Drew Views: Week 8

It’s getting hot on the court, and tensions are starting to build as the Drew League regular season enters the final quarter. Week 8 at the Drew had high-scoring teams and high-scoring players, and the ejection count continued to rage. This edition of Drew Views takes a look at some teams that had to play multiple times this weekend, as well as pros who are taking the opportunity to work on their craft this month…

Foot Print is one of the most undersized teams in the league this season, but they exhibit supreme skill on the perimeter. Marcus Williams has improved his production from his time with Citi Team Blazers, and he almost messed around and got a triple-double in a 100-94 Foot Print win vs. #Juglife.

Foot Print and New Edition were in the same wheelhouse this past weekend, winning on Saturday before taking a loss on Sunday. Ken Wright and Dion Wright helped New Edition recover from a 15-0 first quarter run by Reapers to win 80-65 on the front end of their back-to-back.

The Drew League isn’t an exhibition to just mess around. Many young pros have specific items to bring back to training camps. Two-year pro Delon Wright suited up for Hometown Favorites and did work inside and outside, showcasing an improved three-point shot in a win vs. Ascension.

Both Houdini’s Problems and Birdie’s Revenge stayed flawless as they prepare for their Week 9 showdown. While the whole world is familiar with the damage Franklin Session did to the Jaguars’ rim this past week, Houdini’s Problems had to come back from a 13-point second quarter deficit and survive a couple of last minute game-winning shot attempts to defeat LA LOOP.

The Bull Dogs may have mathematically eliminated EPX Spirit from playoff contention on Sunday morning behind a flurry of fourth quarter threes from Tyrone “50” Riley.

It was a bad weekend for LA LOOP. Less than 24 hours after blowing a 13-point lead to an undersized and undermanned Houdini’s Problems squad, LA LOOP blew a 15-point lead to a New Image team that only had one win going into the weekend. And to add insult to injury, LA LOOP was blown out and the game was called early after multiple ejections. New Image got a solid performance from young big man Conor Clifford, who found enough time to get a game-high 21 points on 12 shots.

While Foot Print was able to score enough to beat one 2016 Drew League championship game finalist, they were one shot short from knocking off the defending champions, BB4L. Andre Drummond dominated while managing five fouls, while Charles Jackson and Tim Johnson scored 20 points each in a 101-99 BB4L win over Foot Print. BB4L won despite Foot Print getting 38 points from Isaac Hamilton; Sunday’s win was much more challenging for Drummond and BB4L than their 104-64 Friday night win over free falling C.O.A.