SEASON 42, WEEK 8
MORGAN PARK WON'T BE AVAILABLE IN THE AFTERNOON BECAUSE OF A
All games are in the morning and evening.
By: League Analyst
Fire Squad vs. Hoopers
Shadon Knight is questionable for the match-up this week
against Fire Squad.
Squad had a bye week on Week 7 and will end their season with a
tough double-header against the much improved Hoopers squad and
Chicle, last season's Bronze Division Champions.
Hoopers snapped their 3 game winning streak against Chicle on
Week 7 and several players may be questionable for the match-up
including Shadon Knight. Shadon was instrumental in the
team's resurgence but a little spying on social media has Shadon
in Las Vegas as of Saturday evening. Will it be a sadder day for
Hoopers, a team that may end the season with a 2 game losing
that matters is Playoffs and for a while this season, rookie
team Fire Squad looked unbeatable. Otto Guillermo has
been on fire from 3-point range while big man Anthony Euregui
leads the team on the boards. GM Guillermo has to be careful
with the team's minutes since Fire Squad has a double-header
with their second game against the Champions.
Prediction: Fire Squad. If Hoopers' Shadon Knight makes it
back before game time, it would be competitive but without their
Knight in armor, Hoopers are looking at a 2 game losing streak.
Fire Squad vs. Chicle
Expect GM Chris Duran to clamp down on defense.
Championship Chicle suffered their only loss against Fire Squad
earlier this season. That loss was a 1 point loss where All Star
Mike Trout saw his buzzer beater rim out. Chicle hasn't
had an L since and Chicle has all momentum going as we end
could have had 3 All Stars representing their Championship team
as Jay Tapang nearly missed out on Player of the Week
honors. "Nitro" CJ Pang and Mike Trout have been
putting up numbers this season and Chicle's reputation as a
solid team continues to grow. On the surface, they look like a
middle of the pack Bronze team and GM Chris Duran thrives
on that. Opponents usually underestimate Chicle, a team destined
to go back-to-back.
Prediction: Chicle has made adjustments and now, it's up to
Fire Squad GM, "Otto-matic" Guillermo to hit contested
shots. He earned Player of the Week honors by knocking down
numerous three's against Chicle and it was GM Chris Duran that
left him open on numerous occasions. He won't be open this time
around and we'll have to see if he could hit those contested
shots. Chicle with a blowout...
Bullets vs. IHOB
All Star Adrian Lecesne was voted Player of the Week by
his peers on Week 7.
of the Week?
league was ready to give Player of the Week honors to Angel
Romero, who exploded for 46 points against We Tried. 3
players were deserving of Player of the Week honors and voters
opted to choose last season's Rookie of the Season, Adrian
Angel get his revenge or will Adrian prove his Player of the
Week award was deserving of an All Star nod?
the subplot is intriguing the bigger storyline is Playoffs. With
IHOB sitting at #5 with a 3-4 record and Bullets sitting with a
4-3 record at #3, a Playoff berth could be at stake.
Prediction: Bullets have plenty of ammo in the chamber and
their experience playing together will get them far into the
Playoffs. IHOB is a young team and their lack of experience
could be problematic once Bullets get their offense going. IHOB
ran Foundation to the ground last weekend but this week, Bullets
could be running IHOB out of the building.
Entourage vs. East LA Dream Team
Earlier this year, East LA Dream Team was winning back
to back chips. This season, they've only won 1 game.
a good thing we're not playing anyone hard," said a player from
East LA Dream Team.
Entourage has lost 4 straight games and their Playoff lives are
at stake against the former back-to-back Champions, East LA
Dream Team. The team's lack of depth and defense has led to
their 4 game skid but against East LA Dream Team, Entourage
should get back to their winning ways.
LA Dream Team hasn't been competitive since Game 1 of the
season. The veterans and the core from the Championship East LA
Dream Team has split ways and the result is a 1-6 record.
Prediction: Entourage should snap their 4 game losing streak
but will that be enough? There are 3 teams tied with 2 wins -
The Rock, Monstars and Entourage all competing for the last
LA Dream Team has been inconsistent and with East LA Dream Team
providing bulletin board material, look for Entourage to play
The Rock vs. Prodigy Plug
Can Prodigy Plug get Isaiah Watson a Player of the Week
Rock has a tough schedule on Week 8 playing against Killmonger
and Prodigy Plug. While it may look impossible on the surface,
Renegades had a similar scenario on Week 7 and proceeded to shut
everyone up by giving Killmonger their first loss and beating
Monstars. With a Playoff spot secure for Renegades, The Rock
needs to do what Renegades did on Week 7 and sweep their
double-header on Week 8.
