2019 WINTER | SEASON 43
By: League Analyst
Foundation vs. Tune Squad
Foundation is undefeated with a 2-0 record and rank 1st in
Bronze Division. They take on rookie team, Tune Squad, a team
that is ranked #5 with a 1-1 record.
What to watch for: It's the rookies vs. the
seasoned vets, fast vs. slow, new vs. old. The match-up to watch
is Tune Squad PG Vincent Rodriguez vs. Foundation PG
Asher Avinger (8 assists last week). Foundation newcomer,
Kris Dick, has also been revitalized with a new team and
could be Foundation's All Star candidate. However, GM
Jonathan Wynn isn't emphasizing All Star nods and he wants
the team to focus on team wins over personal accolades.
If Tune Squad were to give Foundation their first loss of the
season, they would have to do it by out-running the team
sponsored by Icy Hot. The Senior Foundation Homecare is stacked
with talent and they are still putting up numbers. Their depth
Fire Squad vs. We Tried
The defending Champions are 0-2 while We Tried, last season's
last place team is 1-1 and ranks #8. If We Tried can make
accomplish their first winning streak, it would send shockwaves
around the league. Would the Reigning Bronze Champions, Fire
Squad, really flame out with a 0-3 start?
What to watch for: Fire Squad has wing players in
Brandon Ortiz and Andrew Martinez who can score.
However, they are being out-rebounded and out-muscled in the
paint and the addition of new bigs has All Star GM Otto
Guillermo on the hot seat. Will Fire Squad debut with some
front court personnel?
We Tried won their match-up with Relentless on the glass last
weekend, 46-33. Juan Arredondo grabbed 9 while GM
Anthony Meltcher led the team with 15 rebounds. We
Tried is thirsty for more wins and their team morale is the
highest its been AND LOOK FOR THAT TO CONTINUE. League Analysts
say Fire Squad has this but the underdogs in all of us are
rooting for We Tried!
Relentless vs. Winners Only
Both teams are looking for their first win. Relentless ranks #12
with a 0-2 start while Winners Only ranks #9 after losing their
season opener against Squad Up.
What to watch for: Hustle points. If you watched
Squad Up vs. Winners Only on Week 2, you could hear Mouthpiece
repeating Winners Only GM Isaac Berlinger's name grabbing a
rebound and putting up shots. Both teams are hungry for their
first win so look for both teams to come out with some
Which team will be relentless for their first win? Our only
prediction is one team will come out with their first win. =)
Monstars vs. Team Challenge ALS
Baldwin Park team, Monstars, are in their 13th Season and the
team is looking like the best version of themselves. Undefeated
with a 2-0 record, they have the attention of Team Challenge ALS,
arguably the league's #1 team outside of 20x Champions, Relics.
The #1 position is on the line as two undefeated teams compete
to remain undefeated.
What to watch for: Team Challenge ALS is huge and they
are beating teams by an average of 36.5 ppg. Will Team Challenge
ALS widen that gap or will Monstars prove they're worthy of
competing with one of the best teams in Southern California?
Monstars got open and scored on transition buckets last weekend
against Death Row. The team's big, Ralph Morelos and
Gus Vasquez will have a difficult task in trying to contain
GM Sean Marshall, who had 39 points, 19 rebounds on Week
2. If Monstars upset Team Challenge ALS, expect the Baldwin Park
team to celebrate this W much like Colony High School celebrated
their CIF Championship last night. Shout out to the Coaching
Staff at Colony HS.
Entourage vs. Prodigy Plug
Both teams are looking for their first win as #9 team,
Entourage, take on #8 team, Prodigy Plug. Entourage are
improving as the season progresses while Prodigy Plug is looking
for answers. The team had a commanding lead against East LA
Dream Team in their season opener on Week 2 but somehow managed
to give the game away.
What to watch for: Entourage has implemented new players
and they're a much better team compared to last season. However,
their record isn't reflecting how much the team has improved
because the competitions has improved dramatically from last
season. CJ Cooper (23 pts last week) and Jayson
Cruz can score but they need to get the veterans their
touches otherwise they're playing 2-on-5. Ryan Miller,
was pivotal in the team's last season success but he needs to be
more aggressive, especially against an athletic Prodigy Plug
Prodigy Plug plays in other leagues and when the team plays
night games in Superstar Basketball, they appear to be weary.
With an early game against Entourage, the team should be at full
strength. Isaiah Watson can score with the best of them
while Marcus Carter's defense should help contain
Stay Up vs. McDaddy's
Team camaraderie is high for rookie team, Stay Up. The ranks #4
with a 1-0 record and seems to play a lot together at 24 Hour
Fitness in Puente Hills. They take on McDaddy's, the league's
FREE AGENT team that has a 1-1 record while sitting at the #7
What to watch for: McDaddy's came it overconfident
against Tune Squad and the result was a 1-sided affair in favor
of Bishop Alumni team, Tune Squad. Winners Only scored on hustle
points in their season opener against Stay Up but the rookies
played with a lot of poise thanks to veteran, Playoff P. If
McDaddy's are going to stay together this season, they could
take some lessons from Stay Up, a team that really enjoys to be
playing for each other.
