2021 WINTER  |  SEASON 47
WEEK 6


 

By: League Analyst
Contributing Writer

 SATURDAY GAMES

 

Scorpions vs. South Central
BRONZE DIVISION
12:40 p.m.

Both teams are looking for their first win as Pacoima based, Scorpions, take on South Central.

Scorpions lost to Hennyboyz on Week 4, 67-36, as 3 players scored in double digits. Malik Baker finished with 10 pts, 5 blocks while Kyle Oggs added 12 pts, 8 rebs. Eric Alvarado scored 10 pts but outside of the 3 players, the rest of the squad scored just 4 points. The lack of scoring from the rookie team could be problematic against rookie team South Central, a team that has depth and defenders.

South Central lost to Blazers, 64-58, as John Henderson finished with a double-double, 20 pts, 14 rebs. Juan Ramos added 11 pts, 4 rebs while Mark Brown finished with 12 pts. The team has a lot of players and the rotation is the team's biggest problem - which is a good problem to solve. The team has more talent than their counterparts but solving the team's rotation is key to earning their first win of the season.

 

Blazers vs. The Hills
BRONZE DIVISION
1:40 p.m.

 

Blazers defeated South Central on Week 4 as Sebastian Loera led the team with 31 pts, 8 three-pointers and was the first Blazers player named Player of the Week. Julian Chavez finished with 10 pts, 3 rebs while Mario Navarette added 10 pts. The team only had 6 players against South Central but that opened a lot of playing time for the young Blazers players. The team got into rhythm and shot well from 3-pt range, an area they shot 37% from.

The Hills are struggling with a 0-3 start and GM Sergio Gomez blames it on the schedule. Gomez feels that having bye weeks in between doesn't help his team get into rhythm so with their second straight week playing, The Hills should win this one against Blazers. If The Hills loses to Blazers, Sergio needs to find another excuse as to why The Hills is winless this season.

 

LR135 Thunder vs. Jets
PLATINUM DIVISION
2:40 p.m.

 

LR135 Thunder showed up with just 4 players against Concrete as Calvin Hollins carried the team with 20 pts, 8 rebs and 4 three-pointers. The rest of the team showed up late and believe it or not, the team played better when they had 4 players suited against Concrete. They won't get away with a 4-man roster against Jets, a team that re-loaded and won their first game of the season last week against AYMHIIGH Disciples.

Jets won a thrilling match-up as Domo (28 pts, 9 rebs) and Jonathan Guzman (16 pts, 7 rebs) made their season debut for Jets. Jarret Gant added 8 pts while the game's hero, Art Ponton, finished with 6 pts, 2 stls. If Jets shows up with their new players, they should have their first winning streak of the season.

 

Hilltop vs. TEAMNOSNEAKYSTUFF
PLATINUM DIVISION
3:40 p.m.

 

With tournaments and injuries, Hilltop hasn't been on the schedule for almost a month. Will that brief hiatus have their players rested or will rust creep in against TEAMNOSNEAKYSTUFF?

Hilltop defeated Jets on Week 2, 77-60, as Jordan Demuynick finished with 36 pts, 6 rebs, and 5 three-pointers. Billy Nguyen added 12 pts, 3 rebs while Jesus Orbina finished with 10 pts. GM Lance Ortiz led all players with 10 assists, 4 steals, and 3 pts. Hilltop has quietly climbed the rankings with a 2-0 start and they face another team that's 2-0, TEAMNOSNEAKYSTUFF.

TEAMNOSNEAKYSTUFF defeated Concrete in their last outing as Haze Jtimier led all players with 20 pts, 6 three-pointers on 46.2% shooting. Dean Cello added 14 pts, 5 rebs while GM Franklin Canales added 9 pts, 5 rebs. Both teams are on the older side in terms of age and this is an even match-up where experience will determine who gets their first loss of the season. Both teams are well coached and this match-up could come down to the wire.

 

Chicle vs. Stay Up
BRONZE DIVISION
6:00 p.m.

 

Chicle got on the W column against Cali Shockers in their last match-up beating the rookie team, 99-64.

