… 2014 Drew League debut in the Kings of LA vs Clozers game. last year, The Clozers (formerly LAUNFD) were the 2x defending champions, going for their 3rd title. Kings of LA knocked them out of the playoffs and went on to almost win the entire championship. The structure of these teams have changed and many players from last year haven’t been at all of the games this summer. Kings of LA struggled early in the season and were hoping for a comeback with this game. It was really close and went down to the wire. Despite all the efforts of Kings of LA, The Clozers had Brandon Jennings, who had scored 57 points last week. This week he scored 56 (would have been 57 but he missed 1 last free throw). He was on fire again. Other players on the court included Justin Cobbs (UC Berkley), Chris Young aka Ghettobird (Drew League legend), Aqueel Quinn (SDSU), Dijon Thompson (Overseas), Jack McClinton (Overseas) playing for Kings of LA. The Clozers included Marcus Williams (Overseas), Steven Mallory (Norfolk State), and even a new USC freshman Malik Marquetti. Down the stretch, the game got really close and there were some key fouls that were called that really put the edge over the Clozers to take the win. Kings of LA was down by 1 point and had less than 5 seconds. They weren’t able to get the shot off and they lost 92-93. Kings of LA won’t be advancing to the playoffs, but it was fun to see these stars go head to head.
After the excitement of that game, next was La Familia vs Problems. Rumors of Kevin Durant playing in this game were in full effect, especially with his best friend playing and his brother sitting courtside watching. KD never made it out, but of course the game continued with lots of action. Other than the 3 Toronto All-Stars, Ron Artest joined La Familia again. Both teams went back and forth with big dunks and acrobatic shots. It was hard to watch at times because with the all stars with La Familia, it seemed as though they would dominate. Unfortunately it became more of a game of 1 on 1. This was DeMar DeRozan’s 2014 Drew League debut and he played amazing. Franklin Session and Kwame Alexander held in there for La Familia as well. High-Flying dunker Kirpatrick McCauley for Problems showed off his jumping ability more than once – with a monster dunk. La Familia held on and won the game in a score of 89-81.
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Jeff Remington Dunk. Video Credit: Nils-Hoopmixtape