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Cheep Thoughts from 3/30

4/1/2008 8:00AM

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, like that crazy commish in NYC who will certainly kill himself if he ever expanded that league to 125 teams...

UPDATE 4/2: AAA-P SJ Monstarz captain checked in: "Hey, so on the SJ monstarz, Justin Clapton is half Filipino, Craig Harris's dad is half-Japanese, and Tyler Campbell is half Hawaiian. just to clarify."

NL: I love it when NL games go into overtime. I think this must have been the third OT game at Ira alone on 3/30. East Bay Cardinals eeked it out over the Hotshots, which was their first game of the season, 63-61 on OT. Looks like the Hotshots have picked up Joe Rufino and "Big Sexy" made a great first impression with 17 points. No Angelo Munagorri though. Don't know who is John Lee either, certainly not Jon G. Lee who plays on MoneyTree, but let's hope John was a big because the Hotshots only had 6 guys and the group did not include Robby Rivera. An almost expected 18 pts from Karl Gusner and I already told you last week about Alex Stempel, who had 15 points. Andrew Lee scored the final bucket for EBC... The SJ Kidz beat the Wildcatz convincingly 60-47. Welcome back, Mike Reding, from spleen surgery, but you know something's still not right when, despite an empty-looking scoresheet (scorekeeper problems), he only had 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 turnover. The scorekeeper didn't track missed shots so either Reding missed a ton of shots or he just didn't play a lot. Incidentally, the Wildcatz have picked up shooting guard Alvin Lin, but oddly enough Taraz Lee led the team with 17 points. Looks like the Kidz ate up the Catz down low with center Tim Tully scoring 20 points 11 rebounds and power forward Jacob Logan with 19... Finest could have stayed within two possessions late in the game, but Carlos Gacula missed a wide open 1-on-none fastbreak. Too many missed shots by Finest combined with timely treys by Nick Wong (23 points) and clutch field goals by Sunny Margate were the difference. Things got off to a shaky start when on the first possession of the game, Margate fouled Russelle Arciaga, but Arciaga reacted as if he wanted to fight, which was met with an immediate ejection from the game. Folks, let me remind you, we have similar rules as the NBA. In the NBA, if you get 15 technical fouls you will automatically get suspended one game on your 16th tech. In dreamleague, it's the 4th tech. And now, Arciaga already has two techs for that ejection. He has one"to give" before an automatic suspension. There's a lot of season left, fellas. Also, there were two intentional fouls called, one on Dan Matsumura and the other on Rob Cuenca. Those are the same as flagrants, which also have penalties if too much accrue. I'll research that some more and report back. STANDINGS WATCH: EBC is off to a great start at 3-0. Meanwhile Game Time is 0-2 and has yet to play a game with former NL MVP Mike Kraus. It would be shocking if Game Time were to go 0-3 and fall at the hands of EBC next week leaving EBC at 4-0, but don't be surprised if that did happen because EBC is on a tear. The Wildcatz asked for a bye on 4/6, so Finest will also take a break, which might help curb the 0-3 slide. With the Hotshots facing the Kidz at Sequoia, that only leaves MoneyTree (which also has a bye) to mathematically face Finest, but they already faced them this past week. In other words, MoneyTree and Finest are looking at byes no matter what for 4/6, unless they wanted to move their 5/18 rematch up to this Sunday 4/6.

AL-E: Rayguns just couldn't stop The Yay's Jessie Gonzales, who scored 14 of his 25 points in the 3rd quarter. The Yay didn't have Jerry Sims, who had a conflict with AL-P Jumpmen that we will try to avoid from here on out. Deandre Smith also came up with some timely plays, with a nice 13-point 4-assist output. Five guys again for the Rayguns. JoJo Pierce has been a no-show twice in a row now and the team might re-pickup the recently injured Mike Reding. To think that either player probably could have put them over the top on this one. And the Rayguns narrowly snatched a defeat from the jaws of victory by blowing a big lead but hanging on against Bomb Squad last week. Nick Wong was somewhat non-existent and said he was sick, although he played great two hours later in the NL MoneyTree game. Ryan Mateo hit 8 treys for 30 points and Prabe Bolaria had 3 blocks in the 1st, but Rob Rius went 4-for-18, missing his first 9 shots and his last 5. Mateo hit nothing but backboard in the final seconds to try to send the game into OT... Bomb Squad narrowly defeated Cali Xpress in what must've been a barn-burner at the end, as Cali came back with a 27-22 4th quarter rally. Rome Olimpiada led Bomb Squad with 25 points and Chris Tenoso added 22 on 10-for-12 from the floor. Mario Formosa led Cali with 20. STANDINGS WATCH: How about them expansion Charlotte Richcats?! Okay, so it's only been one game for them, but they're in first place! Kinda like the real Charlotte Bobcats if they won their first game, huh? Look at each team's points per game and points per game against. That's awesome. Aside from the one game by the Richcats, every other team has AN AMAZING ONE-POINT DIFFERENTIAL. That's more amazing than the Western Conference playoff race. What a season this is gonna be.

