Drew League Playoffs Preview: Christopher Baxter Division

The 2018 Drew League Playoffs are here.

Eight teams from each division—Jonathan Baxter and Christopher Baxter—will face off in a single elimination bracket this Friday and Saturday, with the second round continuing on Sunday. After that, only four teams will remain, to play in the semifinals and championship next weekend. This is it, do or die time. Remember: No Excuse, Just Produce.

Here’s the breakdown of the Christopher Baxter division matchups:

BB4L (#1) vs. Prodigy (#4)

Prodigy was blown out by 17 in the Drew League debut against BB4L, but that doesn’t mean they don’t at least theoretically stand a chance. Prodigy picked up some help at the point guard position late in the season from Jordan Mclaughlin, while Khalil Ahmad and Bryce Peters both turned in excellent games in the team’s wins. BB4L is the more experienced team (and arguably the more talented one), but anything can happy at the Drew. The victor will duke it out with whoever wins the 4/5 matchup.

MHP (#4) vs. Blazers (#5)

Get ready for an absolute shootout. Think ‘Deadwood’ or ‘The Magnificent Seven.’ Neither of these two teams is shy about slinging it from range and both have the personnel to make it a race to 100 points. While Blazers held the upper hand through most of their Week 9 matchup, MHP did the unthinkable by locking in on D (!) and coming from behind to take a five-point lead, scoring—you guessed it—100 to Blazers’ 95. Expect both teams to come out guns blazing and one to go down shooting. The winner gets the privilege of moving onto face the winner of the 1/8 matchup.

Nation Wide Souljas (#3) vs. Black Pearls Elite (#6)

When these two teams faced off in July, a shorthanded Nation Wide Soujas outgunned a sluggish Black Pearls Elite, but the complexion of both teams has changed since. The Pearls found a new gear, while the Souljas added some “big” components in the form of center Glen Davis and guard Cuttino Mobley. If they both show up, the Pearls will have to rely on their shooting way more than they have, which could be a good or bad thing depending on how their sometimes streaky shooters come to play. The 3/6 winner will square up with whoever wins the 2/7 matchup.

Problems (#2) vs. Pandas (#7)

Problems basically buried Pandas in their midseason matchup, but Pandas entered that matchup without their team captain Metta World Peace. Although Pandas have improved over last year’s squad with the additions of “Body Snatcher” Vince Camper and Robbie Robinson, they’ve never been able to develop a chemistry comparable to Problems’, who’ve played together in various incarnations for multiple seasons and seen centerpiece players like Garrett “G-Money” Nevels take tremendous leaps in this recent season. Will talent overshadow chemistry or will the Problems hive mind outlast the brawny bodies of Pandas? Whichever team emerges victorious will test their mettle against the winner of the 3/6 matchup.