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TWSS WINS THE CHIP!
FINALS!! Thursday,Jan 28 2016


Match-up: twss vs. primetime

Time: 8:30 pm

Date: January 28, 2016

Place: RFK, Flushing Queens

Tagline: The CHIP Game

Season 9 was unlike any other.  We saw the usual passionate play, met some new great brothers like Zia, Corey and Raheem, and saw Primetime and TWSS raise their level of play all the way to the final game. Unfortunately, we also witnessed unnecessary drama which entailed referee controversy, scoreboard issues, and even a scuffle between some of the bros. 

Now comes the final game between two teams who live for playing in the CBL for a number of years.  There are so many story lines: Raheel vs. Farooq –two Crescent lifers going at it.  Moe H, will who once was the No 1 signee for Farooq and TWSS will now be an opponent in the finals.  Assad, Wais, Juan, and Mahmood all good guys will finally get a chance to experience a CBL30 finals.  Then you have Sayem, Ali, and Moe – who combined have played in over 200 games in CBL but have never won a chip.   And last, can Saffi pull off 3 straight finals MVPs? 

The match-up itself will be awesome.  These two teams are very close in talent.  The Primetime are expected to smother Saffi all day and let someone else beat them.  TWSS has this never die mentality.  With their sharp shooting, the feel like they are never out of it.  Primetime, led by the paint presence of Hamdy and Wais will look to be physical.  However, TWSS are no slouches.  Ali and Waqas are not afraid to bang down low.  With Waqas playing great defense as of late, that should neutralize the paint domination of Primetime. 

Head-to-Head TWSS vs. Primetime:

1 – Sayem vs. Shafiq. While Sayem has the height advantage, he doesn’t rebound effectively. However, his timely 3s have broken backs all post season.  One thing is certain on each broken play, Sayem will be hanging beyond the arc and ready to launch.  What a weapon.  His adversary Shafiq is the MVP of the post season thus far.  His double digit scoring and excellent offensive rhythm is the main reason the other guys have been successful.  We expect Shafiq to cool down vs. a feisty TWSS defense.  Edge. EVEN

2 - Ali vs. Wais. Both men play with a lot of pride and passion.  Ali is the fire that keeps everyone buzzing on TWSS.  His versatile play is hard to contain.  He can miss easy buckets but at the same time he can take away with his poignant defense and floor penetration and of course his patented head fake layups which can be deadly for the opponent. Wais is just playing at an all-time high.  His paint presence, explosiveness to the basket will be hard to contain.  And let’s not forget his all-around defense.  For TWSS sake, he will be due for a bad game.  Edge: PRIMETIME

3 - Waqas vs.Hamdy. The match-up of centers clearly indicates contrast play between these two.  Waqas can drain the 3 and play excellent defense. Yes we said it defense.  Waqas strong play is one of the key reasons TWSS is in the finals.  Meanwhile, Hamdy continues to be the defensive intimidator for Primetime.  His rebounding and shot blocking ability will be tough for TWSS to overcome.  Question is does Waqas have anything left after such a grueling two game test vs. Imaan.  Edge: PRIMETIME

4 - Saffi vs. Moe H. Two men under 30 who have earned the privilege to play in this division.  They are the key to their team’s success in the finals.  Saffi is all CBL.  His multiple chips, finals of MVP, and desire to win are well known.  We expect that to continue.  However, Moe H has not been as successful.  His post season stats are average at best.  He can change his entire reputation at the Finals by bringing his A game and leading his team to victory.  Head-to-head Moe H has an edge due to his better physical shape.  Let’s see if it will be enough to contain Saffi.  The key is for Moe to get his mates involved and frustrate Saffi on offense.  The community goes with the reigning champ and mvp of finals.  Edge: TWSS

5 – Assad vs. Juan.  Don’t assume Juan gets the edge here.  Assad hit multiple 3s during crucial times to seal the win for TWSS in the post season.  His defense is not bad either.  Just ask Arif of Imaan.  Juan on the other hand is a deadly shooter.  After winning the 3pt contest on multiple occasions, we all know he can shoot. However, his Achilles heal is that he is passive on the floor and doesn’t like to play physical.  Simply put if he doesn’t shoot at least 10 times, he will not be effective.  But he gets the edge by the community because he is a 3pt champ.  Edge: PRIMETIME

Bench.

