2019 SUMMER | SEASON 44
By: League Analyst
Chicle (1-3) vs. Sleepers (0-3)
Will Sleepers get their first win this season or will former
Bronze Champions, Chicle, keep them winless after Week 5?
Sleepers are led by Damon Sullivan who is averaging a
team-high, 25.7 ppg on 41.8% shooting. Damon is grabbing 11.3
rpg and leads the team with 15 assists, an average of 3 assists
per contest. Sleepers have added depth after starting the season
with just 4 players as Dale Batac (11.0 ppg) and
Sameer Bhatt (11.5 ppg) have shown ability to score from
beyond the arch. Some say Sleepers should have started off in
Bronze but Damon is a gamer and he is looking for a team to play
with in Platinum Division. The problem with Sleepers isn't on
offense, rather than defense where opponents are scoring at will
in the paint against the rookie team.
Chicle is led by Center Danny Villalobos and he is
averaging close to a double-double with 19.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg. Danny
is shooting 46.8% from the field and is averaging 1.3 spg, 2.0
apg. Danny's match-up (James M.) is more athletic but
size favors Danny and he should maintain his scoring average.
CJ "Nitro" Pang is averaging 13.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg while Mike
Trout is averaging 10.3 ppg. Jay Tapang, former
Finals MVP, has been in and out of the line-up due to injury and
the team's struggles coincide with his production and he is
averaging 6.5 ppg, 2.3 apg on 26.5% shooting.
Bullets (2-1) vs. Fire Squad
It was a Rivalry Game last season but Bullets have bigger fish
to fry as they match-up with rivals, Tune Squad, on Week 7.
Bullets face off against another Championship squad in Fire
Squad, a team they lost to on Rivalry Week courtesy of Brandon
Ortiz's buzzer beater.
The last time both teams met, Bullets defeated Fire Squad, 77-76
as Brandon Ortiz led all players with 10 assists. Ortiz
finished with 19 points, 3 three-pointers, but none was bigger
than the last shot, a game-winner against Bullets. Fire Squad
have won 2 straight as Ortiz leads the team with 2.3 spg, 22.8
ppg. GM Otto Guillermo is averaging 13.7 ppg, 2.7 apg
while Brandon Aranda is averaging 7.0 ppg, 2.5 apg. The
team added players that took up significant minutes on Week 4
and Fire Squad needs to manage their player's minutes in order
to avoid a situation seen in Platinum Division. Powerball added
too many players and their original players core have expressed
dissatisfaction with playing time.
"We saw it with multiple teams, new players are being added and
the original players are sitting on the bench," said a
stats-keeper. "Some have asked for trades, but you can't get too
greedy with talent and shove the old players away on the bench."
Bullets are also on a 2 game winning streak and despite adding
players who could take up significant minutes, GM Daniel Donato
has seamlessly integrated players that buy in to the system.
Uzoma Kalu is averaging 5.7 ppg, 1.7 apg as a big guard
while Marcus Eggum returned to the line-up, averaging 9.0
ppg. Eggum and Rick Gutierrez (17.5 ppg), two All Stars
who led Bullets to a 7-1 record last season, have been
nonchalant about their stats as long as the sacrifices lead to a
Championship this season. Sal Escandon (Player of the
Week, Week 4) is fresh off POW honors and he is averaging 27.3
ppg, 4.3 rpg.
IHOB (0-0) vs. McDaddy's (1-2)
"We want them for Rivalry Week," said McDaddy's guard, Juan
Superstar Basketball admin gave Juan...one wish... as IHOB make
their long-awaited return after sitting out for a season and a
half. Arvin Delapaz (4.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Adrian Lecesne (11.5
ppg, 1.5 spg), Justin Lecesne (9.0 ppg), Nick Perez (13.5 ppg,
10.0 rpg) and Richard Morales (5.0 ppg) are aware
they're playing double-headers to catch up with the schedule and
they make their season debut with IHOB against their former
McDaddy's is led by Fernando Ruiz and he is averaging
13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg. Elias Ayala made his return to
Superstar Basketball on Week 3 and he finished with 11 points, 4
steals. The guys from East LA have been on a recruiting spree
after IHOB decimated their roster and took half their players.
