SEASON 42, WEEK4
RECAPS


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Bullets vs. We Tried
Bronze Division
2 p.m.

 

Bullets are looking like a low tier Gold Division team after their blowout win against We Tried.

If there were any questions that Bullets should be in Gold, the return of Eric Valentine answered that as Bullets win big against We Tried, 87-50.

We Tried hasn't complained and they aren't the type to complain. Bullets aren't the type to sandbag to win Championships and in their defense, they were/are a Bronze Division team. Bullets intent to join Bronze wasn't to win 1 sided games against their competition and since we're being real, they're 2 players away from competing against the elite teams in Gold Division. Once again, no teams have complained about the competition but for the sake of complaining ... well, their peers just want to see We Tried compete against the competition.

GM Anthony Meltcher finished with a team-high, 16 points and he added 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals. Cody Rote added 12 points, while Will Marion finished with 6 boards. Marion's bigger defenders made it tough for Will to score but there was no question he had to will to win (drumroll). Newcomer, John Paul, finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds.

Bullets had 3 players score 20 plus points as Eric Valentine returned to his team with 26 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals. Rookie dunker Marcus Eggum led Bullets with 27 points, 2 steals while All Star Jorge Parrales added 42 points, 3 assists. Rookie dunker, Marcus Eggum, has been invited to participate in the All Star Dunk Contest to be held at Staples Center.

 

 

Hoopers vs. IHOB
Bronze Division
2:50 p.m.

 

Once a hooper, always a Hooper. NBA is back, along with Gary Beaird's heroics...

Hoopers moved up to #4 in the standings after former MVP Gary Beaird hit a buzzer beater as Hoopers avenge a Week 3 defeat against IHOB, 67-66.

It was a buzzer beater where Gary got fouled on the way up as time expired and Gary was able to hit the shot despite contact. Beiard led Hoopers with 24 points, 4 three-pointers and 3 assists. Beiard shot 57% from 3-point range and shot a team-high, 71.4% from the floor against IHOB. Uzoma Kalu returned after being on hiatus and he finished with 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists. Jason Fielder has been a menace on the defensive end for Hoopers and he finished with 4 rebounds, 2 blocks.  Shadon Knight, officially quit being a referee on Saturday night, made his Bronze Division appearance scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals. There was a lot of confusion from IHOB on why a referee was playing against them and the League Commissioner explained what transpired over the weekend.

"To make a long story short, he ended up not wanting to officiate any longer after word got out that we were bringing in a new crew to officiate," said the League Commish. "I was surprised just as IHOB was when Shadon came out to play because he made no mention of playing in the league after he retired from officiating. The new refs don't know him, so it's not biased at all and he won't be allowed to officiate the rest of the season."

Alex Thomas finished with a team-high, 22 points, 8 rebounds while GM Arvin Delapaz led the team with 3 assists, 3 points. Adrian Lecesne, last season's Rookie of the Season, finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds while Justin Lecense finished with 10 points. Last season's Defensive Player of the Season, Jason Shorts, checked in via social media in the 3rd quarter and has a message for his former teammates.

"Please tell my teammates to play defense as if I were there!" - Jason Shorts, Instagram

 

 

Chicle vs. Fire Squad
Bronze Division
3:40 p.m.

 

Chicle's 12 game winning streak comes to an end as Otto Guillermo led Fire Squad with 30 points, 7 three's.

"Does he usually hit those shots?" - Chicle GM, Chris Duran.

Last week must have been warm up as Player of the Week, Otto Guillermo, got hot from 3-point range as Fire Squad upset the Reigning Champions, 57-53. Chicle had a chance to win the game but a shot from Mike Trout rimmed out as Fire Squad remained undefeated.

Otto was automatic from beyond the arch knocking down 7 three-pointers en route to a career-high, 30 points on 41.7% shooting. Erick Aroche and Deshay Garrison both scored 12 apiece as Garrison led the team with 3 assists. The team is disciplined on defense only allowing Chicle to shoot from the charity stripe 4 times.

Chicle's 2 week layoff may have contributed to their rustiness as the team shot "just" 41.2% from the field. While any other team would take that 41%, it is below Chicle's standards as CJ "Nitro" Pang and Danny Villalobos scored 17 apiece to lead Chicle. Louie Venegas added 6 points while Damien Reyes finished with 9 points. During their 12 game winning streak, GM Chris Duran was overlooked by opponents because he spent most of the time running the team from the sidelines but he's a big part of their success... especially when he's hitting shots. Those unforeseen 3-pointers were non-existent as Chicle suffered their first loss since Season 40.

 

 

The Rock vs. Prodigy Plug
Gold Division
4:30 p.m.

 

Shadon Knight got the best of The Rock as Shadon Knight officially resigned as a league official to play in the league.