AL-P: Kurruption 51-40 over Pure. I guess there must have finally been some meat and potatoes in the form of Andre Lockett to body up against Marvin Stickel... Wow, the Big Gamerz got pummeled 68-42 by the Oakland Rams. Maybe the Rams were pissed they were 0-2. Standard Rams line: Karl Gusner 17 points, Ross Lim 12 rebounds. No big David Kim for the Gamerz... Jin Kim scored all 13 points that the Blazin' Blazers scored in the 3rd, and if he gets no other support you can pretty much guess that the team lost, which it did. So last week I said the Underdogs hadn't played a game while Ballin' was already 5-0. Well, with Ballin's loss to the Prodigies, guess what, the Underdogs are mathematically ahead of Ballin' in the standings! But I think one would rather have 5 wins at this point. It's all about getting those 4 wins for double-elim status in the playoffs. Btw, it looks like Joo Park held his own in the paint vs Kim: 8 rebounds, 1 block while Kim also had an ugly 7 turnovers... Gary Tran busted out for 31 points and Ed Pan returned for 13 points, 12 rebounds, 5 blocks to help Syuhn Fung beat the Ultimate Warriors. Quentin Wu only shot 10 times! He had 6 assists. Nice statline for Robby Wierzba: 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 7 steals, but he's got to stop the bleeding on the missed shots if the Ultimates are gonna survive this cut-throat AL-P. And Steve Fong needs to get more attempts... Quote from an observer: "With this guy Vaison Moore, Frisco Super Chronic is gonna win the AL-P." Moore scored 19 in the win over Jumpmen. I am awaiting word on ethnicity proof from captain John Lieu, who had to have known that Moore's eligibility would be an issue with an ability to post numbers like that. Of course, Jumpmen can't really say anything either, since Jerry Sims (25 points) hasn't been officially verified either. I think I am closer and closer to forming that AL-Open division someone smartly suggested recently, which would basically be an "import" division. If I don't do that, I think my other option is to force teams to play in a higher division if they retain players who cannot provide proof of Asian ethnicity... Prabe Bolaria's 12 points inside-in overcame Taraz Lee's 12 points outside-in as Flip Mode defeated The 2449 Squad by 2 points... The Prodigies put a resounding clamp on Ballin's win streak, leading by as many as nearly 30 points at one point. Credit Ballin' with a valiant comeback to close the final gap to a respectable 74-63. Dan Matsumura scored 22 points in the 1st half and finished with 31 as he ran out of gas. The Prodigies only had 5 players. New big man Rob Bautista (where does captain Torrent Lee find these guys?) had 11 of his 14 rebounds in the first half, to go along with 3 blocks. Meanwhile, Ballin's Nic Vu only got off 5 trey attempts, hitting just one to finish with a hugely subpar 3 points. Shin Iwata shot 3-for-14 and only dished out 1 assist. Interestingly, big man Ralph Pierre-Louis took up the slack on Iwata's dimes with 7 assists. STANDINGS WATCH: Well, the Ultimate Warriors just fell into single-elimination playoff status with their loss to Syuhn Fung. Who would've ever thought that having 5 wins (Ballin') or even 4 (Frisco) would not yield 1st place (Prodigies)? It seems like double-elim status is a foregone conclusion for the streaking Prodigies, but it's a for-sure thing for Ballin' and Frisco already. Due to some schedule juggling, the mighty matchup of Prodigies vs Frisco gets postponed until 5/18, but we do have 2449 vs Frisco this Sunday 4/6. Meanwhile, Kurruption has finally gotten out of the doldrums and now sits atop the East, thanks to the return of Lockett. The Big Gamerz need to turn things around in a hurry.

