2018 WINTER | SEASON 40
By: League Analyst
Reckless (1-3) vs
Undisputed Era (0-3)
Reckless should get their second win of the season against
Undisputed Era, a team that faces has a double-header against
their rival team, Elements. Will Undisputed Era stay focused on
this match-up or will they overlook North Hollywood team,
The backcourt duo of Steven Castanieto (12.5 ppg) and
Luis Montes (13.3 ppg) has combined for 25 of the team's 60
point season scoring average, a total of nearly 42%. They
combine for 16 three-pointers as Montes shoots an average of 52%
from the field. The Serpas Brothers are averaging a
combined14.6 ppg, 13.8 rpg while David Guerrero is
averaging 9 ppg, 6 rpg. Their opponents are younger, faster, but
inexperienced. The key to winning is tempo and forcing
Undisputed Era to take ill-advised shots. To be honest,
Undisputed Era GM Erick Maldonado (5.7 ppg) will be the
first to tell you there is no such thing as ill-advised shots,
because they've been missing easy shots all season.
Paolo Leonardo is averaging 14.0 ppg while Herman Pech
is averaging 14.3 ppg, 12.3 rpg. Jason Rico rounds
off the top 3 scorers and he is averaging 20.5 ppg, 2.0 apg.
Rico is hitting 50% of his shot attempts and has 7
three-pointers for the season (ranks 2nd in team).
Pick to Win:
Two hungry teams going at it, a very winnable match-up for
both Reckless and Undisputed Era. If Undisputed Era wins, they
might sweep the double-header. If they lose a close game, they
might come out flat against Elements. Experience defeated
Undisputed Era (nWo) on Week 1, look for that to serve as a
factor on Week 5.
(0-3) vs. Undisputed Era (0-3)
As Season 40 approaches Easter, the Elements prayed to the
"Dear Heavenly Father, we have been good this year, but for the
life of God, please, please give us an easy game."
Undisputed Era has also suffered the same fate as Elements and
the trials and tribulations had GM Erick Maldonado praying for
the very same thing.
"I know we have a double-header this week, but can we get an
easy match-up for the second game," asked Maldonado.
Your prayers have been answered.
Undisputed Era has a double-header and Elements' rival,
Reckless, is hoping to wear them down before Elements get to
them. Expect Undisputed Era to come out hot in the 1st half but
conditioning is always a factor in double-headers, so look for
Elements to come back in the 2nd half. Elements came out lack-luster
against Chicle in the 1st half being out-scored, 48-11. Their
2nd half was much improved, only being out-scored, 30-29.
Adrian Cueto is averaging 14 ppg while Luke Montilla
is averaging 4.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg. GM James Bernardo is
averaging a team-high, 3.0 apg and is grabbing 1.7 spg. Rosan
Bernardino is averaging 5.3 ppg while newcomer, Anthony
Meltcher, is averaging 11 ppg.
If Undisputed Era is keeping tabs on their stamina, then they
need to preserve Herman Pech (14.3 ppg, 12.3 rpg) who is
the biggest body on the floor against Elements. He can easily
score in the paint but playing against the big bodies of
Reckless will have Herman worn out. GM Erick Maldonado
(5.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg) needs to play Pech sparingly against Reckless
and have him at full force against Elements. Jason Rico
is averaging a team-high, 20.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 spg while
Ben Pena is averaging 9.0 ppg.
Pick to Win:
If the basketball gods truly have mercy, the winless teams
will all scratch the W column this weekend. That can happen as
long as Undisputed Era beat Reckless and Elements beat
Undisputed Era. Let's make it happen...
n W o
(3-2) vs. East LA Dream Team (2-0)
The defending Champions, East LA Dream Team has a double-header
against 2 up and coming teams in nWo and Chicle. Will East LA
Dream Team remain unbeaten as we head into Easter Break?
n W o looked impressive in their win against Reckless on Week 4.
Inconsistency has been a problem for the suddenly revamped team.
Will chemistry build as they seek for the second straight win?
East LA Dream Team is averaging 68 ppg as Andrew Martinez
leads the team with 20.5 ppg on 52% shooting. Alan Rosas
is scoring 8.0 ppg while Frankie Morales is averaging 12
ppg, 3.5 apg. The team runs plays and their in-game adjustments
is top-notch as GM Reyes Cervantes (7.5 ppg) and Mario
Miramontes (7.0 ppg) lead the team. The team is deep with
talent and their chemistry is superior. No luck here as East LA
Dream Team have proven to beat the lottery, Powerball to be
Mark Mercado, named Player of the Week (Week 4), is
averaging 17.4 ppg on an impressive 57% shooting. Jonathan
Wynn is averaging 2.0 apg while Jerry Tennison is
scoring 8.3 ppg. Mercado's pick and roll with Tennison has been
solid the past 4 games, but will be tested against the lengthy
East LA Dream Team squad. Lalo Arroyo has taken over GM
responsibilities and he hopes to manage the newcomers to a
victory against the defending Champs. Ever Carro is
averaging 9.2 ppg, 4.0 apg (team-high) while Jose Anguisada
is scoring 12.5 ppg.
Pick to Win:
East LA Dream Team should come out with the win but a
tough match-up against a hungry Chicle team could make it tough
for East LA Dream Team to sweep their double-header. If they're
going 1-1, it's at the expense of nWo, a team still figuring out
(3-1) vs. East LA Dream Team (2-0)
Numerous teams asked for byes this weekend including Ball Broz
and Killmonger. This left for a re-match opportunity against
East LA Dream Team, a team Chicle lost to on Week 2.
Chicle is 3-1 as CJ Pang leads the team with 19.0 ppg,
4.0 spg. CJ was unavailable against Dream Team on Week 3 and
should be a factor against the defending Champs. Jay Tapang
is averaging 15.3 ppg while GM Chris Duran is scoring 6.5
ppg, 1.8 apg. The team combines for 64.8 ppg while shooting 45%
from the floor. They're rookies on paper but the veteran team
has been around playing in different leagues, as evident by
their team chemistry. They average 13.5 apg and combine for 11.3
In their first match-up on Week 2, Andrew Martinez scored
14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds while John King led the
team with 10 boards and 12 points. Frankie Morales
finished with 12 points and 2 assists. East LA Dream Team
trailed 26-20 at the half and didn't lead until 3:55 in the 3rd
quarter. Dream Team defeated Chicle, 56-45, but with Chicle
getting comfortable in the lead, it could be a different
Pick to Win:
Biggest factor in this match-up is East LA Dream Team's
conditioning. Their ability to play double-headers is key to
victory and in this re-match, Chicle should have them figured