WINTER | SEASON 47
By: League Analyst
Blazing Kings vs Try Hards
Blazing Kings is 1-1 and have 4 players averaging double digits
in scoring this season. Playoff P is averaging 19.0 ppg
while Garrison Deshay is tops averaging a team-high, 21
ppg. The team's only loss comes against undefeated team Block
Party, a team that is now ranked #1 in the division. Blazing
Kings is shooting 28.9% overall from 3-pt range but their
biggest asset is their ability to score in the paint thanks to
guys like Garrison and Kevin Price (11.0 ppg).
Hards is 2-1 and 2 players are averaging double digits in
scoring for the East LA team. "Brodie" Fernando Ramos
leads the team with 17.3 ppg while Brandon Riojas is
averaging 15.0 ppg. The team averages 73.3% from inside the
paint while shooting 50% from beyond the arch. The team's imo is
their running game but if their offense gets stagnant like it
did on Game 1 against Outlawz, they could be in trouble. As long
as Try Hards doesn't get 18 pt leads to start the game, they'll
try hard in trying to win the game instead of holding on to a
Powerball vs. Try Hards
Powerball's last loss was a forgettable loss against Most Hated.
They're 1-1 and hoping to bounce back against Try Hards.
Powerball was led by Khalil Williams who finished with 16
pts, 10 rebounds while Geoff Vaughn added 13 pts.
Anthony Farmer scored 8 pts but was visibly a step or 2
behind his defender. With plenty of time off from their last
game, many are wondering if Powerball worked on their
conditioning or will they show up a speed slower against Try
had his worst shooting performance in Bronze Division last
weekend so look for him to bounce back in a huge way in Gold.
Derrick Tamanaha is averaging a league-leading 39.5 ppg in
Gold while averaging 55.8% from the field. Ever Garcia is
averaging 12.5 ppg while Smoov is averaging 13.5 ppg in 2
games this season. Try Hards is undefeated with a 2-0 start and
don't look for Try Hards to end that streak, unless Markus
Monroe shows up for Powerball, focused and ready to lock down
the division's best offensive player.
Fuerza vs. Zu's Finest
Abner Rodriguez is on vacation again and you know what
that means for Fuerza... another inspired win. All jokes aside,
Fuerza seems to run like clockwork even without their GM and
that credit goes a lot to Abner himself. A second Fuerza win
(first was in Bronze against Buckets) will validate that
statement as they take on Zu's Finest, a team looking for their
first win. Mike Martin is averaging 18.5 ppg while
Josh Giron is scoring 17.5 ppg Cevin Garret is
scoring 17.0 ppg and 7.7 rpg. Rob Talamantes and Jonathan Sirait
are poised enough to lead the team without Abner so look for the
backcourt to take charge against Zu's Finest.
Zu's Finest All Star
point guard, Ben Reaves, is playing his best basketball in two
seasons. Ben is averaging 20.5 ppg, 2.0 apg while shooting 46.9%
from the field. The late games haven't been easy for Zu's Finest
and now that they're back to afternoon games, we'll see how they
perform on a favorable schedule. Nate Reaves is scoring
11.0 ppg while Jay is averaging 13.0 ppg.
City Boyz vs East LA Dream Team
is 3-0 and GM LJ Besong was concerned with his roster
after finding out several players are leaving City Boyz.
Steven David (Powerball) and Tyler Baskett (Buckets)
have all parted ways with undefeated City Boyz and the league is
informing City Boyz that they still have 4 roster slots. LJ Is
playing his best in Gold this season averaging 12.7 ppg, and a
team-high, 4.3 apg. Brandon Ortiz is still a walking bucket,
averaging 20.0 ppg while newcomer Udengwu Ninadi is
averaging 16.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg.
This game was a late
addition thanks to several Platinum Division teams declining to
play at the 3:30 time slot on Saturday. East LA Dream Team took
the slot and the team is 1-1 with their last lost coming against
Cali RH‘CKITíS. Their biggest asset is their veteran core, the
ones who don't put up numbers but are willing to sacrifice their
bodies to make the right plays. Coach Reyes Cervantes
gets the maximum effort from this players and he needs to be on
the sidelines if East LA Dream Team is looking to give City Boyz
their first L of the season.
