WINTER 19, SEMI FINAL HIGHLIGHTS, THE VANCOUVER METRO BASKETBALL LEAGUE™

John Leong
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Winter 2019
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March 19, 2019

Vancouver, B.C. - The Championship match-ups are now set. The 10th Anniversary Season last night Semi Finals saw overtime, an upset, and game-winners. For the FULL Photo Album from the Semi Finals visit our Facebook Page.



First half:

The first semifinals of div 1 was packed full of action, Night hoops had a slower start to the game, contrary to Family guys which they got hot from distance scoring 12 points from behind the three-point line, Night Hoops answer by attacking the paint through Jordan Lum-Tong who scored 10 points in the first half to get the game tied up with 20 seconds to go at the half, Family guy  answered with two big buckets at the end of the half  One from Max Neuman and a quick steal and a bucket from Darrius Housein-Pour for 4-0 run to finish the half.

Second half:

Gary Minhas had a fantastic start to the half alongside with Zach San Felipe for the Night Hoops, they both scored well in the second half, they also played a solid defensive half, however Ivan Yako and Zach Frehlick  had a good second half giving The family guys the push to keep the game close, The game came down to the last possession, Night Hoops  took care of business at the end to grab the huge w to get them into the finals next week.

Written by George Hernandez



The Stallions pulled off a Semi-Final win against a confident Reign team at the Richmond Oval Monday night. The game ended with a score of 79-74 for the Stallions.


Stallions and Reign went shot for shot to start the contest. Clay Crellin who usually plays more of a facilitating role, came out strong with his scoring for Reign. Crellin started the game with five consecutive buckets. He would lead all scorers with 30 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds on the night. The Stallions were magnificent in transition, with Brody Greig spearheading the break, and would outscore Reign 28-12 on the fast break.


Written by Ed Daniels



Starting the second half Warren Liang and Clay Crellin kept up the fight for Reign but Brody Greig and Prince Carino stepped up for the Stallions and were too much to handle for Regin in the end. With a minute left Crellin tied the game 72-72 with a huge three but on the next possession a Prince Cario ‘three ball’ and a couple pair of free throws would seal the game for Stallions 79-74. Greig ended with 26 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds while Prince Carino added 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists.


Written by Ed Daniels.




SWAT and The Party played a physical game right from the start, as the two teams matched up well size-for-size at every position. While SWAT started off in a 2-3 zone defense, The Party was able to break their zone by placing #12 Chris Loreth in the high post position to generate ball movement and post up. They were also effective in their drive and dish play, as this opened up many scoring opportunities. However, SWAT beat The Party in rebounds as this allowed them to score points through offensive putbacks. The highest contributing player of this game was #12 Mike Tomlinson from SWAT with a whopping 26 points and 9 rebounds. But, in the end, Derek Sing won the game for The Party by tying the game with his foul shots and on the following play, rebounding an errant shot, putting it back up for an easy right hand chippy milliseconds before the buzzer went off for the win to keep their dreams of a repeat alive.

Written by Jennifer Le

Banana Boat @ TTP:

First Half:

Banana Boat and TTP tipped off for the first quarter final game of the night on Court 1 last night. Banana boat scored the first bucket but TTP took over from there as Guy netted two treys for his first six points of the game and Matt Anza with active hands forced three turnovers and helping his team go on  a 14-0 run. Michael Cockburn tried to get Banana Boat back in the game with his own back to back threes, but TTP had an answer for everything that banana boat was throwing at them and then some. TTP would take 40 -12 lead at the half.

Second Half:

Banana Boat Crew started the second half stronger defensively forcing a couple of turnovers and went on a 4-0 run but TTP started got right back on track as Guy and Omid would control the game, getting in the paint and forcing turnovers.  The two would combine for 35 points in the game leading TTP to a 81-32 victory..

Written by George Hernandez




The Underdogs and All Canadians matched up in the semi- finals for what would be the most exciting game of the night. Attracting players and viewers the stands were full as both teams were no more than 10 points apart throughout the whole game with the Underdogs up 23-20 at half. The game started getting more and more heated towards the end of the second half as both teams challenged each other by the basket. With 6.9 seconds left, both teams’ foul bonuses were advantageous in getting them ahead, and the All Canadians played to this advantage by tying the score with #12 Lazar Cuk’s foul shot. This would send the game into overtime, raising the stakes even higher with the winner getting to play another game. In the end, the All Canadians were up by one point as the Underdogs had the last possession. In an attempt to get a shot in, the Underdogs made quick passes around the perimeter to get one of their shooters open. However, the last shot that went up got blocked hard by #13 Christian Venegas due to the tight defense that the All Canadians were playing, securing the win.

The highest contributing players on both teams were #22 Jordan Sergue from Underdogs with 21 points and #13 Christian Venegas from All Canadians with 19 points.


Written by Jennifer Le



First half:

Both teams started shooting well from behind the arc, scoring the first buckets for each team from the three-point line. Great first half for both teams. David Yep had a good first half for scoring 6 points for Nothing but Net-flix. Kahwi so srs took the led the half with a great team effort Kabir had a great defensive effort grabbing boards at both ends of the floor to help Kahwi so srs obtain a 33- 21 lead at the half.

Second Half:

Nothin but Netflix made a good push in the second half, with Richard Conanan driving to the paint and getting buckets at the ft line. Both teams played very aggressively at both ends of the floor. Alban Shala had two key three-pointers that gave ultimately the W to Kahwi so srs to move to the semifinals.

Written by George Hernandez



In the Semi Final game between The Party vs Kawhi So SRS of the Vancouver Metro Basketball League™ Mohammad Karimirad of The Party scored 22 points and teammate Chris Loreth added 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead The Party past Kawhi So SRS and back to the Championship game to keep their title defense alive.  Kawhi’ So SRS guard Alban Shala was alive and shot the ball very well to keep his team within single digits over the majority of the game. Jesse Beavis scored 14 points with 9 rebounds and 7 assist for Kawhi So SRS as well. Derek Sing added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the second half for The Party, who pulled away after leading just 26-32 at intermission. The Party went on to close the game 65-55.


Written by Ed Daniels



First half

The All Canadians started the game with a great high intensity from the last game which went to OT and they came up with the win to play in the semifinals tonight, the all Canadians were connecting from the three-point line, especially Jordan Taylor who connected 3 times in the first half to help his team have a 16-6 run. TTP had to take a time out to regroup and they came playing strong off the time out by attacking the paint through Nedim Muminovic and getting to the ft line, despite the effort to bring TTP closer on the scoreboard The All Canadians managed to go to the half with a 30 to 28 lead.

Second half

All Canadians also started the second half of the game with a solid offensive effort to build the lead gain a double-digit lead. TTP chipped at the all Canadian lead for a while until finally, Guy tied it up with 10 minutes to go and Omid gave them the lead, from this point on the emotions in the game got to a very high level having both teams compete very intensively for the last 10 minutes of the game, TTP held the led until the last 2 minutes of the game when AJ Imperial got on roll from behind the three-point line scoring 6 points, but Matthew Anza answer back with 2 triples of his own taking this game to a very intense last minute of the game,  it came down to Joel Kibangula knocking down two crucial free throws to  ultimately give the all Canadians a 56-55 win over the TTP

Written by George Hernandez


Next week, the Finals of the Vancouver Metro Basketball League™ 10th Anniversary Season will be held in the original gym where the Vancouver Metro Basketball League™ was hosted 10 years ago. Game times will be announced on MetroLeague.ca later this week.


John Leong

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