2018 WINTER | SEASON 40
By: League Analyst
Chicle vs. Killmonger
Chicle passed Killmonger in the standings with a 73-70
The tables turned on Killmonger this week as they spent Week 7
playing 4-on-5 against Chicle. They kept it competitive for 39
minutes but an ill-advised foul led to a late-game collapse as
Chicle pass Killmonger in the rankings with a 73-70 victory.
"Heads up, that's why it's important to have a GM," advised
League Commissioner, Hanz Jimenez. "They manage your minutes,
your time outs, and your fouls."
Brandon Chavers logged 18 points, 6 rebounds but a late
game foul had Killmonger playing 3-on-5 in the last minute. The
late game collapse started when Gary Beiard (22 points, 7
rebounds) had the ball stolen at half court leading to an injury
that saw Killmonger lose for the 3rd time this season.
Frankie Eturti finished with 13 points, 17 rebounds, 3
assists while Uzoma Kalu added 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5
assists. The team's GM, Steven Ancheta, was on vacay and
should be back on Week 8.
Joshua Steez led Chicle with 26 points and he shot 60%
from the field to tie a team-high. Naz Sharif also shot 60% and
he finished with 7 points, 6 boards. GM Chris Duran had
his best game of the season with 18 points while CJ Pang
finished with 20 points, 5 rebounds and a team-high, 7 assists.
It was Pang's steal on Gary Beaird that led to their late
game collapse and it's only a matter of time until he gets POW
"He's been consistent all season, without CJ, the team has lost
several games so he might be the team's MVP," said a league
Without 2 of their starters against their rival team Reckless,
Elements were blown out by the former Gold Champions, 72-47.
After nearly blowing the lead against Chicle on Week 6, Reckless
made a point to put the game away in the 2nd half. The team
out-scored Elements, 41-27 in the decisive half as Noel
Serpas led Reckless with 14 points, 4 assists, 4
three-pointers. Steven Castanieto added 10 points, 7
rebounds while David Guerrero finished with 12 points, 8
boards. The team combined for nearly 40% from 3-point range as
Luis Montes showed no signs of injury. In a game he
should have sat out, Montes showed he has #mambamentality by
playing thru a shoulder injury he suffered on Week 6. James
Santillan finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds while Nate
Federico added 3 points, 2 assists. The two had an extra pep
in their step, playing against the team that limited their
minutes in their early days of Superstar.
"TMZ over here, you still remember that," said a league analyst.
"Well, yeah, that's how Hungry Hungry Hippos started, they went
away from Elements, then they evolved to Decepticons, then they
became Reckless. The more you know..."
Anthony Meltcher led Elements with 13 points, 6 rebounds
while R Cruz added 11 points, 6 boards. GM James
Bernardo scored 6 points, team-high 3 steals while Joseph
Azuela added 6 points, 2 boards. With 7 straight losses, it
was the perfect time for Bernardo to go on vacation as Elements
play without their GM on Week 8.
East LA Dream Team
It's inevitable that Superstar Basketball has 2 divisions next
season as Elements suffer a 103-27 loss against the Reigning
Champions, East LA Dream Team.
After suffering their first loss last weekend, East LA Dream
Team was ready to pour it on. It was bad scheduling from the
League Commish but Elements had to play a game against one
of the league's top teams this season.
Andrew Martinez finished with 28 points, 11 rebounds
while GM Mario Miramontes had his biggest game of the
season. Miramontes connected for 24 points, 8 three-pointers
while shooting 40% from the field. Alan Rosas added 24
points while Armando Aranda added 18 points and a quiet
22 rebounds. The team out-rebounded their counterparts, 27-28
and the game was practically after the first quarter. Dream Team
led at the half, 71-11.
"Ya'll playing 2K out here," joked a league analyst. "Video game
stats right here!"
Joseph Azuela finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds while
Anthony Meltcher added 7 points, 10 rebounds. James
Bernardo scored 4 points while Luke Montilla finished
with 3 points. The team failed to have anyone score double
digits as the team combined to shoot 10% from 3-point range.
"We need a Bronze Division for teams that just want to have fun
on Sundays," advised a league official. "You have competitive
teams in Gold, but we need a recreation division for teams who
just want to get their run on."
East LA Dream Team
vs. Undisputed Era
East LA Dream Team put the smack down on Undisputed Era using a
67-55 run in the 2nd half as East LA Dream Team improves to 6-1.
Dream Team was led by Andrew Martinez who finished with
22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Frankie Morales and
Armando Aranda both added 17 while Alan Rosas
finished with 14 points, 6 assists. The team continues to
struggle at the line (28.6%) but made up for it by shooting 69%
from inside 3-point territory. Dream Team combined for 23
assists while Undisputed Era continues to play short-handed.
"When does next season start," asked a player from the team.
Undisputed Era has tried to add players in recent weeks but the
slots are filled with 15 players who are in and out of the
line-up. Despite the struggles, Ben Pena (8 points, 4
rebounds) and Herman Pech (19 points, 9 rebounds)
continue to play both ends of the floor. Paolo Leonardo
(17 points) and Jason Rico (13 points) continue to
flourish in the perimeter as the team combined for 12
It's obvious who the top 4 teams are and with nWo suffering the
same fate as Undisputed Era, many are wondering if the Playoff
format should change this season.
"Top 4 have their own Playoffs while the Bottom 4 have their own
Playoffs," suggested a General Manager. "We don't care if we
don't play for a trophy or the Championship, we just don't want
to get blown out."
"You got the Top 2 best teams playing 3 games with the current
format, at least with the new format, it narrows it to just 2
games," added another GM playing in the lower division.
How do you stop the League from trying to block you from another
Player of the Week honor? How about dropping 61 points and 20
Mike Peters dropped a career-high 61 points as Ball Broz
smoke nWo, 167-100.
You read that right, 167-100.
Despite starting the season with a rull roster, nWo has seen
their roster thin out as the former Champs played with just 4
players against the league's best team. Beau Reyes
finished with 25 points while Jonathan Wynn added 19
points, 11 rebounds. Mark Mercado quietly dropped a
career-high, 50 points scoring 75% of his field goal attempts. A
new Playoff format is being proposed (read recap East LA Dream
Team vs. Undisputed Era) and with nWo struggling with
attendance, it might be best for all teams to go into this
Ball Broz only had 5 players show up but that didn't stop them
from jumping to a 80-47 lead in the 1st half. GM Gabe
Rodriguez knocked down 10 three-pointers, 32 points while
Steve Carpenter finished with 50 points, 14 rebounds, and 10
three-pointers. The triple-double was overlooked as Mike
Peters went for 20 three-pointers on 50% shooting from