McDaddy's have 2 roster spots left before their capacity hits at
15 players and they need to pick wisely on who will play for
McDaddy's for the remainder of the season.
Can IHOB sweep their double-header? They take on United, a team
also trying to catch up with the schedule by playing
Eric Escobar leads United in scoring with 24.5 ppg on
60.7% shooting. Escobar was hot from 3-point range knocking down
52.4% shot attempts and he leads the team with 11 three's.
Joseph Molina is averaging 15.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg while
Estella Gutierrez is averaging 11.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg. In 2 games
this season, United leads Bronze Division in scoring with 78.0
ppg and have more 3-pointers (16) than the rest of Bronze
Division. Will United attack from 3-point range, an area they
shoot 44.6% from, or will United attack the paint against a more
athletic, energetic ball club?
IHOB players that defected from McDaddy's like to run and they
can shoot. Although they lack size, they have players (Nick
Perez, Rich Morales) who take pride in defense so look for
shots in the paint to be contested. United could try to out-run
their opponents, a team that will have their endurance tested
since they are playing in a double-header.
Injuries took a toll on rookie team, Public Enemy, but after a
long 2 week break, the rookies should be back to 100%. They
return against United, a team playing a double-header against
It's great to see when Bronze Division players take the step to
play in higher divisions and on Week 4, Noel Marquez,
Player of the Week for Week 1, made his debut for Gold Division
Tune Squad. It was a solid game for Marquez who finished with 17
points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. That self-esteem should carry
over to his Bronze Division team as Public Enemy tries to snap
their 2 game losing streak. Noel is averaging 13.0 ppg, 1.7 apg
while Kosmond Russell leads the team with 5.7 apg. GM
Joseph Flores is scoring 9.3 ppg, 1.3 spg while Renzo
Munoz leads the team in scoring with 20.5 ppg.
United didn't fare well in their double-header on Week 4 after
losing to Eazy Money, a team that is 3-0. United defeated
Relentless in their first game of the season as United became
the second team this season to have a female player on their
roster. There has been talk of bringing back Co-Ed Division and
with 2 females making their debut on Week 4, Co-Ed Division
could be making a return on Season 45.
Eazy Money has won 3 straight and GM Steven Ancheta has had a
difficult time picking up Bronze quality players. Like his cars,
Steven only wants the best and that couldn't be more true with
the roster he put together in Bronze Division.
"Alex is a helluva player," said Colony HS Coach, Johnny Dukes.
"He was a member of the team when I won my first CIF ring."
Shout out to Johnny for the "anonymous tip" and Alex Ochoa,
a player that SHOULD play in Gold instead of Bronze, is
averaging 26.0 ppg in a developmental division. Ochoa logged a
double-double with 12 rebounds, 3 steals and shot 55.6%. GM
Steven Ancheta is averaging 5.0 ppg, 2.0 apg while Devyn
is scoring 10 ppg in 3 games.
Relentless has lost 2 straight games as Joel Contreras
leads the team with 20.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg. Tony Gonzalez is
averaging 11.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg while Fabian Garcia is
averaging 9.7 ppg, 2.0 apg. Kenny Morales has been
developing in his second season and he is averaging 7.7 ppg, 2.3
apg. Relentless plays at a slower tempo and the uptempo game
Eazy Money implements could result in a 3 game losing streak for
Ramirez's Relentless team. The team must control the tempo,
control the glass, and not give their opponents an opportunity
to get into their running game.
