SEASON 41, WEEK 2
RECAPS


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Foundation vs. Reckless
Bronze Division
2 p.m.

 

Mark Mercado's vision was a blur after James Santillan commits a foul on Mercado late in the 3rd quarter.

Foundation led by as many as 20 points early in the 1st half as newcomer Sean S., connected for 3 straight 3-pointers early in the 2nd quarter. As expected, Reckless came back in the 4th quarter and found themselves within striking distance as Brian Serpas looked to add to his late-game heroics. Serpas' 3-pointer to give Reckless the win would rim out as Foundation survived a 61-59 win.

"They're going to jump out of the gate with a big lead but collapse late in the game because they're old and stamina isn't there," read the scouting report. "They have the pieces to be a Championship team because of their Championship experience but Father Time is undefeated."

Reckless made their run early in the 3rd as Steven Castanieto led the rally finishing with 29 points on 52.9% shooting. Castanieto made his living from the mid-range and shot well considering he suffered an injury in a pick up game on Saturday. Resting an injury is last season's Consolation Bracket MVP, Luis Montes, who is expected to be in and out of the line-up this season. James Santillan finished with 4 boards while David Guerrero added 7 points, 8 rebounds. Noel Serpas finished with 9 points while Alan Abrillo added 5 points on 50% shooting. Both teams played rough but with plenty of sportsmanship as the good vibes carried over on Facebook.

 Mercado: "So that's what it looked like when I got hit..."

Santillan: "What's a foul? LOL. Glad ur ok bro."

Mercado: "...the only thing I regret was not saying AND 1. No worries, all good..."

Four players scored in double figures for Foundation as Mark Mercado finished with a team-high, 15 points, 3 rebounds. GM Jonathan Wynn, nominated for Player of the Week, finished with a near triple-double finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists. Adrian Eddington added 13 points while Center Mike Arceo made his debut with 10 rebounds, 6 points. Wynn, considered one of the top rebounding guards in his prime, has filled up the box score despite his struggles in the scoring column.

"Looking back, it's a surprise he never logged as many triple doubles as he could have," said a league historian. "Same thing with Terrence Martin, he could have easily had 100 points but guys like them are after Championships, not stats."

 

 

Hoopers vs. East LA Dream Team
Gold Division
3 p.m.

 

Armando Aranda (East LA Dream Team) defends Hoopers from driving in.

After opening the season with a loss against 18x Champions, Relics, East LA Dream Team quickly bounced back with their first win of the season. The 2x Defending Champions (3x overall) defeated Hoopers with a 64-53 win as the team used a balance scoring attack to beat Hoopers.

Dream Team was playing in Pac Rim and the double-header meant that the team would be playing their 3rd game of the day against aging team, Hoopers. The former Champions played without veteran playmaker, Uzoma Kalu, as Gary Beaird finished with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 three-pointers. Arvin Delapaz has quietly put up numbers this season and he finished with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Larry Parker finished with 13 points, 4 rebounds while a fatigued Mike Arceo grabbed 11 boards, 2 blocked shots.

"Why ya'll sabotaging my man," joked Gary Beaird, referring to Center Mike Arceo, playing for Foundation.

"I should have played Center for Foundation, I didn't know he was going to play that much for our Bronze game," added a Foundation player.

For 2 weeks in a row now, Reigning Finals MVP, Ever Garcia, has gone back and forth with opposing players. This time it was Larry and Ever going at it with the trash talk and Ever finished with 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 8 points. Andrew Martinez finished with 13 points, 2 assists while Armando Aranda added 12 points, 6 rebounds. Ever's Finals MVP nod has his opponents going at him every game and so far, Ever has been producing for Dream Team. Relics return has visibly improved the competition but Dream Team has developed into a big name recently and up and coming team, Prodigy Plug, is scheduled for a big Father's Day match-up with the Reigning Champions.

"Both teams are fast, have length, but Dream Team is about to show Prodigy who their daddy is on Father's Day," joked a player.

 

Ball Broz vs. Relics
Gold Division
4 p.m.

 

James Acevedo passes for a season-high, 7 assists as nearly 6 players score in double figures for 18x Champions, Relics.

This was supposed to be Mike Peters vs. Cisco Acevedo.

