SEASON 41, WEEK 6
RECAPS


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Foundation vs. IHOB
Bronze Division
2 p.m.

 

Withour rookie phenom, Zach Nece, Mike Arceo and Adrian Eddington went to work in the post for Foundation.

It should have a been a Revenge game for Foundation, a team that was looking to avenge a Week 5 loss to rookie team, IHOB. With a schedule request and their players suddenly not showing up, the match-up turned 1-sided as Foundation defeated IHOB, 81-61.

A match-up reserved for Rivalry Week, the match-up was moved to Week 6 as Adrian Eddington turned in a Player of the Week performance finishing with 20 rebounds, 18 points, 2 blocked shots and 2 assists. With his twins watching him play every Sunday, Eddington continues to show his kids that you're never too old to compete, especially against 21 year older eager to prove their place in the league. GM Jonathan Wynn added 12 points, 9 rebounds while Mark Mercado finished with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists. Sean Senasinh scored 11 while Center Mike Arceo finished with 17 points, 15 boards. Adrian has played inspired ball when it comes to competing against IHOB and his match-up with Jason Short was a let-down after Shorts showed up late for the 4th quarter.

Jason finished with 6 points while Josh Booker led the team with 24 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists. Nick Perez scored 10 points, 9 rebounds, 5 steals while GM Arvin Delapaz finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds. Key players Adrian Lecesne and Zach Nece sat out and we're wishing Zach a full recovery after word got out he blew out his knee last weekend.

"Zach was having a good rookie season, and it's fun competing against someone who gives 100% on the floor," said a league analyst. "We hope he's 100% when he comes back, because several players want to give him an ass whooping, and we say that in a respectful competitive way..."

 

IHOB vs. nWo
Bronze Division
3 p.m.

 

Forfeits sock... suck

n W o has so much potential on paper but that's all it is... on paper.

This forfeit got me chasing paper outside of Superstar, so this full recap will have to wait until Thursday....

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n W o IHOB 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.

IHOB ran the score on We Tried, a team playing with just 5 players. Will Marion suffered an ankle injury and We Tried played with just 4 players. IHOB, not easing up on the gas pedal, ran the score with a 77-60 victory.

Suffering from the same 4-on-5 scenario against Foundation, IHOB made sure to fill the up the stats sheet when they were on the flip side of the coin. Arvin Delapaz finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists while Jason Shorts scored a team-high, 23 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists. Nick Perez added 21 points while Jason Booker finished with 12 points.

We Tried wasn't feelin' the mis-match as Cody Rote finished with 19 points, 6 assists. GM Anthony Meltcher added 11 points while Carlos Nava scored 16 points, 4 assists. Art Nava finished with 14 points, 9 rebounds as the team got out-rebounded, 55-28. We Tried has been a true Bronze Division team this season and with rookie team IHOB team running the score on IHOB, it may push We Tried to start getting better the rest of the way.

 

Hoopers vs. Relics
Gold Division
5 p.m.

 

Pull up for a 3 on a fast break, Ryan Court did that...

Hoopers, winners of 2 straight, were optimistic at handing 18x Champions, Relics, their first L of the season. The former 2x Champions, Hoopers, suffered a huge blow to the roster after word got out thatCenter, Zach Nece, blew out his knee and is out for the remainder of the season. Hoopers fall to Relics, 85-75, as Relics stay undefeated with a 6-0 record.

Cisco Acevedo was once again deadly from 3-point range sniping for 40% from beyond the arch. The first 100 point scorer in league history finished with 24 points, 6 three-pointers and shot 50% while dishing for 5 assists. James Acevedo led Relics with 9 assists, 12 points while Bobby Kovach added 17 points, 7 rebounds. Alphonso "Flight" White was the 5th Relic to score in double figures (12 points) and Andrew Knox finished with a double-double, 16 points, 14 rebounds and arguably the play of the week.

Knox went up for a rebound and his putback jam had #1 fan, Kassah Kantiok, going crazy.

"Maybe I was wrong when I said Andrew is just a jump shooter now," joked Kantiok. "What I should have said was he was waiting to surprise us in the middle of the season. My man Drew still got it."

