2017-18 Chicago Hoops – Playoffs Week 3 (April 08)

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Updated: April 12, 2018

Week 3 of the Playoffs, also known as ELIMINATION SUNDAY in The CHI HOOPS All Sports Series league, provided us with some great ball games on Sunday evening. On the 3rd Sunday of the Playoffs, 6 teams were sent home for the season, the most of any weekend of the year. Teams fought for their Playoff lives all night long and when everything was said and done, only 10 teams remain standing. 3x and defending Champs Team Lalez lost a tough one on Sunday evening and will be playing in the bottom half (2-loss) of the bracket this upcoming Sunday to try to keep their season alive. Meanwhile, #11 Team Dean pulled off the biggest upset of the night on Sunday evening by squeezing by #1 Team McNichols. Our 2018 #1 overall seed is also now on the brink of elimination coming up on Sunday night. More on that below. We will have 4 more teams packing up their bags and calling it a season coming up on Sunday night. When all is said and done on Sunday, only 6 teams will remain with the opportunity to call themselves 2017-18 Champs! Let’s recap and preview everything 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 Preview/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):

#3 Team Hanessian (CEA Study Abroad) vs. #9 Team Maione (The Bucket List)

In what will be the main event on Sunday evening, #3 Team Hanessian will attempt to stay unbeaten in the 2017-18 Playoffs when they match up against #9 Team Maione. Team Hanessian, along with their opponents for this upcoming Sunday, Team Maione, will both be coming in fresh off their BYE weeks and holiday breaks. Neither team has played since March 25th and both will be looking to get off to fast starts. Back on December 3rd, Team Hanessian secured a very nice 90-85 victory over Team Maione. On that cold December evening, Michael Halusek had 29. Steve Login scored 19. Breck Mahoney had 16 and league MVP Sterling Williams had 15 and 13 boards. They’ll need similar contributions from these fellas this upcoming Sunday if they want to remain in the top-half of the bracket. The Winner here would be just two Wins away from holding the Crown. A far cry from what the Loser would need to accomplish to win the whole thing. The Loser here would need to rattle off at least 4 more W’s to claim the Crown. That is a huge difference considering the caliber of opponents that awaits them in the final games.

#9 seed Team Maione must be one of the biggest stories so far in the 2017-18 postseason. They began their postseason journey back in Week 1 with a very nice 20-point victory over #8 Team Schwartz. They would move along to Week 2 and a match-up against #1 and heavy favorites, Team McNichols. By the final score of 90-76, Team Maione shocked the league and upset the #1 team to move along the top-half of the bracket. They were then tasked with another game in Week 2 against #5 Team Reisner. By the final score of 69-64, Team Maione picked up another HUGE victory and finds themselves as 1 of only 2 teams that remain with zero losses in the 2017-18 postseason. Coming up in Week 3 of the Playoffs on Sunday night, Team Maione must take on #3 Team Hanessian, a team they fell to in the regular season by 5 points. Chris Wroblewski had 23, Tellef Lundevall scored 21, Chris Ray had 16 and Captain Brad put in 15 on that December evening, but it wasn’t enough to get past a then undefeated Team Hanessian crew. The Winner here would be just two Wins away from holding the Crown. A far cry from what the Loser would need to accomplish to win the whole thing. The Loser here would need to rattle off at least 4 more W’s to claim the Crown. That is a huge difference considering the caliber of opponents that awaits them in the final games.

 

Middle half (1-loss teams):

#5 Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley) vs. #6 Team Hampton (Crystal Lake CDJ)

Winner plays Winner of #2 Team Harlander vs. #11 Team Dean
Loser plays Winner of #1 Team McNichols vs. #4 Team Massie

#5 Team Reisner will be coming in fresh off their BYE week and holiday break on Sunday night. They have not played a game since March 25th and will be looking to get off to a fast start. The big question will be, will they show any rust coming into this matchup or will they be well rested and ready to make the final push towards the finals? Only time will tell. In their last game back on March 25th in Week 2 of the Playoffs, #5 Team Reisner lost a very tough game to #9 Team Maione by a final score of 69-64. The loss was their first of this postseason and pushed them down to the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and setup a matchup against #6 Team Hampton on Sunday night. Back in their only match-up during the regular season, #6 Team Hampton blew out #5 Team Reisner by a final score of 93-65. Marin Kukoc had 25 and Captain Jordan Reisner had a dozen, but it wasn’t nearly enough to get by a very tough and experienced Team Hampton squad. The Winner of this game moves along the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and will play a second game on Sunday night against the Winner of #2 Team McNichols vs. #11 Team Dean game. The loser on the other hand will drop of the bottom half (2-loss) of the bracket and play against the Winner of #1 Team McNichols vs. #4 Team Massie in an elimination game on Sunday night.

