ENTOURAGE BBALL cruise to 79 – 59 win in season opener

Jammers Int. Weekend League, Season 12
Game 1, 28.11.15

ENTOURAGE BBALL INC vs. IFS VIKINGS: 79 – 59

Opening night of the Jammers League season saw the return of the IFS Vikings to league play and the introduction of Entourage Bball’s new team uniforms and roster additons.

IFS, normally a stacked opponent, were undermanned, having only 6 players at their disposal. Entourage on the other hand had a full team to count on. New additions at Point Guard (Chi) and Small Forward (Dave K.) were on hand as well as most of last season’s champions.

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Defending Champs, Entourage Bball 2015/16.
From left: Chi, Sinan, Terence, Dave, Ronnie, Tony, Tolga, Sébastien, Mark, Dave K, Alex & Evan

The dreaded Saturday night 7pm timeslot proved to be no obstacle for Team Entourage who got off to a flying start against their old rivals. Crisp passing and solid scoring saw Entourage open up an 11-5 lead early in the first quarter.
The starting unit of Evan, Terence, Ronnie, Séb and Tony played strong defense, giving IFS only one-shot possessions by dominating the defensive glass.

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Evan: hustling and bustling

It was the 2nd rotation guys who played with a much needed burst of energy though, entering the game midway through the 1st quarter and pulling away from their opponents with fastbreak points, timely 3 point shots and active hands on D.

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Tolga with the up & under putback

Apart from a short stretch in the 2nd quarter, the Vikings never climbed out of the 10-15 point hole they dug themselves into. Over-reliant on outside shooting and constantly hounded by their opponent’s man-to-man defense, IFS were overwhelmed by the 3rd Quarter.

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Transition passing: T-Rex to Ronnie to Tony

Post-game, team coach Dave emphasised the need to take better care of the ball; turnovers were a problem all game long, and to keep a level head after the 20-point blowout win. The undermanned opposing team was not a good measuring stick to gauge Entourage Bball Inc’s current form, but there were lots of positive signs in this season premiere.

Performance rating

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Lapses on offense, weak finishing at the rim and turnover-prone in 1st half.
Good defensive pressure on opposing guards, lots of steals, deflections and blocks
Standout players: Mark, Chi, Evan

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Excellent rebounding, good play-making and passing. “One and done” defensive mentality.
Unfocused ball catching on Offense, need more scoring from the big crew.
Standout players: Tolga, Dave K, Tony

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Solid performance by the team with subpar scoring/converting at the rim. Great poise during opponents 2nd quarter run. Bench mob was the MVP of this game.
Standout players: Tolga and Chi

 

New Season Alert! Jammers League commences

Nearly 5 months after winning Season 11 of the Jammers International Weekend league, Entourage BBALL Inc. players finally get their chance at defending the title.
Negotiatons with the League had been mired in quicksand for a while and lack of transparency nearly saw the team move to a newly started Basketball League next January .
But managers Evan and Sébastien were able to reach an agreement with Jammers League; the season was saved.
Entourage Bball will kick off their season by facing old adversary IFS Vikings at UWC Dover Road next Saturday, Nov. 28th.

League Schedule November 2015

WWP (Where We Play) #2: Block 38, Cambridge Road

The second entry into the players’ favourite courts around Singapore is brought to you by the team’s veteran and site administrator.

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Dave: ballin'

Block 38, Cambridge Road

Why Play here?
“It’s a 10 min bike ride from home. Nestled in a residential neighbourhood with greenery (and the CTE) close by. Teammate Tolga told me about this court and it has become my main shootaround spot.”

Pros

  • Good regulation height rims
  • Lighting on till 10 pm, 7 days a week
  • Foodpark and Supermarket across the street
  • Quiet during the day
  • Full-court games from 6pm on
  • Friendly players, fastbreaking style bball

Cons

  • Dusty concrete surface, punishing on shoes and balls
  • Nets tear regularly (players improvise and fix with clips though)
  • Large player groups, playing full-court: hard to use 1 basket at peak times
  • Dog droppings on the edges of the court/fence at times

Preseason ’15/16: practice and Uniform presentation at Sembawang PSA

With clear skies returning to Singapore this week, Entourage Bball Inc. players gathered at a rather exclusive location to continue preparation for Jammers Weekend League Season 12.
Tony, american center and Armed Forces serviceman, offered the team access to the sports facilities at PSA Sembawang this Saturday and we gladly accepted. The top-notch facilities, soon to be featured on the “Where We Play” page of the site, stoked the competitive fires in the Entourage crew. Practice was intense, fun and went on longer than planned.

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Adding icing to the cake was the unveiling (or rather, the frantic unpacking) of the new team Uniforms post-practice.
DSC_7413“You got my number? No? You?…..”

The most productive pre-season session so far was a good step in the right direction. Jammers League’s new season has been delayed 2 months and counting, but the core of the team is still motivated, and most importantly, hungry for more Basketball.

This was emphatically demonstrated by Power Forward Tolga shanking a dunk off the back of the rim at the end of an exhausting 3 on 2 full-court drill, drawing praise from his teammates for the surprising attempt.

Basketball in Singapore: Where We Play #1

The city state of Singapore populated by 5.2 million people and boasting tight living conditions has a highly diverse Basketball infrastructure in place.
In this ongoing segment called “Where We Play”, the 2015/2016 players of Entourage BBall Inc. introduce their favourite courts and facilities around the Island. Enjoy.

Daniel, Center.
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Teban Gardens Rd, Block 44.

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Why play here? Daniel explains.
“I play here the most because i live nearby. The court has sligthly lower rims with plexi glass backboards and night lighting. I also made new friends here when i moved into the neighbourhood.”

Pros:

  • Decent competition level
  • Full court games nearly always available
  • Convenience stores nearby.
  • Post-game hunger? Zi Char (Chinese cuisine) stores nearby, open till 11 pm (Ever the local foodie, Dani recommends the XO fish head meat Bee Hoon at Blk 39 🙂

Cons:

  • Court surface gets dirty at times; sandy surroundings
  • Occasional lull in activity


More “Where We Play” entries to follow. Stay tuned.
29/10/15

Pre-season opens with a loss to Team Kelekonas

Entourage Basketball Inc. was invited by Jammers league to participate in a pre-season friendly last weekend. It was a welcome opportunity to get some needed playing time amidst the ongoing haze saga in S’pore. The league still has not set a start date for Season 12, scheduling problems have been steadily increasing in scope the last few seasons, the friendly was a good compromise to get things rolling.

Unable to field a full roster, 7 players were available at such short notice, Entourage faced Team Kelekonas, a japanese expat team known for excellent shooting and feisty man-to-man defense.

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Team Kelekonas: never contend yet never an easy opponent

Though pysically imposing compared to their opponents, Entourage Bbball’s players showed heavy signs of rust, missing easy layups and turning the ball over multiple times.
Kelekonas moved the ball well, and made shots at their usual high percentage clip.

One bright spot for the the green & orange was the play of “T-Rex” Terrence who shot 3-4 from beyond the arc and had multiple successful drives to the basket. Other players on the team seemed sluggish and also had to contend with a very slippery floor at the Queensway SC venue.

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T-Rex going hard to the hoop

The 12 point loss was a good indicator of the team’s current preseason form: a work in progress.

D.O.

Basketball club in Singapore: Est. 2008.