Manny Alvarez/JBA Writer
Ontario, California — The Los Angeles Ballers survived a scare in the semifinals against the New York Ballers, and they knew their next opponent was going to put up a fight for the JBA League crown.
After scoring under 40 points for the first time in his JBA League career, LiAngelo Ball scored 58 points to lead Los Angeles to a 132-121 victory over the Seattle Ballers to take the first ever JBA League title on Sunday night at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
LiAngelo also piled on 11 rebounds and six assists for Los Angeles (9-2) and was named the JBA Finals MVP. LaMelo Ball scored 34 points to go with his 15 rebounds and nine assists as the Los Angeles team and coaches were handed the keys to a brand new 2018 Cadillac ATS Sedan.
“This was the championship game and I know I’m the head player” Gelo said. “I know if I produce, the team will follow. It feels good to be a part of history. This is something you don’t get to come across on everyday, so I’m going to enjoy it. This means a lot. The main thing was to give the team confidence in me and in themselves to win every game.”
Seattle (8-3) took an early 19-10 lead, but lost it in the second quarter and never got it back. Je’Rell Springer lead Seattle with 32 points while Treyvon Abdullah-Booker scored 23 points to go with his 18 rebounds for the second seeded team in the JBA League Playoffs.
Cameron Clark scored 18 points to go with his seven rebounds and Brandon Willis scored 15 points to go with his six assists for Seattle, which came back and had opportunities to take the lead, but couldn’t finish the job.
JaMicheal Morgan scored 13 points to go with his 13 rebounds and Anthony Carmon added 13 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for Seattle.
Keshaun Mack added 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Los Angeles, which had the top seed in the playoffs. Greg Floyd Jr. scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds, Melvin Davis led all rebounders with 20, and Niles Malone added 10 points for Los Angeles.
The JBA will now head overseas in the fall, which will consists of the top 10-15 players.