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  Although they trailed for some of the first half, Lob City found their footing without Cody Crawford and ended up beating the Werewolves by 19 points. Four of their five players reached double figures. Greg Holt lead the way on triple-double watch with 27 points, eight boards and six assists. The problem with Lob City? Anyone can give it to you, on any given night. All of their players have the capability to completely take over a game, and their dominance has yet to be matched.



  The Halfway Crooks dominated the Alaskan Bull Worms this week with an iconic Jared Hanson performance, shooting 10-of-14 and sharing the scoring load with Dylan Lincoln, as the two combined for 43 points. Even without Brett Cody, the Halfway Crooks had five players in double-digit scoring, and their depth combined with their height proves them to be the best contender to compete with Lob City. They’ll get their chance in Week 5, matching up against the defending champs for the only time this regular season.



  The Swish Kabobs had their full squad back for their matchup against the Skyhookers and it certainly helped, as they came away with another close win. Multiple players reached double figures again, led by Tyler Barbosa’s 17 points and 11 rebounds. Their addition of Del Butler adds athleticism to their group of guards, and combined with the already talented Barbosa and Platt, Swish boasts one of the deepest backcourts in the league this season.



  After losing to Lob City last week, Boom-Shakalaka fumbled away another loss to the Boston Blazers. Although shorthanded, the players in attendance for Boom looked promising. Three of their four scored in double figures, and Marc Belleville led all scorers with 28 points. After Belleville’s performance, Boom showed that they boast somewhat of a four-headed monster between himself, Lucas Martin, Cole Ferguson, and Jeremy DiMicco. Nathan Volatile and DiMicco combined for 25 points and 24 rebounds on the night, and DiMicco has shown to be one of the better big men in the league. With Martin and Ferguson hopefully back next week, Boom will look to move back up in the rankings and assert themselves as the force they have been the last few seasons.



  The Boston Blazers took advantage of another big game from Corey Strickland and a shorthanded Boom-Shakalaka to take their second victory in a row this week by a large margin. Strickland followed his 30+ point game with 19 points and proved again to be a deadly mid-range shooter. His supporting cast, however, is why the Blazers are moving up this week. Four players had double figures, including 17 from Evan St. Pierre. The Blazers ran all over their opponent, getting good shots while playing at a high speed, and eventually brought themselves to .500 again after starting the season 0-2.



  Although they played Lob City tighter than anyone has this season, the Werewolves ultimately fell by 19 and dropped their third straight game since beating the Dujes Boys in Week 1. The loss of Dave Campbell to the Worcester State University Lancers hurts their offense, as he provided the much needed third option that Gino Forte and Brian Heston had been searching for the past few seasons. Heston and Forte still prove to be one of the deadliest duos in the league however, the Werewolves have already matched up against Boom-Shakalaka, the Swish Kabobs, and Lob City, losing to all three of them. The Werewolves are a talented squad, and boast great guard play and depth in the frontcourt. Don’t expect them to stay in the bottom half of the power rankings for long.



  The Skyhookers played a full Swish Kabobs team very tightly this week, falling by only 6 after heading into the fourth quarter tied. Brendan O’Donnell is one of the better guards in the league, leading the game with 23 points. He is joined by one of the bigger frontcourts to play in the Johnston Rec Center this winter, with Chase and Zach Almond. The Almond’s combined for 17 rebounds while Chase added 12 points, and Zachary Ward added 10 points while giving O’Donnell rest as the primary ball handler. Their only issue seems to be a lack of depth in the backcourt, and Swish Kabob’s abundance of guard talent easily took advantage of the Skyhookers this week, ending their quick two-game win streak.




  The Dujes Boys came away with their first victory this week, granted it was over the winless Pizza Rolls. Regardless, this team has shown improvements since their first two games, which ended in blowout losses to Lob City and the Werewolves. In this one, four players combined for double figures, including Aaron Avant, who led all scorers with 24 points. Perhaps the most impressive, however, was their defense. They forced 11 turnovers, 10 of them on steals, and only allowed 34 points. John Coutu added 13 points and 17 rebounds, while the team shut down Rocco Lombardi, who was averaging over 18 points per game heading into this week. What they lack in size, they make up for in speed, and the Dujes Boys have the toughest part of their schedule behind them heading forward.




  Since defeating the Pizza Rolls in Week 1, the Alaskan Bull Worms have suffered three straight losses, all by blowout fashion. After falling 95-37 to the Boston Blazers last week, the Bull Worms fell again to the Halfway Crooks, this time 85-58. Justin Simmons has been a consistent force this season, coming through again with 18 points, and Aaron Morrell continues to be a beast on the boards with 14 rebounds, but the Bull Worms lack the scoring depth that would boost them over other teams on the rankings. Simmons, Morrell, and Mace Evans have all had double-digit performances, but the team has not been able to combine the three for a win in their recent games.




  The Pizza Rolls dropped their fourth game to start the season, this time to the winless Dujes Boys. They struggled to find any consistency offensively, and the tempo their opponent played at led to several turnovers and fast break buckets against the Pizza Rolls. The team has struggled to find their rhythm offensively, with Rocco Lombardi and Benjamin Floyd alternating big performances. Their matchup against the Dujes Boys seemed to be one of their winnable games, after playing the Alaskan Bull Worms during Week 1. Should they find their groove, their next best chance at a win would come later in the season against either the Boston Blazers or the Werewolves.