The bench is equal in our opinion.  Adnan has the ability to drain 3s and play some defense.  Farooq proclaims to be a great defender – which he is.  But he also can get screens and get his team riled up – which could be important in the finals.  Primetime has Raheem who has picked up his game and the deadly shooter Mahmood.  Edge: EVEN

Prediction

The community sees this contest to be very physical with full court press by both teams at key times, as well as a lot off jawing.  We expect multiple lead changes and scoring to be low.  The refs will call it tight.  At the end it will come down to the two point guards.  Saffi and Moe H.  The man that can execute will win it for their team.  The community thinks its Moe H’s time.  Primetime is playing too good as of late to blow this one.    Community predicts: Primetime 60, TWSS 57 OT.

FINAL ACT! Wednesday,Jan 27 2016



CBL30 Season 9 Finals (Jan 28 @ RFK 8:00 pm): TWSS vs Primetime

Predictions from around the community:

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 in, as there are so many things have to go your way such as health, family, schedule, etc.  My prediction is to stay neutral but will say it will be a very physical back and forth game with a lot of drama.  -- Farooq

On paper is should easily be Primetime but it is tough to go against General Saffi, Sharp Shooter Sayem, Ali’s all-around game, grizzly vet Waqas and Farooq’s 6 fouls.  While Wais and Shafiq are playing great bball, but I will give the edge to TWSS since Primetime is still mentally soft.  -- Munir, Decepticons

I see Farooq squad pulling out a tight win. -- Khalid, Decepticons

The championship experience of Saffi and the shooting of Sy will overcome the great balance that Primetime has.  The X factors for their team are Waqas and Shafiq. – Shah, Priscilla Panthers

My heart is with Wais and Primetime by my head tells me Saffi and his crew will seal the 3 peat for him. Simply too many weapons for TWSS. – Razi, MasterMinds

TWSS will find a way to win but I support Primetime and support Juan and Shafiq.  – Mamoon, Imaan

I have Primetime winning as they dominated us. – Marlon, Queens Finest

The veteran leadership of Saffi will help TWSS win in a close one. -- Shanni, Decepticons

I like TWSS but I love the way Primetime is playing right now.  I got Primetime. – Tyrone, Queens Finest

Going to be a great game. Mastermind Raheel will have his guys prepared for battle but if the game comes down to the last minute, the experience and leadership of TWSS will prevail.  – Randy, Queens Finest

This game could go either way.  In a close one, I think and it’s only because they have somewhat of a size advantage Primetime wins at the end.  – Omar, Priscilla Panthers

Another Ring for Saffi.  Final Score 99-93 TWSS – Nick, Autobots

I root for Primetime because I don’t like Farooq winning.  – Shak, Franchise

This game will be as even as they come PT comes with a great balance of defense and offense. Twss have the best dynamic duo in history of cbl30 saffi and sy.  But is Sy and Saffi enough beat a great pt team behind Raheel.  The key factor is Ali.  If Ali scores double figures the chances twss will win a chip. Ali has fallen off as of late in playoffs and this is hurting the team.  Unless Ali becomes a man among boys i see pt winning this in a close one 55-51. Thats right i challenging Ali for his first chip.  – Devaughn, Autobots

  This will indeed be an interesting Finals!  PT is loaded!! But i gotta go w my man Waqa Flaka here, he been doing it since '94.  schooling kids on BK Blocks, TWSS by 5!     -MUJAHID, Priscilla Panthers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final 4 Preview Wednesday,Jan 20 2016


Match-up: twss vs. imaan

Time: 9:00 pm

Date: January 21, 2016

Place: RFK, Flushing Queens

Tagline: To Get to the Chip!

