SEASON 42, WEEK 2
PREVIEWS


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Chicle vs. IHOB
Bronze Division
12 p.m.

 

Adrian Lecesne, Rookie of the Season, is one of the fastest players in Bronze Division.

Prediction: Chicle is looking for their 12th straight win. Will IHOB, a team with a 1-1 start, a team that made it to the Finals last season to contend with Chicle, be able to stop Chicle's winning streak from reaching a dozen? It's going to take some time for IHOB to get acclimated with new players and Chicle, believe it or not, looks hungrier to impose their dominance this season. Chicle should win their 12th straight win as we head into a Week 3 Bye Week.

Key Player: Jay Tapang filled up the stats sheet last week scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. CJ Pang was named Player of the Week for knocking down 83% of his shots while stuffing the stats sheet with 23 points, 4 steals, and 3 assists. Chicle's guards are superior to any other team but CJ seems to be the toughest to guard from Championship team Chicle. Look for him to fill up the stats sheet again this weekend.

Rookie Watch: IHOB basically has a brand new team and despite the loss against Bullets, IHOB was impressive against We Tried. Adrian Lecesne is proving he was worthy of Rookie of the Season honors and against We Tried, he finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals, 5 assists. Fellow Sophomore, Arvin Delapaz vows to play better and he's been at the gym all week. Look for Arvin to get his rookies involved and look for more no look passes from Delapaz.

 

Bullets vs. Fire Squad
Bronze Division
1 p.m.

 

Rick Gutierrez scored 24 points, 14 rebounds, 5 steals for Bullets on Week 1.

Prediction: Fire Squad is making their Superstar Basketball debut this weekend and no one knows what to expect from a rookie team. By default, Bullets are expected to win this match-up... but look for a full recap for more analysis on rookie team, Fire Squad.

Key Player: Jorge Parrales finished with a game-high, 28 points in their season opener. PG Wilson Parrales passed for a team-high, 7 assists while GM Daniel Donato scored 5 points. Look for Parrales to go for Player of the Week honors after getting the snub on Week 1. IG Story had a poll to vote for Player of the Week and "Wilson Parrales" lost 10-9.

Rookie Watch: Marcus Eggum had 2 dunks en route to 13 points while Rick Gutierrez logged 24 points, 14 rebounds. This season's rookie class is deeper than ever and keep an eye on these two rooks.

 

 

 

Foundation vs. We Tried
Bronze Division
2 p.m.

 

Carlos Nava's 28 points led all scorers when We Tried took on IHOB in their season opener.

Prediction: Foundation has a habit of overlooking teams an because they're playing Hoopers in the second game... We Tried just might have a chance. Foundation is old, slow and last week, they were dysfunctional against Bronze Champions, Chicle. If We Tried runs and turns this into a high scoring affair, they should have a chance at beating Foundation. The former Champions won't go 0-2 in their double-header this weekend so look for a win against Hoopers and a shocking loss against We Tried.

Key Player: Mark Mercado is scheduled to double dip with Killmonger this season and with Killmonger sitting out this week, look for Mercado to get buckets for Foundation. Mercado scored 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 three-pointers last weekend but looked fatigued playing his second game of the weekend. While Foundation should utilize their bigs in Adrian Eddington (15 points, 9 boards) and Mike Arceo (5 points), look for Mercado to assert his will.

Rookie Watch: Foundation will pound the ball to their bigs and slow the game down. If IHOB can control the tempo, they could be off to a 1-1 start. We Tried doesn't have any rookies but the Sophomores are unveiling their new jerseys this week. Carlos Nava has a huge game in the season opener, scoring 28 points on 57% shooting for We Tried. GM Anthony Meltcher needs to be active on the boards and last weekend, he finished with 15 boards, 14 points.

 

Foundation vs. Hoopers
Bronze Division
3 p.m.

 

Without a game in Gold this week, look for Mark Mercado to have big games for Foundation in Bronze.

Prediction: Foundation should go 1-1 this weekend. A 0-2 is as unlikely as sweeping a double-header.

Key Player: Gary Beiard, Hoopers. The former MVP averaged 16.5 ppg, 17 three-pointers on 40% shooting. Uzoma Kalu averaged 19.7 ppg while Kenny Farr averaged 3.3 ppg. The early season favorite is Gary Beiard so look for him to have a big game in his season debut.

Rookie Watch: Both teams don't features any young talent but if we can go back and time and bring back rookie Gary Beiard who led Zero Balance to a 8-0 record and the first team to win a Championship... that would be great. Yeah, I know it's a run on sentence, but that's how exciting young Gary Beiard was - always running...

 

 

The Rock vs. Try Hards
Gold Division
4 p.m.

 

Shaq Gilbert - mobile big man who can pass, averaging 6 apg.

