SEASON 42, WEEK 1
By: League Analyst
After making the Finals last season, expectations were high for
IHOB, a team that had a huge make-over in the off-season. Adding
new pieces was good for IHOB but losing Defensive Player of the
Season, Jason Shorts (work schedule) proved to be a
bigger blow as IHOB gets blown out to start the season, 82-52.
The team from Boyle Heights made like Drake and started from the
Bottom in their first stint in Superstar Basketball. Those were
several years ago when the team featured All Star Mike
Enriquez and while the team went dormant, other teams from
East LA (Outlawz and East LA Dream Team) dominated the ranks.
East LA is looking strong this season as Bullets routed
Victorville based IHOB, 85-52.
Jorge Parrales, a runner-up for Player of the Week,
finished with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists. Parrales shot
52.4% from the field while Rick Gutierrez added 24
points, 14 rebounds, 5 steals. Rick claims he's a Bronze
Division player but has the skillset to be a presence in Gold --
a compliment, not any means a call-out to say he should be
playing in Bronze.
"Back in the day, most teams started out in Bronze and worked
themselves up, so Bullets shouldn't be called out for sand
bagging," defended one historian.
The team hasn't played together in 6 months but the team was in
unison as Wilson Parrales and Rick led Bullets with 7 dimes.
Marcus Eggum had 2 dunks, 13 points while Wilson Parrales
added 11 points, 9 rebounds.
Alex led IHOB with 17 points while Adrian Lecense,
Rookie of the Season, finished with 11 points, 6 boards. GM
Arvin Delapaz had a bad game (he's held to higher standards,
lol), finishing with 15 points, 2 steals and 0 assists. Josh
Booker finished with 5 points as the team committed 14
turnovers in their first game of the season.
"It's our first game, let's not get frustrated, we'll work it
out," said a player from IHOB, post game.
NOTE: IG Story made a mistake putting Wilson Parrales
instead of Jorge Parrales as the Player of the Week candidate.
Thank You, Wilson, for pointing that out.
vs. We Tried
After losing their first game against Bullets, IHOB took their
frustrations out on We Tried as IHOB ran the floor, 90-72.
Arvin Delapaz must have something in it for "Larry
Legend" Cody Rote, as he shook him with a crossover early in
the 1st quarter. Arvin got the juices flowing as he finished
with 4 assists, 15 points, and 7 boards. Adrian Lecesne
filled up the stats sheet with 13 rebounds, 4 steals, 5 assists
and 10 points. The Rookie of the Season from last season has
several players for Top 10 Plays of the Week, scheduled out for
Thursday. Mike finished with 13 points while Alex led the team
Carlos Nava scored a game-high, 28 points and shot 57%
from the field on his way to fill up the stats sheet. Nava also
logged 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists and We Tried's first
loss of the season. GM Anthony Meltcher had a
double-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds while Cody Rote
added 12 points, 6 boards, 7 assists. The team lost several
players that were contributing to the team last season including
Nico and stand-out, "The Clawn" Lance German. Both
Johnny Troung and Than Ho scored 9 points apiece as
every player from We Tried scored at least 9 points.
Prodigy Plug vs. Try Hards
Plug led 25-17 after the 1st quarter but Try Hards would come
back to make the game competitive throughout the contest.
Prodigy Plug had 5 players score in double figures as Prodigy
Plug barely hold off Try Hards, 78-76.
rookies were impressive in their debut as Drey Garcia
tied a game-high, 24 points, 4 assists, 3 steals. Garcia shot
55% from the floor as the team combined to shoot 44%. Rob
Garcia added 20 points, 3 assists while Fernando Ramos
scored 12 points, 3 assists. GM Rudy Hernandez aka
FAKN Rudy finished with 3 points and has a difficult task of
managing a roster of 11 players. While Rudy figures out who gets
the majority of the pt, Manny Morales (15 rebounds, 9
points) and Shaq Gilbert (6 assists, 4 steals, 8 points)
shouldn't have a problem getting plenty of playing time for
rookie team, Try Hards.
