The action continues to heat up as we approach the midway point of the 2010 AABL Season!  While most of the new teams this year are still trying to figure out the AABL, the undefeated Starters are the only newly formed squad that is consistently racking up wins– using youth, speed, and hot shooting.  Although their styles and approach may differ, Quiet Storm, Hurricanes and Dream Team get better each week as they all continue their march to the Finals.  On the other hand, Championship contenders– Raptors and Rebels– may have realized in Week 4 that an overall TEAM effort is needed to have any longstanding success in this very tough 2001 Season and that outstanding individual performances don’t guarantee wins.

Although EVERY team this season will qualify for the playoffs, EVERY game played now will most definitely make an impact on what matchups occur later.  So it would be wise to not sleep on ANY game or ANY team from now until the end of the season!  FD

Here is a quick synopsis of Week 4 play:

Game 1
Airmen 38
Starters 42

Airmen’s comeback attempt fell short after a costly backcourt turnover resulted in a late intentional foul.  Starters’ B.J. Bledsoe scored 5 of his team’s final 6 points en route to a game-high 16 pts, 6/9 FT’s, 2 rebs, 3 stls.  Jon Reyes picked up the slack with 12 pts, 2 threes, 4/5 FT’s.  Airmen were led by the duo of Dwight Cousins (team- high 12 pts, 11 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk) and Tyrone Bryant (11 pts, 9 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls, 2 blk).  JV

Game 2
Rebels 65
Hurricanes 80

Tony Leary was feelin’ it – the Rebels swingman scored a season-high 43 pts, 5/8 FT’s, 6 rebs, 4 asts, 3 stls.  Unfortunately, the rest of the squad was held in check as the Hurricanes came away with a surprisingly lopsided win.  Calvin Johnson continues his impressive AABL rookie campaign as he finished with a team-high 20 pts, 7 rebs, 1 ast, 3 stls.  Andy Sanderson also came through with 16 pts, 3 threes, 3 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls, for the Hurricanes, while Jerry Iloreta came off the bench with 13 points. JV

Game 3
Dream Team 62
Raptors 51

Dream Team capitalized on a strong second half, and withstood a very stalwart effort from Mel Wright.  Wright scored a game-high 38 pts, including 7 threes, and finished with 8 rebs, 3 asts, 1 stl, 1 ast.  He didn’t receive much help, though, as Dream Team clamped down on his teammates.  Harold San Antonio led Dream Team with a team-high 17 pts, 5 rebs, 5 asts, 1 stl.  Mike Macaraeg (16 pts, 3 rebs, 6 asts, 1 stl) was steady running the offense while Melvin Floyd (11 pts, 9 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl) was just one rebound shy of a double-double. JV

Game 4
Norfolk 45
Monlu Forwarders 70

Monlu Forwarders boasted 3 double-digit scorers as they cruised past a physically overwhelmed Norfolk squad.  Monlu’s combination of size & defense was too much for Norfolk to handle.  Ron Gozum led all scorers with 19 pts, 3 threes, 5 rebs, 2 asts, 4 stls, 1 blk.  AABL veteran Gregory Montero (15 pts, 3/4 FT’s, 12 rebs, 1 stl) finished with a well-deserved double-double, and Ryan Pauling (18 pts, 5/9 FT’s, 1 reb, 4 asts, 3 stls, 1 blk) also complemented Gozum nicely.  Joe Burgess led winless Norfolk with 15 pts, 9 rebs, 1 ast, 2 stls, while Alan Ferrer (10 pts) was Norfolk’s only other double-digit scorer. JV

Game 5
Hold ‘Em 27
Hoyas 40

Lee Harrelson was the leading scorer in this low scoring contest.  His game-high 16 pts and 10 rebs paced the Hoyas en route to their second victory.  Marc Gajeton also contributed, finishing with 14 pts, 6/14 FT’s, 5 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk.  Hold ‘Em, still winless in the AABL, countered with just one double-digit scorer: Travis Stevens had a double-double with 10 pts, 13 rebs, 2 stls, 1 blk.  JV

Game 6
Ronins 36
Quiet Storm 77

Quiet Storm is playing with a high defensive intensity in which Ronins scored 2 points in the first 10 minutes, and just 12 points for the half.  Ronins finished with just 36 and suffered their worst loss of the season.  Jimmy Harrison led Quiet Storm with a game-high 14 pts.  But Quiet inflicted the most damage down low, where Steve Bollman (13 pts, 10 rebs, 4 asts, 4 stls, 2 blks) and Maurice Ford (10 pts, 12 rebs, 2 asts, 2 stls, 2 blks) seemed to be the only ones near the basket.  K.C. Cartwright chipped in another ten points for Quiet, while Ronins’ only double-digit scorer was Uly Evangelista (12 pts, 3/5 FT’s, 3 rebs, 1 ast, 2 stls).  JV