Playas Only (3-0) vs. Tune Squad (3-0)
Two undefeated teams face off as Playas Only take on Defending
Champions, Tune Squad. The Champions have a double-header and
their depth will be tested against undefeated Playas Only and
Six players are averaging double-digits in scoring for Tune
Squad as Jeff Briegel and Noel Marquez average 17.0 ppg
for the Reigning Champions. Ismael Arellano, last
season's Rookie of the Season, is averaging 13.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
while Vincent Rodriguez III is averaging 11.0 ppg, 3.3
spg. Vince leads the team with 4.3 apg but his shooting woes
have been evident this season, as he puts struggles to shoot 30%
from the field. The All Star/Regular Season MVP is beefing up
while preparing for his Freshman season at Rio Hondo college and
luckily for Vince, he has players that are capable of filling up
the stats-sheet. Despite the shooting woes, Vince isn't
concerned especially against a team that he feels is inferior to
"We play against them at LA Fitness, you really think we would
lose to them," said the Reigning MVP. "Let's play them..."
Jason Rodriguez is the division leader in scoring and he
is averaging 30.0 ppg on 56.3% shooting. Miguel Salazar
is averaging 25.0 ppg while Steven Davila is scoring 17.5
ppg on 48.3% shooting. The team is averaging 87.0 ppg (ranks
4th) and ranks 2nd in three-pointers made with 42. The team
played with just 5 players on Week 4 and they gave Chicle,
former Bronze Champions, their 3rd loss of the season.
Melissa Rodriguez became the first female player to play in
Superstar Basketball this season and she is averaging 11.0 ppg
on 80% shooting. If Playas Only beats Reigning Champions, Tune
Squad, it would be a huge statement for a rookie team that has
Jason Rodriguez a favorite for Rookie of the Season.
Empire (0-1) vs. Tune Squad (3-0)
Empire began their season with a loss as Will Torres led
all players in scoring with 21 points. The team from Inland
EMPIRE has a double-header against Reigning Champions, Tune
Squad and former 3x Champions, East LA Dream Team. With just 6
players suited up for Empire, look for Torres to make
significant roster changes as Empire plays a back-to-back
against 2 former Champions.
Empire made their debut on Week 4 against Fire Squad, another
former Champion. Khalil Dukes was the second leading
scorer with 17 points, 9 rebounds while Alwyn Jordan
added 11 points. Aaron Hill finished with 8 points while
Torres led the team with 4 three-pointers.
Tune Squad has not lost a game since March 31, Season 43 - Week
6. With a back-to-back double-header, it would be wise for
Empire to show up early to scout the team they're playing.
East LA Dream Team
Three Gold Division teams are playing 3 straight back-to-back
double-headers starting with Tune Squad. The string ends with
East LA Dream Team, a team that has played only 1 game in the
first four weeks of the season.
East LA Dream Team is 0-1 losing to Goons on the Season opener.
Derrick Tamanaha and Ever Garcia are both
averaging a team-high, 33.0 ppg while Tim Austin is
averaging 13.0 ppg. Their 90 point production ranks 1st in Gold
but look for that to drop off as the team tries to catch up with
double-headers for the rest of the season. It's been rumored for
awhile that some of the core players from East LA Dream Team's
Championship team (Season 40) may be coming back on Week 5 so
those rumors to be answered this weekend.
East LA Dream Team (0-1) vs. Stay Up (2-1)
A year ago, this match-up would have been one of the marquee
match-ups in Superstar with former Champions, East LA Dream Team
taking on The Team of the Future, Prodigy Plug. Fast
forward a year and 32 teams later and this match-up is still a
marquee match-up in Gold Division. Both teams have evolved but
the pieces are there to remind everyone how that East LA Dream
Team and Prodigy Plug are still thriving in Superstar.
Stay Up is 2-1 as underrated forward, Kevin Price leads the team in scoring
with 20.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg. Garrison Deshay is averaging 13.7
ppg, 4.3 rpg while Playoff P rounds off the top 3 scorers
with 16.0 ppg. The team had an early 4th of July break as they
no-showed against Stay Up, losing their first game of the
season, 85-70. Stay Up has the personnel to be a contender this
season but the players need to focus on their match-ups. They
take on East LA Dream Team, a team they are familiar with in
Derrick Tamanaha ties a team-high, 33 ppg along with
former Finals MVP, Ever Garcia, who is also averaging 33
ppg. East LA Dream Team is playing a double-header and is
expected to fill out their roster with players from last
season's Championship team.
