2020 SPRING  |  SEASON 46
WEEK 2


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 

GAMES AT BALDWIN PARK HIGH SCHOOL

 

Blazers vs. Foundation
BRONZE DIVISION
8:30 a.m.

 

Both teams lost their season opener with Blazers losing to Fuerza and Foundation falling to Defending Champions, Outlawz. Ironically, both winning teams - Fuerza and Outlawz, were beefing on Saturday morning about Fuerza stacking their roster and all eyes are on the potential Rivalry match-up between both teams. Meanwhile, both Blazers and Foundation are looking for their first win.

 

Blazers were led by Martin Santoya in their season opener against Cali Raisins. Martin finished with 31 points while both Justin Chavez and Mario Navarette finished with 21 apiece. The team out-worked Cali Raisins on the glass, 47-33 but shot a forgttable 24% from 3-point territory. GM Eric Crespo needs the team to take care of the ball as Blazers combined for 14 turnovers.

 

Foundation competed in the 1st half against the Reigning Champions (Outlawz) but Father Time proved to be too strong as most of the players played winded in the 2nd half. The emphasis for the team was to get the old guys going so look for the elder statesmen to play with more fire this week. Last week, Kennon Rude led the team with 15 points while League Commish, Hanz Jimenez, added 11 points on 57.1% shooting. Terrence Martin finished 14 boards, and 6 assists as the team combined for 11 dimes. The team shot 35.8% overall but a woeful 44.4% from the charity stripe.

 

 

Outlawz vs. United
BRONZE DIVISION
9:30 a.m.

 

Defending Champions, Outlawz, welcome one of their very own, Daniel Donato and United, back to Superstar as United makes their season debut against the homies. With Outlawz being outspoken and calling out Fuerza this past weekend, expect Outlawz to play with intensity against the homies in United.

 

Fernando Ruiz led the team in scoring last week with 24 points while David Munoz led Outlawz with 5 assists, 17 points. JC Banda finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. The team was short-handed against the geriatric Foundation team but that didn't seem to matter as the Champs turned it on in the 2nd quarter. Don't expect any slow starts from Outlawz because Fuerza may have just woke up the inner beast.


 

Hennyboyz vs. Cali Raisins
BRONZE DIVISION
10:30 a.m.

 

Hennyboyz lost their season opener against Fuerza and this weekend, they face a smaller team in Cali Raisins. Despite the size advantage, Cali Raisins will be looking to run circles against Hennyboyz.

 

Jarbas Frin led Hennyboyz with 22 points, 4 steals while Gabe Gamboa added 8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists. Former GM, Austin Garzon, finished with 4 points in the season-opener while Alen Alexis finished with 2 points. Look for Hennyboyz to dominate the post with Center Gus Garzon controlling the paint for Hennyboyz.

 

Player of the Week, Jordan Ramos, led Cali Raisins with a near triple double - 18 points, 11 assists, and 6 rebounds. Six players scored in double figures as Jacob Turner led the way with 24 points. Korey Davis and Kevin Chow both had 15 points apiece for Cali Raisins, a finalist last season. Look for Cali Raisins to get out on the open court against Hennyboyz, a team that was on hiatus last season.

 

 

Stay Up vs. Fuerza
BRONZE DIVISION
11:30 a.m.

 

Stay Up is looking for their first win against veteran team, Fuerza. If last week was a preview of this week, then it might be a LONG DAY for Stay Up.

 

Stay Up had just 1 player score in double figures last week - Rich Gangcuango, who finished with 15 points, 2 assists. New GM Raymond Mercado added 3 points, 8 boards while Matt Gunawan finished with 7 points, 2 assists. Alden Black added 6 points as the team combined to shoot just 26.9% from the field. Playing against two of the Top 4 teams in Bronze, look for Stay Up's schedule to ease up starting on Week 3. (cough)

 

Fuerza routed Hennyboyz in the season-opener and look for that trend to continue as Fuerza faces Stay Up, a team currently in last place in Bronze. Four of the five players that played on Week 1 scored in double-figures as newly acquired F Tim Austin finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds. All Star GM Abner Rodriguez finished with 11 points, 10 assists while both Rob Talamares and Oliver Matthews finished with 18 apiece. Look for Fuerza to fill up the stats sheet on Week 2.

 

 

Eazy Money vs. Public Enemy
BRONZE DIVISION
12:30 p.m.

 

Eazy Money plays their season opener against Public Enemy, a team that played with plenty of motivation in their season debut. There was a time when these two were rivals and we'll see if these two teams can re-ignite the fire back from 2 seasons ago.

 

Public Enemy was led by Aaron Boyd who finished with 25 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists. Ian Kekawa was the second leading scorer with 20 points, 8 boards while Joseph Flores, former GM, finished with 10. Disappointed he isn't competing at the cancelled Arnold Sports Expo this weekend, look for GM Kosmond Russell to do some heavy lifting in this match-up.

 

 

Buckets vs. Eazy Money
GOLD DIVISION
1:30 p.m.

