2019 WINTER | SEASON 43
By: League Analyst
Relentless vs. We Tried
We Tried won a dramatic 59-50 victory over Relentless as We
Tried sharp-shooter, Cody Rote, hit the go-ahead bucket
for We Tried. It was We Tried's first win in two seasons keeping
Relentless winless in 2 tries during their rookie campaign.
Initially dramatic for the Livestream audience, the game wasn't
actually close after an official review of the stats-sheet with
the League Commissioner.
"They weren't actually down, the stats-keeper missed at least 4
points for We Tried, and as dramatic as Cody's shot was, it
wasn't actually the go-ahead bucket," said the League Commish.
GM Anthony Meltcher finished with a double-double, 17
points, 15 rebounds but struggled from the field shooting just
28.6%. Cody Rote added 8 points, 3 rebounds while
Boley Grant finished as the second leading scorer with 13.
Juan Arredondo scored 11 points, 9 rebounds as the team
out-rebounded their opponents, 46-33.
Relentless has struggled from the gates but the rookies aren't
settling for outside shots and shot better than their opponents
inside 3-point territory shooting 45.5% (vs 34.3%). They are
struggling from the charity stripe, shooting just 33.3% but that
should improve as the season progresses. Chris Plantillas
was the leading scorer with 17 while Joel Contreras added
15 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists. Tony Gonzalez led the
team on the glass, grabbing 13 rebounds but was the only player
to grab double digits in rebounding.
McDaddy's vs. Tune Squad
Death Row vs. Monstars
Baldwin Park team Monstars, playing in their 13th season, is
looking the best they've ever been as they ran Death Row out of
the building with a 75-59 victory.
Ralph Morelos made a rare appearance and was very
efficient for Monstars shooting 70% from the field and leading
Monstars on the glass with 9 rebounds. Surprisingly, the team
was more aggressive on the glass out-rebounding Death Row,
41-31. Andrew Martinez, last season's All Star
representative, led Monstars in scoring with 22 points while
Alex Mendiola added 13 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists.
The team was out on the open floor and did most of their scoring
on fast break opportunities and Monstars combined for 21
assists. GM Jared Ojeda called out Relics, the 20x
Champions, for a match-up on Week 3 but Relics requested for a
bye and Monstars got the next best thing.
Team Challenge ALS, picked by league analysts to be the #1 team,
observed how Monstars have been playing well as of late and
requested to play against Monstars at 1 p.m.
On the flip side, Death Row hasn't been clicking and it starts
with their team chemistry. Players haven't been as aggressive as
they were playing for other teams and not everyone on the team
knows their role. GM Derrick Andrews is filling up the
stats-sheet and he finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4
assists. Maintain finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4
steals while Calvin Mitchell added 12 points, 4 rebounds,
4 assists. Death Row is bigger than most of the teams in Gold
but against a young up-tempo like Monstars, it was just a
difficult match-up for Death Row to overcome.
Foundation vs. Fire Squad
The Bronze Division Champions faced a re-tooled Foundation
roster that was revamped by GM Jonathan Wynn after
Foundation failed to make the Playoffs last season. Fueled by
missing last season's Playoffs, Foundation made a huge statement
on the Reigning Bronze Division Champions as Foundation defeat
Fire Squad, 81-57.
Brandon Ortiz, last season's Finals MVP, was the leading
scorer with 24 points but that wasn't enough Foundation had 4
players score in double-digits. Eric Orache finished with
10 points, 7 rebounds while Gold Division recruit, Andrew
Martinez, finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists. GM
Otto Guillermo, an All Star last season, was limited to
just 14.3% shooting en route to 5 points, 4 assists and 4
turnovers. It's clear Fire Squad is missing their twin towers in
Garrison Deshay and Nephi Fortiga and the two lent
their advice following their Prodigy game against East LA Dream
gotta pick up guys who can board and want to play defense and
crash rebounds," said Garrison. "The guys they picked up in Free
Agency are good, but that's not what the team needs.
Avinger made sure his teammates ate and he finished with a
season-high, 8 assists. Alphonso White and Kris Dick
both scored 18 apiece while Gary Beiard added 17
points, 5 rebounds. Uzoma Kalu scored 10 points while GM
Jonathan Wynn added 4 rebounds, 2 steals. Foundation (for
Elder Statesmen of Superstar Basketball players) out-rebounded
their opponents, 51-33.
Chicle vs. Fuerza
Fuerza came out firing as Coach Abner Rodriguez made his
6 buckets to start off their rookie campaign at Superstar
Basketball. For the second straight week, former Champions,
Chicle, were prepared for whatever rookie teams were thrown at
them as Chicle defeat Fuerza, 81-67.
