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Week 10 Scoreboard - Updated 12/8 Games Friday,Dec 9 2016


 

Week 10

Game 1

7:45 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 8, 2016

 

Dark Knights vs. Blazers

Dark Knights will look to finally get back in action as they take on the Blazers who aren’t so hot as of late.  The community sees the Dark Knights taking care of business by attacking the basket led by Moe B and dominating the paint led by Hanny.  The Blazers play good ball for the first 25 mins but then just can’t seem to execute.  Will this be the week they finally execue and play defense for the entire game?  The community doesn’t think so as the Dark Knights have too many weapons combined with high IQ to lose this one.  Score Prediction: 65-52 Dark Knights

 

Results/Recap:

Aggressive put-backs and offensive rebounds by Zia helped DK take an early lead.  Surprisingly, Moe and Maaz missed many shots earlier on which opened up transition points for the Blazers led by Ron and Anson.  However, as the game progressed, the Blazers turned the ball over and played sloppy defense which resulted into easy buckets for DK.  Tanzeel nailed two big 3s to pad the lead and contributed to DKs 9pt win.    Final Score: DK 67, Blazers 58.

 

Week 10

Game 2

8:45 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 8, 2016

 

 

PPs vs. Maple Park

MP has all the talent but the attendance is just not there.  This means you Farhad.  Meanwhile, their opponent has done a superb job battling injuries and intangible issues.  Yes we are talking about the PPs.  But then again, when you have a D1 player it makes things that much easier to compete.  Azraf and his PPs teammates will look to run and gun over the depleted MP squad.  The community sees this as a laugher till the end with the PPs taking it to the MP often led by none other than Azraf.  The X factor will be to contain Azraf for MP.  If Captain Munir can find someone to do that, they a stunning upset is possible.  Score Prediction: 60-51 PPs

 

Results/Recap:

Sloppy and low scoring was the theme early on in this contest.  Munir made tough shots in the first half to keep the Maple Park ahead.  However, in the second half when Azraf arrived, his shooting and effective passing helped the PPs win another one.    Final Score: PPs 44, MP 38

 

Week 10

Game 3

9:45 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 8, 2016

 

YBD vs. Royals

The Royals will try to snap a losing streak that everyone dreads (winless for the season).  However, their opponent YBD doesn’t care as they too want start winning again after a tough loss last week to QF. The community sees this as a run and chuck contest with many uncontested shots as defense will be non-existent.  YBD has the younger legs -- so look for them to keep the metal on the pedal.  The Royals have more defensive minded guys that like to grind.  The X factor is if the Royals can play tight defense even for a half.  This means you Rafael?!   Nevertheless, the community envisions YBD winning it.  SCore Prediction: 64-55 ybd

 

Results/Recap:

With new additions on hand, the Royals battled hard against the YBD squad.  However, their lack of defense in the final frame did them in as Saffi, Ethisam, and company had too much firepower.  Final Score: YBD 70, Royals 66

 

Week 10

Game 4

7:20 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 11, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

OGz vs. Eagles

This is going to be a fun game as the guard match-up will be amazing to watch where Rahi/Kirk (OGz) vs Adam/Azal (Eagles) will square off.  The rest of the match-ups will favor OGz as the likes of Mir, Batista, etc is considered slightly better than Thomas, Waqas, and Ibrahim.  The community sees this as a physical contest with multiple lead changes and ties.  The ball movement will be a factor for the Eagles as the OGz defense is one of the best in the league.  On this night, they may need an additional shooter (e.g. Waqas, CJ, etc) to score from the paint to spread the floor because you can be certain Adam will be defended vigrously.  However, at the end it will be hard for the Eagles to overtake OGz.    Score Prediction: 55-49  OGz

 

Results/Recap:

Final Score:

 

Week 10

Game 5

8:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 10, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Mujahideen vs. Autobots

 

This contest we see it close in the first half but in the second half look for Mujahideen to spread the huge floor at QHST and put an offensive show for the fans.  Autobots have a balanced squad but due to injuries, they are a step slow.  The community sees the ABs playing tough but Usama, Kawasi, and Omar’s talent will be too much of a burden for ABs to handle.  But there is an X factor – it’s Nick staying out of foul trouble and playing tough defense on Kawasi to somewhat stabilize them.   Score Prediction: 65-59 Mujahideen

 

Results/Recap:

Final Score:

 

Week 10

Game 6

9:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 10, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Knights vs. Queens Finest

 

Queens Finest will look to improve on their perfect record thus far as they take on the talented Dark Knights who match up well against them.  With Hanny (and Hamdy) in the fold, the DK can now equalize the paint vs Corey and Lamant.  Throw in Moe B and Maaz the guards of QF will have a challenge on their hands.  The community sees this as the most intense game of the week with physical play and high drama.  We expect the scoring to be low as each shot will be contested.  The open floor opportunities will be limited as well because both teams play smart and don’t take low percentage shots.  The X factor will be the guards of QF – will they be able to hold their own vs. Moe and Maaz; especially with the restriction.  At the end, the community sees DK pull off a win in the final seconds in a thriller.  Score Prediction: 52-50 DK

 

Results/Recap:

Final Score:

Week 9 Scoreboard - Final Edition Monday,Dec 5 2016


 

Week 9

Game 1

8:30 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 1, 2016

 

Royals vs. Blazers

Two teams who are playing for their playoff lives will square off in a condensed schedule on Thursday.   On paper it seems the Royals have the edge with the great Bravo.  However, the Blazers seem to be playing with lots of energy but no team concept and as a result a poor record.  The community sees the Blazers pulling this out with the likes of Ansel and Jean playing smart down the stretch.  The X factor is Bravo for the Royals.  He is definitely the most talented man on the court.  Score Prediction: 64-48 blazers

 

Results/Recap:

By winning the rebounding game on offense and defense, Anson and Ron led the transition offense for the Blazers resulting in easy scoring opportunities for Kash and Nadeeb.  While Rafael, Jon, and Alfredo made a valiant effort, it is hard to play from behind all the time.

