SEASON 41, WEEK 1
By: League Analyst
Foundation vs. We Tried
Foundation, one of the league’s oldest teams, came back with the
league’s hottest jerseys and the new unis has the team motivated
to get back to their winning ways. They started strong with a
15-8 lead in the 1st quarter but the lead wasn’t safe
as We Tried nearly came back to beat 8x Champions, Foundation.
In the end, a blown in-bounds play had Cody Rote’s
3-pointer waived off as Foundation survived a 59-54 win against
rookie team, We Tried.
“That’s their shooter, make sure you stay on him,” said
Foundation players while trying to cover Cody Rote.
Cody had a breakout game against Ball Broz last season and he
finished with a team-high, 18 points, 4 three-pointers on 50%
shooting. GM Anthony Meltcher, a veteran forward who has
taken the GM role for the first time this season, finished with
12 points, 9 rebounds. Meltcher’s bread and butter was the left
wing as he shot 60% from inside the perimeter. Carlos Nava
added 9 points while Thahn Ho led the team with 3
Foundation’s Mark Mercado turned in his Player of the
Week bid scoring a weekend-high, 31 points on 81.3% shooting.
Mercado finished with 7 rebounds, 4 three-pointers, and 2
steals. GM Jonathan Wynn was upset at his offensive
performance but was a key contributor finishing with 6 assists
and 10 rebounds. One of the best rebounding guards back in his
heyday, Wynn grabbed 20% of the team’s boards. Adrian Eddington
made his return with 17 boards while Rommel Del Rosario
finished with 6 points, 11 rebounds.
“We played bad, but we looked pretty damn good in our unis,”
joked GM Jonathan Wynn, post-game.
East LA Dream Team vs. Relics
The Game of the Week featured 3x Defending Champions, East LA
Dream Team, a team that is going for a 3-peat this season. East
LA Dream Team played without 4 starters as they took on Relics,
the most decorated franchise in Superstar Basketball, a historic
franchise that won 18 Championships in 7 years.
Dream Team attacked early and led 21-16 at the end of 1st
quarter. Dream Team GM, Mario Miramontes, was on fire
from 3-point range hitting 2 of 3 attempts in the 1st
quarter. Finals MVP, Ever Garcia, finished with 15
points, 6 rebounds while Ant led the team with 23 points, 17
rebounds, and was 64.3% from the field. Dream Team trailed for
the first time in the 3rd quarter and couldn’t keep
up with Relics as they used a 21-9 run to end the 3rd.
“They’re a step slower but they know their roles and it’s the
same well-oiled machine,” said an observing GM speaking on the
condition of anonymity.
“Gone are the highlight dunks but give them a couple of weeks to
get their conditioning back,” said another GM.
finished with 22 points and “T-bone” shot an efficient 77.8%
from the field en route to 3 assists. Bobby Kovach,
recovering from an Achilles injury, finished with a surprising
14 points while Andrew Knox scored 14 points, 8 rebounds.
“Championships aren’t won on Week 1 but they beat the defending
Champions so that’s good to hear,” said Relics Founder, Ernest
Equality vs. Monstars
Monstars nearly gave Equality aka Hoopers the ball game as
Monstars shot 1-for-6 from the charity stripe late in the game.
Monstars survived a 76-74 win as four players scored in double
figures for the Baldwin Park team.
It was a balanced scoring attack from Monstars as GM Jared
Ojeda finished with 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3
three-pointers. Ralph Morelos, primed to do some damage
in the post this season, showed off his perimeter shooting as he
finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds on 63.6% shooting.
Xavier Morelos led Monstars with 20 points, 10 rebounds
while Andrew Martinez added 19 points. Martinez, a rookie
wing player, is the team's fastest player on the court and could
be the team's missing piece.
"You know what you're getting from the Morelos Brothers and
you're gonna get some 3-point shooting out of Jared," said a
league analyst. "They have a 4th reliable scorer, it looks like
Monstars are at another level this season, now they just gotta
fix their free throw woes."
