2018 WINTER | SEASON 40
By: League Analyst
Chicle (3-3) vs. Killmonger (4-2)
A week later and we're still trying to look for that sh*t.
(If you watched Insta story last Monday, you'll know the
Killmonger, winners of 2 straight, have bounced back after
losing 2 games and seeing their record drop to .500. Chicle, a
team that lost to Reckless on a buzzer beater, is 3-3 and have
lost 2 straight. Will Killmonger win their 3rd straight or will
Chicle snap their 2 game losing streak?
Gary Beaird made his return to Superstar Basketball last
weekend and he is averaging 24.0 ppg on 58.6% shooting. The
former MVP (Spring 2007) already ranks 3rd in the team with 14
three-pointers and he is averaging 60.9% from beyond the arch.
Despite his sharp shooting from long distance, Beaird has been
voted off the island. On Instagram story last week, a survey was
asked whether he was fouled in the post on a fadeaway jumper.
100% said he wasn't fouled and he should stay outside the
3-point line where he's been deadly all season.
Uzoma Kalu is averaging 21.8 ppg, 4.8 apg while Center
Jordan Salley is averaging 11.6 ppg. Brandon Chavers
is scoring 12.7 ppg, 5.7 apg while Frankie Eturti is
averaging 2.2 bpg, 11.6 ppg. Size has paid dividends for
Killmonger and they are grabbing 40.0 rpg. Their opponents
like to score in the post and their ability to find the open man
will even out their size advantage.
CJ Pang leads Chicle in scoring and he is averaging 18.8
ppg, 10.0 rpg. Jay Tapang is scoring 12.7 ppg while
Damien Reyes is averaging 10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg. Chicle is
averaging 43.1% from the field but only shooting 27.7% from
beyond the arch. They combine for 12.7 apg and 9.8 spg whereas
Killmonger averages 15.7 apg, 7.5 spg.
Pick to Win:
Chicle is the only team to beat Ball Broz (5-1) this
season and they nearly took down East LA Dream Team in both
match-ups. If Killmonger takes them lightly, we're looking at
Chicle getting back on the winning track. With a full roster,
the advantage goes to Chicle...
(0-5) vs. Reckless (2-4)
This could be the Game of the Season if Elements keeps it
competitive throughout the contest. Despite a 0-5 record,
Elements have a chance at the upset as long as they grab the
lead early in the match-up. Reckless usually plays from behind
and their lackluster starts have produced a 2-4 record. Last
week, a game-winner by Brian Serpas saved their late game
collapse and this week, many are curious if they'll build on the
win or they'll continue with their late game starts.
Brian Serpas is averaging 8.2 ppg, 10.7 rpg while GM
Noel Serpas is averaging 12.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg. The Serpas
Brothers will have to pick up the scoring as Luis Montes (12.3
ppg) heals from a shoulder injury he suffered against Chicle.
Steven Castanieto is averaging 12.0 ppg while David
Guerrero is scoring 7.4 ppg. The former Champions are most
effective when the whole team is contributing and last week,
Carlos Martinez (2.2 ppg) was knocking down 3-pointers in the
1st quarter and James Santillan (2.5 rpg) was clutch grabbing
late game rebounds.
Reckless had their first win against Elements earlier in the
season but Elements have been re-vamped with 2 key players in
the line-up. The nostalgic TBT post featuring their first
match-up a decade ago has Elements fired up as Luke Montilla
averages 6.5 ppg with 5 three-pointers. GM James Bernardo
is averaging 4.2 ppg while Rosan Bernardino is scoring
5.8 ppg. Newcomers Ryan Drew (27.5 ppg, 9 three's) and
Kirk Macleung (13.0 rpg, 5.5 apg) are hungry for their first
win so look for a strong start from Elements on Rivalry Week.
Pick to Win:
Elements will exert all their energy in their first game
of a double-header and lose by a huge margin against East LA
Dream Team. Pick to win... Elements off a buzzer-beater?