Both teams have partaken at throwing verbal jabs at each other
as Steven Ancheta, Killmonger GM, leads Killmonger
against Powerball GM, Coach Randy. Both teams have a
double-header but this match-up could be the Game of the Week.
After a disappointing Week 1 premier, Killmonger has turned it
around thanks to speed, team play and ball movement. The ball
moves faster when it doesn't touch the floor and Brandon
Chavers makes sure the team is moving the ball. Brandon led
Killmonger with 6 assists in his return and he is averaging 9.0
ppg on 44% shooting. Sean Harris is averaging 9.0 ppg
while Jay Benjamin is averaging 21.0 ppg. From 1 to 8,
the team is deep and any player is capable of scoring 20 on any
given night. GM Steven Ancheta wants the team to feed the
hot hand and on Week 4, it was Jay Benjamin who led the
team with 29 points. It will be interesting to see how the
faster, more improved line-up that played on Week 4 integrate
some of the players who are making a return on Week 5.
Powerball is 1-2 and the team is maxed out at 15 players.
Coach Randy has shuffled players in and out of the line-up
and several players have expressed their concern about playing
time. Mike Peters (17 ppg) was pulled out in the last 2
minutes on Week 4 and many are wondering what his status is with
Powerball. The former Champions played inspired ball on Week 3
against Oh Deng
Beast Tribe (2-1) vs. Powerball (1-2)
Beast Tribe, The Reigning Champions return to action with a
double-header as they take on Powerball and Killmonger on a
Beast Tribe forfeited their 4 pm game on Week 4 but the Champs
should be back against Powerball. Beast Tribe has 4 players
scoring in double-digits as Finals MVP Jason Harris leads
the team with 19.0 ppg on 51.9% shooting. CJ Johnson is
averaging 18.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg while Marcus Carter is
averaging 13.0 ppg. The team thrives on playing defense and
their imo has been their tenacity on both ends of the court. The
team has routinely played in deficits in the 1st half only to
come out strong in the 3rd quarter. In the last 2 seasons, only
East LA Dream Team and Relics have beaten Beast Tribe in the
Regular Season and they thrive on pressure situations. With that
said, it would be wise for Powerball Coach Randy not to
get Beast Tribe riled up because their opponents thrive on that.
"You saw what happened when they got Flint Tropics motivated,
Flint Tropics beat them and many consider it as an upset," said
a league analyst. "The last thing you want is to motivate the
Champs, Beast Tribe, they thrive on that environment."
Two of the strongest guys, pound for pound, could go
head-to-head as Killmonger's Sean Harris takes on Beast Tribe's
Both teams play a double-header with Killmonger having a break
in between. Killmonger thrives on their running game and if they
can out-run Beast Tribe, a team playing a back-to-back, they
could potentially lose to Beast Tribe by single digits. (lol)
Killmonger is younger, faster, and should try to out-run Beast
Tribe. Problem is, Beast Tribe knows how to control the tempo
and these old 30+ year old dinosaurs are still playing at a high
level. While most guys at their age bracket are slowing the game
down, Beast Tribe is running a full court press, with no bench.
The team got deeper with Marcus Carter in the line-up and
Beast Tribe is primed for another Championship run. The team
plays like there is no tomorrow epitomized for CJ Johnson
who never gets fatigued.
Sean Harris and Brandon Chavers have Killmonger
playing unselfish basketball. GM Steven Anchetas has emphasized
that stats don't matter... as long as everybody eats, which is a
first because normally...
SOUTH HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Below The Rim vs. The Rock Foundation
Heat Check vs. The Rock Foundation
Below The Rim vs. Heat Check
Fuerza vs. Goons
Fuerza vs. Winners Only
Entourage vs. LPU Basketball
Entourage vs. Flint Tropics
Oh Deng vs. Underdogs
vs. Flint Tropics
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