Jets vs. Outlawz
looking for their first win of the season, are playing against
undefeated team, Outlawz. Jets are 0-3 and have replaced some of
their players that are MIA with Devin Chambers (21.0 ppg)
and Christopher Partida (26.0 ppg). They are averaging
46% from the field while shooting 37% from inside the arch. Jets
might not be as fast as Outlawz and that could be a problem if
they don't control the tempo. Once Outlawz get in their running
game and are moving the ball around, it's going to be tough for
Jets to upset Outlawz.
On the stats sheet,
Outlawz look terrible. Sal Escandon is averaging a
team-high, 19.3 ppg while a couple of players are averaging 9
ppg including JC Banda, David Munoz, and Andrew Martinez.
The truth is, these guys play for each other and the ball is
constantly moving. It doesn't matter who scores as long as the
team wins, and their 3-0 record is an example of that. The
former Champions haven't even had their former MVP on the floor
(Fernando Ruiz) and Rick Gutierrez is playing with a bad knee.
USA Hoops Academy vs. Unfazed Ballers
Academy is 1-1 with their last win coming against Wastemanz.
Alwynn Sadler is averaging 21.0 ppg while Jon Strachan
is scoring 19.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg. The team is shooting 34% from 3-pt
range while averaging 37.0 rpg. Jet Ting is averaging 8.0
ppg while Joe Ceballos is scoring 10.0 ppg. The team's
turnovers have jumped this season to 11.0 topg from 6.6 last
season and the team needs to be careful with the rock if they're
going to beat Unfazed Ballers.
Unfazed Ballers' last win
comes against SkyRyse as Anthony Fitzpatrick led the team
with 16 rebs, 11 pts. John G. added 13 pts while Dengio
S. finished with 12 pts. GM Devon Bonner added 7 pts
while Junior Muntu finished with 5 pts. While both teams
play uptempo, team chemistry seems to favor USA Hoops Academy, a
team that's been together for years.
vs. Life Alert
their last match-up against Shooters as Andy Torices and
Gelaun Wheelwright led the team with 22 pts. Andre
Allen was the third leading scorer with 18 pts while Hez
Banks led the team with 10 rebs, 6 pts. Cali shot 21.4% from
3-pt range while shooting 64.3% from the charity stripe. They've
lost winnable games and against Life Alert, a team looking for
their first win, the team needs to capitalize on a "winnable
Jose Bonilla leads
Life Alert with 21.0 ppg while Rafael Aguierre is
averaging 11.0 ppg. Arthur Jacobs is scoring 9.5 ppg while GM
Daniel Gutierrez is averaging 5.0 ppg. The team is averaging
10 three's per contest while shooting 31.8% from beyond the
arch. The rookies have struggled in their 2 games with losses
coming against Try Hards and City Boyz.
Buckets vs. Most Hated
Match-up between Buckets' Al Brown and Most Hated's Ryan
Carter won't happen with Al Brown missing this match-up. Can
Most Hated, a team that's 1-2, even their record against the
Reigning Champions, Buckets? Most Hated put on a show in their
last contest as Ryan Carter finished with 37 pts, 11 rebs.
Ismael Arellano scored 23 against Powerball while Zach
Hinton added 13 pts. Their one of the most talented 1-2
teams and GM Noel Marquez needs a win now before Ryan leaves on
a national tour for the next 2 weeks.
Buckets will be missing
Al Brown's production of 29.3 ppg, 3.0 apg. Dell Well
is expected to step up and he is averaging 24.7 ppg. Mike
Karinu is scoring 8.7 ppg while GM Jonathan Wynn is
averaging 8.3 ppg. Former Finals MVP, Dre, is expected to
return to Buckets in the next few weeks.
Foundation vs. Hennyboyz
teams are 1-1 as Foundation take on Hennyboyz in their 3rd game
of the season.
Aaron DeAnda leads
Hennyboyz with 17.0 ppg while GM Austin Garzon is
averaging 13.5 ppg. James Santiago is averaging 17.0 ppg while
Aaron DeAnda has a team-high, 6 three-pointers. The team
averages just 24.0 rpg despite having one of the biggest teams
in Bronze Division. Hennyboyz have improved their field goal
percentage to 43.6% this season, up from 37.9% from a season
Hennyboyz in size but what they lack is youth and speed to
match-up against Hennyboyz. Their experience is a huge advantage
and Foundation's championship experience is tops in the
division. Terrence Martin and Jacob Moran have
been on a tear in the scoring column while Will Manea and
Aaron Boyd have been active on the boards.
