2018 WINTER | SEASON 40
By: League Analyst
Chicle (2-1) vs. Elements (0-2)
After suffering their first loss of the season, Chicle bounced
back with a win against Undisputed Era on Week 3. They take on
Elements, a team looking for their first W of the season.
Jay Tapang was named Player of the Week for Week 3 after
grabbing 7 steals on Week 3 against Undisputed Era. Tapang is
averaging a league-high, 4.7 spg and has 14 steals for the
season. Tapang is averaging 14.7 ppg, 2.7 apg while Louie
Venegas is averaging 10.7 ppg, 2.0 apg. The team is shooting
57.4% from the field but just 22% from beyond the arch. Look for
that field goal percentage to skyrocket against Elements, a team
playing without a reliable Center.
Luke Montilla is averaging 7.0 ppg while James
Bernardo is averaging 2.5 spg, 3.5 apg. Jeremiah Ward was
unavailable on Week 2 (20 ppg) and his presence is key if
Elements want to avoid a 3 game losing streak. They're in love
with the 3-ball and shooting just 15.6% from beyond the arch.
What Elements needs to do is read the defense and look for holes
on the defense. Watching game tape for Weekly highlights,
Superstar Basketball editors saw the same thing, over and over
"Rather than shooting the wide open shot, they drive in and
shoot contested shots that look good for highlights, but why
would you want to shoot a low percentage shot," asked an editor.
"Watching game tape is important, especially for Elements, a
team that's trying to figure their game strategies."
Pick to Win:
Chicle is playing without one of their best players (CJ
Pang) while Elements is playing without their point guard, James
Bernardo. Chicle's ball movement is superior, averaging 11.0 apg
for the season. Chicle, by double digits.
n W o
(2-2) vs. Reckless (1-2)
n W o suffered their second loss of the season last week against
Ball Broz. They take on Reckless, a team that won their first
game against Elements on Week 3.
The addition of height and young legs didn't translate into an
immediate win and the team knows it will take time to make
adjustments. Their veteran players have carried the former
Champions as Mark Mercado leads the way with 16 ppg, 1.8
spg. Mercado has been money from the baseline and his shooting
has been superb down the stretch. When he's not hitting
mid-range jumpers, he's looking for Jerry Tennison who's
averaging 7.0 ppg on 33.3% shooting. Lalo Arroyo and
Mercado have assumed leadership roles and their biggest
challenge is giving everyone playing time while keeping the team
Reckless runs a 12-man roster and many of their players are
picking their spots on the floor. Conditioning has been their
main priority and so far, Steven Castanieto leads the
team with 12.7 ppg, 2.3 apg. Luis Montes is averaging
11.0 ppg while David Guerrero is scoring 9.0 ppg. Their
starters are solid but the bench needs to develop in order to
remain competitive with the rest of he upper echelon teams. The
Serpas Brothers are averaging a combined 14 ppg, 13 rpg.
Pick to Win:
Reckless made quick work of Elements on Week 3 but the
match-up is tougher against an experienced nWo roster. This
should come down to the wire, look for nWo to avoid their first
losing streak of the season.
(2-1) vs. Ball Broz (3-1)
Game of the Week.
Killmonger was on a 2 game winning streak and their peers took
notice of their fast start.
East LA Dream Team put an end to the hype machine and this week,
Ball Broz is looking to add another dent to their record. Will
Killmonger suffer 2 straight losses? Can Killmonger stop the
league's best player in Mike Peters?
Ball Broz is off to a 3-1 start thanks to Mike Peters who
is averaging 24.8 ppg, 2.5 spg, 2.5 apg and a league-high, 19
three-pointers on 46.3% shooting.
His teammates are putting up solid numbers as well with
Robert Morgan averaging 13.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg and Adrian
Anaya scoring 5.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg. Their new big, Steve
Carpenter, is averaging 9.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg. GM Gabe
Rodriguez (knee injury) is out and this gives plenty of
opportunities to other players willing to step up.
Broz is going to lose, they need to let the other players beat
them. When Mike is going, Ball Broz usually wins so it's up to
Killmonger's defense to stop their losing streak. Will they
double up? Will they play zone but have a man covering Mike at
all times? GM Steven Ancheta is well aware of Peters and
has a jersey waiting for him next season, when they move up to
move up to Gold next season and Ball Broz is in Bronze, aka Ball
Bronze, we'll have a jersey waiting for Mike Peters," joked GM
Salley is averaging a team-high, 18.5 ppg, 10.5 rpg while
Dion Hudson is averaging 11.7 ppg, 1.3 spg. Uzoma Kalu
is scoring 14.3 ppg, 4.0 apg while GM Steven Ancheta is
scoring 8.3 ppg. In their fast 2-0 start, the team was running
and their offense was free flowing. They need to come out with
something to prove and not come out flat-footed like they did
against East LA Dream Team.
Pick to Win:
Ball Broz has been eyeing this match-up since Week 2 and
if Ball Broz comes out hungry like they did on Week 3 against
nWo, it could be Killmonger's first losing streak of the season.