Vancouver, B.C. - Week 4 of the Vancouver Metro Basketball League™ was another one for the books. Check out the full game recaps below as we pass the half way mark of the season. For the FULL WEEK 4 PHOTO ALBUM head to the Vancouver Metro Basketball League™ Facebook Page.
Oscar game out of the gate with early fire for los Agaveros with a quick lead of 11-7 over the Stallions. Prince "Pretty in Pink" Carino shot back with some quick offence and gobbled up 2 free points off Taylor's Technical foul to tie the game 14-14. A surge for the Stallions with big post plays from Mark and Dusty to nearly double their points while getting stops on D. Roger was back in action after a family vacation, but need a few rolls around the rim before dropping and hit 3/4 in the first half taking Stallions to 42-34 over los Agaveros. Oscar once again started off hot to try and stop the Stallions from galloping away with the game, but a great team effort and extra hustle from Daryll (2 blocks) and Jeff kept Stallions energy going. Despite the big lead, Pepe and Prince kept it interesting with a good physical matchup and huge rebounds by Stallions Ray kept Stallions ahead. All those rebounds got to Ray's head and he got brave to launch a 3 from about 6 feet beyond the arc; ending the game with a "OH, that's off!" Stallions run away with the game 72-47.
Abraham - Agaveros (17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals)
Oscar - Agaveros (16 points, 1 rebound)
Roger - Stallions (22 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal)
Prince - Stallions (17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal)
Ray - Stallions (2 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals)
Written by: Chrissy Benz
Jamal proclaimed this a "game of threes" right off the bat and it was - 25 three's were hit this game and everyone got in on the action. For the poor soul who ventured into the paint has his shot swat blocked away by Prince. A circus mover by Ahmed it to get the Huskies within 4 with 2 minutes remaining. The pressure by Huskies continued with a breakaway by Jamal, offensive board and outback by Magnues, then Prince nails a 3 to take the lead and forced JATT to take a timeout with less than a minute in the half. 2 giant blocks by Magnus to hold JATT off, but JD smartly takes a charge to stop the bleeding and Huskies finish the half with a 3 point lead (35-32). The second half starts as a 3-point duel between JD and Jacob, but it's a draw at 44-44. Finally JATT exploits their size advantage by putting Sukhman in the paint and they pull ahead 51-48. With excellent coaching by Bobby, Karn sweeps up all the rebounds by using 2 HANDS and JD completes a 3 point play and suddenly JATT extends to a 17 point lead. Sukhman gets a hard foul, but nails the 3 anyways. He misses the FT, but nabs the rebound and another foul and lands back at the FT line (10/14). JATT ends the night with 78 over Huskies valiant effort of 63.
Sukhman - JATT (31 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks)
JD - JATT (22 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist)
Karn - JATT (12 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist)
Prince - Huskies (22 points, 2 rebounds)
Jacob - Huskies (14 points)
Ahmed - Huskies (6 points, 10 rebounds)
Written by: Chrissy Benz
With Tyrone coming off a 43-point performance last week, we wondered if he could possibly bring the same firepower again his week. Things were looking easy for All Trouble until Niko entered the game to slide into 9 quick points. Tyrone hit a quiet 18 points, but the first half belonged to South Slope with 37 over All Trouble's 30 at the half. Colton (All Trouble) was determined to bring his team back from the brink with a big drive through the lane . . . and 1. But Colton spent too much arm strength on a big flex to his bench that he couldn't convert the extra point. However, his squad must have been inspired by his guns that they came back firing and got within three points when Ahmed leapt up for a big block only to be whistled down for a goaltend. All Trouble was pumped and Tyrone steals the lead by nailing a nasty 3 right on Gary's head. Teams are trading good plays: Ahmed snaps up rebounds at both ends, Gary hits back to back jumpers to stay within 1 point of All Trouble. The game is tied at 57-57 with 10 minutes left, but Tyrone hits some clutch FTs (14/15 on the night). All Trouble pulls away with some clutch hustle plays by Bo through the waning final minutes and they hang on to get the W 74-72 despite Nico nabbing 27 points for South Slope.
Nico - South Slope (27 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals)
Mindy - South Slope (12 points, 6 rebounds)
Tyrone - All Trouble (35 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal)
Petea - All Trouble (15 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals)
Written by: Chrissy Benz
Game 1: Rice Farmers vs Crazy Pig
Week 4 tipped off with the battle at court 5 in between Rice farmers vs Crazy pig, Farmers started the game shorthanded but with a solid team effort they stared the game with a 8-0. Crazy pigs battled their way back in with a good performance from Jackson shooting well from behind the 3-point line. The score at the half was 40 – 32 for the Framers.
Crazy pigs started the second half with a great effort on the defensive end and creating buckets at the other end they started the half with a 9 – 0 run to take the lead. Both teams played a really great half keeping it a close game. Cole had a solid effort for the rice farmers tying the game with 3 minutes top go. Zack had one clutch ft to end the game. Giving 71 – 70 score for the Rice farmers.
Written by: George Hernandez
The Buddy Guys would use a huge second half to steal a game against Nothin’ But Netflix. With Nothin’ But Netflix leading at the half 36-33, a second half barrage of threes would power The Buddy Guys to victory. Knocking down 11 3’s on the night as a team Sukhman led the way with 21 points and 9 rebounds.
The Shamgodz would get a convincing win with all seven players registering points on the scoreboard. Led by Pep, who notched 18 points, Shamgodz would take their 12 point halftime lead and take their eventual win. Banana Boat Crew was led by Jason Cion who score 15 points on the night.
TTP would play an inspired game after Kevin Anza was lost following a nasty fall, resulting in five stitches on the eyebrow. Nedim would take care of the heavy lifting scoring 24 points on the night to lead TTP. For Kawhi So Srs Alban and Jesse would score 15 a piece.
Lazar kicked off the night without his doppelgänger Jordan, but didn't seem to mind and was feeling it from 3-point land. He was feeling hot and kept his hot hand up after each shot, Love & Basketball style (if you know, you know). AJ was running the floor for the Bandits and they were exchanging buckets with Money Shot, except they were hitting 3s to lead 49-43 at the half. Elliott and Metro fired back in the 3rd quarter for Money Shot to tie it up at 62-62. The OT Bandits rallied as a team with contributions from everyone and pushed ahead 76-67 with 45 minutes remaining. But Money Shot rallied with high pressure team defence. Elliott and Metro both hit tough buckets to tie it up at 79 and OT Bandits had to take a TO to regroup. Raphael - who had a solid game - went off and hit a cold-blooded step-back 3 followed by a steal from Kenny (who made a great showing in his first appearance this season). Money Shot panicked and fouled giving Kenny 2 easy points at the line. The nail in the coffin was OT Bandits forcing a half court violation with press and takes the win 89-79.
Kenny - All Canadians (23 points, 11 boards, 3 steals)
AJ - All Canadians (20 poiints, 4 rebounds, 8 assists)
Raphael - All Canadians (17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks)
Elliott - Money Shot (22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals)
Paolo - Money Shot (18 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist)
Jens - Money Shot (15 points, 13 rebounds, 1 steal)
Written by: Chrissy Benz
The OT Bandits would come out of the gates looking for a big win against Mandem, it was Jason who led the Bandits early with a double-double in the first half. Royce would pace Mandem scoring a number of easy baskets in transition giving them a 38-26 lead at half. When the final buzzer sounded, despite a strong push from the OT Bandits, it was Mandem who came out on top behind 28 points from Royce.
Teams return to the Richmond Olympic Oval on Monday December 2nd for Week 5 Action. Games start at 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm, and 10:00pm