SEASON 41, WEEK 3
RECAPS


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Hoopers vs. Renegades
Gold Division
5 p.m.

 

Justian Hamilton's trash talking got the best of Hoopers.

Former Championship team-mates reunited as Hoopers took on Renegades in Game 1 of Father's Day Weekend games.

Hoopers jumped to an early lead but Renegades quickly bounced back as trash talking seemed to inspire the former 2x Champions. Week 1 Player of the Week, Kris Dick, quietly put up a double-double scoring 32 points (48.3% shooting) and he led all players with a game-high, 15 rebounds. Usually the loudest trash talker of them all, Kris was rather tame in comparison to 6'7 Justian Hamilton who repeatedly went at it with Hoopers G Larry Parker.

"Ya'll was talking when it was 4-on-5, ya'll aint talkin no more!!" - Justian Hamilton.

Renegades held their own against Hoopers with just 4 players but with James Griffin and Jason Fielder coming in late, it was all Renegades in the 2nd half. GM Aaron Mancell suffered a bruised ankle in the 1st play of the game and his #mambamentality had him finishing the contest with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists. Hamilton finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and Larry Parker's soul while newcomer, Asher Arvinger, finished with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Arvinger, showing off his 99 rating release package on NBA2K, gives Renegades a facilitator and scoring guard that could help them climb the rankings. GM Aaron Mancell dropped hints in the pre-season that Hoopers were picking up a lot of players to stack their team but it's Renegades who are now 2-0 and are quietly in the mix for Gold Division's top team.

"You got The Rock saying they're a borderline Bronze team and Renegades diverting all attention from their team but here they are, competing with some of the best in Gold," noticed a league analyst. "They stick around and watch other Gold games too and don't be surprised if they're watching the Livestream. This isn't last season's Gold Division at all."

One GM who noticed that the competition is much tougher is GM Steven Ancheta of Killmonger. Taking a season off, he's noticed that his former teammates from Hoopers are also at the bottom of the rankings. His former teammates, Uzoma Kalu (team-high, 18 points, 6 rebounds) and Hoopers GM Gary Beiard (16 points, 5 rebounds) have lost 3 straight and Hoopers is now 0-3. Rookie player, Arvin Delapaz is doing double duties starting next week and he finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals. Delapaz has started a new Bronze Team, IHOB and based on past GM's success, playing in both Bronze and Gold SHOULD help Delapaz.

"All the old heads from Supertar Basketball will tell you... back in the day, we used to run 4-5 games in different divisions, and still play at night at 24 or LA Fitness," said Kassah Kantiok. "Playing in 2 divisions shouldn't hurt Arvin, he's actually gonna play better cuz he's warmed up for his Gold game or Bronze game, whichever is his 2nd game."

 

   

Chicle vs. Foundation
Bronze Division
6 p.m.

 

Mike Trout became the 3rd player from Chicle to win Player of the Week honors.

The Foundation Group Chat was going off on how Chicle ran the former Champions as Chicle improved to a 3-0 record with a 72-56 victory.

"I'm sore as hell..."

"They ran us all game..."

"My back hurts..."

"Didn't know we were running the Chicle Marathon on Father's Day..."

Chicle had 4 players score in double figures as Mike Trout led Chicle with 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Trout was the second leading scorer with 16 points and he shot 58.3% from the field. Center Danny Villalobes made his debut with Chicle finishing with 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. Jay Tapang led the way with 18 points on 46.7% shooting while GM Chris Duran finished with 14.

The team made 4 to 5 passes and usually, they would find an open man in the post or from the perimeter. Chicle shot 40.7% from 3-point range hitting 11 three-pointers as Chris and Jay connected for 4 apiece. It was a statement game for Chicle, a team many considered as the premier Bronze Division team. They lack the talent and personnel to compete in Gold Division but the players have bought into the system and they play their team game to perfection. They combined for 20 assists as Mike Trout became the third Chicle player to be named Player of the Week.

"I think Louie or Chris is up next," joked a stats-keeper. "CJ isn't too far off his triple double average (7-7-6) so look for them to get Louie or Chris next for a Player of the Week award.

