Drew Views: WEEK 4

Father’s Day weekend at the Drew League also happened to be the first 17-game schedule of the season. I was around for most of it, including Friday night’s tripleheader of beatdowns (all three games decided by more than 20 points) and Saturday’s offensive explosions (eight teams broke 80 points, while Clozers became first team all season to reach 100 points).

Unlike last summer, Father’s Day basketball was only at The Drew, so here’s a little of what went down on Sunday. I’m like the black Frank White, got some stories to tell:

N.W.A. and head coach Roland Jones are back in the Drew League this year. They’ve been a little shaky, but they had an impressive performance defensively against New Edition to bounce back from a Friday night loss to Ascension.

Now, I don’t know when it will happen, but N.W.A. will face Redemption at some point this season. I expect it to be a must-see matchup, at least for the coaches involved. Jones and 2016 Coach of the Year Keion Kindred used to work together on N.W.A., but now they have their own teams in the same division. Keep your eye on whenever this game does make the schedule.

Who are the MVP candidates this season? Who is the frontrunner? It was like sports entertainment when the Co-MVPs from 2016, Franklin Session and Patrick Rembert, caught up outside the locker room. Rembert just got back from overseas this past week.

Session has been the driving force behind an undefeated Birdie’s Revenge team this season. Birdie’s Revenge made a run in the playoffs and nearly knocked off BB4L in the Division Semis. With much of the same corps back, the team is even better – at least through four weeks. It appears that less of The Game actually in the game has been helpful…

Legacy lost three of their first four games of the season, but their 97-point performance vs. Ascension Sunday was bolstered by wing athletes DuShone Brown and Jarrell Tate. The young duo combined for 37 points and what seemed like countless dunks.

One of the best finishes of the season came between IE No Shnacks and LA LOOP. No Shnacks was carried by the season debut of Sean Marshall (game-high 31 points), but Marshall missed the front end of a 1-and-1 in the final minute, and LA LOOP’s Eric Williams took the carom and made a go-ahead layup. On the ensuing and final possession of the game, Williams’ on-ball defense on Marshall forced Marshall to give up the ball, and Pat Rembert punctuated his season debut with a rare block.

While Birdie’s Revenge continues to win, Houdini’s Problems has established themselves as the favorites, racing out to a 6-0 start. Antonio Biglow, Corey Allen, and Garrett Nevels had no problem with their rival from the 2014 championship C.O.A., as they combined to score 62 points on 20/27 shooting from the field (74.1 percent).

Perhaps the best Father’s Day moment was during Pandas’ win vs. Jaguars, as Ron Artest III received an alley from his father, Metta World Peace.

Finally, BB4L was one of eight teams that had to play multiple games in Week 4. Tim Johnson played his best game of the season Sunday, leading BB4L with 24 points while keeping ICEO winless.