SEASON 41, WEEK 7
PREVIEWS


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Monstars vs. The Rock
Gold Division
1 p.m.

 

The Rock's players have been in and out of the line-up and the result is the bottom of the standings at 1-5 record.

Monstars are 2-4 and sitting at #5 in the standings. Meanwhile, The Rock has lost 4 straight after seeing their record drop to 1-5.

 The Rock has had their players in and out of the line-up as Glenn Payne leads the team with 13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg. Kassah Kantiok is averaging 11.8 ppg while D'Angelo M is averaging 10.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg. Mike Ashanti is in and out of the line-up as well and he is averaging 10.8 ppg in 4 games. Eric Rey and D'Angelo are the only 2 players to play all 6 games and Eric is averaging 7.2 ppg. The Rock, former 2x Champions, have size and strength but what they lack is speed and a true point guard. Despite lacking a true facilitator, the team combines for 9.5 apg whereas Monstars combine for 11.2 apg.

The Baldwin Park team has nearly 5 players averaging in double figures. Andrew Martinez is scoring 15.7 ppg while Ralph Morelos is averaging 16.4 ppg. GM Jared Ojeda is averaging 13.7 ppg while Xavier Morelos is scoring 14.7 ppg. The team lost a tough one against East LA Dream Team last week but looking to bounce back against The Rock, with a limited roster, will be a challenge. Monstars have won games with a full roster but they'll have several players not suited up as GM Jared Ojeda once again plays without a bench.

"Both players have attendance problems but at full strength, both teams have scored upsets in the Playoffs in the past," said a league analyst. "We've heard both teams talk about Playoffs already, we know they're both aware of the standings."

 

Foundation vs. We Tried
Bronze Division
2 p.m.

 

It has been that kind of season for We Tried.

We Tried has lost 5 straight games and with a depleted roster, We Tried is looking at another 6th loss. They'll try their chances against Foundation, a team that sits 4-2 at the #2 spot.

GM Anthony Meltcher leads We Tried in scoring with 14 ppg while Carlos Nava is averaging 13.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg. Cody Rote is averaging 15.6 ppg as the team's leading scorer while Art Nava is averaging 7.8 ppg. Will Marion suffered an ankle injury last weekend and should be out for this match-up. The team plays with just 7 players and with We Tried at 60%, look for Anthony Meltcher to take over the scoring load.

"He plays better when he's mad, we kind of want to see him go Kobe mode because we know he can score," said a stats-keeper.

Mark Mercado is averaging 20.7 ppg, 1.5 apg while GM Jonathan Wynn leds the team with 4.8 apg, 10.7 ppg. Adrian Eddington, fresh off his Player of the Week honor, is averaging 16.2 ppg, 12.5 rpg. With Foundation already having 2 Player of the Week players and Chicle having 3 this season, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Wynn go for Player of the Week honors in Bronze.

"There were DMs sent from IHOB inquiring about Player of the Week, and you know they want to be on that Kings of LA poster," leaked out a league admin.

 

Renegades vs. Hoopers
Gold Division
3 p.m.

 

Larry Parker, a victim of Renegades' slander, should have a big game against a team that provides non-stop commentary every time he plays.

GM Aaron Mancell didn't want a re-match with Hoopers but with a double-header next week against some of the teams they haven't played, well, it looks like Renegades are in a position to drop from the standings.

Renegades have lost 2 straight and are 3-2, good for #3 in the standings. Kris Dick is averaging 26.6 ppg, 13.0 rpg while Mike Ratliff is averaging 18.5 ppg. GM Aaron Mancell is scoring 4.4 ppg while Justian Hamilton is scoring 10 ppg. The team had a strong start winning 3 straight but recent losses to undefeated Relics and Ball Broz has the team hitting panic mode. Add their lack of bodies on the bench and Renegades could end the season on a 5 game losing streak.

"You can't take Gold lightly this season, and there's no way should take Hoopers lightly in this re-match," said a league analyst. "On re-matches, the teams that have won the first match-ups have lose their second games."

Ryan Cort is averaging 24.5 ppg while GM Gary Beaird is scoring 16.5 ppg. Arvin Delapaz is averaging 11.8 ppg while Larry Parker is scoring 11.2 ppg. With so much heat Larry Parker has gotten from Mancell over his play on the court, look for Larry to serve Renegades some humble pie on Week 7.

 

 

Reckless vs. IHOB
Gold Division
4 p.m.

 

IHOB is shooting for Player of the Week honors, they want to be on the Season 42 Kings of LA cover, leaked out a league admin.

Both IHOB and Reckless may be short-handed this weekend as IHOB endures the injury bug with rookie phenom, Zach Nece sitting out for the season. Reckless

Zach Nece is averaging 14.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg but will be out for the rest of the season. Josh Booker is expected to carry the offensive load and he is averaging 14.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg. GM Arvin Delapaz is averaging 12.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg while Adrian Lecesne is scoring 14.3 ppg. Adrian is wondering why he hasn't been nominated for Player of the Week and the rookie guard should go into "Kobe mode" knowing he has to fill up the stats sheet just to be nominated for POW. If Adrian is trying to get into Season 42's King of LA poster, then he has to fill up the stats sheet and IHOB needs to get the W.

Steven Castanieto leads Reckless in scoring with 18 ppg while GM Noel Serpas is scoring 10.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg. David Guerrero is averaging 11.0 ppg while Luis Montes is scoring 12.0 ppg. With nearly a full roster last weekend, Reckless nearly gave Chicle their first loss of the season. Knowing every team makes the Playoffs, look for Reckless to continue to coast until postseason hits in 2 weeks.

 

 

Prodigy Plug vs. Relics
Gold Division
5 p.m.

