SEASON 42, WEEK3
By: League Analyst
Hoopers vs. We Tried
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.
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
IHOB vs. Hoopers
Adrian Lecesne scored 23 points as Hoopers fall to IHOB,
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
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
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.
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
game will be forever remembered for the time Garrison Deshay
jumped an unsuspecting victim as Fire Squad jumps all over
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.
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
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.
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
"Playoff P" Paul Magaway left the game early (injury) as
Prodigy falls to Sick Pick Ups, 69-64.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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,