East LA Dream Team
(4-1) vs. Elements (0-5)
Both teams have a double-header as Elements take on Reigning
Champions, East LA Dream Team. The team from East LA suffered
their first loss of the season so look for them to quickly get
back on the winning track.
East LA Dream Team's Week 7 opponents have a combined 2-9
record. Look for GM Mario Miramontes (4.3 ppg) and
Reyes Cervantes (6.4 ppg) to develop their bench or increase
their season averages. Andrew Martinez is averaging 19.2
ppg while Frankie Morales is scoring 11.8 ppg. The team
combines for 65.8 ppg but look for that to increase after Week
Ryan Drew leads Elements with 27.5 ppg while Kirk
MacLeung is averaging 8.5 ppg. Noel Abellera is
scoring 6.5 ppg while GM James Bernardo is scoring 4.2
ppg, 2.2 apg. Bernardo won't be with the team on Week 8 so look
for him to get plenty of playing time in his season finale
before Playoffs start.
Pick to Win:
If Elements beat East LA Dream Team, we're stopping the
season and giving Elements the Championship. lol. Elements is
coming off against a tough match-up against their rivals and
East LA Dream Team is coming off a buzzer beater L.
East LA Dream Team
(4-1) vs. Undisputed Era (2-4)
Undisputed Era has been inconsistent with their line-up and the
team is struggling with a 2-4 record. After winning 2 straight
before the break, Undisputed Era suffered a 1-sided loss against
Killmonger. Can Undisputed Era make it respectable against East
LA Dream Team.
Jason Rico is averaging 20.6 ppg while Herman Pech
is scoring 17.3 ppg. GM Erick Maldonado is averaging 4.8
ppg while Jonathan Spaniol is scoring 15.0 ppg, 14.0 rpg.
With a full roster, the team could have developed team chemistry
because they talent they have (with a full roster) is capable of
a 5 win season. With only 2 games left to develop chemistry, is
it a little too late for Undisputed Era?
GM Mario Miramontes (4.3 ppg) and Reyes Cervantes
(6.4 ppg) know that their team is deep. From 1 to 8, anyone can
score and anyone is capable of leading the team in scoring. Look
for the team to make like Russell Westbrook and boost their
stats. Andrew Martinez is averaging 19.2 ppg while
Frankie Morales is scoring 11.8 ppg. John King is
scoring 7.0 ppg while Phil Sanchez is averaging 7.7 ppg.
Pick to Win:
Ball Broz (5-1)
It's a re-match of Week, the game Ball Broze proved they were
one of the teams to reckon with this season.
The team saw how big their opponents were as the new looked nWo
showed up with several 6 footers that had Ball Broz playing with
a chip on their shoulder. Ball Broz quickly jumped to a
double-digit lead in the 1st half and the team survived a
comeback as Mike Peters led the team with 31 points in a
75-73 victory. In this re-match, will nWo get revenge? Will Ball
Broz prove they're too lethal against nWo?
nWo hasn't played in 2 weeks and rust is going to be a huge
factor. Mark Mercado was a Player of the Week this season
and he is averaging 18.0 ppg, 1.8 spg. Robert Morgan is
scoring 15.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg while Beau Reyes is scoring 5.8
ppg, 4.0 rpg. Jose Anquisada is averaging 11.0 ppg while
Luis Riascos is averaging 7.0 ppg. The team's mix of vets
and young legs has Jonathan Wynn (3.3 ppg) confident
they'll score some big upsets in the Playoffs.
"As long as we click at the right time, I think we have the team
to do it," said Wynn.
Ball Broz sit on top of the standings as MVP front-runner,
Mike Peters, leads the team with 22.7 ppg. Mike is averaging
43.3% from 3-point range and has 26 three-pointers to lead all
players. Robert Morgan is averaging 13.3 ppg while
Chico is scoring 8.7 ppg. GM Gabe Rodriguez is
averaging 7.2 ppg and is averaging 1.0 apg.
Pick to Win:
Chicle wanted that #2 spot last weekend but showed up with
just 4 players. Killmonger swept their double-header last