Cali Shockers vs. Cali Raisins
battle of the Cali teams as Cali Shockers take on Cali Raisins
in what could be the most competitive match-up of the night.
Three players are
averaging double-digits in scoring for Cali Raisins as Jaime
Villalbos leads the team with 19.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg. Jacob
Turner is averaging 18.3 ppg while David Aguilera is
scoring 16.0 ppg. The head of the beast is All Star G Jordan
Ramos who averages a division-high, 7.3 ppg. Jordan has
found his mid-range shot in Gold Division and that's carrying
over to his Bronze games where he's averaging 7.0 ppg.
Cali Raisins shocked
Buckets in their last outing as Ajaun McLaughlin led the
team with 22 pts. Donovan L finished with 11 while GM
Michael Weston added 15. Greg Hamilton finished with
10 pts, 4 assists but a lot of their win had to do with their
defense. They stopped division-leading, Derrick Tamanaha
from scoring (30 ppg) limiting him to just 17 pts. If they can
shut down one of the league's premier point guards from
distributing, Cali Shockers could shock another top tier Bronze
Dream vs. Shooters
1-2 while Shooters is 1-1. The league has been wanting to see
this match-up as one of Bronze Division's fastest players, Jake
Turner, takes on some of his teammates from Cali Raisins' Gold
Division affiliate team, Dream.
started his new Gold Division team this season and he is
averaging 10.0 ppg, 4.0 apg. Jake benefits a lot from playing
with teammate, Jordan Ramos, by being on the receiving end of
Jordan's timely passes but on his Gold team, he's doing most of
the playmaking himself. Marcell Mount is averaging 25.0
ppg while Dominique Daniel is averaging 32 ppg. A role
player for SkyRyse's Platinum Division team, Dominique showed he
can shoot lights out from long distance hitting 9 three-pointers
to lead Shooters in their last win.
Jordan Ramos is
averaging 6.3 ppg and a division-leading, 8.0 apg for Dream.
Terone Johnson is averaging 21.0 ppg, 2.5 apg while Jaime
Villalobos is averaging 18.5 ppg, 1.5 apg. Victor Lee
is scoring 13.5 ppg while Josh Whitaker is averaging 14.3
ppg, 5.3 rpg. Dream is on a 2 game skid with tough losses
against SkyRyse and Prodigy Plug.
The Heights vs. AYMHIIGH
Heights have a double-header as they take on AYMHIIGH and
TEAMNOSNEAKYSTUFF. The Reigning Platinum Division Champions
won't have the services of All-MVP, Ryan Carter, who is
out for 2-3 weeks. GM Min Park has his team winning their
last 2 but these next 2 will be a test as they play without the
Reigning Player of the Week / Reigning Finals MVP. The Heights
will be missing 36.3 ppg from Mr. Carter as Isaiah Watson
averages 11.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg. Buddha Boyd is scoring 8.5
ppg while Adam Flash is averaging 10.0 ppg. With or
without Ryan, GM Min Park knows how to get the best out of his
players so don't look for The Heights to miss a beat without
AYMHIIGH should be 2-1
but a crazy sequence in the last 2 seconds against Jets has the
team at 1-2. Bobby Kovach made his return this season and
the Hall of Famer is averaging a team-high, 20.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg.
GM AJ Thomas is averaging a team-high, 3.7 apg, 6.7 ppg
while Desmond Spencer is averaging 17.5 ppg. AJ James is
scoring 8.0 ppg while Parnell Jones is averaging 10.0 ppg.
The team is averaging 43.2% from the field while dishing for
The Heights vs. TEAMNOSNEAKYSTUFF
aint no SneakyStuff in The Heights cuz word on the street is,
ALL-MVP is out of town. TEAMNOSNEAKYSTUFF was also missing their
All-MVP in Omar Alameddine, losing their last match-up against
"No Omar, No Win..."
thought the League Commissioner.
"I can already hear
Omar saying it, ya'll need me?" said TNSS GM, Franklin Canales.
It's funny that the
League Commish and the team's GM were both thinking the same
thing after that loss but what's not funny is TNSS is undefeated
with Omar, and he is the team's MVP. AJ Hollins led the
team with 19 while Dean Cello finished with 15. Haze
Jtimier scored 14 while Michael Earl finished with 8
pts. While size is favorable to TNSS, The Heights' youth and
athleticism spells problems for the rookie team. If they can
find a way to control the tempo against The Champs, they'll have
a fighting chance at beating them, without the league's MVP in
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