After a successful summer run of the new division 3 we are going to add this division to our main season. Starting this Sunday we will be holding games from 10AM-9:30PM at RFK for division 1, 2, and 3. This season we have 6 teams in our D1, 8 teams in D2, and 8 teams in D3. A lot of new faces this season.
Decepts still a power house as they bring back a lot of the same guys Moe B, Maaz, Omar, etc... There is defiantly more competition this season and their guards look a little banged up from last season. The team has great chemistry but they may be undersized can Andrea and Mehdi take on the new bigs in D1.
Imaan is bringing back its championship team they were undersized last season as Cire was injured but he will be returning this season with Reyaad, Farhad, and Tariq. If i had to pick a team now i would go with Imaan even though they always have attendance issues.
ICLI Lions are returning to the league this season if you remember they were in the finals two season ago. Although rules have changed since the last time they played they will have to find more Asian players to fill the team roster. With captain Omar Salama only limited to 20ppg he will have to reply on the rest of his team for scoring. They bring back Vikas as their big but they will need another big man if they want to be able to compete in this league.
AFG Ballers are making their return to the league as you remember they are team full of guards who just lacked a big man but with the new rule changes they finally have the big man they needed to compete in this league. Nafi will be a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the court.
Panthers are stepping up their game by moving over to the D1 as they have the talent to compete at a high level. The only problem is they have such a hard time winning their playoff games. They bring back the same guys with the addition of Vish and Ravi.
NYC Kings is a new team but with many of the same faces we have seen over the years. we don't know if they have enough talent to compete in this league but i think captain Sabi Singh may have some surprise players up his sleeve that we have not seen yet. So don't sleep on them the first game of the season will really tell us where they stand as they face off old teammates from Panthers.
Decepts guards are so good that they can all compete in D1, they also have enough size with Andrea, Arvin, and Jose cleaning up the boards. They are still the favorites to win it all this season.
Showtime came up a little short last season losing in yet another finals, captain Goppy cannot seem to get over that hump. His roster seems depleted but he is always working toward improving his roster so look for some new surprises this season.
Imaan is a lot like decepts where its the same team from D1 minus their 2 elite players Cire and Reyaad. Again its going to come down to if the team stays healthy and if they show up to their games. They are probably the biggest team in the division.
Athelites is a new team but comprised of our regular SABL house hold names. Captain Manu has been working for years to put together a team from Richmond Hill and he has finally pulled it off. Lets see if it pays him dividend.
NWO stands for New World Order captain Munir is leading his first team in the SABL in division 2 and he brings with him a new group of talent. Moe H, Wais, Omar Salam, and probably their best player Saffi as Omar will be limited do to league guidelines.
Goon Squad is a reincarnation of the Falcons under new leadership. Captain Indo feels his team has gained a lot of experience from last season and now ready to compete in a higher level.
Chicken n Rice is a brand new team they are hungry for a chip but i think they are going to be surprised that the competition is higher then they anticipated.
STYL stands for Saint Thomas Youth League, you may remember some of these guys from over 5 years ago. Captain Sijo is also investing in the future as brings a lot of young guys with him this season. They really wanted to play D3 so dont know if they have enough talent to compete in D2 only time will tell.
Wolverines after a tough loss in the finals last season this team is hungry as captain Arvin brings back many of the same old guys. Their biggest loss was when Freddy got injured before playoff lets see if his replacement can help them win a championship this season.
Captains are comprised of players that were also team captains at one point in SABL. They also have 4 SABL commissioners on the team, one would say they have a lot of experience on this team. Another would say this is the oldest team in the league and the kids are going to run them out of the gym. Captain Kashif brings back the guys who made SABL happen Ammad Sheikh, Solyman Najimi, and Ahmad Sayar. Other captains are Eli Kim from 30+ team NYCE, Hasan from Imaan. They also picked up the enforcer Afran Arif and point guard LJ.
Force is finally back after missing the playoff so many times in D2 they will finally have a home where they can compete and hopefully win a championship this season. Captain Prince Panicker is bringing back a lot of the same players we are used to seeing.
Wer1 cannot seem to stick to one team name as they started off as wolf pack moved over to 5 Rivers and now Wer1. We are still trying to figure out what that stands for, hopefully we will have an update for you next week. Captain Pinder is bringing back pretty much the same team lets see if he can control his staring point guard Mandeep this season as he always seems to find a way to lose the game ;). They have a 10 man roster yet they have trouble getting 5 players to show up at times.
ICLI Lions are not the same lions that played last season this is comprised of Adil from decepts and his two brothers Arif and Hassan. They desperately need a big man lets see what they have up their sleeve.
Penguins don't let the name fool you this group of guys are young and fast, but they too are going to have an issue when it comes to size. Captain Sajeel better find a big man in his 9 man roster.
Vipers are the youngest team in the division they are fast and they have size, but they lack experience. Captain Gurnek Singh hopes to the change that this season as he enrolls his team for a league for the first time.
Adrenaline is a new team that has some veterans and some young players on it. They also seem to be the biggest team in the division, some may argue that they are too good for this division. Captain Haris Khan has put together a good group of guys lets see how they do when they face off against the captains this week.