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

NBA D-League Champion Joins VBL for Week 3

The Venice Basketball League (“VBL”) celebrated Father’s Day this past Sunday with a full schedule of 6 games and a spirited crowd that soaked up the sizzling sun and rim-rattling dunks in VBL’s third week of action. The day started as it always does, with a basketball skills and healthy living camp for children, an initiative of the Kids Venice Basketball League (“KVBL”) otherwise known as Church of Hoops. This week, the kids worked on their vert with NBA Strength and Conditioning Coach  Sebastien Morin (ZeBeardedCoach) , Van Girard pro-athlete and coach and special guest, 2016 NBA G-League Dunk Contest Champion John Jordan.

Jordan is a champ in another respect – in April of this year he won the 2017 G-League championship with his Toronto Raptors 905 squad, posting 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in the team’s playoff run.

The fans on-hand for VBL’s third week of action in 2017 were treated to a special guest appearance by Jordan, who joined the Most Hated Players (MHP) team (1-2) to take on the undefeated Pro Shot West squad (3-0).

Most Hated Players No Match for Pro-Shot West

Unfortunately, the Most Hated Players didn’t quite bring championship-caliber play to the tough match-up. Pro-Shot West jumped out of the gate on a mission, speeding to a 14-0 lead behind 8 points from team captain and player of the game “Meezy”. In fact, MHP didn’t sink their first bucket until almost 5 minutes into the 1st quarter, which ended at an ugly 21-2 deficit for Nick Young’s MHP.

A 13-0 run for MHP to start the second quarter, sparked by 8 points from Jordan, cut the difference to 6, and by halftime, the score was 34-27 in favor of Pro Shot West. MHP expected to get a lift in the second half as their team captain, AJ Harris, aka “The Chosen One”, chose to show up for the game a little late. Both squads battled hard in the third and the lead stayed at 7 going into the 4th.

But Pro Shot West’s sweltering defense and impeccably played team basketball proved to be too much to handle for the Most Hated Players, who went on to lose by 15.

John Jordan Looks Forward

I caught up with John Jordan after the game, who stayed positive despite the loss.

“I had a lot of fun,” he said of his first-time VBL experience. “Great atmosphere, great people, great community, the weather’s good, there are good basketball players.”

And like a true champion, he showed nothing but respect for his competition, the undefeated Pro Shot West: “They’re a good team – a lot of help defense and they play together, so any time you can do that you’re going to win games.

Jordan gave praise all around, lauding the “beautiful” VBL court, which was recently rejuvenated as part of the Build Courts Not Walls campaign.

And what’s next for this G-League champ?

“Get home, get healed up, and get ready for the NBA Summer League,” always keeping in mind his “main goal” of landing that coveted NBA contract.

“I’m here, I’m ready, and I’m working, the VBL guys have been amazing to me during my stay” he said with a smile.

Hopefully some of that championship attitude will rub off on the Most Hated Players squad!

League Round-Up

In other news around the league, the Project Backboard squad (2-0), in their rookie season, became the first VBL team to break the century mark, beating Metta World Peace’s Panda’s Friend team (0-3), 101-89. The team is sponsored by basketball non-profit Project Backboard, the largest donor so far to the Build Courts Not Walls effort.

Michael Purdie and 2017 VBL number one draft pick Alan P. led Hub Select (2-0) to an 11-point win over Mexico’s El Crew team (1-1), and the Novastars (3-0) knocked off Poster Boy’s Los Fearless team (1-2). In the day’s final two games, Hall of Fame (1-2) handily beat the China Elite All-Stars (0-3), despite help from Kwame Alexander, aka “the freak of nature”, and The Venetians (1-1) notched their first win of the season versus the Sunblock squad (1-2).

The VBL season is officially in full swing and we have a kids camps starting during the week now, click here for more info– join us next Sunday to see another round of all-star beach basketball from the finest talent Southern California has to offer!

For more pictures from week 3 click here

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