2018 WINTER  |  SEASON 40

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer


Reckless vs Undisputed Era


Live by the 3, die by the 3. Reckless was 7-for-28 from 3-point territory shooting just 25% from beyond the arch.

Undisputed Era scratched the W column for the first time this season as Undisputed Era defeat Reckless, 71-57.

The team from Baldwin Park was short-handed and GM Erick Maldonado (8 rebounds, 2 points) called up some old friends as Jonathan Spaniol (18 points, 4 steals, 2 blocks) made his season debut as a player. The former official grabbed a game-high, 16 rebounds and his presence altered shots and intimidated the former Champions, Reckless. Carlos Garcia finished with 7 points while Jason Rico finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds. Dominic has had an inconsistent line-up all season and a 16th player was almost added until the League Commissioner stopped the addition.

"Same rules apply for all teams, you can only have 15 player slots," said the League Commissioner. "Once a player plays, you cannot take them off the roster and add someone else. What's the point of keeping stats if we're not protecting the integrity of the game?"

Reckless was down at the half, 36-24, and it wasn't until the 2nd half they figured out that Jonathan Spaniol wasn't aggressive in blocking shot attempts. Reckless settled for too many jumpers  as the team combined for 28 three-point (7-for-28) attempts. Steven Castanieto was the first to start attacking the paint and he finished with 10 points, 2 assists. Luis Montes added 10 points, 5 boards while GM Noel Serpas finished with 12 points, 4 steals.

Undisputed Era started with just 4 players and Reckless took the team lightly trailing by as many as 11 points before they took their opponents seriously. Despite the loss, Reckless has to look at what the team did well - balanced scoring attack as their best shooters struggled to hit no more than 36% of their shot attempts. 



Elements vs. Undisputed Era


How tired was Jonathan Spaniol in his return as a player to Superstar Basketball? Someone please meme this #invisiblechairchallenge...

If there was ever a good loss for Elements, this was it. The team was tired of losing by more than 20 points and on Week 5, Elements hit a turning point as it took an L for the 4th time this season in a 84-79 outcome against Undisputed Era.

This was a game Elements led early on as Ryan Drew made his season debut, scoring 29 points mostly on 3-point shot attempts (55.6%). Drew knocked down 5 three-pointers as Elements combined for 45.2% (14-for-31) from 3-point territory. Luke Montilla finished with 12 points, 3 three-pointers while Kirk MacLeung filled up the stats sheet with 9 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists. Rosan Bernardino added 11 points, 7 boards while GM James Bernardo finished with 2 assists, 4 rebounds.

Elements led by 6 at the end of 3 quarters but saw their lead slip away in the first 2 minutes as they sat our their best players to start the 4th quarter. Jason Rico led the attack finishing with 24 points, 4 rebounds while Dominic Campbell added 24 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals. GM Erick Maldonado finished with 10 points, 3 rebounds while C Jonathan Spaniol was fatigued with 12 points, 12 rebounds, 5 steals. Spaniol, preserving his energy in the double-header, didn't cross the half court line for 8 minutes as the team did most of the scoring in the 1st quarter.



n W o vs. East LA Dream Team

The only highlight nWo had against East LA Dream on Week 5...

Both teams played without their bench as both teams played the majority of the game playing 5-on-5 as East LA Dream Team defeat nWo, 68-53.

The double-header was supposed to give the defending Champions a challenge but East LA Dream Team proved experience trumps youth. The team forced 16 turnovers and made their opponents look lost on defense with screen and offensive sets they haven't seen against any team all season. Andrew Martinez, named Player of the Week, finished with 21 points, 5 steals and 3 blocks while Frankie Morales added 14 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists. Alan Rosas scored 16 points, 4 steals while GM Reyes Cervantes added 8 points, 5 assists, 3 steals. Despite being out-rebounded, 35-26, the team made up for it in the steals category, combined for 13 steals and forcing 16 turnovers.

"We didn't have our full roster, but looking at their bench, it looks like most of their team was already on Spring Break," said a player from nWo. "No excuses, hopefully we have them figured out when Playoffs start."

Mark Mercado, last week's Player of the Week, finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Ever Carro added 12 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists while Jose Anguisada scored 8 points, 10 rebounds. CJ Collins finished with 5 points, 7 rebounds while Boba "Fett" finished with 2 points, 3 rebounds. Boba was the first player to show up at the gym but forgot his shoes and didn't come back until the 2nd half.

"Rookies," joked a stats-keeper. "Damn rookies."



Chicle vs. East LA Dream Team


Looks like 69% on Instagram Story agree with Kassah Kantiok making the right call against Chicle.

This was an ugly game... and we mean that in a good way.

It was the second time both teams faced each other this season and this had a Playoff atmosphere to it as both teams headed to Easter Break as the teams to beat this season.

"Ya'll better let East LA Dream Team know, we ready for them," said Ball Broz GM, Gabe Rodriguez.

All eyes were on this match-up and their peers were tracking both Chicle and East LA Dream Team.

The defending Champions, East LA Dream Team, stayed unbeaten as they defeat Chicle, 57-53. East LA Dream Team has won their games with teamwork, defense, and by forcing their opponents to bad turnovers.

The same can be said about rookie team, Chicle, a team that others are saying is a dark horse team once Playoffs begin. They may be rookies on paper, but they play with veteran savviness and their experience is visible with their composure.

All players scored for Chicle as Jay Tapang (Player of the Week, Week 4) finished with 15 points, 3 steals, 3 assists. Louie Venegas finished with 11 points, 7 boards while Mike Trout pitched... err scored his way to 13 points, 2 rebounds. The team combined for 11 assists and had just 6 turnovers while Dream Team committed 10.

Nearly 5 players scored in double-figures for Dream Team as Andrew Martinez led Dream Team with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals. Alan Rosas added 10 points while Frankie Morales scored 12 points, 6 boards. Phil Sanchez led the team with 17 boards and he finished with 10 points on 55.6% shooting. The Player of the Week honors may have gone to Andrew Martinez but Phil Sanchez was the Player of the Game with his game saving block on Chicle's Jay Tapang with 6 seconds left.

Down by 3 with 10 seconds left, a 3-point attempt by Jay Tapang was ruled on the floor and Chicle was visibly upset at the call. The play was posted on IG story and 69% (18-to-8) agreed that the shot didn't warrant 3 free throw attempts.

"Initially, I thought he was shooting as well but after reviewing the play and posting about it on IG story, it looks like Chef/ref Kassah Kantiok made the right call," said the League Commissioner. "Good job, Kassah...this is why I'm not a ref. (lol)"