By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer


Hoopers vs. We Tried
Bronze Division
12 p.m.


When you're back after a 2 week break, featuring We Tried.

Prediction: Both teams are winless with Hoopers losing their season opener against Foundation on Week 2 (62-60). On the flip side, We Tried has lost 2 straight losing to IHOB and Foundation. Which team will head into Week 4 with their first win of the season?

It's youth vs experience as the young We Tried team from Fullerton tries to accelerate the learning curve. In their last game against Foundation, Anthony Meltcher led the team with 21 points on 42.1% shooting. Anthony played better when he was upset and he shot well from 3-point range knocking down 33% of his shot attempts. Cody Rote finished with 14 while Johnny Truong added 8 points, 5 rebounds.  If We Tried can control the tempo and out-run the dinosaurs aka Hoopers, they should win this match-up. Basketball is a young man's sport, and We Tried SHOULD out-run Hoopers for their first W of the season.

Key Player: Gary Beiard is expected to put big numbers this season and he finished with 23 points, 4 assists, 5 three-pointers in the team's last outing against Foundation. Uzoma Kalu finished with 20 points, 6 assists while Andrew added 7 points. Anthony Meltcher, We Tried's best defender, could probably stop Gary from a big scoring night but with Meltcher playing Center, he'll be too busy trying to stop Shawn or Uzoma Kalu. If Hoopers can slow the tempo and use their size, they could even out their record at 1-1.


IHOB vs. Hoopers
Bronze Division
1 p.m.


Alex was on fire for IHOB on Week 2. Can he bring that intensity against Hoopers?

Prediction: Can Hoopers sweep their double-header with 2 straight W's? We Tried is a winnable game for Hoopers but against IHOB, a team that is familiar with their former teammates, look for IHOB to improve their record to 2-2. Alex, a rookie for IHOB was the team's best player against Chicle on Week 2 logging 23 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists. Last season's Rookie of the Season, Adrian Lecesne, struggled with just 3 points while Justin Lecesne was the second leading scorer with 14 points. With IHOB gaining confidence and getting comfortable in the league, look for IHOB to play their best basketball of the season.

Key Player: IHOB's Arvin De La Paz played well for Gold Division Hoopers last season but he's struggled in the last few weeks after going on honeymoon and getting married. He hasn't been on Top 10 Plays of the Week after being featured several times last season. Look for him to make an appearance this week along with Hoopers playmaker, Uzoma Kalu, who's known for his no-look passes.



Bullets vs. Foundation
Bronze Division
2 p.m.


Jonathan Wynn was named Player of the Week after Foundation sweeped their double-header on Week 2.

Prediction: The likelihood of Foundation sweeping their double-header on Week 2 was just as slim as Foundation's Jonathan Wynn from winning Player of the Week. Those days of domination are far and few for the old time vets. Can they keep momentum going against Bullets, a team that was shocked they lost to Fire Squad on Week 2. Against Hoopers, Mark Mercado finished with 17 points while Adrian Eddington added 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. With Bullets having to play a double-header, look for Foundation to shock Bullets with their second loss of the season.

Key Player: Rick Gutierrez scored 17 points, 14 rebounds for Bullets but the absence of Jorge Parrales hurt Bullets, a team that made their comeback this season. Wilson Parrales, the team's PG nearly put up a triple double scoring 9 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists. The team from Boyle Heights is stacked with talent and many were surprised with the loss against Fire Squad.



Bullets vs. Fire Squad
Bronze Division
3 p.m.


Bullets PG Wilson Parrales filled up the stats sheet with 9 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists against Fire Squad.

Prediction: Bullets should win this re-match as long as they have a full roster suited against Fire Squad. Marcus Eggum scored 14 points in Bullets' first loss of the season while Wilson Parrales finished with 9 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists. The match-up would have been different had Jorge Parrales been suited for Bullets.

Key Player: Marcus Raulpher scored a game-high, 21 points, 8 rebounds in Fire Squad's season opener against Bullets. Chicle requested for a last minute bye Friday night, which forced the league to re-schedule this re-match.




The Rock vs. Renegades
Gold Division
4 p.m.


Can The Rock sustain Renegades Center, Justian Hamilton from going ham on Week 3?

Prediction: Both teams are looking for their first win of the season as Renegades try to erase a 0-2 start after losses to Relics and Sick Pick Ups. The Rock was demoralized by Try Hards in their season opener on Week 2 and they are looking for revenge.

A 0-3 start would be detrimental to Renegades' playoff chances so look for GM Kris Dick to get the team going in the 1st half. Dick bounced back with 15 points after scoring a donut in the season opener. Dick is most effective in the 1st half while Mike Ratliff takes over in the 2nd half. "Mighty" Mike led the team with 37 points, 5 assists in a Week 2 loss but has been a staple in the Top 10 Plays of the Week. Center Justian Hamilton was huge with 26 points on 78.6% shooting and The Rock's lack of inside presence means another big outing for Justian.

Key Player: Glenn Payne brings athleticism and energy (11 points, 4 rebounds) for The Rock while D'Angelo McDaniel provides tenacity (8 points, 5 assists) and playmaking. GM Ben Sin provides leadership but the Kassah Kantiok is the team's heart and soul. Kantiok provides defense, rebounding and poise, much needed attributes to a team that saw players quit in the 4th quarter against Try Hards.