Rookie Ryan Court impressed a lot of his peers this past Sunday as the rookie scored a game-high, 24 points on 47.1% shooting. Court led Hoopers with 4 assists and the fluidity on his game had rival teams admiring his play.

"He looks like he's not even trying, next thing you know he's past his defender," said a spectator, overheard from the stats table.

A play that stood out in the 4th quarter was when Ryan stole the ball and running full court with a wide open lane, Ryan Court pulled up for a 3, reminiscent of what Lakers G Nick Van Excellent would do. Pull up for a 3 on a wide open fast break, that's a lot of confidence especially for a rook.

Uzoma Kalu finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds while Gary Beaird added 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 three-pointers. Arvin Delapaz finished with 3 assists, 7 points while Larry Parker added 7 points. Kenny Farr once agains suffered a leg strain and had to be subbed out after hitting a 3-pointer in the 1st half.

"Gotta give a lot of credit to the old man, he has a lot of fight against Father Time," said League Commish. "Never seen anyone try to play as hard as Kenny, and he scored..."

 

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

 

Russell Westbrook is an automatic triple-double whereas Russell Eastbrook was hitting triples, on the double, against The Rock.

Their first match-up featured a comeback from The Rock (67-62, Week 2) as Glenn Payne cemented his Player of the Week honors with a clutch steal, field goal and block shot on what would have been the game-clinching 3-pointer from Prodigy's SG, Poobie and Russell Eastbrook.

In their re-match, there would be no comeback as Isaiah Watson filled up the highlight reel with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 3 steals as Prodigy defeat The Rock, 74-69. Prodigy won their 2nd game of the season as unlikely hero, Poobie, made his nay-sayers eat their words.

With the game see-sawing back and forth between Prodigy and The Rock, it was Isaiah Watson that kept Prodigy at the forefront as he finished with 4 assists and 28 points on 45.5% shooting. Isaiah had several highlight plays including a dunk that had the pro-Prodigy crowd excited for their 2nd win of the season. Steven consistently scored in the post and he finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds while Garrison Shay added 9 points, 5 assists. Poobie struggled in the 1st half and murmurs of his unorthodox shot were heard as he continued to pile brick after brick until catching fire in the 4th quarter.

Poobie was left wide open for most of those 3-pointers in the 4th quarter and he finished with 17 points, 4 three-pointers on 36.4% shooting. Poobie finished with 5 steals, 4 assists and was a catalyst for the momentum change as The Rock and Prodigy evened their season series.

The Rock welcomed the return of Rob Da Silva and he finished with a game-high, 16 points, 8 rebounds on 66.7% shooting. Kassah Kantiok contributed with a double-double of 12 points, 12 rebounds while Glenn Payne added 13 points, 6 rebounds on 50% shooting. The Rock was focused on several calls that didn't go their way but what the team should focus on is their lack of a true playmaker. Payne led the team with 4 assists but he is a natural scorer, not a true point guard. D'Angelo McMichael has also had to play point forward and he finished with 9 points, 7 boards and 2 assists. The team should have taken advantage of their size but instead chose to run with Prodigy, a team faster and younger than The Rock.

 

Chicle vs. Reckless
Gold Division
7 p.m.

 

Chicle erased a 7 point deficit after GM Chris Duran returned from the house of God.

"What the hell is going on," said Chicle's CJ Pang aka Nitro.

Chicle was down for most of the game and the undefeated Bronze Division team seemed destined for their first L of the season. Playing with just 5 players, Chicle was visibly winded and lost poise momentarily when Reckless got physical late in the 2nd half.

Down by 7 points to start the 4th quarter, GM Chris Duran made an appearance as he hurried from a baptism and rushed to the game. 

"I was watching the Livestream and I couldn't take it anymore, I had to drive down here," said Chicle's Chris Duran.

Chicle quickly erased a 7 point deficit as baby Jesus blessed Chicle with their 6th straight win. Reckless, winners of 2 straight, suffered a 62-55 loss as most of their players drove from Sin City to make it to the late 7 p.m. game.

"One is coming from the house of God, and three are coming from Sin City," joked a stats-keeper. "Jesus wins again..."

