By: League Analyst
#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.
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
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.
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
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.
#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.
vs. #7 Undisputed Era
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).
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.