Prediction: The Rock finished with a 1-7 record after losing 6 straight. Try Hards, rookie team, is 0-2. The Rock has a habit of slow starts, and this season is no exception. Try Hards is hungry for that W... and they definitely smell what the Rock is cookin'

Key Player: Kassah Kantiok averaged 10.2 ppg, 12.0 rpg while their best player, D'Angelo McDaniel, averaged 12.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg. The Rock has talent but the team lacks composure and Kassah needs to be be more assertive when the team loses control. GM Ben Sin had a difficult time getting his players to the game and The Rock needs to make sure they have a full roster because they new teams aren't Bronze Division caliber.

Rookie Watch: Try Hards had a forgettable game against East LA Dream Team so let's take a look at when things went well against Prodigy. The Rookies were led by Drew Garcia who finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds and Rob Garcia added 20 points, 3 assists. Shaq Gilbert led the team with 6 dimes while Manny Morales led the glass with 15 boards. Try Hards have a lot of veteran players who know their roles and they've played together in other leagues. Once they get comfortable here, they should be in the middle of the pack in the division.

 

East LA Dream Team vs. Relics
Gold Division
5 p.m.

 

Yayo Yaisreal made his Relics debut with 14 points, 7 rebounds.

Prediction: 19x Champions, Relics, takes on East LA Dream Team. Last season's 2x Reigning Champions had their bid for a 3-peat end as Relics captured their record, 19th title. If both teams show up with a full roster, this could be a match-up East LA Dream can win.

Key Player: Last weekend, Reigning MVP, Cisco Acevedo finished with 14 points, 4 three-pointers on 33% shooting. While Cisco gets a lot of the credit with MVP honors, make no mistake that the only time the Relics lost last season (against Prodigy), Terrence Martin wasn't suited up. The Poster Boy led Relics with 20 points last weekend but his stamina is in question after T-Bone played a lot of games in a tournament on Saturday.

If East LA Dream Team is going to beat the 19x Champions, Relics, it's going to be with hard-nosed defense led by Alan Rosas and Andrew Martinez.

Rookie Watch: Top 10 Highlights featured a lot of rookies and based on Instagram likes and feedback, the veterans are excited with new competition.

Trey Jeffries finished with a game-high, 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals in his debut against Try Hards last weekend. His off the backboard dunk was featured on Instagram and this featured match-up against Relics' Yoseph Yayo Yaisreal could be the x-factor. Yayo scored 14 points, 7 boards and 3 assists in his rookie debut for Relics against Renegades. If Yayo becomes a key contributor for 19x Champions Relics this season, it could give Relics a dominant Center they haven't had since Shadon Knight played for ... (busts out laughing)...

 

Renegades vs. Sick Pick Ups
Gold Division
6 p.m.

 

 

 

High Flyer, Chad Dennis, had last week's Play of the Week.

Prediction: Are former Champions, Renegades, heading into Week 3 with a 0-2 start? Will rookie team, Sick Pick Ups, prove that these rookies are the real deal? After Dell Well, Player of the Week for Week 1, scored a league-high, 42 points on Week 1, it seems like all eyes are on Sick Pick Ups as they take on Renegades. GM Marqus Valenzuela claims his full team will be there so look for Sick Pick Ups to shock the league with a 2-0 start.

Key Player: Renegades were blown on Week 1, 71-45 as Kris Dick was held scoreless for the first time in his career. Justian Hamilton led Renegades with 17 points while Mighty Mike Ratliff finished with 11 points on 26% shooting. When Renegades were winning games last season, the formula was simple - Kris Dick in the 1st half, Mike Ratliff in the 2nd half. If Renegades have a chance at winning, Kris Dick needs to be scoring early in the contest.

Rookie Watch: Sick Pick Ups played with 5 players and still beat Monstars, 70-66. The rookies have talent with Dell Well leading the way but all eyes are also on Chad Dennis, a high flyer with 14 points and 2 monster dunks in his rookie debut.

 

Entourage vs. Monstars
Gold Division
7 p.m.

 

Chris Collins scored 15 points, 8 rebounds in his debut for Entourage against Killmonger.

Prediction: Both Entourage and Monstars lost their season opener on Week 1 despite being the favorite to win in their match-ups against Killmonger and Sick Pick Ups, respectively. Entourage had 5 players score in double-figures but their inability to hit the 3 haunted them as they shot 20% from 3-point range. If they can be more selective in their shot attempts, they should even their season record to 1-1.

Key Player: Monstars isn't a powerhouse Regular Season team and historically, they have bad starts. Center Ralph Morelos should be back in the line-up and last weekend, his brother Xavier Morelos finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals. Last season's Rookie of the Season, Andrew Martinez, finished with a game-high, 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists. Andrew's consistency and ability to score anywhere on the floor makes him the team's go-to player but it all comes down to how GM Jared Ojeda manages the team. He hasn't had this much talent in awhile and that's a good problem to have.

Rookie Watch: Chris Collins scored 15 points, 8 rebounds in Entourage's season opener while Jermaine Avenuela added 16 points, 7 rebounds. The rookies for Entourage should lead them to a Playoff spot as the veterans struggled in their return on Week 1, with the exception of Kevin Levingston who finished with 10 points, 3 steals. If Entourage can improve their 3-point shooting and free throws, then they'll be 1-1 in their return to Superstar Basketball.