SEASON 41, WEEK 2
By: League Analyst
Foundation vs. Reckless
It's the first of 2 match-ups between two of the Finalists from
last season's consolation bracket. Foundation is looking for
revenge against Reckless, the winners of the Consolation Bracket
last season. Reckless suffered a 1-sided rout courtesy of Chicle
last weekend, 83-39 while Foundation out-lasted We Tried, 59-54.
With momentum in favor of Foundation, will the 9x Champions
avenge defeat from last season's Championship Game?
Reckless played later than usual and that contributed to a
depleted line-up against Chicle. The team historically starts
off slow and gains momentum as the season progress. Expect the
team to erase any memories of last week's forgettable season
debut, a match-up led by Luis Montes who finished with 21
points, 7 rebounds. The team committed 18 turnovers last weekend
and shot just 13.6% from 3-point range. On the bright side,
James Santillan (14 rebounds, 8 points) was active more than
ever and Noel Serpas showed how mentally tough he was
finishing with 5 rebounds, 4 assists...with an injury.
"Our group texts were bombarded with how sore everyone was,"
said a Foundation player. "I can't imagine how sore Noel was
after his knee buckled after that injury...and he played through
Mark Mercado led all players with a weekend-high on Week
1, scoring 31 points on 81.3% shooting. Mercado was a Runner-up
for Player of the Week so look for Mercado to once again light
up the box score as the team gets comfortable with their roles.
GM Jonathan Wynn led the new look Foundation with 6
assists and he finished with 10 rebounds, 2 points. Adrian
Eddington made his return with 17 points while Rommel Del
Rosario added 6 points, 11 rebounds. Foundation is comprised
of Championship veteran players, playing at 40% energy level.
Stamina has been a huge concern and last week, We Tried came
back from a double-digit deficit to nearly steal the
Hoopers vs. East LA Dream Team
Both teams suffered a loss on opening weekend as former
Champions, Hoopers, and East LA Dream Team (2x Defending
Champions) fall to Monstars and East LA Dream Team,
respectively. Despite the loss on Opening Week, Hoopers should
feel good about coming back against Monstars on Week 1.
The team trailed by as many as 7 with 2 minutes left and came
back with timely free throws and clutch baskets. Hoopers played
well in the closing minutes, and it was no coincidence
that Hoopers played better without their ball dominant guards on
the floor. The team is one of the oldest teams in Gold Division
but their experience and they're willingness to accept their
roles should make them contenders. Their biggest obstacle is
their tendency to over-dribble a problem GM Gary Beiard
should address to the team. They suffered a 76-74 loss as Beiard
led the team with 22 points, 4 steals. Uzoma Kalu added
12 points, 12 rebounds while Kenny Farr added 8 points on
50% shooting. The league tried to make Hoopers vs. The Rock
happen but The Rock requested for a night game and Hoopers is
stuck, playing against the Defending Champions.
"It looks tough on the schedule but Hoopers should be aware that
East LA Dream Team is playing their 3rd game of the afternoon,
since they're playing in another league earlier in the day, "
said a League scheduler.
Ant led Dream Team with 23 points, 17 rebounds while
Finals MVP Ever Garcia added 15 points, 6 rebounds. The
team played without 4 of their starters last weekend and Dream
Team should be re-loaded as they try to avoid a second straight
loss this season. Frankie Morales has been lighting it up
for Dream Team the past 2 seasons and last week, he finished
with 10 points, 5 rebounds. Morales, a veteran shooter who
played with beloved Outlawz in the past seasons, was assured he
wasn't the jinx when he finally won a Championship last season.
With new Outlawz member, Fernando Ruiz in the line-up, Morales
is concerned that Ruiz may be the culprit of those failed
"If Dream Team doesn't 3-peat, you'll know Fernando jinxed it,"
joked Morales via IG.
Ball Broz vs. Relics
Game of the Week.
After winning 18 Championships from 2007-2014, Relics took a 4
year break as teams like The Heights, Powerball, and FOE took
turns claiming the throne as the league's best team. The new era
of Championship teams weren't able to entice Relics to come
back...until Mike Peters developed into the League's MVP.
The Reigning MVP put everyone on notice as social media blew up
with comments criticizing the lack of defense played in
Superstar. From The Rock, Relics, to former players who were
spectators on social media, the league's older teams made it
known that they were coming back to stop these new career-highs
Mike was putting up.
