Lob City continued to roll this week, even after Darius Debnam went down in the first possession. They have four players that could put up a triple-double on any night, and they are a threat to reach triple figures as a team on any Tuesday night . They have scored the most points in the league, and whether it be through three-point shooting or highlight dunks, Lob City always gets it done. Cody Crawford has picked up where he left off from last season, and Michael Palumbo has been quietly one of the team’s better players. You wouldn’t want to bet against these guys anytime soon.
Although it was a close game, Boom-Shakalaka remained undefeated through Week 3. Nate Stichell continues to be one of the best pure scorers in the league, and Trevor DiMicco is extremely tough to defend in the paint. Add the sharp shooting of Lucas Martin and Matt Camara, and these guys are tough to defeat. While it’s only been three weeks, Boom-Shakalaka’s win streak looks like it’s here to stay for a long time, setting up a potential fun showdown against Lob City in Week 6.
While only playing with one reserve for the second-straight week, the Swish Kabobs were able to score 80 points and abused the rim, with help from Marquis Jones and Lane Ukura. Tyler Barbosa and Randy Butler did their thing again, both with double-doubles, and both of them seemingly scoring at will from anywhere. If they can limit the turnovers and play at this up-tempo pace all season, they could be a difficult team to stop.
The Werewolves looked both excellent and disastrous in one game, building up a twenty-plus point lead only to lose it in the final seven minutes. When they were on, they looked as if they could beat almost anyone. Gino Forte was lights out this week, with an efficient 27 points, and Brian Heston was a force on both sides of the ball, as usual. Throw Shaine Patrick in the mix, and these guys have one of the deadliest trios in the league. It will take time for them to mesh and figure out their new rotations, but their Week 3 win was a big one.
While the Halfway Crooks showed signs of brilliance this week against The Werewolves, they ultimately fell short, and playing without Dylan Lincoln hurt them. Newcomer John Slein adds size and range to the mix, and Jared Hanson may be one of the best pure point guards in the league. The near future looks bleak, with Lob City on the schedule for Week 4, but they’ll need time to work in some new players and build that team chemistry. The Halfway Crooks mix of shooting, defense and eventual chemistry is going to be tough to handle late in the season.
The Bucket Chasers continue to improve on the court, and they forced Boom-Shakalaka to play from behind this week. Sergio Dalomba and Henry Goncalves run a very tight backcourt, both defensively and offensively, and they have several scorers they can depend on. Four players scored in double-digits in Week 3, and three of them did it on less than ten shot attempts. Once this team blossoms and reaches its peak, the potential is through the roof. Having already played the top-two teams in the rankings, wins may be on the horizon.
Without Joey Coro, The Wild Hogs have really struggled to gain an inside presence through the first third of the season. Mike Bandieri was a bright spot this week, recording a triple-double through points, rebounds and steals. Sonny Guelce has shown flashes, and could be a star once he breaks out. After those two though, this team is going to struggle in Coro’s absence. With their big man back hopefully in Week 4, they could right the ship in a heartbeat and get out of the bottom portion of the rankings.
Shake N’ Bake hung with the best team in the league, granted it was briefly, but they showed signs that they were starting to figure out a way to pull themselves out of the cellar. They have height and athleticism in Dan Kennedy, who was able to put up 16 points with five blocks against Lob City in Week 3. Steve Petrozzi was dominant inside, and led the team with 22 points on 84.6 percent shooting. If the team can find a way to get either get more production from these two, or some help from the rest of the lineup, they could compete against the rest of the teams on their schedule.