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

2017 VBL Ron Beals Day Recap

Los Fearless Takes 2017 VBL Crown; Season Ends with Full Day of Hoops

Ron Beals Day 2017 – the Venice Basketball League’s (“VBL”) celebration of basketball, fitness, and life itself came and went this past Sunday. We entertained a full slate of hooping, packing the schedule from 9 AM to 9 PM. Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us celebrate this historic 11th season of Venice Basketball League.

The morning began with an abbreviated Kids Venice Basketball League (“KVBL”) #ChurchOfHoops clinic with some of the best high school kids of the region getting together for a series of games. After a long season of showing the kids hoop and healthy living tips, it was the kids’ turn to show what they’ve got in a round of KVBL All-Star games. Next up, the Venice old-timers had a chance to display the skill they’ve still got left in the Legends 50 and over game.

Following that action was an all female game and dunk contest – the Bikini Ball – hosted by fitness guru and Q-Flex Fitness trainer Qimmah Russo, then a 3-point contest hosted by our good friends at Bodybuilding.com. Next, VBL Veterans and legends alike, including Chris Staples, Myree Bowden, and more, hit the court for a special celebrity VBL Dunk Contest and for the Ron Beals Celebrity Game. Alongside the VBL stars were comedy sensations Nick Joseph (@nicknpattiwhack) and Dan Rue (@danrue), ensuring and entertaining game for all in attendance. Beats and mic were taken care of by NBA legend and former dunk champion Cedric Ceballos (@cedceballos).

At long last, time came for the main event of the day, the VBL Championship game, which began just as the sun was dropping below the Pacific Ocean’s horizon.

 

Los Fearless Dominates on Both Ends En Route to Victory

As expected, the championship game featuring 10-seed Los Fearless vs 5-seed Sunblock was not a spectacle of high-flying dunks and rapid fire scoring – both teams are more Memphis Grizzly than they are LA Clipper. From the start as the sun was setting on water leaving pink clouds as a backdrop, the action was chippy and brick shots clattered off both rims. Eventual champion Los Fearless took off to a 10-0 start, relying on an imposing physical presence inside to batter back Sunblock’s leading big man Pop Champagne. They also forced a string of steals in the early minutes that helped them jump to a quick lead, which they did not lose for the rest of the game.

Bolstering Los Fearless’s interior was newly minted Los Angeles Clipper Montrezl Harrell, whose size, length, and athleticism did serious damage to Sunblock’s offensive capability. When you play two NBA seasons guarding the likes of Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol, Draymond Green, Blake Griffin, and Demarcus Cousins on a nightly basis, you probably know a thing or two about protecting the rim!

Sunblock eventually got on the board, but none of it was pretty. They faced an 11-point deficit at half, 21-10 and lacked the second half offense to make it up. Further hurting their cause were the many offensive fouls called on Pop Champagne – and the rest of the Sunblock squad – as he battled with Montrezl Harrell in the second half. These turnovers helped Los Fearless maintain a lead, even as they failed to score consistently for much of the third quarter.

The grind continued for Sunblock as they managed to drop the lead to 7 midway through the fourth quarter, but a couple nice buckets from co-Finals MVP Hugo Boss stretched the game out of reach. Los Fearless coasted to the title victory, completing their improbable playoff run and winning a championship in their first ever trip to the Finals. They went 2-4 in the regular season but 4-0 when it counted, knocking off VBL stalwarts along the way – Hall of Fame, Project Backboard, Pro Shot West, and Sunblock. Congratulations to Finals co-MVPs, Hugo Boss and The Steroid Ambassador, whose rock-solid rebounding and interior defense were essential to the title run.

That’s the final dispatch from Hooper’s Paradise for this 2017 season – thanks to the fans across the world who made 2017 the best VBL season yet. Stay tuned here on Veniceball.com and on our social media channels to keep updated on all the amazing things Venice Basketball League has planned for the long offseason. See you next year!

  • Warren “Wojissimo” Szewczyk & the VBL team

 

 

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