Jae Simbol finished with 24 pts, 6 rebs and 6 asts while Steven Trujillo scored 26 pts, 5 three-pointers and 2 steals. Jeff Briegel finished with 21 pts, 8 rebs, 4 asts while Chris Escoto, a newcomer for Chicle, added 12 pts, 9 rebs and 2 asts. The team out-rebounded their opponents, 48-21 while shooting 53.5% from the field. The win was so good, their opponents requested for Sunday games only for the rest of the year - as if that was the problem when playing against one of the top teams in Bronze Division.

Stay Up had a thrilling 66-64 win over The Hills as LJ Besong hit the game winner while finishing with 26 pts, 10 rebs and 3 stls. Vince Rodriguez III added 31 pts, 6 rebs and 3 stls while Esteban added 6 pts, 2 stls. The team's defensive stopper, Jerome Anderson, is a key addition and he led the team with 6 assists. This is the team's biggest match-up of the season and a win here could be a huge statement against the rest of the Bronze Division.

 

ACODJ vs. Block Party
BRONZE DIVISION
7:00 p.m.

 

ACODJ lost to Buckets in their last outing, 61-57 as Ben Reaves finished with 23 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts. The team played without their other scorer in Michael Dominguez and against Block Party, Dominguez needs to be in the lineup. Damon Sway was the second leading scorer with 16 while Juan finished with 10 pts, 8 rebs. They face an undefeated Block Party and scoring has been ACODJ's biggest concern this season. Two players are lethal scores in Bronze Division but outside of Dominguez and Reaves, ACODJ seems to be a 2-man team.

Block Party is just as deep as the house music Ben Reaves plays as a hobby. Four players scored in double digits last week as Rob Talamontes finished with 24 pts, 4 three-pointers and was named Player of the Week. Ryan Abraham finished with 21 pts, 4 rebs while Ryan Espinoza added 12 pts, 4 rebs. The team played without 2 of their big scorers in GM Anthony Camacho and Chris Dees and still defeated one of the top teams in Bronze Division, previously undefeated Blazing Kings.

 

Breakdown vs. Los Lobos
GOLD DIVISION
8:00 p.m.

 

Los Lobos last defeated Zu's Finest on Week 4 as Tray Caples led all players with 18 pts, 6 rebs and 3 asts. GM Christian Preciado added 10 pts, 5 rebs and 5 asts while Alex Ortiz finished with 17 pts, 9 rebs. Los Lobos looked re-loaded in their 2nd game of the season but now they face a team that's also re-loaded, Breakdown.

Breakdown added Mike Munoz (19 pts, 12 rebs) and Eric Alvarez (18 pts, 5 asts) and despite the loss to Reigning Champions, Buckets, Breakdown looked pretty good. Juan Pena shot 53.8% from the field while finishing with 18 pts. GM Pablo Sanchez is playing limited minutes and he finished with 3 asts, 4 rebs, and 3 pts.

 

Wastemanz vs. Zu's Finest
GOLD DIVISION
9:00 p.m.

Wastemanz hit a game-tying 3 pointer that was waved off against USA Hoops Academy as Wastemanz returned to Superstar with a loss, 86-83. Despite the year off to Covid, Wastemanz looked like they haven't miss a beat as Bishop Mency led all players with 24 pts, 9 rebs and 4 three-pointers. Wesley Forbes finished with 12 pts while GM Warren Forbes added 8 pts, 7 rebs. Zander Smith was the second leading scorer with 20 pts. Wastemanz has a loaded roster while Zu's Finest is running with just 6.

Zu's Finest needs to add depth and against Los Lobos, they lost 53-46. GM Ben Reaves finished with 19 pts, 4 asts while Nate Reaves added 6 pts on 28.6% shooting. Jeff Jordan added 4 pts, 6 rebs while Jarris Jordan scored 4 pts and a team-high, 3 stls. Zu's Finest key to winning is adding more players because a 6 man roster against Wastemanz won't get it done.

 

 SUNDAY GAMES

 

Cali Shockers vs. Buckets
BRONZE DIVISION
6:30 p.m.

 

Cali Shockers last played on Week 4 losing to Chicle, 99-64. They hope to bounce back against Buckets, a team that won their match-up against ACODJ, 61-57.

Cal Shockers had 3 players score in double digits as Ajaun McLaughlin finished with 21 pts, 3 three-pointers. Joe Ramirez added 15 pts, 3 asts while GM Michael Weston added 17 pts, 3 stls. Cali Shockers shot just 36.2% from the field and against a much bigger team in Buckets, Cali Shockers can't settle for 3-pointers. The team shot just 34.5% from downtown against Chicle and were out-rebounded, 48-21.

