2019 WINTER | SEASON 43
By: League Analyst
Relentless vs. We Tried
Both teams lost their season-opener as Relentless suffered a
loss against Foundation and We Tried took an L against McDaddy's.
We Tried, a team picked to scratch the W column for the first
time this season, is offense oriented while Relentless relishes
on playing defense.
We Tried didn't have a player score in double digits last
weekend as the playing against the much-bigger McDaddy's roster.
Against the rookies, expect them to run and put up more shots
from the 3-point line, where they struggled from the field
shooting just 8-for-41 (19.5%). GM Anthony Meltcher
finished with 9 points in the season-opener while Cody Rote
aka Larry Legend aka Takesthrees69 scored 8 points.
The lower the score is, the higher the likelihood Relentless
pulls out the victory. GM Ruben Ramirez is preaching
defense as the rookie team plays with several young players
capable of running. The team had 4 players score in double
figures last week as Kenny Morales and Chris Plantillas
both scored 19 points to lead Relentless. Ruben, a member of
Hoopers last season, knows We Tried is a recreational team so
look for his team to have some fun and put up numbers with We
Tried in the scoring column.
McDaddy's vs. Tune Squad
After a heart-breaking loss courtesy of Chicle, will the Bishop
Amat alumni team come back harder against McDaddy's? The Free
Agent team is bigger than their opponents and their players have
already scouted the opponents. Will McDaddy's stick with their
game plan or will new additions prove Week 1 was a lucky win
against We Tried?
Tune Squad nearly had 3 players score in double figures as
Arellano led the way with 19 points. GM Vincent Rodriguez
added 18 points while Player 42 added 8 points, 6 rebounds,
2 steals. Tune Squad, regarded as the fastest team in the
division, should out-run their opponents - a team that boasts
the biggest line-up in the division outside of Foundation.
Mike Arceo, Andre The Giant's long lost son, had a
double-double in the season-opener, finishing with 11 points and
11 rebounds. CJ Collins led the team with 14 boards while
Christian Carrillo led the team with 5 steals. Several
free agents from IHOB are expected to join the team after
McDaddy's played with just 5 players last weekend. Free agents
include: All Star Adrian Lecesne, Arvin DeLaPaz
and Center Mike Mason.
Death Row vs. Monstars
After losing to 20x Champions, Relics, in their season opener,
can Death Row bounce back against Baldwin Park team, Monstars?
made their debut with several players from former Champions,
Baseline All Stars, and playing without Darren Collision,
Monstars GM Jared Ojeda will have to settle for a crowd
of Michael Munoz and Calvin Mitchell (3 points, 2
assists on Week 1). Jared had several TBT posts in the
off-season showcasing his scoring ability against Baseline All
1, Monstars played a high-octane offense as newcomer, Vincent
Rodriguez, finished with a team-high, 7 assists, 14 points.
Jared added 12 points, 4 rebounds while All Star Andrew
Martinez led the team with 16. The team combined for 14
assists and shot an efficient 45% from the field, courtesy of LA
Derrick Andrew, GM for Death Row, led the team with 17
points, 3 assists while Center Maintain had a
double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds. All Star Justian
Hamilton finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds as the team
out-rebounded Relics, 35-24. The team's advantage is their size
against Monstars but they must control the tempo, especially
against a younger, faster team.
Foundation vs. Fire Squad
Both teams will debut their new jerseys as Foundation and Fire
Squad face off for the first time. Foundation is hoping to
continue their winning streak while Fire Squad is reeling after
losing 2 of their bigs from last season.
surface, Foundation is regarded as the best team in Bronze
Division. They've acquired former MVPs, All Stars, and Finals
MVPs all facing their biggest challenge -- Father Time.
Relentless has called them the best team in the division but as
the season progresses, the smell of victory will slowly fade to
smells of salonpas and Icy Hot.
players scored in double figures last week as Adrian
Eddington finished with 15 points on 77.8% shooting.
Uzoma Kalu added 16 points while Alphonso White added
12 points. The team combined for 11 assists as GM Jonathan
Wynn and Asher Avinger passed for a team-high, 4
Squad had just 2 players score in double figures as GM Otto
Guillermo (18 points) and Finals MVP Brandon Ortiz
(19 points) combined to score 37 of the team's 53 points. The
team's lack of size will be a problem for the Reigning Champions
and last week, they were out-rebounded, 39-29. To beat
Foundation, they need to run and Andrew Martinez needs to
be comfortable as he is playing with Gold Division's Monstars.
Chicle vs. Fuerza
Can Chicle, the former Champions, make it 17-1 in their last 18
games? They take on a rookie team, Fuerza, on Week 2.
Last week's Player of the Week, Jay Tapang, finished with
17 points and was the hero after converting a bucket down the
stretch for the win over Tune Squad. Jay shot 55.6% from the
field while Center Danny V. added 10 points, 4 rebounds
on 80% shooting. The team combined for 11 turnovers but once
again shot a high percentage from beyond the arch, knocking down
31.6% of their 3-point attempts.
For the second week in a row, their scouting report will be
non-existent as they take on another rookie team, Fuerza.
"They got the best mind in Bronze Division, you gotta challenge
him with pop quizzes every now and then," said a league writer
not named Hanz Jimenez.
The Rock vs. Entourage
Can The Rock begin their season with a W? They take on
Entourage, a team that lost to their rival, Killmonger on Week
The Rock has revamped their roster and GM Ben Sin
attended the All Star Game in hopes of finding another All Star.