Watson finished with a double-double for Prodigy, tying a
team-high, 24 points and 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Isaiah
filled up the stats sheet with 4 steals, 2 blocks but struggled
from 3-point range, shooting just 17% from 3-point territory.
Steven Goytia scored 16 points while "Playoff P" Paul
Magaway scored 17 points, 3 steals and 2 assists. Poobey
"Russell Eastbrook" is getting comfortable with his 3-point
shot, converting 3 attempts on 50% shooting. Poobey led Prodigy
Plug with 7 assists and is poised for a break out season.
Relics vs. Renegades
Champions, Relics, won again, 71-45.
Champions, Relics, defeated Renegades again...
are saying they're old but the only thing old is their habit of
scratching the W column week after week. Actually, that never
gets old as Relics' Terrence Martin is loving the new
"New jerseys, we got music again, and we got an emcee (@voiceofvenicebeach),"
said the league's poster boy, Terrence Martin. "This makes me
want to play!"
led Relics with 20 points as the Hall of Famer combined to shoot
58% in the season opener. Point guard James Acevedo
passed for a team-high, 6 assists and finished with a team-high,
9 rebounds. (insert eyes emoji). Cisco Acevedo scored 14
points 4 three-pointers while Andrew Knox added 12
points, 7 boards. Yoseph "Yayo" Yaisreal made his Relics
debut with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Yayo, claiming
he locked down Renegades Center Justian Hamilton on social
media, had Hamilton posting his game stats via IG story.
Justian finished with 17 points and was 58% from the field.
Quick to destroy any slander, Justian posted a screen shot of
the game stats to let everyone know Yayo, mayo, nay-yo-fools is
stopping Justian this season.
Mike Ratliff finished with 11 points while Adrian made his
debut with a game-high, 5 assists, 11 points. For the first time
in the history of Superstar Basketball, Kris Dick went
home with 0 points as he struggled from the field with 9
rebounds, 2 steals, and a big fat donut.
"That's what I get for not touching a ball in 5 weeks, that's
never going to happen again," said last season's MVP Runner up."
East LA Dream Team vs. Try Hards
too early in the season but their peers were asking the same
question after seeing Try Hard compete against Prodigy Plug and
East LA Dream Team.
"Was Dream Team that much better than they were last season?"
asked one GM.
"Are they back to Championship form?" asked more of their peers.
Hards barely lost to Prodigy Plug in their first double-header
but against East LA Dream Team, they were ran out of the
building, 95-61. If East LA Dream Team is hungry like they were
in their Repeat Run, many should start referring to East LA
Dream Team as BEast LA Dream Team.
Trey Jeffries dominated the paint, finishing with 23 points,
5 rebounds, 4 steals. Trey grabbed a team-high, 4 steals and
shot 53.3% from the paint. Newcomer, Derrick Tamanaha,
was disappointed with his 3 point production while Ever
Garcia left early after scoring 13 points. Dream Team is
deep with talent and defense-centric players, Andrew Martinez
(8 points) and Alan Rosas (13 points) are quietly doing the
"Some guys want to be stars, some guys want to see stats, but
East LA Dream Team is lucky to have guys who want to play
defense and do all the things that don't show up on the box
score," observed a fan. "We see them working, we're always gonna
give them a shout out because it takes a lot to play and focus
on playing defense."
may have been blown out but they were playing to prove that they
are one of the most exciting teams in the league. Shaq
Gilbert passed again for 6 assists (average 6.0 apg) and he
finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Manny Morales
logged a double-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds while Moe
Macias finished with 11 points. The rookies had 2 dunks that
had several players asking for the return of the dunk contest
"It's premature and
it's only Week 1, but looking at the IG Story, there was a lot
of dunking going on," observed stats-keeper Anthony Palacol. "We
might have to bring the All Star Game and the Dunk Contest
"Let's see how
everyone plays on Week 2 before we get carried away," responded
a league writer.
Entourage vs. Killmonger
Blaze was on fire for Killmonger as the team upset Entourage
in their return, 73-67.
