Week 1
P4E 52
Green Lights 49
Week 1
Sunblock 73
Project Backboard 67
Week 1
Pasadena Bodybuilding 91
Clutch Pandas 80
Week 1
China Elite 55
Los Fearless 51
Week 1
1% Performance 63
We Are Chance 64
Week 2
P4E 57
We Are Chance 63
Week 2
The Empire 70
Los Fearless 61
Week 2
1% Performance 87
China Elite 89
Week 2
Project Backboard 109
The Undrafted 93
Week 2
Green Lights 78
Pasadena Bodybuilding 81
Week 3
P4E 79
Sunblock 84
Week 3
1% Performance 66
Project Backboard 73
Week 3
Pasadena Bodybuilding 61
China Elite 63
Week 3
The Empire 56
The Undrafted 53
Week 3
Green Lights 78
Clutch Pandas 64
Week 4
Clutch Pandas 71
Sunblock 82
Week 4
China Elite 78
P4E 77
Week 4
P4E 57
Los Fearless 55
Week 4
We Are Chance 63
Project Backboard 62
Week 4
Clutch Pandas 75
China Elite 76
Week 4
Green Lights 87
The Undrafted 55
Week 4
Pasadena Bodybuilding 84
1% Performance 86
Week 5
The Undrafted 70
Clutch Pandas 76
Week 5
Los Fearless 68
1% Performance 66
Week 5
P4E 53
Pasadena Bodybuilding 74
Week 5
Sunblock 60
We Are Chance 49
Week 5
Project Backboard 92
Green Lights 65
Week 6
Los Fearless 69
The Undrafted 55
Week 6
The Empire 63
We Are Chance 59
Week 6
Sunblock 73
1% Performance 78
Week 6
The Empire 78
Clutch Pandas 79
Week 6
Pasadena Bodybuilding 86
Green Lights 91
Week 7
Los Fearless 63
We Are Chance 56
Week 7
Project Backboard 71
The Empire 62
Week 7
China Elite 74
The Undrafted 62
Week 7 Playoff Q.
Green Lights 80
The Undrafted 73
Week 7 Playoff Q.
We Are Chance 58
P4E 67
Week 7 Playoff Q.
Pasadena Bodybuilding 88
Clutch Pandas 100
Week 7 Playoff Q.
Los Fearless 62
1% Performance 56

Court Inauguration Day x VBL’s 2017 Season Tip Off

Friends and fam, the 2017 season of Venice Basketball League (“VBL”) is officially underway! This past Sunday marked the first games of the new year, and it was a special occasion for every longtime fan of the league. The day kicked off at 9 AM with the Kids Venice Basketball League (“KVBL”) camp otherwise known as #ChurchofHoops, VBL’s non-profit initiative focused on engaging LA’s youth in physical activity, healthy eating, and community involvement. This week’s emphasis was “The Art of Shooting.” Several coaches came to help with the camp including [Paul Davis, Chris Staples, Josh Gouch], and basketball legend Sik Wit It.

At noon, VBL’s “Build Courts Not Walls” campaign to revitalize Venice Beach’s famed outdoor courts kicked off with a ribbon-cutting to inaugurate the newly resurfaced court. VBL hoopers of all ages, along with friends, fans, and family who have been a part of our incredible 11-year journey, attended the ceremony.

Also present for the inauguration ceremony was Victor Jauregui, LA Parks and Rec Senior Recreation Director in charge of the Venice Beach area, who said afterward, “I’m very proud to be associated with VBL. [The new court] is beautiful.”

Despite the June gloom, VBL’s first games on the newly rejuvenated court were packed with a crowd composed of local fans and tourists of all ages. The crowd  enjoyed a nice day at the beach, great food options & second to none entertainment featuring high-flying dunks, serious star power, and some good beach basketball, all that in a family friendly atmosphere. Can’t wait to see what next week has in store!

Without further due, here is a recap of the afternoon!

The Season Starts in Style

Immediately after the ceremony, hoop-time was at hand!

Game 1 featured Pro Shot West versus our only international squad, the China Elite All-Stars, who are playing their first year in the league. They got a warm welcome from baller J2 Nice, who opened the game by throwing down a nasty alley-hoop from teammate “Know What Amin”, scoring the first points of the 2017 VBL season.

“It’s always good to start off with a nice little bang,” Mr. Nice said of his opening bucket.

And bang they did – that basket led to an early run, which didn’t end til the closing minute of the first quarter. China Elite bigman Rod Benson got a little vengeance with the team’s first bucket, slamming home a thunderous and-1 2-handed jam. The receiving end of his destruction was Pro Shot’s Bube, who had to leave the game per league rules. You get dunked on, you sit down for 2 minutes!

Though they put together a few runs, even dropping the lead 7 points with 3 minutes in the game, China Elite didn’t have enough to get it done, and Pro Shot cruised to a nice win.

As China Elite coach Will Alexander told his squad after the game, “Now we know what to expect.” Better step it up next week, boys!

Poster Boy Puts on a Show

Perhaps the most spectacular performance of the day came in game 2, which pitted Los Fearless against Most Hated Players (“MHP”).

First to set the scene: MHP’s Staples started hot, wetting two threes, hammering home an off-the-backboard alley-hoop, defying gravity with a destructive dunk, all in the first quarter. That performance launched MHP to an 11-point halftime lead – but a quick 8 points by Los Fearless’s Motherland to start the second half brought his team back into the game. MHP held a slim 5-point lead going into the fourth.

That’s when Los Fearless’s Poster Boy took over, scoring 13 straight to tie up the game midway through quarter four. But he wasn’t done. With 2 minutes on the clock, Poster Boy hit a three to take Los Fearless’s first lead of the game, followed by a steal and dunk to put his squad up 5. A boneheaded, last-minute turnover by Los Fearless kept MHP them in the game, but they sealed the W when MHP’s Chi Town missed an open look to tie in the final seconds.

After the game, Poster Boy – who finished with 25 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists – told me he needed to channel that “Mamba Mentality” carry his team.

“[VBL legend] Sik Wit It gave me that look at half, like ‘you’re not playing well’,” Poster Boy said, which was the spark that lit his fire and carried his team to victory.

Metta World Peace Seeks VBL Glory

Next on the docket was NBA-champion Metta World Peace’s team, The Panda’s Friend, against the skin-safe squad Sunblock. Despite championship caliber on The Panda’s Friend squad, including Metta and aforementioned VBL legend Sik Wit It, Sunblock took a six-point lead into half.

“We got back in it so I’m proud of my guys,” Metta said of his team’s first half performance. But pride wasn’t enough for a win, as Sunblock maintained the lead throughout the second half and ended with a comfortable 11-point victory, 55-43.

Closing out the day, Venice’s eminent emcee Mouth Piece’s squad Hub Select took out Hall of Fame 67-62, including 7 points from the 2017 VBL number one draft pick, Alan P. Then the day ended with the Nova Stars, defending champs with a new team name, waxing The Venetians to ink they first win by a double digit point differential.

Wojissimo

Photo credit to: Jeremy Renault, Marius Christensen, Brian Matsumoto

Full gallery here

 

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