Final Score:  Blazers 76, Royals 58.

 

Week 9

Game 2

9:40 pm @ RFK

Thurs

Dec 1, 2016

 

 

OGz vs. ABs

Game 2 will be an intense game because it features Kamil’s team vs. Fahad’s team. Both teams have talented players.  Kamil’s team (OGz) is playing at a level which is hard to match.   There balanced squad plays excellent defense and can score with the best of them.  When in doubt feed it to Batista on offense.  On defense, just put Kirk on their PG and watch the transition points off steals or poor shots.  All of this will result into another win for Kamil’s team.   Score Prediction: 59-50 OGz

 

Results/Recap:

In an extremely physical and evenly contested first half, the ABs held their own due to strong defense which included creating turnovers and transition points led by Darwin and Nick.  However, in the second half, after Nick fouled out, the OGz went on an offensive blitz resulting from the swarming defense of Kirk and Rahi which created easy scoring chances for Mir, Batista, and Moe Hoque.  The dagger came when Mir Khan on back to back plays willed his way in the paint.

Final Score: OGz 54, ABs 48

 

Week 9

Game 3

7:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 04, 2016

 

Imaan vs. PPs

Finally.  The Defending Chumps...Champs, finally got a win last game against the lowly Blazers.  Was that more of a testament to the talent Imaan has or just how bad the Blazers are?  Who knows anymore with this team.  They get PP this week who is in a similar position and looking to lock up this win to better their chances at the playoffs.  PP is fueled by Azfar who is killing the league right now with his 24PPG.  Who is going to stop this young gun?  Muzz is shooting well to help but will the rest of the team step up?  Marc has usually found success against Imaan and we expect him to play well this time around.  Imaan hasn't played a game in almost 2 weeks so we'll be interested in seeing how they come out.  We figured out one thing though, when they move the ball and play as a team they win games.  We expect Tariq and Sy to come out firing but the win will depend on which version of Wais shows up.  We're thinking Imaan wants this more and will edge out a close win.  Score Prediction: 57-51 IMaan

 

Results/Recap:

On this night it was the Azfar show.  He scored 3pters, layups, set plays, free throws, etc.  And when he wasn’t scoring he set up Muzz and Hamza for easy scoring opportunities. On defense it was Marc who challenged Imaan’s offenders and held them down.  For Imaan it was another horrific effort on both sides of the court.  The only thing that stood out was their captain berating the refs and getting two techs and getting thrown out of the game.  

Final Score: PPs 70, Imaan 48

 

Week 9

Game 4

8:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 04, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

YBD vs. Queens Finest

This is going to be a super fun game to watch.  The young guns of YBD vs. the veterans of Queens Finest who are perfect thus far despite their restrictions. Both teams come in streaking.  The X factor will be how YBD can score in the paint.  With Corey in the house expect YBD to settle for jumpers or transition points.  That may be tough as Moe and Panajor are great defenders.  Both teams are built very similar in terms of organized play and chemistry, but we think YBD has a better offensive game and the X factor with their young legs.  The community things this will come down to the wire where YBD will win this game by the score of 66 - 65 on a last second 3 pointer from Ehtisham.   Score Prediction: 66-63  YBD

 

Results/Recap:

In a classic defensive low scoring battle where we saw multiple lead changes and ties, QF prevails again to remain undefeated. While Captain Saffi did a superb job with the rotations and keeping things close by having his guys play great defense and managing the ball on offense, QF just were slightly better led by Moe H’s great defense and timely free throws down the stretch to seal their 8th win-in-a-row.  Once again it was a complete team effort.  Will this team ever lose?

Final Score: QF 48, YBD 44

 

Week 9

Game 5

9:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Dec 04, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Eagles vs. Lights Out

 

This could be a really good game on paper, but let's be honest, outside of Elijah, we don't see Lights Out being able to compete with the Eagles.  Their backcourt is lethal right now with the addition of Azal and they are in a groove. Definitely a sleeper team that the rest of the league should be mindful of.  They have some talent and their chemistry can go a long way.  On the other end, Elijah is doing his best to keep Lights Out relevant but we think the struggles continue this week.  Should be a fun game to watch and we're expecting minimal defense and a ton of points, but in the end, the Eagles will get over .500 and inch closer to the playoffs. Score Prediction: 68-60  Eagles

 

Results/Recap:

Lights Out battled hard in this game.  The duo of Elijah and new comer Tayab kept the game close and it appeared the Lights Out would perhaps come away with a win.  However, the trio of Azal, Adam, and Ibrahim prevailed in the final 5 mins with clutch shots and aggressive defense to win their fourth-in-a-row.   For Lights Out, they have a legit star in Elijah, as he single-handedly carried his team for a large stretch to keep his team in it. 

Final Score: Eagles 69, Lights Out 57

Week 8 Scoreboard - Final Edition Monday,Nov 21 2016


 

Week 8

Game 1

7:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 20, 2016

 

OGz vs. PP

My what different seasons these two teams are having. The Ogz are built on veteran names and defensive grit. While the Panthers come in with youth in Azfar and team unity. The OGz are back to their winning ways and PP is heading in the opposite direction unable to close out games. It was sooner or later they ran into the higher ranked teams. Unfortunately, CBL does not feel sorry for anyone and this is why we see the OGz with their full squad packing the paint and giving the Panthers a night of misery. Unless Azfar gets help from his cast expect PP to stay on their losing streak.  Score Prediction: 64-48 OGz

 

Results/Recap:

Outstanding defense stimulated by Mir, Rahi, and Moe Hoques helped OGz jump to an early double digit lead.  The PPs fought back and tied it with solid defensive play of Marc and Azfar which created scoring opportunities for Muzz and Hamza.  However, in the second half Batista was featured and he delivered by making easy layups in the paint and opening up the floor for his mates which helped the OGz cruise to another win.

