SEASON 41, WEEK 3
By: League Analyst
Hoopers vs. Renegades
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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
"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
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.