SEASON 41, PLAYOFFS
By: League Analyst
vs. (2) Ball Broz
Relics win their record 19th Championship with a 75-71 win over
Ball Broz as Cisco Acevedo celebrates his birthday with a
Knocking down 18 points, 4 three-pointers on 46.2% shooting,
Cisco was consistent in all 3 rounds for Relics as the team came
back from an early deficit against Ball Broz. It was the second
season in a row that Ball Broz would finish 2nd and Bobby Kovach
was huge on the comeback, stopping Shawn Garey (19
points, 7 rebounds) from having a big game for Ball Broz.
Bobby's defensive presence has been a huge factor for Relics'
success this season along with Lasalle Thomas (7
rebounds, 4 assists), a solid defensive stopper/scorer off the
bench. GM James Acevedo led Relics with 5 assists and
despite struggling from 3-point territory this season, had the
cajones to pull up and knock down the 3 to give Relics the lead
late in the game. Andrew Knox scored 19 points on 66.7%
shooting while Terrence Martin finished with 6 points, 5
"Shout out to Mike Peters for getting us out of retirement,
where is he? at a concert?" said James Acevedo in a post game
"Shout out to Ball Broz, they gave us a run, I expect them back
next season," added Andrew Knox, Relics.
Last season's MVP was a no-show for Ball Broz as Mike Peters
took his talents to Hard Music Festival instead of playing in
the Finals. Derrick Tamanaha was the second leading
scorer with 15 points while Kahlil Duke added 11 points,
9 rebounds, 2 blocks. Steve Carpenter finished with 10
while Danny led the team with 3 assists.
vs. (4) Prodigy
"I bet they know who we are now," said a player from Relics.
Relics suffered their only loss of the season to Prodigy, an
upcoming rookie team that had their early start in Superstar
Basketball playing for The Heights. "Playoff P" Paul Magaway
had a coming out party with 22 points, 4 three-pointers but that
wasn't enough as Prodigy fall to Relics, 82-62.
Despite their big win over previously undefeated team Relics,
Prodigy found out Relics is a different beast once Terrence
Martin is in the line-up. T-bone finished with 9 points
while Andrew Knox turned back the clock with 25 points, 7
rebounds on 83.3% shooting. With the "Evil Commish" eager to put
Knox's fall on a highlight reel for Prodigy, Isaiah Watson
revealed he didn't make Andrew fall has Drew tripped on Isaiah
after a push off.
"It looked like I crossed him but he tripped, but if ya'll wanna
make it look like that..." joked Watson.
The big game for Knox wasn't in reference to his game-high, 25
points but rather his defensive effort on Prodigy's best player.
Isaiah Watson was limited to 17 points, an eye opener
considering Watson was averaging 30+ points during his Player of
the Week runs. Garrison Shey finished with 8 points while
Christian added 9 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals for
Cisco Acevedo led Relics with 6 three-pointers and the
degree of difficulty Cisco was knocking down his shots had
spectators in the stands saying "Kobe". Cisco was 53.3% from the
field en route to 22 points while GM James Acevedo led
Relics with 8 assists. Lasalle Thomas finished with 8
points, 4 rebounds while Bobby Kovach added 9 points, 7
rebounds, 2 assists.
vs. (6) Monstars
It was the Battle of the Baldwin Park teams as Ball Broz
survived a late scare from Monstars, holding on to a 80-77
Monstars trailed 43-26 at halftime and it wasn't until the 4th
quarter that Monstars found themselves back in the ball game.
Johnny Cabrera was clutch for Monstars knocking down 6
three-pointers (54.5%) en route to 20 points, 3 rebounds.
Andrew Martinez finished with 15 points, 4 assists, while
Marcus Velasquez added 12 points, 9 rebounds. Center Alex
Baron had a double-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and
led Monstars with 5 assists. GM Jared Ojeda scored 9
points as the team combined for 19 three-pointers.
