By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer


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


Hoopers found holes in We Tried's zone and Gary Beaird went off for 22 points.

Hoopers' ball movement was on point as Hoopers passed for 14 assists in a 76-64 win over We Tried.

Gary Beaird combined for 22 points on 42% shooting while both Kenny Farr and Chris Lewis led the team with 4 assists. Kenny Farr, doing his best Wizards' Jordan impersonation, tallied 11 points hitting 3 three-pointers on 38% shooting. Farr has been healthy this season and has found more minutes in one game than he did all season in Gold in Season 41. Jason Fielder was a menace on the boards grabbing a game-high, 18 and he finished with 3 steals, 2 blocked shots. The team dominated the glass, 40-28, as Gary Beaird knocked down 4 three-pointers to give Hoopers their first win of the season.

We Tried had 4 players score in double figures as Cody Rote aka Larry Legend tied a team-high with 12 points. John Faul made his rookie debut with 12 points while GM Anthony Meltcher filled up the stats sheet with 10 points, 2 steals, 2 assists. The Nava Brothers combined for 20 points, 6 boards while Will Marion returned from injury with 5 points, 8 boards. We Tried got out-rebounded but it was their rotation on defense that gave Hoopers wide open shots.

"Watched a small sample size of the video and We Tried gets lost especially on the perimeter defense when they're playing zone," said a league insider. "When they played man defense, they actually play better but on zone, their opponents are getting open shots."


IHOB vs. Hoopers
Bronze Division
1 p.m.


Adrian Lecesne scored 23 points as Hoopers fall to IHOB, 85-64.

IHOB's General Manager, Arvin Delapaz, took on his former teammates, Hoopers, and arguably had his best game of the season. Delapaz combined for 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals as IHOB defeat Hoopers, 85-64.

"They won't let me be great," said Delapaz in reference to his stats.

Delapaz is playing his way back to his rookie season when he was a staple on the highlight reel. Rookie C Alex had another impressive outing with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, while Adrian Lecense was a blur shooting for a team-high, 23 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists. The team's speed was no match for Hoopers as IHOB combined for 25 dimes, 36 rebounds. Their counter-part combined for just 6 dimes, 24 boards.

Hoopers was led by Gary Beiard who claims he's old and fatigued. In a second game of a double-header, Gary ACTUALLY increased his scoring from 22 points to 31 as he led the team with 3 three-pointers while shooting 68% from the field. If the former MVP is saying he's old, then half the Foundation team must be dead. LOL.

Jason Fielder finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds while Chris Lewis added 6 points, 3 boards. Kenny Farr finished with 4 while Ruben Ramirez made an appearance in the Top 10 highlights en route to 6 points, 5 rebounds.




Bullets vs. Foundation
Bronze Division
2 p.m.


Jorge Parrales scored a career-high, 43 points in a win over Foundation.

Foundation was ran from the building as Bullets' Jorge Parrales out-scored Foundation, 46-44.

Bullets, showing they are capable of competing in a higher division, finished with 78 points as Rick Gutierrez scored 23 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Wilson Parrales finished with 6 while GM Daniel Donato added 3 points. Bullets have been one of the top teams in Bronze Division this season and while many whispers are implying that Bullets is a Gold Division team...league analysts will tell you they're not.

"Do you think Bullets can beat the lower level Gold teams?" asked a league analyst. "Do you think they're capable of competing in Gold? They're better than some of the Bronze teams but they wouldn't be able to compete in Gold, as of right now."

Foundation was led by Mike Arceo who finished with 10 points, 15 rebounds while GM Jonathan Wynn added 9 points, 8 boards. Mark Mercado added 11 points while Adrian Eddington finished with 13. Despite the loss, Foundation knows they can still compete with Bullets and it comes down to stamina and speed.

"We gotta work on our conditioning, we say we're hitting he gym but most of us are too busy during the week... we gotta get to the gym more," said GM Jonathan Wynn.



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


This game will forever go down as Garrison Deshay jumping over Bullets.

This game will be forever remembered for the time Garrison Deshay jumped an unsuspecting victim as  Fire Squad jumps all over Bullets, 64-61.

The season series is 2-0 in favor of Fire Squad as Anthony Euregi led Fire Squad with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 three-pointers. Nephi Tofiga finished with 12 points while GM Otto Guillermo finished with 9 points, 2 three-pointers. The team combined to shoot 27% from 3-point range while shooting 66% from inside the arch. This game came down to the wire and Fire Squad made it count when it mattered the most shooting just 25% from free throw territory.

A last second shot from Bullets failed to tie the game as Bullets had just 3 players score in double figures. The Parrales Brothers, Wilson and Jorge, put up similar numbers both scoring 23 points apiece with 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Rick Gutierrez added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Almost a week after a player from Bullets got dunked on, Superstar Basketball League hasn't mentioned anyone's name because...that's part of maturing.

"In my younger days, I might have mentioned who got dunked on but I guess I'm older and mature now... and I'm just being mindful," said the League Commish. "If someone dunked over me or crossed me up, I wouldn't want my name out there like that. It's part of the game, no need to publicize the lowlights you know what I mean..."




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


Renegades C Justian Hamilton scores 1 on 4 against The Rock.

