SEASON 42, WEEK5
PREVIEWS


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Hoopers vs. Fire Squad
Bronze Division
12 p.m.

 

Hoopers have the length and size to compete against undefeated team, Fire Squad. Could Hoopers score the biggest upset of the season thus far?

The Narrative: Fire Squad is undefeated with a 3-0 start. They have a double-header against 2 Bronze Division teams struggling to make the Playoffs - Hoopers and We Tried. Fire Squad should head to Halloween weekend with a double-header sweep and should remain undefeated with a 5-0 record.

Hoopers are 2-2 but a loss could mean a 3-way tie between Foundation, IHOB and Hoopers. Foundation edges Hoopers for the last Playoff spot while IHOB is 1-1 in their season series.

All Star Watch: With GM Otto Guillermo's (18.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) All Star spot secured, will another player emerge as an All Star from the rookie team, Fire Squad? Will Deshay Garrison (8.3 ppg, 2.7 spg) be invited to the All Star Dunk Contest?

Gary Beiard almost won Player of the Week for Hoopers last weekend and had the #1 Play of the Day in last week's Top 10 Plays of the Week. Will he end the season playing at Staples Center where his beloved LA Clippers play? With every team represented at the All Star Game, the All Star spot may come down to Gary Beiard (25.0 ppg, 2.3 apg), defensive player Jason Fielder (12.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg) and newcomer Shadon Knight (16.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg)

 

Fire Squad vs. We Tried
Bronze Division
1:00 p.m.

 

We Tried is the division's shortest team while Fire Squad is Bronze's biggest team. How do you counter size? Let Larry Legend, Cody Rote tell you...

The Narrative: Fire Squad is undefeated with a 3-0 record while We Tried is winless with a 0-4 start. With a double-header in tow for Fire Squad, can We Tried manage to take advantage of Fire Squad's double-header?

Both teams are young and playing 2 games on a Sunday shouldn't affect either team. We Tried has been putting numbers on the offensive end and they are shooting 36% from the field. Their lack of rim protection equates to 0 blocks per contest and that means it's BBQ chicken for Fire Squad should they post We Tried all game.

3's are worth more than 2's and We Tried should get into a 3-point shooting contest against Fire Squad. We Tried is shooting 30% from 3-point range while Fire Squad is shooting 28.9%.

All Star Watch: See Hoopers vs Fire Squad for Fire Squad's All Star hopefuls.

We Tried has 3 players looking for All Star nods as GM Anthony Meltcher (15.3 ppg, 2.3 spg), Cody Rote (12.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg) and Carlos Nava (13.8 ppg, 1.5 spg) all have similar stat lines. Anthony leads the team in Player Efficiency Rating but if the All Star comes down to a popular vote, "Frat Boy" Cody Rote could sneak into the All Star Game. Nava has been overlooked all season so look for him to try and stand out in the latter part of the season.

 

 

The Rock vs. Entourage
Gold Division
2:00 p.m.

 

The Rock's need for a playmaker could be solved on Week 5 as GM Ben Sin demands more action on offense.

The Narrative: The Rock is 0-3 while Entourage is in the middle of the pack with a 2-2 record. The Rock's defense has subpar this season and their playmaking has been non-existent. A former player from The Rock's Championship team has inquired about an open roster spot and that could mean the return of "Action" Jackson.

Entourage is averaging 75.3 ppg and is rebounding 32.0 rpg. They share the rock (11.3 apg) and when they win games, they're doing it on the defensive end. They have a tendency to play at the level of their competition (slim win against short-handed East LA Dream Team) and got ran against a motivated Relics team on Week 4. With The Rock struggling and showing a 0-3 record in the standings, Entourage needs to be careful and not take this game lightly.

All Star Watch: Kassah Kantiok is the only player averaging double-digits for The Rock, averaging 10.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg. Glenn Payne is scoring 6.3 ppg while D'Angelo McDaniel is averaging 8.3 ppg, 3.0 apg. GM Ben Sin needs to get The Rock players to focus on winning a game before thinking of All Star Game because when players play for themselves, it could contribute to The Rock's team morale.

Kevin Levingston aka The Weekend is @voiceofvenicebeach's pick to make the All Star team but based on the numbers, 4-5 players could get the All Star vote. Joey Cejudo is averaging 16.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg while Ryan Miller is averaging 15.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg. Chris Collins (13.5 ppg) has played sparingly while Bryan Gernux (8.3 ppg) has been a previous All Star.

