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-P: The Bulldogs crushed the Multiple Scoregasms, 59-38. Joel Rubin had a tough day at the office for the Scoregasms, scoring just 5 points on an abysmal 2-for-19 from the field, 1-for-9 from downtown. His teammate Lawrence Lewis collected 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks. For the Bulldogs, 12 points and 10 rebounds for Tony Tran for the well-balanced East Bay Cardinals-trained team, which should have signed up for the AAA-E unless they had to pickup some of their cohorts at the last minute... Francis Diaz was all over the place in Team Dynasty's 64-58 win over Grey Goose. Diaz collected 30 points on 13-for-23 from the floor, mostly in the paint, 22 rebounds, and 7 assists. Meanwhile, his opposing stat-stuffer, Mason Chin, tallied 16 points, including 2-for-2 from downtown, 16 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Looks like his brother, Tyler Chin, is a fellow stat-stuffer in the making, but Tyler kind of disappeared in the 2nd half after scoreing 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks in the 1st half. Tyler finished with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks... I just had a feeling the matchup of superstar scorekeepers Mad Cow (Tony Xiong and Yang Zhou) vs the Rising Stars (RJ Flores and Dante Henderson) would be a nailbiter. Sure enough, the Rising Stars eeked out the win, 50-48. Naturally, we didn't have enough scorekeeping help, so there are no reb/ast/etc stats. Looks like Mad Cow made a furious 4th quarter rally, trailing 37-30 after three, but fell short. Alex Mao led the Stars with 13 points. Look out for this team. They have all the right pieces, being a merger of last season's MaSarap, which regrouped and is now in the AAA-E, with last season's Rising Stars. Guys like Mao and big man Sohrab Alem should have more breathing room with Henderson and Flores as support. Once they gel, they should be a solid contender. In fact, the talent on the squad equates to a AAA-E team, it's just the chemistry that's in question. Kevin Ruan led Mad Cow with 25 points, although Quan Zhou Fan is also listed with uniform #5, so maybe they split those points (nah, I'm sure Ruan scored all of those) -- maybe it's a good thing we didn't have scorekeeping help on this one. Anyways, Mad Cow got outscored 12-4 in the 1st quarter. Teams have got to figure out how not to score in the low single-digits coming out of the gate if they want to contend for the championship... Richmond Wolfpack defeated the Viewpoint Veggies, 31-27, in another game where we had depletion of scorekeepers (no reb/ast/etc stats). The scorekeeper didn't mark the last two points to any specific player for the Veggies, so let's just give those two to Scott Jue so he can finish in double-digits with 11. Steve Kham led the Wolfpack with 7 in this very low-scoring game... Hibachi blew away Lightspeed with a 23-2 1st quarter, ending up with a 52-32 victory. Chel Heler scored 10 of his 14 in that 1st period, including a total of 10 rebounds. James Bogan led the way with 16 points, 14 rebounds. Jeff Wang scored 14 of his 16 points and 11 rebounds in the 2nd half, but it was too little too late as Lightspeed only scored 4 points in the 2nd quarter to take a 6-33 deficit into halftime... I got to see the SJ Monstarz play for the first time and, my oh my, this is a big team by AAA-E and AAA-P. But I know it's hard to go by our rough guidelines. Plus, they've lost to Hibachi AAA-P, whom I also have not seen, and The Team is 4-0 and I haven't seen them much either. Makes me wonder "what if" in terms of having a more robust AAA-E division that would probably have more parity. Well, I guess we'll have to wait until next season. Anyways, the Monstarz blew the game open with a 22-8 2nd quarter en route to a 58-38 defeat of Visual Basic. The Monstarz are pretty well-balanced with captain Aaron Katayama down low, and Justin Clapton, Eric Lee, and Tyler Campbell doing some damage from outside. Visual Basic was simply outmatched at every position. Denzie Batulan scored 13 and Quoc Huynh added 11 for the VBs. All of a sudden the once surprising VBs are stuck with a 1-4 record. Sometimes the AAA-P ebbs and flows... TheOcho beat The Team, 48-38. Safi Mojaddidi led TheOcho with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, although he shot 6-for-19. But the guy is everywhere on the court making things happen. Qais Haider (is that his real name?) with a nice statline: 9 points, 14 rebounds. Kevin Tom led The Team with 13... The Warriors won the highly anticipated rematch against the fellow standings leader TL Bombers, 60-53. This time, TLB again did not have Steve Tee play. Maybe that was just a flash in the pan, those 30-some-odd points a few weeks back. Sure wish I could see him light it up again, but we'll see. Brent Natsume led with 16 points for the Warriors. Maybe the return of big man Steve Chow slowed TLB up a bit? Well, no captain Mike Siv for TLB either, so I'm not sure this matchup lived up to the hype. Of course, it's hard to have a full squad and any point in the season, be it playoffs or not. I hope to see these teams deep in the playoffs at full strength against each other... Based on the scoresheet, it looked like Mike Singh destroyed Wrecking Squad down low to help Bomb Squad to an 82-55 rout. Sing had 14 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks. Peter Su hit 6 treys for 22 points in a losing cause... An 18-8 4th quarter helped BTR propel past Frosh Tryouts, 54-46. Joey Hu with 9 of his 15 points in the pivotal 4th. Jason Vergara with 11 points, 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
STANDINGS WATCH: Alright, so lets iron out the hard-to-read Northeast and Southeast:
NORTHEAST 5-0 Rising Star 4-1 Team Dynasty 3-2 Mad Cow 1-3 Elephants 0-5 Grey Goose
Due to various bye requests and what not, we had to pin some of the matchups for 4/20 by previously played games. That means the Viewpoint Veggies, Rising Stars, Bulldogs, and Mad Cow will not be playing on 4/20. That leaves the following matchups based on standings: Team Dynasty vs Richmond Wolfpack, Elephants vs Multiple Scoregasms, and Grey Goose vs City Select. Grey Goose already doomed itself to the lower AAA-P bracket for the 2nd straight season with its 5th loss on Sunday, assuring a sub-.500 regular season finish. In the Pacific, Frosh Tryouts has a huge test against the Warriors. Lightspeed is on the brink of its 5th loss against a strong TheOcho squad, and the SJ Barons don't want to fall too far behind, but they have to beat the SJ Monstarz to do so.