SPRING | SEASON 46
WEEK 1 - SEASON OPENER
By: League Analyst
Foundation vs. Outlawz
hasn't started and the chaos on Saturday morning had league
games set for cancellation. South Hills High School
double-booked and the staff at Superstar, mostly playing for
Foundation, spent most of Saturday looking for an alternate gym.
With the stress of finding a new gym a day before the season
opener, many are wondering how prepared Foundation will be,
especially with a tough match-up against the Defending
Champions. The League Commish, Hanz Jimenez, along with
Terrence Martin, have dedicated their winter to getting
back in shape to get back to the hardwood competing in one of
the most competitive leagues in So. Cal. They'll see how much
they have to go as they lead Foundation against the Champs.
Fernando Ruiz got the monkey off his back, as Outlawz
celebrated their first Championship last season. The pioneers
from East LA are defending a Championship for the first time and
many are wondering how they'll fare in their first title defense.
JC Banda, rumored to sit out the 1st half of the season, is
their best perimeter defender while the trio of Frankie
Morales, Fernando Ruiz, and David Munoz took turns hitting
clutch shots last season. With experience on their side, look
for Outlawz to smack Foundation in their return to Superstar.
Fuerza vs. Hennyboyz
teams haven't submitted a roster. Fuerza, veterans in the league
with a year under their belt, are back against Hennyboyz, a team
making their return to Superstar. Hennyboyz made their debut a
year ago but sat out last year after a disappointing debut in
Gold Division a season ago.
Public Enemy vs Stay Up
Enemy has consolidated their roster and several Gold Division
players from last season could be making their debut in Bronze
Division. Founder, Joseph Flores, is taking a break from
GM duties this season as Public Enemy big guard, Kosmond
Russell, leads the team in Season 46.
is in the same situation as Tyler Su hands the rights to
his franchise to Raymond Mercado. The team had a tough
time in Gold Division last season and going down to Bronze
Division should re-energize the franchise.
Blazers vs. Cali Raisins
season hasn't even started but Blazers GM, Eric Crespo,
had the biggest shot of the season thus far. With Superstar set
to postpone their morning games til next week, Crespo made a
call and in the 11th hour, Baldwin Park High School opened their
doors for Superstar's Season 46.
Cali Raisins, a runner-up
from last season, is back with GM Jordan Ramos at the
threshold. Regarded as one of the top point guards in Bronze,
look for Cali Raisins to build on their momentum from last
Buckets vs. Wastemanz
GM Jonathan Wynn may have had the biggest pick-up in the
off-season. Al Brown, A Buckets All Star regarded as one
of the best scorers in Gold Division, will team up with Dell
Well, another prolific scorer/All Star making his Gold
Division return on Season 46.
Wastemanz, a rookie team
from last season, gained momentum late last season and with a
season under their belt, could be making huge strides in their
Sophomore season. All Star GM Warren Forbes may be having
to put up more shots this season as Bishop Mency starts
Season 46 with an injury. Stay tuned...
Try Hards vs. Quetzacoatl
analysts were calling rookie team, Quetzacoatl, the Spurs last
season, as GM Chris Escoto managed a team that knew how
to win, but lacked highlight plays, dunks, and alley oops
featured in other Gold Division teams. After further review,
apologies must be made as Quetzacoatl featured several in your
face daggers, courtesy of Ed Hernandez and All Star Chris Escoto.
"Found myself watching
a lot of highlights from those guys...Chris and Ed," said a
league editor. "Those two know how to create shots and they hit
a lot of tough shots against their defender."
The Sophomores take on
Try Hards, a team that hasn't submitted their roster.
Breakdown vs. Zu's Finest
may be new to Superstar and in their second season, they could
be one of the oldest teams in Gold Division. The team has size
and experience but when it comes to the run-and-gun style played
in Gold Division, Breakdown may be at a disadvantage. GM Pablo
Sanchez had added Mike Hernandez to the roster and the
team still features 7-footer, Chris Oliver. They have a
tough match-up against the Reaves Brothers along with Chris
Reaves, a veteran player who played pro in China several years
Zu's Finest is looking
stacked this season as Nate Reaves and Ben Reaves
welcome the return of Chris Reaves. Nate and Ben are two
of the craftiest back-court players in Gold Division and they
are surrounded by 2-way players that enjoy playing defense.
Skill set wise, both teams have it and this could technically be
one of the more entertaining games in Gold Division this
Prodigy Plug vs. The Rock
former Champions, return to Superstar and they're welcomed by
newly crowned Champions, Prodigy Plug.
Both teams haven't
submitted their roster.
City Boyz vs Unfinished
like we're having a reunion in the Season Opener as former Fire
Squad players, Otto Guillermo and Brandon Ortiz (City Boyz) face
off against Marcus Eggum (Unfinished). The 3 All Stars teamed up
for Fire Squad last season but a disappointing finish had Fire
Squad calling it quits. With a new decade comes a new start as
Unfinished GM, Marcus Eggum, takes on a new role as a
LJ Besong played with
Stay Up and after a disappointing stint with the franchise, LJ
decided it was time to run his own team. Otto and Brandon should
provide him with scoring and experience and don't look now
but... this match-up could be the game of the week in the
SkyRyse vs. USA Hoops Academy
Donovan Morris, one of the most skilled and passionate
trainers in the area, leads Sky Ryse against rookie team, USA
Both rosters have been
submitted and USA Hoops Academy features several rookies making
their debut in Superstar.
Mark Turner, a
sharp-shooter from Cali Raisins (Bronze Division) was consistent
last season and GM Donovan Morris was one of the top players in
Platinum Division a year ago (Team Challenge ALS). Look for
SkyRyse to make a statement in their season opener.
Entourage vs. The Heights
GM, Joey Cejudo, returned to All Star form last season as
Entourage had their best season in recent years. Wanting all the
smoke, Joey was disappointed with the team list when Platinum
Division revealed just 6 teams early in the week. With Beast
Tribe, Goon Squad, Underrated and now East LA Dream Team,
Entourage could be getting the smoke they were looking for. They
take on the former Champions, The Heights, as All-MVP, Ryan
Carter looks to fill up the highlight reel in the
celebrated early season success last season improving their
record to 4-0 in Season 45 before things got shaky. Losing
Roderick Evans Taylor to Entourage ended up biting Powerball
in the end and losing to Underrated, with just 4 players, had
Powerball losing their early season momentum in the Playoffs.
They hope to have a fresh start as GM Coach Randy Raphael
leads the team against Goon Squad.
Squad has a double-header in their season opener and GM
Julious Patin is rehabbing from the bench. J showed plenty
of heart trying to play his way out of injury last season but
further damage could have been prevented, had he sat out... but
#mambamentality... said otherwise. Managing the team from the
bench could be a blessing in disguise as JT Roach makes a
return to the franchise.
East LA Dream Team vs. Goon Squad
Squad escape the season-opener with a .500 record? Both
Powerball and East LA Dream Team are formidable opponents but
athleticism seems to favor Goon Squad. East LA Dream Team,
former 3-time Champions, do not have the best athletes but their
team play and their focus on the intangibles have produced
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