Here we go! The match-up we all wanted is finally here. Imaan vs. TWSS.  Two teams who admire each other off the court but will be all business on the court will square off for a chance to go to the CHIP game.  This contest will come down to the so called superstars (Sayem, Saffi, Tariq, Zak, etc).  Whoever steps up and takes over in the final mins will be the main reason for his team’s success. Other guys are expected to play within their roles and contribute as needed. But this is playoffs and usually it is the star that carries the weight.  

In their prior match-up, the assessment was inconclusive as Imaan was missing key personnel.  This time around it will be a totally different ball game.  Expect a fully loaded squad.

Head-to-Head TWSS vs. Imaan:

1 – Sayem vs. Tariq. These power forwards play like guards with shoot first mentality and occasional ball movement.  Tariq, the reigning MVP has a lot of respect for Sayem but we all know he wants to embarrass him on the court.   Meanwhile Sayem known as the man that can shoot from anywhere will be looking for screens and spreading the floor. Edge. IMAAN

2 - Ali vs. Mamoon. Both men play with a lot of passion. They are considered small forwards but can handle the ball and take it to the hoop.  Their defense is sound and overall team play is as good.  It is hard to find an advantage here. Edge: EVEN

3 - Waqas vs.Ahmad. Another intriguing match-up.  Both guys have a contrast style.  Ahmad is a defense first guy and a good handler.  Beyond that he won’t give you much.  Meanwhile, Waqas the OG can be a huge contributor on any given day.  His ability to shoot 3s, play strong defense, and rebound puts him ahead in this match-up. Edge: TWSS

4 - Saffi vs. Zak. Aaah the match-up of point guards.  Let’s put this to rest right now, Zak is a point guard.  His pass first mentality and ability to hit the occasional trey qualifies.  In this contest he has the daunting task of going head-to-head vs. back-to-back champ Saffi.  Could defense on Saffi be too much for Zak? The community sees Saffi with the edge as his skills are too much to contain by one person.  In fact, the winner of this match-up will likely is on the winning team.  Edge: TWSS

5 – Assad vs. Arif.  Two small guards who can dribble and light it up from beyond the arc.  Arif loves to go left and shoot from the corners.  Yes he is that predictable.  But when he shifts direction, he is very dangerous.  Don’t underestimate his passing and penetration.  In fact, in the games he is on, Imaan has won.  His opponent Assad has had a great season.  His defense is very under-rated.  If he can convert on a few 3s and pick the pockets of Imaan, this could give them the spark they need.  However competing vs. Arif will be a challenge he has never faced.  Edge: IMAAN

Bench.

The bench favors Imaan because they have a big man in Yamah, a young energetic guy in Hasan Hoque and a hungry Omer.  The TWSS bench has the very up and down Adnan and the Mr. 6 fouls Farooq.  Farooq could provide a contribution if he can knock some guys down, create turnovers, and cause havoc but Imaan seems to be prepared for that.  Edge: IMAAN

Prediction

If TWSS wants to win, they cannot let Imaan take a huge lead as they are NOT a good come from behind team.  This contest will be very intense with several lead changes and ties.  The scoring will be low in the second half.  The X factor will be the play off Sayem.  While he has had a nice season, his numbers against tougher opponents have been below his average.  Meanwhile, Team Imaan has been waiting for this event for a long time.  After last season’s embarrassing performance in the Semis, the community thinks Imaan will pull out a gutty win and learn from their mistakes.    Community predicts: Imaan 62, TWSS 58 OT.

 

Match-up: Queens finest vs. winner of rd 1

Time: 8:00 pm

Date: January 21, 2016

Place: RFK, Flushing Queens

Tagline: To Get to the Chip!

