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Cheep Thoughts from 4/6

4/9/2008 6:30PM

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...

NOTE: As of the timestamp of this article, the SQHM binder has not been retrieved, although I did take a few scoresheets on my brief visit there Sunday. Check back tomorrow for updates pertaining to games from SQHM. Updates from SQHM have been included below...

NL: The Kidz are back to their runnin-n-gunnin ways this season as they used a 34-5 2nd quarter to demolish the Hotshots, 94-59. Steve Chang scored 12 of his 21 points in the decisive quarter. Chris Tsutsui lit it up from downtown with 9-for-11 treys for 27 points. Jacob Logan added 21 points, 10 rebounds. Ryan Cruz and Joel Sales Sr. led the Hotshots with 21 points. Sales Sr.'s points were all in the 2nd half. Is it me or does Karl Gusner look a little quicker these days? Maybe he's finally healed from his perennial ankle injuries. Anyways, the Cards bolted out to a 25-14 1st quarter lead and it was mostly a 16-to-20-point lead throughout. Gusner scored 10 points in the 1st, then 8 points in the 2nd. When all was said and done, he tallied 25 points to go along with 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and zero turnovers. Ross Lim added 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Mike Kraus finally made an appearance for Game Time and scored 19 points, but on just 6-for-23 shooting. Johnny Liu arrived late in the 1st quarter and ended up with 15 points. The Cards just outran Game Time. Johnson Bui had 4 of his 5 assists in the 1st quarter. Coach Jones Wu definitely had the Cards ready to play at tipoff. He even called timeout after one Kraus field goal ended a Game Time drought after a run that gave the Cards a 32-14 lead. Wu was not going to take the 0-2 Game Time, yet former 3-peat champs, lightly. The lead never got closer than 13...until about 1:45 left when a trey by Liu, two more treys by Kraus, and maybe a bone-headed turnover by Bui or two, brought the lead all the way down to 74-68. Then the Cards turned it on again and closed it out with a big bucket from downtown by Brad Nakano which was the final nail in the coffin. The final score was 81-70. STANDINGS WATCH: (will be updated when the result from Kidz vs Catz is obtained)

AL-E: Another close game in the AL-E. Bomb Squad visited Oakland and defeated Five Ten, 61-57 in double-OT. Both teams were without leading scorers Rome Olimpiada of Bomb and James Kim of Five. Bomb stormed back from a 9-point deficit heading into the 4th, thanks to Chris Tenoso's 7 points (he eventually scored a total of 25 points including a trey!) Tenoso scored all 4 deciding points of the 2nd OT. Five Ten got out to a 38-25 first half lead behind 5 treys by Blake Roy, who would ultimately score a career-high 22 points on 6 treys. Roy missed two critical free throws in the 1st OT, though. Derrel Young tallied 20 points and 11 rebounds for Bomb Squad. Andrew Lee countered with 8 boards underneath, but was held to zero field goals and only 3 total points, being undersized compared to the Bomb Squad front line... This whole time I've been thinking expansion team #1, the Rayguns, were the varsity to the junior varsity Charlotte Richcats, the 2nd AL-E expansion team. I'm gonna have to rethink that. Well, let's start off with the younger Richcats being more of a "team" in that their guys show up to play, so there's always at least 6 or 7 players available. Believe it or not, that's a huge factor in winning rec leagues. The first half was a shootout between Frank Song and Jerry Sims. Song nailed his first 5 treys to go into halftime with 17 points. Sims was scoring left and right, with 20 points. The Richcats led 29-27 at the halftime buzzer. Well, the rest of the game was pretty much the same thing, Song vs Sims, but the Richcats had Minos Solis rebounding and he was probably the difference. Song tallied 36 points on 8-for-14 downtown, 12-for-23 overall. Sims had a 34-point, 9-rebound output on 14-for-25 from the floor and 5-for-11 on treys. Solis collected 14 rebounds. Everett Johnson added 20 points. Jessie Gonzalez only scored 11 points for The Yay, possibly affected by strong guard D by Mike Salamin and the interior defense of Solis and Johnson when Gonzalez juked Salamin and entered the paint. Still a pretty impressive off-day: 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists... We finally had a blowout in the AL-E and this can be directly attributed to one team having a "team" and the other not. The expansion Rayguns are having major roster issues. But hopefully the eventual replacement of JoJo Pierce by last year's Raygun Mike Reding, coming off another injury, will help stabilize things. On the flipside, Cali Xpress exemplifies a team. While undersized for the most part, which is mostly made up for by the outstanding inside play of BJ Kang, Cali's players all know their roles and everyone fits together like cogs in a machine. Nick Loy had 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Kang led the battle down low against Jonny Corrao with a 10-and-10. Corrao had his own 13-and-13. Rod Campbell came off the bench to score 20 points, including 13 in the 2nd half and 11 in the 3rd, which was the decisive 26-6 quarter for Cali. The shooting woes for the Rayguns' 2-guard Rob Rius continued, as he went just 5-for-17 from the field. But this time, the other 2-guard, Ryan Mateo joined the drought, scoring just 4 points on 2-for-10 shooting. Nick Wong, the 3rd 2-guard in the Rayguns' starting five, inexplicably decided that watching the Warriors lose to the Hornets was more important than a dreamleague game, showed up late in the 1st quarter, and never really got on track as he scored 14 points on 6-for-18 from the floor. STANDINGS WATCH: Yep, the Charlotte Richcats lead the standings! Next week, a bunch of coin flips as usual. What a matchup down low it will be with Bomb Squad's front line of Young and Tenoso against the Richcats' Solis and Johnson. And the shootout downtown between Song and Olimpiada. Can the Rayguns and Five Ten get their rosters back in order? And now it's The Yay's turn to do some cross-bridge traveling to Cali Xpress in Oakland.

