2018 WINTER | SEASON 40
By: League Analyst
Chicle vs. Reckless
Worthy of Player of the Week honors, Noel Serpas led
Reckless with 24 points, 6 three-pointers.
Or was it?
On Week 5, Reckless faced Undisputed Era, a team that started
with just 4 players. Taking the competition for granted, the
former Champions had a lackluster start and the team wasn't able
to make it competitive when a 5th player showed up against them.
Did they learn their lesson? Did Reckless learn anything over
the break? This time around, they grabbed the lead, leading by
as many as 14 as they ended the 1st quarter with a 26-16 lead.
It was a dramatic finish where Reckless nearly gave up a 9 point
lead (2 minutes left). Despite making it more difficult for
themselves, Reckless would prove that they learned their lesson
in a thrilling 72-70 win over Chicle.
Chicle's 5th player didn't show up until the last 5 minutes of
the contest and AJ Delano made an impact with the last
3-pointer Chicle connected with. Delano (5 points) scored the
go-ahead bucket leaving Reckless 3 seconds to make one last
Brian Serpas, named Player of the Week for his all-around
stats, knocked down a 3-pointer at the top of the key as
Reckless improved their 2-4 record with a 72-70 victory. Serpas
grabbed the rebound on a missed free throw to secure the
possession for Reckless in the previous play. Brian finished
with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 7 three-pointers while GM Noel
Serpas led the team with 24 points, and 6 three-pointers.
Carlos Martinez had the team's first 6 points and he
finished with 9 points, 3 three's. Luis Montes added 11
points while James Santillan finished with 4 rebounds,
most of them in successive plays while shooting late game free
CJ Pang led Chicle with 31 points, 11 rebounds and was
52.2% from the field. Damien Reyes finished with 18
points, 5 rebounds while Louie Venegas scored 13 points,
7 rebounds, 3 steals. Despite the loss, Chicle shouldn't be too
upset with the result knowing they still could have won. The
bigger question remains, will Chicle jockey for Playoff
positioning? They are rookies on paper but they're veterans of
Killmonger vs. Undisputed Era
Undisputed Era made huge strides with 2 straight wins in their
double-header on Week 5. This week, Undisputed Era
played with just 4 players as Killmonger ran them out of
the building, 106-68.
Wrestlemania weekend took out 2 of the team's biggest fanboys as
GM Erick Maldonado and Jonathan Spaniol both sat
out to watch WWE. Herman Pech finished with a
double-double grabbing 15 rebounds and finishing with a
game-high, 26 points. Carlos Garcia added 16 while
Jason Rico finished with 22 points, 7 rebounds. Ben Pena
grabbed 11 rebounds and he finished with 4 steals, 4 points.
With an easy match-up on the schedule, Uzoma Kalu made
sure to increase his season average and he finished with 22
points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds. An official jokingly called
out Uzoma for stat-padding and although Uzoma could not be
reached for comment, NBA's Russell Westbrook answered it
best, "You would do it too if you could."
"We all did it, Kassah the ref did it, Shadon did it, how do you
think I have 4 scoring titles, you know damn well I did it,"
said the Commissioner. "First season when the stats keeper was
hooping, he had a game where they kept feeding him to shoot 3's
and he had 8 that game, so yeah, WE all did it."
Frankie Eturti finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4
blocks as former MVP, Gary Beaird, made his return with
25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. GM Steven Ancheta
added 15 points, all three-pointers while Brandon Chavers
added 17 points, 6 assists. The team combined for 26 assists and
16 three-pointers en route to a season-high, 106 points.
Elements vs. Killmonger
Elements were building momentum towards the break but all that
went to a screeching halt as Killmonger made sure they swept
their double-header. Ending their 2 game losing streak on Week
6, Killmonger improved their record to 4-2 as Killmonger defeat
Ryan Drew finished with 26 points to lead Elements and he
finished with 14 rebounds, 4 three-pointers. Kirk MacLeung
logged a near double-doulbe with 12 rebounds, 8 points and he
led the team with 5 assists. Noel Abellera added 7 points
while GM James Bernardo finished as the second leading
scorer with 14 points. The team struggled on the boards, 56-41,
with Killmonger having a clear height advantage over Elements.
