SEASON 41, WEEK 5
By: League Analyst
vs. We Tried
Reckless’ Keys to Winning
- One team will head into 4th of July Break with their first win
of the season. The other team will sulk in sorrow, drinking
beer, getting drunk, and eating all the BBQs to make themselves
feel better. Can we get an invite? Jokes aside, Reckless has the
experience and the talent to win their first game but We Tried
has the drive and they're hungry for their first win. You know
what they say - "Hard work beats talent when talent isn't
- Steven Castanieto is averaging a team-high, 22.0 ppg,
2.0 spg, 2.5 apg while GM Noel Serpas is scoring 12.0 ppg,
2.7 apg. Luis Montes has been in and out of the line-up
(work) and last season's Consolation Bracket MVP won't be
available for all 8 games. Reckless needs a guy to step it up or
must collectively work harder to make up for one of their best
- Despite the scratches in the loss column, GM Noel Serpas
says he's having fun with the guys and they're doing what
they're doing when they first come in, enjoying the brotherhood
and the company of their bros. In Bronze Division, you can't be
too critical of players because that's not what this is for.
Every now and then, we're blessed with moments (Brian Serpas'
Game Winner) and memories (Championships) that are unforgettable
but on Week 5... we're all pretty much looking forward to the
Holiday Weekend. Oh, there's a Reckless double-header by the
way. LOL. Game Management will be key! lol
We Tried's Keys to Winning
- Reckless has 2 chances to win their first W of the
season and they could be looking at the 3-point Contest against
nWo. Despite the losses, GM Anthony Meltcher and Cody
a 2-man show and the rest of the team is contributing. Carlos
Nava is averaging 10.7 ppg with 6 three's for the season while
Than Ho is averaging 6.3 ppg. The team combines for 10.3 apg and
is shooting 38.7% from the field.
- Reckless aren't getting back on defense and their biggest
weakness is transition defense. Opponents are pushing the tempo
and Reckless isn't stopping the fast breaks. If Reckless wants
to play zone and gets their fastest players to stay up top, you
know...to cherry pick... (cough)
- Reckless is one of the bigger teams in the division and
despite out-rebounding Reckless for the season (34.7 vs 32.3),
expect Reckless to dominate the glass unless We Tried is
out-hustling them for the rebounds. Rebounding is key especially
if We Tried is trying to push the tempo against a much slower
team (and probably tired from drinking the night before),
Sums up nWo's game plan.
nWo’s Keys to Winning
- They won a close game against We Tried but outside of their
3-point shooting, nWo has been 1-dimensional this season. The
question is, do they do what they keep doing, or will they try
and start to develop other aspects of their game, besides
3-point shooting. The team has shot 48 times from 3-point range
while only attempting 37 field goal attempts inside the 3-point
- Derrick Tamanaha is averaging a team-high, 32.5 ppg but
is in and out of the line-up as he prepares for a bigger role w/
Gold Division team, Ball Broz. Beau Reyes is averaging
5.7 ppg while CJ Collins is scoring 4.0 ppg. Center Dion
Cruz is averaging a double double with 12.0 ppg, 11.7 rpg.
- Reckless is playing their second game of a double-header. That
means, run and push the tempo because Reckless fatigue will
start affecting them in the 2nd half. We Tried's game plan is to
push the tempo and that should help nWo considerably.
Reckless' Keys to Winning
- Their second match-up of a back-to-back double-header
suits well for their team but the question is, will they
have enough in the tank? nWo is slower, older, and plays outside
the lines, shooting 3-pointers at every opportunity.
- The North Hollywood team will get pleny of minutes in both
games and its up to GM Noel Serpas to manage the team's
minutes. Will he play big against We Tried and go small against
nWo? Will he match-up with both teams? Youth is on We Tried's
side and out of all the teams, We Tried hustles and is the
hungriest team out of all 3 teams mentioned.
- This game will be won on the glass considering 3-point
shooting will be a key factor in this contest. Brian Serpas
is averaging 10 rpg while founder James Santillan is
averaging 8.3 rpg. Noel Serpas leads the team with 10
three's while Steven Castanieto ranks 2nd with 7 per
Foundation vs. IHOB
Foundation might be bigger but IHOB has youth, speed,
and length on their side. Adrian Lecesne goes up for the
block attempt against Reckless.
