SEASON 41, WEEK 6
By: League Analyst
Foundation vs. IHOB
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
"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
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n W o IHOB vs. We Tried
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
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
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
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
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..."
Plug vs. The Rock
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
Chicle vs. Reckless
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
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
Down by 7 points to start the 4th quarter, GM Chris Duran
made an appearance as he hurried from a baptism and rushed to
"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
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
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.