By Eric Sidewater
The Brotherhood’s Russ Payton led the charge with 30 points and eight rebounds, with an effective 63 percent shooting from the field. The defending champions were without reigning-MVP Michael Davis, but they showed they still have a plethora of talent to make up for his absence.
The Brotherhood only had one other player in double digits. Derrick Davis chipped in 23 points and seven rebounds, and hit 4-of-5 three-pointers he attempted. His sharpshooting will be key if they want to repeat as champions.
Jibril Chisholm, a point guard for The Brotherhood, has a message for the league. “We are going to run-n-gun, [play] hella defense, and do more running,” Chisholm says. “Our message to the league is: “run it up.” That’s our slogan.”
On the other side, No Limit had some bright spots in the defeat. John Rullan and Howie Miller both shot 10-for-15 from the field. Rullan paced the No Limit offense with 26 points. Miller showed some good athleticism, and figures to be a key contributor for No Limit going forward.
No Limit actually outscored The Brotherhood in the second half, but their comeback fell just a little short. They can hope to improve by focusing effort on the glass, where they were outrebounded by The Brotherhood 31-18.
The Brotherhood face another new team, the Titans, next week at 8pm. The Titans suffered a loss this week to the Santorelli brothers’ squad, the Temptations.
No Limit will square off against newly-formed One Time at 9pm next Tuesday. One Time suffered a 10-point defeat this week at the hands of Acevedo’s squad, Sportslook.