The last time I talked about Jamar and Rob’s Mob (J&R), it was about the impact that J-Dub made to a veteran team. Last night was another example to how he changes what they do on both ends of the floor. Sure Shot had a great chance to set the tone early in this game as J&R started the game with just four players, still, they couldn’t take full advantage of it. It took a while, but J&R created some separation and then ran away with the game 90-70. It was far from an impressive performance for a team of their talent, but a win none the less and another contest in which J-Dub (34 points) shined.
The first half was really just about the start, despite being down a player it was J&R’s mob with an 8-0 run to begin. What was interesting is that the game seemed to settle down and even tip towards Sure Shot’s way once the teams were at even strength. Sure Shot got a really good half from Caiden (15 points) and Bubba (9 points), both teams traded baskets as defense wasn’t much of a priority for either. Sure Shot was trailing 38-30 at the break, Maurice Creek ended the half with a bucket before the horn sounded.
The second stanza didn’t start well for Sure Shot, a player known almost solely for his defensive capabilities, Marl scored eight points in the game. That fact that he felt comfortable being that aggressive was an indictment for just how well the team was rolling. Creek’s triple pushed the lead to 13. Sure Shot responded with a triple of their own from Chris Penn. Creek only had 13 points in the game, but known for his affinity for shooting the long ball he did so in a variety of ways. One of his most impressive shots of the game was a fade-away out of a post up that he put off the glass.
The constant in that game for J&R was Dub’s willingness to attack, he’s able to score so many baskets in transition due to his speed and finishing ability. Several times he finished through a couple of defenders by mixing up his speeds and showing deft footwork. Penn got going in this half, he’s a player that is capable of filling the scoring column quite easily but he never really got on track yesterday. Sure Shot definitely could have used him though, J.R and Caiden did a good job trading baskets in a good stretch during the second half.
Still, it seemed as if both teams knew the outcome was inevitable as Demarr Johnson joined the act. He had a stretch in which he scored at least 10 points as he finished with 21 for the game. J.R. would hit a ridiculous, acrobatic lay-up but it was for nought as D.J. responded with a layup. That pretty much was the game as J&R’s mob rolled to another win.
Twyman still hasn’t been on the floor to this point in the season for J&R’s mob, looking forward to him and Dub on the floor together as they’ll be able to push the pace at any time.
Sure Shot has some talented players, it’s all about finding a balance. They settled for the long ball a bit too much in this game and the well went dry at one point which allowed their opponent to take off. They have to keep Penn involved on the offensive end, must be a balanced team effort going forward if they wish to make a run at a championship.