Team Moose had another big win in the Game of the Week against Nickstrong. They are now 2-0 and have shown once again that they are one of the best teams in the league. Team Moose is consistently a team that doesn’t rely on a sole offensive force, but rather intense ball movement which contributed to their 18 assists against NickStrong. With their unselfishness, and team chemistry it will be tough to knock this team off. Be sure not to step on the tracks when Team Moose is rolling through.
Shocker City once again cruised to victory in their Week 2 matchup against Young Kings. The opposite of Team Moose, Shocker City is an offensive juggernaut registering five players in double figures in Week 2. Against the Young Kings, Shocker City was without former Legacy Leagues MVP Tarell Vargas, who has proved to be a consistent contributor to any team he graces. This is a very deep, talented, and experienced squad that every team hopes to avoid on a weekly basis. They look to move to 3-0 next week against the Rim Breakers.
Run TMC is a another very deep team who has a surplus of scorers. Will Hudson is coming off of his career night on Monday featuring his 1,000th point; and even his 39 points didn’t stop Reggie Stewart from snagging 20 of his own. In addition, we saw the debut of Kayjuan Bynum, who is the strong force that Run TMC seemed to be missing. This is a veteran team that easily has the tools to make a run for a championship. Run TMC looks to have a statement win against Nothing Easy in Week 3.
Despite a Week 1 loss to Team Moose this is a very exciting team led by the Langston’s, who combined for 25 points in Week 2. Despite being in a close battle, The Throne still found a way to win, which will be a common trend and they did so without Russ Payton, who has become a household name within Legacy Leagues over the past few seasons. The Throne looks to have all their pieces back next week as they face a struggling Blue Devils team.
The Rim Breakers knocked off a Sportslook team that only had four players, but showed some glimpses of dominance in this game. Keivon Turnbull leads this team averaging almost 25 points per game, and was good for 23 points against Sportslook. Chris Leak and Tevin Jones were also in double digits for the Rim Breakers. This team will be tested by powerhouse Shocker City in an exciting Week 3 matchup.
Nothing Easy had a heartbreaking loss in a Week 1 matchup against the Rim Breakers, but bounced back in a gritty win against the Blue Devils. Lead by Mike Slattery, Nothing Easy crashed the boards in dominant fashion, outrebounding the Blue Devils by 10 and only allowed three offensive rebounds. Nothing Easy looks to steal a win in Week 3 against Run TMC in a huge test for this returning team.
J’s, Treys, & Fadeaways is an exciting team to watch. Led by Joe Nemchek, averaging 22.5 points per game, they surprised everybody this week by hanging with The Throne but ended up falling short. This was largely in part due to the lack of production from Nemchek’s supporting cast. If he can get some help consistently, similar what was seen in Week 1, J’s, Treys, & Fadeaways could be a surprise contender by the end of the season. They get ready to face the Head Hunchos, who are coming off of their first win, and will need to beef up their defensive efforts to stop Brett Cody.
NickStrong is a very intriguing rookie team. We saw a dominant team in a Week 1 win against the Head Hunchos, but in the Game of the Week against Team Moose they looked like a completely different team. While they put up a solid number in the points column, they got smoked on the boards. Nickstrong will need to see another impressive outing from Michael Vessicchio next week against Sportslook to get this team back on track.
Sportslook once again only played with four guys in their Week 2 loss to the Rim Breakers. Despite only having four guys, they showed a lot of grit and competitiveness in the loss. John Zervos led his squad with a double-double, featuring 29 points and 11 rebounds. We have yet to see Sportslook veterans Nick Bacarella and Christian Allen. Once they can finally manage to get more than four guys at a game, this will not be an easy win for most teams.
You cannot fairly judge a team when they play Shocker City, but the Young Kings showed some potential. They proved that they can win with their victory over Above the Rim in Week 1. They possess strong driving talents with the likes of Dontae Abbate and Myles Raymond, who scored 23 points and 29 points in Week 2, respectively. However, Abbate and Raymond combined for three made shots from downtown. The Young Kings will undoubtedly need to learn to take care of the ball and hit consistently from three-point land if want to bounce back in Week 3 against a tough Team Moose squad.
Led by Brett Cody, the Head Hunchos had a big win against Above the Rim. This is an interesting team because they will go wherever Brett Cody can take them. Cody, one of the best scorers in the league, scored 27 points in Week 2 shooting 60 percent from beyond the arc. Keenan Carey and Danny Bartoli have also proved to be key contributors. However, the Head Hunchos will need to see Kevin Bott and Shamar Taylor have big nights next week to knock off Js Treys & Fadeaways and get above .500.
The Blue Devils are a team with potential to be competitive in most games. However, their toughest opponent has been themselves while they are struggling early on to find consistent chemistry. So far, this team has been lead by Matt Marconi who scored 18 points in Week 2. If the Blue Devils want to turn their season around, they have to let the offense run through Marconi. They also need to see increased production from Steven Echols. Although he tallied 13 points last week, he will need to be able to takeover a game when Marconi is not on the floor.
Dinner’s Served is off to a tough 0-2 start. They kept the game remotely close against J’s, Treys & Fadeaways in Week 1, but had the door shut in their face at the conclusion of the first quarter against Run TMC this past week. Over their first two matchups, they have yet to reach a 21 percent shooting from downtown. Dinner’s Served looks to find their first win next week against another team looking for a win in Above the Rim. Matt Terrasi leads this team averaging 20.5 points and will need more out of him to notch their first win.
Above the Rim find themselves in the basement of our power rankings after a loss to the Head Hunchos. They scored the least amount of points of any team in Week 1 with only 36 points and didn’t look to have any rhythm or chemistry. It has been hard to gauge individual performances through their first two matchups. While no one really stood out against the Young Kings, Shamar Knox dropped 21 points against the Head Hunchos. They will hope to bounce back and find a way to get it going against the Rim Breakers in Week 3.