SEASON 42, WEEK 2
By: League Analyst
Chicle vs. IHOB
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Prediction: Foundation should go 1-1 this weekend. A 0-2 is
as unlikely as sweeping a double-header.
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
The Rock vs. Try Hards
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
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
East LA Dream Team vs. Relics
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Entourage vs. Monstars
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.
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.