Final Score: OGz 53, PPs 35

 

Week 8

Game 2

8:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 20, 2016

 

Blazers vs. Imaan

Well this just might be what Imaan needed a team that is worse than them, one game worse. This is a must win game for Imaan because Mujahideen put the nails into the coffin but the Blazers might be the ones to throw the coffin of a season into the soil. The blazers put up a fight last week but could not hold it for two halves and so went the same for Imaan who were up by 15 at one point and got the game ripped out of their hands. This game will come down to who wants this win more and who can execute their offense better because names don’t mean a thing at this point. We expect Tariq to lead his team in the positive direction as he has the better personal. Its do or die for Imaan! No 3peat? More like get one win. Score Prediction: 59-52 ImaAn

 

Results/Recap:

In this contest it was Imaan who won it in a laugher.  While Anson, Kash, and Jean put up a valiant fight for the Blazers, it was not enough to contain Tariq’s triple double, Sayem’s 8 3s, and Wais’ aggressive overall play while achieving a double double in points and boards. 

Final Score: Imaan 73, Blazers 48

 

Week 8

Game 3

9:15 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 20, 2016

 

Lights Out vs. Queens finest

Another win and another week still undefeated and sitting at number 1. Qf took care of business against an energetic Blazers team that put up a fight but on that night Moe H and his offense woke up for 19pts and 7 assists as QF ran by the Blazers. This week comes in Lights out who were handed a sour loss by the OGz as they could not find their offense. We expect this game to be controlled by QF as they will look to pick point the weakness of Lights out and pounce on it. Lights out will compete as they are not walkovers. Look for Elijah to attack the basket and let off deep threes but in the end this may not be enough. Can his teammates help him? Something we have been asking all season. Team effort and passing by QF will keep them on the winning train!  Score Prediction: 62-56

 

Results/Recap:

QF played the ultimate team ball which created open shots for all the mates. Meanwhile, Moe H continues to show his worth by becoming a ‘cookie monster’ gathering rebounds and staying aggressive and converting layups in transition and put-backs on missed baskets, as well as post ups.  His co-pilot Panajor sprinkled in 27 pts while Femmi drain 3 3s to help the QF remain undefeated.  For the Lights Out, Elijah did all he can do but overall the QF is a hard team to defend over a 40 min period.

Final Score: QF 81, Lights Out 62

Week 7 - Scoreboard - Final Edition Monday,Nov 14 2016


Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Week 7 Game 1

 

8:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Nov 10, 2016

 

Maple Park vs. Autobots

 

Maple Park comes into this game hot off of Munir’s 4 three pointers and are looking to continue their winning ways. The big question is will their star Farhad show up? Will Mike P score the ball rather than fumble and bumble? They face the Autobots who are looking to erase the blowout they were handed by the DarkKnights. Will Rishi finally live up to the hype? In order for his game to flourish the Autobots must hit shots! Can anyone help Captain Fahad? We see the this as a sloppy happy go lucky shooting affair and it will be close until MP pulls away do to Munir’s hot shooting.  Score Prediction: 54-50 MP

 

Results/Recap:

Despite a full squad effort, the ABs could not put away Maple Park early.  Led by Munir’s stellar three pointer and aggressive rebounding by Mamoon and Khaled MP pushed ABs to the limit.  However, in the end, ABs finished the game strong with timely shooting by LJ an excellent free throw shooting.

Final Score: ABs 59, MP 50

 

Week 7

Game 2

9:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Nov 7, 2016

 

Imaan vs. Mujahideen

 

“Momma there goes that man” will be used this Thursday because we will have Usama and Sayem in the building and one will be putting on a show. The Mujahideen will be coming into this game well rested with all the momentum and positive outlook while Imaan is looking to be resurrected from the grave with some luck.  Can these guys save their season or will Usama and company put the nail in the coffin to Imaan’s dull season?  Expect a run and gun game with many threes taken but in the end Kawasi will be too much to handle. Imaan will look pretty in their jerseys but put to bed early.  There will be whining & pouting but no victory.  The only positive thing they will be talking about is that trades are allowed till Monday.  Score Prediction: 62-48 Mujahideen

 

Results/Recap:

Sloppy play and defiant attitudes prevailed in this contest.  With incessant complaints and disgruntled behavior towards each other and refs, both teams played subpar offense and defense.  Imaan had the early lead but Mujahideen came back with the help of Usama.  In the final minutes both teams were neck and neck but costly turnovers and errant shooting from Imaan resulted in a double digit win for Mujahideen.   

Final Score:  Mujahideen 53, Imaan 41

 

Week 7

Game 3

10:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Nov 10, 2016

 

PPs vs. YBD

 

Azfar vs YBD is how we see it because he is a one man show. Azfar is a prolific scorer as his stats state, getting to the line an average 7.5 times.  Last we saw, he lit up the Royals for 42pts but that may not happen playing a hot YBD team.  Saffi and Ali Ladak have this new franchise running like a well-oiled machine and boy are they prolific -- looking like the first time built GSW. Look for YBD to play as a complete team with Ethisam leading the way with a barrage of threes in what will be a close but fast pace contest. Hand down! Man down! Score Prediction: 56-53 YBD

 

Results/Recap:

 Propelled by super three-point shooting, team rebounding and efficient shot selection in the paint, YBD cruised to an early 20 pt lead with the Panthers struggling to find points.  But with complacency and lack of focus on the YBD part resulted into the Panthers storming back (led by Azfar and Awin) and significantly cutting into the lead and giving them a chance.  However, in the final minutes YBD hung on for dear life and won by a single point.