Four players scored in double figures for Ball Broz as GM
Gabe Rodriguez finished with 12 points. Derrick Tamanaha
scored 10 while Kahlil Duke finished with a
double-double, 15 points, 13 rebounds. Ball Broz combined for 11
steals and had 3 blocked shots as Kahlil Duke led the
team with 3 blocks. Shawn Garey had a strong showing with
9 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals while Steve Carpenter finished
with 13 points, 2 steals.
NOTE: You don't have to score to be effective! Shout out
to Alex Baron for putting his body on the line to grab
that late steal for Monstars. Good luck on making it to your
vs. (8) The Rock
The Rock was on the verge of a forfeit late last week but The
Rock pulled through with enough players to take on the
division's #1 team, 7-1 Relics. Frustration got the best of The
Rock as Relics jumped into an early 35-14 halftime lead. The
Rock couldn't stop Relics' ball movement as The Rock gets
eliminated in the 1st Round, 81-49.
Five players scored in double digits for Relics and that total
could have been 7 as Lasalle Thomas and Andrew Knox
each scored 9 points apiece for Relics. Cisco Acevedo led
Relics with 16 points while GM James Acevedo finished
with 10 points, 3 assists. It was a 1-sided affair as
Terrence Martin put on a dribbling clinic in the 3rd quarter
and he finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists as the "Espiritu
Santu" made an appearance in the 3rd stanza.
D'Angelo MacDaniel has carried The Rock this season and
he led the former Champions with 5 assists and 14 points.
Kassah Kantiok was the second leading scorer with 11 points
and he grabbed a team-high, 18 rebounds. Playing 2 games in
Bronze playoffs may have hurt Kantiok's chances of advancing in
Gold Division but with the odds heavily in favor of Relics,
Kantiok felt he had a chance at an unexpected championship in
Bronze. Ed Principe finished with 8 points while Eric
Rey added 5 points. With Hoopers on their way to Bronze, The
Rock is actually flirting with the idea of dropping to Bronze
Division as well.
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LA Dream Team
vs. (5) Prodigy Plug
It was the most intriguing match-up of the Gold Division 1st
Round as Reigning 2x Champions, East LA Dream Team, took on
rookie team, Prodigy Plug. Time ran out on East LA Dream Team's
3-peat chances as Prodigy Plug, a team gelling at the right
time, defeat East LA Dream Team, 80-77.
"They're gelling at the right time, they might be the team to
beat in these Playoffs," observed The Rock's GM Ben Sin.
"Our side of the bracket is heavy with teams that can win it,"
added Relics' Terrence Martin. "This is the match-up, right
With all eyes on East LA Dream Team vs Prodigy Plug, GM Paul
Magaway showed no signs of knee injuries as the Workman HS
alumni dropped a team-high, 32 points on 55.6% shooting. Paul
was efficient from 3-point range, knocking down 8 three-pointers
on 53.3% shooting. Isaiah Watson finished with 29 points,
4 steals while "Poobie" finished with 8 points, 2
assists. Prodigy's busy schedule included a trip to Nike 3-on-3
Tournament, Hard Music Festival, and Playoffs at Pacrim but that
didn't slow down the team the league refers to as "The Team of
East LA Dream Team was led by Frankie Morales who
finished with 24 points while Andrew Martinez finished as
the second leading scorer with 23 points. Frankie was hot from
the field, hitting 75% of his field goal attempts and Dream Team
shot 60.4% from the field while Prodigy shot just 46%. Reyes
Cervantes was perfect from the field with 12 points, 6
assists while Center Ant Lefeau finished with 10 points.
The team played without several key players in Alan Rosas, Ever
Garcia, and Armando Aranda, 3 players who were instrumental in
East LA Dream Team's Championship Run.
NOTE: We are thankful for East LA Dream Team and Prodigy
Plug constantly posting pictures and videos from our League. Our
league improves because teams like East LA Dream Team and
Prodigy Plug are constantly promoting our league.
(2) Ball Broz
vs. (7) Hoopers
Hoopers led 27-17 (4:15, 2nd) but a 40-12 run by Ball Broz ended
Hoopers' hope for an upset as Ball Broz advanced to the Semis
with a 81-61 victory.
