2019 WINTER  |  SEASON 43
WEEK 4
 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Bullets vs. Foundation
BRONZE DIVISION
10 a.m.

 

Bullets used a 25-15 run in the first 7 minutes and never looked back as the team from Boyle Heights gave Foundation their second straight loss of the season, 85-61.

Rick Gutierrez, the Player of the Week for Week 4, finished with a weekend-best, 50 SS rating as he racked up 28 points, 19 rebounds, 3 steals. Gutierrez  led all players with 19 boards as Bullets outworked Foundation on the glass, 47-30. Marcus Eggum had perhaps the dunk of the season and he finished with 21 points, 2 rebounds. Angel Romero added 17 points but the win came without injury as GM Daniel Donato went down with a concussion.

"Donato dove for the ball and bumped into Foundation's Mark Mercado," said a league stats-keeper. "Donato prides on playing defense and unfortunately, he couldn't defend himself against Mercado's body."

Foundation had 4 players score in double-figures as Mark Mercado led the way with 19 points. GM Jonathan Wynn passed for a game-high, 7 assists while Uzoma Kalu finished with 15 points, 3 rebounds, 7 turnovers. Gary Beaird added 13 while Kris Dick finished with 12 points, 16 rebounds. In their last 2 losses, Foundation has been playing defense with their body language and finger pointing rather than defending their opponents straight up.

 

McDaddy's vs. Fire Squad
BRONZE DIVISION
11 a.m.

 

Fire Squad started the game on a 15-3 run as the Defending Champions defeat McDaddy's, 86-43.

Fire Squad forced 8 turnovers in the first 6 minutes as McDaddy's end the game with 15 turnovers. The Free Agent team combined for just 10 assists while the Reigning Champions finished with 25 dimes and 46 rebounds (McDaddy's, 37 rebounds). All Star GM, Otto Guillermo, finished with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists while Anthony Aranda added 19 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals. Last season's Finals MVP, Brandon Ortiz, finished with 22 points, 2 steals while newcomer Mike Gutierrez grabbed 8 boards. In what was Fire Squad's second straight blow out, it looks the Champions have re-gained their confidence after starting the season with a 0-2 start.

"After losing their 2 bigs in Nephi and Garrison, it looks like Fire Squad have adjusted to their new team and Otto is filling up the stats-sheet," said a league analyst.

McDaddy's, the Free Agent team, was led by Adrian Lecesne who finished with 18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists. Justin Lecense added 13 points as the second leading scorer while Center Mike Arceo led the team with 10 rebounds.  The team settled for too many 3-pointers shooting just 13.9% from beyond the arch. The Free Agent team shot 36 times from 3-point range while shooting 13-for-32 (13.9%) from within.

 

 

Death Row vs. Prodigy Plug
GOLD DIVISION
12 p.m.

 

Pending

 

Monstars vs. The Rock
GOLD DIVISION
1 p.m.

 

Pending

 

Below The Rim vs. Stay Up
BRONZE DIVISION DIVISION
2 p.m.

 

It was another Playoff like atmosphere and a lot of that has to do with Below The Rim's style of play. Their intensity and competing in tightly contested match-ups have made Below The Rim games must-see match-ups and on Week 4, the team from Compton improved their record to .500. Stay Up, a team that was looking to stay undefeated, suffered their first L of the season losing to Below The Rim, 55-51.

Playoff P and Kevin Price both scored 16 points apiece but outside of the 2 players from Gold Division Prodigy Plug, Stay Up couldn't find a scorer who scored in double figures. Jake, Ray Mercado and James Magaway all scored 5 points apiece as the team combined to shoot just 32.8% from the field.

"Stay Up has had an easy schedule so far but this weekend, they'll be to the test," said a league analyst. "Their wins come against McDaddy's and Winners Only and the next stretch of games should determine if Stay Up is a Playoff team or a team in the middle of the pack."

Caleb Oviedo was on his way to lead Below The Rim in scoring and rebounding but an injury in the 2nd half caused Caleb to sit out as Julius "Get Out the Way" Patin and Alex Villacis finished with 14 points apiece. Tray McNutt finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds while GM Darryl Alexander grabbed a team-high, 7 rebounds. Caleb is listed day-to-day as they take on another top team in Tune Squad on Week 5.

 

 

Chicle vs. We Tried
BRONZE DIVISION
3 p.m.

 

Chicle improved their record to 19-1 in their last 20 games as Chicle ran the score on We Tried, 99-47.

Center Danny Villalobos almost finished with a double-double as Danny finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 three-pointers. Shadon Knight finished with 15 rebounds, 9 points while CJ Pang led the team with 6 assists, 8 points. Mike Trout had his best game of the season with 15 points, 4 rebounds while Jay Tapang was the second leading scorer with 22 points, 5 steals. The former Champions out-rebounded their opponents, 52-29, and had 21 assists compared to We Tried's 8. Reigning GM of the Season, Chris Duran, preached on what makes Chicle successful and the interview can be seen on IG story.

"We play for each other, and when we have players that start playing for their stats, we pull them, and remind them we play as a team," said Duran.

GM Anthony Meltcher led the team with 17 points on 36.8% shooting while Johnny Truong added 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals. Cody Rote scored 7 points while Niko Rosal added 8 points, 6 rebounds. We Tried called game before Chicle could score 100 but the look on Cody's face when he saw Meltcher and CJ "Nitro" Pang do a jersey swap raised a million questions.

"Oh hell no," said Cody.

Is CJ joining We Tried?

Is Anthony joining Chicle?

Was it just a photo op?

Our league sources are currently investigating...

 

Fuerza vs. Winners Only
BRONZE DIVISION
4 p.m.

 

Pending

 

LA Riots vs. Relics
GOLD DIVISION
5 p.m.

 

Pending

 

Baseline All Stars vs. Team Challenge ALS
GOLD DIVISION
6 p.m.

 

Pending

 

Entourage vs. East LA Dream Team
GOLD DIVISION
7 p.m.

 

Pending

 

Killmonger vs. Try Hards
GOLD DIVISION
8 p.m.

 

Pending

 

Beast Tribe vs. Empire Elite
GOLD DIVISION
9 p.m.

Pending