2018 WINTER  |  SEASON 40
WEEK 1


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Ball Broz vs. Reckless
12 p.m.

 

GM Gabriel Rodriguez finished with 15 points as the team combined for 20 three-pointers.

 

 

Ball Broz began Season 40 with a 23-8 lead (1st quarter) and the team from San Fernando falls to the Broz, 101-51.

The former Champions, Reckless, showed up with plenty of family support but Ball Broz kept the fans out of the game leading by as many as 20 points to end the half. Ball Broz was lights out from long distance knocking down 20-of-45 (44.4%) three-point attempts. Mike Peters led the way with 7 three-pointers and the Player of the Week finished with 25 points, nearly 25% of his team’s scoring. Robert Morgan finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists while GM Gabe Rodriguez added 15 points, 5 three-pointers. Shooting from long distance, the team out-rebounded their counterparts grabbing 43 rebounds opposed to Reckless’ 32.

Reckless had 3 players in double figures as GM Noel Serpas finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds. The Serpas Brothers proved the previews were correct (predicted 15+ rebounds for them) as Brian Serpas grabbed 12 rebounds for a combined 16 for the Serpas Brothers. David Garcia finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds while Steven Castanieto added 13 points, 3 rebounds. Reckless had plenty of rust but the same can’t be said about Castanieto who showed a lot of explosiveness in his game.

“Plyo game strong with Steven, wasn’t he this little kid before,” asked an official. “He got bigger but you can tell he’s working on his legs.”

“First game back, we’ll get it back,” said Reckless on Superstar Radio.

“…I’ve been trying to get back in shape, trying to shake off the rust, today didn’t seem like it but we’ll get it back,” added Castanieto.

 

NOTE: Rosters are locked with 15 slots. Once a player plays, they are in the roster. Ball Broz has 1 more player roster spot left.

 

No easy shots against Chicle.Chicle GM, Chris Duran, defends a shot in their first win of the season.

 

Ball Broz vs. Chicle
1 p.m.

 

Work hard in silence.

A little was expected from rookie team, Chicle, and the result was a surprising 76-68 win over Ball Broz. Chicle started the game on a 10-2 run and Ball Broz would come back with a 8 point run of their own as Chicle led 16-11 at the end of 1st. Despite Ball Broz making numerous runs in the decisive 2nd half, Chicle showed veteran savvy play by holding off Ball Broz with a 76-68 win.

“You didn’t score on me bro, you didn’t do nothing,” said a player from Chicle.

They might be rookies but Chicle proved they shouldn’t be overlooked moving forward. Five players scored in double figures as CJ Pang finished with 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 steals. League analysts predicted CJ would be very active and if the team was as active as CJ was, Chicle would be hard to stop. The team combined for 14 steals and had nearly 3 times the assists (14-5) as their opponents.

“It was a total team effort, it’s hard to stop a team that plays team ball,” said a league analyst.

“Second game of a double-header, they (Ball Broz) might have been tired,” retorted another analyst. “Let’s see how Chicle plays the 2nd game before we rank them as the #1 team in the League. Killmonger is looking good too.”

Mike Peters led Ball Broz with 22 points but was just 1-for-6 (16.7%) from beyond the arch.  Peters ignited several game-changing runs in the 2nd half and was picked by league officials to be Player of the Week despite a 1-1 start to the season. GM Gabe Rodriguez added 10 points, 3 rebounds while Alden Newman finished with 7 points, 7 rebounds. The team combined for 18 turnovers and shot just 21.7% from the 3-point line.

“Live by the 3, die by the 3,” said a fan.

 

Finally...Erick has come back...to Superstar!

 

N W O vs. Undisputed
2 p.m.

 

“One lucky shot, deserves another” – Shaquille O’ Neal, 2003.

Rookie Ben Pena (17 points, 9 rebounds) had his heart shattered after making a miraculous shot with 4 seconds left.

“I don’t even know what happened, I caught the ball, threw it up, hoping it went in,” explained Pena on Superstar Radio. “…it fell through, next in bound, then took us out.”

N W O’s rookie, Robert Morgan, aka Heart Breaker, finished with 25 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals. Morgan was 11-of-14 (78.6%) from the field but none was bigger than his 11th shot, to win the game. Morgan, showing flashes of Derek Fisher with the shot of Week 1, finished with 3 blocks and 3 steals. Chris Ostos added 13 points, 7 rebounds while Beau Reyes scored 8 points, 3 assists. The team was out-rebounded, 44-37 and shot just 13% from beyond the arch.

“We got lucky to get out with that win,” said a player from n W o. “Father time is undefeated, but we’re also undefeated.”

 

Nothing was easy against Killmonger, a team that prides itself in defense.

 

Fire Squad N W O vs. Killmonger
3 p.m.

 

“We drove from far, we were hoping there better not be a forfeit,” said GM Steven Ancheta. “Right when I saw it was against Eddie’s team, I had to pray it wasn’t a forfeit…”

Those prayers went un-answered and once again, Eddie Avila continues to make excuses for his teams.

“That’s one of the reasons why I left his team,” said another player from Undisputed Era. “Just don’t let him run any teams.”

The basketball gods saw the distance Killmonger had to drive and both teams were willing to play against Killmonger. Undisputed Era, fresh off a heartbreaking buzzer beater loss, were looking forward to the challenge but n W o stepped up…for their first loss of the season. Killmonger is on top of the division with a 71-57 win over n W o.

Dion Hudson finished with 22 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists while GM Steven Ancheta added 9 points, 3 three-pointers. Jake Ramirez finished with 11 while Uzoma Kalu scored 12 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. We want to welcome back former Posse player, Daniel Causey, and he finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists.

“It’s been like 8-10 years,” said Causey.

“I remember when Uzoma was dunking,” added a league analyst.

“I’m 30 now, and 16 lbs heavier,” added Uzoma.

N W O, the oldest team in the league, was led by Mark Mercado who finished with 18 points, 2 rebounds. Robert Morgan scored 10 while Mark Orr finished with 12 points. Hitting a game-winning shot against Undisputed Era, Robert Morgan finished with 10 points, 9 rebounds and was just 5-for-13 (38.5%) from the field.