2019 WINTER | SEASON 43
By: League Analyst
Bullets vs. Foundation
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
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
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
Monstars vs. The Rock
Below The Rim vs. Stay Up
BRONZE DIVISION DIVISION
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
Chicle vs. We Tried
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
"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...
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