 

Eazy Money looks like they're starting Season 46 against familiar faces. First, the Bronze Division team faces their "friends" from Public Enemy, a team that got them disqualified them from the Playoffs in Season 44. In Gold Division, Eazy Money GM, Steven Ancheata, faces former teammate, Jonathan Wynn, a cold-hearted GM who has a habit of deserting this teammates.

 

Playing in the Rancho League, Steven Ancheta and Wynn were teammates until Wynn showed him the door because Ancheta wasn't about "winning".  Ancheta isn't the only one getting shown the door as The Rock's Ed Principe was left hanging, and didn't find out about not being on the roster until he saw the team's roster a week ago. It's been a decade since Buckets won trophies and this time around, GM Jonathan Wynn has stacked the deck. Al Brown, Player of the Week, finished with 37 on Week 1 while Dell Well added 19. Mike Karimu finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds and 3 steals while Glenn Payne added 5 points, 3 assists. Look for Buckets to build on momentum from a week ago.

 

 

Bullets vs. Breakdown
GOLD DIVISION
2:30 p.m.

 

Breakdown survived a gut-wrenching win against Zu's Finest as both teams battled back and forth in the season-opener. Breakdown takes on Bullets, a team making their season debut on Week 2.

 

Center Chris Oliver dominated the paint with 28 points, 9 rebounds on 63.6% shooting. Eric Alvarez led the team with 29 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals while Matt Zamora added 19 points. The team was out-rebounded, 48-33 despite being bigger than Zu's Finest. On average, Breakdown is the oldest in Gold Division and that experience can either help them or hurt them depending on the match-up.

 

Bullets like to run and get physical against their opponents. Historically, the team dominates Regular Seasons but Playoffs have been a different story. GM Daniel Donato is hoping that this season could be the Championship season for Bullets because this Summer... =X

 

 

Prodigy Plug vs. Wastemanz
GOLD DIVISION
3:30 p.m.

 

Prodigy Plug had 4 players score in double-figures last weekend as Roderick Evans Taylor led the onslaught with 22 points, 4 three pointers and 7 boards. The defending Champions defeated The Rock, 69-58 but against Wastemanz, this could a tightly contested affair.

 

Wastemanz lost their season opener, 79-70, against one of the top teams in Gold Division, Buckets. Wesley Forbes finished with a double-double, 18 points and 11 rebounds while Zander Smith added 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. Wastemanz matched Buckets in athleticism but what they lacked was experience playing against one of the veteran teams in the league. GM Warren Forbes struggled from 3-point territory last week (23.1%) while finishing with 11 points. Look for him to bounce back against the defending Champions.

 

Prodigy Plug defeated The Rock, 69-58, as Kevin Price finished with 13 points, 4 boards. Isaiah Watson scored 17 points while Jeff Briegel scored 14. The team is bigger than previous seasons and they appear to have more talent on the horizon. Garrison Deshay, All Star MVP, is expected to make his season debut along with Adam Flash, later on in the season. All Star GM, Playoff P, is hungrier than ever to defend his first Championship.

 

 

GAMES AT SOUTH HILLS HIGH SCHOOL

 

 

 

Quetzacoatl vs. Zu's Finest
GOLD DIVISION
2:15 p.m.

 

Both teams are in their second season but Quetzacoatl has had itself quite the winter. The addition of 3 scorers could pay off down the stretch as GM Chris Escoto made key additions in Kimani Lane (15 points, 11 rebounds), Lupe Pena (9 points) and Steve Carpenter (23 points, 6 rebounds).

 

Quetzacoatl wasn't in full throttle in their season opener with Try Hards giving them a scare in regulation period. Once team chemistry develops with the new addition, Quetzacoatl's offense could be a problem for opposing match-ups.

 

Zu's Finest could have easily been 1-0 as All Star GM, Ben Reaves, led the team with 25 points, 7 assists in the season opener. The team played without speedy guard, Nate Reaves and he could be the x-factor in handing Quetzacoatl their first L of the season. Eduardo Servin added 21 points while Michael Dominguez finished with 15 points, 14 boards. Look for the whole team to show up as Zu's Finest looks to avoid a 0-2 start.

 

 

Try Hards vs Unfinished
GOLD DIVISION
3:00 p.m.

 

Try Hards play a double-header against Unfinished and USA Hoops Academy. Try Hards is avoiding a 0-3 start but in this double-header, look for Try Hards to do their damage from beyond the arch.

 

Last week, Try Hards combined for 12 three-pointers while shooting 44.4% from the field. The team shot more shots inside the 3-point line, showing their discipline to take higher efficiency shots. "America's Best Shooter, Derrick Tamanaha, led the way with 32 points, 8 three-pointers while Fernando Ramos added 14 points, 5 boards, 5 assists. "Memo" Lopez finished with 7 while Manny Morales finished with 6 points, 13 boards.

 

Unfinished lost a tightly contested match-up against City Boyz in the season-opener, 55-53. Unfinished trailed, 31-19, at halftime and trailed by double-digits in the 4th. The team rallied behind Marcus Eggum aka "The Lightskin DWade", and he finished with 19 points, 3 boards, 2 assists. Melvin Washington finished with 14 points while Lance Mitchell added 8 points. The rookies are playing just their second game and against an experienced team in Try Hards, they need to be patient with their development.

