2019 WINTER | SEASON 43
By: League Analyst
McDaddy's vs. We Tried
McDaddy's, the league's Free Agent team, played together for the
first time and surprised many of their peers. The team played
defense and got their teammates involved as McDaddy's defeat We
We Tried shot just 2 free throw attempts as GM Anthony
Meltcher led the team with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 2
three-pointers. Meltcher, an All Star from last season, played
mostly out of position and had a difficult task of guarding
McDaddy's Center, Mike Arceo. Despite a mis-match of 12 inches,
130 lbs, Meltcher held his own limiting Arceo to just 11 points.
We Tried was out-rebounded, 41-25 as Billy Escobar and
Johnny Truong finished with 9 rebounds and 13 points
combined. We Tried lived by the 3-point combining for 41 shot
attempts (21.7%) compared to McDaddy's 16 three-point attempts
"McDaddy's did most of their scoring from inside the paint after
recognizing their 3-point shooting wasn't effective," said a
league analyst. "They're a big team, they need to utilize their
size in all their match-ups."
Christian Carrillo led McDaddy's with 13 points, 5 steals
while Nick Perez finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds.
CJ Collins led the team with 14 rebounds while Orlando
Carillo finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds and a team-high,
4 assists. The team's lack of depth has McDaddy's on a
recruiting spree so look for the Free Agent team to debut some
more players on Week 2.
Foundation vs. Relentless
This game was wild! The game almost played 5 quarters as the
rookie staff fell asleep on the scoreboard and thought that the
4th quarter was the 3rd quarter as Foundation survived a late
rally from Relentless, 78-72.
The League Commissioner, who was busy dealing with a camera
malfunction, was also not paying attention to the game as the
game stopped for Foundation and Relentless to figure out if it
was the 3rd or the 4th quarter. The Retirement home known as
Foundation, had players suffer Alzheimer's also forgot what
quarter it was as league admin had to go to the replays to sort
Both teams started off hot as Foundation jumped to a 59-46
halftime lead. Five players scored in double figures as Adrian
Eddington finished with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Uzoma Kalu
was the leading scorer for his new team as he finished with 16
points, 1 board. GM Jonathan Wynn and Asher Avinger
both led Foundation with 4 assists. Gary Beaird finished
with 10 points while Alphonso White added 12 points.
"I want a rematch with them," said Relentless GM, Ruben Ramirez.
The request was rescinded shortly right after and Ramirez wants
Relentless to just take the L and move on.
Kenny Morales finished with 19 points, 3 assists while
Chris Plantillas tied the points total with 19 of his own.
Both Tony Gonzalez and Joel Contreras finished
with 12 points apiece. The team is young but they'll climb the
standings thanks to their GM, Ruben Ramirez, who is
instilling a defensive mentality as Relentless plays their
Inaugural season with a defensive mindset.
"Everyone wants to score but not everyone plays defense," said a
league analyst. "There's 3-4 guys who can score for their team.
As long as they play defense, they should climb the rankings."
Monstars vs. LA Riots
The game was a near-forfeit as LA Riots had to recruit 2 players
from Bronze Division team, Relentless, to play for them. To make
things worse, the team didn't have jerseys and the team looked
like a scrimmage team playing against Baldwin Park team,
Monstars, feeling like they're playing pick up ball, ended the
game with a 72-67 victory as All Star Andrew Martinez led
Monstars with 16 points. Vince Rodriguez had a huge debut
as the team's back up point guard, finishing with 7 assists, 9
rebounds and 14 points while GM Jared Ojeda scored a
dozen points. Xavier Morelos finished with a
double-double, 13 points, 10 rebounds and led Monstars with 3
blocked shots. The team combined for 14 assists and forced 11
turnovers but was out-worked on the rebound department as LA
Riots combined for 37 rebounds.
LA Riots was led by DJ and he finished with 22 points, 11
rebounds and 3 blocked shots. GM Jackson Ruiz scored 12
points while Chris added 13 points, 10 assists. The team
had to pick up 2 players from Bronze Division team, Relentless
and the duo of Morales and Contreras finished with
a combined 20 points.
Fire Squad vs. Team Fuerza
Below The Rim surprised the Reigning Champs by pulling away in
the 2nd half with a 71-53 win.
Both teams were engaged in a see-saw battle in the 1st half but
Below The Rim controlled the glass (39-29) and out-shot Fire
Squad from long distance. Fire Squad struggled from 3-point
range hitting just 17.6% (6-for-34) of their shot attempts and
the loss of their Prodigy Plug twin towers, Nephi and Garrison,
has Fire Squad lost on the boards.
