SEASON 41, WEEK 3
By: League Analyst
Hoopers vs. Renegades
Hoopers’ Keys to Winning
- Hoopers is trying to avoid a 0-3 start. They lucked out
because they face Renegades on Father’s Day, a team that doesn’t
take the Regular Season seriously. They say Father Time is
undefeated, and both teams are older than most of the other Gold
teams. The question is, which team will out-last the other?
- Center Mike Arceo won’t be able to stop Renegades
Center, Kris Dick. Dick runs marathons for warm ups and
he will run circles around Arceo. Preventing him from getting
the ball or doubling up the second he touches the ball will be
Hoopers best interest in stopping Renegades from scoring. If
they’re going to beat Renegades, it’s with defense, not offense.
We know Gary Beaird (15 points last week) can score and
Larry Parker (4-for-7 on Week 2) can get to the line but
the key to winning is DEFENSE.
- Arvin Delapaz, their rookie guard, is quietly putting
up solid numbers this season and last week, Arvin scored a
team-high, 19 points. While the focus on Hoopers continues to be
former MVP Gary Beaird and Larry Parker, Delapaz
is jovially putting up numbers. You’ll see him joking around,
playing light-heartedly, and photo bombing pictures, but when
you look at the box score, Delapaz is quietly filling up the
Renegades’ Keys to Winning
- They’re 1-0 with the help of Hoopers players, Mike Arceo
and Gary Beaird. Players can only play for 1 team in
their division and Superstar has allowed players to play for
multiple teams for 1 week, in the event of a forfeit. Once that
lee-way is gone, players aren’t allowed to play for multiple
teams. Can Renegades get it together after a near-forfeit
against The Rock?
- Former MVP Kris Dick will always be an MVP
front-runner. Like Vino, his game has aged like fine wine (no
homo). He shot over 70% against The Rock in the 1st
half but saw his percentage drop when he started messing around.
Against Hoopers, except him to try and go for another Player of
the Week honor.
- With just 3 players from the roster showing up for Renegades
in their Season Opener, it’s really difficult to get an
assessment of Renegades. Jason Fielder is a former
Defensive Player of the Season and GM Aaron Mancell knows
how to build Championship teams. It’s Aaron’s job to build
around Kris Dick who can find spot up shooters and cutters with
the offense going through Kris first.
Chicle vs. Foundation
Steve Kaniye's #1 fan!!!
Chicle’s Keys to Winning
- Both teams are 2-0. Chicle quietly moved up the rankings to
the #1 spot despite Foundation beating last season’s Consolation
Champion, Reckless. Chicle, playing their second season
together, is already in mid-season form and their composure
against a nWo in a tightly contested match-up on Week 2 proved
Chicle is ready for a trophy this season.
- CJ Pang overshadowed Mike Trout’s offense on
Week 1 but last weekend, Trout was huge with 24 points on 55.6%
shooting. With just 1 Bronze Division game on the schedule, this
could be the week Mike finally gets Player of the Week honors.
Chicle has already have Jay Tapang and CJ Pang
earn POW honors, and Chicle is proving how deep their team is
with a likely 3rd player earning POW honors.
- Last season, Chicle proved they can compete with Gold Division
Champions, East LA Dream Team. Their talent level isn’t up to
par with the 2x Defending Champions but their system and their
team play is. Not to be overlooked but GM Chris Duran has
the team playing the right way and the team’s light-hearted
attitude complements Duran when he expects the team to play the
right way. If you want to compare it to the NBA, Chris Duran is
like Popovich and some of his players troll as if they were Joel
Embiid, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball.
Foundation’s Keys to Winning
- The team is comprised of Championship players from Superstar’s
past. Mark Mercado and Jonathan Wynn continue to
put up Buckets while Adrian Eddington and Rod
Sepulveda has set the Foundation for a winning team. It’s
been a predictable Week 1 and Week 2 for Foundation with the
team starting off to a double-digit lead only to see it
disappear in the 2nd half. Will the team have enough
in the tank in the 2nd half against Chicle?
- Their size is a huge advantage in Bronze but their lack of
movement has seen big leads disappear. When they called a timely
time-out against Reckless after seeing their lead disappear,
they emphasized on playing man and subbing out when necessary.
Against Chicle, they might need oxygen masks to keep up with the
division’s fastest team.
- Mark Mercado is due for Player of the Week honors as he
continues to put up big numbers for Foundation. Jonathan Wynn
has been inspired to average a triple double this season along
with Chicle’s CJ Pang who currently is averaging a triple
double. Watch out for these two in the game within the game as
both CJ and Jonathan Wynn attempt to triple dip on Father’s Day.
East LA Dream Team vs. The Rock
Mike Ashanti will be celebrating Father's Day at
Superstar Basketball this weekend.