Ball Broz. rival is East LA Dream Team, the Reigning 2x
Champions, but Relics are trying to see how legit Mike Peters
is these days. Will their best perimeter defender, James
Acevedo, stop him from scoring double-digits? Will their
best all-around defender, Andrew Knox, want to play the
perimeter to try and hold Peters scoreless? As flashy as Relics
is with their highlights and Championship trophies, this is a
team that takes pride in playing defense.
Ball Broz has been a top team these past 2 seasons but the
return of several veteran teams will test how authentic their
recent run at the top has been. While Peters gets most of the
spotlight, it should be noted that Center Steve Carpenter
is a talented stretch 4 that can score from anywhere in the
perimeter. The team thrives on the open floor with Robert
Morgan, Chico V. and Lawrence Quinonez pushing
the tempo and creating hustle plays. As impressive as the last 2
seasons has been, GM Gabe Rodriguez hasn't seen a team as
experienced as the Relics, a team that soundly defeated the
Champions and Ball Broz rival, East LA Dream Team.
"Personally, I don't really care who wins, I just want to see
Mike Peters and Cisco Acevedo go 1 on 1," said a Gold Division
General Manager. "Can you get that on Live Stream or
Chicle vs. n W o
Five players scored in double figures for Chicle, a team that
routed Consolation Champions, Reckless, 83-39.
Chicle shot a combined 53.8% from the field and the team's
assists total (18-7) was more than double their opponents. They
limited their opponents to just 13.6% from 3-point range and
their ability to create stops produced 18 turnovers. Damian
Reyes finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds while Louie
Venegas added 15. CJ Pang went triple dipping with 14
points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists while Jay Tapang
added 13. The team doesn't have the talent to compete in Gold
but their team chemistry is willingness to play for each other
has them the favorite to take it all this season.
nWo lost half of their players to Foundation and the former
Champions are starting over with CJ Collins and Beau
Reyes at the helm. The team has added players from
Killmonger but the lack of chemistry in a double-header weekend
could give nWo a 0-2 record to start the season.
"They're playing 2 of the top teams in Bronze, a double-header
at that," said a stats-keeper. "For a team that's rebuilding,
that's a tough task."
n W o vs. We Tried
For a rookie team, We Tried was very impressive in their debut.
It was a controversial call that saw Cody Rote's
3-pointer get waived off in the game's closing seconds but
regardless of the outcome, We Tried is looking like a contender
in Bronze this season.
Anthony Meltcher finished with 12 points, 8 rebounds on
Opening Week while Carlos Nava added 9 points, 3 rebounds.
Cody Rote led the rookie team with 18 points and he was 50%
from the field. The team shot 44% from the field but was
out-rebounded, 49-35, as no player stood taller than 5'8 Center,
"Our team is short, but we play hard," said veteran F, Anthony
They take on a depleted nWo team, a team playing a double-header
to start the season. The team has recruited heavily in the past
few weeks but most of their players are offense-oriented and
defense will be a concern for nWo this season.
Monstars vs. Prodigy
Monstars takes on rookie team, Prodigy. The team is making their
debut this week and the scouting
report is non-existent for Prodigy,
Monstars' scouting report looks like this:
- They rarely miss in the paint. They combined for 80.6% from
inside 3-point territory.
- Andrew Martinez (19 points, 9 rebounds) is one of the
fastest players in the league.
- Morelos Brothers combined for 36 points, 25 rebounds on
- Jared Ojeda
led his team with 5 assists and 3 three-pointers on 45%
- Free throw woes must be addressed. They almost gave the
game away against Hoopers, a team that trailed by 7 with 2
- The team from Baldwin Park played with just 5 players. Depth
also needs to be addressed.
Prodigy vs. The Rock
The Rock takes on rookie team, Prodigy. While the scouting
report is non-existent for Prodigy, The Rock's scouting report
looks like this.
- Former 2-time Champions suffered a 73-39 loss against
- Mike Ashanti led the team with 11 points on 4-for-18
- The team shot 26% from the field and was out-rebounded, 41-28.
- Playing recreationally to honor late Center, Dale Barnes.
- Their players are competitive so look for the team to
recruit heavily in the coming weeks.
- Veteran players are expected to return for The Rock this week,
so look for a better Week 2 showing.
Interesting quote of the week from GM Ben Sin:
"Monstars is playing without a bench. If I were Hoopers, I would
run them. Easy for me to say that because I'm not in that
situation, but I would try to take advantage of that weakness."
With Prodigy playing a double-header, look for GM Ben Sin to
capitalize on Prodigy's schedule and try to run their opponents
off the floor.