2017-18 Chicago Hoops – Playoffs Week 2 (March 25)

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Updated: March 30, 2018

The first two weeks of the Chicago Hoops League Playoffs are officially in the books. We saw our top-2 seeded teams (#1 Team McNichols and #2 Team Harlander) move down to the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket with tough losses on Sunday night, while #9 seeded Team Maione continues to impress and is still without a loss after two weeks of action. #3 Team Hanessian picked up another huge victory on Sunday night and join #9 Team Maione as the only two squads without a loss after the first two weeks of games. We now also have 8 teams in the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and are all on the brink of elimination heading into Week 3 of the Playoffs. 6 out of these 8 teams will be packing up their bags and heading home after Week 3 and their 2017-18 seasons will be officially over. We’ll go over who these teams will be below!

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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.

 

Middle half (1-loss teams):

#6 Team Hampton (Crystal Lake CDJ) vs. #7 Team Lalez (Hakimian Imports)

After suffering a tough opening week loss to #3 Team Hanessian by a final score of 82-69, Team Hampton certainly redeemed themselves in Week 2 by recording a blowout victory over #12 Team Malvin by a score of 112-55. Joshua Davis was the star of the night for Team Hampton as he poured in 32 massive points to help lead his squad to a enormous 57-point victory. Captain Randall Hampton and Bryant Orange also had big nights combining to score 41 points to help seal the victory early in this one. Team Hampton will now need to turn their attention to Week 3 once we get back from the holiday break as they have a date scheduled with defending champions #7 Team Lalez. Back on January 21st Team Hampton recorded a forfeit win against #7 Team Lalez as Team Lalez did not have enough players to field a legal team that night. I have a strong suspicion that Team Lalez will have enough bodies available for this game coming up. The winner of this game continues to move along the path of the 1-loss teams while the loser will be pushed to the bottom half of the bracket and will be just 1-loss away from elimination. HUGE game coming up for both squads.

Defending champions Team Lalez came into Week 2 of the Playoffs on Sunday night riding high off a nice Week 1 victory over #10 Team Purimetla. With the win, Team Lalez set themselves up with a match-up against #2 Team Harlander in Week 2 who would be coming in fresh off their opening night BYE. By the final score of 67-55, Team Lalez came up just short versus a very determined Team Harlander squad that held Team Lalez to their lowest scoring output on the season. Scott Campbell did most of the damage for Team Lalez in this one, producing 25 of the teams 55 total points. Unfortunately for Team Lalez, they just could not find enough offensive production from any one else. With the loss, Team Lalez was pushed down to the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and had to square off against #8 Team Schwartz. They faired much better in their second game on Sunday evening as they were able to walk away with a solid 79-60 victory over #8 Team Schwartz. This game was like night and day compared to their first game on Sunday as Team Lalez had five different players score in double digits to help keep this squads re-peat title chances alive. Scott Campbell just keeps rolling, leading the way once again for Team Lalez in this game, dropping 23 points to lead his team to a crucial victory. With this win, Team Lalez sets up a date with #6 Team Hampton once we get back from our holiday break, with the winner of this game continuing to move along the path of the 1-loss teams. The loser of this game on the other hand will be pushed to the bottom half of the bracket and will be just 1-loss away from elimination.

 

#1 Team McNichols (Chipotle) vs. #11 Team Dean (Live Clean CHI)

Team McNichols entered the 2017-18 postseason as the #1 overall seed with a spectacular 16-2 regular season record. They also received the opening night BYE in Week 1 and would come into Sunday night fresh as can be. The only real question would be whether the opening night BYE would have any effect on them in terms of the rust factor. Unfortunately for Team McNichols, this held to be true as they dropped their first game on the 2017-18 postseason by a final score of 90-76 to #9 Team Maione. Joe Kozak managed 19 points and 7 rebounds as his scoring total served as a team high in this loss. Captain Chris McNichols also turned in 13 points to try to keep his squad in this game, unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to get past a hot shooting Team Maione squad. The loss pushed #1 Team McNichols into the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and set up a match-up against #10 Team Purimetla. Team McNichols knew that a second loss on Sunday night would have devastated their chances of any title hopes that they had. They were able to regroup very nicely and turned in a very big performance, beating #10 Team Purimetla by a final score of 101-75 to keep their title hopes alive. Boris Cayemitte led the charge in this game for Team McNichols, producing 22 points. The win keeps #1 Team McNichols in the middle half of the bracket and sets up a date against #11 Team Dean in Week 3 when we return from holiday break. In their only previous match-up during the regular season all the way back in Week 7, Team McNichols squeezed by Team Dean by a final score of 96-91. The winner of this game continues to move along the path of the 1-loss teams while the loser of this game will be pushed to the bottom half of the bracket and will be just 1-loss away from elimination.