AL-P: AnyWho defeated ZerOne with a 20-8 3rd quarter burst led by Danny Ho, who scored 10 of his 22 in that pivotal 3rd. Oscar Lavorena led ZerOne with 24... Note to the Oakland Rams: keep putting partial names (in this case, no first names) on your scoresheet, and that's a great way to delay your stats from eventually getting onto the website because, quite frankly, our 3rd-party web stat inputters, for example, wouldn't know an Anthony Santos from a Mark Scates. Anyways, the Rams blitzed the Underdogs with Karl Gusner scoring 15 points in the 1st half, then shutting down the engines (he had another game in the NL at night). The 5-man Underdogs couldn't counterpunch, with Joo Park actually leading the scoring with 13 points. Meanwhile, Ross Lim was unconscious. No, he didn't really score a lot of points, nor did he record a double-double. He made 7-for-8 from the free throw line, that's what he did... Karama Haki with the deciding free throws and all 10 of his points in the 2nd half in the 41-40 Kurruption victory over the Blazin' Blazers. Blazer big man Dan Gusner had 12 rebounds but went just 2-for-10 from the field in the loss. Leading scorer for Kurruption was Deep Basra... That's What She Said scored only 2 points in the 1st and eventually lost to the Big Gamerz 51-58. Matt Shannon with 14 points to lead the Big Gamerz. BJ Kang with 18 points on 8-for-10 from down low plus 8 rebs for TWSS, apparently impervious to tall man David Kim, who had 8 boards and 3 blocks and even a three-pointer, although he only scored 5 points on 2-for-11 shooting for the Big Gamerz... I wish I could have been there to see the matchup of 2449's Taraz Lee on new all-star Jaison Moore of the Frisco Super Chronics. 2449 fought back to take a 49-46 lead heading into the 4th quarter when Joe Kim and Moore led the charge to a 71-65 victory. Kim had 9 of his 15 points in the deciding 4th and Moore scored 11 of his 20. However, up until then, Moore was only 4-for-15 from the field. Meanwhile, Lee led 2449 with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, on 10-for-17 from the floor. Chan Youn added 20 including 4 treys in defeat. Btw, it was a 5-on-5 affair (no bench players for either team)... Yih-Wei Chien scored 28 points and grabbed 15 boards, but the 5-man All Day lost to Jumpmen, 71-66. Joachim Perlas had 18 points and Jerry Sims added 16 as the Jumpmen outrebounded All Day, 41-31... Syuhn Fung scored 47 points in the 1st half and scored as many points in the 2nd quarter, 21, as Flip Mode did the entire 1st half. The 21-2 surge in the 2nd quarter was the difference in Syuhn Fung's 83-55 win. Quentin Wu scored 17 of his 25 points in the 1st half. Gary Tran added 20. Prabe Bolaria scored 19 points down low in defeat. Nice to see Vince Chooi back in the lineup from his knee injury, although he was limited to 9 points on 3-for-12 shooting. STANDINGS WATCH: (will be updated when scores from SQHM are obtained)

