For some squads around The Basketball League, a handful of early key team stats gives a glimpse inside their hot start to 2023.
Heading into Week 3 in The Basketball League, the Wichita SkyKings (4-0), Huntsville Hurricanes (4-0), Georgia Soul (4-0), Potawatomi Fire (3-0), Medora Timberjacks (3-0) remain the undefeated teams out of the 49 TBL teams, with both Wichita and Georgia shouldering the load for 2023 expansion teams in the league. On the flip side of the coin, the Vancouver Volcanoes (0-4), Rockwall 7ers (0-4), West Coast Breeze (0-2), Southeast Texas Panthers (0-2), Little Rock Lightening (0-2), Owensboro Thoroughbreds (0-2), Cincinnati Warriors (0-3), Virginia Valley Vipers (0-4), Academia Alma (0-2), Central Florida Force (0-4), and Coastal Georgia Buccaneers (0-4) in search of their first wins. But the win-loss column and standings aren’t the only numbers jumping off the page
Here’s a quick look inside some of the standout team stats that give a glimpse inside the start of the ‘23 TBL season…
129 Points Per Game: Potawatomi Fire
It probably shouldn’t come as any surprise that through the first two weeks of play in TBL that Potawatomi is leading the league in points with the fire power Head Coach Mark Dannhoff has at his disposal. After convincing wins over defending champ Shreveport Mavericks, Rockwall 7ers, and the Little Rock Lightening, the Fire boast five players averaging in double figures led by Terry Maston (19.5 ppg.), Chuck Guy (18.5 ppg.), Deshawn Munson (18 ppg.), Je’ Lon Hornbeak (11.5 ppg), and Tevin Foster (10.5 ppg). There are also other key statistical categories where the Fire not only lead the league, but impact the overall success Potawatomi are experiencing with 22 total offensive rebounds and 46 total defensive rebounds through three games.
26 Assists Per Game: Medora Timberjacks
Three of the six currently undefeated teams rank first, second, and third in this statistical category, with the Medora Timberjacks, Georgia Soul, and the Potawatomi Fire dishing out the most assists per game. Yet it’s Medora’s 26 assists per game (compared to the Soul’s 25.3 and Fire’s 24.5) that has become a key contribution to the Timberjacks scoring 117 points per game and racking up win, after win, after win. Newly added Greg Foster is living up to his All-Star guard status from last season by averaging 8 assists per game on his own (good for 4th in the league), while fellow guard Omega Harris (and former Enid Outlaw) is averaging 5.5 assists per game for Medora.
14 Steals Per Game: York Mighty Ants
The life of an expansion TBL organization can be a whirlwind. Things go from zero to one-hundred real quick once the regular season starts, particularly in a stacked conference like the Northeast. That’s where the York Mighty Ants (1-2) find themselves in their expansion season. After dropping their two first games on the road against Reading and Atlantic City, the Ants marched on to victory over the Virginia Valley Vipers at William Penn Senior High School in York, Pennsylvania. Quick hands, the anticipation of a pass, and simply getting after it: that’s how the Ants have earned top-billing as the best steals per game TBL team.
21.3 3-Pointers Made Per Game: Long Beach Blue Waves
Speaking of expansion teams, the Long Beach Blue Waves wasted little to no time in making a splash out West. Not only did they notch a 2-1 record in the first two weeks of the season, but the Blue Waves are knocking teams off their feet by hitting from deep by averaging 21.3 made 3-pointers. Forward Mark Carter (Alcorn State) dropped 46 points in the Wave’s first game of the season by hitting an impressive 13-13 from beyond the arc, along with guard Michael-Isaiah Ajiboye (Cal State LA) knocking down 10-10 from 3-point over the first three games. Keep an eye on those Blue Waves.
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