SEASON 42, WEEK3
By: League Analyst
Hoopers vs. 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?
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
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
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.
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
Bullets vs. Foundation
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.