2018 WINTER | SEASON 40
By: League Analyst
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
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
vs. Undisputed Era
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
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
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
"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."
vs. East LA Dream Team
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
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