Winners of the Skills Challenge:
"A" Division - Jarred Lieber
"B" Division - Kevin Hawkins
"C"Division - Doug Lawson
The Landau Lawyers League hosted their 5th Annual Fall Basketball All-Star Games with a mock NBA Skills Challenge. On October 19th in downtown Los Angeles at Roybal Learning Center, the area’s top legal athletes once again proved their case - not only in court, but on the court.
The “A” All-Star Game started out close between the teams dubbed Clippers and Lakers. Intricate passing and great teamwork by “A” players on both teams led to the Clippers holding a slight lead over the Lakers, 34-33, at half-time. The Clippers’s great defense and shooting controlled the second half and the Clippers defeated the Lakers, 80-63. Jerry Tennison of The Cochran Firm was the “A” MVP, contributing a game high of 27 points to the Clipper’s victory.
In the “B” Division game, the Bruins controlled the lead from the start. At half-time, the Bruins were up, 24-17. At one point during the second half, the Trojans offense hit key shots to bring the score within two points. Then, the Bruins stepped up their defense and offense with blocked shots and team assists outscoring the Trojans, 48-39. Reginald Johnson of Latham & Watkins was MVP, scoring 13 points.
The “C” Division game between the Heat and Celtics was the closest of the evening. The Heat was the only team with each All-Star scoring in the first half. This great team effort allowed the Heat to dominate the Celtics by half-time, 37-23. In the second half, the Celtics began to pour on their speed and skills to eventually overcome the Heat. Celtic’s Jeremiah Webb of Ropers Majeski precise shooting at the line, missing only his first shot and sinking 9 out of 10 free throws, assisted the Celtics narrow defeat over the Heat, 57-56. Gino Pedraja of Allen Matkins was the “C” Division MVP with 15 points.
In the Skills Challenge, legal athletes competed individually against each other and against the clock. All participants completed a full court circuit including layups, jump shots, dribbling, passing stations, and 3 point shots with the top contenders advancing to a final round. For their out-standing exhibition, each winner was awarded a pair of tickets to a Lakers 2010-2011 Home Game courtesy of Miller, Kaplan, Arase & Co., LLP:
“A” Division - Jarred Lieber of Lewis Brisbois completed the circuit in 31.10 seconds with 9 points
“B” Division - Kevin Hawkins of Morris Polich completed the circuit in 36.16 seconds with 7 points
“C” Division - Doug Lawson of the Arnold & Porter/Christie Parker team in 32.15 seconds with 8 points
The excitement continues city-wide as Legal ballers complete their Fall Basketball Season, contending for first place of their League and a chance to advance to Playoffs in December. Spring Basketball Leagues begin in February while Softball Leagues begin in April. Register now for Indoor LLL’s 5th Annual Indoor Volleyball Tournament for 6 weeks of matches starting in January at University High on the Westside. Register online at: www.LandauLawyersLeague.com or 818-980-8858.