Drew Views: WEEK 7

The post-holiday, dog days of summer are here. But Week 7 at the Drew League wasn’t just about pro All-Stars chucking rocks at referees while giving up another 100 points. This edition of Drew Views takes a look at a team that finally won, a team that won’t lose, and a team that appears to be getting hot at the right time…

I.E. No Shnacks got off to another bad start at The Drew this season. Outside of their groundbreaking win vs. BB4L in week 2, No Shnacks’ inconsistent play, especially late in games, had them flailing at 1-4. But René Rougeau has been a bright spot, and he continued his strong play Saturday in a win vs. Pandas.

No Shnacks came back on Sunday for the second half of a back-to-back. Sean Marshall explained following the Saturday win that the team needed to keep the winning streak going due to some upcoming key absences (mostly TBT related). But Marshall also felt like his team had already played some of the top competition in the Hank Salvatori division. No Shnacks built a 14-point halftime lead Sunday against a struggling C.O.A. team, but C.O.A. got a 28-point performance from pro Trey Burke. After Marshall split a pair of free throws, C.O.A. had a chance to steal one in the final seconds, but they failed to get a clean look. No Shnacks is now on a four-game win streak.

It can be hard to keep bringing a team to The Drew week in and week out after taking loss after loss. Dating back to last season, ICEO was on a 15-game losing streak entering Week 7’s matchup with LA LOOP. But ICEO had a meaningful size advantage against Pat Rembert and Eric Williams’ squad, outrebounding them 47-26. ICEO also got a strong performance from Charles Hinkle, who helped lead the upset with a game-high 26 points. All 26 teams have now won at least one game this season.

Not every team has lost, though. We tend to define teams and matchups too often by who is not playing instead of focusing on who is on the floor. Sure, Houdini’s Problems were shorthanded Sunday against the Jaguars: No DeShawn Stephens or Corey Allen, Garrett Nevels was out with a thumb injury, and even coach Allen Caveness was absent. But it sure helps to have Antonio Biglow, who put up a 15/10/15 triple-double to lead Houdini’s Problems to 9-0.

Now, while Houdini’s Problems is undefeated, Birdie’s Revenge is also 8-0. And 2016 co-MVP Franklin Session looks like an even heavier favorite to win the award outright in 2017. Houdini’s Problems and Birdie’s Revenge will meet at some point during the regular season since they’re both in the Salvatori division, and coach Mark Caudillo and Biglow are more concerned about building a championship team than they are about any individual awards – or other teams.

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