Spring ‘18 Week 3 Highlights, Vancouver Metro Basketball League

Chrissy Benz
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Spring 2018
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April 24, 2018

Playing their first game on Court 6 in nearly 10 years, the Stallions, now back at full strength with their roster having returned from vacation would face a gritty Agaveros team coming off of a two point loss last week.

The game would start with teams trading baskets before a lengthy delay would occur as the Stallions, Ray Sawada, was victim to an elbow resulting in a bloody nose and a bloody court. Play would resume and the Stallions and Agaveros would stay close to the point of a 29-29 tie at half time. For the Stallions, Prince Carino, would follow up last weeks performance with another strong performance. Jose Camargo would also continue his strong play early this season to keep the Agaveros fighting. In the end, the Stallions would come out on top 70-60.

Stallions Top Performers:

Prince Carino - 30 Points | 4 Rebounds | 2 Assists

Ray Sawada - 12 Points | 10 Rebounds | 2 Steals

Roger Sheung - 11 Points | 5 Rebounds | 3 Assists | 3 Blocks | 2 Steals

Agaveros Top Performers:

Jose Camargo - 22 Points | 7 Rebounds

Oscar Salvador - 10 Points | 4 Rebounds | 3 Assists | 2 Steals

Pep - 9 Points | 2 Steals | 1 Rebound | 1 Assist

Both Ball So Hard and Bench Mob would play the late game slot with a short bench. Yet, both teams would play with pace and look to attack in transition when the time was right. The first half saw two very different offensive games. Bench Mob would rely on the hot shooting of David Ta, while Ball So Hard managed a number of easy baskets inside from Brandon Hoyem and Alan Hogan. The play of the game was from Alan Hogan - who erased an outside shot attempt seemingly before it had even left the shooters hand, sending the ball ricocheting into the near wall.

Ball So Hard would hold a 38-34 lead at the half which quickly reached the double digits early in the second half. Quick passing freed Devon Carney and Alan Hogan for a number of short jumpers that were true. Getting out in transition, Rayyaan Mohammad of the Bench Mob would go for a number of easy baskets, highlighted by a nice finish from a bounce pass from Kris McMurray to close the gap and make it a close game. Ball So Hard would knock down their free throws and take a 71-67 victory.

Ball So Hard Top Performers:

Brandon Hoyem - 28 Points | 15 Rebounds | 1 Assist | 1 Steal | 1 Block

Alan Hogan - 21 Points | 5 Rebounds | 3 Blocks | 3 Steals | 3 Assists

Devon Carney - 17 Points | 9 Rebounds | 2 Assists | 2 Steals

Bench Mob Top Performers:

David Ta - 36 Points | 6 Rebounds | 2 Steals

Rayyaan Mohammad - 14 Points | 6 Rebounds | 2 Assists | 1 Steal

Davidson St. Paul - 4 Points | 10 Rebounds | 3 Steals

What turned out to be the game of the night saw two Metro League All-Time record breaking performances by Demi Harris and Clay Crellin of Outworkcrew. Demi Harris would break the previous scoring record held by Matt Madewan (65), going for 72 points on the night. With the offensive load being carried by Demi and the rest of the team, Clay would play distributer, chiming in with 30 assists, passing Josh Kagande’s record of 21.

Not backing down, the Blouses would do their best to close the 60-36 gap at halftime let by Abdi Mohamud and Ibrahim Warsame, but in the end, Outworkcrew’s size and firepower proved to be too much as they secured a 132-72 victory. Congratulations to both Demi and Clay - our new record holders!

Outworkcrew Top Performers:

Demi Harris - 72 Points | 15 Rebounds | 4 Steals | 1 Assist

Clay Crellin - 3 Points | 30 Assists | 5 Rebounds | 1 Steal | 1 Block

Luka Zaharijevic - 20 Points | 18 Rebounds | 3 Assists

Blouses Top Performers:

Abdi Mohamud - 24 Points | 3 Rebounds

Ibrahim Warsame - 17 Points | 3 Rebounds

David Yap - 16 Points | 2 Rebounds | 1 Assist

Following last weeks fiery game, TTP came out of the gates with the same intensity and firing away. Maher Elusini and Matt Anza would each knock down a pair of triples early in the game for TTP while Humble Beast got some inside buckets from Ben and Gabriel Lopez.

