SEASON 41, WEEK 6
PREVIEWS


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Foundation vs. IHOB
Bronze Division
2 p.m.

 

IHOB's stifling defense on Foundation led to another Foundation loss. Will IHOB make it 2-0 in the season series?

A re-match of Foundation vs. IHOB was supposed to take place on Week 8 but a schedule request from Reckless made the re-match sooner than expected.

Foundation, originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. match-up against Chicle, should be excited that they don't have to play against the #1 team in Bronze. The rookie team, IHOB made their run in the 3rd quarter on Week 5 and Foundation has made a habit of losing games in the 2nd half. Playing against Father Time, Foundation needs to manage its roster better or improve their stamina. GM Jonathan Wynn is averaging 10.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg while Mark Mercado leads the team with 20.2 ppg, 1.2 apg. Rommel Del Rosario has found his shooting stroke from long distance and he is averaging 7.6 ppg. Adrian Eddington is the x-factor and his match-up with Jonathan Shorts is the game within the game.

"It got real competitive between those 2 on Week 5, look for some sh*t talking to continue from the previous week," said a league analyst. "No fighting!"

IHOB should jump to the #2 spot with a win over elder statesmen, Foundation. Zac Nece, the Player of the Week for Gold Division on Week 5, is averaging a team-high, 19.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg while Josh Booker is averaging 11.5 ppg. GM Arvin Delapaz is averaging 10.3 ppg while Jason Shorts is scoring 9.0 ppg. Adrian Lecesne, the fastest player in Bronze, is averaging 14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.7 apg. After suffering their first loss on Week 5 against Chicle, look for IHOB to bounce back with a W.

 

IHOB vs. nWo
Bronze Division
3 p.m.

 

IHOB's interior defense will be key in stopping nWo's new bigs.

A back-to-back match-up against the division's most inconsistent team, nWo, could be problematic for rookie team, IHOB. Losing 2 in a row on Week 6 is unlikely and it all depends on who shows up for nWo.

Losing 2 straight games, nWo has shifted its focus from a 3-point shooting team to a team that scores in the post with size and brute. GM CJ Collins was a beast on the boards against Reckless last week and he is averaging 8.8 rpg, 6.8 ppg. New additions, Imani, is averaging 28 ppg while KB is averaging 15 ppg. Their leading scorer, Derrick Tamanaha, has been focusing on playing in Gold Division's Ball Broz and he is averaging 32.5 ppg, a division-high. With a full roster, CJ Collins has the talent to compete in Gold Division but team chemistry and attendance gives nWo a big question mark.

"Chicle doesn't have all the individual talent in the division but they work as a team and their record speaks for themselves," said a league analyst. "Still, you gotta look at nWo on paper and see the potential the team has. It's up to the guys to show up and so far, they've been in and out of the line-up."

IHOB hasn't fared well with double-headers as IHOB scratched the L column for the first time against Chicle on Week 5. With a back-to-back against Foundation and nWo, International House of Ballers must manage their personnel better. Controlling the boards will be key as Zach Nece leads IHOB with 7.7 rpg, 19.7 ppg. They average 33.7 rpg as Nick Perez (7.5 ppg) and Adrian Lecesne (14.3 ppg) both grab 6.0 rpg.

 

n W o vs. We Tried
Bronze Division
4 p.m.

 

n W o is bigger and could be a contender in Bronze if their full roster shows up.

Can nWo survive a double-header against the rookie teams, IHOB and We Tried.

We Tried is the easier match-up but with an inconsistent roster and with We Tried hungry for their first win, nWo could be headed to a 4 game losing streak.

GM Anthony Meltcher is averaging 14.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg while Carlos Nava is scoring 13.0 ppg, 1.0 spg. Cody Rote is averaging 14.8 ppg, 2.0 spg while Than Ho is scoring 6.8 ppg. They were within striking distance against nWo in their first match-up, (92-90, Week 2) as both teams competed in OT but a game-clinching 3-pointer gave We Tried their second loss of the season. nWo has since re-tooled their line-up with GM CJ Collins going away from the 3-point ball.

CJ Collins is averaging 5.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg while Kassah Kantiok is averaging 8.0 ppg, 3.0 apg. Derrick Tamanaha secured his Player of the Week against We Tried on Week 2 and he is averaging 32.5 ppg. New additions Center Imani (28 ppg) and KB (15 ppg) will be instrumental in nWo's late season run.