AAA-E: The veteran Too Short was just too much for ZerOne. In "short", ZerOne got "CP3"-ed by Steve Hom, who was on fire with 11 of his eventual 18 points in the 1st quarter, which Too Short went out in front 22-9 and never looked back. Hom was 9-for-12 with 4-for-4 from downtown, to go along with 8 assists. Dan Mok had 10 points, 12 rebounds. Not much to cheer about for ZerOne, and Jason Pineda went just 6-for-15... Pin Chou with 19 points to pace Got-Em over the Golden Ballaz. MaSarap blew a 44-35 lead heading into the 4th and got "Blitzkrieged" 22-9 in the final frame to lose 55-57. 18 points for Marc Andres. Dante Henderson scored 21, but went 7-for-25 in the process. He missed the potential game-winning trey at the buzzer. Dante Riley got his 8th rebound of the 2nd half (10 total), but any putback would have happened after the buzzer. Maybe they should've gotten the rock to Dave Ramirez more (love the "DAVE" on the back of the jersey, btw!), as he went 8-for-9 from the field. Ramirez said he was lucky that day... It's good to have Mark Scates. The 6'4" veteran center led Kurruption with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks en route to a 48-39 defeat of the Underdawgz. Jimmy Duong had 14 in defeat... The SF City vs SF Lions was a shootout as predicted, with City winning 72-68. Josh Beloy scored 14 of his 32 in the 1st quarter and with a stalemate the rest of the way, that 23-11 first quarter lead by the City on the back of Beloy was the difference. Beloy also had the deciding free throws in the 4th. Khalid Hasri stepped up big time for the Lions with 26 points, including 5 treys. They picked up AL-P All Day's Jay Lin as their 5th man (legal per dreamleague rules) and he contributed a nice 17 points, but Jon McClain only scored 11, so you have to be wondering if he's fully healed from his broken hand. The Lions were without star guards Chris Liclican and Paul Nguyen due to an overlap with AAA-6 BBOF which was unreported up until Thursday of last week. Hopefully the Lions will bolster their roster soon and not have to rely on the overlap with BBOF, a team based in RWC... Without captain Ryan Parrilla, SloJams only had 5 guys, so the 6th guy they picked up was NL'er Barry Lee, who is already also on an AL-P team. With both his other teams having a bye, Lee scored 15 points and Sean Caiola added 17 as SloJams defeated B-Team, 66-55. Mark Cantillas led B-Team with 14 points.