Foundation’s Keys to Winning
- The division's second best team will need to hold off the
surge from upstart team, IHOB, a team with fresh legs, youth and
speed. The rookies are just as fast as Chicle but less
experience and less refined. The team from Victorville can make
a huge statement against Foundation, a team with Championships
and experience...and cobwebs because those creaky knees are
starting to get old.
- They may be playing against Father Time but Mark Mercado
is ahead at halftime. His bread and butter is baseline and the
mid-range and so far, he is averaging 22.0 ppg on 53.6%
shooting. Adrian Eddington is scoring 17.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg
while Rommel Del Rosario is scoring 4.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg.
Center Mike Arceo is averaging 7.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg and with
new offensive schemes set to utilize the low post, expect GM
Jonathan Wynn to utilize Arceo more.
is averaging 9.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 5.5 apg.
- Foundation plays with urgency because they know they have to
play perfect in order to beat Chicle this season. After losing
to Chicle on Week 3, they realized they need to play a different
tempo and need to utilize their bigs more. Defensively, they
cannot play man against IHOB, a team that will out-run them at
IHOB's Keys to Winning
- The rookies have a double-header against the top 2
teams in the division. Foundation is slower and older relatively
older. IHOB needs to control the tempo and get out and utilize
their running game.
- Everyone ate at IHOB last weekend and International House of
Buckets' host, GM Arvin Delapaz, is making sure everyone
eats. Delapaz is averaging a team-high, 12.0 apg, and he is
averaging 13.0 ppg, 5.0 spg. Every player scored in double
digits but against a refined Championship team like Foundation,
those opportunities will be scarce considering Foundation is
focusing more on D. Adrian Lecesne leads the team with 18
ppg while Jason Shorts and Zac Nece are averaging
16 per contest.
- While IHOB is faster and younger, Foundation is older and
bigger. Nick Perez is averaging a team-high, 10 rpg while
three players (Adrian Lecesne, Jason Shorts, and Zac Nece)
are grabbing 8.0 rpg. The team must control the boards and get
out on the open floor.
Ball Broz's new pick-up (#1) Yayer has been getting
everyone involved on offense.
Ball Broz’s Keys to Winning
- Ranked #4 and with a busy Sunday afternoon, Ball Broz looks
like they'll be weary against Hoopers, a team that won their
first game last weekend. It happened to East LA Dream Team last
week (tired from playing in Pac Rim), it might happen to Ball
- Steve Carpenter is averaging 28 ppg, 5.0 rpg while
Derrick Tamanaha is averaging 21.5 ppg, 3.0 spg. The rest of
the team's stats is inaccurate because their GM isn't logging
them in properly. Please make sure you check with the stats
table and you have matching jerseys and you're using the same
number throughout the game. You can't get upset when 3 players
on your team is wearing #3 jerseys, and expect us to take
accurate stats when every player on the team is wearing #3 with
red, blue, white jerseys on. LOL. Just in time for 4th of July,
- Jokes aside, Ball Broz have recovered nicely without MVP
Mike Peters. Yader Combs, their new PG, is setting
the pace and getting everyone involved while their 2 best
players are putting up numbers this season. With a deeper bench
compared to last season, Ball Broz was looking at a potential
disaster but it looks like they've recovered from the loss of
the Reigning MVP.
Hoopers' Keys to Winning
- Hoopers won their first game of the season last week
and they did it because of 3 things.
they moved the ball around
b.) they hit clutch free throws (former MVP Gary Beaird, 16.8 ppg)
c.) Zach Nece. The rookie debuted with 26 points and 12 rebounds
and for extra measure, had 3 blocks to prove he's the real deal.
Spread the good vibes. They play better when they're not arguing
with officials or each other. Uzoma Kalu had a moment
when he got upset with Charley Yousef for committing a
"JR play" but quickly got over it and said it's over and erased
all bad mantra once the game re-started for overtime. You want a
leader who makes everyone better and uplifts their players and
Uzoma is starting to figure our his personnel on his new team.
- Wouldn't it be special if Mike Peters made his season
debut this week? It was rumored he was playing for Hoopers this
season and not playing for Ball Broz any longer. Hmm...(wishful
thinking)... no one saw Austin Rivers getting traded this week,
and we're sure lifelong Clipper fan Gary Beaird is ecstatic.
Anything can happen, right?
Chicle vs. IHOB
If IHOB sweeps their double-header against the top 3
teams in Bronze, everyone will want to join their team,
including Reckless player, Allan Abrillo.
