DREW VIEWS: Drew League 101, The Crawsover 94

Los Angeles Southwest College hosted the West Coast showdown between The Crawsover from Seattle and the Drew League Wednesday night. It was also a battle between Adidas (The Crawsover) and Nike (The Drew). The Drew League defeated The Crawsover 101-94. Back in 2015, the Drew League took an L up in Seattle, and this rematch has been in the works ever since…

Jamal Crawford and Alvin Snow brought a roster to L.A. that included starters Abdul Gaddy, Mike James, Bobby Jones, Jacob Wiley, and Robert Upshaw, with reserves Justin Dentmon, Aaron Broussard, Josh Hawkinson, and Ryan Anderson:

LA LOOP and Redemption head coach Keion Kindred’s roster wasn’t finalized until game day. He went with Dorell Wright (Hometown Favorites), Bobby Brown (LAUNFD), Malcolm Thomas (Citi Team Blazers), Marvin Bagley (LAUNFD), and Marcus Williams (FootPrint) in the starting lineup, with Chuck Garcia (Redemption), Antonio Biglow (Houdini’s Problems), Franklin Session (Birdie’s Revenge), and Baron Davis (New Edition) off the bench:

The Crawsover got off to a fast 18-6 start in the first quarter. Jones made a couple of threes, Wiley was working the glass, and James got to wherever he wanted while running the offense. The Drew League went on a 10-2 run at one point, but by halftime, The Crawsover had their largest lead of the game at 51-38. James was threatening with a triple-double at halftime (12 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists), while Seattle had made 7-of-17 from three and 50.0 percent from the field overall, compared to only 2-of-12 from three and 36.4 percent shooting from The Drew in the first half.

The Drew League turned it around in the third quarter, going on a 13-2 run at one point and taking their first lead of the game. Brown led the way, scoring 14 of his 22 points while making 4-of-6 threes in the third quarter.

As has been the case for most of the regular season, Session came up big late in the game, scoring 16 of his team-high 28 points in the fourth quarter to help put The Crawsover away. Session got into it with James on the floor and Crawford on the bench, and he got the last words in by making the jumpers they dared him to shoot.

Bagley, the youngest player on the floor at 18 years old, dominated inside with 18 points and a game-high 20 rebounds. He was introduced last in starting lineups and dubbed “The Future of the Drew League” by Dino Smiley, and he lived up to the expectations in a big way.

With the game mostly in hand for the L.A. squad, Crawford engaged with the crowd, letting them know that they were lucky he didn’t play. Shortly afterward, The Voice of the Drew George Preciado started to roll back Crawford’s early years in L.A., with some assistance from Davis and Kindred.

We’ll see when (and where) the rubber match will be in this series.