|Venice Basketball League (VBL) hosted the 3rd week of their 10th annual summer league this Sunday June 26th.
The day began with a FREE basketball clinic hosted by streetball legend Schea “Manchild” Cotton. He was joined by dunk champions Porter Mayberry and Chris Staples who all shared their inspiring stories.
The day featured a series of 5 games including a Celebrity game. Terrel Owens, Brandon “B Dot” Armstrong, Don Benjamin, Rome Flynn, Malcolm Kelly from Lost, Lipek, director Martin GuiGui, Sheldon Bailey and many more joined in the festivities
The #1 Rule of the VBL is that if you get dunked on, we stop the game and you must have a seat for 2 minutes and that rule had to be applied multiple times! Stay tuned for highlights.
Game 1: Pro Shot West over Blind Barber 41-35
POG: Ramez “Meezy” Michail – 12 pts, 4 rebs, 4 stls
Pro Shot West racked up a season-high 12 steals to win the first game of the day. Player of the Game Ramez Michail scored 12 points and logged 4 steals while Paul “PD” Davis bullied his way to the basket for 14 tough points.
Game 2: Hall of Fame over Most Hated Players 61-59
POG: Joshua “Gucci Man” Gouch – 15 pts, 6 rebs, 2 asts
Hall of Fame used a well balanced attack (5 guys with 8+ points) to pull off a narrow victory over a tough M.H.P. Nick Young’s squad. Both teams refused to back down in a physical battle that entertained spectators from start to finish. Joshua Gouch led Hall of Fame with 15 points.
Game 3: Future Legends over Shepherd Church 62 – 56
POG: Tristan Wilson – 18 pts, 10 rebs
Future Legends held off a late comeback attempt by Shepherd Church to go to 3-0 on the season. Tristan Wilson put up another monster game with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Shepherd Church brought the deficit down to 2 after being down by 16, but ran out of gas down the stretch.
Game 4: Pandas Friend over Los Fearless
POG: Metta World Peace – 28 pts, 7 rebs, 2 stls
Metta World Peace puzzled defenders and dazzled a packed crowd to lead Pandas Friend to a comeback victory in the final game of the day. World Peace drove to the basket, shook a defender off his body, and banked in the game winning shot. Los Fearless continues to be a dominate force on the boards and should bounce back next week.
If you missed out on any of the action make sure to be there Sunday July 10th for the first annual Aaron Gordon Summer Slam Dunk Competition!
Pictures by Jeremy Renault