WINTER 19, Week 2 Highlights, The Vancouver Metro Basketball League™

John Leong
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Winter 2019
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January 22, 2019

Vancouver, B.C. - The second week of The Vancouver Metro Basketball League™ continued last night as teams competed at The Richmond Olympic Oval. For the FULL Photo Album visit our Facebook Page.

Jitt Lohcham scored 16 points with 8 rebounds and Brody Greig added 14 points and 8 assist to lead the Stallions past the Grizzlies. Prince Carrino added a big 11 points, 6 rebounds in the second half as the Stallions pulled away after leading 28-21 at intermission.

The Grizzlies had a tough night shooting the ball but were able to stay within single digits over the course of the game. Cameron Mowat scored 15 points with 6 rebounds for the Grizzlies. The Stallions went on to win 57-49.

Feature Writer: Ed Daniels

In Week 2 of the Vancouver Metro Basketball League™, Night Hoops opened the game with multiple players hitting one or more 3’s. Night Hoops led 38-18 at intermission, but the Raptors rallied with an 16-7 run to open the second half. Elliot’s 3-pointer ignited the run and Kris McMurray fueled it with three 3’s after the Raptors had gone 0-for-5 from long range in the first half.

The Raptors pulled within eight a few minutes into the second half but Night Hoop’s Anthony Demch would finish the game strong on his way to 20 points and 5 assists while teammate Garth Anderson answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Night Hoops went on to close the game 80-62

Feature Writer: Ed Daniels

Oscar Salvador scored a game-high 21 points and 5 rebounds for the Agaveros. Taylor Williams added 11 points with 4 rebounds and Luis Valenzuela also finished in double figures, with 10 and 10 rebounds, respectively. The Agaveros scored the final eight points to lead 40–38 after the first half. The Family Guys controlled the entire first half and down to the final minutes of the game. Dave Ta provided a boost with 19 points to lead the Family Guys but it wasn’t enough to hold off the poised veterans of the Agaveros as they closed off the game 52-48.

Feature Writer: Ed Daniels

The Reign were draining 3-pointers all game long, connecting on 11 from behind the arc as a team. Warren Liang was the game's leading scorer with 23 and 12 rebounds, and three different players scored in double digit points for Reign on the night. Mark Mitchell scored a game high for the Huskies but the three point shooting from Luca Bonamici and Walter Yeung would be too much for the Huskies down the stretch as Reign cruised to a 77- 48 victory.

Feature Writer: Ed Daniels

The Party fought hard in a head-to-head match against the Underdogs to secure the W last night. Zachery San Felipe ran The Party’s offense with hard passes and assists to his teammates. Meanwhile, Chris Loreth was a beast playing inside the paint, knocking down 14 points and grabbing 7 rebounds. On The Underdogs, Ahmed Mohamud was a consistent three point shooter, scoring four three pointers with ease for his team. Ibrahim Warsame also played a good game, assisting #24 for an easy layup. Jeremiah Kabia also played well on the glass, putting up rebounds all night.

In the end, defending Champions ‘The Party’ toughed out a win against the Underdogs. This could be a preview of the play off picture.

Feature Writer: Jen Le

First half:

The first game of Week 2 on Court #6 was with Banana Boat Crew looking to get their second W of the season, but SWAT came out the gate swinging. Rajan Paul started the game with the hot hand scoring five threes in the first half to get the lead for SWAT. They stayed playing aggressive all first half.

Ben Dodman had a great defensive effort grabbing seven boards on the first half for Banana Boat, he was pushing the boat for his team and also scoring 9 points at the half.

Second half:

Vivaswan turned it up for Banana Boat Crew as he started with a 6-0 run in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to stop SWAT. Mike Tomlinson had a solid defensive effort alongside with Alex Herron where he scored 8 pts in the second half and grabbing a total of nine boards all game, that gave Swat their first win of the season with a final score of 58 – 41.

Feature Writer: George Hernandez

Ball Don’t Stop Much gave TTP quite the contest in the first half of the game with a steal from Hulk Feng for a coast-to-coast layup early on in the game. Followed by Jason Li, who played an all around shooting game with shots from under the hoop, 3’s, and free throws totalling a hefty 25 points. However, TTP lead the game with steals from consistent players like Kevin Anza, who hustled after every loose ball and Omid Toussi, who scored 20 points relentlessly in the paint. In the second half of the game, Nedim got a quick rebound and outlet to Matt Anza for an easy two points and put the dagger leading to the eventual 70-48 win.

Feature Writer: Jen Le

First half

The second game of the night on Court #6 was a good game with both teams exchanging leads back and forth, All Trouble started leading the first half with Colton Bakken starting the game on fire, scoring 11pts and 5 rebounds at the half. Erwin Dela Cruz also had a great first half keeping it close for The Squad scoring 8 pts and getting 2 steals in the first half.

Second half

Junard Agustin started the second half on a 6-0 run for the squad, however Colton just kept playing very good defensively. He grabbed a total of five boards on the second half and dished 3 assists for Cole James who sank three crucial buckets from deep to give All trouble the lead at the second half and they never looked back, they kept cruising for their first W of the season.

Feature Writer: George Hernandez

The All Canadians ran a tight roster, lead by Devin Cvitanovich, who scored eight two-pointers, four three-pointers, and one free throw for 29 points and 7 rebounds. Additionally, Kent Hector made a good play in the first half and kept them ahead by setting a screen on Lazar Cuk for the assist and ‘3 pointer;. However, Kawhi So Srs got serious in the second half as Jesse Beavis got the rebound and sped down the court for a breakaway layup. Then, Alban Shala shut the game down with a savage steal AND reverse layup, securing the win for his team.

Feature Writer: Jen Le

First half

The final game of the night at Court #6 was packed with action, Nothing but net-flix started with a 6-0 run from Kenny Kao scoring who amassed 6 pts and 3 boards within the first few minutes of the game. Weilun Huang also had a good run in the first half  grabbing 4 rebounds and 12 pts in the first half for the Bucket Getters. However, that was not enough to stop Nothing but Net-flix which the finished with a 5 point lead at the half.

Second half

The second half of this match up was full of threes and a lot of effort from the Bucket Getters. Ryan Dela Torre started the second half with two back to back treys putting Nothing but Net-Flix up by 11pts - he finished a total of five threes in the game.

Weilun and Kevin brought out their ‘A’ game in the second half attacking the paint and getting to the free throw line, Kevin Khungay scored a key three pointer in the second half along with 10 more points in the second half, this ignited his team for a comeback having Weilun Huang keep attacking the paint and assisting Brad with two huge back to back threes that ultimately gave Bucket Getters their second nail bitter win of the season.


Feature Writer: George Hernandez

The first half of the game was lead by the OT Bandits, who ran a tight defense and had an even spread of scorers and rebounders on their roster. Their team captain, Telsyn Doucette played tenaciously with a notable offensive rebound and putback. As well, Alex Toms scored two impressive baskets in a row in the second half.

The Cushman Skyscrapers were trailing closely behind the whole game, as Kelvin Poon attacked the hoop, attaining 16 points for his team. With 3 minutes left in the first half, Jot Mattu lands a jumper and ties the game. Kevin Grundy finished the game with a hook shot and led his team in rebounds with 8.

Feature Writer: Jen Le

The 22 teams return to The Richmond Olympic Oval next Monday January 28th for Week 3 of the The Vancouver Metro Basketball League™.

John Leong

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