Week 6 Results and Recaps

The first set of AABL games in 2014 were exciting contests to say the least.  Most teams looked ready to go after the long Holiday Break while other teams look like they need to get it together quick before their Playoff hopes get extinguished.

Rebels started the New Year off on the right foot by earning the first Win of the season.  Havoc continues to roll as they remain the only undefeated team in the AABL.  Spartans were the spoilers to Quiet Storm’s impressive AABL win streak, as the Spartans won the battle of heavyweight contenders.  Pinoy Thunder continues to impress and look better as a team each week.  TBA earned their first win since Week 1, but they have the tools to make a solid run into the playoffs.,

The AABL Cup Finals is right around the corner and there appear to be a few clear-cut favorites at the top of the Standings, but with 3 more Regular Season games left to play, teams have the opportunity to improve their Playoff Seeding and continue to get stronger as a unit.  The AABL Season has continued to prove time and time again that its not how you start the season, its how you finish it.

So good luck to all teams for the remaining games of the season!  Stay tuned for updates, stats and POTWs for this week and a few weeks past!  FD

Game 1
Soldiers 40 (2-4) L3
Rebels 88 (1-5) W1

Rebels played loose and without pressure as they benefitted from a Soldiers squad who lacked five players to start the game. Tonee Leary and Earle Smaltz combined for 51 of the Rebels’ 88 points and they picked up their first win of the season. Smaltz led all scorers with 29 pts, 9 reb and Leary finished with 22 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast, 2 stl. Soldiers, who have lost three in a row, had a tough time getting things going as they went with just five players. Allan Josue led Soldiers with 15 pts (3 threes), 6 reb and Josh Bernardo chipped in with 11 pts, 3 reb, 2 blk. JV

Game 2
Hoop Dreams 52 (2-4) L1
Havoc 64 (6-0) W6

Havoc used an early 15-8 run to set the tone and win their sixth straight (while remaining undefeated). At one point Havoc led by as much as 18 and they saw no true threat from a solid Hoop Dreams squad. Havoc again saw balanced scoring and were led by Roland Tilar (team-high 15 pts, 3 threes, 3 reb, 2 ast) and Chris Woolridge (13 pts, 11 reb, 3 blk). Hoop Dreams have dropped two of their last three and were led by Patrik Mejia with 16 pts (2 threes), 4 reb, and Rob Riggle with 12 pts, 5 reb. JV

Game 3
Spartans 58 (5-1) W3
Quiet Storm 51 (5-1) L1

In one of the most anticipated matchups of the season, Spartans continued their good play and won their third consectutive game. The win ended a long QS undefeated streak as they haven’t lost an AABL game since the 2010-2011 season. Jason Clark led all scorers with 22 pts, 19 reb, 2 ast, 4 stl, 4 blk, while Tony Miller lent support with 14 pts, 7 reb, 3 ast. Quiet, who have now fallen to third place, were led by Kaleo Kina’s 16 pts (4 threes), 3 reb, 2 stl. Maurice Ford and Steve Bollman added 13 apiece for Quiet. JV

Game 4
Pinoy Thunder 73 (3-3) W1
Monlu Forwarders 56 (1-5) L4

Pinoy Thunder have won three of their last four thanks to a big win over Monlu Forwarders. A 25-12 run to close the game allowed Thunder to notch their third win of the season while Monlu have lost four straight. Paul Abby (23 pts, 3 threes, 4 reb, 3 stl, 2 blk) and Chris Norfleet (23 pts, 26 reb, 3 blk) combined for 46 of Thunder’s 73 points. Kevin Alig was Monlu’s only double-digit scorer, finishing with 19 pts (3 threes), 8 reb, 1 blk. JV

Game 5
TBA 92 (2-4) W1
Wildcats 76 (3-3) L1

After four straight losses TBA was able to pick up their second win of the season. The victory keeps them in playoff contention ahead of Rebels and Monlu. TBA played uptempo all game and Wildcats weren’t able to keep pace. T. Andrews tied a game-high with 32 pts (4 threes), 7 reb, and Mel Powers added another 23 pts (5 threes). Wildcats, who have dropped to .500, saw contributions from DJ Hinson (32 pts, 10 reb) and and Antwann Dickerson (21 pts, 7 reb). JV