Kings Vanquish Team Trouble 115-92; Rubber match with Guardians next Saturday

The San Diego Kings make it 4 in a row against their nemesis Team Trouble as they take the home win 115-92. Team Trouble came into the matchup 1st in the Far West division rankings, so with the win the Kings now have a strong possibility of being ranked 1st in this upcoming week’s power rankings.

The Kings did not have the greatest night shooting the basketball, but they controlled the boards again, 61 total rebounds in the game and a big part of that was James Hancock who got his 4th double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds. He was also 6/6 from the free-line and helped contribute to the Kings shooting 31/40 from the line as a team.

“We’re clicking on all cylinders right now!” Kings Head Coach Davion Famber exclaimed after the big win Saturday. “We rose to the occasion and we played the perfect game tonight we shared the ball, controlled the boards and got after it on defense for 48 minutes.”

The Kings did just that after a strong start from Team Trouble as they knocked down 4 consecutive 3’s in the 1st. But the Kings weathered Trouble’s early run by answering on the offensive end with James Hancock who had 6 points and 5 rebounds (3 offensive) in the 1st quarter alone.

BJ Mathews came off the bench and hit a mid-range jumper followed by a spot up 3 put the Kings on a 9-0 run. The Kings ended the 1st up 30-19, the 1st time they had ever held a team to under 20 points in the 1st and they never looked back.

The Kings were able to sustain their lead throughout the game because of the lack of shooting from Team Trouble who couldn’t find their offensive rhythm throughout the entire game.

The Kings continued to pile on their onslaught in the 3rd after Marcus Bell caught a massive two-hand alley-oop and Julian Sampah got a breakaway slam in the 3rd to put the Kings up 71-54 in the 3rd.

Manny Perez led all scorers with 24 points and 9 rebounds and talked about picking up their defense early in the 1st to build their lead.

“We know we can score with anyone, it’s the defense side we have to stay locked into,” said Perez. “We picked up our communication on defense and started to contest their 3’s, once they started missing, we had them.”

The Kings defense did a great job holding Team Trouble under 100 points and keeping their shooting percentage at 41%.

James Hancock finished the game with his 4th straight double-double and he will be big for the Kings going forward with Center Marcus Bell leaving the team. Bell has signed with Petroleros De Camargo, a professional ballclub in Mexico under the Chihuahua Basketball league.

Bell finished his last game with the Kings scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds and will look to bring his superior post play to De Camargo.

BJ Mathews and LJ Kimbrough both played great games off the bench for the Kings. Mathews had a 17 points 6 rebounds and 3 assists and was able to attack the rim and show off his in-between game. LJ Kimbrough stayed aggressive like he was last week against Seven City Knights, crashing the glass for offensive putbacks and nabbed 3 steals from applying a lot of pressure to the Team Trouble guards.

The Kings are on a tear right now having won 4 in a row and knocking off the 1st ranked team in their Far West division. There is no sports team hotter in the ABA or in San Diego for that matter. They are fast, athletic and play tremendous team basketball on the offensive end, using their dominant frontcourt led by James Hancock, Manny Perez and Julian Sampah.

They have brilliant guards who get out and push the ball like Ray Williams and Action Braxton Smith who returned to action this past Saturday.

All kids under the age of 17 get in for FREE, so If you have youth that want to get more involved with the game of basketball please come see this Kings team play! They have 2 more home games in January: Next week against the San Diego Guardians and again on January 25th against the Henderson Hawks.

Visit the links below to get 5$ off your standard or VIP tickets. Tip-off for next week’s rubber match against the Guardians starts at 6PM.