2018 WINTER | SEASON 40
By: League Analyst
Chicle (3-2) vs. Reckless (1-4)
Margin of error for Reckless
guards is slim, considering Steven Castanieto and Luis
Montes aren't getting any help in the backcourt.
Reckless have lost 2 in a row and the frustration from the bench
can be heard. Can Reckless stop the slippage against Chicle, a
team trying to avoid a 2 game losing streak themselves?
Chicle's close loss against defending Champions, East LA Dream
Team, should have the rookie team coming into this match-up with
confidence. The team defeated #2 Ball Broz on Week 1 and Chicle
owns the tie break against Ball Broz. A win against Reckless and
a Ball Broz loss against East LA Dream Team should give Chicle a
#2 ranking as the season winds down to Week 7.
Why the emphasis on rankings? Because anything can happen in the
Playoffs. Match-ups play a huge role in upsets and it's rare for
teams with perfect records to actually win the Championships.
Don't be surprised if teams in the bottom half are positioning
themselves for match-ups because the veterans know, anything can
happen in the Playoffs.
Former Champions, Reckless, are led by Luis Montes who is
averaging 12.6 ppg on 47.8% shooting. David Guerrero is
averaging 9.3 ppg while GM Noel Serpas is scoring 9.8 ppg.
If Reckless is going to make a serious run in the Playoffs,
Reckless needs to have their 2 best guards in Luis Montes
and Steven Castanieto (12.0 ppg) setting the tempo. The
team has the size and the depth to put as many big guys in but
Luis and Steven are the only guards capable of scoring for
Size may be a huge advantage for Reckless but Chicle is
undeniably quick and their tenacity on defense produces 10.8 spg.
Jay Tapang (Player of the Week) leads the league with 4.0
spg and he is averaging a team-high, 15.2 ppg. CJ Pang
(14.7 ppg) is averaging 3.0 apg and a team-high, 9.7 rpg while
GM Chris Duran is scoring 5.6 ppg. The team is averaging
13.0 ppg but shooting just 27.2% from 3-point territory (ranks
6th out of 8).
Pick to Win:
Chicle wants that #2 spot...
Killmonger (2-2) vs. Undisputed Era (2-3)
Killmonger could see their losing streak continue to 3 as the
team with the most injuries make a return after losing 2
straight. Undisputed Era snapped their winless streak last week
thanks to the return of Jonathan Spaniol who is averaging
15.0 ppg, 14.0 rpg in his return. It's 2 straight wins vs 2
straight losses as Killmonger take on Undsiputed Era on Week 6.
Most of Undisputed Era's players are familiar with Killmonger
GM, Steven Ancheta as Jason Rico leads UE with
20.3 ppg, 1.5 spg. Uzoma Kalu played with UE once this
season and he knows first hand how to beat his former teammates.
Herman Pech is averaging 14.3 ppg, 12.3 rpg while GM
Erick Maldonado is scoring 5.8 ppg. Their biggest weakness is
stamina and UE was surprisingly slow in their 2 game winning
streak. GM Erick Maldonado needs to make sure his bench
shows up or it could be another slow game with players dying to
Uzoma Kalu leads Killmonger with 17.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg while GM
Steven Ancheta is scoring 6.3 ppg. Dion Hudson had a
fast start early in the season but the team will need to find a
way to replace his 13.5 ppg in scoring as he requires 4 months
of recovery after suffering an Achilles injury. Jordan Salley
is averaging a double-double, 10.7 rpg, 14.7 ppg but his
conditioning has been a concern especially after suffering a
late injury on Week 4. With health being an issue, the team must
venture forth to Wakanda and find more vibranium... -_-
Pick to Win:
Real talk, Killmonger is gonna light up when they see
Spaniol and they would want to get the W over the former
referee. Then they'll be tired in their double-header, a winless
team they'll take ever so lightly.