Reigning MVP vs. the first 100 point scorer.

MVP vs. Legend.

Word got out that Mike Peters wouldn't be available and the chances of Ball Broz keeping up with Relics was little.

Ball Broz shocked their opponents as the man they called "Little Dicky", Steve Carpenter, proved that Ball Broz was just a 1-man team. Steve led all scorers with 33 points as Ball Broz fall to Relics, 81-72.

The 18-time Champions are now 2-0 as Cisco Acevedo, nominated for Player of the Week honors, finished with 29 points on 50% shooting. James Acevedo passed for 7 assists while Terrence Martin finished with 13 points, 4 rebounds. The team nearly had 6 players score in double figures as Lasalle Thomas made his debut with 9 points, 7 rebounds. The team isn't the flashy Relics that filled up highlights reels on a weekly basis but they are very efficient from the floor and the 3rd quarter has been their imo this season.

Championships teams make their run in the 3rd quarter and so far, Relics have used the 3rd quarter to put their opponents away. Ball Broz played with a revamped roster and despite the struggles in the 2nd half, Ball Broz should be excited about their evolution with the Reigning MVP. Shawn Garey finished with 15 points while Derek added 10 points. Robert Morgan had a strong rookie season but he struggled in his Sophomore debut with 2 points, 3 rebounds. Yader added 8 points and led the team to 5 assists. It was rumored that GM Gabe Rodriguez was looking at former Killmongers' players, notably Frankie E. and his size could help the team especially in a very competitive Gold Division. Many are wondering what the status is on Mike Peters' return, so stay tuned...

LIVESTREAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW2gcSQWG4k

Best part - Andrew Knox and Steve Carpenter going at it in the 3rd quarter. Trash talk was in Playoff form as two competitive players went at it for their respective teams. 

 

Chicle vs. n W o
Bronze Division
5 p.m.

 

Mike Trout proving he plays both ends of the floor as he puts a hand up against Beau Reyes.

It was a see-saw game between Chicle and nWo as the top ranked team, Chicle, played without Mr. Triple Double, CJ Pang. Mike Trout continues his sharp shooting display with a game-high, 24 points, as Chicle defeat nWo, 75-73.

Mike shot over 55% from the field and connected for 2 three-pointers in Chicle's second win of the season. A team that wisely picks their spots, Chicle avoided shooting a 3-point contest with nWo as Chicle shot 24 attempts (8-for-24, 33.3%) and nWO combined for 51 (19-for-51, 37.3%). Chicle had 4 players score in double figures as Jay Tapang finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. GM Chris Duran led Chicle with 5 assists and 11 points while Damien Reyes scored 12 points, and a team-high, 8 rebounds.

The game went into extra period but Derrick Tamanaha missed a layup that would have enabled the game to go into 2OT. Derrick made his season debut in Gold and Bronze and he finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Josh Zendejas finished with 21 points, 9 rebounds while GM Beau Reyes added 5 points, 3 boards. After not playing for a year, Kassah Kantiok also made his return to Superstar and he finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 33.3% shooting. Kantiok, trying to see if the rebounding record is reachable, finished with just 9 rebounds.

"What was the record, 33 right?" asked Kassah Kantiok. "That record has been there awhile, I think I want to try and break it."

Also trying to break into the records is CJ Pang who missed the 2nd game into the season. Trying to average a triple double season, CJ's pursuit is still intact.

 

 

n W o vs. We Tried
Bronze Division
6 p.m.

 

Getting his players involved first, GM Anthony Meltcher took over when We Tried needed him most.

nWo made their season debut and saw both games come down to the wire as nWo outlast We Tried, 92-90.

We Tried had 4 players score in double figures as GM Anthony Meltcher and Cody Rote went off for a team-high, 24 points. Meltcher was cruising along and getting everyone involved as trash talker Josh Zendejas ignited a fire within Meltcher. Anthony shot 9-for-23 (38.1%) from the field and was instrumental in quickly erasing their 56-37 halftime deficit.

"He's one of those guys that work quietly and is one of the nicest guys off the court," said a league stats-keeper. "Never saw him go off like this, maybe other players should get him mad when he plays, lol."