For the second game in a row, Chicle played without a scouting
report and GM of the Season, Chris Duran, proved why he's
the Reigning GM of the Season as Chicle improved their record to
17-1 in the last 3 seasons. Five players scored in double
figures as Shadon Knight led all scorers with 21 points,
6 rebounds. Former MVP, CJ Pang aka Nitro, finished with
17 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists and is waiting for the League
to announce his Player of the Week honors. With a PER of 46, CJ
is looking for another All Star Weekend. The team out-rebounded
their opponents, 39-24 and had 25 assists as Center Danny
Villalobos finished with 6 assists, 9 rebounds, and 16
points. His valiant effort was recognized as league admin
finally corrected his last name after he almost delivered with a
"Villa-llamas, Village people, villa lopsided win... we gotta
give Danny V his complete last name cuz he's been killing
it," joked a league admin.
Abner Rodriguez led Fuerza with 27 points and he shot
71.4% to lead the team. Steven C. added 11 points on
71.4% shooting while Geo Bonilla finished with 19 points,
4 rebounds and 3 assists. The team narrowly trailed at the half,
49-46 but Chicle's defense stepped up limiting Fuerza to just
40.7% shooting from 3-point territory.
"That team can shoot, they're gonna be a problem," observed a
Bronze Division GM.
The Rock vs. Entourage
Team Challenge ALS vs. Killmonger
Killmonger got ran out of the gym as this season's unofficial #1
team, Team Challenge ALS, routed last season's #1 team with a
GM Sean Marshall had his best game of the season scoring
39 points on 63% shooting. The former MVP shot 17-for-27 from
the field and connected for 5-of-11 (45.5%) three-pointers to
lead his team. Marshall filled up the stats-sheet with 19
rebounds as the team out-rebounded Killmonger, 71-30.
Shatrang led Team Challenge ALS with 7 assists while
Donovan Morris finished with 6 dimes, 15 rebounds, and 15
points. Dell Well, an All Star for Sick Pick Ups,
finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists. With the
1-sided affair, league analysts gave Team Challenge ALS the #1
ranking before rescinding it and putting Relics on top.
"You can't be the #1 team until you beat the Champs," said Hall
of Famer, Andrew Knox.
"With Relics getting a bye this week, several teams are going to
be 3-0 and Relics are losing their #1 rank," said a league
Killmonger played without former MVP, Sean Harris, as last
week's Player of the Week, Johnny Blaze, led Killmonger
with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals. Blaze led Killmonger
with 7 dimes as Shad Earby returned to the line-up with
24 points, 4 three-pointers. Shad was an All Star snub last
season but his impact was huge as Killmonger had a reliable
scorer outside of Harris and Johnny Blaze. Jay Benjamin
finished with 15 points while Chris Starks added 8
points, 3 steals.
Relics vs. Empire Elite
The 20x Champions, Relics, almost blew a 44-24 halftime lead as
Empire Elite came back with their 3-point shooting and Empire
Elite GM, AJ Thomas' playmaking. The duo of Darius
Davis and DJ Shumpert led the surge back scoring 20
points apiece for Empire Elite but Relics would hold on with a
Roderick Evans-Taylor continues to light it up from the
field and he finished with a game-high, 26 points on 55.6%
shooting. Roderick, last season's Finals MVP, has been training
with Chet Johnson @onpurpose11 and he returned to the
league finishing with 3 assists, 5 rebounds. His defense and
playmaking should give Relics another elite athlete and Relics
are looking as dangerous as ever. Andrew Knox, Hall of
Famer, started the game with a dunk en route to 5 points, 5
rebounds while Cisco Acevedo finished with 19 points, 4
three-pointers on 44.4% shooting.
"Relics are tinkering with their line-up, and you can see they
struggled in the 2nd half figuring out which line-up works
best," said a stats-keeper. "As long as they came out with the
win, they're happy about that but they're working in a lot of
GM James Acevedo, last season's GM of the Season, should
figure it out as the new teams in the league have a huge bulls
eye on the 20x Champions.
Empire Elite should be 2-0 and for the 2nd straight week,
they've blown a close lead in the game's pivotal minutes. Rob
Walker continues to light it up from 3-point territory
finishing with 15 points, 4 three-pointers while Mou U.
added 4 points, 6 rebounds.
LA Riots vs. Try Hards
Winner's Only vs. Stay Up
Prodigy Plug vs. East LA Dream Team