Caleb Oviedo led Below the Rim with 20 points and he shot
a ridiculous 75% on 12 shot attempts to lead the team from
Compton. Caleb was a beast on the glass, tying a team-high, 8
rebounds. Julious Patin finished with 11 points, 4
rebounds while Jason Fisk added 13 points, 8 boards. GM
Darryl Alexander added 5 points, 2 assists as the team
combined for 9 dimes. The team is huge and played defense on
Fire Squad especially in the 2nd half, where they limited the
Champs to just 13 points.
Fire Squad was supposed to have plenty of firepower but the
addition of Monstars' Andrew Martinez seemed to have no
effect on Firesquad's offensive rating. Andrew finished with
just 4 points, 3 assists and shot an uncharacteristic, 14.3%
from the field. Brandon Ortiz, Finals MVP, finished with
19 points, 8 rebounds while GM Otto Guillermo scored 18
points, 7 rebounds. While Bronze Division has gotten bigger,
Fire Squad has lost plenty of size in the off-season and it is
up to Guillermo to either pick up the scoring or recruit bigs to
replace his Prodigy Plug twin towers.
Chicle vs. Tune Squad
The Bishop Amat alum had a strong start but Chicle, the former
Champions, came from behind to beat Tune Squad, 48-47.
Shadon Knight, had a chance to be the hero but missed his
game winning attempt as former Finals MVP, Jay Tapang,
grabbed the rebound and converted the game winning bucket. Jay
finished with 17 points and was efficient from the field hitting
55.6% of his shot attempts. Shadon finished with just 5 points
while Center Danny V. added 10 points, 4 rebounds. It was
a tough game for Chicle but GM of the Season, Chris Duran, found
a way to improve the team's record to 16-1 (Regular Season
games) in the last 17 games.
great a win as this is, I'm pretty sure Chris and Chicle are
already scouting the other teams and watching all the videos,"
said the League Commissioner. "The competition is tougher, and
the games are gonna get harder."
Squad had plenty of bodies on the bench as GM Vincent
Rodriguez led the rookie team with 18 points, 3 assists.
Arellano led all scorers with 19 points on 40% shooting while
Player 42 finished with 9 points, 6 boards. Tune Squad is
arguably the fastest team in the division but they might have
too many players and GM Vincent Rodriguez must manage the team's
Bullets vs. Below The Rim
Both teams played in a Playoff atmosphere setting as Below The
Rim saw their record fall to 1-1. The team from Compton was in
the gauntlet on Opening Week, playing both teams that played in
last season's Bronze Division Finals. Bullets, the Runner-Up,
opened their season with a W as they out-last Below The Rim,
Caleb Oviedo continued to shine as he led the team from
Compton with 23 points, 4 assists and 9 rebounds. Caleb, showing
off at half-time, threw down to lobs to himself as viewers from
Superstar Basketball's YouTube were suprised with his
athleticism. Lupe Pena scored 8 points while Tray
McNutt finished with 6 points. The team was extremely heated
in the 2nd quarter when Alex Villacis had a ball thrown
his direction after a falling Marcus Eggum attempted to
save the ball from out of bounds.
"It's part of the game, there's no need to over-react," said a
"Both teams were smart enough not to get it out of hand, it
was a competitive game and it's going to be competitive
especially in the Playoffs," said a staff-member.
Jorge Parrales, last season's MVP, finished with 16
points, 7 rebounds. Marcus Eggum added 15 points while
Rick Gutierrez finished with 9 points, 5 boards. Both teams
were virtually even but it was Bullets ability to get to the
line that helped the team from Boyle Heights as they shot
18-for-27 (66.7%) from the field. The team was faster and Below
The Rim was playing their second game of a double-header, which
resulted in a lot of fouls committed by Below The Rim.
Entourage vs. Killmonger
After a slow start, Entourage came out strong as rookies
Jayson Cruz (13 points) and Cooper (14 points, 4
assists) had strong debuts for veteran team, Entourage. In the
end, it was the same old Killmonger that was killing Entourage
as they are now 3-for-3 in their last match-ups (including
Playoffs) with a 67-64 win.
Johnny Blaze, Player of the Week for Week 1, proved why
he was an All Star last season finished with 34 points, 11
rebounds on 54.5% shooting. Blaze was on fire in the 4th quarter
and had the game-winning lay-up with 3 seconds left. Sean
Harris, former MVP, finished with a game-high, 5 assists, 17
points while Jay Benjamin added 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3
steals. GM Steven Ancheta played the whole game for the
first time for Killmonger and he finished with 6 points on 33.3%
Joey Cejudo finished with a double-double for Entourage
as the new GM finished with 12 rebounds, 11 points but a
forgettable 26.7% from the field. Fellow All Star, Kevin
Levingston, finished with 3 assists as the team combined for
18 dimes. Entourage has had big leads against their Chino 24
Hour Fitness rivals but in late game situations, Killmonger has
always found a way to beat their rival team.
