SEASON 41, WEEK 5
By: League Analyst
vs. We Tried
With the game tied at 16 apiece (7:01) in the 1st quarter,
Reckless used a 8 point run to build a cushion against rookie
team, We Tried. Looking for their first win of the season, last
season's Consolation Bracket Champions handed We Tried their 4th
loss of the season with a 49-46 win.
Carlos Nava led We Tried with 20 points while Cody
Rote added 12 points. Than Ho finished with 8 while
GM Anthony Meltcher finished with 6 points. The team
showed up with just 5 players as We Tried appeared to have gone
on 4th of July break a week early. We Tried trimmed the deficit
to 2 on numerous occasions throughout the contest but never got
over the hump as fatigue and Reckless' size seemed too much for
We Tried to overcome.
Several players from Reckless scored 9 apiece as Reckless
benefited from a balance scoring attack with all players scoring
at least 2 points. GM Noel Serpas finished with 9 while
Brian Serpas pitched in with 9 points. Steven Castanieto
added 9 while James Bernardo led Elements, err Reckless
with 10 points. The team struggled from 3-point range hitting
just 19.2% of their shots and were lucky to walk away with the
victory. Considering their opponents played with just 5 players
and the team missed 21 three-point attempts, Reckless were lucky
to walk away with their first win of the season. The team has
been hit with injuries and Finals MVP, Luis Montes is in
and out of the line-up.
do you think the cause was for your guys' slow start?" asked a
Superstar Basketball League Analyst.
"We needed him," said GM Noel Serpas as he pointed towards the
direction of Luis Montes.
Reckless took advantage of nWo, a team that played with
4-on-5 against the Reigning Champs.
Despite playing 4-on-5, nWo showed grit and potential losing to
last season's Consolation Bracket Champions, Reckless, 66-61.
nWo played without several key players and the team's offensive
strategy drastically changed as nWo focused on scoring in the
paint. Missing were the 3-point shooters who bombarded the stat
sheet with shot attempts from beyond 3-point territory. The team
combined to shoot just 18 times from long distance as KB
and Imani Akil who led nWo with 20 and 21 points
respectively. CJ Collins logged a near double double with
17 points, 9 rebounds as the team out-rebounded their opponents,
Trailing 61-53, nWo narrowed the deficit, 61-59 with 1:30 left
in the clock in the 4th quarter but Reckless' free throw
shooting would prevail as the team shot 9-for-13 (69.2%) from
the charity stripe. An ill-advised foul with 10 seconds left cut
the deficit by 3 but a key rebound by Brian Serpas put
the game away for good for Reckless.
GM Noel Serpas finished with 17 points, 5 rebounds while
Steven Castanieto added 16 points. Brian Serpas
finished with 11 while Allan Abrillo abused his match-up
with 12 points, 2 steals. Reckless played a back-to-back
double-header and in a match-up that could have gone either way,
the team's success from the charity stripe proved to be the
difference. Improving to a 2-3 record after a 2-0 sweep, GM
Serpas was excited for holiday weekend.
and family time, that's all we do," added Noel Serpas,
Foundation vs. IHOB
The IHOB rookie isn't out here trying to make friends.
Josh Booker's trash talk got the best of Foundation on
Rookie team, IHOB, used a 19-12 first quarter run but Foundation
would counter by scoring in the paint for much of the 2nd
quarter. Tied at 44 apiece in the 3rd quarter (3:45), IHOB raw
away with the W using a 13-0 run (2:01) to end the 3rd quarter
and never looked back as Foundation lose to IHOB, 70-61.
Zac Nece dominated the paint for IHOB scoring 29 points
and shooting 54.2% from the field. Adrian Lecesne
finished with 18 while GM Arvin Delapaz added 11 points,
4 steals. IHOB's youth proved to be too much in the 3rd as
Foundation predictably ran out of gas against IHOB's young legs.
The eagerness to prove themselves in the league irked several
players from Foundation as the trash talk seemed to get the best
"We the old guys now, we gotta remember, when we were their age,
we were talking a lot of sh*t too," said a Foundation player in
Rommel Del Rosario is looking more comfortable on the
floor and he finished with 15 points on 50% shooting. Adrian
Eddington scored 11 points while Mark Mercado added
17. GM Jonathan Wynn scored 13 points and was unfazed
with the trash talk between IHOB and Foundation.