Elements (0-4) vs. Killmonger (2-2)
Killmonger is going to destroy Elements, so look for Killmonger
to win some tacos in this easy Week 5 match-up.
Elements haven't won all season, so look for Killmonger to sweep
The truth is...
Elements aren't losing in the double-digits any longer thanks to
new additions, Kirk MacLeung (9.0 ppg, 14.0 rpg, 6.0 apg)
and Ryan Drew (29.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg). The team is playing
with a sense of urgency not found in previous games and those
backyard shooting practices are starting to pay off for Luke
Montilla (6.5 ppg). James Bernardo hasn't lost a step on
the defensive end (1.5 spg, 2.8 apg) but his ability to manage
the team's minutes in late game situation was a question mark
when they blew a lead against Undisputed Era on Week 5. Elements
have grown from their dismal Week 2 showing... unless Spring
Break put a break on their improvement.
Uzoma Kalu is averaging 17.0 ppg while Jordan Salley
is averaging 14.7 ppg. Frankie Eturti has been in and out
of the line-up and he is averaging 6.7 ppg. Once considered the
fittest team in the league, the team is injured and a
double-header should give Elements a slight edge in this
Pick to Win:
This writer roots for underdogs... maybe cuz he's under 5
East LA Dream Team vs. Ball Broz
Game of the Week.
East LA Dream Team, the Reigning Champions... take on Ball Broz,
a team currently 4-1 and in 2nd place. East LA Dream team sits
atop the standings with an undefeated 4-0 record. Can East LA
Dream Team keep the streak going through Week 6?
Ball Broz is led by MVP front-runner, Mike Peters, who is
averaging 23.2 ppg, 2.0 spg, 2.4 apg. Mikey has been a staple in
the weekly highlight reel and his tenacity on both ends of the
floor has produced a team inspired to take it all the way. Newly
acquired Center, Steve Carpenter, has fit in with ease
and he is averaging 12.0 ppg, 1.3 apg. Robert Morgan has
been the second best player, averaging 13.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg while
Andrew Lozano is scoring 8.8 ppg. G Chico is averaging
8.7 ppg while GM Gabe Rodriguez is averaging 9.0 ppg, 1.3
apg. The wild card is poster boy, Terrence Martin, and
despite being on the roster, "T-Bone" has yet to show up all
season. Will this be the week T-Bone makes an appearance?
Ball Broz is averaging 85.4 ppg and has 63 three-pointers to
lead all teams. In contrast, East LA Dream Team is averaging
65.3 ppg and has 39 three-pointers in 4 games. East LA doesn't
put up numbers at a high rate but they control the tempo and do
most of their damage on defense. They have the length to make it
difficult for Ball Broz to hit open shots but an inspired Ball
Broz team playing with a chip on its shoulder could be
problematic for the defending Champions.
Andrew Martinez, fresh off a Player of the Week honor, is
averaging a team-high, 19.5 ppg on 42.6% shooting. Martinez
leads the team with 2.5 spg but is also averaging a team-high,
2.5 topg. GM Reyes Cervantes is shooting a remarkable
68.8% from the field and is averaging 19.5 ppg. Frankie "Outlaw"
Morales is averaging 12.5 ppg while John King is scoring
Both teams are team oriented but at this point of the season,
it's clear that Mike has been the best player on the floor for
Ball Broz. Although a match-up between Peters and Martinez would
be ideal, the match-up seems unlikely.
"Mike is too fast, he'd give Andrew buckets all day," said a
league analyst. "Andrew does most of his scoring down low, he
looks like a guard, but he's more of a low post scorer. Both
these teams are too good to let anyone go 1-on-1 all day, but
one can wish right?"
Pick to Win:
All we know is this is Game of the Week. NBA Playoffs might
be starting next week, but in Superstar Basketball... Playoffs
intensity is gonna be high for this match-up. Ball Broz play
better when they know they're underdogs, so let's pick East LA
Dream Team so that Ball Broz play to their full potential.