McDaddy's are well rounded individuals that contributed to their
respective teams in season's past. Talent may favor McDady's but
it's difficult to beat a TEAM, especially against Stay Up, a
team that appears to be a team, team. (lol).
Below The Rim vs. Chicle
Chicle is #2 with a 2-0 start while Below The Rim sits at the #6
spot with a 1-1 record. Chicle, a team that is 17-1 in their
last 18 games, has a game plan for Below the Rim, a team
motivated that Chicle is favored to win in their match-up. The
team from Compton is motivated to prove they're one of the top
teams in Bronze Division so look for a Playoff atmosphere when
two of the division's top 2 teams face off on Week 3.
What to watch for: ...or what to listen for. Chicle is
well coached under the direction of GM Chris Duran but
Shadon Knight, one of the league's most well renowned trash
talker is going to go back and forth with Below The Rim,
especially against outspoken big, Julius Patin. Trash
talking is part of the game and look for both these players to
bring their best with the trash talk.
Caleb Oviedo has been quietly putting up numbers for
rookie team, Below The Rim. If The rookies are going to give
Chicle their first L of the season, it's going to be because of
Bullets vs. Fuerza
Bullets are undefeated with a 1-0 record and sit at the #3 spot.
Fuerza, a rookie team from LA, is #10 with a 0-1 record.
What to watch for: Fuerza can shoot. GM Abner
Rodriguez started Fuerza's rookie campaign by hitting his
first 6 shot attempts, finishing with 27 points on 71.4%
shooting. Bullets have several guys who can shoot (MVP, Jorge
Parrales) but the team's defense is often overlooked because
of Bullets' ability to score and get out in transition.
If Fuerza gets into a habit of shooting volume 3-pointers, look
for Bullets high-flyer, Marcus Eggum to get some of these
long balls and produce some much-needed Top 10 highlight dunks.
Empire Elite vs. The Rock
Empire Elite should be 2-0 but instead, they rank #11 with a 0-2
record. They take on The Rock, a team that if it were last
season, would have the same record as Empire Elite. However, The
Rock has re-grouped and GM Ben Sin's new additions could
have The Rock quietly sitting at the Top 3 by Monday.
What to watch for: Empire Elite is better than
their record and in both losses, they had the lead in the game's
closing minutes. The team has talent and depth, but what they're
lacking is experience and once the season progresses, they'll
figure out how to close games.
What The Rock has in favor over Empire Elite is a coach who
manage their minutes from the sidelines. What The Rock has in
favor over Empire Elite is a coach who can run plays and
defensive schemes to trap their opponents. All Star Kenny
Jackson is on the sidelines this season and that means
problems for the opposing teams.
East LA Dream Team vs. Try Hards
The Battle of East LA as former 3-time Champions, East LA Dream
Team, take on Sophomore team, Try Hards. Try Hards ranks #3 with
a 2-0 record while East LA Dream Team ranks #7 with a 1-1 start.
If Try Hards come out with the win, the Team Challenge ALS vs.
Try Hards match-up could happen a lot sooner than Week 8.
What to watch for: Both teams like to shoot 3's as
stated by Quality Assurance team member, Jonathan Wynn.
Both teams have personnel that can guard the paint but the
presence of 2-way players, Manny Morales and Juan
Banda favors Try Hards to remain undefeated.
East LA Dream Team has guys who can score - Mike Peters
and Ever Garcia. If this turns into a scoring
affair, expect another offensive onslaught as MVP Ryan Carter
continues to try and break Ken Ubom's season scoring record
of 41.3 ppg (8 games).
Death Row vs. LA Riots
Both teams are competing for their first win as the #10 and the
#12 team face off for their first dub of the season.
What to watch for: LA Riots allowed Ryan Carter
to go off for 70 points on Week 2 and this week, GM
Jackson Ruiz needs to have the team focus on team defense.
Despite the L against Try Hards, LA Riots unveiled a lethal
assassin in Wesley Harris who is capable of taking over should
LA Riots go on a dry spell.
LA Riots is still trying to figure out their identity while
Death Row is working through the chemistry issues. Despite the
record being similar, it appears Death Row is further along than
LA Riots in their rookie campaign.
Beast Tribe vs. Death Row
Beast Tribe, a team managed by Prentice Harris, makes
their debut on Week 3 against a rookie team in Death Row. Death
Row is 0-2 and has lost 2 straight to start their rookie
campaign. Managed by GM Derrick Andrews, the team is
composed of veterans that have won in Superstar Basketball a
couple of years ago. Their 0-2 start is a shock and the team is
doing a lot of soul searching as of late.
What to watch for: Will Death Row work out their
chemistry issues? Their players have won Championships for
different teams but in this team, they have yet to figure out
their roles. What if they figure it out against LA Riots only to
lose it against Beast Tribe? That would be like the Lakers
beating the Rockets then losing against the Pelicans.
Normally, a team that plays a double-header will come out strong
to start their second game. Expect Death Row to be warm and
ready against Beast Tribe only for fatigue to catch up in the
3rd quarter. It's anyone's game in the 4th but expect Beast
Tribe to make a statement in their season opener.