AAA-E: Even though the Golden Mountain Warriors won, Alfred Kwong, the rim called, he wants his orange back! (0-for-9 FG, 1-for-4 FT)... The Golden Ballaz have picked up Vince Lau this season and it's already paid dividends as he scored the deciding bucket in the 58-56 eeker vs the Underdawgs... Wow, the SF Lions smoked ZerOne 83-53. We're not done tallying up the scoresheets, but who's this Ryan McLaughlin kid? He took at least 25 shots, made about half of them. And it looks like thru player/agent Chris Liclican, the Lions have officially signed shooter Paul Nguyen to a contract, although I'm not sure how Nguyen's gonna travel all those miles to SF every week (so maybe it was a 10-day contract). Something tells me last season's Swishes & Bricks column props by Vinsanity (aka Vince Morales, captain of the Lions) to Darryl Rusgal had something to do with Rusgal only scoring 3 points... It's raining in the City -- specifically, SF City -- and the guy doing the rain dance is Frank Song who scored 41 points. This with only 5 guys. Remember, last time they dropped 93 points on ZerOne. So I guess it's raining in San Mateo, then. Roy Talactac with a valiant 20 points in defeat for the B-Team... Kyle Kurahara led Too Short with 18 points as they defeated SloJams 70-54. STANDINGS WATCH: MaSarap needs to turn things around immediately. They face Blitzkrieg on 4/6. I don't think both Kurruption AL and AAA have ever enjoyed being a combined 5-0, but right now they are in good shape. Got-Em faces Golden Ballaz and I'd say this is a huge litmus test for the Golden Ballaz. In the West, ZerOne needs to turn things around as well. Unfortunately they will need to do that against first-place Too Short. Meanwhile, the 83-point-scoring SF Lions square off against the 93-point-scoring SF City. Can't wait to see a shootout at PHRC.

AAA-P: Scorekeeper put the wrong score, so Richmond Wolfpack actually beat City Select (corrected on standings) and Steven Kham led with 19 points City Select looks like a balanced team with players with 10 pts, 10 pts, 8 pts, etc., but you have to wonder what has happened to the AAA-P runners-up from two seasons ago, Richmond Wolfpack... Dynasty's 2-point win over Elephants is marred by a horrible scoresheet, but it looks like it was a battle of power forwards Francis Diaz (23 points, 6 points, 2 blocks) and Billy Luu (16 points, 8 rebounds)... In one of the many OT games on 3/30, Multiple Scoregasms defeated Grey Goose 72-70 in double OT. Who is this Tyler Chin (23 points) on Grey Goose? The genetic cloning/combination of impact players Mason Chin and Skyler Barton of AAA-6 Beast? Where was Mase anyways? Nice to see Mark Chin (no relation) back from under his GMAT study guides. Musta been a massive game underneath with Dante Riley having 14 rebounds before fouling out, and counterparts Lawrence Lewis with 8 rebounds, 4 blocks before fouling out, and George Morris with another 8 rebounds, 3 blocks, plus 5 steals, and almost fouling out, with Jonathan Rubin also fouling out. Oh yeah, Mark Chin also fouled out. Jeez, what happened here guys? 6 fouls in 36 minutes, even with the 2-minute 1st OT and 1-minute 2nd OT, that's a lot of fouls!... SJ Monstarz' Justin Clapton with the deciding field goal in their 65-62 win over TheOcho. Safi Mogaddidi and Tri Phan did most of the scoring for TheOcho. Incidentally, Clapton's not the only non-Asian name on the Monstarz. There's also a Campbell and a Harris. Don't put me in hot water, guys. Hope they either look Asian or have proof of ethnicity. I'm here to serve the greater community, just like how Stern answers to the 30 NBA owners... Henry Chhiv scored 29 points for the Bulldogs in a 49-38 win over the Viewpoint Vegetables. Chung Vuong added 13 rebounds... Joey Hu scored 27 points to help BTR defeat Bomb Squad, 66-61. Reggie Bagao led Bomb Squad with 15 points, 6 assists... Steven Tee, who played for Chico State, scored 38 points, although he took 32 field goal attempts. Still, he made a tad less than 50 percent of them, which is not bad for a rec league. 6-for-21 from downtown, all told. I'd like to see him and AL-P Ballin' and AAA-6 Bay Area Ballers' Nic Vu in a 3-point contest. Is TLB scrappin' or what? They beat a quality Warriors team even without captain Mike Siv, who was out of town. 19 points from Jon Lee (the small Jon Lee) and 18 from Brent Natsume were not enough. STANDINGS WATCH: Good thing TLB's Kerwin Uy doesn't wear glasses anymore, otherwise TLB wouldn't get half the respect they are missing this year. They've already clinched double-elimination status for the season, mind you. They are just one scrappy team. They look terribly disorganized, but it's actually organized chaos. And how about that game against BTR when someone on BTR approaching the bench during a timeout said in frustration, "We shouldn't be losing to these guys" -- I don't think he meant to disrespect TLB, but he certainly was pissed at his teammates -- and TLB didn't even have Tee for that game. Another thing that surprises me in the standings is the Elephants. Sure, they only had 5 guys for that first loss, but now they're 0-3 and 2 losses away from being relegated with single-elim playoff status. I never thought they would go 0-3 with Mike Hoang added to the roster. Now they have to scratch and claw against fellow struggler Grey Goose on 4/6. Gut check for Team Dynasty in a game on 4/6 vs Mad Cow, who has the Asian Manu Ginobili, Kevin Ruan. Mark my words. Also a must-win for Visual Basic against first-place The Team. A loss sends the usually resilient Visual Basic to 1-3. Lightspeed and Barons have a bye due to various juggling, but they could move up their 4/20 matchup to 4/6 if they wanted.