Ball Broz did most of their scoring on fast-break opportunities
as rookie phenom, Derrick Tamanaha scored a game-high, 25
points on 52.6% shooting. Kahlil Duke was the second
leading scorer with 17 points while Steve Carpenter added
14 points on 50% shooting. Kahlil led Ball Broz with 19
rebounds, 5 assists, as the team out-rebounded their opponents,
Uzoma Kalu was instrumental in Hoopers' early lead and he
tied a team-high, 23 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists. GM Gary
Beiard added 23 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists while Larry
Parker added 14 points. It was the first time Kenny Farr
stayed healthy all game and with Father Time wining this
match-up, Kenny isn't giving up yet. Injuries and lack of depth
has Hoopers thinking Bronze next season, proving that no matter
how beat up or tired you are from playing basketball, you can
never really get it out of your system.
"The older you get, the more you appreciate the time you have on
the floor," says a league analyst. "Most of us still have that
competitive fire, we just want to be able to compete and stay
vs. (6) Monstars
It was a huge 1st Round upset as Baldwin Park team, Monstars,
knock out top-seeded team, Renegades, 66-63. Renegades had a
chance to send the game into OT but Mike Ratliff's prayer would
go unanswered as Monstars win without their bigs.
"Talk sh*t to Mike and make him go 1 on 1," tipped off a player,
not named Terrence Martin from the Relics.
The advice from T-Bone helped considerably as Monstars had
Mike Ratliff (Renegades) playing 1-on-5 to start the
contest. "Mighty" Mike led Renegades with 30 points on
50% shooting as Kris Dick finished as the second leading
scorer with 13. Justian Hamilton added 12 while Jason
Fielder finished with 4 points. All season long, Renegades
were effective when they went to MVP hopeful, Kris Dick, in the
1st half but too many isolation plays had Renegades trailing
against a guard heavy, Monstars squad.
Size may have been on Renegades side but speed and 3-point
shooting was in favor of Monstars. GM Jared Ojeda was
doing a lot of talking and he backed it up with a team-high, 24
points, 4 three-pointers and was 80% from the field. Jared
wasn't backing down when he got into it with Mike and Aaron
Mancell as the inspired play had Monstars over-achieving.
Andrew Martinez, Rookie of the Season candidate, finished
with 12 points, 8 rebounds while both Alexis Barrow and
Johnny Cabrera finished with 11 apiece.
"They were missing The Morelos Brothers, 2 guys who combined for
30 and 10," observed a stats-keeper. "To win without 2 of their
starters and get to the Semis was huge for Monstars."
vs. (3) IHOB
A season after being eliminated by East LA Dream Team, Chicle
completed a perfect season by beating IHOB, 73-38.
Four players scored in double figures as Jay Tapang led Chicle
with 9 assists, 2 steals and 14 points. The Finals MVP was
efficent from the floor, knocking down 75% of his shot attempts
en route to 2 three-pointers. Danny Villalobos led Chicle
with 21 points while Damien Reyes added 15. CJ Pang
aka Nitro, finished with 4 assists while Mike Trout
scored a dozen points. GM Chris Duran, the General Manager of
the Season finished with 5 assists as Chicle combined for 28
Losing to Dream Team may have been the best thing to happen to
Chicle and a season later, they have their own dream team in
Bronze Division. The team finished the season with a 10-0 record
and will be back to defend their title in Bronze Division.
Bryan Hillcloud scored 15 points while Myles Barnet
added 10 points. Kassah Kantiok led IHOB with 4 assists
while Adrian Lecesne finished with 6 points, 2 steals.
The team suffered injuries late in the season and GM Arvin
Delapaz was unavailable due to his own wedding
vs. (4) Reckless
With just 8 teams in Season 40, the league separated the top 4
teams and the lower 4 teams to create a Playoffs for the
Consolation bracket and unfortunately, Chicle was "too good" to
play in the lower level, but competitive enough to compete with
the eventual Champions, East LA Dream Team. Bearing witness to
the Consolation Bracket Champions, Reckless, Chicle had 1 thing
in mind, Bronze Division Championships.