Renegades won this game in the 2nd half, outscoring The Rock, 32-17, in the critical moments of the 2nd half as Renegades scratch the W column for the first time, 56-38.

Kris Dick finished with 16 points, 9 rebounds while Justian Hamilton added 12 points, 8 boards. In a game where The Rock brought size and crowded the paint, Dick and Hamilton showed they were the bigger force to reckon with getting to the paint and scoring whenever they pleased. Mike Ratliff scored 10 points while James Griffin added 6.

The Rock had 2 players score in double figures as D'Angelo McDaniel finished with 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists. Alex added 10 points while Aaron Robinson finished with 7 points, 3 rebounds. Kassah Kantiok made his return with 9 points, 6 rebounds but was disappointed with his team's defensive efforts.

"Our rotation needs work, our chemistry needs work," said Kantiok. "Individually we're good but as a team, we need to work as a unit."


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


Transition buckets gave short-handed Sick Pick Ups a 3-0 win with an improbable victory against Prodigy.

"Playoff P" Paul Magaway left the game early (injury) as Prodigy falls to Sick Pick Ups, 69-64.

Rookie team, Sick Pick Ups, were short handed as Dell Well picked up the slack by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists. GM Marqus Valenzuela showed his shooting range, knocking down 2 three-pointers en route to 9 points, 4 assists. Chris Elliot made his season debut with 15 points while Damian added 11 points, 6 rebounds. Sick Pick Ups was out-rebounded, 57-32, but made the most of their defensive boards by pushing the tempo. Their defensive boards led to countless fast break opportunities as Prodigy failed to get back on the defensive end.

Prodigy had 4 players score in double figures as Kevin Price finished with a team-high, 17 points, 15 boards. Nelfa made his Gold Division debut with 11 points while Isaiah Watson added 11 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists. Garrison Shey finished with just 2 points while Steven Goytia added just 7 points. In a game they should have blown out the competition, Prodigy took Sick Pick Ups lightly which resulted in their second loss of the season.



Killmonger vs. Relics
Gold Division
6 p.m.




They say defense wins Championships. Killmonger beats 19x Champions with defense and a little help from the injury bug.

The 19x Champions suffered a lot of injuries as of late as James Acevedo and Bobby Kovach went down with injuries during the 2 week layoff. That didn't stop Kilmonger from going for the kill as Relics suffer their first loss of the season, 79-68.

"That's the homie, Sean, he'll take any win he can," joked Terrence Martin, Relics Hall of Famer.

Terrrence finished with 18 points while Lasalle Thomas added 15 points, 9 rebounds. Cisco Acevedo added 18 points, 4 boards while Kenny Ali added 8 points, 3 assists. Cisco was surprised by a Killmonger trash talker, Brandon Chavers, who went back and forth with Cisco for most of the 2nd half.

"It's different when I'm in there, we ain't losing the lead with me in there," yelled Chavers in the 2nd half.

The game featured a lot of trash talk and the best part of it was players backing it up. Both teams hit big shots and both teams had players willing to guard the best players on the opposite team. When the dust settled and injuries felt too daunting for Relics to overcome, Killmonger finished with their 2nd win of the season with a 79-68 victory.

Shad Earby finished with 16 points while Sean Harris led the team with 20 points, 4 assists. Johnny Blaze added 12 points while Chavers added 11 points, 3 steals. The team's defense and their tenacity on both ends led to their first win over Relics and both teams are expected to go head-to-head once again on Rivalry Week.



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


Mario Miramontes had a 20 point game while going 4 on 5 against Entourage.

Mario Miramontes scored a team-high, 20 points but his heroics fell short against Entourage as the former 3-time Champions lose their second straight game, 87-76.

Miramontes had 4 three-pointers, 3 assists while Etson scored 18 points as the second leading scorer. Derrick Tamanaha finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds while Isaa added 9 points. 

Despite the win, Entourage was disappointed with their W knowing they played to the level of their competition. East LA Dream Team played 4-on-5 to start the game and played with no reserves all game. In a game that should have been 1-sided, Entourage saw their lead narrow to 6 points multiple times in the 2nd half. Bryan Gernux scored 23 while Ryan Miller led the team with 27 points, 9 rebounds. Kevin Levingston scored 11 while Joey Cejudo added 20 points, 5 rebounds.



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


Last seson's Rookie of the Season (Andrew Martinez) vs this year's Rookie of the Season? (Ryan Carter)

Ryan Carter finished with a weekend-high, 47 points, but that wasn't enough as Monstars out-last Try Hards, 91-85.

Monstars rallied in the 2nd half as Andrew Martinez, last season's Rookie of the Season, finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 three-pointers. Xavier Morelos and Danny Lopez both scored 18 while Johnny Cabrera finished with 13 points.

It was a see saw battle between both teams but it was Monstars who hit timely 3-pointers in the 2nd half when Try Hards tried to rally. The calls didn't go Try Hards' way and instead of playing through it, Try Hards didn't get back on defense as Monstars extended their lead with clutch 3-pointers.

Try Hards' Brandon Rojas finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds while Fernando Ramos added 14 points as the second leading scorer. Manny Morales finished with 7 while Juan Banda finished with 9 points. GM Rudy Hernandez grabbed 5 rebounds as the team out-rebounded their opponents, 37-19.