Remember Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey from Saturday Night Live? Well, here's the Bay Area dreamleague's weekly version: Cheep Thoughts. A collection of my thoughts on each game as I go thru the scoresheets and post scores on the website. One-plus minute per game multipled by about 45-50 games and I can knock this beast out in an hour -- yeah right, it always ends up being double. The idea here is that I do not spend hours upon hours of time coming up with game articles...
AAA-6: The MVPs edged Basketballs Of Fury, 38-36. In a low-scoring affair, Aaron Javier scored 7 of his 11 points in the 4th quarter, although it was on 5-for-18 shooting, but it was Jia Chen with the deciding buckets. Chris Liclican once again exploded for 9 points in the 4th quarter for BBOF, but it was his only 9 points of the game as he started a woeful 0-for-8. Center Kevin Cheng had no attempts except 2-for-2 in the 1st and collected only 1 rebound. Maybe the usual high rebounder got injured... Street Hoops used an 18-8 surge in the 3rd quarter to get past the ChopSticks, 54-45. Peter Luu scored 10 of his 27 points in that pivotal 3rd. Vaz San led the ChopSticks with 13-and-10... In the season's shadow of his brother's almost automatic double-double every game, Tyler Chin finally exploded for 18 of his 28 points in the 2nd quarter to help Beast defeat SuperBad, 74-68. He also had 10 rebounds. Brother Mason Chin tallied 14 points, but only 3 rebounds (and 3 blocks). Ross Hiroshima also exploded (finally) for SuperBad, collecting 36 points, 8 rebounds in defeat... GMW defeated Das Boot, 49-3. Mike Lai heated up in the 2nd half, scoring 11 of his 13 points as GMW pulled away with a 14-6 3rd quarter burst. Khuong Luu led Boot with 21 points. Bao Le swatted 6 more shots for this 6-foot team that seems to block a lot of shots on defense... Smokey held Alpha Q to 4 points in the 4th en route to a 58-50 victory. Joey Clemente erupted for 11 of his 13 points in the 4th quarter. Phil Cerdenola had 14 in defeat. Alpha Q's Nate Irvin added 11-and-11... The Goonies outran S.Rhino, 69-56. Jordan Bouribane led with 22 points on 8-for-17. Kai Shum scored 13 points, 10 rebounds in defeat. Wilson Leung with 10 points, 12 rebounds for S.Rhino... The Usual Suspects vs Bay Area Ballers matchup lived up to the hype, with TUS pulling off the 59-55 overtime win, thanks to free throws and a field goal by Zand Ushijima. James Young led the balanced scoring for TUS with 14 points. Cam Tran had 18 points, 11 rebounds for BAB and Nic Vu collected 22 on 6 treys, although he shot just 6-for-22 from the floor... SJ Hibachi easily beat the 4-man Van Dam Clan, 55-25. Against 4 guys, most of SJ Hibachi messed around and -- no, not got triple-doubles -- shot bricks! But the long-limbed Matt Trower hustled and garnered 12 points, all of them in the 4th quarter, along with 14 rebounds, doing all of this in just the 2nd and 4th quarters off the bench. Incidentally, I've been told that the mom of Trower, who doesn't look remotely Asian, is half-Japanese (and doesn't look Japanese herself). Dennis Alaba scored 16 for VDC, although he shot just 6-for-32... Yitao Sun scored 28 points as John Hsu overwhelmed Angkor Wattz, 68-48. Somchit Phol with 12 points in defeat. The John Hsu rebound watch tells us he had 10 rebounds to go along with 5 steals... Team Impact got a much-needed win over Kids In Orange, 63-60. Rafael Avendano Diaz scored 19 points and grabbed an incredible 21 rebounds, to go along with 4 blocked shots. He had 3 assists in the 1st quarter and was on pace for a triple-double, but wound up with only those 3 assists. Randy Mendoza led KIO with 23 points, 6 assists.
STANDINGS WATCH: The teams with 7 regular games thus far will close out the season this Sun 5/18. Then we have the 5/25 Memorial Day holiday. Then playoffs start on 6/1. I'm gonna wait until next week to do all the tiebreakers, so let's take a look at the standings right now and give some Cheep Thoughts...
SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE 1. (8-0) We Love This Game -- the favorite thus far, as I mentioned on a previous Cheep Thoughts article 2. (7-1) MVPs -- another strong team 3. (4-4) Angkor Wattz -- beat Mo-Haye head-to-head, scrappy players 4. (4-4) Mo-Haye -- will not have star guard Kevin Ruan for the playoffs (moved back to China) - - - - - 5. (3-5) Street Hoops -- good hustle, but struggling, headed for Lower Bracket single-elimination 6. (2-6) Van Dam Clan -- beat Team Impact head-to-head, haven't seen them much, so no Cheep Thoughts 7. (2-6) Team Impact -- I don't know how this team went 2-6, they have good rebounding for sure
CENTRAL CONFERENCE 1. (7-1) The Usual Suspects -- well, the usual suspects with lots of dreamleague experience, great team chemistry 2. (6-2) Beast -- if Tyler Chin steps up, they can go a long way 3t. (5-3) Golden Mountain Warriors -- I'll have to figure out the tiebreakers later 3t. (5-3) Goonies -- I'll have to figure out the tiebreakers later 3t. (5-3) Smokey -- I'll have to figure out the tiebreakers later - - - - - 6. (1-7) ChopSticks -- only one win for these veteran dreamleaguers (i.e., you never know) 7. (0-8) Terrace Park Hawks -- only lost to TUS by 4 points last game
PACIFIC CONFERENCE 1. (6-2) Bay Area Ballers -- one of the elite AAA-6 teams for sure 2. (3-4) SuperBad -- must beat S.Rhino to clinch double-elim status, wow only BAB could mathematically play in Upper - - - - - 3. (3-5) Das Boot -- good favorite to win Lower bracket 4. (2-5) Alpha Q -- could meet Kids In Orange (5/18) again in Lower playoffs 5. (1-6) S.Rhino -- can play spoiler to SuperBad and a good test pre-Lower playoffs
SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE 1. (6-2) John Hsu -- another elite AAA-6 team 2. (5-2) BB of Fury -- with head-to-head edge over Hsu, a win on 5/18 would clinch top Southwest spot 3. (4-4) SJ Hibachi -- falls below IITWI if IITWI upsets BBOF on 5/18 4. (3-4) In It To Win It -- double-elim status on the line here, BBOF is a huge pre-playoff test too - - - - - 5. (1-6) Kids In Orange -- good playoff preview vs Alpha Q on 5/18