Final Score:  YBD 58, PPs 57

 

Week 7

Game 4

7:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 13, 2016

 

PPs vs. Eagles

Two games in two weeks for the panthers which may come back to haunt them. We see them coming out flat to start this game due to fatigue and frustration. The Eagles on the other hand are coming in off a huge win against the DarkKnights. We see the Eagles letting the three headed monster of Azal, Thomas and Adam loose and it will be a problem for the Panthers to contain. The guards will shut down Azfar which means Muzz must channel his inner Klay Thompson for the Panthers to have any hope at winning.    Score Prediction: 55-48 EAgles

 

Results/Recap:

The game started with an offensive explosion from both teams featuring Adam (Eagles), Muzz (PPs), and Azfar (PPs).  With help from their paint players such as Ibrahim and Thomas, the Eagles built a double digit lead and seemed destined to run them off the floor.  However, the sharp play of Kash and Muzz brought the PPs back to make the contest close.  However, in the end, Azal’s offensive floor leadership help the Eagles win going away.  Final Score: Eagles 64, PPs 56.

 

Week 7

Game 5

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 13, 2016

 

Blazers vs. Queens Finest

Here come the red hot men of QF vs the energetic Blazers. QF come in at 5-0 and looking to run the Blazers out the gym after manhandling the Ogz in their last matchup. With ball movement and stellar defense, it looks as QF should wrap this game up early Led by Moe H and Tyrone. The Blazers have been working hard on both sides of the court but just cannot hold on to finish the game – especially on defense. Are they missing a star? Or do the pieces just not fit? No matter the answer expect this game to be closer than you think as the Blazers 3 ball will keep them alive but come up short in the end.   Score Prediction: 57-52 QF

 

Results/Recap:

The Blazers played tough in the onset. Junior athleticism and high energy to the basket kept the Blazers relevant.  But, QFs motto was to pass, pass, pass, and pass.  Simply put they got everyone involved in all facets of the game and won comfortably by taking it up a notch in the second half.  With this win, Captain Marlon has the boys on the right track and still are perfect at 6-0.

Final Score:

 

Week 7

Game 6

9:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 13, 2016

 

Lights Out vs. OGz

The final matchup of week 7 will be between Lights out and OGz, uncle vs nephew, veteran vs rookie (Kamil vs Shaikh). The OGz are coming off a demoralizing loss and looking to wipe the floor with Lights Out but we don’t see that happening as Lights out come into this game off a solid win against the royals and finally have an identity. With Elijah hitting 3s from the other side of the court they may have a shot but here in CBL we aren’t KrackHead writers and that’s why we see Kirk, Mir, Rahi taking it to Lights Out and running away with the game. Sorry grasshopper but the ant (uncle) gets this win.  Score Prediction: 62-54 OGZ

 

Results/Recap:

Lights Out couldn't protect the ball, which led to transition layups and easy half-court offense (mainly off pick and roll). The likes of Mir, Rahi, Johnny Batista and Moe feasted at the rim and charity stripe.  On the flipside -- confusion, lack of execution and discipline forced Lights Out to play desperate and erratic. Frustration was their co-pilot. Khuraam and Elijah had their usual double-digit points and rebounds, but it held little to no impact on the game.

Final Score: OGz 57, Lights Out 41

 

Power Rankings - Week 6 Tuesday,Nov 8 2016


Power Rankings – Week 6

 

Rank

Team

Prior Rank

Explanation

1-

QF

2

They are 5-0 and the only remaining undefeated team and boy are they rolling. They take the top spot after annihilating Ogz who too were undefeated. Can this team remain undefeated in the regular season? They sure look the part. They are playing with passion, unity and trust and after not being labeled number one in these power rankings the last time around they made sure they took the spot by force. Captain Marlon looks to be the coach of the year if his team keeps this up.

2-

Mujahideen

6

These brothers are still on a winning streak, Usama has showed up and is lighting it up both on the court and the WhatsApp chatroom! Kawasi is playing both sides of the ball and man oh man is he looking superb. With the trio of Usama, Kawasi and Omar they look like a force that might not be stopped. They move because many teams have just moved down and we see this team obliterating their upcoming opponents in imaan. Brace yourselves for that fight!

3-

YBD

5

Is it youth? Is it Speed? Is it Saffi? Whatever the reason this team is gelling and clicking on all cylinders. YBD just appears to have the right pieces and right mindset, run-gun and win. Even with the addition of Shak who does increase their average age these fellas are taking it to teams and not shy to show it. As Ali Ladak not only brought the talk to his game vs Sayem and Imaan he brought his A game and they just couldn’t be stopped. Things might change for this team as their schedule shows that now is when they face the big boys of CBL. Sorry Imaan.

4-

OGz

1

Well there went their chance at remaining undefeated. In shocking fashion, QF blows out the OGz and gives them their first loss. With Mir missing they looked dull and boring is he the crucial piece? Captain Kamil brought out new jerseys and a new way to lose get scored on by every player. OGz are a defensive team that thrives off Kirk and Mir if those guys don’t get going this team looks like their offense is a no show. Can Kamil keep these men motivated and show up?

5-

Dark Knights

4

They played two games in one day and broke even. Not great but not bad. They lost to the Eagles short of Moe B their point guard but demolished a lack luster Autobots team. Was the Hanny trade worth it? This team is now 2 and 1 with the new addition and they stay at the 4 spot due to their lack luster loss to the Eagles. Farooq must be smiling knowing that he beat the man he labeled his franchise player!

