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MBL: Early Favorites (Time to put a target on their backs)

 

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The 2016 MBL Week One started off a little different from the previous year. With no door admission, the family can come enjoy the games without a big hit to their pockets. This year the MBL is running two games at the same time sideways until the semi-finals and championship game. There are some pros and cons to this new format, but overall it’s the same atmosphere we’ve grown to love about the MBL.

Early Favorites (Time to put a target on their backs)

Middle School Girls: Mercury – Strickland – Mercury’s Lyric Cole is definitely a force in this year’s MBL. In her opening game against Liberty-Mason, Cole scored a Week 1 high 16 points and snagged 13 boards. The Mercury team has solid guard play, with Amya Black and Deja Pryor, plus Leah Jones provides them with good size in the middle.
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Week 1 – Middle School Girls Scoring Leaders
L Cole – Mercury – Strickland 16.0
M Taylor – Liberty – Mason 14.0
K Claybrooks – Lynx – Jones 14.0
A Farrell-Rousseau – Liberty-M 10.0
D Todd – Lynx – Jones 8.0
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Week 1 – Middle School Girls Rebounding Leaders
L Cole – Mercury – Strickland 13
C Hearns – Sparks – Fleet 9
K McBride – Sparks – Fleet 9
M Taylor – Liberty – Mason 9
D Todd – Lynx – Jones 9
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5/6th Grade Boys: Cavs – Hood – Coming off an 1-4 record for the 2015 MBL season, Coach Hood had an impressive draft. Her Cavs team is pretty tall and stout. The Cavs won their 2016 MBL debut game easily over Magic-Gilmore, 32-17. Braylen Ragland healthy from 2015 injury is the 5/6th grade leading scorer for Week 1 with 18 points and he cleared 10 rebounds.
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Week 1 – 5/6th Grade Scoring Leaders
B Ragland – Cavs – Hood 18
K Hickerson – Griz – Jones 11
J Nelson – Lakers – James 10
M Pepper – Heat – Scales 8
S Franklin – Lakers – James 7
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Week 1 – 5/6th Grade Rebounding Leaders
M Pepper – Heat – Scales 18
R Jackson – Lakers – James 12
J Hardaway – Cavs – Hood 11
B Ragland – Cavs – Hood 10
D Brady – Heat – Scales 8
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7/8th Grade Boys: Pistons – Mitchell – The Pistons, a balanced team with a tremendously talented back-court. Harrison Kelly is an all-around scorer, his perimeter game is deadly. Robert Johnson, DeSoto Central is a workhorse, with his size he’s very hard to defend. Jordan Jenkins is also a big body guard that can punish smaller guards on his way to the basket. David Kiesel has a nose for the ball and can find ways to score.

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Week 1 – 7/8th Grade Scoring Leaders
E Federman – Knicks – Draper 18.0
H Kelly – Pistons-Mitchell 16.0
C Donegan – Spurs – Buxton 14.0
C Martin – Knicks – Draper 14.0
J Willis – Nets – Franklin 14.0
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Week 1 – 7/8th Grade Rebounding Leaders
J Willis – Nets – Franklin 25
J Collier – Jazz – Wood 13
Q Washington – Spurs – Buxton 11
J Miller – Jazz – Wood 11
B Sanders – Jazz – Wood 11
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High School Boys: Oregon – J. Brown Team Oregon is loaded from top to bottom with multiple scoring options. Ashton Smith proved his shot is automatic from the perimeter with 5 three-balls in the opener against team Villanova. 6’4″ 205 lbs, Brogan Brewer is very versatile, more than capable of playing any position on the court. Jalen Brown and Kennedy Chandler also can score on all three levels. This team is fun to watch.

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Week 1 – High School Boys Scoring Leaders
A Smith – Oregon – J. Brown 20
M Murrell – N. Carolina – Walden 13
A Abner – Syracuse – K. Kimble 12
B Morris – Virginia – V. Morris 11
S Thompson – Syracuse – K. Kimble 11
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Week 1 – High School Boys Rebounding Leaders
E Jones – Kansas – Marsh 18
C Tutor – N. Carolina – Walden 11
A Smith – Virginia – V. Morris 9
C Matthews – Virginia – V. Mor 9
T Arnett – Villanova – Hatley 7
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