Derrick Tamanaha was on fire for Buckets, finishing with 27 pts, 5 three-pointers in their last outing. David Williams added 13 pts while Center Jonathan Spaniol added 4 pts, 7 rebs, 3 blocks. Offensively, Spaniol has been struggling this season but when he gets going, Buckets will be tough to beat. GM Jonathan Wynn needs to get Spaniol at the top of the key where he shoots a high percentage from the field.

 

City Boyz vs. SkyRyse
GOLD DIVISION
7:30 p.m.

 

City Boyz defeated Life Alert, 58-49 on Week 4. GM LJ Besong finished with 11 pts while Brandon Ortiz led the team with 18 pts, 3 three-pointers and 6 rebs. Udengwu Nnadi scored 15 pts, 8 rebs while Damon Sullivan added 3 pts. City Boyz is stacked with players and playing time has been an issue for the team, despite their 2-0 start.

SkyRyse defeated Unfazed Ballers, 43-41, as SkyRyse Center Nick Pacitti led the way with 18 pts o 87.5% shooting. Nick was fundamentally sound down the stretch showing off his ability to hit the bank shots and mid-range 10 footers. Andrew Bongo added 7 pts, 8 rebs while GM Donovan Morris finished with 4 pts, 6 rebs, 6 asts.

 

Prodigy Plug vs. The Rock
GOLD DIVISION
8:30 p.m.

 

The Rock returns to action after a year off due to Covid. They face former Champions, Prodigy Plug.

Prodigy Plug has a tendency to win close games this season with thrillers against Most Hated and Dream. Their last win was over Dream, 73-72 as Darae Elliot led all players with 31 pts, 10 rebs, 2 stls. Adam Flash added 16 pts, 8 rebs, 5 asts while Isaiah Watson finished with 12 pts, 5 rebs, 2 stls. Prodigy Plug combined to out-rebound their opponents, 32-24  while shooting 46.8% from the field. In their 3rd game of the season, don't expect any close wins as they face a team that's returning after a whole year off.

 

P4E vs. SkyRyse
PLATINUM DIVISION
9:30 p.m.

 

P4E has had the toughest schedule in the league thus far. They've faced undefeated team, Undisputed Division, Reigning Champions, The Heights, and now they face MVP Donovan Morris and SkyRyse. Will their losing streak end this Sunday?

SkyRyse defeated Beast Tribe, 78-70 on Week 5 as Markus Monroe finished with a game-high, 21 pts, 2 rebs and 3 asts. Monroe was named Player of the Week making him the second POW from SkyRyse along with MVP, Donovan Morris. Morris finished with 13 pts, 7 rebs, 10 asts while Marcus Bell finished with 15 pts, 9 rebs, 4 stls. SkyRyse committed just 8 turnovers and combined to shoot 42.6% from the field.

Against The Heights, P4E was led by Justin Young who finished with 14 pts, 2 rebs, 3 asts. Kenny Barnes added 12 pts, 7 rebs and 2 asts while Marquis finished with 13 pts, 2 rebs and 2 asts. The team struggled from the charity stripe shooting just 58.8% and committed 16 turnovers. The team must take care of the ball or GM Don Weyrick is going to see P4E scratch the L column for the 3rd time this season.

 

Concrete vs. The Heights
PLATINUM DIVISION
10:30 p.m.

 

Concrete won the layup scrimmage against LR135 Thunder, 63-45 as four players scored in double digits for Concrete. Konlile finished with 18 pts, 7 rebs, 6 asts while Troy Perry added 12 pts, 5 asts. Aesh Dabbas scored 13 but against The Heights, don't look for scoring to come so easily against the Defending Champions.

The Champs are 1-1 this season and in their last win, Ryan Carter had 29 pts, 2 rebs, 2 asts. Adam Flash added 11 pts, 5 rebs while Isaiah Watson finished with 5 pts, 4 rebs. Sammie Archer made his season debut with 9 pts while Tourre Atwater finished with 4 pts. As loaded as The Heights is, they k now competition is tougher this season and they cannot overlook Concrete, a team that's recently reloaded with top rookie, Konlile.

 

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