Prodigy Plug defeated The Rock, 59-39 on Week 4. Isaiah
Watson finished with 20 points while rookie C Marcus
finished with a team-high, 12 rebounds. Prodigy Plug doesn't
have an All Star yet this season so look for Isaiah to have a
big game against The Rock.
Prediction: GM Ben Sin needs to remind his team not
to bring up what happened on Week 7...
those who don't know what happened, The Rock lost to Sick Pick
Ups, a team that only had 4 players. The Rock had a 20 point
lead after Sick Pick Ups showed up 10 minutes late and The Rock
proceeded to lose by 1.
Playoff lives at stake, expect The Rock to leave it all out on
The Rock vs. Killmonger
Killmonger suffered their first loss of the season last weekend
against Renegades. They're face with a similar opponent, The
Rock, a team playing a double-header and playing as if their
Playoff lives at stake. Will Killmonger bounce back from their
first loss of the season or will suffere the same fate as they
did on Week 7?
Prediction: The Rock playing the division's top team in the
second game of a double-header is a TOUGH task. GM Ben Sin
was given the option of having an hour break in between games
but the division's oldest team ignored the recommendation and
Historically, the team that plays a back-to-back usually starts
off with a huge lead, only to run out of gas and have the other
team come back in the 2nd half. The Rock, Monstars, and
Entourage all have 2 W's and a 3rd WIN should secure a Playoff
spot. Will The Rock sweep like Renegades did on Week 7 or will
they be on the outside looking in?
Foundation vs. We Tried
Tried is still looking for their 1st win of the season.
on the street is several players from We Tried are in Vegas
while Foundation players are going to be at Apple Bee's for
their weekly Senior Citizen meet-up. A 4-on-4 match-up could
take place and believe it or not, this could favor winless team,
Anthony Meltcher should be padding his stats and could be
the All Star player representing We Tried this season. The Nava
Brothers are rumored to be in Vegas so look for Anthony to get
plenty of scoring opportunities.
an All Star berth already secured for Jonathan Wynn, Mark
Mercado could be next for Foundation. Having a huge scoring
game against a winless team won't guarantee Player of the Week
status, as seen last week when Angel Romero dropped 46 and still
finished 3rd in voting.
Prediction: Foundation won't have their bigs and without
Playoffs in the future, Foundation is in danger of playing
lackadaisical. We Tried, looking for their first win, is hungry
and SHOULD beat Foundation if they run the floor. Look for We
Tried to score the upset and avoid being the only team not to
win a game in Season 42.
Monstars vs. Relics
19x Champions, Relics, were expected
to fall from contention after losing
the gut of their roster due to
injuries. Defensive Player of the
Season, Bobby Kovach, James
Acevedo, Alphonso White and Andrew
Knox have all played
sporadically this season but the
Relics have re-tooled their line-up
and haven't lost a step.
Killmonger GM, Steven Ancheta,
has noticed Relics' perseverance and
has voted for James Acevedo
as GM of the Season.
Meanwhile, Baldwin Park team,
Monstars, are hoping to qualify for
post-season action and they have to
win against the defending Champions,
Relics, to advance to the Playoffs.
The addition of their rookie point
guard was supposed to turn the
franchise around but he's only
played 1 game and Monstars have been
Prediction: This could be the
second straight season Relics
eliminate Monstars from Playoff
Sick Pick Ups vs. Try Hards
rookie teams have star power as Try Hards, led by All Star
Ryan Carter, has another chance at scoring 50 points this
week. The division's leading scorer had a chance to surpass Ken
Ubom's scoring record of 41.3 ppg and his scoring line looks
like this - 188.8.131.52. (43 ppg)
flip side, Sick Pick Ups is led by All Stars Dell Well
and Chad Dennis. Both put up big numbers but the lack of
bodies in recent weeks could be detrimental for Sick Pick Ups
especially with the Playoffs coming around in 2 weeks. Can Sick
Pick Ups pull it together?
Prediction: Both teams have
qualified for post-season action and
its anyone's guess how both teams
will play this out. Will they go
1-on-1 and try to pad their
individual stats or will they use
this game to build momentum for
Playoffs? Try Hards isn't just the
Ryan Carter show and they have
defeated teams like Renegades in
Ryan Carter's absence. Do not sleep
on Try Hards!