To beat the best (of the Bronze Division), you gotta beat the
best and Chicle quickly removed doubts that they would advance
to the Finals. The "Perfect team" started the 1st half of the
Season 41 Playoffs with a 54-19 lead as Chicle defeat Reckless,
87-55. Center Danny Villalobos finished with 28 points,
12 rebounds while GM Chris Duran added 12 points, 6
rebounds, 6 assists. The team combined for 33 dimes as Damien
Reyes led the team with 8 assists while CJ Pang added
14 points, 7 dimes.
A season after winning the Consolation Bracket, Reckless wasn't
as hungry as their opponents and their game management was in
question after league analyst, Kassah Kantiok pointed out
Reckless was still playing competitive basketball later in the
game against We Tried.
"They already had a big lead, they should have sat out their
main guys late in the game but instead, they kept playing hard,"
said Kassah Kantiok.
Commitment plagued Reckless all season and being on the wrong
side of the bracket didn't help Reckless in their pursuit of
another Championship. Steven Castanieto was once again
lights out, finishing with 22 points on 64.3% shooting. Luis
Montes added 15 points, 6 rebounds while David Guerrero
finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds.
vs. (3) IHOB
Rookie team, IHOB, turned in the biggest upset of Season 41 by
beating the former Champs with just 4 players. IHOB, needing the
services of Kassah Kantiok, held on to a 67-65 lead as
Foundation tried to rally from a 6 point deficit with a minute
and a half left in OT.
Foundation was trailing by 6 until a missed dunk from Kassah
Kantiok changed momentum to give Foundation a chance at
advancing. The team shot just 22.2% from 3-point range and
inexplicably fouled IHOB instead of pressing and creating
turnovers. Playing 5-on-4, Foundation played zone defense
instead of playing man and putting pressure on the ball.
"You can tell they were saving their energy for Chicle, they
took IHOB lightly because they had 4 players," observed a
"In reality, it's harder to play 5-on-4 because the team that
plays with 4 plays with nothing to lose and the team with 5
players isn't playing to their potential," said Kantiok. "I've
been on both sides of it."
Kassah finished with 14 points, 20 rebounds while Bryan
Hillcloud added 14 points, 9 assists. Adrian Lecesne
finished with 16 points while Myles Barnet led IHOB with
23 points, 3 rebounds. Kassah was added to the roster after nWo
forfeited and instead of checking in, Kantiok sat on the bench
for IHOB. The team tried to bring in 2 players who weren't part
of the roster as GM Arvin Delapaz was unavailable due to
Mark Mercado was on fire for Foundation and he shot 57.9%
with a team-high, 25 points. Adrian Eddington finished
with a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds
while GM Jonathan Wynn filled up the stats sheet with 10
points, 4 steals, 4 assists. Foundation's mis management of game
strategy may have cost them a match-up with Chicle in the Finals
but Foundation is using that loss to fuel their revenge for next
WILD CARD GAME
Reckless vs (5) We Tried
The Bronze Division Wild Card Game featured a re-match between 2
cellar-dwellers in former Champions Reckless and rookie team, We
Tried. Without rookie Lance German, We Tried suffered in
the rebounding department as Reckless avenge a Week 8 defeat
with a 72-41 victory.
GM Anthony Meltcher finished with a double-double 14
points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. With Playoffs a dream in the
3rd quarter, Anthony went 2-for-3 in a series of trick shots
that featured the "Karl Malone 3-pointer" and the Kareem Abdul
Jabbar Skyhook. Nico was the second leading scorer with
13 while Johnny Troung added 7 points. The team played
without 3 key players in the Nava Brothers and Lance
German, three players that would have made this game
Center David Guerrero made his presence felt in the
Playoffs, finishing with a team-high, 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2
blocked shots. Brian Serpas finished with a
double-double, 15 points, 16 rebounds while Allan Abrillo
led the team with 5 assists, 13 points.
NOTE: Shout out to We Tried for sticking around to watch
all the other Bronze Division Playoff Games. The other teams
appreciate the support as well, especially #88 from Chicle who
said he's motivated to shoot more next season because of We