Chicle’s Keys to Winning
- The division's best team have new jerseys to start the second
half of the season and the undefeated Chicle is taking on rookie
team, IHOB. They know that IHOB is young, fast, and pushes the
tempo. Will GM Chris Duran (7.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg) have Chicle try to
out-run IHOB or will they take a page from Foundation and slow
- Four players are averaging double-digits in scoring. Two
players have won Player of the Week season including Mike
Trout (18.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and CJ Pang (14.0 ppg, 10
rpg). Both teams feature high octane offense so look for both
teams to put up numbers. Their team should be able to pick IHOB
apart on offense as they patiently look for wide open players by
setting picks and running the offense.
- Defensively, they need to stop IHOB's GM, Arvin Delapaz
(12 apg) from setting up his teammates. His 3rd game of the
afternoon could make it tough for Arvin to play 100% so look for
Chicle to tighten up defensively on Delapaz.
IHOB's Keys to Winning
- From 1 to 5, Chicle is deep. They run a 8-man roster
and usually 6 to 7 are playing. Word on the street is IHOB is
still adding players but how many will they add? Having too many
players means more time on the bench and with a drive from
Victorville, would you really want to sit on the bench? Hmm...
- Only 2 free throws attempted last weekend? That means the
other team wasn't playing defense or they were just that fast.
They combined for 13 steals and a whopping 25 assists in their
debut. Is this on easy mode in 2k? After a double-header against
the 2 top teams in Bronze, we'll soon find out if IHOB is a Gold
is known to shoot a high percentage on the floor and last
weekend, IHOB combined to shoot 50% from the field. Jason
Shorts shot an efficient 70% (16 ppg) while Zac Nece
(16 ppg) shot 63.6%. Their leading scorer, Adrian Lecesne,
is shooting 53.8% averaging 18 ppg.
Cisco Acevedo was named Player of the Week after scoring
35 points on Monstars last weekend.
Renegades’ Keys to Winning
- Game of the Week. Former team-mates reunite as 18x Champions,
Relics, take on MVP Front-runner, Kris Dick, and
Renegades. Kris is averaging 26.3 ppg, 14.7 rpg in Renegades'
3-0 start. What was supposed to be a mediocre start has turned
into a surprising undefeated march to the top of the Gold
- GM Aaron Mancell (5.0 ppg, 2.3 apg) knows his next big
point guard, Asher Arvinger (13.0 ppg, 3.0 apg) is
expected to take over but after Mighty Mike Ratliff's big season
opener last weekend, he might have to play the 6th man role.
Mike made his season debut with 25 points, 3 steals and was
63.2% from the field against the 2x defending Champions.
- The stars are going to get their but it's up to the supporting
cast to contribute. Jason Fielder is quietly averaging
8.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg while Justian Hamilton is averaging 12.5
ppg, 5.0 rpg. We know Justian isn't no part of no supporting
cast...but that's just how deep Renegades is this season. (Did
you read that in Aaron Mancell's voice, cuz we sure did).
Relics' Keys to Winning
- Four players are averaging double-digits in scoring
for 18x Champions, Relics. Cisco Acevedo leads the way
with 24.3 ppg and he is averaging 2.7 apg, 1.3 spg. Acevedo
leads the division with 22 three-pointers and is shooting 47.8%
from 3-point range. Terrence Martin hasn't missed a field
goal yet and he is averaging 17.5 ppg and is 7-for-7 from inside
- Relics can't show up with just 5 players especially in a tough
double-header against 2 teams that called them out. Lasalle
Thomas (9 ppg) and Kenny Ali (2.7 ppg) have to put up
numbers if Relics is going 5-0 to start their comeback season.
- Kris Dick is off to fast scoring starts and they need
to limit his touches. Mike Ratliff dominates the ball and
is difficult to stop once he gets in the offensive flow.
Offensively, Relics will fill up the stats sheet but it's the
defensive schemes that will prove critical when stopping
Renegades' fast start.
vs. The Rock
The Rock won't have their best rebounder against 18x
Champions, Relics on Week 5.
Relics’ Keys to Winning
- The 18x Champions, Relics, is answering 2 call-outs this week
- The Rock and Renegades, two teams who are looking to give
Relics their first L of the season.