At the time, Joey Cejudo was uncertain about Entourage's
future and Ben Sin was hoping to recruit Joey. Ben went as far
as giving Joey Clipper tickets to the game but Joey after
attending the game, Joey made like Ariana Grande and said, Thank
Entourage lost off a game winning drive from Johnny Blaze
as Jayson Cruz had a strong debut with 13 points.
Cooper added 14 points while Joey finished with 11 points,
12 rebounds. The Weeknd, Kevin Levingston finished with 9
points as Korey Levingston sat out with another injury.
Team Challenge ALS vs. Killmonger
Several teams are accusing Death Row of ducking Team Challenge
ALS's match-up as Killmonger and Team Challenge ALS puts their
1-0 record on the line. After securing Player of the Week honors
last week, can Johnny Blaze lead Killmonger to a 2-0
Johnny Blaze had the game-winning drive against Entourage
and he finished with 34 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Blaze
was firing on all cylinders and he shot 44% from 3-point range,
an area Killmonger has struggled with in the past. Sean
Harris, former MVP, finished with 17 points, 5 assists in
the season-opener while Jay Benjamin added 10 points, 8
rebounds, 3 steals. GM Steven Ancheta was hoping to face
Team Challenge ALS later on the season when he has several more
players added to the roster.
Team Challenge ALS scored a whopping 57 points in the 2nd half
against East LA Dream Team as 5 players scored in double figures
for the rookie team. GM Sean Marshall, a former MVP as
well, finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds while Donovan
Morris added 14 points, 7 assists. Dell Well, an All
Star last season, finished with 10 points, 5 assists while
Johnny Dukes finished with 13 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists.
This team is the biggest in Gold Division and Killmonger will
have to play a near perfect game to upset the #2 team in Gold
Relics vs. Empire Elite
Will the 20x Champions, Relics, add on to their roster? GM of
the Season, James Acevedo has requested for a trade from
LA Riots (Center, DJ) and the team has been making roster
moves to adjust to the level of competition.
"Oh now everyone wants to come try and beat us," joked Acevedo,
after Week 1.
While Killmonger is adding several pro players from overseason,
Relics is keeping it local and hoping their veteran players turn
back father time. Hall of Famer Terrence Martin had a
vintage performance on Week 1, leading the team with 10 assists
en route to 6 points. Andrew Knox had a vintage dunk (12 points)
as well and Cisco Acevedo (11 points) was efficient from
the field but shooting just 7 times from the floor. The team
will go as far as Roderick Evans Taylor takes them and
last week, the Finals MVP finished with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 6
Empire Elite really should be 1-0 but the team coasted the last
10 minutes as Try Hards came back from a 10 point deficit. To
make it worse, they face Relics, a team that had two 20 point
deficits in the Playoffs last season against Prodigy Plug and
Try Hards. No lead is safe and facing the 20x Champions should
get Empire Elite to really lock in this rookie season. Mou U
made the most of his touches last week and he led the team with
6 assists, 6 points, 6 rebounds. The beast made his mark on the
game and was efficient from the field shooting 75% from the
field. GM AJ Thomas scored 15 points while Deron Scott
added 13 points, 4 assists. The team needs to cut down on their
turnovers and last week, the team combined for 11tos.
LA Riots vs. Try Hards
After a forgettable start on Week 1, can LA Riots bounce back
against Try Hards?
Try Hards fell behind early in the 2nd half but used a 21-10 run
to end the game. Ryan Carter, Reining MVP, finished with
32 points on 48% shooting while Juan Banda was the second
leading scorer with 13 points. Fernando Ramos aka "Brodie"
added 8 points, 4 rebounds as the team out-rebounded their
Based on the last match-up against Monstars, LA Riots were
unprepared but GM Jackson Ruiz has been recruiting. If he
can get a consistent roster to come out, they should be
competitive in Gold Division but if it's anything like last
week, LA Riots should be heading down to Bronze Division.
Winner's Only vs. Stay Up
Both teams have yet to unveil their roster.
All we know is Playoff P of Prodigy Plug is playing for Stay Up
while Winners Only will have former players from East LA Dream
Team playing for them. A full recap will be available on
Tuesday. Thank You.
Prodigy Plug vs. East LA Dream Team
Prodigy Plug makes their season debut against East LA Dream
Team. The former 3-time Champions started the season with a loss
against Team Challenge ALS and the revamped East LA Dream Team
line-up is starting to look like the Championship Game between
East LA Dream Team and Ball Broz.
Ever Garcia, Finals MVP (Season 40), led East LA Dream
Team in their season opener with 8 assists, 4 steals and 21
points while newcomer Khalil Dukes led the team with 26
points, 8 rebounds. Mike Peters, MVP for Season 40,
finished with 14 points, 3 assists, 2 steals while Derek
Tamanaha scored 4 points, 1 assists. GM Mario Miramontes
was in attendance but wasn't in action and it appears
Tamanaha has made the roster moves to combine former Ball Broz
and East LA Dream Team.
On the opposite bench, Prodigy Plug is back after a forgettable
1st Round exit against the Relics. GM Playoff P has
noticed that the competition is stronger this season and he's
expected to bring a re-tooled line-up as well. Sharp-shooter,
Russell Eastbrook, has been looking forward to the season
opener and is expected to be part of the re-tooled line-up for
Prodigy Plug. Isaiah Watson and Garrison Deshay are also
expected to make the team's season-opener.