Gale Force Takes Over the Top Spot
GARDEN CITY: Week 6 Power Rankings
By Anthony Leo | Garden City Co-League Coordinator
1. Gale Force (4-0)
Gale Force enters week six as the only remaining undefeated team in the league. Their schedule hasn’t been the most challenging to start the season, but they took care of business and have now reached the second half of their season. The schedule picks up this week with a matchup against Shore Shack.
Gale Force’s top offense that is currently putting up 83 points per game will be put the test against some much better defenses over the next week few weeks. We’ll see if Richie Byrd, Sky Khaleel and the team can keep it going.
2. Shore Shack (3-1)
Shore Shack has now won three straight games and they could easily be undefeated if they had a full team for their Week 1 game. Their starting five is one of the strongest in the league and they play at a fast pace and put up a lot of points.
They rank fourth in the league in scoring at 81 points per game and they move the ball around better than anyone. They rank first in assists per game because of their strong starting five that doesn’t have any holes in it. The key for this team the rest of the way is to find a way to rebound better. They are a small team that ranks last in rebounds per game.
3. Jeurys Familia (3-1)
Mike Mastro and Jeurys Familia got back on track last week with a win, but it didn’t come easy. They played a really tough game against the Red Storm and fought to the end to pull out the victory.
They have the top offense in the league that puts up nearly 85 points per game and Mastro leads the way scoring 22 per game while dishing out 5 assists per game. As a team they are one of the best top to bottom. What will separate this team come playoff time is their playoff experience in big games as the defending champions in back to back seasons.
4. Threat Level Midnight (3-1)
After a rough start in Week 1 Threat Level Midnight has come alive and won three straight games. They are playing great basketball and Donte Howell is leading the way once again. Howell leads the league in scoring at 32 per game, but this team is moving up the rankings and winning because of their defense.
They are tops in the league only allowing 64 points per game and tops in rebounds per game as well. They are a scrappy team filled with guys who play the game hard. If Donte continues to put up 30 a night and they get a strong defensive effort consistently they will be tough to beat.
5. Red Storm (3-2)
Red Storm is the best 3-2 team you’re going to find. They are much better than their record says and their roster is really strong top to bottom. They have played in some really tough games and are a few calls here or there late in games from being even better.
Steven Medard has been incredible this season for Red Storm acting as the teams point guard, center and pretty much everything else. He leads the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. He’s been the LeBron James of his team and when he rebounds the ball and runs in transition there is no one stopping him from getting to the rim.
6. Savage Storm (2-2)
Savage Storm has found their way to a 2-2 start this season and will enter Week 6 after their bye week. They have relied on Matt Mehler every game to carry them and he has answered the call every game. Mehler leads the team averaging 24 points and 14 rebounds per game.
Outside of Mehler, the team has had a rough time getting much going offensively. Their biggest problem has been on defense communicating, but despite all that they still have high hopes to finish the season strong in the second half.
7. CST Elite (1-4)
CST Elite has been a one man show this season and that has been a major problem for them this season. Rob Sargeant has been putting up big numbers, but as a team they haven’t been able to all get on the same page and put it all together. That has led to poor effort on defense and second half blowouts. They have a good core of guys, but they need to work the ball around and play better as a team. Ten assists per game as a team won’t get the job done.
8. Monstars (1-4)
The Monstars are 1-4 this season and are lucky to have their one win. They have been hit with injuries and are now trying to work in new players. They haven’t been able to hold big leads in games and they have continued to struggle to score the ball and defend. They are the bottom in both points and points allowed. The one bright spot on the team has been Jake Rosenbloom who is having another good season averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds per game.
9. Ref Elites (0-5)
The Ref Elites remain winless on the season and their average margin of loss remains in single digits. They haven’t lost a game this season by more than seven points and in every crucial moment at the end of games they haven’t been able to come through with a big stop or big shot. They are offensively the worst team in the league by the numbers, but they have talented players. The problem is they don’t play all together as a team. They will have their bye week this week and will have three games remaining when they come back to try and get a win.