Prodigy Plug vs. Sick Pick Ups
Gold Division
5 p.m.


Chad Dennis was the second player from Sick Pick Ups to be named Player of the Week.

Prediction: This could be one of the most exciting match-ups of Week 3 as Prodigy Plug, a team that features high flyers Garrison DeShay and Isaiah Watson, take on Sick Pick Ups rookies, Chad Dennis and Dell Well.

Prodigy Plug won their season opener against Try Hards, 78-76, after Isaiah Watson began his season with 24 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals. Garrison Deshay finished with 10 points while "Playoff P" Paul Magaway scored 17 points, 3 steals. 

Sick Pick Ups is undefeated with a 2-0 start and Chad Dennis finished with 39 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and was the second player from Sick Pick Ups to be named Player of the Week. Dell Well is healing from injury and he finished with 19 points against Renegades.

Sick Pick Ups is the hotter team but if Prodigy Plug brings that Playoff intensity against the rookies, they should start the season with a 2-0 record.

Key Player: More like key players because Sick Pick Ups feature a lot of up and coming rookies that a lot of veterans are watching. GM Marqus Valenzuela has brought a lot of young talent in his rookie team and former MVP, Mike Peters made his season debut on Week 2 with 24 points.



Killmonger vs. Relics
Gold Division
6 p.m.




Bobby Kovach had a big Week 2, scoring 34 points against former Champions, East LA Dream Team. Bobby won't be with the 19x Champions Relics, after suffering a second Achilles injury.

Prediction: Relics, 19x Champions, are 2-0 to start Season 42 but they'll have to continue without last season's Defensive Player of the Season, Bobby Kovach. Kovach had his biggest game of the season with 34 points, 15 rebounds on Week 2 but an Achilles injury has "Bobbo" walking away from the game for good. As disheartening as it is, Relics should play with more fire and bring a 20th title in honor of Bobby.

Against East LA Dream Team on Week 2, Andrew Knox finished with 28 points while Cisco Acevedo added 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists. James Acevedo led the team with 7 assists, 8 rebounds while Lasalle Thomas finished with 12 points, 7 rebounds.

Key Player: Killmonger's Sean Harris called out Relics on Week 1 after scoring 17 points and 2 assists for Chino based team. Killmonger's Johnny Blaze led the team with 23 points, 11 rebounds while Shad Earby added 16 points, 4 rebounds.

NOTE: We pray for a speedy recovery for Bobby Kovach who suffered another Achilles injury two weeks ago. This shouldn't be happening to someone who has so much passion for the game of basketball but ... (no words...)



Entourage vs. East LA Dream Team
Gold Division
7 p.m.


The Weekend actin like the weekend dont end. Kevin Levingston is back in Vegas for a second straight week after scoring a game-high, 22 points against Monstars.

Prediction: After beating Monstars, 72-70 on Week 2, players from Entourage are once again enjoying the beautiful nightlife of Sin City. With 2 straight trips to Vegas, expect Entourage to play with fatigue against East LA Dream Team.  Kevin Levingston finished with a team-high, 22 points, 4 rebounds against Monstars while Joey Cejudo added 19 points, 3 rebounds. Ryan Miller finished with 14 while Chris Collins led the team with 6 assists. Coming back from Vegas, Entourage could probably improve their record to 2-1 against a lower caliber team but against East LA Dream Team, that just won't happen.

Key Player: East LA Dream Team, former 3x Champions, suffered their first loss of the season against Relics on Week 2. Derrick Tamanaha led the team with 33 points while GM Mario Miramontes added 10 points, 5 rebounds. Frankie Morales finished with 15 while Andrew Martinez added 8 points. Rookie Trey Jeffries showed up late to the match-up and the outcome against Relics would have been different had Jeffries shown up early. Look for Jeffries to impose his will and get East LA Dream Team a game above .500.



Monstars vs. Try Hards
Gold Division
8 p.m.


Try Hards feature a lot of young talent and they have filled up the weekly Top 10 highlight reel.

Prediction: Monstars are 0-2 while Try Hards have improved their record to 1-2. Last Season's Rookie of the Season, Andrew Martinez, finished with 17 on Week 2 while GM Jared Ojeda finished with 23 points, a game-high against Entourage. Historically, Monstars have had slow starts and they usually find their rhythm in the middle of the season. It's hard to imagine Monstars missing the Playoffs, but it's also easy to imagine Monstars making it harder for themselves with a 0-3 start.

Key Player: Last Season's Rookie of the Season, Andrew Martinez, faces off against notable rookies in Try Hards. Ryan Carter made his debut on Week 2 with 30 points, 4 rebounds while Fernando Ramos scored 25 on 50% shooting in the team's first win of the season against The Rock. Try Hards have filled up the highlight reels and along with Sick Pick Ups, have been a great addition to Superstar Basketball. Look for Ryan Carter and "Brodie" to fill up the highlight reel as Fakn Rudy Hernandez tries to improve the team's record to 2-2.