 

NOTE: Reckless and We Tried on Week 5 hasn't been reviewed statistically. If you were following IG story, you would know the stats-keepers missed a lot of stats for all 8 games. Team Stats are inaccurate but will be reviewed this week.

 

Hoopers vs. Relics
Gold Division
5 p.m.

 

Terrence Martin is averaging 18.3 ppg and leads Relics in efficiency with 67.5 FG%

The 18x Champions are starting to get their legs back and that means trouble for the rest of the league. Some speculated the Relics would come back with a slow start and while that may prove true only to their contributions to the highlight reel, the Relics are... still the same ol' Relics.

Gone are Flight's tomahawk dunks and Andrew Knox's posters on 7'1 Bell boys (Chad Bell reference) but Relics have replaced flash with efficiency. (F)Light is shooting 37.5% from the field while averaging 7.8 ppg while Andrew Knox (14.3 ppg) is shooting 33.3% from long distance. Bobby Kovach has yet to dunk this season (15.4 ppg) but he continues to dominate the glass (8.6 rpg) and is shooting 48.4% from the field. Cisco Acevedo is in MVP form averaging 23.0 ppg while Terrence Martin continues to use the same old moves while averaging 18.3 ppg.

"That's the beauty of it, you know it's coming but you still can't stop it," says a league analyst. "He's been going right since he was named Most Improved Player of Platinum Division. LOL!"

Uzoma Kalu is averaging 17.8 ppg and leads Hoopers with 4.8 apg. GM Gary Beaird (16.2 ppg, 13 three-pointers) has added key contributors for Hoopers late in the season and Ryan Cort (25.0 ppg) and Zach Nece (28.0 ppg) will have their biggest test of the season. They need to be attentive to Relics in the 3rd quarter as Relics have made a habit of blowing teams out to start the 2nd half.

Key match-up: point guard match-up between Relics PG James Acevedo (4.0 ppg, 5.4 apg) vs. Hoopers PG Larry Parker (13.0 ppg, 1.3 apg). These two have had legendary battles in the past, and these two hate to lose. Fourth of July may be over but look for fireworks in this match-up.

 

 

Prodigy Plug vs. The Rock
Gold Division
6 p.m.

 

Match your shoes with your jerseys, and your game will be as smooth as D'Angelo McDaniel.

Prodigy has lost 4 straight after beating Monstars in their season-opener. The team plays The Rock in a re-match of Week 2, a game where Glenn Payne scored the go-ahead bucket with the key block down the stretch.

In that match-up, Glenn Payne finished with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block. Glenn is averaging 13.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg while Kassah Kantiok is scoring 11.7 ppg, 11.7 rpg. Mike Ashanti is averaging 10.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg while D'Angelo is scoring 10.6 ppg. With a full roster, The Rock is capable of competing with the league's best but with a depleted roster, they're capable of losing by 40. With no breaks along the way, look for The Rock to build momentum for the Playoffs as the team plays in the honor of their fallen Center, Dale Barnes.

Garrison Shey is Superstar Basketball's walking highlight and he has been assigned to fill up the highlight reel this season. The rookie is averaging 20.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg and is shooting 66.1% from the field. Steven is averaging 13.3 ppg while Kevin Price is averaging 9.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg. Cisco Gomez has been a solid playmaker for Prodigy and he is averaging 3.7 apg. GM Paul Magcale continues to sit out with injury as his knee continues to improve with rehabilitation.

 

Chicle vs. Reckless
Gold Division
7 p.m.

 

Jay Tapang was the 3rd Chicle named Player of the Week this season.

Chicle, winners of 5 straight, have been talking Reckless as of late.

*drumroll*

Chicle, confident as ever, requested for a match-up against Gold Division team, Relics. Winners of 18 Championships, Relics were surprised with the Instagram Story poll and the voting for the match-up was mixed for both teams.

The voting will be revealed on Week 8, should the match-up take place, but the stipulation is listed below.

IF CHICLE and Relics are undefeated through Week 7, they'll put their undefeated records on the line with an Inter-Division match-up.

Jay Tapang, Week 5 Player of the Week, is averaging 18.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg while CJ "Nitro" Pang is averaging 15.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 6.8 apg. GM Chris Duran is averaging 7.8 ppg while Mike Trout is scoring 18.3 ppg. The team has 5 players scoring in double figures and has 3 players named as Player of the Week this season. They are averaging 73.4 ppg and 16.6 apg, both division-highs. A 6th straight win is likely as they stop Reckless' 2-game winning streak.

