By Tyler Krusz | Photo courtesy of Chase Lancaster

It’s the same old song and dance, my friend.

Lob City, the Summer 2018 defending champions, enjoyed a victory over the Boston Blazers on opening night, and it was in their usual fashion – a 97-50 blowout.

Victor Kashouh Jr. exploded for a game-high 31 points, and shot 72.2 percent from the field while pulling down 12 boards. He also racked up eight assists, six steals, and a block to go along with it. Greg Holt followed suit, with 28 of his own, 18 of them from deep, and six assists with six steals as well.

Besides Holt and Kashouh Jr., the other three player on the court for Lob City were newcomers, kind of. Joey Coro, a two-time All-Star from the Wild Hogs, pulled down an impressive 20 rebounds to go along with 12 points in his debut with the new team.

“When you’re not the only person who can score, it makes it a lot easier,” Coro said. “We had a good season last year, I think we won one game. Already doing better this year.”

Justin Tabis added 18 points in his Legacy Leagues debut, and Josh Smith had eight with some ferocious dunks.

It was hard to tell whether the defense or offense spoke louder for Lob City. They forced 19 turnovers, and held the Boston Blazers to just 50 points on 30.1 percent shooting from the field. It was a rough debut for the entire team, and going up against the defending champs is never an easy task.

Corey Strickland left with a double-double, leading his team with 13 points and 10 boards. Peter Vajabedian added 12 and Ade Bright contributed 10 points in what was a slow night for the entire Boston Blazers team offensively.

As for Lob City, they’re already in midseason form. Only twice last season did they reach that number on the scoreboard, and in those two games they scored well over 100 points.

“We’ve played here before, along with Joey,” Holt said. “We know how to get going in this league. It’s tough to adjust to, so we used that to our advantage.”

Lob City moves on to another new team in Week 2, when they play the Duje’s Boys. In their Legacy Leagues debut Wednesday night, Duje’s Boys lost to the Werewolves, 85-60.

As for the Boston Blazers, they look to rebound against the Swish Kabobs next week. The Swish Kabobs did not play in Week 1, but finished in third place last season.