6-

PP

7

2-1 with Azfar, two by weeks but they are 3-1 in their season.  Anything wrong? We don’t see it. With Arvin and the crew coming back this may only make them more dangerous then what they are. Azfar’s scoring ability and top notch speed is hard for any player to contain if he can get Muzz and the gang going they will only rise to the top. Expect this team to win it wont be pretty but they have the players to do it.

7-

Maple Park

8

No Farhad. No problem! Munir unloads the clip and takes down the Blazers to keep this team at .500 until there main man returns. They lost in the previous week to Imaan in which MP had three chances to win the game but untimely the turnovers hurt them. They have the players and veterans to win games but they just are unable to keep it together for a full 40.  Well they have gone up in the standings because their play has gotten better if they can get it going opponents beware. Their schedule gets tough for the coming weeks but watch for this team to bring its all. 

8-

Lights out

13

Boy oh Boy what a consistent roster and a volume shooter makes. Back to back wins and smiles is what you get. After finally adjusting his roster Shaikh has put the pieces of the puzzle together and it looks explosive. Can anyone stop the mean moving, feather stepping three-point sniper Elijah? He’s averaging 24.5 a game and taking the league by storm. Can they continue this streak? Can Elijah continue this prolific shooting?

9-

Eagles

10

Farooq does it again and I must say his IQ should never be questioned. After the loss to QF in which they were up the first half Farooq cuts Special K and signs the savvy veteran guard in Azal and a solid role player in Thomas. They have their three headed monster and it looks ferocious as they trampled all over the Dark Knights in what was a shocker. It could be a fluke but from what we saw they earned the right to move up and we see them holding on to their once shambled season. Farooq must keep the foot on the pedal.

10-

Autobots

3

Down and down they go to the 10-th spot. You can call me crazy for this but what are we watching? Do they care about winning? Do they come to compete or just to sweat? This team is very difficult to figure out they gave up veteran and scorer Bravo for Rishi who has not lived up to his hype or rating. They are 3-3 at this point in the season and rightful so. Fahad what’s going on? Does Dev need to make a comeback? They need to figure it out quick because getting blown out is not the Autobots way.

11-

Imaan

11

They are lucky that there are teams that are still worse than them as they get this 11th spot. They have the players to win games but it also appears they have the dysfunction of a family that is keeping them from winning. Arguing, looking for trades, missing open shots, and losing all things that we do not associate with the Imaan name. Can this season get any worse or more difficult? Oh yes they meet uncle Usama this week and it might be the dagger to their season if they can’t win. SOS  

12-

Blazers

12

They have shooters, shooters, shooters. Where is the rest of the skill? At 1-4 they need to figure things out quicker then the release of their jump shots. They have an explosive player in Anson which we believed should be used more but hey we aren’t on the floor. If they can figure out how to move the ball and get a strong handle on the ball they will move up in the standings and these power rankings. 

13-

Royals

9

Rafael can score as many points as he wants, no passing no defense equal no wins. Jon and the Royals are giving their all and with the addition of Bravo we expect them to get a win but the question is when? We overheard the bigs saying they need a point guard or someone who can facilitate the ball. Any Trades Jon? This may be the time!

Week 6 - 11/7/2016 Final Results Edition Monday,Nov 7 2016


Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Week 6 Game 1

 

8:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Nov 3, 2016

 

Eagles vs. Dark Knights

 

The Eagles showed some promise last week as they came up with a much needed win against the Royals. But then again, who hasn't beaten the Royals?  Does that speak more about the lowly Royals or the Eagles?  All we know is that the Eagles will have their hands full against DK this week.  Although they are adding Azal – point guard.  We can probably get into specifics and tell you all how the Eagles have a chance and blah blah blah. But let's be real. There is no chance that the Eagles even have a chance. DK are just too talented and big for the Eagles. DK is thirsty for blood after a tough loss against OGz and will look to make an example of the Eagles. Expecting a big game from Moe B unless Farooq can find an answer for him.  And we expect Hanny to be extra motivated after he heard his former team Eagles saying he lacks IQ.  Score Prediction: 68-44 dark knights

 

Results/Recap:

Boy the experts were wrong on this one.  The Eagles came out soaring and took it right to the heart of the Dark Knights defense.  The trio of Andrew, Azal, and Thomas guarded the perimeter, the paint, and grabbed every loose ball and then pushed it to the paint for easy transition baskets.  The phasing defense on Maaz and Hanny created havoc for the young duo.  Although Moe B didn’t arrive till the second half the solid defense of the Eagles and the smart offense ensured the DK would be in for a challenge.  With this win, the Eagles now improve to 2-3.  Let’s see if they can achieve the .500 mark.

Final Score: Eagles 55, Dark Knights 48

 

Week 6 Game 2

 

9:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Nov 3, 2016

 

Lights Out vs. Royals

 

Could this be the week the Royals get their first win of the season?  They did sign Bravo – who finally may have a permanent home.  Meanwhile, rumors have it that Rafael doesn't care much about winning at this point in the season as long as he wins the scoring title. The rest of the team, outside of Jon, hasn't been much help and sorely need a win.  If there is one guy who can try and keep Rafael in check it is going to be Elijah of Lights Out. The dude is big and his performance single handily gave AB a loss last week. Elijah can do a little bit of everything and with a supporting cast that is stepping up, this is a sleeper team for sure. The addition of Khurram is only going to cause problems for opposing teams and give them even more paint presence. Unfortunately for the Royals, the losing streak continues this week. Lights Out will simply be too talented for them to keep up. SCORE PREDICTION: 54-46 LIGHTS OUT

 

Results/Recap:

In an exciting back and forth battle between two lower standing teams, the Lights Out edged the Royals by 6 points mainly due to their effective offensive execution down the stretch.  The Royals had their man Bravo on the roster and although he was rusty, his presence presented a positive attitude for the Royals which will pay off in the future.  The game itself was filled with high energy and physical play.  Elijah was the main reason for Lights Out prevailing.  His versatile play and execution down the stretch sealed another win for Shaikh.

