9TH Men’s OPEN Semi Final Game
- ROK 57 FABA Dogs 47
Player of the Game- Chris Vann of ROK
Men’s 40/U Championship Game-
39 S3R Warriors36
MVP- Chris Laquindanum of Leon’s BBQ
9TH Men’s OPEN Semi Final Game- District Bullets 40 Team DC
Player of the Game- Justin Baker of District Bullets
4TH Men’s OPEN 5’11/U Championship Game
- Shockers 46 Washington
MVP- Noah Canlas Cruz (FABA’s 1st grand child)
9TH Men’s OPEN Championship Game- ROK 45 District Bullets 44
MVP- Chris Vann of ROK
The 9th AABC Men’s OPEN came to a conclusion with ROK upended the defending champion, Deausen Group/FABA Dogs in semi-final and the 7-time Champion District Bullets in succession to capped its maiden year in the league. In its semi-final game against the defending champion, ROK broke free from a tight contest in the early stages of the second half after unleashing their stifling defense that the Deausen Group/FABA Dogs couldn’t withstand and weather the storm. Not to mention the sharp shooting display of their Big 3, Chris Vann, Billy Kim and Scott Yun who combined 13 three’s in a game.
In the other semifinal game, this game was so physical that you don’t want to pick any of them in a bar fight. It was a heavyweight match that both teams throwing haymakers at each other but in the end it was the imposing will and determination of the District Bullets proved to be the difference of the game at the end against Team DC a collection of the best Mongolian players in DC area. They are the strongest and hardest playing team in a league. Their mind set is way totally different than others; workman like fashion with a take no prisoner attitude. A team on the rise.
In the championship game between the ROK and District Bullets, this is by far the best championship game in the history of FABA's AABC. It surpasses the final game last season with the Deausen Group escaping from VA Tropics who had 2 chances with the last attempt at the buzzer to win the game outright. This time ROK jumped all over District Bullets as they still carried the effects of their bruising game against Team DC in the semifinal game an hour earlier. ROK sensed that and built a 12 points lead in the 1st half. Then before the 1st half ended, District Bullets shook off the effects and scored the final 5 points of the half to cut the deficit to 7 points and momentum is on their side heading the final stanza.
At the opening salvo of the 2nd half, District Bullets showed why they are the 7 time Champion of this league as they started to clamped them down on defense that flustered ROK and went ahead by 2 points after a 9-0 run led by their mainstay and still consider the AABC's best player, Justin Baker of the District Bullets. From this point on it became a battle of nutrition as both teams trading baskets. With about 35 seconds, District Bullets clinging to a 3 points lead, Chris Vann of ROK hit a tough fade away corner 3 to even up the score. In the ensuing possession, Bassem Ammoury of District Bullets found himself in the elbow and hit a turn-around jumper to put his team up by 2 with 22 seconds left. ROK immediately called time out to set up a play but the District Bullets broke the offensive set that they were trying to run forced Chris Vann of ROK to split up 2 defenders and found Andy Kim in the corner 3 to hit the go-ahead basket with 11 seconds left. District Bullets had a chance to win the game at the buzzer but mis-fired. As the buzzer sounded you can tell both teams were exhausted and they both knew that game could have gone either way. The mutual respect between the 2 combatants was evident at the end as they congratulated each other of a well-played championship caliber brand of play at its finest as ROK didn't celebrate due to fatigue. It was more like a relief and grateful that they came out on top while District Bullets only could pondered what could have it been if they were on the other side.
The atmosphere and the intensity level of this final game of the season was at its highest and felt like we were at the NATIONALS as it might as well be. This was the kind of game that made us feel so lucky and worthwhile to be running this league.
Team Shockers was not ready to relinquish their dominance in the 5’11U Men’s OPEN especially against the surprising youngsters of Washington, a collection of 17U Fil/Am players. This upcoming players put up a good fight till the end but the depth inside, size, savviness and craftinest of their older counterparts serve futile in their quest of ending their dominance. They were like a bunch of gnats that won’t go away. Every time they threatened to break the game open this teenager’s will have an answer of their own. It is just a matter of time when they will catch up with their older brothers but this is not their time yet. Shockers completed their 3peat campaign of the 4th Men’s OPEN 5’11U.
Leon’s BBQ was too hot to handle and made their free throws at the end to pull out a tough match up against S3R Autoshop in the Men’s 40U division. S3R had a chance to go ahead in the waning seconds with an almost wide-open lay-up but missed that the other team capitalized at the end to put the game out of reach through their clutch free throws.
Now that the FABA’s Adult Fall/Winter 2013-2014 Edition is over, we would like to thank our dear Lord for guiding us for another successful season with no one suffering a major injury of all our players. We are thankful that we are continued to be blessed. To all the sponsors, fans, families and friends, THANK YOU! And of course to all the players new and old it is you that keeps us doing what we’ve been doing, THANK YOU!
We just hope that we made each and everyone comfortable and feel that you are part of our organization as we always tried to foster inclusive and respectful environment.
Lastly, it is also our hope to see everyone this coming spring as we begin another chapter of AABC history.
LONG LIVE FABA NATION!!! SIMPLY THE BEST!!!