AAA-P: Turning from Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde, Safi Mojaddidi led TheOcho to a 64-49 defeat of Hibachi, with 23 points. His 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, including 3-for-3 downtown, in the 2nd half helped give TheOcho a 21-9 3rd quarter burst, erasing a miserable 1-for-11 1st half performance. Joe Momand had a 16-and-11 output. James Bogan and Chel Heler had 19 points apiece (Heler with 10 boards) in defeat... The Team used a 16-3 third quarter charge to move past Visual Basic. Vince Cao had 11 points, all in the 4th, in defeat. Kevin Tom and Paul Cheu each had 13 to lead The Team. 5 assists and 5 turnovers for Cheu as well. Darden Naylor pulled down 14 rebounds. Jerome Ebuno with the game-winning bucket as Lightspeed beat SJ Barons 50-49. Ebuno ended with 26 points. Sammy Truong shot bricks: 3-for-15 and 1-for-7 from downtown, plus 0-for-3 from the charity stripe. It's not written well on the scoresheet, but I think it's Phil Jam with 28 points on 9-for-22 shooting for the Barons. Jack Tran had 15 rebounds in the losing cause... I don't know what's worse, the fact that the Multiple Scoregasms did not put their team name on the scoresheet, my scorekeepers letting that happen after constant reminders of not letting it happen, or the guy from City Select's unreadable penmanship. So anyways, I *think* the guy who scored 14 points to lead City Select was Aaron Simonson. George Morris scored 11 and had 10 boards and 2 blocks in defeat... The Elephants used their 1-2 punch of Mike Hoang and Boun Khamnouane, who both had 17 points, to defeat Grey Goose 62-54. Billy Luu grabbed 11 boards, but Mason Chin won the battle down low with 15-and-12 in defeat... Two free throws by Chung Vuong the difference in the Bulldogs' 51-50 eeker over Richmond Wolfpack. Henry Chhiv led the charge with 19 points. Daniel Flores with 12 points in defeat. Tony Tran had 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs. They may have only won by 1 point, but on paper, the Bulldogs should consider playing in the AAA-E next season since it appears they have 3 quality players from the NL East Bay Cardinals franchise, esp. if the rebounding machine Tran is to be there all the time... Team Dynasty with a 72-69 win over Mad Cow. Musta been a thrilla, as I see that Dynasty's "F.Corpuz" scored a whole bunch. OK, so since I'm guessing at his first name, and it also looks like our scorekeepers didn't keep rebounding stats, we'll say that Farley Corpuz scored 26 points. And did I tell you about the Asian Manu Ginobili or did I not? Kevin Ruan scored 32 points in defeat... Bomb Squad vs Warriors: what a battle! Something tells me they are going to see each other in the playoffs at some point. You have Barry Calagui getting hot for Bomb Squad, making 6-for-6 of his first two-pointers (Barry, ditch the trey!). You have Mike Singh with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in the 1st half, then picking up his 3rd foul and sitting down before halftime. Whereby Jon G. Lee took over for the Warriors down low, with 5 field goals and 5-for-9 from the free throw line, again all in the 1st half. In the end, it was a Brent Natsume layup that sealed the deal. Natsume ended with 16 points, Lee with 21 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. Jay Magat had 15 in defeat and Singh added 12 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks... BTR's 22-8 4th quarter propelled them to a 55-50 victory over Wrecking Squad. Joey Hu led the way with 21 points... The Kids In Orange were no match for Basketballs Of Fury. BBOF won 78-45. Fouad Elian led BBOF with 16 points and Karl Haddad had 14 rebounds. Randy Mendoza had 19 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in defeat... Kerwin Uy scored 17 of his 19 points in the 2nd half to help lead the TL Bombers to a 74-61 win over Frosh Tryouts, who were led by James Aragon's 20 points -- although he missed his last 5 trey attempts... STANDINGS WATCH: The Pacific will have repeat matchups based on standings on 4/13 because last week we swapped the 4/20 and 4/13 blocks of games to accommodate BTR's bye request for 4/20 (see bottom of sheet on "aaa-p" tab) -- usually we do these matchups based on standings toward the end of the regular season. So for the Pacific, the last round-robin of Pacific-only games will happen on 4/20, then do a bye on 4/27 for Pacific teams only (I might swap this with 5/4 though), then matchup vs the Northeast on 5/4 (or 4/27 if I swap), and finally end with matchup vs Southeast. Anyways, what a matchup we will see this weekend with the Warriors vs TLB rematch. And it's kinda weird, but the "repeat" matchup of Bomb vs Wreck occurs before the pre-determined matchup, due to the aforementioned swap of 4/20 and 4/13 because of the BTR bye request. That means both cellar dwellers will face each other on consecutive weeks, 4/13 and 4/20. With double-elim status on the line, neither team can afford to lose both, let alone one -- kinda like the home-and-homes we are seeing in the Western Conference of the NBA end-of-regular-season. You can see the matchups based on standings in the Pacific on the "aaa-p" tab... In the East, the marquee matchup is Mad Cow vs the undefeated Rising Stars. Also, Grey Goose needs a win vs Team Dynasty to avoid single-elim status.

AAA-6: SJ Hibachi used a 23-point 2nd quarter to steer ahead of John Hsu for good. Balanced scoring, but Jason Woods led SJH with 13 points. John Hsu was tossed out due to a technical, but I have go to assume that by being tossed out the gym as recorded on the scoresheet, he actually got 2 technicals. This means he is two more technicals away from an automatic suspension, in parallel to the NBA's rule on accrued technicals... Golden Mountain Warriors took care of business vs Terrace Park Hawks. Mike Lai was the most consistent for GMW with 13 points. Funny moments in this game. One time, Victor Le streaked down the lane on a fastbreak and dished a dime bounce pass to...the ref, who was standing on the baseline! Nice try for an assist, but it doesn't work that way! Also, late in the game when Lai hit a triple, a Terrace Park player yelled to try and get him to miss. The Hawks' bench subsequently harped at their teammate, "That never works!"... Beast squeaked by Smokey 58-57. Long Tai with the deciding bucket. Karl Arias missed the potential game-winning shot at the buzzer. Mike Hoang went crazy for Smokey: 16 points in the 1st quarter alone (therefore, Smokey blew a 26-17 end-of-1st-quarter lead), 32 points total. Skyler Barton and Mason Chin had 8 rebounds each. According to the stat sheet, Smokey had 19 rebounds total (and no assists, which I can't believe, but then again Hoang went off)... 9-for-9 from the field and 20 points for Vivanh Dinh, but Team Impact fell to Van Dam Clan, 51-55. Free throws by Dennis Alaba (the scoresheet says "Dennies" -- ???) and Rich Garcia helped seal the win... Pretty balanced win for Angkor Wattz over Street Hoops, 53-49. Leading scorers for AnkW were Geary Luong and Andrew Phung with just 9 points apiece. TJ Ellis with 11 boards. 26 points for Peter Luu in defeat... Somthy Muikrathok with the deciding trey in the Goonies' 47-44 overtime victory over the ChopSticks. Jason Vongdara with 11 points, 15 rebounds. Hanh Tien with 12 points in defeat, going 4-for-13 from downtown... Nic Vu missed his first 4 treys, but then as usual erupted in the 4th with 3 of them. Cam Tran led the Bay Area Ballers with 20 points and Vu had 15 as they cruised to a 56-37 victory over Das Boot... Alpha Q got a big win in OT, 47-46, over SuperBad. Marcel Mangaliman had the deciding field goal. Jason Tejano led Alpha Q with 21 points. Tom Ung led SuperBad with 17.

