Fresh off the trade, Bobby Colorado and Andre Xavier showed both teams why the trade was a win-win, but it was What’s Luv that got the win in the end. It was a competitive game throughout and the closest margin of victory for the undefeated What’s Luv squad. It was a team effort for What’s Luv with Andre McDonald adding a double-double of 16-11, Brandon Chase also leading the team with 16, Jacobs with 12, Thomas with 10-9 and Andre Xavier with 14 rebounds, 5 assists and a big three pointer in his What’s Luv debut. For SWISH, it’s an encouraging game dsepite the loss. The acquisiton of Bobby Colorado gives them some much needed offense with 23 in is debut. Definitely a few things can use improvement like their field goal shooting (22/65) and protecting the defensive glass.
Box Out finally gets their first W with a 13 point win over The Investment Academy. Both teams shorthanded in this one so you’ve got to get everything possible from every player you’ve got. Cham Sangar who entered the game averaging 8.2 PPG went off for 30 points including 4/5 from long range. D’Andre Hospedales nearly had a triple-double with 23-12-8-4, Rahul De’Golder added 14-4-6 and Paolo Vergara with a double-double with 12-12. The Investment Academy got some good production from their roster with Trevor Mann going for 19-12-6-4 and 17 from Moodie and 15 from Edwards but not enough to get the victory. A difference in the game was Box Out’s ability to get to the line and Box Out’s defense, picking up 14 steals compared to 6.
The lefty assassins (Norm, Harv, Ahsan) were not able to find their rhythm offensively and as a result, their squad fell behind early in the first half. Unruly's ball movement set the tone early on, which led to a balance attack and they were able to maintain a steady lead going into halftime. In the second half, Grind Time Coach Aaron Martin must have said something motivating during halftime as his team came out with a new sense of purpose and were able to disrupt Unruly's offensive attack. Coach Nima adjusted and he inserted Milad Gulam into the game and he went lights out hitting 4 treys in a row. With the momentum back into Unruly's favor, the veterans of the squad closed it out and never turned back. Grind Time defense was questionable and there’s areas to improve when it comes to ball movement. Unruly had 19 dimes compared to only 12 for Grind Time and Unruly did an excellent job getting to the line and making their free throws. They also shot the 3 with far greater efficiency at 47% compared to 37% for Grind Time. Jeff Asiamah with a team best 14, Cruz and Bendahan added 13, Gulam with 12 and Bongolan with 9-7 on only 2 field goal attempts. Penola and Harvey led Grind Time with 17 and Mahmood with 12, but no other player scored more than 4 points.
Grind Time has now lost 2 in a row while Unruly picks up their 4th straight W.