2017-18 Chicago Hoops – Playoffs Week 1 (March 18)

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Updated: March 22, 2018

October 15th, 2017. The night the LA Dodger’s Justin Turner tied game 2 of the NLCS against the Cubs at 1 with an RBI knock in the 5th inning and then won the game with a three-run walk-off homer in the 9th…is the same night the 2017-18 THE CHI Hoops league tipped off its season! Seems like forever ago. Well enough about baseball (for now), we have a TON to review from the opening night of the 2017-18 Playoffs. We saw #8 Team Schwartz get a huge middle round win after their tough opening round loss to #9 Team Maione. We also saw #10 Team Purimetla barely get by #15 Team Harris to keep their title hopes alive. It was a great night of basketball and 8 Teams remain without a loss in this Triple-Elimination tournament. 4 teams however were handed their first losses of the Playoffs (second overall) and are now on the BRINK of ELIMINATION! More on that below. There were also some upsets and we saw big-shots by big time players. But would any or all these guys be named All-Stars? Find out below! The All-Stars and Playoff Preview is just below the Highlight Video.

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All Stars

As a reminder the Starters were chosen by the Players during the VOTE over the past month. The Reserves were named by the League Office. On Sunday April 29th, alongside the Championship, the All-Stars will compete in a 3pt Contest and All-Star Game (unless they are partaking in the Championship of course…). A special Congrats goes out to League MVP Sterling Williams! Sterling, deservedly so, received the most Votes from the Players. He will be one of the two Captains to select their respective teams on the final night. Joining him will be the second-highest vote-getter and the regular season scoring champion, Dylan Kremer of Team Massie. If either or both are in the Championship, replacement Captains will be named. Congratulations to you both on an amazing season and big congratulations to all our 2017-18 All-Stars!

 

All Star Starters (Voted on by League’s Players, Alphabetical Order)

*MVP* Sterling Williams – Team Hanessian

Adam Gwardys – Team Harlander

Adam Jones – Team Purimetla

Bryant Orange – Team Hampton

Calvin Kang – Team Harlander

Chris Wroblewski – Team Maione

Connor Grotton – Team Harlander

Dante Logan – Team McNichols

Dylan Kremer – Team Massie

Gilles Jones – Team Jones

Marin Kukoc – Team Reisner

Scott Campbell – Team Lalez

 

All Star Reserves (Voted on by League Office, Alphabetical Order)

Ademilola Jr. Adekoya – Team Harlander

Andrew Marks – Team Reisner

Brock Massie – Team Massie

Courtney Griffin – Team Dean

Dave Altman – Team James

Dylan Richter – Team Maione

Eric Handrich – Team Harris

Jermaine Johnson – Team Schwartz

Jesse Pollans – Team Max

Joe Kozak – Team McNichols

Michael Halusek – Team Hanessian

Randall Hampton – Team Hampton

Rodney Clark – Team Malvin

Tim Brennen – Team Massie

Tredrick Dean – Team Dean

 

Playoff Review

REMINDER – The Playoffs are a Triple Elimination Tournament with the #11 thru #16 Seeds starting the Playoffs with 1-loss already assigned to them.

 

Top half (zero loss teams):

#1 Team McNichols (Chipotle) vs. #9 Team Maione (The Bucket List)

Winner plays #5 Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley)
Loser plays #10 Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s)

Team Maione was one of the hotter teams in the league entering the Playoffs but closed out their regular season campaign with a disappointing loss with some key guys out of their lineup. Their two All-Stars, Chris Wroblewski and Dylan Richter returned to action on Sunday night and helped their squad get a huge opening round victory over #8 Team Schwartz by a final score of 72-52. With this extremely important first round victory, Team Maione moves on to play #1 Team McNichols on Sunday night who’ll be coming in fresh with their first round BYE. The winner of this game moves on right away to play #5 Team Reisner in round 3 on Sunday night, while the loser will get a little rest to try and regroup before they face off against #10 Team Purimetla. Two losses in a row on Sunday night can be devastating to both squad’s title hopes.

16-2 overall regular season record, 5-1 division record, 2 All-Stars and a ton of overall talent. Your 2017-18 regular season champions and overall #1 Team McNichols ladies and gentlemen. These guys don’t need any type of introduction however. Everyone knows who they are and what their aspirations will be this postseason. All-Star Joe Kozak will have to continue to be the leading force behind this team’s offense if they hope to cap their amazing regular season with a crown when all is said and done. They start their Playoff push against #9 Team Maione, a team they barely got past back in Week 10, winning by only 4 points. The winner of this game moves on right away to play #5 Team Reisner in round 3 on Sunday night, while the loser will get a little rest to try and regroup before they face off against #10 Team Purimetla. Two losses in a row can be devastating to both squad’s title chances.