Try Hards vs. Empire Elite
Empire Elite had this game won but Try Hards would rally after
trailing 51-41 to start the 4th quarter.
Try Hards exploded for a 29-10 run in the 4th quarter as Juan
Banda and Fernando Ramos combined for 3 three-pointers in the
closing stanza. Juan Banda finished with 13 points, 9
rebounds while Fernando "Brodie" Ramos, an All Star last
season, finished with 8 points, 4 rebounds. Ryan Carter,
last season's Regular Season and All Star MVP, finished with a
game-high, 32 points and was often double-teamed early in the
2nd half. Carter had just 20 points at the end of 3 quarter but
exploded for 12 points in the game's last 10 minutes. After
averaging 45 ppg in 5 games last season, the expectations are
high as most of his peers believe he will beat Ken Ubom's record
of 41.3 ppg in 8 games set a decade ago.
only scored 30 in my opening game last season, I'm still on
course," joked Carter, post-game.
the loss, Empire Elite showed a lot of potential as Center
Mou U., led the team with 6 assists, 6 points. Mou was the
team's most efficient ball-hander and he often found a cutting
teammate when the defense collapsed on him. AJ Thomas led
his new team with 15 points on 54.5% shooting while Courtlan
Wharlin finished with a double-double, 14 points, 10
rebounds. Deron Scott scored 13 points but struggled with
5 turnovers. Ball movement was on point for Empire Elite, an
experience AJ Thomas rarely had playing for his old team,
Team Challenge ALS vs. East LA Dream Team
East LA Dream Team, former 3-time Champions, kept pace with Team
Challenge ALS in the 1st half (33-32) but Team Challenge ALS
proved to be too strong as East LA Dream Team falls, 90-76.
Dukes led all scorers with 26 points while Ever Garcia
was impressive in his return, scoring 21 points and leading all
players with 8 assists. Mike Peters, playing for his 3rd
team in 3 seasons, finished with 14 points while newcomers
Brandon Ortiz and Sean Weeks combined for 9 points.
Size and experience proved too much for East LA Dream Team, a
team who won 2 Championships in 2018.
players scored in double figures for Team Challenge ALS as GM
Sean Marshall led the team with 19 points (46.7% shooting).
Marshall, a former MVP (Spring 2009) finished with 7 rebounds
and 4 assists while Donovan Morris filled up the stats
sheet with 14 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds. Johnny Dukes,
a lefty who had a flashy spin move for the rookie team, filled
up the stats-sheet with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists.
Cory McJimson finished with 17 while last season's All Star,
Dell Well, finished with 5 assists, 10 points.
build-up for Relics, 20x Champions vs Team Challenge ALS has
already begun as Killmonger and East LA Dream Team players have
already requested for the match-up.
the people what they want, we want to see Relics vs Team
Challenge ALS, already!"
Death Row vs. Relics
It was Opening Week for Superstar Basketball's Season 43 and on
Week 1, we had 2 close calls already.
Bullets and Below The Rim were playing dodgeball, Death Row and
Relics could have been a melee, with Death Row Center,
Maintain, winning a Royal Rumble against EVERYONE.
aside, Roderick Evans-Taylor, last season's Finals MVP,
showed his off-season work was paying off as he led all scorers
with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists. Rod shot 45% from the
field and when the defense collaped, GM James Acevedo
advised Rod to make the extra pass. Rod showed off his passing
skills in the 4th quarter as Death Row struggled to maintain
(pun intended) what they had going in their match-up.
Andrew Knox turned back
the clock with a dunk in the 2nd half and he finished with 12
points, 5 rebounds. Yayo Yaisreal, an All Star last
season, finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds while newcomer
Jayland Reed added 11 points, 4 rebounds. Cisco Acevedo,
the league's first 100-point scorer, finished with 11 points, 3
three-pointers while Terrence Martin led all players with
Derrick Andrew was
scoring on all sides of the floor and he finished with 17
points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists. All Star Center Justian
Hamilton added 9 points, 9 rebounds while Julius McDonald
finished with 7 points. Michael Munoz and Calvin
Mitchell, 2 players from former Champions, Baseline All
Stars, combined for 12 points in their return.