SPRING | SEASON 46
By: League Analyst
GAMES AT BALDWIN PARK HIGH SCHOOL
Blazers vs. Foundation
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
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
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
Hennyboyz vs. Cali Raisins
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
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
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
Eazy Money vs. Public Enemy
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
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
Buckets vs. Eazy Money
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
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
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
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
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.
SOUTH HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
Quetzacoatl vs. Zu's Finest
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
Try Hards vs Unfinished
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
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
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
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
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
Entourage vs. Powerball
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
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
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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