SEASON 42, WEEK 6
PREVIEWS


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

IHOB vs. Fire Squad
Bronze Division
2 p.m.

 

Anthony Euregui's defense has rookie team, Fire Squad, sitting on top of Bronze with a 4-1 record. Anthony is averaging a team-high, 22 ppg.

The Narrative: Fire Squad suffered their first loss last weekend against Hoopers and Fire Squad sits atop Bronze Division with a 4-1 record. IHOB, last season's Finalist, is tied for 5th place with a 2-3 record. It's a must-win for IHOB, a team hoping to make a late season run for the Playoffs.

All Star Watch: Otto Guillermo (18.4 ppg) earned his All Star nod and Deshay Garrison is expected to join the All Star Dunk Contest. Rookie Center Anthony Euregui is deserving of an All Star spot so look for him to make a run for Player of the Week.

IHOB's All Star representative could come down to rookie F Alex Thomas (20.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg) and last season's Rookie of the Season, Adrian Lecesne (15.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg). GM Arvin Delapaz leads the team with 4.3 apg and he is averaging 10.8 ppg on 30.6% shooting.

 

Entourage vs. Renegades
Gold Division
3:00 p.m.

 

Renegades GM Aaron Mancell is upset with the team's lack of effort.

The Narrative: Entourage is 2-3 but has lost 2 straight and is slowly seeing their Playoff spot slipping away. Tied for 5th place, the Chino based team needs to build momentum late in the season as they take on #9 team, Renegades, a team that is 1-4.

All Star Watch: Renegades C Justian Hamilton is averaging 16.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg while Mike Ratliff leads the team in scoring with 17.8 ppg on 42% shooting.

Joey Cejudo leads Entourage in scoring with 16.5 ppg while Ryan Miller is averaging 15.0 ppg, 8.6 rpg. The Weekend, Kevin Levingston, is averaging 14.0 ppg on 41.8% shooting.

 

 

Foundation vs. Hoopers
Gold Division
4:00 p.m.

 

Gary Beiard is averaging a team-high for Hoopers, 23.0 ppg.

The Narrative: Foundation is tied for 5th place with a 2-3 record and has seen their Playoff lives slip away after losing 2 straight. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Hoopers, a team that has won 2 straight and is currently in 3rd place with a 3-2 record.

All Star Watch: Shadon Knight cemented his All Star spot with a Player of the Week honor last week. Shadon was voted in by his peers and he is averaging 16.0 ppg, 13.5 rpg. Gary Beiard is also a favorite to make it to the All Star Game and he is averaging 23.0 ppg, 1.2 spg.

Jonathan Wynn cemented his All Star spot with a Player of the Week honor and he is averaging 10.6 ppg on 44.9% shooting. Mark Mercado is hoping for an All Star nod but injuries have slowed down Mercado, the team's best scorer from the perimeter.

 

East LA Dream Team vs. The Rock
Gold Division
5:00 p.m.

 

The Rock seems to be gelling at the right time as The Rock tries to sneak in to the Playoffs.

The Narrative: Both teams are hoping to sneak into the Playoffs as The Rock sits in 8th place with a 1-3 record. East LA Dream Team, defending Champions from a season ago, is in last place with a 1-4 record.

All Star Watch: Derrick Tamanaha has been East LA Dream Team's most consistent scorer this season and is a heavy favorite to make the All Star game for East LA Dream Team.

Kenny "Action" Jackson earned his All Star Game spot on Week 5 after scoring 29 points on 53% shooting. If The Rock continues to climb the standings, a second All Star could emerge from previously last place team, The Rock.

 

Chicle vs. We Tried
Bronze Division
6:00 p.m.

 

An All Star spot and a chance to play at Staples Center is plenty of motivation for We Tried, a team that has slim chances of making the Playoffs.

The Narrative: Defending Champions, Chicle, are tied for 1st with a 4-1 record. MVP favorite, CJ Pang, is averaging 17.2 ppg on 65.2% shooting. They take on We Tried, a team looking for their first win of the season.

All Star Watch: Could a second All Star from Chicle join "Nitro" CJ Pang? Jay Tapang (17.2 ppg) and Danny V. (19.3 ppg) are heavy favorites to join Nitro at Staples Center.

Every team will be represented and We Tried has 3 players competing for their All Star spot. GM Anthony Meltcher (14.6 ppg), Carlos Nava (13.6 ppg) and Cody Rote (12.5 ppg) are all averaging double-digits along with rookie C, John Paul (10.3 ppg).

 

 

Relics vs. Try Hards
Gold Division
7:00 p.m.

 

Chad Dennis was the second player from Sick Pick Ups to be named Player of the Week.

Try Hards are holding on to the 7th spot with a 2-3 record while Defending Champions, 19x Champions Relics, are tied for #2 with a 4-1 record.

All Star Watch: Cisco Acevedo is averaging 21.0 ppg and is shooting 35.9% from 3-point range. Acevedo headlines an All Star squad from the Eastern Conference that features Sean Harris and Jonathan Wynn. Yayo Yaisreal (13.6 ppg) and Terrence Martin (14.7 ppg) are capable of putting up big numbers as Relics attempt to try and get a second Relics player to play at the All Star Game.

Without Ryan Carter, Try Hards upset Renegades and the team showed they were capable of competing without their best individual player. Ryan Carter is averaging 38.5 ppg on 64% shooting and if the rookie can find a way to utilize his teammates, Try Hards should be a Playoff team this season.

 

 

 

Killmonger vs. Monstars
Gold Division
8:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Andrew Martinez is averaging a team-high, 20.8 ppg for Monstars.

The Narrative: Killmonger hasn't lost and they put their 4 game winning streak on the line against Monstars and Prodigy Plug. Monstars are currently ranked #5 with a 2-3 record.

All Star Watch: Andrew Martinez, last season's Rookie of the Season, is averaging a team-high, 20.8 ppg on 52.5% shooting. Martinez is a favorite to represent Monstars at the All Star Game but veteran PF Xavier Morelos is also making a case and he is averaging 14.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg.

Sean Harris, MVP favorite of Gold Division, is averaging 16.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg. Harris was named Player of the Week and is a lock for an All Star spot at Staples Center on December 11. Johnny Blaze (19.3 ppg) and Shad Earby (14.0 ppg) could be joining Sean at the All Star gala.

 

 

Killmonger vs. Prodigy Plug
Gold Division
9:00 p.m.

 

Word on the street is Shadon Knigh is no longer with Prodigy Plug...

The Narrative: Prodigy Plug is 3-2 and is currently at 4th place in Gold Division. They take on #1 team, Killmonger, a team that is undefeated and playing a double-header.

All Star Watch: Isaiah Watson (20.0 ppg, 9.4 rpg) and rookie F Marcus (10 ppg, 11.5 rpg) could make the All Team with a Player of the Week honor but the competition is stiff. Paul Magaway is hoping to make it via 3-point Contest, on Week 8.