No Limit keeps the number 1 spot in the power rankings this week after a 38-point victory over Shooters Shoot. This is one of the deepest teams in the league, and Tarell Vargas, Ronte Byrd, Eric Singleton, Shaquan Jackson, and Howie Miller all scored double digits this week. This team likes to run, making it hard for teams to keep up. It will take a team equally as talented as No Limit playing a full 40-minute game to compete with this squad.
The defending back-to-back champions are looking more and more like a championship-caliber team after a week 1 loss at the hands of the Temptations. The Monstars held off Goon Squad this week to get their second win thanks to huge performances by Reggie Stewart (31 points) and Kintwon Miles (24 points). Stewart added ten rebounds, setting up a Week 4 matchup against the undefeated Rim Breakers as a great test for both teams.
The Chasers fall from the no. 2 spot last week after the Blue Devils handed them their first loss of the season. Granted, Jerry and Diontay Washington missed the game, and The Chasers still played well enough to win. Jerome Baskin snatched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and other players stepped up, but it wasn’t quite enough. The Chasers look to get back on track next week against The Throne, who is coming off two-straight losses.
Even though Carmine Santorelli did not suit up for his team’s Week 3 game, the Temptations had no problem taking care of Semi Pro. The Temptations shot 63 percent from the field helping them move above .500 on the season. Nick Santorelli had 23 points, while Melquan Horton continued his stellar play with 21 points and 20 rebounds. Their matchup against a 2-1 Team Moose squad in Week 4 will be a good test.
The Rim Breakers exploded offensively for a huge second half against Blood, Sweat and Beers in Week 3, scoring 68 points after halftime to remain undefeated. This is an unselfish team who had 22 assists and scored 100 points.. Zeek Howard led the way, continuing to impress with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Rim Breakers faces their toughest test to date in Week 4, squaring off with the 2-time champion Monstars.
The Blue Devils handed The Chasers their first loss on the season in Week 3, in a game the Washington brothers missed for The Chasers. The Blue Devils play unselfishly and with a ton of energy, led by Mike Davis (23 points) who continues to put the ball in the hoop with ease. Destin Simmons also had a solid game with 17 points and seven rebounds. The Blue Devils look to make it three-straight wins when they take on a struggling Goon Squad team in Week 4.
This team is one of the most physical in the league, and used that to their advantage to defeat The Throne. The Flint Tropics made more free throws in what was a foul-ridden game both ways. Mike Bozzuto had 16 points and six boards, while Matt Cyr recorded a double double (14 points, 10 rebounds). The Flint Tropics will look to make it three-straight wins against a struggling Semi Pro team in Week 4.
The Throne played well, but suffered a disappointing loss this week against a red-hot Flint Tropics team. They didn’t play a bad game offensively or defensively, but seemingly couldn’t get into the right rhythm as a team to erase the deficit. Jason Hernandez (30 points) was on fire from beyond the arc, making 6-of-11 from deep. Joe Baccielo had a quiet night (13 points) and was hounded with defensive pressure from the opening tip. The Throne’s schedule doesn’t get any easier with The Chasers up next.
All the games Goon Squad plays have been close, even in losses. Their inability to play a complete game has hurt them, and the Monstars capitalized in Week 3. Starting and finishing strong will be key as the season progresses. Matt Marconi is looking like an early MVP candidate, dropping 32 points, 18 rebounds and five steals this past week. Marconi has shown he can do that consistently, but Goon Squad needs others to chip in starting in Week 4 when they take on the Blue Devils.
Team Moose got back to playing as a cohesive unit in Week 3, proving to be too much for Stranger Danger. Kevin Blake did it all for his team, posting 36 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Team Moose shot well from the floor (47 percent), and only committed four turnovers as a team. Team Moose will need another big game from Blake, and others to step up as they get ready to play the Temptations next week.
Stranger Danger fell this week to a Team Moose who had their way inside all night. Stranger Danger had trouble containing Kevin Blake, and didn’t make enough shots after the first quarter to ever really threaten Team Moose. This is a team that doesn’t turn the ball over much, which is positive going forward, but the defense needs to improve if they want to get back in the win column in Week 4 against a pesky Shooters Shoot squad.
An awful second half proved to be the difference in Week 3, as Blood Sweat and Beers fell to the undefeated Rim Breakers after being outscored 68-32 after halftime. Cody Dileonardo had a solid game (21 points, nine rebounds) and kept his team close on the scoreboard in the first half. Only making four threes won’t get it done for BS&B, who will need to shoot it much better when they take on No Limit in Week 4.
There was no quit in this Shooters Shoot team, but they were clearly outmatched against No LImit in Week 3. No Limit locked in on defense, full-court pressed and repeatedly turned their defense in offense. Luke Riccio had a stellar game, scoring 24 points while providing an outside scoring threat. Shooters Shoot will need a similar performance from Riccio if they want to get their first win on the season next week against Stranger Danger.
Scoring only 30 points as a team will make it hard to win no matter who the opponent is. Semi Pro got clobbered by the Temptations this week, and have had one of the toughest schedules so far this season. Jacob Caselli led the team in scoring with 11 points. More scoring will definitely be needed in Week 4, when Semi Pro will face off against a Flint Tropics team that is playing some of its best basketball of the season.