AAA-6: Angkor Wattz wins one of many many thrillas on 3/30, an OT win over Van Dam Clan, 61-60. Somchit Phol with the deciding basket... Mike Hoang 17 of his 27 points in the 4th quarter to help Smokey defeat the ChopSticks. However, next time Mike better make sure his full name's on the scoresheet otherwise the next 27 points may be forever forgotten on this website... Street Hoops outscored We Love This Game 22-4 in the 4th but still lost 57-50. Keith Ngan of We Love 5 of 6 total treys in the 3rd alone, finished with 30 points. The fact that he had a game-high 12 rebounds tells me this is a guy who is all over the court... The Bay Area Ballers rolled over Alpha Q with a 69-39 rout. Alpha Q only had 6 guys. It was a done deal by halftime, 48-23. At halftime, Nic Vu had 15 points and Cam Tran had 19 (4-for-4 from downtown). Neither scored in the meaningless 2nd half. Also, Ken Iwata dished out 9 assists... Das Boot defeated S.Rhino 37-30 despite scoring zero points in the 1st quarter, being outscored 11-0 after one period. I don't think I've ever seen a team come out with zero points in the 1st and eventually win. STANDINGS WATCH: We Love This Game is running away with it, but maybe a bye on 4/6 will cool their heels. Terrace Park needs to avoid single-elim status with a win against the mighty Golden Mountain Warriors, who are somehow only 1-2. Won't be easy. Mo-Haye also will not get the chance to work their way back up the hill until 4/13.

AAA-V: The Asian Rejects had their little win streak snapped with a 1-point loss to Ryusei. Gaylen Fong had the deciding free throw... The Poorcats were trailing 37-31 heading into the 4th when Jay Pattugalan finally showed up late and scorched SFFD for 11 points in the 4th. Ed Yup scored 19 in defeat... Just Crushing It defeated Money Shooters, but will probably never see their stats up because of an incomplete roster with two missing names. As I have said in other places on this page, I will be asking my scorekeepers to not accept missing names or even partial names (full first and last names only), for the sake of my web stat input crew. I will be telling refs to impose a delay-of-game warning while the scorekeepers get your missing names up to date, assuming that occurs after tipoff. Those warnings will accumulate into technical foul shots for the other team. STANDINGS WATCH: Another demoralizing defeat for the Money Shooters at the hands of JCI. I'm not sure if they've won a game since last season's fast 4-0 start followed by a 2-and-out in the playoffs. Not even the new unis, which are of higher quality than the replica Warriors jerseys you can buy from the NBA, could break the spell. Maybe the bye on 4/6 will re-position the karma. Due to some juggling to reinstate the Ryu-Got5 matchup, the Mid-Majors have a bye on 4/6 which might bode well as they try to get their roster pieced together.

