NPA Pythons has done nothing but win this season. The defending champ is sending a statement game after game. A strong word to the league that no matter what they are here to maintain their championship. The players has started sending the message in jingles as well. Yesterday during their pre-game warmup, you could hear them chant, We are the champs!
Monrovia Blazers came in the game riding on a three games winning streak. In Liberiabasketball.com earlier post, we hinted what was the driving force in the latest victories surge. Well, NPA Pythons has once again sent them to the drawing boards letting them know there is more work to be done.
What is clear in their wins is the kind of defense NPA Pythons is playing. Suffocating their opponents and having them score way below average. Last night was no different. NPA Pythons held Monrovia Blazers to their lowest points of the season, way below their average of 54pts.
Emmanuel Paye of NPA Pythons lead all scorers with 19pts, 3rbds and an assists. He did well with the ball recording one turnover. He made all eight of his field goal attempts as well as all three of his free-throws.
Joel Martor had 8pts and an assists. He was a little careless with the ball having four turnovers. John Williams Jr also contributed 8pts, 2rbds, 2asts and a steal. He had a breakaway dunk which was the highlight for the day.
Glenn Nimely showed a flash of his prime days. He made two three pointers in the final minute including a buzzer beater to end the game.
Wallace Seongbae lead Monrovia Blazers with 12pts but had five turnovers. Monrovia Blazers turned the ball over so much it was higher then their score. NPA Pythons had 17 turnovers as a team while Monrovia Blazers had 30.
NPA Pythons were 24-39, shooting 61.5% from the two points area. Monrovia Blazers were 19.3%, shooting 6-31 from same range. Monrovia Blazers also shot poorly from beyond the arc making just 8%. They shot 2-25
NPA Pythons also struggled from the three shooting, 4-18 comprising of 22.2%.
NPA Pythons were able to out-rebound Monrovia Blazers 20-7
With the lost Monrovia Blazers still sit at the sixth position within qualification for the second round with two tough matches ahead. They play Desert Knights and LPRC Oilers on the 23rd and 26th of January respectively.
NPA Pythons is now set to meet Mighty Barrolle on January 31st for battle of the undefeated!