 

Renegades vs. Killmonger
Gold Division
3:00 p.m.

 

Kris Dick has to score if Renegades want to get back to their winning way. So far, Kris is averaging just 10.8 ppg after averaging 29.3 ppg last season.

The Narrative: Plenty of hype coming out of the Killmonger vs. Renegades match-up as undefeated team, Killmonger (3-0) takes on last place team, Renegades (1-3).

If you follow IG story (@superstarbasketball), you pretty much how it all went down last Thursday.

 

Renegades C Justin Hamilton: Coming for Killmonger

Killmonger GM, Steven Ancheta: Who da F is that guy? (post's picture of Conor McGregor)

Renegades GM, Aaron Mancell: Your first loss, that's who. (post's picture of Khabib beating McGregor)

Renegades G: Undefeated, will no longer be (writing as if he were Yoda, LOL)

Killmonger MVP, Sean Harris: Don't do that, let a sleeping giant sleep! #youdontwantthissmoke

Why can't they just let us sleep smh?

Renegades C: they can sleep, we diggin the graves now. They'll be ready Sunday. They chose a name after a loser according to the movie. Fitting.

Killmonger: 1-3 (posts shh emoji)

It's put up or shut up and both teams are motivated to get the W as we head into Halloween Weekend. Can Killmonger stay undefeated? Will Renegades climb the rankings as both East LA Dream Team and The Rock freefall from the standings?

All Star Watch: Kilmonger MVP candidate, Sean Harris, earned his All Star berth with a Player of the Week honor and he is averaging 19.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg. Should Killmonger finish the season with an undefeated record, Sean Harris should win his second MVP and another player from Killmonger should be selected to the All Star Game. Johnny Blaze is averaging 17.3 ppg while Shad Earby is averaging 3.3 apg, 14.7 ppg. With a team so focused on winning a championship, the All Star Game seems to be an afterthought for Killmonger players.

While the All Star pick is an afterthought for Killmonger, Renegades players are REALLY after that Staples Center Game. =X

Justian Hamilton is averaging 16.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg while Mike Ratliff is averaging 19.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg. Kris Dick hasn't been getting the ball as much and his numbers have fallen to 10.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg.

 

Bullets vs. Chicle
Bronze Division
7:00 p.m.

 

Chicle's Mike Trout missed a game winner against Fire Squad last weekend. If it comes down to another buzzer-beater, bets are Mike won't miss again...

The Narrative: It's the battle of the #2 and the #3 teams as Reigning Champions, Chicle, takes on upstart Bullets.

The team from Boyle Heights claimed they were rusty and didn't register for Gold Division. Their 1-sided win over We Tried had one team (no names mentioned) complaining about disparity but league enthusiasts feel Bullets is a border-line Gold Division team. The return of Eric Valentine makes Bullets a favorite to win Bronze Division despite having 2 losses for the season.

After a long 2 week break, Chicle returned to action but saw their 12 game winning streak come to an end (Fire Squad). They bounced back against Foundation and is hoping to build momentum as Chicle shakes off the rust after their 2 week layoff. Despite not playing for 2 weeks, the team lost by 1 point, as Mike Trout shockingly missed a shot at the buzzer. 

All Star Watch: Jorge Parrales (30.3 ppg) is an All Star and Marcus Eggum (13.5 ppg) has been invited to the All Star dunk contest. Rick Gutierrez (15.8 ppg) and Wilson Parrales (10.2 ppg, 5.2 apg) are 2 players who may invited to the All Star gala at Staples Center.

Reigning Finals MVP, Jay Tapang (14.5 ppg, 2.8 apg) is a likely All Star candidate along with Center Danny Villalobos who is averaging 16.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg. Reigning MVP, CJ Pang (16.8 ppg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg) has cemented his spot and is hoping the team's GM can make it at this season's All Star Game.

"If he could hit just 1 three-pointer, maybe we would have beat Fire Squad," said Nitro. "He should enter the 3-point contest, maybe he can get some practice shots to try and be an All Star."

(Nitro didn't write that, the Commish added to it, LOL)

 

 

East LA Dream Team vs. Sick Pick Ups
Gold Division
8:00 p.m.

