The Alliance was shorthanded this past week against Big Baller Brand, but it didn’t affect them as they coasted towards yet another win to remain undefeated. They’re unselfishness was on full display, as all four of their players scored in double digits and everyone had at least eight assists. Victor Kashouh, Jr recorded a triple-double in the win (29 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds). Max Matroni dropped a very efficient 53 points in Week 7, and The Alliance clinched the top overall seed in the upcoming playoffs with this win
With the no. two-seed on the line, Boom-Shakalaka made a statement in their blowout win over the also 4-2 Halfway Crooks. The presence of Trevor DiMicco was a huge factor in this game. DiMicco has the ability to make tough shots while attacking the basket, and also has the vision to find open shooters like Matt Camara, Lucas Martin and Marc Belleville when the defense collapses. Their fast and physical style of play make them a tough match up, especially when they’re shooting nearly 45 percent from behind the arc like they did in their Week 7 win that locked up a bye in the upcoming playoffs.
Slow starts have been the story of the Halfway Crooks season, and a five-point first quarter was too much to overcome against Boom-Shakalaka in Week 7. They’ll need someone to step up as a consistent third scorer or secondary playmaker to help on the offensive end. With the two-seed out of the picture, a win in their next game against the Werewolves will secure the three-seed in the playoffs. A loss could drop them to fourth, so curing those scoring woes must start in Week 8.
The Werewolves got a good win this past week against a Skyhookers team that has been playing some of their best basketball to date. Brian Heston’s defense on Brendan O’Donnell was the key, as he tallied a total of seven steals and was an absolute pest. Gino Forte’s playmaking was also crucial for this team to snap their three-game losing streak. The Werewolves will look to carry this momentum into a big Week 8 matchup against the Halfway Crooks with the three-seed still up for grabs.
The Skyhookers were shorthanded this past week, but still put up a good battle in their rematch against the Werewolves. Brendan O’Donnell did what he has done all season, working the two-man pick-and-roll game with Kevin Redmond to create offense. Redmond was able to control the glass and set up his teammates very well, nearly recording a triple-double (13 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists). The Skyhookers will need a win versus The Alliance and a Werewolves loss to try to steal the fourth seed by a tiebreaker. More likely than not, they will be the five-seed, playing either the Werewolves or the Halfway Crooks in their first playoff game.
It was not an ideal matchup for Big Baller Brand this past week, trying to get their first win against the undefeated Alliance. Big Baller Brand committed 21 turnovers which didn’t help their cause. It will be hard for them to find a secondary ball handler at this point in the season, but making more threes will be key when they take on Boom-Shakalaka in their final regular season game. Locked in as the six-seed, they will take on either the Halfway Crooks or the Werewolves in their first playoff game.