BY: MANNY ALVAREZ/JBA WRITER
London, England – The Ball Brothers are coming back to London and they are bringing their squad with them.
Team JBA USA will be taking on the London Lions on Saturday, November 3rd at the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Tickets went on sale on October 12th and the game is expected to be sold out.
For LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, it’s a return to London after playing the Lions earlier this year with BC Vytautas.
It will be a nice homecoming for the brothers as they bring their JBA USA teammates with them this time around.
“It’s going to be fun,” Gelo said. “My team is ready. We’re going to put on a show for our fans.”
JBA USA is currently on a eight game win streak and have found a way to stop the type of basketball they have seen in Europe thus far. This style of play consists of shots taken from the corners and wings, and they expect nothing different when they come to England.
“This is my first time going to London,” JBA USA coach Doyle Balthazar said. “I’m anticipating the Lions to have the same playing style with corner shooters, wing shooters and a slowed down pace. We are going to try and pick that pace up and do our style of basketball.”
The first trip to London was a success for Big Baller Brand and once the news broke that JBA USA was coming to the United Kingdom, the fans became excited as they now get to see their favorite players with hopes of meeting some new favorite players.
“We’re going to get another victory,” JBA USA owner and General Manager Lavar Ball said. “That’s what all the fans in London want to see again, the Big Ballers thriving on the success of winning. The fans in London are alive. They love the style that we play. We bring that entertainment value to the game of basketball. It’s going to be a nice event. There is going to be great energy in the building.”
Team JBA USA is on a roll after figuring out the offensive system, but there’s always something to improve on.
“Our team is looking pretty good right now,” Balthazar said. “We still have a few things to sew up, like the middle parts of the game. When we have a 12 or 15 point lead, I would like to see our team stretch it out to 20 or 25 points. We need to maintain a lead instead of letting teams hang around and give them confidence by having them come back wthin five or seven points. We need to be a little bit better at that and get them out of the game when we are ahead by 15 points.”
JBA USA has had different players leading the way in the last few weeks. Curtis Hollis and Je’rell Springer have stepped up and taken bigger roles while Melvin Davis has filled the void down in the post with Nyang Wek out with a knee injury.
The production from the rest of the team has been noticed by fans all over the world and it has especially been noticed by their team captain.
“I feel good about our team,” Gelo said. “We have been having great practices. We are getting stronger as one unit.”
Team JBA USA will next head Leicester, England for a game followed by a game in Turkey.
So what does the Big Baller expect when his JBA USA squad heads to London?
“We expect the Lions to play the hardest game they have ever played in their lives,” Lavar said. “They’ll still come up short and that’s ok. London, NEVA LOST!”