Uzoma Kalu continued his onslaught on the stat sheet and
he finished with 41 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Uzoma
recovered from a woeful 3-point performance shooting 11-of-15
(73.3%) in the second game of this double-header. Gary Beaird
finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds while Brandon Chavers
added 16 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists.
East LA Dream Team vs. Ball Broz
It was arguably the most competitive game of the season as
Reigning Champions, East LA Dream Team, took on Ball Broz, a
team playing with a chip on its shoulder. MVP front-runner, Mike
Peters, took matters in his own hands, hitting a game winner in
OT as Ball Broz defeat East LA Dream Team, 71-68.
Highlights were rare in the first half as both teams faced
lengthy defenders and the game turned into a free throw shooting
contest. Both teams combined for nearly 40 free throw attempts
as Ball Broz converted 13-of-19 (68.4%) free throw attempts. On
the flip side, East LA Dream Team converted just 7-of-20.
Steve Carpenter finished with a team-high, 24 points and
he added 4 three-pointers, 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Robert
Morgan added 12 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals while Lawrence
Quinones added 8 points.
Alan Rosas finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds while
Andrew Martinez added 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists.
Phil Sanchez scored 10 points, 11 rebounds while Frankie
Morales added 9 points, 5 rebounds.
In a game that was highly contested and had a very intense
Playoff atmosphere, I was disappointed that some players
couldn't contain their emotions (NO NAMES MENTIONED).
When it comes down to it, this Week 6 game is just that - a
game. There were no Championships to be won, there was no
salary to be given, there is nothing at stake. Just a Week 6
game with 2 of the best teams in Superstar Basketball playing a
When players make threats to opposing teams, that's when I take
matters seriously. With the Athletic Director of Workman High
School watching every move, the last thing we need is to get
kicked out of a gym for fighting and it's happened twice already
(Walnut Rec, Ontario Rec). So what am I really disappointed
Player walks towards bench after getting tossed out.
Player: I'll see you outside... I'll see you outside.
Commissioner: If you're trying to fight right now, we can call
Player: Do what you gotta do.
Commissioner: Alright, if you want me to call I'll do it... I
don't want to get kicked out of the gym. The guy running it is
Player: That's not my problem.
Well, guess what. It is my problem and if you're going to be a
problem, then there's no need for you to play here.
It was my problem in the past when we got kicked out of Walnut
Rec and we spent weeks looking for gyms in the middle of the
season. It was my problem when we got kicked out of Ontario and
we couldn't find a gym for weeks until we finally found
Monrovia. It's my problem because essentially, you're taking
away my time, and my money. You're taking away time from the
teams who pay for the league and you're taking away from your
teammates who are focused on winning another title.
To put it into perspective, here's a scenario. What if you were
a barber... and let's say the owner of the barbershop lost its
barbershop because a customer wanted to fight. Who suffers from
that? Not only does the community lose out a barbershop but the
barbers lose money, the owner loses money. If a customer wanted
to fight in that barbershop and you know the consequences of
losing the barbershop, why would you want that customer to come
back? Looks like that's a problem, is it? (NO NAMES MENTIONED)
I'm sure there's a lot of other basketball leagues you can play
at, so it's not really your problem now. There are a lot of
awesome leagues in the area priced at the same price point...
but none of the other leagues take the time that I do to make
sure we have the best interactive league in all of Southern
California. No other league produces features that I do -
features only found here from previews, stats, recaps, pictures,
Top 5 highlights, and video recaps.
I'm working towards a better experience in Superstar Basketball
and I'm also working towards a bigger goal in mind. I will not
tolerate anyone that is setting me from reaching my own goals
and will not allow players to act in a way where it's taking
away from my time (this took me 30 minutes to write) and my
money. It's nothing personal, it's just business, no hard
feelings, but you aren't my problem now because you're out of