Cody "Larry Legend" Rote finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds while Johnny Truong added 5 points, 11 rebounds. Carlos Nava was lava from 3-point range as he heat up with 4 three-pointers and 18 points. Than Ho scored 19 points, 2 steals  and the team combined for 9 steals. Despite the loss, We Tried has shown that they can rally in the 2nd half and their game is reminiscent of Reckless, another team that likes to come from behind.

nWo didn't want to fall to 0-2 as Derrick Tamanaha finished with 41 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists. Derrick was named Player of the Week by his peers as he led nWo to a 1-1 record in their season debut. Josh Zendejas added 23 points, 8 rebounds while Dion Cruz finished with a double-double, 10 points, 14 rebounds. Hanz Jimenez, a player for Foundation, was playing for his second Bronze team as a try out but will be traded back to Foundation after this weekend.

"They were short-handed, so nWo picked me up for the weekend just so they can recruit more players," said Jimenez.

 

 

 

Monstars vs. Prodigy
Gold Division
7 p.m.

 

Prodigy Plug was bigger and faster than Monstars, a team many expected to beat Prodigy Plug.

Prodigy Plug made their debut against Monstars, the Baldwin Park team that survived a late rally against Hoopers on Week 1. Prodigy made Monstars look slow beating the veteran team, 76-58.

"They were good, but to beat us by 20... we just want to forget about that L," said Monstars GM, Jared Ojeda.

"We didn't expect this coming," said a league writer. Was Prodigy really that good or was Monstars' Week 1 win a fluke? Time will tell..."

Ralph Morelos finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds while Andrew Martinez finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds. Martinez, the team's fastest player, finished with 2 assists and shot 38.5% from the floor. Xavier Morelos scored 13 points and tied a team-high with 8 rebounds en route to a team-high, 3 blocks.

Prodigy jumped to an early 39-26 lead as four players scored double figures for the rookie team. The balanced scoring attack was led by Christian who finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and Kevin Price finished with a team-high, 4 steals, 6 boards. Garrison and Steven both finished with 16 points apiece as the team combined to shoot 50% from the field.

 

 

Prodigy vs. The Rock
Gold Division
8 p.m.

 

Voters picked Glenn Payne as Player of the Week for his heroics against Prodigy Plug.

The Rock was considered an underdog heading into the match-up against rookie team, Prodigy Plug, a team that surprised Monstars in the first game of the double-header. It was a tightly contested affair as veteran forward, Glenn Payne, made his return with 3 key plays during crunch time.

It was frustration and plenty of concerns regarding officiating midway through the 2nd half as a 5 point swing cost The Rock to trail and almost put the game out of reach. With 5 minutes and 15 seconds left in the 4th quarter, a no call against The Rock and a foul to put Prodigy on the line had GM Ben Sin upset at officiating.

 

"I think they get penalized for having a big team but historically, The Rock has always felt like officiating isn't in their favor," disclosed a league writer. "I played for The Rock in the past, and even I felt like I was getting shafted by the refs."

 

Kassah Kantiok was calm for most of the dispute and his return resulted in The Rock controlling the boards, 40-27. Kantiok grabbed 12 rebounds and finished with 10 points on 50% shooting. Mike Ashanti finished with 17 points on 66.7% shooting while D'Angelo contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists. Hoping to put a stamp on his return is Glenn Payne who was nominated by the league for Player of the Week honors after scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Payne hit a jumper to put the game into OT and in the last 20 seconds had 3 key plays to seal the deal for The Rock's first win.

 

Glenn had a key steal as Prodigy failed to tell their ball handler that Glenn was coming from the back for the steal. Payne converted on the field goal and on the following possession, Payne blocked a shot attempt for Prodigy. On Monday night, his peers saw the stat line and deemed Payne worthy of Player of the Week honors and Glenn Payne was named Player of the Week.

 

Prodigy was led by Poobey who finished with 19 points, 3 steals. Andy was the second leading scorer with 18 and Kevin Price rounded off the top 3 scorers with 13 points, 6 rebounds. Garrison left early and GM Paul Magaway sat out as he heals from a 2-month injury.

 

The Rock GM, Ben Sin, recognized the talent Prodigy has and is looking forward to their progression this season.

 

Instagram: You guys are a good team. Great game on Sunday, Hope to see you guys again in the Playoffs.