Week 8 Semi Finals Preview ft. 3pt Shoot Out and Dunk Contest

Back to the Beach! This Sunday July 28th, the Venice Basketball League will be back home at the Venice Beach Basketball Courts for the Semi Finals. This has been arguably the most competitive season in VBL history and this weekend should be nothing short of that as only 4 teams remain for a chance at the throne.

Last week included more buzzer beaters, posters, and flashbacks to the AND1 days. All attendees should expect the same from this weekend. To kick off the festivities, there will be a free KVBL kids’ clinic at 10am. This program is open to kids of all ages, genders, and abilities. Our esteemed coaches will be able to help develop any player. 

Following that will be the 2019 Mouthpiece Birthday Classic from 12-2pm. This is a 5v5 open run. All are welcome to participate. For those who have not been involved with the VBL and are interested in playing in the future, this is a perfect opportunity to get your name out there to find yourself on a squad and join the VBL family. Just because you’re new doesn’t mean the Beach Boys aren’t going to put up a great battle.

On top of that, there will be a 3pt contest and dunk battle from 2-3pm. It takes a special type of shooter to be wet on the beach, so this is anyone’s title to take. As far as the dunking goes, we all know that the VBL is home to the best dunkers in the world – so make sure you bring ya popcorn because it’s gonna be a show.

After those 4 fun events have taken place, the big dogs will come out to play. The first game of the day is Project Dream’s Los Fearless vs Team Fairplay at 3pm. Los Fearless is slightly favored with only 1 loss on the season but Team Fairplay showed last week that they have the most athletic team in the league. You’re not going to want to miss that matchup. The next battle is between Sunblock on Wheels vs Dom Pen Green Lights. Dom Pen is the reigning champion of the VBL and they are very set on keeping that title; however, Sunblock is led by Brandon “The Mute” Fields who is a 4x VBL Champion and 5x VBL MVP. This VBL legend is not going to give up until the final whistle.

We hope to see you all there to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach with a free show!

Follow along for more details as well as highlights from prior weekends @veniceball on Instagram.

Written by: Louis “Good Guy Lou” Murray