SEASON 41, WEEK 2
By: League Analyst
Foundation vs. Reckless
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
"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
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
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
Ball Broz vs. 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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
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
"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.
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are a good team. Great game on Sunday, Hope to see you guys
again in the Playoffs.