This game was intense and the trash talking between former official, Shadon Knight, and The Rock, started early. Shadon, playing for his new Gold Division team, Prodigy Plug, tied a team-high, 5 assists as Prodigy Plug defeat The Rock, 59-39.

"Ya'll are BUMS!" taunted former official, Shadon Knight.

"If you played as good as you officiated, we wouldn't be in this situation," replied GM Ben Sin.

Isaiah Watson led Prodigy with 20 points, 2 rebounds while new Center Marcus led the team with 12 rebounds, 10 points. "Poobey" Westbrook was a Player of the Week nominee as he tied a team-high, 5 assists and he led Prodigy Plug with 5 steals.

Kassah Kantiok led The Rock with 12 points, 9 rebounds while Glenn Payne finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds. The team struggled on the offensive end, combining for just 39 points and shot 17.4% from 3-point range while attempting 23 shots. The team is struggling with a playmaker who can set up their bigs and out of nowhere...a former player from The Rock... "Action Jackson" has reached out to play in Superstar Basketball.

"Trying to play, know any teams?" asked Action Jackson, via Instagram.

"Your former team needs you, you might wanna hit up Ben," assisted the League Commish.

 

NOTE FROM SUPERSTAR BASKETBALL REGARDING SHADON KNIGHT'S STATUS AS AN OFFICIAL:

"To make a long story short, he ended up not wanting to officiate any longer after word got out that we were bringing in a new crew to officiate," said the League Commish. "I was surprised just as ya'll were was when Shadon came out to play because he made no mention of playing in the league after he retired from officiating. The new refs don't know him, so it's not biased at all and he won't be allowed to officiate the rest of the season."

 

 

Renegades vs. Try Hards
Gold Division
5:20 p.m.

 

Rudy Hernandez sacrificing his body to make sure Try Hard's gets the upset over Renegades.

It was the biggest win of Try Hard's rookie campaign as Try Hards upset Renegades, 65-56.

The emphasis was ball movement and league analysts felt the team that moved that ball around would get the W. Try Hard's were missing rookie phenom, Ryan Carter, and Try Hards did their thing and...tried hard. lol

It's been a rough 2 weeks for GM Rudy Hernandez who had to guard two of the league's biggest players in the last 2 weeks. Last week it was Monstars Center Gus Vasquez and this week it was Renegades Center, Justian Hamilton, who tallied 12 points and a team-high, 11 rebounds. Rudy's box score totals (2 points, 2 rebounds) doesn't show the dirty work Rudy had to do - box out against bigs, fight for position, and contest all the guards who penetrated the lane. While the All Stars are trying to outcompete each other to play at Staples Center, don't forget it's the blue collared players who do all the dirty work just so the All Stars get their shine on. (We see you, Rudy!)

Fernando Ramos finished with 17 points, 3 rebounds while Brandon Rojas was on fire with 25 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals. Rojas was clutch in the 2nd half and had answers for Renegades when they tried to make a comeback in the game's closing minutes.

Renegades tried to foul with 52 seconds left and the new officials swallowed their whistle with GM Aaron Mancell's foul attempt. Renegades were penalized with a tech and 2 free throws for the opposition and luckily for Renegades, Try Hards missed both of their free throws.

Kris Dick finished with 12 points, 6 rebounds while Mike Ratliff led Renegades with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists. Asher Avinger added 9 points while Adrian finished with 4 points, 2 assists. Renegades are tied for #8 and have a tough match-up with undefeated Killmonger on Week 4.

 

 

Chicle vs. Foundation
Bronze Division
6:10 p.m.

 

Chicle once against got the best of Foundation, blowing out their nemesis, 75-53. Jay Tapang led Chicle with 15 points.

Chicle quickly got back to their winning ways as Reigning Champions, Chicle, defeat Foundation, 75-53.

"Oh wow, that's the 2nd guy," pointed out Chicle GM, Chris Duran.

Foundation added 2 players who can arguably help the dinosaurs as Foundation added Kassah Kantiok (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Asher Avinger (15 points, 3 assists) to the line-up. Adrian Eddington finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds while All Star GM Jonathan Wynn added 7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists. Foundation shot 6.3% from 3-point range as Chicle out-assisted Foundation, 18-5.

"If my team is gonna shoot 6% from 3-point range, I might as well shoot that 6% myself," joked Hanz Jimenez, League Commissioner. "Stupid Chicle always motivating me to play..."

CJ "Nitro" Pang finished with 14 points and the Reigning MVP filled up the box score with 2 steals, 3 assists. Jay Tapang tied a team-high with 8 rebounds and also tied a Chicle-high, 15 points. Center Danny Villalobos scored 15 points while Louie Venegas finished with 8 points, 3 dimes. Chicle has a highly anticipated match-up with Bullets and league admin is looking to get Bullets to play a later time for Chicle.