AAA-V: No one on the Poorcats could stop Nhon Luu, who scored 32 points. Victor Yang had the deciding bucket that gave Just Crushing It a 65-64 win. Eldris Estevez scored 23, including 19 in the 2nd half and going 10-for-18 from the field. Leading scorer Jay Pattugalan did not play... Got5 crushed Ryusei, 82-51, thanks to 12 boards by Mike Glass, 23 points by Ryan Dang and Alex Militar's 20 points... Johnny Harrington scored 24 points to help lead Done Deal to a 74-68 victory over SFFD. Ed Yup scored 21 points in defeat, but Derek Wing missed his last 8 shots. STANDINGS WATCH: At 0-4, it's do-or-die time for the MoneyShooters as they got their backs against the wall, faced with single-elim status for the playoffs, an exact opposite of last season's regular season. And not only that, but they have to travel and face the extremely tough Got5. But something tells me they will somehow overcome the 6'7" Glass and pound the boards. So it may come down to outside shooting. Due to quirks in the schedule as you can see on the online spreadsheet and with the oddities of a 9-team division with 3 based in RWC and 1 in Oakland, 4/13 will feature byes for Just Crushing It, Done Deal, and SFFD.

AAA-R: In the only AAA-R game, Wet defeated Underworld 50-39. Hong Son proving that the more you shoot, the more you make, with 13 points on 6-for-15 from the field and 0-for-4 from the charity stripe. Greg Hom with 15 in defeat. STANDINGS WATCH: The Pacific Conference starts its 2nd round-robin while the Northeast and Southeast embark on 3 straight weeks of face offs based on standings. But since we are avoiding repeats of games already played, the matchups will get progressively disparate. Sq's COB is actually ahead of Phenomenal Swag due to a head-to-head over them, therefore Sq's will face Any Given Sunday. Swag will meet Wet. Dream's at Underworld because Dream already played against the Young Gunners, who will be left to face Ballin' One Motion.

REC: Faded squeaked by the Spartans, 44-43. Robby Kwok with 17 points. Faded came out of the gate down 2-11 heading into the 2nd, marking the 2nd straight week where I've seen a team only score 0 or 2 points in the 1st quarter (or any quarter, really) and still win. Adrian Garcia had 12 points in the 1st half for the Spartans but only scored 1 point in the 2nd half... I wasn't there to see if WWWD played a box-and-1 on Bay Function's energizer bunny Greg Hom, but Hom ended up scoring 26 points and grabbing 9 rebounds as Bay Function beat WWWD, 42-33. Yep, that's 26 out of 42 total points. Mualimu Collins led WWWD with 11 points, 12 boards, and 2 blocks... Mike Soy scored all 7 of his points in the 4th quarter to help the SF Warriors edge the Flint Tropics, 36-33... Derek Lau continued his rampage of the REC -- note to all other REC teams: I still don't know why the box-and-1 isn't being employed -- by scoring 21 points and collecting 10 rebounds in Highlife's 72-30 thrashing of The Triple Singles... Toni Chiu led MSG with 11 points in a victory over the SF Free Agents, 40-34. SFFA's Robert Chen led all scorers with 14. Steve Long had 8 rebounds and 2 blocks, but scored just 7 points on 3-for-12 from the field. STANDINGS WATCH: At 0-4, the Spartans need a win badly to avoid single-elimination status for the playoffs. They get to try to bring down 0-3 ACGT, who also doesn't want to put itself on the ledge. Teams can clinch double-elim status with their 4th win in the other games for REC scheduled for 4/13. In particular of note, the struggling SFFA couldn't have drawn a more gloomy matchup with the experienced Highlife. SFFA is close to ironing out its roster issues and yet has to play against Lau and Highlife in the process. There's still a light at the end of the tunnel, though, with Chen and Long as solid defenders down low while Lau is an inside player. Plus, even if they fall to Highlife, the next 4 games are against middle-of-the-pack Faded, then 3 straight against teams of similar caliber, based on standings, from each conference.





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