"They saw that Reckless won a trophy playing in the Consolation Bracket and they've been motivated since," observed a league insider. "They see that trophy on Reckless' jersey and team page and they want their own collection of trophies as well..."

Reckless have bounced back from a 0-3 start as Steven Castanieto leads Reckless with 18.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg. Luis Montes is averaging 10.5 ppg while GM Noel Serpas is scoring 12.0 ppg. Allan Abrillo is averaging 4.4 ppg while James Santillan is grabbing 6.2 rpg, 4.8 ppg. With no more breaks from now until the Playoffs, look for their veterans to start showing up as Reckless tries to build momentum for the Playoffs.

 

NOTE: Reckless and We Tried on Week 5 hasn't been reviewed statistically. If you were following IG story, you would know the stats-keepers missed a lot of stats for all 8 games. Team Stats are inaccurate but will be reviewed this week.

 

Ball Broz vs. Renegades
Gold Division
8 p.m.

 

Last week took an L, but will Renegades bounce back?

Ball Broz take on the previous #1 team, Renegades. Will Ball Broz hand Renegades their second straight loss of the season?

The team scored a season-high, 113 points against Hoopers and Ball Broz's high octane offense is back. Reigning MVP, Mike Peters, made his return on Week 5 with 51 points and he is shooting 76.5% from 3-point range. Steve Carpenter is averaging 26.0 ppg while GM Gabe Rodriguez is averaging 5.8 ppg. Last week, Derrick Tamanaha scored 15 points and he has been Ball Broz's 3rd best player this season. The rookie guard has been trying to make a name for himself in Gold Division this season but this week, his key contributions SHOULDN'T be on the box score. Renegades have key offensive weapons in Kris Dick and Justian Hamilton but stopping their new guard, Mighty Mike Ratliff, will be Derrick's main priority.

"We know Derrick can score, and we know Mike can score, but we want to see how good Derrick's defense is," challenged a league insider. "Forget the box score, we want to see him stop Renegades' motor."

Mike Ratliff is averaging 18.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg while MVP candidate, Kris Dick, is averaging 25.8 ppg, 13.3 rpg. Renegades GM, Aaron Mancell, is averaging 4.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg while Asher Avinger is averaging 5.5 ppg. Justian Hamilton averaged 10.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg but his status may be unclear as TMZ Superstar Basketball caught up with Justian's Instagram story.

"Looks like he's on a Eurotrip," said a league analyst. "Curious to see who Aaron replaces Justian with the rest of the season..."

 

NOTE: Team stats are messed up for Ball Broz. Every week, players change numbers and their jerseys don't match. Numbers must match the player and thus far, those numbers haven't been inputted correctly. If you want your stats to match, input the correct number in correspondence with the player. Thank You.

 

East LA Dream Team vs. Monstars
Gold Division
9 p.m.

 

Just a reminder, East LA Dream Team are still back-to-back Champions.

East LA Dream Team, Reigning back-to-back Champions, return to action after missing the last 2 weeks. Will Baldwin Park team, Monstars, welcome East LA Dream Team with a L or will East LA Dream Team return to Championship form.

Monstars is well aware of East LA Dream Team's success and their activity in the Latino circuit has been well scouted. The Baldwin Park team is 2-3 and they've found their groove against Prodigy Plug, digging themselves out of a double-digit deficit in the 4th quarter on Week 5. Monstars have added key players on the bench and Jonathan Cabrera was clutch on Week 5 with 4 three-pointers to spark a comeback. Cabrera is averaging 8.7 ppg while GM Jared Ojeda is averaging 12.0 ppg. Ralph Morelos is averaging 16.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg while Xavier Morelos is averaging 13.4 ppg, 1.2 spg, 1.4 bpg. Rookie Andrew Martinez has been anticipating this match-up and he is averaging 15.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg.

Will the Real Andrew Martinez please stand up?

East LA Dream Team's Andrew Martinez is averaging 22.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg and has had his eyes on the other Andrew Martinez since his Monstars debut on Week 1. GM Mario Miramontes is averaging 7.0 ppg while Center Ant Lefeau is scoring 20.4 ppg, 11.6 rpg. The Champs have lost to 18x Champs Relics and previous #1 team, Renegades, and is looking to get back on the winning track after falling to a 3-2 start. Fatigue has contributed to their recent losses but after 2 weeks off, look for Dream Team to come back with resurgance.