The Ball Brothers are coming back to London and they are bringing their squad with them.
This Saturday, we take on the Team JBA USA at the Copper Box Arena where we faced the Ball Brothers in April, last time, they represented Vytautas of Lithuania, now they represent the cream of the JBA League that took place this summer in the USA.
For LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, It will be a nice homecoming for the brothers as they bring their JBA USA teammates with them this time around.
“It’s going to be fun,” Gelo said. “My team is ready. We’re going to put on a show for our fans.”
JBA USA is currently on an eight game win streak and have found a way to stop the type of basketball they have seen in Europe thus far. This style of play consists of shots taken from the corners and wings, and they expect nothing different when they come to England.
“This is my first time going to London,” JBA USA coach Doyle Balthazar said. “I’m anticipating the Lions to have the same playing style with corner shooters, wing shooters and a slowed down pace. We are going to try and pick that pace up and do our style of basketball.”
The first trip to London was a success for Big Baller Brand and once the news broke that JBA USA was coming to the United Kingdom, the fans became excited as they now get to see their favorite players with hopes of meeting some new favorite players.
“We’re going to get another victory,” JBA USA owner and General Manager Lavar Ball said. “That’s what all the fans in London want to see again, the Big Ballers thriving on the success of winning. The fans in London are alive. They love the style that we play. We bring that entertainment value to the game of basketball. It’s going to be a nice event. There is going to be great energy in the building.”
Team JBA USA is on a roll after figuring out the offensive system, but there’s always something to improve on.
“Our team is looking pretty good right now,” Balthazar said. “We still have a few things to sew up, like the middle parts of the game. When we have a 12 or 15 point lead, I would like to see our team stretch it out to 20 or 25 points. We need to maintain a lead instead of letting teams hang around and give them confidence by having them come back wthin five or seven points. We need to be a little bit better at that and get them out of the game when we are ahead by 15 points.”
JBA USA has had different players leading the way in the last few weeks. Curtis Hollis and Je’rell Springer have stepped up and taken bigger roles while Melvin Davis has filled the void down in the post with Nyang Wek out with a knee injury.
The production from the rest of the team has been noticed by fans all over the world and it has especially been noticed by their team captain.
“I feel good about our team,” Gelo said. “We have been having great practices. We are getting stronger as one unit.”
Team JBA USA will next head Leicester, England for a game on Thursday evening followed by a game in Turkey.
So what does the Big Baller expect when his JBA USA squad heads to London?
“We expect the Lions to play the hardest game they have ever played in their lives,” Lavar said. “I told Coach Vince, They’ll still come up short and that’s ok. London, NEVA LOST!”
For the Lions it is a double header weekend as they resume League action on Sunday in Manchester. Standing 5 and 1 at the top of the standings, Coach Vince Macaulay was excited to welcome the Ball’s back to London, “It’s always great to see Lavar Ball and his boys, this time he has a whole crew of boys in the best of the best from the JBA, what this man is doing will change the face of basketball in the USA, you can already see tweaks being made by the NBA and the G-League, he has his finger on the pulse of what young people want and he is going to deliver. On the basketball front we will win and tie up the series, you never know, the decider might be in LA!”
Lions’ Jordan Spencer, in his first pro season this year played as a guest in the game last time around and nailed 32 points, whilst the high-flying Ladarius Tabb is looking for his first taste of action.
Tip off is at 7pm with doors open at 6pm.