 

Bobby's World. Any time someone drives in the lane against the Relics, guess who's standing there.

Can the young Prodigy Plug, a team branded as The Team of the Future early in the season, beat undefeated Champions, Relics. The 18x Champions have yet to lose a game this season and spectators to the Prodigy team that defeated Hoopers last week, many were impressed with their play against veteran team, Hoopers.

Isaiah Watson won Player of the Week honors after dropping 28 last week. He is averaging 23.5 ppg on 38.3% shooting while Garrison Shey is averaging 18.4 ppg. Poobie "Russell Eastbrook" is averaging 13.0 ppg, 1.6 spg while Steven is scoring 13.8 ppg. Isaiah had several highlights last week and Superstar Basketball fans want to see if those highlights will happen against the league's most decorated franchise, Relics.

The offense from the 18x Champions comes from everywhere but on defense, none stand out than Bobby Kovach and James Acevedo. For every opponent seen driving the lane, Bobby Kovach seems to be on every one of those plays, defending. Bobby is averaging 8.3 rpg, 15.7 ppg and shooting 50% from the field. James Acevedo is averaging 1.7 spg, 6.0 apg, 5.3 ppg while Andrew Knox is averaging 14.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg. No one from Prodigy is capable of going 1 on 1 with the great one and Cisco Acevedo is averaging a team-high, 23.3 ppg.

"Supposedly, they don't know who the Relics are...and you know what the happened the last time a team called out Relics," said a league analyst. "East LA Dream Team went on a losing streak, Renegades went on a losing streak, it's almost like saying Bloody Mary. You just don't wanna say Re-li... I ain't falling for that."

 

Chicle vs. IHOB
Bronze Division
6 p.m.

 

Mike Trout was instrumental in Chicle's 7 point comeback last weekend.

Chicle has won 6 straight and a 7th win would give Chicle a chance to take on Gold Division, Relics.

Relics, the 17x Champions that still stands undefeated, would likely give Chicle a beating they haven't seen all season. Give them what they want right?

It was GM Chris Duran that wanted the match-up with Relics and former Relics player and Renegades MVP player, Kris Dick, warned Chicle.

"They're in for an ass whooping if ya'll let the Battle of Undefeated teams happen," said Kris Dick.

Chicle must defeat IHOB and with IHOB playing another double-header, Chicle's chances of an undefeated season is pretty high considering IHOB is suffering from injuries.

CJ Pang is averaging 15.4 ppg while Jay Tapang is averaging 17.5 ppg. Mike Trout leads the team in scoring with 18.6 ppg and he is averaging a ridiculous 59.7% from the field. GM Chris Duran needs to evaluate how IHOB will play their first match-up against Reckless because it's becoming a common theme for teams to beat their opponents when it comes to re-matches.

"Monstars and Prodigy did it in Gold, Foundation did it last week against IHOB," said a league analyst. "Teams are coming prepared for re-matches, so Chicle shouldn't take rookie team, IHOB, lightly."

 

Ball Broz vs. East LA Dream Team
Gold Division
7 p.m.

 

East LA Dream defeated Ball Broz for their back-to-back Championship in Season 40.

East LA Dream Team won their 2nd straight Championship against Ball Broz but the win didn't come without any controversy as Ball Broz discovered that one of their players, Finals MVP Ever Garcia, played just 1 game in the Regular Season.

Rules state that a player must play 2 games in order to qualify for the Playoffs. Ever played just 1 game in the Regular Season and the discovery was made 3 days AFTER East LA Dream Team defeated Ball Broz.

"As League Commissioner, I overlooked it and our stats-keepers overlooked it as well," said the League Commish. "If Ball Broz brought it up before their game, we would have looked into it and taken a course of action but we can't just hop into a time machine and reverse what happened."

Ball Broz was actually going to take the season off as the first 2 weeks played out without the Baldwin Park team participating for Season 41. Reigning MVP Mike Peters was rumored to play with Hoopers and the competitiveness in the league skyrockets compared to the competition level on Season 41.

East LA Dream Team is 4-2 and sitting at 2nd place while Ball Broz is 3-2 and #4 in the standings. After 2 weeks off, East LA Dream Team is back to their winning ways as Ant Lefeau averages 20.4 ppg, 11.6 rpg. Andrew Martinez is averaging 22.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg while Armando Aranda is averaging 10 ppg. The team is deep with talent and last week, Frankie Morales was hot from the start knocking down 3 of 3 three-pointers to beat Monstars. Morales, averaging 8.0 ppg along with Outlawz franchise player, Fernando Ruiz, is averaging 3.8 ppg. They're taking it one game at a time but word is coming out that Boyle Heights' finest are waiting for the registration page and both Ruiz and Morales are being highly recruited to come back to their original team.

"East LA Dream Team vs. Ball Broz rematch is a big story, but we can't ignore that two of their players are being highly recruited to come back to their original team," said TMZ Superstar Sports. "Here at Dream Team, we drink Micheledas and eat onion Rings and Chips. Over there at Boyle Heights, there's a sign that says DO NOT o..."

Ball Broz is led by Steve Carpenter and he is averaging 26 ppg, 6.7 rpg. Mike Peters played just one game and he scored 51 points in his lone game of the season while Derrick Tamanaha is averaging 18.3 ppg. You can pretty much throw the stats away because in this Ball Broz vs. East LA Dream Team match-up, the match-up is personal. East LA Dream Team suffered their only loss of the season against Ball Broz, a buzzer beater 3-pointer in OT. That highlight, one of Mike Peters' best, continues to play over and over on YouTube, reminding Dream Team that they could have finished Season 40 with a perfect record.

"We went out that previous night and took them lightly," said East LA Dream Team's player.

"That Championship was lucky, all they had that one guy," said Ball Broz on Instagram.