After taking care of the Franchise last week, the Queens Finest will take on the winner of the Rd 1 opponent who will be finalizing their game right before this game starts.  No matter who QF faces, they are the team to beat as they bring the best record and the best team chemistry.  While MVP candidate Tyrone and all-around player Femi have gotten most of the credit, it should be noted that the entire team has contributed to a very successful season.  Also, their opponent will have very little or no rest because they would have just played minutes earlier.

Head-to-Head Queens Finest vs. Primetime or Decepticons:

1 – Femi vs. Wais or Maaz. This power forward match-up will be very interesting as all 3 guys are stars on their team.  They are relied on to grab rebounds and score.  The edge will go to PT/Deceps because they are younger and have shown they elevate their game in crucial spots.    Edge. PT/DECEPS

2 - Kore vs. Hamdy/Faisal. All three men are pure rebounders. Their job is to stay in the paint and box out and grab the board.  They all can score on occasion but there role is to support and do the dirty things.  Look at Kore, his cut last week didn’t prevent him from not playing.  The community sees as Kore and Hamdy even in this matchup.  Edge: EVEN (if QF vs. PT)

3 - Panajor vs. Moe H/Moe B. All three men are versatile.  They can handle the ball, shoot the ball, and provide the offensive firepower.  Not sure if any particular player has a major edge but Moe or Moe B knows how to play in these types of games and usually make things difficult for their opponent.  If it is Moe H – his defense will be a challenge for Panajor as Moe moves well on transition.  If it is Moe B, Panajor has to guard the perimeter and watch out for the penetration.  Edge: PT/DECEPS

4 - Tyrone vs. Shafiq/Shani. In this match-up, Tyrone has the clear edge.  He can shoot, play defense, and handle the ball well.  Shafiq and Shani have had off seasons but could light it up during the remainder of the post season. Especially Shafiq, this former MVP has the skills but that fire needs to be lit. Let’s see if captain Wais can find a match?  Edge: QF

5 – CJ vs. Juan/Munir.  Let’s be realistic.  CJ, Juan and Munir are shooters by nature.  That is all they know.  At any point they can launch it from deep.  The edge here goes to PT/Deceps because the last time we checked Juan and Munir held the 3pt winner trophy in the past two seasons.  Edge: PT/Deceps

Bench.

Due to the salary cap constraints both teams have limited bench but how can you not like the experience of Randy and Marlon?  Randy and Marlon both can hit timely shots and bring the calm demeanor needed down the stretch.  Primetime has Rahim who has shown some aggression and Moody who is the purest shooter on the team.  If it is Deceps, they have Moose and Zia who bring the rugged defense and occasional offense.  Edge: QUEENS FINEST

Prediction

The community sees this contest as a grind-it-out type in the first half.  In the second half it may remain physical and defensive minded if Primetime is the opponent.  If not, we expect scoring and open floor ball movement.  At the end the skill and chemistry of QF in each position will present a challenge for their opponent.  The community likes QF to continue with their excellent season and advance to the Finals.  Community predicts: QF 66, Opponent 60.

 

 

Playoff Previews Friday,Jan 15 2016


Well folks we have arrived to the much anticipated CBL post season. After a successful regular season under the new system, nine teams will take the court this week in hopes of advancing one step closer to the coveted Crescent Cup. This season, once again we witnessed fierce competition and parity on the court and above all, unmatched development of the brotherhood off the court. There were a number of feel good stories of brothers being there for each other during tough times and good times. Also, let’s not forget the members that volunteered their time to help their communities such as Kamil, Ali, Munir, and others. The Crescent brothers are known for their commitment and passion in helping people in need. Kudos to everyone.

On the court, it was Queens Finest who clinched first place on the last day of the regular season. The nine teams entering into the post season are separated by just a few games. Therefore, the field is wide open for anyone to take the Cup. We hope everyone enjoys the post season win or lose and most importantly stay safe. Thank you for your participation and good luck to all.

