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CBLRetro 10/19/21 Games Previews and Predictions

8pm-Guardians(0-5) vs Tower(1-3):

Preview: The Guardians are ever so close to their first win. Could this be the week? Not sure because the Tower appears to have their guys coming together led by Captain Gouhar’s gamesmanship. The experts see the Gurdians pulling off their first win led by the dynamic duo of Abdullah and Aqib. Tower guys can do everything but score consistently Prediction: Guardians 48, Tower 42

9pm-Warriors(2-2) vs Clutch (1-3):

Preview: Both teams are struggling to find wins as of late. The Warriors have the best offender (Taco) defender (Razi) and re-bounder (Zak) in the league. But why can’t they put it together for a win? Reason is because they go in lapses and Captain Moody does not make the adjustments. Meanwile the Clutch are simply playing selfish ball. Captain Maaz. Please let Zobi run point and you will see wins. Rest of you play defense and pass. Interesting sidebar -Razi will face off against his family who he won a chip with. Prediction: Clutch 42, Warriors 40

10pm-Replacements (3-1) vs Bricklayers (3-1):

Preview: Two high caliber powerhouses in CBL. Combined these men know the CBL way. And Captain Zia has certainly stolen a chapter from Kamil’s chapter to ‘replace’ players. Simply put – Sajed is the energy the Replacements needed post covid. His offense and OFFENSIVE style helped the Replacements emerge as a potential contender. Meanwhile, the Bricklayers minus Hyder are a boring routine factory style team that knows how to get the job done. Expect this to be a close back and forth match-up with the Bricklayers winning in the final seconds. Prediction: Bricklayers 50, Replacements 49.

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CBL30 10/18/21 Games Previews and Predictions

8pm-Panthers(2-0) vs Ogz 3.0(1-2):

PREVIEW: The Panthers look to continue their winning ways as they remain undefeated this season. They are led by a group of both talented and calm guys. Even though they lost their star player Andre to covid protocol issues. Their  budding star Josh Core has come in and picked up where Andre left off. Mazz continues to lead this team but they are going to run into a formidable opponent this week. With that being said don’t expect these guys to be the old sorry Panthers, sorry muzz. There’s still some questions about who they played in week one where the Autobots were short players and in week two where team Bachem showed up late. So it’s been fairly easy and smooth sailing for the Panthers this far  but they may be in for a reality check this week.
Here comes Kaptain Kamil and the newly assembled OGZ. In what was a shocker the CBL world found out that Kaptain Kamil dropped his superstar Terrance only to pickup his brother without the other knowing!!! Heck of a way to enter CBL huh? Well anyway this team is set and rolling. With Apron running the show and newly acquired Mr. Do-it-all Bryan along side him CBL beware. Both these players can get double doubles at will and with Kamil off the floor it’s way way easier. The only question they have to answer is when will the real Jamal show up because he’s been lackluster and he may be the key to their title hopes? Kamil Does it again! PREDICTION: 74-66 Leprechaun Kamil runs away with the pot gold and W.

9pm-Uncle Drew(1-1) vs Autobots(0-2):

PREVIEW: If there’s one thing Saleh Ahmed loves it’s winning and not having that last week hurt him and his ego. He also lost to his best friend Taha so you know he’s coming back for vengeance against the whole league. If there’s one thing that this team can fall back on it’s the fact that they have a superstar in Alonzo Robinson who’s currently averaging 23.5 points. If there’s one man who can will them to victory it would be him. Expect Uncle Drew to come out firing on all cylinders after the lackluster ending to last week’s game. The real question now is who is this team? They definitely don’t look like the Autobots that won the championship not too long ago. They have the same names on paper and on the back of their jerseys…. But we get the vibe that captain Fahad isn’t all too into it this season or do they miss their veteran Pg Darnell that much? For them this season could not have started any worse short players losing out at the buzzer and at one point just getting out hustled. We’ve seen Dre turn up offensively but is that too much? Dez hasn’t played a game all offseason as he proclaimed will that hurt this team? The Autobots have many questions that need to be answered hopefully they get back on track this week. We don’t think the Autobots will be able to keep up with Alonzo and the shooting of Uncle Drew. PREDICTION 66-59 UNCLE DREW

10pm- IMAAN(2-0) VS CBB(1-0):

