Law Murray

Drew League Wk. 7: James Harden Scores 26

Author: Law Murray
Drew League Wk. 7: James Harden Scores 26

LOS ANGELES — In Week 6, LAUNFD suffered one of the most embarrassing losses by a defending champion in Drew League history, scoring only 41 points against a Panthers team that entered the contest with a 1-4 record. But in Week 7, LAUNFD would bring the full squad, including the key to the 2015 championship: James Harden (Houston Rockets, Arizona State).

 

LAUNFD would be matched up with Problems, who had absorbed much of the M.H.P. roster that lost to LAUNFD in the 2015 championship game. Problems played the night before, getting F Victor Rudd (South Florida) back in the lineup and getting an 88-85 win over Reapers. That win was highlighted by a vicious tomahawk by Rudd, the kind of dunk he had been looking for all season. For the marquee matchup against LAUNFD, Problems had F Nick Young (Los Angeles Lakers, Southern California) make his season debut while G Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers, Missouri) made his Drew League debut.

 

The game was over as soon as it started. LAUNFD dropped 38 points in the first quarter. They led Problems by 35 points at halftime, and LAUNFD had a 90-55 lead at the end of the third quarter. In a season full of overhyped games, this was arguably the most lopsided of the season. LAUNFD scored a season-high in points, defeating Problems 98-76. Harden excelled, scoring 26 points on 10/15 FGs with 8 assists. On the flipside, Young (13 points, 5/14 FGs) and Clarkson (6 points, 3/11 FGs) were awful. At one point in the game, P.A. announcer George Preciado taunted Clarkson, saying that Young “should’ve brought Brandon Ingram instead!”

 

“James Harden makes everything easier,” LAUNFD head coach Dart Stamps said after the game. “You didn’t even have to coach.”

 

Elsewhere at The Drew, the number of undefeated teams went from three to two. Houdini’s All-Stars entered their Week 7 matchup with Citi Team Blazers at 6-0, and Citi Team Blazers were coming off an overtime loss to undefeated Redemption. While missed free throws cost Citi Team Blazers against Redemption, they took care of business from the line in closing out an 83-79 win over Houdini’s All-Stars. F Larry Anderson (Long Beach State) had a game-high 32 points for Citi Team Blazers, while G Kenny “Action” Jackson (Master’s College) made more free throws by himself (9/9) than Houdini’s All-Stars’ entire team (6/11).

 

Redemption followed up their Week 6 overtime win vs. Citi Team Blazers with another close call, this time against New Image. Redemption blew a 14-point lead, but a near triple-double from G Kerry Carter (Saint Mary’s) — 29 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 steals — and some big defensive plays from F Chris Eversley (California Polytechnic) helped preserve a 67-64 win.

 

“I had to do something,” Eversley said. “It’s not like I was putting the ball in the basket!”

 

BB4L also had a close call. They entered their Week 7 contest vs. Reapers at 7-0, and Reapers had lost to Problems the night before. While BB4L had Baron Davis (UCLA) in the starting lineup, they were missing key players such as G Casper Ware (Long Beach State), G Ervin Ware (Mount San Antonio College), and C Charles Jackson (Tennessee Tech). The Reapers were led by PG Johnny Dee (San Diego), who scored 29 points vs. Problems and 35 points (9/16 threes) vs. BB4L. But F Van Girard (Dominguez Hills) eventually showed up to the contest in the second half, and F Eugene Phelps (Long Beach State) was too much to handle, scoring 34 points with 15 rebounds to lead BB4L to a 91-88 victory.

 

Two players scored a Drew League season-high 46 points in Week 7 – and both of them came in losing efforts. F Stanley Johnson (Detroit Pistons, Arizona) had 46 points for ICEO, but Clozers defeated them 97-82 for their best win of the season; G Jeremy Hemsley (San Diego State) had 32 points for Clozers, while Fs Bennie Boatwright (Southern California) and Chimezie Metu (Southern California) added 28 and 17 points, respectively. LA LOOP PG Pat Rembert (Irvine) also dropped 46 points, but he was upstaged by Legacy G Shannin Sharpe (Colorado), who followed up his viral Week 6 dunk with a near triple-double of 28 points, 9 rebounds, and a Drew League season-high 14 assists. Legacy defeated LA LOOP 93-87, and Sharpe was named the Week 7 Player of the Week for his efforts.

 

 

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