Match-up: ogz vs. Dark Knights
Time: 9:05 pm
Date: January 26, 2017
Place: RFK, Flushing Queens
Tagline: To Get to the Chip!
OGz had an easy road to the Semis as they beat a tired PPs team who were playing a back-to-back after a wildcard win. The Dark Knights had to overcome the stingy play of Usama and Omar who pushed them to the limit and barely held on for a few point win.
This contest will be electrifying. There are so many storylines such as Batista taking on the team that signed him during the offseason then traded him after week 3 to OGz as part of a 3-way deal with the Eagles. And what about the return of the Begawala boys? After two subpar seasons, they are back in form and ready to advance to the finals as a duo for the first time since 2010. As far as the OGz, they are simply the best team in CBL30 this season. Their top five consist of Mir Khan, Moe Hoque, Rahi, Batista, and Kirk. WOW! Kaptain Kamil left no stones unturned to formulate this team. Let’s not forget Mir used to play with the Begawala boys in CBL elite.
The community sees this contest to be physical, emotional, and absolutely a classic. Hold on to the roof.
Head-to-Head OGz vs. Dark Knights:
1 – Rahi vs. Zia. Rahi gets the edge here. He is quicker and a primetime ball mover. Zia can shoot three’s but really that is all. Look for Rahi to eat him up every chance he gets. Edge. OGz
2 – Moe Hoque vs. Maaz. Both men are great shooters. Moe Hoque is a legend in NJ. But Maaz can also penetrate and grab rebounds. He is a legit superstar and therefore he gets the edge. Maaz will be trying to get to his second finals after losing in Season 8 so expect added motivation. Edge: Dark Knights
3 - Kirk vs. Moe B. Both men are the engine. And let’s call it turbo engine. They know how to move the ball and their team. Moe B is the best shooter in a clutch situation as he once scored 55 in a semis game. Kirk is the best defender CBL has ever seen in a point guard. And you better believe Moe B will be defended. This contest will be between the best offender vs. the best defender. Community likes Moe B because this is his time of the year and he is long overdue. Edge: Dark Knights
4 - Mir vs. Ham. Captain Ham will have the job to defend arguably the best player in Season 11. He is a defensive beast who is stronger than any wall Trump will build. They call him King Khan aka Mir. We won’t disclose if Mir won any awards until Sunday but let’s just say Ham will have his hands full. But let’s give Ham credit - he won multiple defensive awards and may shock the CBL nation with his play over Mir. Edge. OGz
5 – Batista vs. Hanny. The last match-up will be the best match-up. Both men are in top notch shape. When Hamdy traded for Hanny, many said that was a terrible trade and even ridiculed him including this crack-head writer. We will know for sure who the trade really benefited after this game is over. As of now, both teams are benefactors. Both men can score, dribble, block, and dominate the paint. Hanny is younger and has an edge because he has great perimeter shooters who should make his job easier. Edge: Dark Knights
The Bench is even. Dark Knights have a good shooter in Tanzeel and former champ in Faiq. OGz have Pops who will love to shatter Moe B’s dream again (as he has done in prior seasons) and last man on the bench -- guard Shah who had the best game of his career in Rd 1. All four men could play a huge part. Edge: EVEN
For the OGz it is utilizing Kirk and Rahi to stop Moe B. If Moe B gets trapped and things are difficult for him, then Dark Knights chances are limited. For Dark Knights it is breaking free from the trap defense and getting Hanny to remain composed, as sometimes Hanny loses focus. The OGz have more talent and hustle. They just need to continue with the same game plan during the season.
The community sees this contest as a grind-it-out type contest. We expect hard fouls, referee complaints, and numerous outbursts. The action on the floor will be intense. We expect big games from the stars and the fans will go home happy. At the end, it will be Kaptain Kamil who will get back to the Chip game with his loaded team. Score Prediction: OGz 63, Dark Knights 60 in OT.