PREVIEW: WARNING WARNING WARNING!!!
We’ve got two teams coming in hot and on win streaks of their own. Imaan has been scorching the competition by a near average of 26 points per game led by pro Superstar Michael Liander and his stellar shooting. Let’s not forget the supporting cast shall we with the defensive intensity they bring all it takes is 6 minutes and the game becomes a blowout. We believe in talent in this league and if there’s one thing for sure these guys will come well prepared to win. There’s been a lot of chatter as to who’s going to be healthy and who’s not. We feel that this team has no issues other than health & that may be they’re one downfall. Can Mike rally the group and can he stay composed if doubled? Now let’s talk about those Certified Baller Boys. What a way to begin you’re season. You play against a friend (Saleh Ahmed) that claimed the win days before the contest started. You hold Zo to 5 second half points and win convincingly. When you look at this team on paper you don’t see many deficiencies. If they’re lacking something it may be style because those jerseys they’ve had on are just blinding. Captain Sy has his shot and the Alassari brothers add to that a handsome finesse playing big and a nerd who cant miss a shot if he tried and they might just be the best team in the league. Wake up commissioners is Sy the new Kamil? Sadly someone is taking their first loss tonight & we believe it’s going to be Imaan. Taha and Jalal will be just to much to handle. We expect 30pts from Taha tonight knowing Pg Zo will be playing before him. PREDICTION: 67-55 CBB

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CBL Retro – 10/12/21 Games – Previews, Predictions, Scores, and Recaps

STANDINGS AND SCORES UPDATED

G1: Panthers vs Replacements, 8pm

Preview/Prediction: The Panthers are undefeated due to their poignant shooting and tough defense. Tonight’s match-up will be a little tough as Zia and his boys seem armed with talent of their own led by the feisty Sajid and big man Ali in the paint. However, the community sees Panthers still winning. PREDICTION: Panthers 57, Replacements 50

FINAL SCORE: Replacements 48, Panthers 35 [The Replacements now find themselves as one of the hottest teams in Retro with three straight wins. Reasons for success is the Sajid — who brings the scoring and defense each week].

G2: Bricklayers vs Warriors, 9pm

Preview/Prediction: Moody and his Warriors took a loss last week despite having a leading scorer in Taco and a leading rebounder in Zak. So what gives? Warriors defense is shoddy. They don’t guard the perimeter and thier zone is very loose. Meanwhile, the Bricklayers are battle tested and organized on both sides. Their core of Imran, Junaid, and Naveed will keep them competitive in each game. This one we see Bricklayers losing though. Too much Tuesday Taco. PREDICTION: Warriors 50, Bricklayers 44.

FINAL SCORE: Bricklayers 61, Warriors 50 [Moody’s team got outclassed by the balanced and poised Bricklayers. For the Warriors, Hammad made his debut and contributed nicely in a losing effort].

G3: Tigers vs. Guardians, 10pm

Preview/Prediction: The final game will be a full team in the Tigers vs. one player – Aqib. So this should be an easy win. Right? Wrong. Our experts have realized that the Tigers also have just one player. His name is Dev. Captain Adil – shut down Dev and you got a chance. PREDICTION: Tigers 47, Guardians 42.

FINAL SCORE: Tigers 54, Guardians 52 [The Guardians made a run in the second half and nearly pulled of a great upset over the Tigers. While Aqib and Abdullah represented offensively, it was difficult to contain Dev in the paint. Ultimately the Tigers have too much experience and command to lose.]

Refs. Saffi

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Preview, Predictions, Results, CBL30 Games – 10/12/21

All Games

G1: Panthers vs Bachem, 8pm

Preview/Prediction: Great friends off the court- these two will be the first matchup of week 3. The Panthers lack size and defense but there shooting led by Maaz is a force to reckon with. Meanwhile their opponents, Bachem has made the necessary changes each week to keep a steady hand. Captain Freddie built his team for the long run with the Cheema boys being the main architects on the offense and in transition. As far as the contest, we expect lots of scoring opportunities. Especially in transition and at the perimeter. Look out for Adnan. He can do a lot with his 4 eyes. [: PREDICTION: Bachem 66, Panthers 61

FINAL SCORE: Panthers 54, Bachem 42 [Bachem arrived late, Panthers capitalized and held on for another win. And oh yeah, they added Terrance].

G2: Afghan Ballers vs OGz3.0, 9pm

Preview/Prediction: Based on Afghan Ballers play last week, it is obvious they are NOT as good as advertised. They suffer from age, injuries, and have no shooting. Their opponents, the OGz3.0 have a good energetic team but lack size in the paint which means they will only score from the perimeter or mid-level or transition. Our experts see this as a game of contrast. One will shoot and score off steals and in transition, while the other will play defense and score in the paint. X factors: Can anyone match Nafi’s defense? Will Shafi wake out of his shooting coma? Will Kamil modify his roster yet again? PREDICTION: Afghan Ballers 57, OGz3.0 53

FINAL SCORE: OGz3.0 79, Afghan Ballers 63 [OGz3.0 Came to play led by Bryan and Abdel and cruised to an easy victory over an imbalanced Afghan Ballers Squad].

G3: Uncle Drew vs. CBB, 10pm

Preview/Prediction: Our final game, the Zia captained Uncle Drew will take on the Certified Ballers who will make their debut in CBL (Captain Sayem). The name may be new, but the cast of characters are not – you have Ali, Taha, Sayem, Taimur, and company.