Entering the 2017-18 postseason as the overall #11 seed and with 1-loss already assigned to them, Team Dean had to have some strong showings in the first two weeks to keep their title chances alive. They responded with a nice opening week win over #14 Team Jones and advanced to play #4 Team Massie on Sunday night. Entering this game as a heavy underdog, Team Dean shot off a warning shot to the rest of the league by securing a massive 95-90 victory. Sometimes you see players step out on the court and you just see the “we aren’t losing today” look. The squads leading scorer Courtney Griffin had that look on Sunday for Team Dean. He knew that he would need to come up with a big-time performance if his team stood any chance of getting past #4 Team Massie. He went for 29 in this game and really helped set the tone all the way around for Team Dean. The win keeps Team Dean in the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and sets up a showdown with #1 Team McNichols in Week 3 once we return from holiday break. They’ll need another huge performance from Mr. Griffin in Week 3 if they stand any chance of upsetting the #1 seeded team. The winner of this game continues to move along the path of the 1-loss teams while the loser of this game will be pushed to the bottom half of the bracket and will be just 1-loss away from elimination.

 

Bottom half (2-loss teams):

#14 Team Jones (Rockin’ Refuel) vs. #15 Team Harris (Schweitzer Title)

Winner plays #10 Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s)

The #14 seed Team Jones squad began their 2017-18 postseason in Week 1 with a match-up against #11 Team Dean and with 1-loss already assigned to them. They ended up putting up a fight in that game but came up just short, falling by a final score of 99-83. With the loss, they were pushed down to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and are now on the brink of elimination. Coming up in Week 3 after the holiday break, Team Jones will tip off against #15 Team Harris to try to keep their 2017-18 season alive. They are led by their captain and All-Star Gilles Jones who is averaging just over 24 PPG. They need a huge performance out of Mr. Jones in Week 3 if they plan on advancing through the bottom half of the bracket. The winner of this game moves on to immediately play #10 Team Purimetla while the loser will officially have their season come to an end. Should Team Jones get past #15 Team Harris and #10 Team Purimetla, they will have an hour break before having to play #8 Team Schwartz in what would be their third game of the evening. Team Jones split their regular season games with their division rivals Team Harris, losing to them in Week 2 by a final score of 70-65 before getting some revenge back in Week 17 by beating Team Harris by a final score of 51-46. Team Jones also beat Team Purimetla in their only regular season match-up back in Week 12 by a final score of 75-65. They did however lose to Team Schwartz in Week 11 by a final score of 85-72. It’s going to be a tall order for Team Jones in Week 3 of the postseason if they plan on playing in Week 4, but stranger things have happened. So, you’re telling me there’s a chance?

#15 Team Harris entered the 2017-18 postseason with an overall 3-15 regular season record and on a 5-game losing streak. They suffered a crushing defeat in Week 1 of the playoffs, falling to #10 Team Purimetla by a final score of 68-67. With the loss, that makes it 6 in a row and they are pushed down to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and now sit on the brink of elimination. Coming up in Week 3 after the holiday break, Team Harris will tip off against #14 Team Jones to try to keep their 2017-18 season alive. They are led by Brad Tivin and Tony Rizzo, both of whom are averaging just over 14 PPG. They will need big performances out of these two in Week 3 if they plan on advancing through the bottom half of the bracket. The winner of this game moves on to immediately play #10 Team Purimetla while the loser will be packing up their bags and going home for the season. Should Team Harris get past #14 Team Jones and #10 Team Purimetla, they will have an hour break before having to play #8 Team Schwartz in what would be their third game of the evening. Team Harris split their regular season games with their division rivals Team Jones, beating them in Week 2 by a final score of 70-65 before taking a tough loss back in Week 17 by a final score of 51-46. If Team Harris gets by Team Jones, Team Harris will be out for some revenge from their opening postseason night 1-point loss against #10 Team Purimetla. Should they also get by Team Purimetla, #8 Team Schwartz will be waiting for them. Team Harris did fall to #8 Team Schwartz back on December 17th by a final score of 92-78. Team Harris has a lot of work ahead of them in Week 3, but they can win these games.