"We'll get them the next game, gotta have the scoreboard do our
Reigning MVP, Mike Peters, returned with 51 points as
Ball Broz fall to Hoopers.
It was an old fashioned shoot out as both Hoopers and Ball Broz
filled up the stats-sheet. Reigning MVP Mike Peters
returned to action but his measly 51 points wasn't enough as
Hoopers win for the second straight time with a 118-113 victory.
The Top 5 Plays of the Week should be interesting this week as
Week 5 featured 8 different buzzer beaters. Mike Peters' 51
points was worthy of Play of the Week cameos as Mike Peters
put on a line of 13-of-17 three-point attempts, good for 76.5%
"I want that re-match," said Peters on Instagram Story. "Ball
Broz vs. Relics."
Superstar Basketball Fans and Relics #1 supporters had a
clap-back for Mike Peters referencing his no-show when Ball Broz
took on Relics.
"How is he gonna call Relics out, when he didn't even show up
last game," said a Relics fan.
Derrick Tamanaha finished with 21 points while Steve
Carpenter added 22 points on 50% shooting. GM Gabe
Rodriguez added 8 while Dan finished with 9 points.
Rumored to have joined Hoopers in the off-season, Mike Peters
showed a glimpse of what Hoopers are missing without him.
Uzoma Kalu looked to score at every opportunity as Uzoma
finished with 36 points on 78.9% shooting. Scoring mostly on
drives and in the paint, Uzoma capitalized on Ball Broz's lack
of size in the paint. Ryan Cort made his season debut
with 25 points while GM Gary Beiard added 13. Arvin
Delapaz wasn't saving anything for his Bronze Division game
and he scored 30 points as the second leading scorer.
Chicle vs. IHOB
Chris Duran aka Uncle Chris - Chicle GM and bus
driver... cuz he was taking kids to school.
Undefeated #1 team, Chicle proved too much for the undefeated
rookies as Chicle hands IHOB their first L of the season, 73-66.
With the scoreboard showing a 19-15 lead in favor of Chicle,
Chicle used a 9-4 run to start the 2nd quarter and IHOB would
struggle for much of the 2nd quarter. The rookie team would
trail the rest of the way as Chicle used a 22-12 run to put away
the game for good.
"We were pretty tired, these double headers affected us but
we'll be ready next time," admitted IHOB GM, Arvin De La Paz.
Zach Nece finished with 22 points to lead IHOB while
Josh Booker scored a dozen points. GM Arvin De La Paz added
7 while Adrian Lecesne finished with 11 points on 40%
shooting. The team struggled from the field shooting 40% while
allowing the #1 Bronze team to shoot 51% from the field. Before
the game started, several IHOB players were confident that
they'll beat Chicle, but league analysts warned the rookie team.
"This IS Chicle?" asked an IHOB player.
"Yeah, they're fast, and they play as a team. It's hard to stop
1 person when all of them are working together," warned a league
"Maybe it's cuz we're short, or they think we look old, but we
don't look the part," said Chicle GM, Chris Duran via text
You can add another element to Chicle's game as Chicle continues
to impress league analysts every given Sunday. Known for their
passing and waiting for the high percentage shot, Chicle played
with poise and didn't respond to IHOB's physicality. When
players tried to get under their skin with trash talk, Chicle
responded with buckets as Chicle improved their record to 5-0.
Playing with just 5 players, Damien Reyes had a field day
scoring 23 points on 46.2% shooting. GM Chris Duran added
8 while CJ "Nitro" Pang finished with 18 points on 60%
shooting. Jay Tapang led the team with 4 three-pointers
and he finished with 20 points. The undefeated start has Chicle
oozing with confidence and GM Chris Duran was hoping for a
Bronze vs Gold Division match-up.
"Is it possible to play against the Relics?" asked Duran.
Relics is the last team in Gold Division with a perfect
This was the Battle of 2 Undefeated Gold Teams as Renegades,
calling out the Relics on Week 4, was full of enthusiasm against
the 18x Champions, Relics. Renegades have flourished as an
underdog team but with the spotlight on Renegades, how would
They thrived behind Kris Dick and the emergence of
Mighty Mike Ratliff on Week 4 gave Relics something to look
forward to. Their former teammate, Kris Ick, called Relics out
and Terrence Martin responded as he continually gave it to Kris
The former teammates scored on each other in successive
possessions but Martin would gain the upper hand after figuring
out flaw in Kris Ick's game.