 

Will Sick Pick Ups have a 3rd player represent them at the All Star Game? Former MVP, Mike Peters, has his eyes on playing at Staples Center, via 3-point contest.

The Narrative: Sick Pick Ups suffered their first loss of the season against undefeated Killmonger. The 3-1 team is looking to bounce back against former Champions, East LA Dream Team. The former 3x Champions are reeling after losing 3 straight.

All Star Watch: Sick Pick Ups have 2 All Stars in Dell Well (28.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and high-flyer, Chad Dennis (25.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg). Both are averaging 25+ ppg for rookie team Sick Pick Ups and a 3rd scorer could come represent Sick Pick Ups at the All Star Game. Mike Peters has his eyes set on Staples Center and he's historically hit big shots against East LA Dream Team.

East LA Dream Team has had 4 different line ups come out and their usual Championship squad has been MIA. Derrick Tamanaha has been Dream Team's main scorer and he could represent East LA Dream Team at the All Star Game.

 

 

Prodigy Plug vs. Relics
Gold Division
7 p.m.

 

 

 

Cisco Acevedo (Reigning Finals MVP) didn't have to wait too long to try and get revenge on former official, Shadon Knight.

The Narrative: Relics lost their only game of the season when they played against Killmonger on Week 3 and social media was set on fire as the official from the game was called out for being "The MVP of the Game".

Cisco Acevedo: def fun .. can always tell when the shit talkin ain't too serious. Fun game until former official made an appearance.

Former Official: stop it, step your game up.

Relics, 19x Champions, suffered their only loss against Prodigy Plug last season and had the honor of knocking them off from last season's Playoffs. Relics are 3-1 and sits at the #2 spot while Prodigy Plug is 2-1 at the #4 spot.

All Star Watch: Relics, chasing their league record 20th Championship, is a team not engulfed on All Star honors. After receiving Player of the Week honors last week, Cisco Acevedo earned his All Star nod to play at Staples Center but the rest of the field is wide open. Will Terrence Martin (11 ppg, 4.5 rpg) shoot for Player of the Week? Will rookie Center, Yoseph Yayo Yaisrael, shoot for POW honors?

Isaiah Watson is a huge candidate for All Star honors and his numbers (18.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg) are too good to be ignored. Prodigy Plug has plenty of young talent and both GM Paul Magaway (10 ppg) and Poobie (6.0 apg) are likely All Star candidates as well. Rookie Center Marcus is averaging a double-double in his rookie season averaging, 11.5 ppg, 13.0 rpg and he is a contender for Rookie of the Season.

 

Prodigy Plug vs. Monstars
Gold Division
8 p.m.

 

Prodigy Plug Center, Marcus, is quietly averaging 13.0 rpg, 11.5 ppg.

The Narrative: Can Prodigy Plug sweep their double-header? Sitting at the 4 spot with a 2-1 record, Prodigy Plug could jump to the #2 spot or drop all the way down to the bottom half of the standings. With a tough double-header against 2 elite teams, Prodigy Plug  needs to play with their backs against the wall. The team picks their spots on when to play well, evident last season when they beat Relics and made it to the 2nd Rd of the Playoffs.

Monstars have won 2 straight and the addition of their rookie point guard could make it easier for their wings to find open shots. Rookie PG Alex Mendiola made his debut last weekend scoring 14 points and dishing out 5 assists. Andrew Martinez, last season's Rookie of the Season, is putting up huge numbers in his second season as he leads Monstars with 22.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg.

All Star Watch: Isaiah Watson is a huge candidate for All Star honors and his numbers (18.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg) are too good to be ignored. Prodigy Plug has plenty of young talent and both GM Paul Magaway (10 ppg) and Poobie (6.0 apg) are likely All Star candidates as well. Rookie Center Marcus is averaging a double-double in his rookie season averaging, 11.5 ppg, 13.0 rpg and he is a contender for Rookie of the Season.

(Yes I C&P'd from the Relics vs Prodigy Plug game, lol)

It's only a matter of time until Andrew puts up Player of the Week numbers and the addition of Alex Mendiola opens up the floor for him. If GM Jared Ojeda (9.0 ppg) and Jonathan Cabrera (7.3 ppg) are hoping to make the All Star gala, the way in is through the All Star 3-point Contest.