 

 

Relics vs. Entourage
Gold Division
7 p.m.

 

 

 

It may have been the Sco Show but the new additions are pulling their weight for 19x Champions, Relics.

After suffering their first loss of the season last week, All Star and Finals MVP, Cisco Acevedo, was hot in the 1st quarter. On a mission not to lose again this season, Relics stopped Entourage's 2 game winning streak with a 90-75 victory.

Cisco Acevedo aka Hall of Famer, aka Steph Curry before Steph Curry aka C Note, aka "First 100 point scorer" aka Will C Yoo at Staples Center aka has as many nicknames as he has on different ways to score...  displayed a glimpse of his offensive arsenal as he put on a clinic on Entourage's backcourt. Acevedo finished with a game-high, 30 points, 7 three-pointers and was 52.4% from the field. Cisco finished with 6 three-pointers in the 1st quarter and when Entourage started to close out, he showed he can also score from INSIDE the 3-point line (lol).

Lasalle Thomas has been on fire this season and he finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Yoseph "Yayo" Yaisreal, a leading candidate for Rookie of the Season, finished with 28 points, 5 assists while new crowd favorite, Adrian Hargrove lit it up for 4 three-pointers, 12 points on 66.7% shooting.

The win over East LA Dream Team last week might have lowered the intensity level of Entourage as the team struggled on the defensive end against Relics. Kevin "The Weeknd" Levingston scored 21 points on 42% shooting while Korey Levingston added 22 points, 2 steals. Joey Cejudo added 16 points while Ryan Miller led Entourage on the glass with 12 rebounds, 9 points.

Entourage has lost to 2 of the top teams in Gold - Killmonger and Relics - and if they are going to be crowned Champions, they need to focus on defense. The team puts up numbers on offense but you know what they say - Defense wins Championship.

NOTE:

Shout out to the 2 injured Relics players, Bobby Kovach and Andrew Knox who came out to support their family. Huge shout out to Andrew getting Relics highlights which were posted on Monday.

 

 

Sick Pick Ups vs. Killmonger
Gold Division
8 p.m.

 

From one MVP to another. Fall 2008 MVP, Sean Harris, shoots over Season 40 MVP, Mike Peters

It was the Battle of the Undefeated Gold Division teams as Killmonger puts an end to Sick Pick Up's undefeated season in a 84-77 victory.

Former MVP, Mike Peters, had 3 different chances to narrow the lead in the game's closing minutes but his 3-point attempts would roll out as Mike finished with 13 points, 3 three-pointers on 27% shooting (3-pt. Chad Dennis and Dell Well led Sick Pick Ups with 24 points apiece while Chris Fowler added 12 points, 4 assists for Sick Pick Ups.

Sick Pick Ups led 24-14 after 1st and 44-32 at the half as Sick Pick Ups offense were running in full gear. Once Killmonger settled down and their defense clamped down, Killmonger rallied using a 52-33 run in the 2nd half.

Sean Harris, MVP from Fall 2008 season, finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds and was 52.9% from the field. The MVP front-runner has his eyes in the rear view mirror and the motivation to stop ALL opponents has Killmonger at the #1 position for the first time since Season 40. Benjamin Jay was the second leading scorer with 19 points and was perfect from the field converting all 7 shot attempts. Johnny Blaze finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds while Shad Earby filled up the stats sheet with 12 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists. Veteran player Uzoma Kalu, changing his role for the benefit of the team, tallied 11 points, 3 three-pointers.

"He ain't throwing those no look passes on this team," joked a league analyst. "Sean is gonna have him looking at the bench if he throws those no look dimes."

 

 

East LA Dream Team vs. Monstars
Gold Division
9 p.m.

 

Andrew Martinez is following up his rookie campaign with huge numbers in his Sophomore season. Would be nice to see him at the All Star Game...

Monstars are looking solid after winning their second straight game, beating former 3x Champions East LA Dream Team, 77-72.

Andrew Martinez is knocking on MVP doors as he led Monstars with 27 points, 5 three-pointers, 7 rebounds. Andrew's game is starting to open up as newcomer, Alex Mendiola, is finding him for easy spot up jumpers. Mendiola tallied 5 assists in his debut while finishing with 14 points, 4 three-pointers. Xavier Morelos finished with 6 rebounds, 6 points while Danny Lopez continues to be a huge contributor for his new team, finishing with 11 points, 2 boards. The team's defense tightened up in the 2nd half as they stopped Monstars' perimeter shooters from heating up in the critical 2nd half.

EAST LA DREAM TEAM STATS - PENDING