Last year’s Legacy Leagues champions carried over their momentum into the fall season by beating a strong No Limit team. However, the six-point margin of victory was their smallest ever. The Brotherhood will have to continue to get contributions from all over during Michael Davis’ absence if they wish to remain atop our power rankings.
Our highest scoring team of the opening week, the Cereal Killers absolutely annihilated the Air Ballers, 87-29. Tyrhon Coward and Will Hudson combined for 50 of their team’s 87 points. However, with the easy match up against the Air Ballers, the Cereal Killers will have to prove they belong in this spot when they face the Temptations next week.
Any time you have the Legacy Leagues BTX Global Player of the Week on your team, good things are going to happen. Carmine Santorelli’s 30-point performance, alongside Erik Silva’s perfect night shooting (7-7) saw the Temptations coast to a 37-point win over the Titans. If the Temptations continue their strong play, we should consistently see them near the top of our rankings.
Much like last season, Sportslook would have to rely on Bryan Acevedo in Andrew Cavanagh’s absence, as the two can never seem to be on the court at the same time. Acevedo’s sharp shooting would give Sportslook a commanding 10-point victory over One Time. Expect last season’s runner up to climb the power rankings once Andrew Cavanagh returns to the starting lineup.
In their first game in the league, No Limit was narrowly edged by The Brotherhood, 86-80. Strong performances from John Rullan and Howie Miller kept the Brotherhood on edge. No Limit’s inspiring performance against the defending champs has them sitting at the five-spot, despite starting the fall season off with a loss.
Matt Marconi would shine for Goon Squad, pouring in 28 points in his team’s first game since joining the Legacy Leagues. Goon Squad would edge out a narrow 65-59 victory over Run TMC in week 1. If they continue to find consistent scoring, and maintain the high level of ball security they displayed in week 1, they should find themselves in the mix come playoffs.
Blood, Sweat & Beers
Despite a stellar season in the summer, Blood, Sweat & Beers came out a little sluggish against the Kekambas. BS&B would escape victorious, 57-52, despite only having one player score in double-digits. Defense was a key to BS&B’s victory, but they will have to find some more offensive production if they want to remain competitive with the teams atop this week’s rankings.
Shooting from the perimeter would be the achilles heel for Run TMC, a team that chucked up 28 shots from the behind the three-point line and saw only eight go down. Joey Zocco led the way with 13 points, and scoring would be consistent as Run TMC saw four players in double figures. If the shots start to fall for Run TMC, they have a good chance at finishing out close games down the road.
A matchup with last year’s runner-up Sportslook would prove too much for One Time in week 1. A breakout performance from Eric Rankin, accompanied with this week’s top play, would prove to be the team’s bright spot. They were another team that saw struggled from behind the arc, shooting an awful 22 percent. Shot selection will have to improve if One Time wants to climb the rankings.
As a new team, no one really knew what to expect from the Kekembas in week 1. That said, despite a loss to BS&B, the Kekeambas showed they could hang with one of the better teams in this league. They will have to make sure they stay fresh over the course of the season in order to hang with teams at the end of games.
The Titans squared off against a Temptations team that loved to run in transition. They struggled to find their footing in their first game in the Legacy Leagues. They must find more scoring going forward, as 46 points will rarely get the job done. The Titans might see their stock drop to the 12 spot if some changes aren’t made, given their tough matchup with The Brotherhood in week 2.
Not a whole lot went right for the Air Ballers in their opening game of the season. They only managed 29 points, which will hardly get the job done in this typically high-scoring league. Due to their lack of offense, in addition with the 87 points allowed to the Cereal Killers, the Air Ballers find themselves rounding out the bottom of this week’s power rankings.