Post Season, Scoreboard – Preview Edition:

Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

Game 1:

8:05 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

January 14, 2016

PPs vs. ABs

(Wildcard Game)

These two teams will meet for the 3rd time. But this meeting is for survival of the wildcard. It is win or go home for these two talented teams. The winner will face TWSS after a short break in Rd 1 of the playoffs. This contest will be intense from the get-go. The PPs must find a way to stop Nick & Devaugn. This powerful duo is playing at a high level. They are known for their inside game & bruising their opponents. Meanwhile, the PPs make their money off the perimeter. Simply put, if the shots are not falling for the PPs, they will have to make adjustments & find points from elsewhere. That is where Omar & Arwin come in. The community sees the ABs prevailing as MVP candidate Dev is playing great team ball while their opponent seems to be lacking the intensity.

Score Prediction: 60-54 ABS -- RESULT: ABs Win!

Results/Recap:

Game 2:

9:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

January 14, 2016

WC Winner vs. TWSS

(Round 1, Game 1)

TWSS will have a huge edge in this game no matter who their opponent is. This is because their opponent would be playing game 2 of a back-to-back. If it is ABs, TWSS needs to realize that due to the fact they have a limited or no bench, it should present a better chance for a win. Therefore, they should press on defense and keep moving the ball on offense. If it is PPs, they too will be tired but their youth will present a challenge to TWSS. Especially Omar aka Man Beast. His strength, speed, and skill may present a challenge for the older TWSS guys. And let’s not forget the last time they met – PPs took it to them. The community feels the X factor will be Arwin for the PPs if they want to win. His versatile skillset (boards and perimeter shooting) could be a huge plus down the stretch.

Score Prediction: 61-57 TWSS. RESULT: TWSS Wins!

Results/Recap:

Game 3:

7:10 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

January 17, 2016

Primetime vs. Decepticons

(Round 1, Game 2)

The game between Primetime vs. Decepticons is being dubbed as the game of Rd 1 as both teams feature so many notable names. It would be a shame to see one of these teams get eliminated. But that’s CBL – one and done format. The game itself has so many interesting head-to-head matchups. Moe vs Moe, Shafiq vs Munir, Hamdy vs. Faisal, Wais vs. Maaz, and Juan vs. Shani. The huge edge for PT is Hamdy and Wais, their presence will be unmatched. Therefore, the obvious game plan for PT would be is to feed both of these the ball down low each time. If and when Deceps have that figured out, kick out to defending 3pt champ Juan & sharp shooter Shafiq at the perimeter. On Defense, PT has shown different looks such as the back court press, 2-3, or Box 1. The X factor for Decepticons is swift ball movement and find a way to get boards. The community sees this as a fast paced intense match-up with multiple lead changes and ties. The experience of the 3Ms should help stabilize the aforementioned edge PT has. However, the community sees PT inching out a win mainly due to the strong play of Wais.

Score Prediction: 52-49 primetime

Results/Recap:

Game 4:

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

January 17, 2015

Franchise vs. Queens Finest

(Round 1, Game 3)

Well QF wanted Franchise and now they got them. There is a saying in life, be careful what you wish for, you just may get it. This contest will come down to how Franchise handles the ball on offense. Simply put, the most important man will be LJ, as he is the only true point guard for Franchise. If he can find a way to get the ball to Andrei and Sami consistently, the Franchise will make a game of it. If not, it will be a long day for Franchise. The community sees captain Marlon focusing on Franchise’s point guards such as Kamil & LJ. If they are able to create easy turnovers & disrupt the passing lanes, look for a blow-out win for QF. Franchise may need to deploy Andrei as another ball handler to help with the offensive flow. The community sees Franchise keeping it close until the final minutes where the offensive rhythm of Femi, Tyrone, and Panjot will be too much to contain. Score Prediction: 57-50 queen’s finest

Results/Recap:

Game 5:

9:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

January 17, 2015

MMs vs. Imaan

(Round 1, Game 4)

