SEASON 40
PLAYOFFS
 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

#1 Ball Broz vs. #4 Killmonger

 

Ball Broz have been a 3-point shooting team all season.

Players to Watch for: Mike Peters, MVP: 35.5 ppg, 75 three-pointers, 2.9 apg.
Frankie Eturti, Killmonger Center: 9.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg.
 

Key Numbers: Ball Broz - 102.1 ppg, 19 three's made per contest. They shoot 3's and they run the fast break. Killmonger has a defensive strategy to stop them. Will it work?

Killmonger - 6.7 spg, 79.7 ppg, 8.4 topg. They're a talented team, but prone to injuries and turnovers.

Keys to Win:

Ball Broz - When you look beyond the surface, Ball Broz has an actual team. They aren't just the "Mike Peters" team. Steve Carpenter averaged 21.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.0 spg while Robert Morgan averaged 15.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg. PG Chico is averaged 8.7 ppg while GM Gabe Rodriguez scored 11.3 ppg.

Defense will take them to the next round and that starts with Frankie Eturti in the post and Brandon Chavers in the perimeter. The rookie takes pride in putting the clamps down on the opposing team. He doesn't need to put up big numbers and prefers to fly under the radar. If Mike Peters struggles on offense, it's because Killmonger has Brandon covering Mike.

 

 

#2 East LA Dream Team vs. #3 Chicle

 

Dream Team is literally Dream Team. They're deep and anyone from 1 to 8 can get Player of the Week on any given Sunday.

 

Players to Watch for: Andrew Martinez, East LA Dream Team, 18.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg. CJ Pang, Chicle,16.5 ppg, 2.3 spg.

Key Numbers: East LA Dream Team - 77.8 ppg, 37.9 rpg, 18.1 apg.
Chicle - 30.4 rpg, 12.8 apg, 31.5% from 3-point territory. They score in the post, not from long distance.

These are two teams similar in numbers with East LA Dream Team having more talent and Chile playing with more grit.

Keys to Win:

East LA Dream Team - This team can pass, and they do it very well. They average 18.1 apg and score 77.8 ppg per contest. The Defending Champions can score at will and they are deep from 1 to 8.

Chicle is hot with a 2 game winning streak but East LA Dream Team is hotter with a 3 game winning streak of their own. This is the match-up they wanted, they play team ball, control the tempo, and have veteran experience. They average 12.8 apg and 8.8 spg. The team made only 58 three's and they are averaging 63.6 ppg. Jay Tapang averaged 10.9 ppg and was a Player of the Week while Louie Venegas averaged 9.7 ppg.

 

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CONSOLATION BRACKET
#5 nWo vs. #8 Elements

 

Elements GM James Bernardo was missing last week, hence the lack of defense for Elements on Week 8.

Both teams have fizzled out in the last few weeks and Elements could actually advance to the next round. nWo has seen their attendance disappear after losing a big game to Ball Broz midway through the season. Mark Mercado, Player of the Week, has been the team's MVP all season.

Elements were free flowing on offense last week and Luke Montilla had a quiet 30 point game as the team played 4 on 5 against Ball Broz. Without their defensive anchor in James Bernardo, the team allowed Ball Broz to score 150+ points.

 

#6 Reckless vs. #7 Undisputed Era

 

Without their General Manager, Undisputed Era has taken a lot of Ls in recent weeks.

Unsolved mysteries finally figured out the whereabouts of their GM via social media. When losing gets really bad, you decide to leave your team, move to another state, not tell anyone, not return calls from your friends, and ... just leave your homies hanging. As long as you're happy, bro...

Undisputed Era has confirmed they'll be in attendance against Reckless, a team of brothers who don't leave their teammates behind for the dessert.. (stops writing petty posts, lol).

-delete-delete-delete.

Reckless is 3-5 and despite playing a tough match-up against East LA Dream Team last week, they took it as a learning lesson and played until the final buzzer. Noel Serpas averaged 12.3 ppg this season while Luis Montes averaged 12.1 ppg. Steven Castanieto averaged 10.9 ppg while David Guerrero scored 7.6 ppg. The team has been hitting on all cylinders in recent weeks and anything less than a consolation trophy is a disappointment.