Final Score: Lights Out 57, Royals 51

 

Week 6 Game 3

 

10:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

Nov 3, 2016

 

Dark Knights vs. Autobots

Everyone knows playing two games in one night is tough. Captain Hamdy probably doesn't think much of their first game against the Eagles and doesn't see a problem facing ABs later that night. It could work in their favor though. They get the juices flowing and will be warm. ABs are coming off a tough two point loss against Lights Out and are looking to get back in the win column. Can they take advantage of a fatigued DK team?  We all know Fahad will take any opportunity to get a leg up on his opponent. So he is probably licking his fingers at the chance to take on a tired DK team.  We're excited to see the Rishi vs Maaz matchup. Two run and gun guards that make the game fun to watch.  Despite the talent, we don't think DK will have enough juice to win two in the same night. DK will drop this game and will have a record of 1-2 since acquiring Hanny. SCORE PREDICTION: 59-50 ABS

 

Results/Recap:

After a disappointing loss for Captain Hamdy’s Dark Knights vs the Eagles in game 1, the Dark Knights came out firing and destroyed the Autobots.  Hanny and Maz had their way all game by scoring at will.  Their floor general (M.B.) was present for this one and he made sure the offense did not stagnate.  They kept the pedal to the metal and finished off the ABs via mercy rule.   

Final Score:  Dark Knights 55, ABs 37.

 

Week 6

Game 4

7:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 6, 2016

 

OGz vs. Queens Finest

The first game on Sunday will be a real dandy.  QF vs. OGz are both undefeated and the cream of the crop so far in Season 11.  A likely preview of the finals has so many underlying story lines (e.g. Kamil vs Marlon, Moe H vs. Kirk).  But let’s focus on the overlying story lines: both teams play smart ball with high IQ; they both have a strong desire to win but go about it in a different way -- the OGz like to press and play very physical on defense – while QF goes about their business with very little fanfare but get the job done.  Captain Marlon has done a superb job keep team together and focused.  Moe H said “he is very happy with his team’s chemistry”.  The community sees this as high energy contest with multiple lead changes and ties.  The X factor will be how QF breaks away from the OGz guards?  If they can effectively move the rock, they have a chance.  However, we see Kamil’s team determined and focus this season.  It appears nothing can stop them.  Mir Khan, Kirk, Moe Hoque, Batista, Rahi = CHIP.    Score Prediction: 60-55 OGz

 

Results/Recap:

This game was over before it started.  QF came out blazing with crisp passes and open floor penetration.  1-7 they outclassed their opponent.  Although Mir Khan was not in attendance for the OGz, they just couldn’t get their offense and defense going.  The lead ballooned to 20 within minutes and basically that is where it remained until the game was called at 2 mins remaining in the 2nd half.  Marlon and Lamant were the unlikely heroes for QF who now improve to 5-0 and seem destined for another great regular season.

Final Score: QF 58, OGz 35

 

Week 6

Game 5

8:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 6, 2016

 

Blazers vs. Maple Park

Two teams who are searching for a win will tip off in the second game on Sunday.  MP needs Farhad to attend so he can get the paint presence required to succeed in this competitive season.  The Blazers need to play defense.  They are too much of a run and gun / one vs. 3 team.  Sure they score points but they can’t stop anyone either.  In fact, this may be a chuck fest with Munir, Junior, and Kashif launching shots from all angles.  Although we see the Blazers prevailing in a poorly executed game as MP will experience their own defensive lapses.  Score Prediction: 59-54 blazers

 

Results/Recap:

Led by Munir’s clutch three point shooting and aggressive offensive put-backs by Mike, Maple Park pulled a win over Blazers despite playing without Farhad.  The contest was close throughout as both teams played stingy defense.  The Blazers forced many turnovers (10 steals) but couldn't hold or retake the lead in the final few minutes.  Down the stretch, Mike’s paint presence and Munir’s guidance sealed the win for MP to snap their losing streak.

Final Score: MP 51, Blazers 47

 

Week 6

Game 6

9:00 pm @ QHST

SUNDAY

Nov 6, 2016

 

YBD vs. Imaan

The final matchup of week 6 will be between YBD and Imaan.  Luckily for the organizers Imaan won last week and therefore the community caught a break from their whining.  The whining may restart this week after they face the younger and motivated YBD team.  On paper it appears YBD is quicker, smarter, and hungrier.  Imaan has the experience plus a good leader in Zak but they just seem to slow on the offensive side to keep up with a team like YBD in such a big court. The key is for Imaan to make this into an half-court game and slow things down and try to grind out a win.  Perhaps Tariq needs to set the standard by getting in his teammates face. However, we just can’t see Saffi and company lose. Score Prediction: 56-51 YBD

 

Results/Recap:

Game 3 started out looking like two heavy weights throwing haymakers to knock out the opponent featuring a barrage of three point shots and intensive defense.  However, off of poor offensive execution from Imaan, led to simple transition offense from YBD with layups by the likes of Sami, Ali, Shah and Saffi.

By the 2nd half, the game had become a blow out where the final score did not do justice to highlight how lopsided the contest really was, all in favor of YBD.  Afterwards Imaan seemed deflated and searching for answers and even pondering trade options.  Suddenly the Community’s team has become a colossal disappointment.