"Put him on a milk carton, he's been missing since the 2nd
quarter," yelled Martin.
"Call him Kris Ick, he don't have no D," added Martin.
James Acevedo, playing peacemaker, showed sympathy towards Kris.
"Chill on Kris, he's a Relics, he's one of us," said Acevedo as
Relics gave it to Renegades in the 2nd half.
Terrence Martin finished with 8 points while Bobby
Kovach added 21 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks. Cisco
Acevedo added 18 while Alphonso White added 8 points.
NOTE: Stats are still under review, because when Terrence Martin
scored just 8 points, you know damn well it's going to be
Kris Dick finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds while
Asher Avinger added 14 points and 20 lbs of lean muscle.
"Mighty" Mike Ratliff finished with 12 points while
Justian Hamilton scored 5 points. GM Aaron Mancell
focused on defense and attributed the team's first loss to the
lack of defense.
vs. The Rock
It took 5 weeks for Relics to finally get a dunk as
Andrew Knox dunks it twice against The Rock.
The Rock nearly forfeited against Relics as the former 2x
Champions had GM Ben Sin playing all 40 minutes. Mike
Ashanti was a late arrival and Kassah Kantiok
celebrated 4th of July early and The Rock was a non competitive
match-up for Relics, a team that swept their double-header
weekend with a 100-55 win.
Relics, 18x Champions and a staple on Superstar Basketball
highlight reels, have had few highlights this season until Hall
of Famer Andrew Knox turned back the time. Drew had 2
dunks on The Rock and he finished with 15 points and 3 steals.
His best dunk in Superstar Basketball is still talked about and
stats-keeper Anthony Palacol continues to bring it up every
"Remember when Drew dunked on Chad Bell, that 7 footer from
Sanchies team? Someone needs to get those highlights from Semi
Pro Inc," said Palacol. "I still believe that's the best dunk in
Superstar, so somebody get that FOOTAGE!"
Cisco Acevado led Relics with 26 points while Terrence
Martin finished with 23 points, 3 steals. Lasalle Thomas
added 10 points, 4 rebounds while Bobby Kovach added 10
points, 3 steals, 4 assists. Kovach, suffered an Achilles injury
3 years ago, was giving Chris Ashanti solid advice during their
match-up on how to deal with Achilles recovery.
"It's great to see our players helping each other out," said
League Commissioner, Hanz Jimenez. "We compete like cats and
dogs on the court but off the court, we're still family."
D'Angelo Michael finished with a team-high 20 points
while Eric Rey added 11 points and a bruised chair
(please don't kick the chair, Eric, the chair didn't do anything
to you). Glenn Payne finished with 13 points and 3
rebounds while Jason Fielder (traded before the game)
finished with 11 points. The Rock would have forfeited with just
4 players and the Commish allowed the trade to take place
in order to avoid a forfeit.
vs. Prodigy Plug
Jared Ojeda's 4 point and-1 play tied the game at 71
apiece with 2 minutes left.
Monstars trailed for most of the 4th quarter but with a vow to
prove that they were the better team, Monstars GM Jared Ojeda
connected with an and-1 3-pointer, to tie the game, 71-71.
Rookie Andrew Martinez put the game away as Monstars even the
season series, 1-1, with a 76-73 win.
Monstars avenged a 20 point loss earlier in the season as
Johnny Cabrera finished with 21 points on 50% shooting.
Andrew Martinez finished with 15 points while Ralph
Morelos added 14. Gus Vasquez made his season debut
with 5 points while Xavier Morelos added 9 points.
Monstars struggled to get bodies earlier in the season but with
much of Gold Division growing, it was imperative that Monstars
finally added to their roster.
On the opposite end, Prodigy is headed in a different direction
as GM Paul Magaway continues to sit out with injury. With
only 5 players suited up, Cisco Gomez led Prodigy Plug
with 20 points and 2 rebounds. Isaiah Watson made his season
debut with 21 while Kevin Price finished with 6 points.
Garrison Deshay rounded off the top 3 scorers with 14 while
Steven finished with 12 points.