During the exhilarating second week of SlamBall, fans were treated to the Mob’s continued domination, thrilling last-second heroics, and an array of jaw-dropping slam dunks. Heading the list of top performers in Week 2 were the 8-0 Mob’s Cam Hollins (Avon, Ind.), who was named Offensive Player of the Week, and the Buzzsaw’s Tyquan Scott (Long Beach, N.Y.), who earned Defensive Player of the Week honors. Buzzsaw gunner Jamaal Barnes Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif.), Slashers handler Tony Crosby II (Long Beach, Calif.) and Rumble gunner Kaylon Tippins-Hill (Fort Worth, Tex.) round out the All-SlamBall Week 2 team. The Buzzsaw’s Hernando Plenells Jr. (Los Angeles, Calif.) was tabbed SlamBall Coach of the Week.
Hollins’ dynamic play in Week 2 helped the Mob extend their season-opening winning streak to eight games. In the Mob’s four wins in Week 2, Hollins averaged 20.3 points per game, rammed home 25 dunks and was 28-of-40 on rim attacks. With Darius Clark, the Week 1 Offensive Player of the Week, sidelined on Sunday, Hollins single-handedly outscored the opposition 55 to 54 in his team’s two contests. He tallied 26 points in a 68-27 victory over the Wrath and exploded for 29 points in a 68-27 takedown of the Rumble. Hollins put an exclamation point on the win over the Rumble with a dazzling between-the-legs, 360-degree slam dunk on a Face Off in the fourth quarter.
The Buzzsaw went 3-1 in Week 2 and Tyquan Scott was a big reason why. During the week, Scott made 30 stops, 33 loose ball recoveries and four steals. One of those steals was clearly more important than the others. With the score tied in the closing seconds of Saturday’s game against the Lava, Scott stole the ball, setting set the stage for Jamaal Barnes Jr.’s thunderous game-winning slam with 10.8 seconds showing on the clock.
Barnes scored 59 points in the Buzzsaw’s four games last week, including 38 combined in two victories on Saturday. He threw down 25 dunks, including the game-winner against the Lava in the first game that day.
Crosby was electrifying last week, averaging 20.0 PPG in the Slashers’ four outings. He was responsible for 24 dunks, 11 assists and 17 LBRs. His 30 points against the Gryphons on Saturday were the fourth-most by a player this season. He also tallied 26 points in a win over the Rumble on Friday. For the season, Crosby leads SlamBall in total points (114) and is tied for the most dunks (34).
Tippins-Hill was a dynamo in the Rumble’s three contests last week, averaging 21.3 PPG. He racked up 31 points against the Slashers on Thursday and contributed 26 in his team’s first victory of the season on Sunday versus the Ozone. In the three games last week, he registered 17 slam dunks and 19 LBRs.
Plenells led the Buzzsaw to three wins in four outings last week, advancing to a pair of Main Events. The Buzzsaw got their second Main Event victory of the season on Saturday, downing the red-hot Slashers, 50-41. At 6-2, Plennels’s team is two games behind the 8-0 Mob in the SlamBall standings.
Other players with standout Week 2 performances: Ozone’s Keith McGee (38 points vs. Rumble on Sunday), Rumble’s Tamyrik Fields (game-winning slam dunk vs. Ozone), Mob’s Gage Smith (34 points, 31 stops, 31 LBRs in Week 2), and Gryphons’ Justin Holmes (13.7 PPG, 4-for-4 on Face Offs in Week 2).
All-SlamBall Team – Week 2
Gunner – Cam Hollins, Mob (Offensive Player of the Week)
Gunner – Jamaal Barnes Jr., Buzzsaw
Handler – Tony Crosby II, Slashers
Stopper – Tyquan Scott, Buzzsaw (Defensive Player of the Week)
5th Man – Kaylon Tippins-Hill, Rumble
Coach – Hernando Planells Jr., Buzzsaw