The defending champs are back and made sure to pick up right where they left off after winning it all in the Summer 21 season. Lob City, led by captain Cody Crawford, took on the RI Warriors in the first game of the Summer 22 season and made it clear to the rest of the league they’re poised to go back-to-back.

They’re back and they mean business. Lob City returns all eight of the players who were on the team last Summer, and when their Week 1 game tipped off against the RI Warriors it was like this team picked up right where they left off. Lob City took care of business in Week 1, 134-82, sending a message to the rest of the league.

“The key to our team is unselfish play,” Crawford said after their game Monday night. “You can see it when you watch our team. Our bench is always celebrating whoever is playing.”

Lob City has won five of the six Legacy Leagues titles, each season led by Crawford. The captain made sure to mention how important it is that the team is so close knit, and that was evident on the court.

“Chemistry (is key),” Crawford said, “We got a bunch of guys who can put up numbers in bunches so it’s about playing the right way.”

Lob City did an amazing job playing as a team, as they led the league with 33 assists as a team in Week 1. The next closest team had 21.

Crawford had a great game himself with 24 points on 59 percent shooting and 12 rebounds to go along with six assists. Like he mentioned in his postgame interview, he didn’t have to do it alone.

Jose Mercado led the veteran squad with 39 points on an astonishing 83 percent from the field. Colin Burns had a game himself with 27 points and seven boards. Five of the eight players for Lob Coty managed to score in double figures and the other three took the role of playmaker averaging seven assists.

Despite the large margin of victory, Lob City did have trouble at times containing the RI Warriors’ Gian Avedisian.

“He’s a great player, he was getting to the rim and playing aggressive all game,” Crawford said. “We probably could have doubled him to get the ball out of his hands, but we had a lead we were comfortable with.”

Following a big win on Monday night, Lob City looks to keep their momentum dating back to last year with a matchup against Bogy Kicks. As for the RI Warriors, they will look to get their season on track with a game against Dujes Boys, who are another team that has won it all in the Legacy Leagues.

Lob City has already been dubbed the favorites to win it all after an impressive performance in Week 1. Crawford can be heard leading that narrative during his team’s games, letting everyone in the building know just how much he likes his team’s chances.

“I feel great, we got a great group of guys and we all love playing together. Go Lob City!” Crawford said.