SEASON 41, WEEK 7
By: League Analyst
vs. The Rock
Monstars jumped to a 14-4 start and never looked back as
Monstars defeat The Rock, 63-48.
After losing to East LA Dream Team on Week 6, Baldwin Park team,
Monstars, got back on the winning track as rookie Andrew
Martinez filled up the stats sheet with 21 points, 10
rebounds, 6 assists. Martinez finished with 4 three-pointers and
was 41.2% from the field. GM Jared Ojeda added 13 while Johnny
Cabrera finished with 12 points. The birthday partying got the
best of Johnny as he struggled from the field going 1-for-6 from
3-point range (16.7%). Monstars continue to play without their
key bigs, Ralph Morelos and Gus Vasquez.
The Rock has struggled as of late as Mike Ashanti
continues to be MIA from the roster. Ed Principe led the former
2x Champs with 16 points and he finished with a team-high, 4
three-pointers on 50% shooting. Glenn Payne was the
second leading scorer with 12 while D'Angelo McDaniel
finished with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals. The Rock played
with plenty of emotion and the lack of composure led to a
technical foul as The Rock trailed 29-14 at the half.
Furthermore, Kassah went down from a "Lex Luger forearm" as
Xavier Morelos inadvertently gave Kassah an elbow that would
have him sit out for a period of time.
Foundation vs. We Tried
Rommel Del Rosario went triple dipping with 10 points,
17 rebounds, 10 assists
We Tried didn't try hard enough on the boards as Foundation
dominated the glass, 65... (re-write, re-write, re-write...)
Despite shooting 15 more shot attempts from the field, We Tried
was out-scored by Foundation, 96-63, as We Tried continue their
rookie season with a perfect record. =)
Nevermind that the perfect record comes from the wrong side of
the win-loss column, but We Tried shot 57 times from 3-point
range, converting just 11 3-point attempts. Foundation's bigs
made it difficult for We Tried to score in the paint and the
strategy was what it should have been - shoot from 3-point range
and take advantage of Foundation's weak perimeter defense.
GM Anthony Meltcher had his worst shooting performance of
the season finishing with just 6 points and 20 rebounds.
Carlos Nava added 8 points while Art Nava and Cody
Rote both finished with 16 points apiece. We Tried was
out-running their opponents on offense but Foundation's cherry
picking game has been perfected for years and years and years.
Jonathan Wynn scored a season-high, 30 points and he
filled up the stats sheet with 9 rebounds, 6 assists. Rommel
Del Rosario had a triple double with 10 points, 17 rebounds,
10 assists while Mike Arceo grabbed a league-high, 27
rebounds en route to 16 points, 4 assists. Adrian Eddington
was the leading scorer with 31 points and he finished with 8
rebounds, 4 assists. Player of the Week hasn't been announced
but league sources say it comes down to these Foundation 4.
Renegades vs. Hoopers
Kris Dick erased a 2 game losing streak with 43 points
Hoopers played the majority of the game with just 4 players as
Renegades sweep the season series, 90-76.
This match-up was supposed to Larry Parker's revenge on
Renegades. The Rivalry Game was scheduled for Larry to get even
with GM Aaron Mancell, a player who continually
criticized Larry for his composure against officials. Instead,
Hoopers played with just 4 players as Uzoma Kalu and
Ryan Cort led Hoopers with 31 apiece. Larry finished with 14
points on 26.7% shooting while Mike Arceo led Hoopers
with 11 boards. Arvin Delapaz was a late participant and
GM Gary Beiard won't be available for the rest of the
We missed out on the Larry Parker show and it was Kris
Dick who went balls out in the 1st half, scoring 32 of his
43 points in the 1st half. Kris led all scorers with 43 points
and he added 19 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 steals to lead
Renegades. Mike Ratliff was back in the line-up with 27
points, 3 assists while Sergio Costanello rounded off the
top 3 scorers with 7 of his own.
Adrian Lecesne led IHOB with 28 points on nearly 60%
Playing with just 4 players against rookie team, IHOB, Reckless
was blown out, 106-77.
Five players scored in double-digits for IHOB as Adrian
Lecesne led the team with 28 points on 59.1% shooting.
Adrian finished with 8 assists as the team combined for 32 dimes
against last season's Consolation Bracket Champions. Josh
Booker finished with 10 points while Myles Barnett
added 19 points. Arvin Delapaz filled up the stats sheet
with 23 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists.
IHOB was playing for Player of the Week honors and for the
record, the criteria is listed below:
- Team must win.
- If it's a double-header, team must win both games.
Steven Castanieto finished with a game-high, 39 points
and he added 5 assists, and 8 rebounds with 5 three-pointers on
50% shooting. GM Noel Serpas scored 29 points, 10
rebounds, 6 assists while Allan Abrillo added 7 points, 8
rebounds, 2 assists. With an automatic Playoff berth, Reckless
are resting up for the Playoffs and several players from
Reckless were discouraged with the rest of the team's no show.
Plug vs. Relics
Isaiah Watson led Prodigy with another 30 piece. Relics
lost for the first time this season.