 

#13 Team Max (Southview Athletics) vs. #16 Team James (Stanley’s Kitchen)

Winner plays #12 Team Malvin (Dr. Jacob D.D.S.)

The 13th seeded Team Max crew entered the 2017-18 postseason with an overall 5-13 regular season record but sported a tough 8 game losing streak. They suffered a 19-point defeat in Week 1 of the playoffs, falling to #12 Team Malvin by a final score of 82-63. That loss made it 9 losses in a row overall for Team Max and are pushed down to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and now sit on the brink of elimination. Coming up in Week 3 after the holiday break, Team Max squares off against #16 Team James to try to keep their 2017-18 season alive. They will be looking to get big performances out of Jesse Pollans and Max Shulruff in Week 3 if they plan on advancing through the bottom half of the bracket. Should Team Max beat the underdog Team James, they will move on to immediately play #12 Team Malvin in an opportunity to get some revenge from their Week 1 postseason loss. Should Team Max lose this game, they will be saying sayonara to their 2017-18 season. If team Max can get by #16 Team James and #12 Team Malvin, they will have an hour break before having to play #4 Team Massie in what would be their third game of the evening. Team Max did get a win over Team James back on December 10th in their only regular season match-up, beating them by a final score of 81-68. If Team Max can win their first two games and setup a match-up against #4 Team Massie, they’ll have some confidence knowing that they did beat Team Massie back on January 7th by a final score of 69-64. This team can make a big run in the bottom half of the bracket.

The #16 seed Team James squad began their 2017-18 postseason in Week 1 with a match-up against #8 Team Schwartz and with 1-loss already assigned to them. They ended up putting up a good fight in that game but came up short, falling by a final score of 99-81. With the loss, they were pushed down to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and are now on the brink of elimination. The loss also makes it 17 in a row for Team James. Coming up in Week 3 after the holiday break, Team James will have a date with #13 Team Max to try to keep their 2017-18 season alive. They are led by their All-Star Dave Altman who is averaging just over 15 PPG. They need a huge performance out of Dave in Week 3 if they plan on advancing through the bottom half of the bracket. The winner of this game moves on to immediately play #12 Team Malvin while the loser will have their season officially come to an end. Should Team James get past #13 Team Max and #12 Team Malvin, they will have an hour break before having to play #4 Team Massie in what would be their third game of the evening. The good news for Team James is that their only win on the season came all the way back in Week 2 when they took down #4 Team Massie by a final score of 65-59. They know that if they can get to that game in Week 3, they have a chance of taking them down and making a Cinderella type run in the bottom half of the bracket. They need to take it one game at a time and play some solid basketball. They are capable and have the talent to do it, whether they will is what we are all waiting to see.

 

#10 Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s) vs. Winner of #14 vs. #15 Game

Winner plays #8 Team Schwartz (StudentCity)

Team Purimetla began their 2017-18 postseason as the #10 overall seed and on the top half (zero-loss) of the bracket. They were slated with a tough opening week draw against the defending champions Team Lalez and came up short, losing by a final score of 80-64. With the loss, they were pushed down in the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and had to play again on opening night against #15 Team Harris. They were able to squeak by #15 Team Harris by a final score of 68-67 to stay in the middle half of the bracket. On Sunday night they were dealt a draw with #1 Team McNichols and ended up going down by a final score of 101-75. All-Star Adam Jones paced Team Purimetla in this one by collecting 27 points and grabbing 5 boards. Given his mammoth role in the Team Purimetla offense and team’s ongoing postseason quest, his usage level should remain at astronomical levels for what’s left of their postseason games. With the loss they were pushed down to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and now await the winner of the #14 Team Jones/#15 Team Harris match-up. If Team Purimetla wins this game, they will have an hour break before lacing them back up to play #8 Team Schwartz. During their only regular season meeting back in Week 7, Team Purimetla was able to get a 66-59 victory over Team Schwartz. Any loss in Week 3 for Team Purimetla after we return from the holiday break will result in officially ending Team Purimetla’s season.