The last game of Rd 1 will be between two very intense teams who play contrast style of bball. The MMs love to make an impression through hard nose defense & scoring on transition. Their opponent Imaan relies too much on reigning MVP Tariq and their perimeter shooting. Although, lately their defense isn’t too bad. The question is – will their Captain Zak be ready at tipoff? Ready meaning, can he hit the deep ball, can he be the No 1 ball handler? If the answer is yes to these questions, then Imaan will inch out a win because MMs just don’t have enough offense. On paper it looks like an even match-up. It may come down to how Mamoon and Arif play. The big court should help Imaan space out the floor with their shooters. The community expects this to be a half court type of battle with Imaan squeaking out a win mainly because MMs just won’t be able to match the offensive firepower of Imaan. However, one thing about MMs, is that because their defense is so lethal, they are never out of any contest. No lead is safe for their opponent.

Score Prediction: 52-50 Imaan

Results/Recap:

All-Star Weekend Recap Monday,Jan 11 2016


Congratulations to all the winners from All-Star Day:


3-pt Champion: Juan (PT) - winning in convincing fashion in the finals vs Sayem (TWSS)

Blue-Collar Game MVP:  Waqas C. (TWSS) 21 pts 12 reb. 14 assists

Elite Game MVP - Omar S. (PP)  24 pts 10 reb.

***Playoff News - As the #1 seed Marlon and Co. from Queens Finest selected Franchise as their first round opponent. 














Season 9 All-Stars Thursday,Jan 7 2016


Season 9 CBL 30 Elite All Stars – January 10 @ QHST @ 7pm:

East

West

Coach: Kamil

Coach: Ali

1-Kirk

1-Omar S

2-Maaz

2-Saffi

3-Munir

3-Sayem

4-Pending Final Vote

4-Devaughn

5-Junior

5-Raphael

6-Tyrone

6-Moe H

7-Femi

7-Wais

8- Tariq

8-Sajed

 

Season 9 CBL 30 Blue Collar All Stars – January 10 @ QHST @ 7pm:

East

West

1-CJ (Coach)

1-Yamah (Coach)

2-Marlon

2-Riz

3-Waqas

3-Razi

4-Asad

4-Shanni

5-Shak

5-Muzz

6- Amin

6- Kamil

7-Mike

7-Moody

 

 

 

3 Pt Contestants – January 10 @ QHST @ 7pm:

Player

Specialty

1-Moe B

Season 7 Champ

2-Munir

Defending Champ

3-Sayem

Multiple Time Champ

4-Juan

Multiple Time Champ

5-CJ

Sharp Shooter

6-Muzz

Clutch Shooter

7-Tariq

Best Big Man Shooter

8-TBD

 

Flex Time! Monday,Jan 4 2016


Flex Scoreboard – Preview Edition: 

Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Game 1:

11:00 pm @ QHST

WEDNESDAY

January 6, 2015

 

PPs vs. ABs

These two teams will kick of the flex schedule at QHST on a west coast time frame.  Based on current records, this game has very little meaning for ABs as they are destined for the wildcard game.  The PPs could possibly avoid the wildcard game depending on Decepticons game the next day.  So the PPs will have much more riding on this game.  The community expects a high scoring affair from two contrast offenses.  The PPs like to score from beyond the arc and the ABs like to score inside.  The X factor will be the play of Omar.  If you recall, the strong play of Omar has created challenges for the ABs defense in prior games.  Who can forget last season’s post season?  This contest we expect the game to be close due to the stingy defense of Andrew but the PPs will win at the end, as Omar S has the ABs number.        

