Update: Jersey City Basketball League will play Sundays only. The Belmar league will play a combo of Sunday/Thursday nights.
Registration is now open.
Men's Winter Basketball League Announced!
The 2020 Men's Winter Basketball League will tip-off in early January with divisions in Jersey City and Belmar, NJ.
We are accepting Full Teams and Individual Players for the league. Each team must have a minimum (8) players on the team roster.
The deadline to register is December 31.
The Jersey City League will play at 180 9th Street Gym, near Hoboken, NJ. Game nights are Sundays 4pm-10pm. Each team plays 1 game per week on average.
The Belmar League will play at the Academy Charter H.S. Gym located 1725 Main Street in Belmar/Lake Como. Game nights are Sundays and/or Thursdays. Each team plays one game per week on average.
Questions? Email us at info@joinABL.com.
We'll see you at the court!
Jersey City- The two top dogs of the league duked it out in an instant classic of a championship game this past Sunday. Both of teams wanted the title badly, and it showed on the court. Slaughterhouse hit the ground running, nailing their first two shot attempts. Both came from deep to start the game on a 6-0 run. Bucket SZN responded like a champion and countered with an impressive 15-0 run, taking a 9-point lead. Slaughterhouse was not defending the 3-point line well enough and gave up 2 uncontested 3’s. After the quick start, Slaughterhouse went ice cold from the field for over 9 minutes. The game was fast-paced and physical. Slaughterhouse found the spark they needed and mounted a 12-2 run to regain the lead. From then on, the game would be tight and competitive. Slaughterhouse moved the ball well but missed a too many free throws while Bucket SZN won the battle of the boards. Going into halftime, the score was all knotted up at 26 all, with Nnamdi Enechionyia of Slaughterhouse leading all players with 16 points.
As great as the first half was, the second half didn't miss a beat. The teams were even more physical with multiple technical fouls being handed out, showing just how much this one meant to each team. Slaughterhouse’s defense was tougher, but neither team was able to break away offensively. Bucket SZN saw a huge advantage on the offensive boards, allowing them to keep pace with their opponent. The game was neck-and-neck down the stretch, when Slaughterhouse’s Brandon Steward came up with 2 game-changing steals in the final 2 minutes to put his team in the driver’s seat. Bucket SZN tried to recover from those big blows to salvage their flawless season and the championship. However, this night belonged to Slaughterhouse as they were able to hold the lead and take down their undefeated opponent, earning the championship title in thrilling fashion with a 48-43 victory. Bucket SZN’s Vic Rosario finished with another double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds, also adding 1 block. Teammate Aaron Gadsden chipped in 12 points of his own and 3 steals. Slaughterhouse’s Nnamdi Enechionyia led the way with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 1 block, while Brandon Steward stepped, who seems to have a knack for stepping up in the big moments, totaled 9 points, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds, and 1 block.
Slaughterhouse came into the league this season and took it by storm with their impressive 3-point shooting, ball distribution, tempo, and chemistry. They were a top team throughout and proved their championship mettle. Nnamdi Enechionyia led the team in points per game at 17.0, 3-pointers made, total points, blocks, and rebounds this season in their path to the championship. Now that’s epic. Brandon Steward put his passing skills on full display, totaling the highest assists per game in the entire league at 5.4, and no one else even came close. He complimented his ball handling and prowess in distributing the ball with his stout defense, also lead his team in steals. Although their top seeded opponent outranked them in most categories this season, Slaughterhouse proved why they were so dangerous and worthy of the championship crown throughout the season and in this game. Congratulations for the well-deserved victory and living up to their name Slaughterhouse!!!
Jersey City- After last week’s lackluster performance from Slaughterhouse, they looked to turn things around in the first round of the playoffs against JC Tropics. JC Tropics played this game with a chip on their shoulder as well, giving their opponent all they could handle. Slaughterhouse hit their first two 3-point attempts, which is usually a good sign, but then their play turned sloppy as they began to struggle. JC Tropics' game plan was to attack the rim and they did it with success. JC Tropics were ahead by as many as 11 points, thanks in large part to the efforts of Bruce Sobress, who caught fire and finished with 12 first half points. Slaughterhouse needed more players to step it up if they hoped to overcome JC Tropics. Brandon Steward answered the bell to end the first half, carrying Slaughterhouse back into the game. He led all players with 15 points and brought his team back to within two points at the break, down only 29-27.
The second half was definitely a battle with both teams stepping up their competitiveness and physicality. Slaughterhouse took their first lead of the game 7 minutes into the half and would lead by as many as 7 points. JC Tropics were getting the same great looks they found earlier on but but just were not able to knock them down as consistently. Even with the offense slowing down, they remained in the game and it was neck and neck right up until the end. It was a tie game with just 2 minutes remaining, and both teams were pushing the pace as they sensed their shot at the title game coming to within their grasp. Every player was hustling and wanted this win. With less than 30 seconds on the clock and down by 1 point, Brandon Steward steals the ball from JC Tropics. After an assist to Dakota Tipton, Steward gets the ball back and nails a pressure 3 pointer for the win at the buzzer, crushing JC Tropics. Both teams showed great grit and determination, but it will be Slaughterhouse who heads to the championship game on the back of this 60-58 victory. JC Tropic’s Bruce Sobress finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists with teammate Brandon Renkart chipping in 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. Slaughterhouse’s Brandon Steward totaled 26 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Teammate Solomon Funchess earned himself a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds, also tacking on 2 assists.