A 12 point lead at half for TTP quickly grew as they forced a number of turnovers resulting in runouts and easy buckets. TTP would continue their hot shooting which had them finish with eight “3’s” on the night on their way to a commanding 71-41 victory.

TTP Top Performers:

Maher Elusini - 19 Points | 2 Steals | 1 Rebound

Matt Anza - 15 Points | 3 Steals | 2 Assists | 1 Rebound

Jeff Chan - 9 Points | 9 Rebounds | 1 Assist

Humble Beast Top Performers:

AJ Jones - 14 Points | 1 Assist | 1 Steal

Gabriel Lopez - 8 Points | 4 Rebounds | 1 Assist | 1 Steal

Ben  - 6 Points | 9 Rebounds | 2 Assists | 1 Steal

The Party and Academy would put their undefeated records on the line Monday night. The Party was short handed missing two key players in Lukas Domingo and Chris Loreth, but would see big game from Zachery San Felipe and Niko Mottus. Academy would keep the game close as they would knock down 10 “3’s” on the night, but they trailed 27-22 at the half.

In the second half the story line stayed the same and The Party would get contributions from all players who stepped on the floor led by Zachery San Felipe and Niko Mottus. Josiah Mastandrea would knock down more triples amounting to five in total for the night while Anton Poburko would add a pair. When the final buzzer sounded, The Party was on top by a score of 67-59.

The Party Top Performers:

Zachery San Felipe - 18 Points | 10 Rebounds | 2 Assists | 1 Steal

Niko Mottus - 15 Points | 12 Rebounds | 1 Steal | 1 Block

Will Johnson - 10 Points | 5 Rebounds | 1 Assist

Academy Top Performers:

Josiah Mastandrea - 15 Points | 9 Rebounds | 1 Assist

Jonas Serrano - 11 Points | 2 Rebounds | 2 Assists | 2 Steals

Scott Walton - 9 Points | 7 Rebounds

Still looking for their first win of their inaugural Metro League Season, Goon Squad would come out of the gates hungry and playing determined basketball. Both teams would get contributions from all players on the roster throughout the game and were hitting a number of outside shots. 

Ryan Tom of the Goon Squad and Rajan Paul of Metro would each knock down three triples for the game. At the final buzzer, it was the Goon Squad securing their first Metro League victory by a score or 73-60.

Goon Squad Top Performers:

Harry Liu - 21 Points | 7 Rebounds | 1 Assist | 1 Block

Ryan Tom - 15 Points | 4 Rebounds

Darryl Wong - 12 Points | 6 Rebounds | 2 Steals

Metro 1 Top Performers:

Rajan Paul - 13 Points

Josiah Mastandrea - 10 Points | 4 Rebounds | 1 Assist

Jonas Serrano - 9 Points | 6 Rebounds | 1 Assist | 1 Steal

In this matchup between the Ultimate Warriors and the Cushman Skyscrapers, both teams would start out slow with both jumpers and layups just missing the mark. Things would heat up as David Mackay would use his size to attack the rim and create second opportunities with his rebounding for the Skyscrapers. Milidrag Stupar would also use his size inside for the Ultimate Warriors rising above defenders for easy baskets.

At the half the score was 35-26 for the Ultimate Warriors. In the second half Guards Ehsan Gulabyar of the Ultimate Warriors and Edgar Buksevics of the Skyscrapers would push the pace for their respective teams and contribute on both the offensive and defensive ends. Despite David Mackay’s best efforts, the Cushman Skyscrapers would come up short as Devon Carney came to life down the stretch for the Ultimate Warriors. Final Score 58-48.

Ultimate Warriors Top Performers:

Milidrag Stupar - 13 Points | 7 Rebounds | 1 Block

Rimon Luka - 9 Points | 5 Rebounds

Ehsan Gulabyar - 7 Points | 10 Rebounds | 3 Steals | 2 Assists

Cushman Skyscrapers Top Performers:

David MacKay - 29 Points | 18 Rebounds | 3 Steals | 3 Assists | 1 Block

Edgar Buksevics - 8 Points | 5 Rebounds | 2 Steals

Travis - 6 Points | 6 Rebounds | 2 Assists

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