 

#12 Team Malvin (Dr. Jacob D.D.S.) vs. Winner of #13 vs. #16 Game

Winner plays #4 Team Massie (Theory)

#12 Team Malvin came into Sunday night feeling pretty good about themselves after opening their 2017-18 postseason campaign with a nice 82-63 victory over #13 Team Max. Unfortunately, they could not keep that winning momentum going on Sunday night in Week 2 as they suffered a crushing defeat to Team Hampton, 112-55. They were only able to suit up 5 bodies for this one, and it showed. Captain Michael Malvin led the way with 11 points, Nikko was only able to muster up 10, while Mark Swanson and Shaun Albert were only able to pitch in with 7. This was Team Malvin’s lowest scoring output since Week 3 when they put up 50 points in a losing effort to Team Schwartz. With this loss, Team Malvin moves down to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and are now on the brink of elimination. Coming up in Week 3 when we return from holiday break, Team Malvin will host the winner of #13 Team Max vs. #16 Team James. Team Malvin beat Team Max in Week 1 of the playoffs two weeks ago by a final score of 82-63 and beat Team James back in Week 7 of the regular season by a final score of 68-60. They’ll have some confidence coming into Week 3 knowing that they have and can beat both opponents. If Team Malvin wins this game, they will have an hour break before getting back onto the court to play #4 Team Massie. During their only regular season meeting back in Week 5, Team Malvin suffered an embarrassing defeat to Team Massie by a final score of 120-73. A loss in Game 1 or a loss in Game 2 (should they advance to Game 2 in Week 3) for Team Malvin, will result in elimination from the 2017-18 postseason.

 

#8 Team Schwartz (StudentCity) vs. Winner of #10 vs. #14/#15 Game

#8 Team Schwartz came into Week 2 of the postseason on Sunday night riding some good momentum after getting a much-needed victory in Week 1. They began their postseason run with a loss to #9 Team Maione in Week 1 but followed that loss up with a very nice victory over #16 Team James to keep them in the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket. The win meant that they would be ticketed to play defending champions and #7 Team Lalez on Sunday night. They unfortunately could not keep that momentum rolling and ended up falling to #7 Team Lalez by a final score of 79-60. Jermaine Johnson managed 24 points to go along with 4 rebounds. Johnson’s scoring total served as a team high and came on one of his best shooting nights since March 4th. The sharpshooter continues to spearhead Team Schwartz on most Sunday nights. This tough loss moves Team Schwartz to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and are now on the brink of elimination. Coming up in Week 3 when we return from holiday break, Team Schwartz will host the winner of #10 Team Purimetla vs. Winner of #14/15. Team Schwartz lost to Team Purimetla back in Week 7 of the regular season by a final score of 66-59 but beat both Team Jones and Team Harris during the regular season. A win in Week 3 when we return from holiday break will keep Team Schwartz’s season alive, while a loss in Week 3 will officially put an end to their 2017-18 season.

 

#4 Team Massie (Theory) vs. Winner of #12 vs. #13/#16 Game

One of the biggest/most surprising stories of the 2017-18 postseason so far is #4 Team Massie. Winners of the West Division and winners of 8 straight games heading into this postseason, Team Massie was one of the favorites to take down the 2017-18 title. After suffering a tough 68-57 loss in Week 1 to #5 Team Reisner, Team Massie suffered another huge setback on Sunday night by falling to #11 Team Dean by a final score of 95-90. Jeff Dirkin led the charge on Sunday night, leading the league in scoring in Week 2 of the playoffs, dropping 36 massive points (15-21 FG) while adding 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Dirkin matched up very well with Team Dean in this one, but when all was said and done, Team Dean was too much to handle on the defensive side of the ball. The leagues leading scorer, Dylan Kremer also had a nice night shooting the ball, dropping 21 points of his own. With this loss, Team Massie moves down to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and are on the brink of elimination. Shocking! They’ll have a huge uphill battle to climb the rest of the way and their first test will come in Week 3 when we return from holiday break when they match up against the winner of #12 Team Malvin vs. Winner of #13/#16. A win in Week 3 when we return from holiday break will keep Team Massie’s season alive, while a loss in Week 3 will officially put an end to their 2017-18 season, something no one could have predicted entering the postseason.

 

BYES this Week:

#2 Team Harlander (SLA Insurance)

#3 Team Hanessian (CEA Study Abroad)

#5 Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley)

#9 Team Maione (The Bucket List)

 

That’s it for Week 2! Enjoy your holiday and see you back for ELIMINATION SUNDAY on April 8th!

-Marko