 

#2 Team Harlander (SLA Insurance) vs. #7 Team Lalez (Hakimian Imports)

Winner plays #3 Team Hanessian (CEA Sturdy Abroad)
Loser plays #8 Team Schwartz (StudentCity)

3x Champs Team Lalez entered the 2017-18 postseason as the #7 seed with an overall 11-7 record and were looking to get started off on the right foot with their opening round match-up against #10 Team Purimetla. They walked into FFC on Sunday night wanting to make a statement, and they certainly did with a resounding 80-64 victory. MVP candidate and All-Star starter, Scott Campbell had a monster performance dropping 32 massive points to help secure his squad their crucial opening round win. They now get to move on and play the #2 Team Harlander squad that will be coming in with fresh legs following their first week BYE. The winner of this match-up moves on right away to play #3 Team Hanessian in round 3 on Sunday night, while the loser will get a little rest to try and regroup before they face off against #8 Team Schwartz. Two losses in a row can be devastating to both squad’s title chances.

#2 Team Harlander will make their 2017-18 postseason debut on Sunday night against defending champions #7 Team Lalez without having played a game in three full weeks. Will that affect this squad, or will they come out fresh and ready to rock and roll? That is the question. We will find out the answer coming up on Sunday night. They have 4 All-Stars that will try to carry this team to their goal…THE CHI Hoops crown. Their first test will be against the defending champs on Sunday night, a team they beat by 22 points just a little over a month ago. The winner of this extremely important game moves on right away to play #3 Team Hanessian in round 3 on Sunday night, while the loser will get a little rest to try and regroup before they face off against #8 Team Schwartz. Two losses in a row can be devastating to both squad’s title chances.

 

#5 Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley) vs. Winner of #1 vs. #9 Game

Team Reisner came into Sunday night with a .500 record of 9-9 but with the overall #5 seed due to taking down the North Division. They had the task of opening their 2017-18 postseason campaign against #4 Team Massie and came out on top with a huge 68-57 victory. All-Star and the team’s leading scorer, Andrew Marks paced these guys once again on Sunday night with 19 points, 6 rebounds and a couple of assists. They now await the winner of the match-up on Sunday night between #1 Team McNichols and #9 Team Maione. The winner of that game will be coming into this match-up with some strong momentum but at the same time could struggle in terms of playing conditioning have to play back-to-back. Should Team Reisner walk away on Sunday night with a victory over either one of these teams, they will give themselves a very nice opportunity to get themselves into the Finals. A loss here would push them down to the 1-loss portion of the bracket where their odds of making it to the Finals seriously diminish. Huge game coming up on Sunday night.

 

#3 Team Hanessian (CEA Study Abroad) vs. Winner of #2 vs. #7 Game

In what was touted as one of the best match-ups coming into opening night of the 2017-18 THE CHI Hoops playoffs, #3 Team Hanessian handed #6 Team Hampton a crushing defeat by the final score of 82-69. Chris Hicks stepped up and had a monster performance dropping 36 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. This man was all over the court and could not be contained. League MVP Sterling Williams also did what he has been doing all season and produced a final stat line of 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. With the win, Team Hanessian now awaits the winner of the #2 Harlander vs. #7 Team Lalez game on Sunday night with the opportunity to greatly increase their chances of bringing the title home. A loss here would push them down to the 1-loss portion of the bracket where their odds of making it to the Finals decrease tremendously. Potential Finals preview coming up on Sunday night.

 

Middle half (1-loss teams):

#10 Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s) vs. Loser of #1 vs. #9 Game

By the final score of 80-64, Team Purimetla dropped their opening round playoff game on Sunday night to defending champs Team Lalez. All-Star Adam Jones did everything he could to try to keep his guys in this game by scoring 24 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. Josh Blackwell also shot the ball well in this one, producing 28 points but it just wasn’t enough to get his squad past a determined and experienced Team Lalez team that has been in these situations before. The loss meant that Team Purimetla would be moved down into the middle round (1-loss teams) and setup up a date against #15 Team Harris. By the final score of 68-67 in their second game of the day, Team Purimetla squeezed by Team Harris to keep their chances alive of bringing home the title. Josh Blackwell once again shined in their second game, leading all scorers with 26 points. All-Star Adam Jones’s field-goal percentage wasn’t the best in Game 2, but his overall stat line sure was. Team Purimetla keeps themselves in the middle half of the bracket and set themselves up with a match-up against the losing team between #1 Team McNichols and #9 Team Maione coming up on Sunday.

