Walter Power (left) and the Rams will take on Jamel Staten and the Scrubs Tuesday night in the Game of the Week.
All4One jumped back to a winning record (5-4) after defeating the winless Family 84-59 last week. Four guys finished in double figures, including Kevin Thompson (21), Freddie Burton, Kirk Eggleston, and Jordan Allard with 16 a piece. The win moves them back into a top five spot in the standings.
What an ugly loss by the Outlawz. They were down by as many as 22 points against Omar's Tires, but battled back to get within single digits and fall by nine. That's two losses out of their last three games. One would think that's some cause for concern after this team started off 6-0. Captain Lee Moore went 2-for-13 from three-point range and had an off night. He and teammate Rio Moore got into a pretty ugly altercation following the game. Tough love? Or panic mode? We will see how they will respond.
This game is as evenly matched as their team’s color (both teams wear grey). All4One can beat anyone and I wouldn't be surprised if they took this game, but I don't think they will drop two in a row.
Outlawz by 7
At 0-10, The Family has been the biggest disappointment of the season. The team has pretty good individual players, but hasn't gelled as a unit. Their biggest goal for the remainder of the season is to win at least one game for their pride.
The Flight Squad has a chip on their shoulder after taking out the Scrubs 74-72 off a game-winning shot in the final second by Demetrius Martin. All year this team has been in dog fights with good teams, only to lose in tight finishes. Last week, they put that much needed signature win together. Martin and guard Rico Gunn have formed the best backcourt in the league, willing their team to victories. Center Jacob Peterson has controlled the glass and moved guys around in the paint. The other role players have done just enough to compliment the big three. Watch out, these guys are feeling themselves.
The Family hasn't proved anything, and the Flight Squad just beat the Scrubs. No brainer.
Flight Squad by 15
IAD needed a win to stay competitive for a playoff spot and they did just that after surprising the Rams for a 92-83 victory. There wasn't any bad talk about Jamar Smith as he went 10-for-19 for 29 points and an impressive one-handed tip dunk in traffic. Jordan Osberg impressed as well going 7-for-9 for 22 points. These guys have some signature wins this season and they're putting the league on notice.
When you live by the three, you die by the three. The Falcons are learning that as the season goes along. They finished just 10 of 28 from behind the arc against the Savages last week and dropped their third game of the season. Look, these guys are a talented bunch and when they're hot it's nearly impossible to stop them, but when Johnny ball is playing with one arm and big man Carl Hipp dominates for 23 rebounds, but only gets four shots it's not going to always end well. The Falcons need to get healthy and get physical.
IAD is poised for the upset and, again, I wouldn't be totally shocked if they pulled this one out in the clutch, but the Falcons are still is a top-three team and they won't drop two straight.
Falcons by 9
The Savages flexed their muscle and extended their win streak to seven games after beating the mighty Falcons last week. The win was impressive and they looked like the best team in the league. Then, they played the second game of their doubleheader and loss to the 3-6 Heat. Over confident? Or just ran out of gas? They'll have a chance to make a mark when they face the Outlawz Tuesday night.
A doubleheader doesn't get any tougher than the one the Outlawz will face this week. I don't expect them to win or lose both.
This will be the game of the two the Outlawz will lose.
Savages by 8
Omar’s Tires made a mark after they took down the top ranked Outlawz. The win was impressively done as they led by 22 points at the half. The whole starting lineup ended the game in double figures. Omar's Tires has now won four of their last five games. The big, mean, blue machine is catching their stride. Nobody wants to play them right now.
The Heat snapped the Savages seven-game win streak as they pulled away for a 79-76 victory. The win was much needed as they improved to 4-6 and remained tied with IAD, Omar’s Tires and Flight Squad for that eighth and final playoff spot. Sonny Young-Graves has been the unsung hero as he has averaged 24 points per game over their last three, and has been on fire from three-point range. If guard Grant Hargett can put together some consistent performances the Heat will be on track to take that next step.
Both teams are 4-6 and looking to take sole possession of that final playoff spot, with a Flight Squad and IAD loss. Omar’s Tires seems to be on a mission after taking out the top-ranked Outlawz.
Omar’s Tires by 9
The Rams don’t seem to be interested in moving up in that next tier of talented teams. They came out last week and let IAD roll them, 92-83. A win would have had them at 6-4 and entertaining the top five with a game out of second place. The loss puts them at 5-5 and a loss away from being out the top eight completely.
Scrubs captain Marcus Smith was so sure that his team would destroy the Flight Squad by at least 20 points that he decided not to even play the game in the first half. He got a rude awakening as Flight Squad jumped out to an early 12-point first half lead. The Scrubs battled back, but couldn't make the necessary plays as Martin went coast-to-coast for the game winner with time expiring to put the Scrubs away. The Scrubs still have three of the best eight guys in the league and are a talented team. They're going to have to check their egos and play the game through.
The Scrubs will bounce back from that bitter loss.
Scrubs by 10
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