The experts expect the offense from both teams to be lit. In fact, expect a barrage of 3s and likely NO defense. When the final whistle is blown, look for Zo to dissect CB’s defense and lead his team to victory with the aide of CBLs cookie monster (Saleh) PREDICTION: Uncle Drew 68, CBs 62.

FINAL SCORE: CBB 62, Uncle Drew 49 [Sayem and company came out firing led by newbie Taimur who without flair nailed 3s after 3s to give the CBB a successful debut].

Refs. Mike and Mike

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CBL Retro 10/5/21 Results

Week 2 of CBL Retro was pretty interesting. Two of the 3 games were competitive and close. However, the Guardians game vs. the Replacements was a laughing matter where the Guardians were held to only 25 points. The Guardians now are 0-4. Come on Captain Adil. The other two games were retro style match-ups.

Here are results:

G1: Bricklayers 50, Clutch 45

G2: Tower 46, Warriors 40

G3: Bricklayers 50, Clutch 45

Standings and Scores Updated. Stats will be uploaded tomorrow for the past two weeks.

CBL30 Previews/Results 10/4/21

In this whirlwind we call life CBL, week one has come and pass.  We now are in week two and if the off-court action tells us anything, it’s going to be one heck of a season. Let’s look at the week two battles.

Game 1: 8:00 pm, Autobots (0-1) vs Bachem (0-1)

Both teams are looking for their first win in season 16 but that’s a tough & daunting task when they are missing key players. The Autobots are champs & they have been here before, so we expect captain Fahad to rally his guys and fight. The real question is who is going fly in to help Dre and Stan?

Are the Bachems a formidable opponent or just another team that the league can get a win against on any Monday night? Cheema is one heck of a baller but that alone won’t save his team from a 0-2 deficit and in a season like this every win is crucial. Last week they showed fight and heart but many questionable passes and shots were taken. Who is their second-best player or even their third best? We must wait to see. This may not be the game of the night but it’ll be close till the end. We expect the veteran Autobots to put the Bachem brothers away in the final 5 minutes in a high scoring affair. Prediction: Autobots 76-63.

FINAL SCORE: BACHEM 69, AUTOBOTS 68 (OT)

Game 2: 9:00 pm, Imaan (1-0) vs Afghan Ballers (1-0)

GAME OF THE NIGHT

Both teams have vets, stars and high-octane offense. The real question in this one is whose role players show up? Imaan breezed to a win last week with their stellar defense and high percentage shooting from three.  It looked as if they were in mid-season form. Mike Liander was effortlessly scoring and his guards were in the pockets of the opposite team like the ball belonged to them. If they show up with that team effort again it’ll be a long night for the opponent.

Well Nafi is back and he’s brought the Afghan nation with him to try to get the coveted CBL trophy (where’s Munir for this one) they got their first win in what was a easy opponent but looked like they were ready for anything.  Haroun and Beiber we’re firing on all cylinders so we expect them to leave there mark tonight. 

It’s going to be be a back and forth affair. The leaders of both teams must keep calm and show composure. The team with the ball at the end will be the winner in this close and contested affair.  Imaan wins this in a nail biter due to Mike Ls stellar shooting. Prediction: Imaan 76-73

FINAL SCORE: IMAAN 72, AFGHAN BALLERS 57, Mike goes for Double Double

Game 3: 10:00 pm, OGz3.0 (0-1) vs Uncle Drew (0-0)

If you know Kamil you know he won’t Kuit unless he gets what he wants and Losses aren’t those. After the beating he received the last time, roster changes have been made and friends have been lost but winning is the goal. We expect his team to come out running with Apron leading the way. The real question here is who can shoot on this team? Also, can someone get a rebound for a second chance? New team, same old Kamil!

What a time to be Saleh Ahmed. He has made friends with everyone in CBL and sure knows what to do with them. This team is built very well on paper, but will it work in person? He’s got a dynamic duo in Azal and Zo but can they coexist? Which Mehdi will show up and will he last all season? Regardless, the noise sounds like they are here to compete and we don’t expect them to back down. This will be a grind out game Uncle Drew will be too much for Kamil to hold onto. Prediction: 61-42 UD

FINAL SCORE: UNCLE DREW 71, OGz3.0 65, Zia’s squad lead a balanced attack.

CBL30 Alert – 9/30/21

CBL30 Stats are up for Week 1. Based on the stats, Mike Liander leads in Points and Rebounds. Could he win his 3rd MVP in CBL?

Please see the following two sections:

CBL30 – Stats

CBL30 – Top Stats

CBL Retro Returns in Style!

CBL Retro made its long awaited return and the games did not disappoint. All 3 contests came down to the wire and for some it was joy and for others it was misery. But for all it was an appreciation that bball is back!

Details to come….

CBL Retro Continues Tonight

After a long pause, the Retro boys are back. Maaz, Zia, Kamil, Shanni, Muzz, Gouhar and the gang are all back to win a chip in Crescent. Check the CBL Retro Schedule tab for the schedule and Standings.

Since this is a continuing season, the standings tab is updated to show the current standings.

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