2018 WINTER  |  SEASON 40

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer


Reckless (1-3) vs Undisputed Era (0-3)
12 p.m.


Shooting 52% from the floor means Luis Montes is picking his spots and not forcing shots.

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, Reckless?

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.



Elements (0-3) vs. Undisputed Era (0-3)
1 p.m.


Herman Pech (pictured in the back) has to be active and energized against Elements.

As Season 40 approaches Easter, the Elements prayed to the basketball gods.

"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)
2 p.m.


Mark Mercado's jumper has been timeless all season. The Player of the Week is averaging 57% from the field.

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 exact. (damn)

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 their chemistry.




Chicle (3-1) vs. East LA Dream Team (2-0)
3 p.m.


Frankie Morales made his season debut for Dream Team on Week 2 against Chicle.

Re-match alert!

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 spg.

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 outcome.

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 out.