Foundation made a habit of jumping into big leads in the 1st half but Foundation wouldn't lead as Chicle grabbed the lead and never looked back. Mark Mercado finished with 16 points, 4 three-pointers and was 50% from the field while GM Jonathan Wynn added 6 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Adrian Eddington led Foundation with 25 points and he grabbed 10 rebounds to finish with a double-double. Center Mike Arceo nearly finished with a double-double with 9 points, 10 rebounds as Foundation faced scoring woes with only 4 players scoring for the Former Champions.

 

 

East LA Dream Team vs. The Rock
Gold Division
7 p.m.

 

After losing the season opener against Relics, East LA Dream Team has now won 3 straight.


Inquiring minds want to know...

Is The Rock Bronze Division bound OR will The Rock recruit to make their Gold Division team more competitive. Playing against the 2x Defending Champions will get your competitive juices flowing as The Rock fall to East LA Dream Team, 56-40.

Dream Team's perimeter defense was solid as Alan Rosas and Andrew Martinez made it tough for The Rock to get into the paint. Rosas sacrificed his stats (2 points, 1 rebound) as The Rock struggled to get past Rosas and Martinez, both players who thrive on doing the blue collar work.

"Most players want to score, pad their stats, do the highlight stuff but no one likes to do the blue collar work that makes teams win Championships," observed a league analyst. "Guys like Alan Rosas, Kassah Kantiok, Andrew Martinez, Andrew Knox... those guys will willingly give up their stats just so the team wins."

East LA Dream Team was led by Reigning Finals MVP, Ever Garcia, who finished with 17 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds. Garcia nearly dropped a player from The Rock with his ball handling and he's grown into a complete player in recent weeks. Center Ant Lefeau, named Player of the Week, led the team with 10 rebounds and he finished with 16 points on 63.6% shooting. Ever could have easily won Player of the Week but Ant's scoring in the game's crucial moments (notably against Prodigy) proved too much to be overlooked.

D'Angelo finished with 11 points to lead The Rock while Glenn Payne added 8 points, 2 boards. Kassah Kantiok added 7 points while Mike Ashanti was limited to just 2 points. His brother, Chris Ashanti, rocked a boot as he made a special appearance late in the 3rd quarter to show support for his teammates.

"I was a month away from joining The Rock, and then I tore my Achilles," revealed Ashanti.

Ashanti would have been a big help on the glass as The Rock continues to add bigger players to help them in the post. Kantiok, always crashing the boards, nearly had a tip dunk that would have been easily be the Dunk of the Season.

 

East LA Dream Team vs. Prodigy
Gold Division
8 p.m.

 

Alan Rosas keeps Prodigy from getting in the post in their Week 3 match-up.

It was a high scoring affair as The Game of the Week, East LA Dream Team vs. Prodigy, delivered with highlight plays in a tightly contested match-up. East LA Dream Team out-lasted Prodigy, 86-81, as two players from East LA Dream Team scored more than 25 points.

Andrew Martinez led all scorers with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Ant Lefeau was the second leading scorer with 12 points and he added 5 assists, and a game-high, 12 rebounds. Armando Aranda finished with 11 points, 5 rebounds while Alan Rosas finished with 3 assists. Dream Team showed fatigue early on as Prodigy led by as many as double digits in the 1st half. Dream Team trailed at the half, 48-41 and didn't get their first lead of the game until the 4th quarter. They dominated the glass, 34-20, and shot 71.1% from inside 3-point range.

In a very competitive match-up where the Defending Champions are taking on the team of the future, the game had little to very minimum trash talk and both teams let the box score speak for itself.

"Some of the games get very competitive and you hear so much trash talk... after awhile, it's just nice to sit back and enjoy competitive basketball with no trash talk," said the League Commish. "You got a block here, a 3-pointer there, the other team responds with a dunk, the opposing team responds with a 3... it's nice to just let the box score speak for itself sometimes..."

Garrison led Prodigy with a team-high, 24 points and had the Play of the Game with a baseline dunk on the Reigning Finals MVP. Garrison finished with 4 rebounds and he tied a team-high with 5 assists. Steven finished with 17 points while Andy added 13 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists. Originally not playing for 4 months, GM Paul Magaway made his season debut scoring 12 points, all from beyond the arch. Paul showed no signs of injury as he nearly lost a Dream Team player with his yo-yo dribbling skills.

Shout out to both East LA Dream Team and Prodigy for having Instagram team pages! A lot of players are watching your pages, and we appreciate the repost on our content.