Equality was out of this game early and the team trailed by
double digits before making a run in the 3rd quarter. Trailing
by as many as 8 with 3 minutes left, the team made a run as soon
as some of their ball dominant players left the game. GM Gary
Beaird finished with 22 points, 4 three-pointers while
Uzoma Kalu added 12 points, 12 rebounds. Larry Parker
finished with 10 points while Arvin Delapaz scored 10
points, 6 steals, 2 assists. Kenny Farr, by far the
oldest player in Gold Division (not really but it sounded
dramatic), finished with 8 points, 2 three-pointers and 2
rebounds. The 44 year old found his stroke early but struggled
to stay in the game as his calves gave him problems midway
through the game.
"I don't do drugs, but I've always said basketball addiction is
worse than drugs," said League Commish Hanz Jimenez. "All is
takes is one good game and you're hooked again. Shout out to
Renegades vs. The Rock
The non-texting players from Renegades nearly led to a forfeit
as Renegades had to pick up Gary Beaird and Mike Arceo
from Gold Division team, Hoopers aka Equality. Kris Dick
and Gary Beiard could not miss as Renegades welcomed The
Rock back to the league with a loss on a 73-39 rout.
you don't want to play with Zoma and Larry, come to Renegades,"
said GM Aaron Mancell, doing this best
Dick, expecting a Player of the Week nod for his 28 point
performance, finished with 14 rebounds and was 50% from the
field. Dick was efficient in the 1st half shooting up to 70% at
one point but the lack of competitiveness from The Rock led to
his field goal percentage.
know Kris, he shoots better when someone is guarding him," joked
Fielder finished with 17 points on 66.7% shooting while Gary
Beiard added 23 points on 66.7% shooting as well. Beaird, a
former 3-point shooting Champion and All Star MVP, shot 7-for-11
from 3-point range. GM Aaron Mancell added 5 points and 4
assists to lead the former 2x Champions, Renegades.
It was 2 teams with 2 Championships making their return to
Superstar Basketball but the storyline was different for The
Rock, a team reuniting to honor late Center, Dale Barnes.
The team struggled in the 1st half scoring just 18 points in the
opening half. Mike Ashanti was lightning quick with 11
points but came down hard on multiple occasions as he teleported
against opponents with reckless abandon.
"He hasn't gotten the memo that he's old now," laughed GM Ben
"I'm struggling with the thought of it," added Mike.
Ed Principe, visibly leaner this season, scored 8 points
while Eric Rey finished with 10 points. The Rock
historically starts slow but who knows how they'll develop this
season. As competitive as Ben Sin can get, a trip down to Bronze
could be in the fold as The Rock has gone on record to say
they're playing recreation basketball as they enter the twilight
of their basketball career.
Chicle vs. Reckless
It's expected that Kris Dick will get Player of the Week
honors in Gold Division but in Bronze, it appears to be divided
between Mark Mercado's weekend high of 31 points vs a
triple-double showing from CJ Pang.
CJ filled up the stats sheet with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10
assists en route to 4 steals. A quadruple double was first
accomplished by BK Agu, who finished with 15 points, 10 assists,
13 rebounds, 10 steals as Fontucky Unicorns beat Bullets, 127-48
(Season 16, Spring 2010).
Mike Trout led Chicle with 26 points on 78.6% shooting
while Damien Reyes added 11 points, 6 rebounds. Jay
Tapang finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds while Louie
Venegas added 15. GM Chris Duran emphasized ball
movement in the 2nd half and Duran finished with 7 rebounds, 3
assists, 2 steals and 4 points.
Montes, the MVP in the Consolation Bracket last season,
finished with a team-high, 21 points while GM Noel Serpas
added 5 points, 4 assists. Serpas let out a sigh of relief as he
nearly suffered a season ending injury midway through the game.
"It looked pretty bad when he buckled his knee but he was able
to finish it out," said stats-keeper, Anthony Palacol. "That's
going to be sore tomorrow.
Fosho made his season debut with 5 rebounds while Alan
Abrillo continues to show tremendous progress as the high
schooler finished with 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 points. James
Santillan added 8 points and led the team with a game-high,