 

 

Try Hards vs USA Hoops Academy
GOLD DIVISION
4:00 p.m.

 

Will Try Hards remain winless after 3 games? They take on USA Hoops Academy in their second game of a double-header.

 

USA Hoops Academy is looking for their first win of the season after losing the season opener to SkyRyse, 88-78. Last week, the team had 4 players score in double figures as Joe Ceballos led the team with 19 points, 5 boards. Alwynn Sadler added 18 points, 3 boards while Danny Plasencia finished with 17 points. The team shot 40 percent from the floor and 90% from the charity stripe. Look for them to push the tempo against a team that is playing the second game of a double-header.

 

 

The Rock vs. Sky Ryse
GOLD DIVISION
5:00 p.m.

 

The Rock showed plenty of rust against the Defending Champions, Prodigy Plug, on Week 1. Will they make like Taylor Swift and "shake it off" against Sky Ryse?

 

GM Ben Sin is recovering from spinal injury but on a mission to remain active, he wants to keep it discreet that he listens to Taylor Swift while doing aerobics from the convenience of his home. Kenny "Action" Jackson was making his opponents dance last weekend and he tallied 6 assists (should have been 15), 5 points and 2 boards. Chris Ashanti finished with 17 points while Ed Principe scored 11 points. The injury bug is biting deep into The Rock's roster as Kassah Kantiok sits out the season.

 

Sky Ryse got their new jerseys this past weekend and playing with plenty of motivation, look for the team to play with plenty of spring in their step. GM Donovan Morris led the team with 28 points, 8 boards, 6 assists while Nick Pacitti added 18 points, 10 boards. Mark Turner and Jayden Radliffe both finished with 11 apiece for SkyRyse. Against a physical team in The Rock, the team that controls the tempo should walk away with the victory on Week 2.

 

 

Concrete vs. Goon Squad
PLATINUM DIVISION
6:00 p.m.

 

Concrete begins their season against Goon Squad, a team that had a double-header on Week 1.

 

Truth be told, Goon Squad escaped the second game with a win, a game they gave away to East LA Dream Team. The team lost a double-digit lead in the 2nd half and GM Julious Patin needs to have the team playing with focus. In their second game of the evening, Mike Ratliff led the way with 26 points while Josh Gordon added 16. Kevlin Swint scored 17 points while Avery Pike added 5 points, 3 assists. If the team plays sloppy, it could be a 1-2 start for Goon Squad in Season 46.

 

 

Entourage vs. Powerball
PLATINUM DIVISION
7:00 p.m.

 

The top 2 teams face each other on Week 2 as Entourage, the #1 team in Platinum Division, takes on Powerball, the #2 team. In the center of this match-up is former Finals MVP, Roderick Evan Taylor, the former Entourage centerpiece who is getting acclimated to his new team.

 

There was a time when Roderick spent all 40 minutes on the floor but playing just 15 minutes for his new team is going to take time to adjust. Last week, Roderick scored 10 points, 5 rebounds while Dell Well added 18 points, 4 boards. Markus Monroe led the team with 19 points while Mike Peters finished with 14. GM Randy Raphael has a difficult task managing the team's minutes and his roster is stacked as ever.

 

Shad Earby made his franchise debut for Entourage scoring 23 points on 80% shooting. Raby "Red Mamba" Hardaway scored a team-high, 25 points, 4 boards while Miles Ford added 19 points, 6 boards. GM Joey Cejudo led Entourage with 8 rebounds and he finished with 7 points. The team played without CJ Cooper, one of the best scorers for Entourage, and many are wondering if he'll be suited up this weekend against the number 2 team.

 

 

The Heights vs. Underrated
PLATINUM DIVISION
8:00 p.m.

 

Underrated begin Season 46 against The Heights, a team that lost their season-opener against Entourage.

 

The Heights should be bringing in some talent on Week 2 and last week, Ryan Carter had himself a stat-line worthy of Player of the Week honors. 65 points, 6 rebounds, on 70.4% shooting. All-MVP showed improved efficiency from downtown, knocking down 66.7% of three-pointers he took. Ryan knocked down 10 three-pointers in the season debut and if he continues to feel it from beyond the arch, he could be on his way to breaking HIS OWN scoring record.

 

 

Beast Tribe vs. East LA Dream Team
PLATINUM DIVISION
9:00 p.m.

 

Defending Champions, Beast Tribe, make their return against former 3-time Champions, East LA Dream Team. East LA Dream Team was the brunt of officiating last week and against the Champions, officiating could also play a factor.

 

Beast Tribe is one of the smartest teams in the league and with 3 players serving as officials in the past, they know how to leverage calls. It was a wasted effort for East LA Dream Team last weekend as Ever Garcia brought the team back from a double-digit deficit. Ever finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds while Miguel Salazar added 17. Andrew Martinez finished with 15 points, 4 rebounds while Armando Aranda scored 6 points, 10 boards. GM Mario Miramontes has East LA Dream Team well coached as Reyes Cervantes spends most of the time coaching his team from the sidelines. Look for him to figure out how to spoil the Champs' season-opener.

 

 

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