will need to show up on both sides to make the game competitive. Ultimately Imaan may have just a few more weapons that can support the team in case Sy has an off shooting night. I go with Imaan by 8. – CJ,Team Eagles
Tough game to call. Imaan will win because they have significantly improved free throw shooting than prior seasons. And in my opinion, that will be the deciding factor. – Sajed, Captain Team Thunder
PPs have athleticism and hard nose defense. Imaan has lethal sharp shooters and smart defense and size. Look for Omar to use his speed to pass by his defender and then score or pass to his best shooter Muzz. PPs win 61-56. – Ryan, Caliphs
While every matchup is pretty even, there is no answer for Tariq. I see Imaan winning by 10 pts as they just have too much offense. – Kamil, Caliphs
Congratulations to both teams for making the Finals. May the best team win. – Marlon, Queens Finest
Going to be a fight till the end as both teams can put the ball in the hoop. Conditioning will determine this matchup. Who will fatigue first? He with the iron lungs takes the trophy. – Jon, Team Eagles
Imaan by 12. Tariq is a beast in the post season. – Shak, TWSS
Imaan by a 4pt victory in a thriller. Zak goes off as he gets hot as a PG. Sy pours in 23 hope and Tariq finishes with a triple double. -- Mussaib, Primetime
Imaan will take it as it is there year. Will be a close game but they have too many weapons to stop. PPs won’t be able to stop one without letting the other go off. Plus Imaan is a strong team with high IQ. – Mamoon, Team Maple Park
This will be a tough call. I like PPs by 1. Kawasi refuse to lose. – Omar, Chargers
What a showdown this is going to be! I am going to ride the Panthers bandwagon even though Imaan has guys I really respect. I see an OT thriller. -- Razi, formerly of MasterMinds and Chargers
I like PPs. Omar, Kawasi, and Muzz play very well together. I see Omar with a triple double. – Tyrone, Queens Finest, Former MVP
PPs will win! – Riz, Team Maple Park
My heart says PPs but my mind says Imaan because they took out 3 time champion Saffi and the powerhouse Caliphs squad. Very hard to bet against the Ego beast right now. Please drink extra red juice this week PPs. – Shah, Primetime
The PPs rely on slashing and making tough shots but it is their stingy defense and timely rebounding that gives them the edge in this epic Finals match. Imaan needs to knock down open shots and push the pace, keeping the PPs on their heels. I predict a back and forth affair with the PPs prevailing 50-47. – Ibrahim, Team Eagles
PPs win 224-96. Imaan can’t stop PPs offense. – Nick, Autobots, Season 6 Champ, Season 7 Bust.
Congratulations to both teams. Great brothers on both teams that I wish could win the chip. Imaan over PPs is what I predict. Balance and experience will help them to being this season’s champ! – Ali Ladak, Season 9 Champ TWSS
Imaan and the PPs both coming off huge wins. They were basically top seed all year, so it makes sense they are both in the finals. And this is going to be a CBL Classic. Omar vs. Sy, T vs. Marc. Wais vs Kawasi. I believe the X factor is going to be Muzz. If he plays the way he has been playing by hitting big shots, the PPs will pull away with the win. Prediction: 66-62 PPs. – Shukhan, Caliphs
PPs have good composure and I say they will win. – Zia, TWSS
I must say both teams are championship caliber teams. In order for PPs to win the chip Man beast must have a great outing and I mean a 30+ scoring output. Kawasi had an horrific performance against Imaan last post season and that must change. Imaan can be beaten as they have hard times vs. athletic teams. Therefore the X factors will be Marc and Twigs for PPs. I see the PPs winning this as they come in as underdogs. Final score 55-54 PPs Omar with a buzzer beater. Dev, Autobots, Season 6 Champ, Voice of CBL Baby!
I predict PPs with a 5-8 pt win. The PPs move the ball and is aggressive on their attacks. Imaan will need to ensure they keep up the pace and is just as aggressive as PPs when driving or shooting 3 pters. PPs will win because they communicate very well and move the ball the most compared to other teams. See you soon. – Corey, Queens Finest
Both teams are playing great basketball. This will be a close game that will be decided in the last few minutes. Imaan will win by a narrow margin due to their shooting. – Shanni, Maple Park, Season 1 Champ with the Bandits
Congratulations to both teams for making the Finals. PPs should know Imaan going to stack the box to stop Kawasi and Omar’s penetration to the basket. Because both teams have weaknesses that can be exploited, it can be anyone’s game. It will come down to who executes the game plan. I have no prediction. Good luck to both teams. - Pops, Maple Park
This is a tough matchup. I think PPs probably has the best team but this seems to be Imaan’s season. I must root for my brother Omer and look for Sy and Tariq to get him a chip. It will be a high scoring affair. At the end Sy hits a game winner. Imaan wins 75-72. – Amin, Captain Chargers
PPs will win if they play tight mid to full court man-to-man defense. Especially on made baskets. This will help break disrupt Imaan’s offensive sets. Also, they should play tight off the ball denial and showing the pick and rolls. Rotating and closing out on shooters and forcing them into secondary help of Marc and Kawasi for contested or block shots while limiting offensive rebounds. On offense they should continue to distribute the ball and have a balanced attack and avoid inadvertent quick shots. The transition offense will also be a plus for PPs. I like PPs. - Jean, Chargers - formerly of PPs.
Omar and Kawasi are a great tag team. Twigs and Muzz are also good in their respective positions. Imaan has shown that they can come back and win but playing from behind will finally catch up to them. I like PPs. – Juan, Primetime
Two great basketball teams with great brothers. I feel the team that has the most will is going to win. ‘humblebeast’ over ‘egobeast’. PPs 62, Imaan 59. – Moe H, Primetime