Entourage featured a balanced scoring attack as five players
scored in double figures for Entourage. Jermaine Avenuela
scored 15 points while Chris Collins added 15 points, 8
rebounds, 3 assists. Bryan Gernux and DJ Griggs struggled in
their return, combining for just 5 points. Kevin Levingston
was sporting a new hairstyle as Mouthpiece aka @voiceofvenicebeach
constantly called Kevin, The Weekend.
"It must be Sunday, cuz the Weekend is going to work," said
Mouthpiece after Kevin would score.
"He's playing like Tuesday," Mouthpiece would say after Kevin
The game was a see-saw battle as both teams were tied at 45
points apiece after 3 quarters of action. Johnny Blaze
finished with a team-high, 23 points and was 53% from the field
while leading the team with 5 three's. Blaze also led the team
in assists (3) and rebounds (11) as Killmonger got killed on the
boards, 41-32. Uzoma Kalu finished with 6 points before
heading out to a Shakira concert, while Shad Earby added
16 points on 57% shooting. Dropping some knowledge was former
MVP, Sean Harris, who finished with 17 points, 2 assists while
calling out the Relics.
"We want to play against the Relics," said Sean Harris.
(Full interview on Instagram)
Chicle vs. Foundation
Foundation led, 20-18, after the 1st stanza but Chicle bounced
back in the 2nd quarter with a 17-5 run. The Reigning Champs
shot 50% from the field and combined for 11 steals as Chicle
defeat Foundation, 77-53.
Champs had 4 players score in double figures as CJ Pang
led Chicle with 24 points, 4 steals, 3 assists. CJ was named
Player of the Week after shooting 83% from the field, not
missing any of his field from inside the 3-point range. Jay
Tapang finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals while
GM Chris Duran scored 12 points. Sharp-shooter Mike
Trout added 12 but it was the physical play between Duran
and Foundation F Rommel Del Rosario that sparked a
"Chris threw his body at him, and that's not sportsmanlike, that
can cause an injury," said a fan.
"Foundation is tired of losing to Chicle, but it wasn't that
that had tempers flare, they just felt like Chicle is playing
dirty," said a player.
Adrian Eddington finished with 15 points, 9 rebounds while
Mark Mercado added 12 points, 3 rebounds. Center Mike
Arceo finished with 5 points while Aaron Mancell
finished with 5 points, 4 rebounds. The team was frustrated with
their shot selection despite the team shooting 46% from the
field. The team could be in the midst of a trade so stay
Monstars vs. Sick Pick Ups
team, Sick Pick Ups, played nothing like rookies as Sick Pick
Ups beat Monstars, 70-66.
Dell Well was awarded Player of the Week honors after
dropping a weekend-high, 42 points on 56% shooting. Dell shot
well from the field knocking down 9 three-pointers on 45%
shooting from 3-point range. Emcee JC Mouthpiece aka Voice of
Venice Beach, was impressed with his ability to get the 3
the old fashioned way as Dell converted on several and-1s down
Chad Dennis finished with 14 points while GM Marqus
Valenzuela added 8 points on 60% shooting. Sick Pick Ups
trailed for most of the 1st half until Sick Pick Ups rallied,
playing just 5 players and no bench. Chad Dennis had 2 highlight
dunks with his 1st quarter getting everyone in the gym excited.
"My man is 5'8, he's giving everyone hope right now," said @voiceofvenicebeach
on the mic.
Andrew Martinez, last season's Rookie of the Season,
continues to be that dude scoring a team-high 23 points, 5
rebounds and 3 assists. Andrew continues to score wherever he
wants to and he shot 61.5% from the floor. Xavier Morelos
showed off more muscle this season and he logged a double-double
scoring 20 points and grabbing a team-high, 11 rebounds.
Johnny Cabrera and GM Jared Ojeda combined for 10
points while Alex Baron grabbed 6 boards in a losing
effort. The team got used to playing short-handed and this is
the deepest the bench has ever been in a minute. The team must
show consistency in order for Ojeda to do his thing.
"It's tough being GM - from collecting fees to managing players
to trying to win games," said a league analyst. "With Monstars,
you never know who's showing up, so it's tough to figure
Monstars' Xavier Morelos had time to poke at Jared on
social media, posting a tweet of the game stats and pointing out
his stats compared to Jared's.