- Terrence Martin (has yet to miss a field goal) was a
no-show against Monstars and the poster boy is subtly saying
that Week 4 match-up was too easy. Relics played 4 on 5 for 8
minutes and still came away with the win as Cisco Acevedo
(24.3 ppg) and Bobby Kovach (13.7 ppg) held off a run
from the Baldwin Park team. James Acevedo is averaging
7.3 apg and the team's savvy playmaker helped put the game away
against Monstars with a lay-up that extended their 2 point lead
- Basketball IQ is huge and Relics know that The Rock tends to
play with a lack of poise. Relics try to make the smart plays
while The Rock has a tendency to argue with officials. Expect
T-bone to egg The Rock on when calls aren't going their way.
With this game being the second game of a double-header, game
management will be crucial for Relics and look for them to play
smarter against The Rock, a team that will shoot 1 vs 3 with 5
seconds left on the clock in OT...
The Rock's Keys to Winning
- Things are going to change this year, youngin" - D'Angelo
McDaniel on Instagram.
"You know I play for the Relics, right?" - Terrence Martin.
D'Angelo M, the one who called the Relics out, is
averaging 7.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.0 apg. Terrence Martin of the 18x
Champions, Relics, is averaging 17.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg and has many
accolades in the league starting with Most Improved Player of
the Year (our favorite award of his by the way), MVP, Hall of
Fame, All Star... pretty much the Magic Johnson of Superstar
Admittedly, the person who played 1 on 3 with 5 seconds left
called that play a "JR play" and won't make that mistake again.
The beauty of Livestream is the ability to go back and fix your
mistakes and GM Ben Sin will figure it out. The 2x Champions are
starting the second half of the season with new jerseys so look
for them to play inspired ball. Unfortunately... (lol) the
person that did play 1 on 3 also said that he wouldn't be
surprised if someone calls a time-out when they don't have a
"Look, we're wearing Fab 5 jerseys, and I wouldn't be surprised
if one of us calls a timeout and busts a Chris Webber..." -
- Jokes aside, the team is playing without their best
rebounder in Kassah Kantiok (11.7 ppg, 11.7 rpg) and
they're hoping to have Glenn Payne (15.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
back in the line-up to make up for Kantiok's rebounding and
scoring. Eric Rey is quietly averaging 2.5 apg, 7.5 ppg
while Mike Ashanti is averaging 10.8 ppg.
vs. Prodigy Plug
Garrison Shey is looking to add to his highlight reel
this week so look for Garrison to finish at the rim
against a familar foe, Monstars.
Monstars’ Keys to Winning
- Both team lost to Ball Broz on Week 4. League analysts had
both Monstars and Prodigy Plug winning those match-ups but both
teams lost to last season's Finalists. Ball Broz was setup for
disaster this season considering they lost their MVP (Mike
Peters) and were unsure who was coming back. After heavily
recruiting and adding a deeper bench, Ball Broz is stronger than
ever. Point is, Monstars haven't had a deep bench this season
and Prodigy has players in and out of their line-up. If they
want to compete with the talent in the upper echelon of the
division, they need bodies on the bench.
- After winning their opener against Hoopers, Monstars have lost
3 straight. The team from Baldwin Park has 4 players averaging
double digits in scoring with GM Jared Ojeda averaging
12.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg. Ralph Morelos is scoring 17.3 ppg
while Xavier Morelos is averaging 14.5 ppg. Rookie wing
player, Andrew Martinez, is scoring 14.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg.
- This is a re-match of Week 2, a match-up Monstars lost, 76-58.
With Prodigy Plug reeling and Monstars getting their groove
back, Monstars should go out and prove that Week 2 loss was a
"They're a good team, but to beat us by 20... we know we're
better than that," said Monstars GM, Jared Ojeda.
Prodigy's Keys to Winning
- After suffering a 1-sided loss against Ball Broz,
Prodigy has now lost 3 straight. The team once billed the team
of the future is going back in time to Week 2, taking on
Monstars, a team they defeated 76-58 in their first W of the
- Garrison Shey leads Prodigy with 22.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg
while Steven is averaging 13.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg. Christian
is scoring 14.7 ppg while Kevin Price is averaging 10.3
ppg. Poobey "Russell Eastbook" is averaging 12.0 ppg on
- The team had a balanced scoring attack on Week 2 as Christian
led the way with 17 points. Garrison Shey and Steven both scored
the team combined to shoot 50.8% from the field. They defeated
the Monstars by 20 by using their length and size while being
active on defense.