AAA-R: Young Gunners by 4 over Underworld. A Vito Taulealo vs Greg Hom shootout, which should tell you about how many shots Vito took!... Any Given Sunday 48-44 in double OT (yet another OT today). Amazing win for a team that only scored 4 points in the 1st and 3rd. Bao Le and Tony Chen with the deciding 4-for-4 FTs in the end. Wet has an invisible man on their team who scored 16 points -- hint, hint, get your late-arriving teammates to put in their full names on the roster otherwise those 16 points are gone forever on this website... Ballin' One Motion only 25 points again, yikes. Maybe they should have signed up for REC... Dream had 6 players with at least 8 points in the win over Sq's COB, in which Cheng Saechao was contained to 12 points on "only" 15 attempts... Wolverines 49-34 over Benchwarmers. Maybe I'm thinking too highly of my team or the Benchwamers, but I seem to recall they shot the lights out against us (L'Unis) last week, so I don't know what happened in this one. Kris Neri and Quanen Lam both had 9 boards for the Wolverines... Newly acquired for this season, Ryan Parrilla busted out with 22 points to help L'Unis beat Full Tilt, 63-52. It was a close game throughout and Henry Zhou led Tilt again with 17 points, but did not score in the 4th. STANDINGS WATCH: Averaging a league-low 27 ppg, Ballin' One Motion is in a free-fall. Maybe the Eastern bye (except for Wet vs Underworld) will help out on 4/6. Pretty soon the East will be embarking on its Northeast vs Southeast matchups based on standings while the Pacific doubles-up on its round-robin. So that's why 4/6 is a bit of a respite and the Pacific takes a breather.

REC: ACGT's John Giang going "Giang-busters" in the paint with 11 boards and 3 blocked shots in a losing effort vs the Warriors... Bay Function beat Technics by only 4 points, but I guess Greg Hom (24 points) still insists on going ape-nuts in the REC. I mean, I'm not gonna ban him or anything. This is just a fundamental difference in philosophy. You say tomato, I say "sandbagging", but I respect your opinion. OK, maybe that's being a little harsh. Me: "Greg, you got skillz man, don't play in the REC." Greg: "But I suck". Me: "No, you do not suck." Greg: "But I do." Me: "Kajagoogoo." (Ya know, the group that sang the theme song to the movie "Never Ending Story"). Well, maybe REC teams will just play box-and-1 on Hom and that'll be the end of it... Dunjoz beat Still Balling by one point, but that's about the extent of the report (perhaps ever on this website) of that game. Neither team completed its full roster on the scoresheet. In the future, this will result in delay-of-game warnings, which will accumulate into technical fouls... Meanwhile, Highlife beat Faded 58-25, but also had a not-up-to-standard roster. Luckily, I already know most of these guys. Fellas, please put your first name in there, because my web input people do not know you like I know you, so they will have no clue which name to put your stats under. The scoresheet is what you do when you first enter the gym at the start of the 4th quarter of the game before yours. Get it out of the way, then proceed to shoot around during timeouts and stuff. Otherwise you're in a hurry scribbling your name down and being lazy with it -- well then, what's the incentive for us to get your damn stats up on the website if we can't read your friggin' handwriting? Incidentally, the leading scorer for Highlife was a "D.Lau", which I'm guessing is Derek Lau, who scored 18 points. Which begs the question, what is Lau doing playing in the REC? One word for this game: ugh... The SF Warriors' Christomar Moreno led the team with 13 points in their 43-34 win over MSG. Again, more scoresheet issues. Arthur Briosos changed his number without telling the guy who wrote in his name and uni number on the roster and MSG had somebody who probably showed up late and didn't report his name or number to the scoresheet. These will all be delay-of-game warnings which will accumulate into technical fouls in the future. And people wonder why we aren't able to get stats up -- well this is ONE BIG REASON WHY... The SF Free Agents got lost and only 3 guys showed up. So the Triple Singles lent out a couple players and won the otherwise forfeit game. Obviously SFFA's scoresheet is all messed up, so we'll just skip them this week and keep TTS' stats (sorry to the guys who played for SFFA). STANDINGS WATCH: If WWWD can stave off Hom and Bay Function on 4/6, then WWWD is for real. Looks like I'll probably pair Faded vs Spartans (instead of the Oakland Warriors), based on standings and due to Faded needing a bye on 5/18 inter-conference week.




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