2018 WINTER  |  SEASON 40
WEEK 7
 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

Chicle (3-3) vs. Killmonger (4-2)
12 p.m.

 

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 reference)

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...

 

 

Elements (0-5) vs. Reckless (2-4)
1 p.m.

 

Spring 2007 - Hungry Hungry Hippos vs. Elements (Game of the Season)

Rivalry Game.

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)
2 p.m.

 

Ryan Drew, a rookie for Elements, is averaging 27.5 ppg.

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 7.

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)

3 p.m.

 

With the easy part of the schedule approaching, look for Dream Team to fill up the box score on Week 7.

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:  Dream Team.

 

Ball Broz (5-1) vs. nWo (3-3)
4 p.m.

 

Mike Peters leads the league in scoring (22.7 ppg) and 3-pointers (26)

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 weekend.