Final Score: YBD 54, Imaan 39

Week 5 Scoreboard - Updated Edition Oct 31 Thursday,Oct 27 2016


Time

Match-Up

Previews, Predictions, Results

 

Week 5 Game 1

 

8:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

October 27, 2016

 

Maple Park vs. Imaan

 

Not sure where to start with this one.  This is one of the best whatsapp rivalries in CBL right now between two teams that are very familiar with one another.  They've all played together at one point in time on various teams but they face off this Thursday.  The defending champs are in a serious funk right now.  Word is that they are fat and out of shape.  Combined weight is through the roof.  Are they underperforming or has the league just improved?  They can't go 1-4 can they?  MP on the other hand is coming off a gut wrenching performance against YBD and are in a little bit of disarray themselves.  At 2-2, they are where we expected them to be though.  Word is that MP won't be at full strength this week and Imaan is looking to capitalize.  Call us crazy, but even with an undermanned MP team, we think this game will be a close one.  Somehow though, Imaan will win this game and it might be what they need to get back on the right path.  Tariq and Wais will look be tough to guard because MP is lacking a true rim protector. Munir will do what he can but can Shafiq finally step it up and play at the level we are accustomed to? Score Prediction: 57-52 imaan

 

Results/Recap:

Maple Park were missing Farhad but Munir and Mamoon made a game out of it with hard knocks defense and timely offense.  However, at the end due to poor execution by the MP Forward the game was lost.  All in all, the contest was relatively close throughout.  Imaan played sloppy and committed multiple turnovers either through poor passing or offensive fouls.  Constantly complaining to the refs doesn’t help.  Tariq scored 12 and Wais scored 10 to help their team win and snap a 3-game losing streak.  Imaan is stil alive.

Final Score:  Imaan 45, MP 42

 

Week 5

Game 2

9:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

October 27, 2016

 

Lights Out vs. Autobots

 

One thing is clear.  Elijah is a beast and one of the most dominant big men in the league.  The kicker though?  His supporting cast is MIA.  Sult and Rob have not been making consistent appearances and it has hurt the team.  We know that with a full squad this team looks great on paper.  ABs on the other hand have made some lineup changes are their new addition Rishi might be the best PG in the league.  He is super quick and sets his team up nicely.  Nick is having a career year right now and will look to match up with Elijah this game.  All that said, even with a full squad, we don't see Lights Out winning this one.  They will need some time to gel and the attendance issues will catch up to them.  If ABs continue to play as they have they will win this game easily.  The inside outside game will prove to be too much for Lights Out to handle.    Score Prediction: 62-49 Autobots

 

Results/Recap:

In a stunner the Lights Out squad finally settles on a roster and defeat the ABs in a nail biter.  The contest was physical with many lead changes and ties.  The ABs had no answer for big man Elijah who had his way in the paint and in the open court.  Elijah finished with 23pts and 9 rebounds while Special K scored double double.  After a tremendous steal by Rishi with under few secs remaining the ABs had a shot to win it at the buzzer but  Chris’ attempt was off.  Congratulations to Captain Shaikh for their first ever win.

Final Score: Lights Out 52, AB 50

 

Week 5

Game 3

10:00 pm @ RFK

THURSDAY

October 29, 2016

 

Dark Knights vs. OGz

 

The game of the night, if not the week.  Batista was traded from DK to OGz and we can sense the vengeance in his heart.  Rahi and Kirk can certainly keep up with Moe and Maaz so it is going to come down to the play of Hanny and Hamdy.  They have the size to keep Batista in check, but can they deliver on the offensive end?  They are hungry to get back in the win column after a tough loss against Muj.  This is going to be an absolute battle and we expect a packed house to watch these two powerhouses go at it.  They will battle at every single position but the Dark Knights do have the deeper team.  It will come down to who wants it more.  Every loose ball.  Every possession.  Every single play.  Both teams must play a flawless game in order to win.  Right now, we feel DK wants it more.  They have the talent, the chemistry and the will.  DK delivers OGz their first loss of the season in a back and forth game. Score Prediction: 65-63 Dark knights

 

Results/Recap:

With a packed house, the game of the week held up to the hype.  These two heavyweights went at it from the get-go.  It was clear that the OGz defense was going to focus on Maaz and Moe B.  And it was the combo of Kirk and Mir who dominated their area of the floor to ensure there was no comfortable shot.  The marque match-up of Hanny and Batista also held up as both guys scored 20 and 19 points respectively.  The turning point was when Hanny fouled out with 5 min remaining which enabled Batista to take advantage and make timely shots to seal the win for Kamil and Pops team.  All in all, the OGz had too many weapons to be held back.

Final Score: OGz 50, DK 42.

 

Week 5

Game 4

7:00 pm @ RFK

SATURDAY

Oct 29, 2016

 

PPs vs. Blazers

Jean will take on his former mates in the PPs.  Both teams come in with a lot of questions.  The Blazers have the offense but can someone tell Kashif to play D.  Meanwhile the PPs are struggling to find a consistent roster after the loss of Omar.  Could Azraf be that guy who sets his team in motion?  So far he has shown his offensive prowess.  But nothing else.  Needless to say, he must find a way to get his mates involved.  The community predicts a guard driven type of game this week between these two shoot first teams.  There will be a lot of jump shots and one vs. 5 penetrations.  Look for missed shots, chuck shots, and little to no passing.  At the end, we see the PPs prevailing mainly because of Azraf.  Score Prediction: 66-61 pps

 

Results/Recap:

In a sloppy battle the PPs paced ahead and held off the Blazers.  Muzz’s mates all contributed for another win.    

Final Score:  PPs 53, Blazers 44.

