Week 4 Preview

It’s almost been a month of basketball at the Drew and things were already heating up, but our first triple-header of 2019 almost burnt the gym down! You can blame Askia Booker,  the 25-year-old native was throwing fire from his hands for MHP to the tune of 43 points in their blowout win over L.O.S.

As if things weren’t already sweltering, Deontae North also caught flame late in All In’s Sunday matchup against a stunned Public Enemy, who took their first loss of the season in one of the wildest Sunday night games in recent memory. He hit five of eight threes as Stephaun Branch went supernova against his old team to shock the gym and secure All In’s fourth win of the season.

But that was in Week 3 and it’s now Week 4. It’s time to shake off those losses and take some of the hard-earned lessons into this weekend, whether those games were won or lost. The undefeated, newly swaggering No Shnacks will be looking to administer a similar whooping to Nationwide Blue Devils after beating up a sputtering Prodigy team that played from their heels all game, but the Blue Devils are all seasoned vets and professional scorers.

No Shnacks can’t repeat the mistakes of the Devils’ previous opponents by leaving Tre Williams open on the wing—he’s deadly from three, as is Marcus Williams. Slashing point guard Kwamere Gredic gives defenders fits as well and according to coach Roland Jones, this isn’t even their final form. Fortunately for No Shnacks, the IE team’s new addition, LaMelo Ball, has been the perfect complement to their tag team of Marvelle Harris and Sean Marshall, and with the return of Eli Scott, No Shnacks looks more complete than ever. Don’t miss that game Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Sunday’s matinee matchup of Black Pearl Elite and MHP is going to be an unmissable showdown as well. Black Pearl has a balanced, gritty attack thanks to a core of calm scorers that includes Stephan-Michael Shepherd, Dejon Prejean, Dion Wright, and P’Allen Stinnett. None of their players are very flashy, but you’ll look up and DeDe Smoove will have quietly scored a dozen, while Dion has post moved your center to death to the tune of 20 and 8. MHP, on the other hand, are the definition of flashy—even when their leader, Swaggy P himself, Nick Young, doesn’t even suit up.

Newcomer Askia Booker has lit up the scoreboard all by himself, scoring 30-plus point totals in each of their last three games while earning himself his very own theme song. His fellow long bombers Stephon Dafney and Rolo Nuñez help him give Victor Rudd and DJ Shelton plenty of room to maneuver on the inside. Be in the gym at 2:30 for that one.

 

Saturday 6/22/19

10:30 a.m. – I-Can All-Stars vs. Reapers Black Ops

11:45 a.m. – Public Enemy vs. Panthers

1:15 p.m. – Tuff Crowd vs. Hometown Favorites

2:30 p.m. – Nationwide Blue Devils vs. No Shnacks

4:00 p.m. – CABC So Cal vs. Prodigy

5:15 p.m. – Jaguars vs. Team Watson

 

Sunday 6-23-19

10:30 a.m. – Pandas vs. Problems

11:45 a.m. – L.O.S vs. YoungCiti

1:15 p.m. – Optimus vs. Baxter’s Legacy

2:30 p.m. – MHP vs. Black Pearl Elite

4:00 p.m. – Redemption vs. CitiTeam Blazers

5:15 p.m. – BB4L vs. All In

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