 

#8 Team Schwartz (StudentCity) vs. Loser of #2 vs. #7 Game

Team Schwartz closed out their 2017-18 regular season schedule with a big win and were looking to carry that momentum into their opening round match-up against #9 Team Maione. All-Star and the squads leading scorer Jermaine Johnson unfortunately got locked down by a very stingy Team Maione defense on Sunday night and Team Schwartz dropped their opening round game to #9 Team Maione, 72-52. Everyone seemed to have been struggling with their outside shot, but everyone continued to battle through this game and kept it somewhat close. The loss meant that #8 Team Schwartz would be pushed down to the middle round (1-loss teams) and play another game against #16 Team James. What a difference one game can make. By the final score of 99-81, Team Schwartz cruised past #16 Team James to continue along the path among the other 1-loss teams. 5 players ended up being in double digits in this second game, led by Derek Davis’s monster stat line of 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Team Schwartz now awaits the losing team between #2 Team Harlander and #7 Team Lalez coming up on Sunday night.

 

#6 Team Hampton (Crystal Lake CDJ) vs. #12 Team Malvin (Dr. Jacob D.D.S.)

Team Hampton certainly deserved a better seed than the overall #6 coming into the 2017-18 postseason, finishing the regular season with the fourth overall best record. The scheduling gods were not very kind to them this season as they pinned them in the same division as the #1 and #2 overall teams in the league. As a result, they were tasked with a very tough opening round match-up against #3 Team Hanessian and came up just a little short, falling by a final score of 82-69. Bryant Orange stepped up huge in this loss, scoring 30 massive points to give his squad an opportunity to win this game. With this loss, Team Hampton moves down to the middle round (1-loss teams) and sets them up with a match-up against #12 Team Malvin coming up on Sunday night.

Entering the playoffs as the #12 overall seed, Team Malvin had to start their 2017-18 postseason campaign in the middle round (1-loss teams) against #13 Team Max. Led by their All-Star Rodney Clark, Team Malvin secured a huge 82-63 victory. Clark has remained one of the most consistent players this season and can carry this squad a long way. Luckily, Team Malvin has a lot of other options on offense, as evidenced by the five players who scored double digit points on Sunday night. This is a very dangerous #12 seed and every team coming up on their schedule should be very wary when they match-up against these guys. The win sets up a very tough game coming up on Sunday night against #4 Team Hampton. A loss pushes either of these teams down to the bottom round (2-loss teams) and will put them on the brink of elimination!

 

#4 Team Massie (Theory) vs. #11 Team Dean (Live Clean CHI)

All-Star and the regular season scoring champ Dylan Kremer, really struggled with his shot on Sunday night and as a result, #4 Team Massie suffered a disappointing opening round loss to #5 Team Reisner. While Dylan’s shot struggled on Sunday night, he continued to make up for it with superior production elsewhere. Jeff Dirkin ended up leading the squad in scoring in this one, dropping 17 points. Unfortunately for Team Massie, they were completely shut down by a very stingy and determined Team Reisner defense that held Team Massie to their lowest scoring total since Week 8. The loss moves Team Massie down to the middle round (1-loss teams) and sets up a date with #11 Team Dean on Sunday night. These two squads met back in Week 14 and Team Massie walked out of FFC with a 10-point victory. They’ll look to regain their shooting touches and repeat that performance from Week 14 on Sunday night.

45 POINTS! That is what All-Star Courtney Griffin dropped on Team Jones on Sunday night in Team Dean’s massive 99-83 victory. Griffin was sensational, scorching Team Jones with a league high in points this week. Captain Tredrick Dean was also dialed in from a shooting perspective, dropping 20 points of his own to go along with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The win keeps Team Dean in the middle round (1-loss teams) of the bracket and sets up a match-up with #4 Team Massie. These two squads met back in Week 14 and Team Massie walked out of FFC with a 10-point victory. Team Dean will need Courtney and Captain Tred to come up with similar performances this Sunday if they plan on staying in this middle round. A loss pushes either of these teams down to the bottom round (2-loss teams) and will put them on the brink of elimination!

 

BYES this Week:

#13 Team Max (Southview Athletics)

#14 Team Jones (Rockin’ Refuel)

#15 Team Harris (Schweitzer Title)

#16 Team James (Stanley’s Kitchen)

 

Week 1 of the Playoffs are in the books! Good luck to everyone once again on Sunday!

-Marko