Mike Trout led Chicle with 20 points, 7 rebounds while Jay Tapang added a double-double, 15 points, 11 rebounds. Damien Reyes finished with 7 points, 3 rebounds while CJ Pang led the team with 3 steals. Chicle combined for 7 steals but shot just 23.8% from beyond the arch.

Luis Montes, last season's Consolation Finals MVP, returned to Reckless with 15 points while Center David Guerrero added 16 points, 12 rebounds on 41.7% shooting. Alan Abrillo shot 83.3% from the field and he finished with 13 points, 3 three-pointers. James Santillan added 2 points, 3 rebounds and was remorseful on the flagrant foul that had tempers flare in the 2nd half.

"Just got really competitive, we're not trying to fight, we just got physical," said Santilan. "They're undefeated, we were Champs, it's just competitive basketball."

 

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

 

Ball Broz beat Renegades.

Ball Broz defeated Renegades, 68-63.

This was a game Renegades literally threw away. In the game's most crucial moments, Renegades committed costly turnovers giving Renegades their first losing streak of the season.

Kris Dick finished with 30 points, 12 rebounds while Jason Fielder added 12 points. James Griffin scored 3 while Steven Costanello scored a dozen points in his season debut. GM Aaron Mancell finished with 6 as the team played without a bench. It was a costly mistake considering Ball Broz's featured one of the fastest backcourts in Gold Division. Renegades ran with Ball Broz and despite playing with just 5 players, kept up with their opponents until the last 2 minutes of the game.

Andrew Lozano scored 16 points, 8 rebounds while GM Gabe Rodriguez added 8 points, 2 three-pointers. Robert finished with 15 while Danny added 15 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists. While Renegades had a valid excuse (not having a complete roster) of losing this match-up, the same can be said for Ball Broz who played without Reigning MVP Mike Peters, rookie G Derrick Tamanaha, and sharp-shooter Steve Carpenter. Expect Ball Broz to come at full strength in their Rivalry match-up against East LA Dream Team.

 

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

 

Frankie Morales was on fire from the get-go, finishing with 16 points, 4 three's on 66.7% shooting.

It was a match-up that featured Andrew Martinez vs. Andrew Martinez. Did Andrew Martinez, the former Player of the Week for 2x Champs, East LA Dream Team, the Martinez who proclaimed to bring chips and rings, get the upper hand on the other Andrew? Did the Monstars Andrew Martinez bring a W? The rookie Monstars G has been Monstars' fastest player on the court and he has been a key component in Monstars' two wins.

After sitting out the last 2 weeks, the 2x Champions, East LA Dream Team, returned on a mission to get back on the winning track, jumping to a 42-32 halftime lead against Baldwin Park team, Monstars. Frankie Morales was on fire early on and he finished with 16 points, 4 three-pointers on 66.7% shooting. Joey finished with 14 points while Reyes Cervantes added 14 points, 4 three-pointers on 50% shooting. Armando Aranda led the team with 8 rebounds and he finished with 10 points, 6 assists. The spark plug was Andrew Martinez, an MVP candidate if he really wanted to, who finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds on 50% shooting. Put Andrew on another team and he can easily score 30 but the way Dream Team is set up, Andrew has played team ball and his defense continues to be under-rated. With the attention on Andrew against the other Andrew (as if they were twins...or ball brothers), Andrew delivered against Monstars' Andrew Martinez and is now turning his attention to Ball Broz.

"If Andrew was this focused against Monstars, you know his best is coming out against Ball Broz, a team that still has beef with East LA Dream Team winning the Finals," said a league analyst. "You know he's bringing chips and rings..."

Jared Ojeda finished with a team-high, 22 points (63.6% shooting) while Xavier Morelos added 21 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists. Johnny Cabrera was on fire in the 1st half and he finished with 11 points, 3 three's and 2 rebounds. Andrew Martinez, a rookie wing player who has been solid in his first season, finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 55.6% shooting. We will say it once, we will say it again... Monstars continues to play with just 5 players and when that happens, they usually take an L. With players on the bench, Monstars are competitive and could be a contender, but they really need depth in order to win.