Score Prediction: 59-55 PPs

 

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Game 2:

8:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

January 7, 2015

 

MMs vs. Primetime

Aaah, these two teams love to bring the intensity.  Our 2nd flex match-up may have playoff seeding implications but we all know it’s more for bragging rights.  The last time PT played MMs, the MMs were missing Kirk – which is why PT won.  We expect both teams at full squad for this one.  The game will be intense like nothing you ever seen.  The premier match-ups will showcase Hamdy vs. Kawasi, Moe vs Omar, Wais vs. Lamant, but who will stop Kirk Young?  Juan or Shafiq.  Whoever has that task, expect them to be drained out.  The community sees this as a low scoring match-up.  Even if PT take a double digit lead, we can assume no lead is safe with Kirk and Omar in the backcourt.   The experts envision MMs prevailing mainly due to the strong defense of Omar and Kirk on Moe H will paralyze PTs offense.  Score Prediction: 49-44 MMs

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Game 3:

9:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

January 7, 2015

 

Imaan vs. Decepticons

The game between Imaan vs Decepticons has many ramifications.  If Imaan wins, they likely clinch 3rd seed. If Deceps win, they avoid the wildcard.  Since Imaan defeated Munir and company last game, Imaan has been talking a lot led by MVP Tariq.  Privately you can bet that Munir and company have not forgotten and will use that as motivation for this game.  The video outside of RFK with Dev interviewing the gloating Tariq & Zak is constantly playing in Munir’s head.  A lot has changed for Decepts since then.  They won 3 of the last five and their role players are finally performing up to par – led by Shanni.  Therefore this contest will not be one-sided as you may think.  The community expects an intense back and forth battle with the 3Ms leading the charge.  At the end, the defense and bench of the Deceps will determine the winner.  The community sees Deceps pulling off an upset with Moe B hitting the game winner as time expires.   

Score Prediction: 55-54 deceps

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Game 4:

10:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

January 7, 2015

 

TWSS vs. Queens Finest

These two teams have never played for first-place before.  Well on this night, they will be playing for the rights to claim first place which means the winner can select their opponent for Rd 1.  Therefore expect all hands on deck and an exciting end to the flex schedule.  Coming into this contest, both teams are tied at 8-3.  According to CBL rules, the first order of tie-breaker is head-to-head.  Well after this game, we will have a unanimous winner by virtue of best record.  No need for a tie-breaker.  So let’s get to the match-up.  Last time it was CJ who nailed a 3 in the final seconds to win it in dramatic fashion over TWSS after a back and forth battle with multiple lead changes and ties.  This contest we can expect more of the same as both squads play with great team chemistry and high IQ.  The community can expect an intense battle with Femmi and Tyrone setting the tone early with their passing and defense.  Kore up the middle will present a major challenge for TWSS on the boards.  In order for TWSS to win this game, they must dominate the perimeter shooting.  If they decide to battle it out in the paint, it could be a rout.  Meanwhile, the QF needs to make things difficult for Saffi.  Otherwise, he could carry his team to a win as he has done in the past.  The community likes QF winning by 5 in a tightly contested battle.  Score Prediction: 50-45 queen’s finest

 

 

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Week 12 Previews Wednesday,Dec 16 2015


Week 12 Scoreboard – Preview Edition: 

Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Game 1:

9:00 pm @ QHST

December 16, 2015

 

TWSS vs. Bandits

At their last game, the Bandits were playing for their playoff lives and came through with a huge win over their nemesis ABs.  This contest vs. the TWSS team will be another win or go home match-up for Bandits.  One thing they have going for them is that TWSS does not play well vs. physical teams.  The Bandits with Junior Jonny & Riz can dominate the paint.  That will be a problem for TWSS.  Therefore, they need to spread the floor & nail their jumpers.  The keys to win for the TWSS are to hit their perimeter shots & not try to get into a paint battle.  Keys to win for the Bandits are to find scoring & limit the chucks.  PG Shukhan needs to stop with the ill-advised shots & set up the offensive spacing.  The community likes the Bandits in a nail-biter in a low scoring affair.  At the end of the day, Sayem, Saffi,& company are more of finesse type team & don’t match up well vs. the Bandits.      

