2018 WINTER | SEASON 40
By: League Analyst
Killmonger vs. Reckless
The number 1 team in Superstar Basketball went scoreless the
first 5 minutes and many believed an upset could be had by the
former Champions, Reckless.
"If the Lakers could beat the Spurs, then anything is possible,"
joked a league analyst.
The momentum shifted in the 2nd quarter as Killmonger shifted
momentum with a 13-5 run in the 2nd half. It was all Killmonger
the rest of the way as Killmonger defeat Reckless, 74-62.
Reckless didn't go down without a fight as Luis Montes
connected for several 3-pointers late in the game. Down 53-37 at
the end of 3 quarters, Reckless forced Killmonger to call a
timeout, trailing just 8 points with a little over 2 minutes
left. Player of the Week, Uzoma Kalu, put the game on ice
assisting and scoring on several made baskets as Kalu finished
with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
"We're the number one team right now but we're keeping tabs on
another team, notably East LA Dream Team," said GM Steven
Ancheta. "I know they beat Powerball last time around... so we
know they're in our radar."
Ancheta finished with 9 points, 3 three-pointers as Killmonger
combined to shoot 33.3% from the field. Darren Johnson
finished with 12 points while Center Frankie Eturti
anchored the defense with 4 blocked shots, 9 rebounds.
Luis Montes made his return for Reckless scoring a
team-high, 19 points on 55% shooting. Montes connected on a
team-high 5 three-pointers as the team combined for 12 three's.
Steven Castanieto finished with 16 points while Nate
Federico finished with 5 points. The Serpas Brothers
combined for 13 points, 9 rebounds and was held below their
season goal (15 rebs) thanks to several 6 footers that
controlled the paint for Killmonger.
Elements vs. n W o
One of the Original 6 teams returned as Elements made their
debut against nWo. Trailing 19-6 after the first stanza was the
closest Elements could hold on to as nWo finished the 2nd
quarter with a 22-11 run. The former 30&Over Division Champions,
nWo, improved their record to 2-1, with a 80-48 victory.
Robert Morgan finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds but
was forced to make a decision on which team he will be playing
for the rest of the way. Morgan played for both nWo and Ball
Broz on Week 1 and this week, did the same thing as League
officials forced him to make a decision on which team he'll be
"If we had 2 divisions like in the past, he would have been able
to but at this time, we have an 8 team league and 1 division,"
said a league official.
Rookie Ever Carro passed for a team-high, 11 assists and
was an Honorable Mention for Player of the Week. Jose
Anquisada finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds while Jerry
Tennison added 7 points, 5 assists. Jonathan Wynn
returned to action with 5 rebounds while Beau Reyes added
Humble Hoops Founder, Jeremiah Ward, led Elements in
scoring with 20 points on 36% shooting. Ward played floor
general for the most part of the game and finished with a
team-high, 5 assists. Rosan Bernardino added 10 points, 6
rebounds while GM James Bernardo added 2 assists.
Bernardo was critical of his play and felt that he could have
been more productive on the floor. What Elements need to
understand is they aren't competing against other teams but
against themselves. Father Time may be undefeated but there's
still plenty of time left for Elements.
"You can throw in the towel now and decide basketball is in the
past, or you can work on your conditioning and discover that you
still have a lot more game in you," said League Commissioner
Hanz Jimenez. "I got my last 2 scoring titles after 30, I had my
best playing years at 32... but yeah, Father Time got me at 35."
Ball Broz vs. Undisputed Era
Mike Peters could have easily be named Player of the Week
for the second week in a row as he led Ball Broz with 21 points,
7 three-pointers, 5 steals, and 4 assists. The most telling
stat-line was his shooting accuracy (58.3%) from long distance
as Ball Broz defeat Undisputed Era, 101-78.
Ball Broz surpassed the century mark for the second time season
as Erik Valladares finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3
three-pointers. Ball Broz addressed their big man woes adding
Steve Carpenter to the mix en tune to 12 points, 3 rebounds,
3 assists in his season debut. Robert Morgan finished with 17
points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists while GM Gabe Rodriguez
finished with 6 points and a team-high, 15 shot attempts. The
team believes they are a #1 team and a potential match-up with
either undefeated teams, Dream Team and Killmonger, is in the
Undisputed Era was led by sharp-shooter Jason Rico and he
finished with 24 points, 4 three-pointers, and 3 assists. Rico
was 4-for-7 from 3-point range as t he team combined to shoot
24% from the field. Herman Pech scored 12 points, 11
rebounds, 4 assists while Uzoma Kalu finished with 19
points, 11 rebounds. Kalu, already playing for Killmonger, has
been removed from the roster as Undisputed Era GM, Erick
Maldonado, has his work cut out for him.
"They have guys who commit yes early in the week and they end up
as no shows on Sunday morning," said a league analyst. "They
need an easier match-up this week to get some confidence going."
Chicle vs. East LA Dream Team
Rookie team Chicle was ahead 26-20 at intermission and returning
Gold Division Champions, East LA Dream Team, didn't grab the
lead until the 3rd quarter (3:55) with 31-30 lead. East LA Dream
Team held a narrow 35-33 lead at the end of 3rd and Chicle
wouldn't lead the rest of the way. Playing with just 6 players,
Chicle ran out of gas for their first loss of the season as
Dream Team win in their season-debut, 56-45.
Andrew Martinez finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds while
Player of the Week Runner-up, John King, led the team
with 10 rebounds. King made like In N Out with a double-double
finishing with 12 points on 56% shooting. Frankie Morales,
a starter for veteran team Outlawz, played for his new team
finishing with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists.
"Fernie is out there trying to level up at the Academy," said a
league analyst. "If he could, you know he would be here playing
but it looks like there's going to be a new sheriff in town.
Chicle played without one of their key starters, CJ Pang,
as Jay Tapang led the team with a game-high, 18 points.
Louie Venegas finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds while
GM Chris Duran added 4 points, 2 assists. Matt
Gutierrez scored 7 points and tied a team-high 8 rebounds.
The team was celebrated for their shot selection on Week 1 but
this week, the 3-ball wasn't falling as the team combined for
just 9% from 3-point range (2-for-23).