18x Champions, Relics, suffered their only loss of the season
but it comes with an asterisk as Week 7 had three games play
without 2 officials. Prodigy shot lights out from the perimeter
dropping Relics' record to 6-1 with a 97-83 victory.
A league official left prior to the start but assigned a
different official to sub in by 430. An hour later with the
Relics and Prodigy already in action, only 1 official was suited
as Kassah Kantiok (league official) opted to be a spectator
instead of working the game.
"I play for The Rock, that would be a conflict of interest in my
part if I officiated," said Kantiok. "We had another ref on the
way but he no showed. Relics were already down by double digits
and if I was the second official to come in, I would have been
Put away the league official issue aside and it was clear that
Prodigy, the team of the Future, showed why they're capable of
being the Team of the Present. The team shot lights out as
Isaiah Watson led Prodigy with 30 points, 7 rebounds.
Garrison Shay added 16 points on 67% shooting while
Poobey Westbrook added 10 points. Steven hit timely buckets
when Relics made a run and he finished with 19 points, 4
rebounds. Prodigy led 24-14 at the end of 1st and never looked
back after leading by as many as 16. Despite the win, GM Paul
Magaway had his team eating humble pie after the game.
"We know they're missing a couple of guys, we gotta stay
humble," said Magaway, post-game.
Relics struggled from the field defensively but on offense,
Relics were hitting their shots. Cisco Acevedo caught
fire in the 1st half as he went Kobe 2006 on Prodigy knocking
down 3s from all corners of the floor. Acevedo had spectators in
awe after hitting 4 straight 3s to narrow the Prodigy deficit.
Acevedo finished with 35 points, 10 three-pointers and was 58.8%
from beyond the arch. James Acevedo led the team with 8
assists while Andrew Knox led Relics with 8 rebounds, 17
points. Knox had arguably the play of the game with a tip-dunk
that should be featured in this week's Top plays of the week.
Despite the loss, Relics know they're still the team to beat and
they haven't been beaten with Terrence Martin in the line-up.
"They're a different team with Terrence in the line-up,"
observed a stats-keeper. "You can't get too happy until you beat
Relics with T-Bone, in the Playoffs."
Chicle vs. IHOB
Mike Trout with another MVP like performance, scoring 21
points to lead Chicle past IHOB.
This was supposed to be the momentum builder for rookie team,
This could be a preview of the Bronze Division Finals and IHOB
was supposed to give Chicle their first loss of the season.
This was supposed to be the W that gave IHOB that window of
opportunity, to know that they could take down the almighty
Chicle team, a team that doesn't look like they belong on the
same floor as IHOB.
Once again, Chicle shut down that window of opportunity as
Chicle defeat IHOB, 69-46.
Jay Tapang finished with 18 points on 50% shooting while
3 players scored 8 points apiece (Louie Venegas, Danny
Villalobes, Matt Gutierrez). CJ Pang filled up the stats
sheet with 4 assists, 7 rebounds but it was Mike Trout
who had an MVP like performance, finishing with 20 points, 3
three-pointers. Mike had a lot of doubters early in the contest
but even IHOB fans were impressed with Mike's shooting.
"Those fans that came out for IHOB kept saying he had no game,
and if he made another one, they would walk out. He kept making
them and by the end of the game, they were impressed with Mike,"
said a league official.
Myles Barnet finished with 15 points, 5 rebounds while
Arvin Delapaz added 12 points, 7 boards. Josh Booker
finished with 6 while Adrian Lecesne struggled with 4
points on 22.2% shooting. It could be the double-header but IHOB
has struggled against Chicle in both games this season. The #1
seed is secured by Chicle with the win and a 1st Round bye will
almost give Chicle and IHOB this same scenario should they meet
in the Playoffs.
Ball Broz vs. East LA Dream Team
Kahlil Dukes made his season debut with a team-high, 23
Ball Broz once again defeat East LA Dream Team in the Regular
Season as Ball Broz defeat the Reigning 2x Champions, 79-71.
"They wanted this more than we did," said Andrew Martinez
post-game. "They needed this more than we do just so they know
they can beat us. In the Playoffs, if we meet them, we know what
the consequences are if we lose to them..."
It was a huge momentum win for Ball Broz as Kahlil Dukes
led Ball Broz with 23 points, 9 rebounds on 64.3% shooting.
Derrick Tamanaha finished with 12 points while Yader
Combs added 13 points. Yader led the team with 9
assists as Mike Peters struggled from the field finishing
with just 8 points.
Andrew Martinez was on fire with 27 points and he filled
up the stats sheet with 9 rebounds, 2 assists and a photoshoot
in the game as Martinez connected for an and-1 and an impromptu
photoshoot. Reyes Cervantes added 12 points while
Armando Aranda finished with 18 points. Ever Garcia
returned to the line-up finishing with 4 assists, 8 rebounds,
and 9 points. The loss shouldn't carry weight for Dream Team as
the Champs played without Center Ant Lefeau and key
defender, Alan Rosas.
"A lot of teams are waiting for Playoffs, with every team making
it, there's no sense of urgency," said a league analyst. "Once
we get more teams in next season, it should be more competitive
if teams know they're playing for a Playoff spot."