Score Prediction: 44-43 bandits

 

 

Results/Recap:

 

 

Game 2:

10:00 pm @ QHST

December 16, 2015

 

Franchise vs. Queens Finest

Simply put, QF needs to win to maintain their own destiny if they want to clinch the all-important no. 1 seed. Their opponent in the Franchise will be a tough one as we see them putting up a nasty fight with the likes of Andre & Shak.  Let’s set the table.  One team is very organized & plays with excellent team chemistry led by MVP candidate Tyrone.  The other is trying to define their roles.  The key for QF is to not get rattled if they fall behind early.  Other than that, business as usual.  For Franchise it’s the ball movement.  Especially down the stretch.  We have seen it too many times where they make ill-advised passes & blow the game.  Community thinks QF will pull it out in OT. 

  Score Prediction: 54-51 QF

 

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Game 3:

11:00 pm @ QHST

December 16, 2015

 

Primetime vs. Decepticons

The west coast contest will be between Primetime & Decepticons.  Both teams have a lot at stake here.  PR wants to stay in contention for first place so they can dictate their own schedule & bracket.  The Decepticons are playing for their playoff lives as another loss could put them behind the 8-Ball.  We see this as an exciting back & forth battle with multiple lead changes, finesse plays, & great team play.  At the end the community predicts the Decepticons winning by 3.  The 3Ms will finally be in sync. 

Score Prediction: 55-50 deceps

 

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Game 4:

7:55 pm @ RFK

December 17, 2015

 

Primetime vs. Imaan

If you thought Wednesday’s games were intense.  Wait till you see Imaan & Primetime go at it.  Both teams have a strong dislike for each on the court.  And, there is a lot riding.  The loser could drop to the middle of the pack.  Therefore, we expect a great battle with physicality & intensity.  The x-factor will be Moe H & how he handles his team’s offense.  He must find a way to get Juan, Shafiq, & Hamdy involved.  Simply put, these 3 are under-achieving. Meanwhile, the Imaan really just need to show up.  Their chemistry is well established.  They need to continue to feed Tariq the ball.

Score Prediction: 49-46 imaan

 

 

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Game 5:

8:55 pm @ RFK

December 17, 2015

 

Autobots vs. Thunder

On paper it looks like an easy win for ABs.  However, with Captain Sajed in the top 5 scoring chart Thunder will always have a chance.  All they need to do is get Nadib & the rest of the guys to step up.  They won one game but they can beat anyone on any given night considering the talent.  However, we think the ABs will pummel Thunder& win by double digits.  Dev, Nick, Darwin too much to overcome for a weak defensive Thunder squad.    

Score Prediction: 57-48 abs

 

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Game 6:

9:55 pm @ RFK

December 17, 2015

 

PPs vs. Chargers

If I am the PPs, I am not assuming this will be an easy win as the Chargers are gaining momentum & confidence each week.  It is lucky for the league that the season is almost over because the Chargers have just started to gel.  This contest we expect the hot hand of Omar to lead the PPs to an important win but it won’t come easy as Raphael will get the ball in the hoop early & often.   

Score Prediction: 57-53 pps

 

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HADITH OF THE DAY
Hadith - January 2016

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "By the One in Whose Hand my soul is! If you do not commit sins, Allah would replace you with a people who would commit sins and seek forgiveness from Allah; and Allah will certainly forgive them."

Team Standings
Team Win Loss
Queens Finest 9 3
T.W.S.S. 8 4
Imaan 8 4
Primetime 8 4
Decepticons 7 5
MasterMinds 7 5
Franchise 7 5
Autobots 6 6
Imaan/TWSS 0 1
Priscilla Panthers 5 7
Bandits 3 8
Chargers 2 9
Thunder 1 10

Top Players
Team Name PPG
Chargers Rafael 29.56
Priscilla Panthers Omar 26.5
Imaan Tariq 21.09
T.W.S.S. Sayem 20.17
Decepticons Munir 18.25
Autobots Devaughn 18
Franchise Sami Rab 17.42

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