East LA Dream Team’s Keys to Winning
- Prodigy vs. East LA Dream Team is the match-up to see on Week
3. East LA Dream Team needs to be careful not to overlook the
match-up against The Rock, a team on the rise after beating
Prodigy on Week 2. To be fair, two players from Prodigy left
early and The Rock defeated a team that was playing a second
game of a double-header. The 2x Defending Champions have
mastered what it takes to win 2 games in 1 day especially after
winning the past 2 Championships in Superstar.
- The last time the team lost to a contender, it was against
Ball Broz in OT. Word quietly leaked that they were partying the
night before which contributed to a tightly contested match-up
against Ball Broz. With everything on the line in the Playoffs,
it was a blow out in favor of Dream Team. Father’s Day
celebrations are ongoing this weekend, and Dream Team is in
danger of losing both games… to Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniel, Dos
- East LA Dream Team combined for 17 assists last weekend led by
Finals MVP, Ever Garcia. Ever is proving he’s more than
just a scorer and being a facilitator will help his teammates
get wide open looks as the league’s top guards continue to stop
the Reigning Finals MVP from scoring.
The Rock’s Keys to Winning
- Composure. The Rock nearly blew it against Prodigy when they
saw a 5 point swing go against them against Prodigy on Week 2
(5:15, 4th quarter). Glenn Payne, veteran All
Star and calm under pressure, calmly sinked a 10-footer in
Regulation to give The Rock a chance in OT and his heroics in OT
gave The Rock their first win of the season. As chaotic as the
sidelines can be when GM Ben Sin is in his natural form, it’s
refreshing to see Glenn stay cool during the game’s most
- Balanced scoring attack. The Rock had 4 players score in
double figures last week and they out-rebounded their opponents,
40-27. Kantiok is active on the boards and his ability to want
to grab rebounds instead of scoring is invigorating. Most guys
want to shoot 3’s and get on highlights but with role players
buying into their role, The Rock should continue to win more
games this season.
- Eric Rey: “It’s disrespectful you had The Rock losing,
that’s just disrespectful!”
Dear Eric Rey,
We aren’t haters in Superstar Basketball, we call it as it is.
The Rock lost 73-39 to Renegades on Week 1 and with former All
Stars Glenn Payne and Kassah Kantiok coming back
to the roster on Week 2, no one knew if they were in basketball
shape. Notoriously fit and gym junkies, Glenn and Kassah have
put in work at the gym but no one has seen them play ball in a
year, and with that, we picked The Rock to lose against Prodigy
last weekend. This week, we picked The Rock to beat East LA
Dream Team because they’re looking ahead to the match-up against
Prodigy. Please make sure we picked the right winner and beat
East LA Dream Team.
Superstar Basketball League Analysts (not named Hanz Jimenez or
Anthony Palacol, LOL)
BOTH TEAMS have been re-posting a lot of pictures, videos and
content from Superstar Basketball. We just want to say Thank YOU
– East LA Dream Team and The Rock. All love!
East LA Dream Team vs. Prodigy
The similarities between Prodigy and East LA Dream Team
had league analysts scheduling this match-up on Week 3.
Is this the Who's Your Daddy Game?
East LA Dream Team’s Keys to Winning
- League analysts saw Prodigy as a young version of 2x Defending
Champions, East LA Dream Team. They are long, fast, and play
both ends of the floor. The biggest difference is Prodigy is raw
and just beginning to hit their climb to the top while East LA
Dream Team are proven winners. It’s the Future vs. Now as East
LA Dream Team takes on Prodigy.
- Balance. GM Mario Miramontes was thrown a gauntlet on
Father’s Day Weekend and he has to balance his player’s minutes
especially with the tougher match-up as the last game of the
- Defend the 3. Last weekend, Prodigy shot 10-for-31 and
10-for-27 against Monstars and The Rock, respectively. Their
opponents can score in the post but those 3-pointers could be
the difference on Week 3.
Prodigy’s Keys to Winning
- Prodigy blew out the Monstars in their Season Opener but lost
a forgettable second game of a double-header against The Rock.
Four players scored in double-figures as Christian led
the way with 17 points, 8 rebounds on 54.5% shooting. Team play
and trusting your teammates will be the key to beating East LA
Dream Team, a team that has players capable of winning Player of
the Week from 1-to-9.
- Seven players won’t get it done for Prodigy. Look for GM
Paul Magaway to recruit and bring more talent to upstart
team, Prodigy. The Heights, former Champions, calls Prodigy
their “younger brother” team…will we see some more players from
The Heights play for Prodigy this season?
- RUN! East LA Dream Team is playing their second game of the
week and they’re running it back-to-back. Historically when this
happens, teams start off strong in the 1st half of
their double-header but run out of gas in the 2nd
half. GM Paul Magaway needs to have the team run and play man
and let their stamina and fatigue get the best of East LA Dream