 

 

Week 5

Game 5

8:00 pm @ RFK

SATURDAY

Oct 29, 2016

 

 Royals vs. Eagles

Two winless teams who come in desperate for their first win.  They both are struggling to finalize their roster.   Eagles lost Hanny and really didn’t receive a full trade value. They did pick up Mike Bravo who should help fill the void.  There Royals generally have their core but due to the lack of team chemistry and cohesion, they just can’t seem to put together a whole 40 min of high quality ball.  This week we see two teams who will struggle to execute on offense but their defense will keep them in the game.  The battle will be close but at the end Rafael and the Royals will pull it out.  Score Prediction: 55-52 royals

 

Results/Recap:

The Eagles finally pick up their first win mainly due to a strong performance from the entire team.  Adam and Ibrahim were effective offensively while Andrew and Thomas played tight defense.  The Eagles were up most of the game and refused to let the Royals get any momentum.

Final Score:  Eagles 64, Roayls 44

 

Week 6

Game 6

9:00 pm @ RFK

SATURDAY

Oct 29, 2016

 

Mujahideen vs. YBD

The final matchup of week 5 will be between two teams who have been playing great team ball.  The Mujahideen and YBD both come in on multiple game winning streaks.  YBD are young and seem to be playing relaxed and getting everyone involved.  Their emotional leader Ali Ladak is guiding the young ones to win after win.  Could the trio of Ali, Saffi, and Assad be thinking about the glory days of TWSS when they won a chip?  Well before they day dream too much they need to get by Kawasi, Omar, and the great Usama (the baller).  This contest will be filled with oohs and aahs and will entice the fans.  The community just can’t see how Mujahideen will lose to YBD, as there is no answer for Kawasi.  The rest may cancel each other out but Kawasi outclasses everyone.  It will be interesting to see how Captain Saffi plans for this.  Score Prediction: 64-58 mujahideen

 

Results/Recap:

In the game of the night Mujahideen led by Usama held on for another win.  The contest was close where we witnessed both teams exchange leads and ties.  In the final minutes the YBD could not stop Usama.

Final Score:  Mujahideen 60, YBD 54,

Power Rankings - Week 4 Tuesday,Oct 25 2016


Power Rankings – Week 4

 

Rank

Team

Prior Rank

Explanation

1-

OGz

2

The backcourt of Rahi and Kirk are simply unstoppable.  And now they signed Batista!?  This team deserves to be No. 1 after another impressive week of winning.

2-

Queens Finest

4

Four games! Four wins!  They showed heart by coming back to defeat the revamped Eagles this past week after being down double digits.  Was Moe H the missing piece?  Captain Marlon is hoping this is the season.

3-

Autobots

3

When you drop Bravo for a guy named Superville, you can imagine how confident Captain Fahad is.   If anyone wants to know how good Superville is – just ask two-time champ Sayem.  The ABs are gearing for the chip.

4-

Dark Knights

1

They would have been ranked higher but their loss to Mujahideen in Week 3 brings them down a little.  However, with the recent acquisition of Hanny we see them staying in top 3 all season.  Well done Hammish!

5-

YBD

7

The team is starting to gel.  They just beat Maple Park and which now makes three wins in a row.  Time to take notice that Saffi may be onto something.  Could the possibility of a fourth chip in 5 seasons be an achievable goal?

6-

Mujahideen

11

Mujahideen jumps to top 6 because they are rolling in the right direction.  The likes of Kawasi, Usama, and Omar are playing great D and making it look easy along the way during the recent winning streak.

7-

PPs

13

The PPs have met the toughest of adversity and seem to gain some stability.   Their star went down and his replacement Azfar is starting to take the responsibility and lead the PPs.  They are 2-1 and will likely continue to get better.   The league misses you Omar Salama.

8-

Maple Park

6

Maple Park has to find consistency.  After winning two-in-a-row they lay an egg vs. the YBD and squander a chance to win mainly because of missed free throws and poor offensive management.  Captain Munir has the personnel on paper but guys like Shafiq and Mamoon need to step up. 

9-

Royals

9

Captain Jon is trying real hard to get a win for his club.  So far it has been a struggle as they just can’t seem to execute for a whole 40 minutes.  Despite their record, the team seems to be enjoying and getting close each week. 

10-

Eagles

8

The roster is in shambles after the Hanny trade fiasco.  We hear rumors that Waqas may step up as the main leader and make further changes to get the Eagles soaring.  Their effort vs QF in week 4 was great but they need to do it for the entire game. 

11-

Imaan

5

Forget about no repeat, the way they look and the competition, this team will be lucky if they can repeat a few regular season wins.   While T, Wais, and company seem a little under shape or over shape, the team has issues with offense and paint defense.  Boy Captain Zak has a lot of work to do.  And we don’t mean at Dunkin Donuts. 

12-

Blazers

10

They have the offense but it appears the defense is non-existent.  It’s ironic because Captain Jean is a former Defensive MVP.  Unless they turn on the D they will be the bottom dwellers. Can you hear us Kash?

13-

Lights Out

12

The Lights have been out thus far for Captain Shaikh and his mates.  They need to decide on a roster and stick with it.  There is a lot of season to play.

 
 

 

HADITH OF THE DAY
Hadith - October 2016

Prophet SWT Said "A person is upon the religion of his close friend, so beware whom you befriend' (At-tirmidi & Abu dawood)

Team Standings
Team Win Loss
Queens Finest 8 0
OGz 7 1
YBD 6 3
Mujahideen 4 2
Dark Knights 5 3
Priscilla Panthers 5 4
Eagles 4 3
Autobots 4 4
Maple Park 3 5
Imaan 3 6
Blazers 2 7
Lights Out 2 7
Royals 0 8

Top Players
Team Name PPG
Royals Rafael 28
Lights Out Elijah 25
Priscilla Panthers Azfar 24.88
Mujahideen Usama 23.4
22
Eagles Adam 21.57
Maple Park Farhad 19.33

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