2018 WINTER  |  SEASON 40

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer


Chicle vs. Killmonger

Chicle passed Killmonger in the standings with a 73-70 win.

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 honors.

"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 official.


Elements vs. Reckless


Former teammates James Santillan and Luke Montilla rekinded their old rivalry on Week 7.

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 vs. Elements


East LA Dream Team's Mario Miramontes lit up the field with 24 points, 8 three's.

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


John King hosted a block party and Undisputed Era's Herman Pech was VIP.

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 three-pointers.

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.


Ball Broz vs. nWo



61 points, 20 three-pointers. Mike Peters puts the icing on the cake on his MVP season scoring a career-high, 61 points.

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 three-pointers?

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 format.

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 3-point range.