By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer




(1) Relics 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 Finals MVP.

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 assists.

"Shout out to Mike Peters for getting us out of retirement, where is he? at a concert?" said James Acevedo in a post game interview.

"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.



(1) Relics 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 Prodigy.

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.


(2) Ball Broz 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 victory.

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 college program.




(1) Relics 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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(4) East 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 here!"

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 the Future".

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, 49-37.

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 healthy."


(3) Renegades 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."





(1) Chicle 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 dimes.

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 (Congratulations, Arvin!)



(1) Chicle 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.



(2) Foundation 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 stats-keeper.

"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 his wedding.

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 season.



(4) 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 competitive.

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 Tried.