After suffering a Week 1 playoff loss to #3 Team Hanessian, #6 Team Hampton has now ripped off two quality wins in a row and holds their destiny in their own hands. By the final score of 82-52, #6 Team Hampton handed defending champions Team Lalez a crushing blow to their repeat title hopes and put themselves in prime position to one final push towards the illusive crown. All-Star Bryant Orange led the charge on Sunday night for Team Hampton by dropping 25 points and grabbing a couple of boards. Captain Randall Hampton also had his usual night by posting 20 points to go along with 4 rebounds. With this very impressive win, Team Hampton booked another ticket along the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and set themselves up with a match-up against #5 Team Reisner. Back in their only match-up during the regular season, #6 Team Hampton blew out #5 Team Reisner by a final score of 93-65. Josh Davis had 31 to lead the squad in scoring that evening while Captain Randall Hampton scored 17 and Bryant Orange had 16. Team Hampton will be looking for a similar result coming up on Sunday evening. The Winner of this game moves along the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and will play a second game on Sunday night against the Winner of #2 Team McNichols vs. #11 Team Dean game. The loser on the other hand will drop of the bottom half (2-loss) of the bracket and play against the Winner of #1 Team McNichols vs. #4 Team Massie in an elimination game on Sunday night.

 

#2 Team Harlander (SLA Insurance) vs. #11 Team Dean (Live Clean CHI)

Winner plays Winner of #5 Team Reisner vs. #6 Team Hampton
Loser plays Winner of #7 Team Lalez vs. #10 Team Purimetla

#2 Team Harlander enters Week 4 of the Playoffs with 1-loss assigned to them. They dropped a tough game back in Week 2 on March 25th to Team Hanessian, 86-55. They have had two full weeks to stew on this blowout loss and will be looking to come out with a vengeance on Sunday night against #11 Team Dean. Will they show any rust coming into this matchup or will they be well rested and ready to make the final push towards the finals? Only time will tell here. Their opponents coming in on Sunday night, #11 Team Dean, is currently on a big roll, winning their first three Playoff games to along the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket. These two squads met once in the regular season back in Week 6. Team Harlander walked out of FFC that evening with a dominate 85-61 victory. Calvin Kang had 20 that night. Phil McNeal had 18 and Ademilola Jr. Adekoya had 17. Both Captain Connor and Adam Gwardys had 14 apiece as well. 83 points from 5 guys is going to get you the W often. They will need that same production if from all these guys if they plan on staying in the middle-half (1-loss) of the bracket. The Winner of this game moves along the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and will play a second game on Sunday night against the Winner of the #5 Team Reisner vs. #6 Team Hampton game. The loser on the other hand will drop of the bottom half (2-loss) of the bracket and play against the Winner of #7 Team Lalez vs. #10 Team Purimetla in an elimination game on Sunday night.

One of the hottest teams right now in THE CHI Hoops league is #11 Team Dean. This squad has ripped off three straight W’s to start their 2017-18 postseason campaign. Finishing as the #11 seed and assigned to the middle-half (1-loss) of the bracket, Team Dean has been playing some fantastic basketball and looks like a team on a mission. They picked up their third straight playoff victory on Sunday evening by squeaking by upsetting #1 Team McNichols by a final score of 81-78. Courtney Griffin and Captain Tredrick Dean led the charge on Sunday night for Team Dean, scoring 18 points apiece. Wole Aregbesola also had a nice night, dropping 15 points of his own. These guys will all look now to carry this momentum into this Sunday’s huge matchup against #2 Team Harlander. Back in their only match-up during the regular season in Week 6, Team Dean dropped a lopsided game to Team Harlander, losing 86-51. It certainly was not their prettiest game this season and they will be looking to make amends coming up Sunday. The Winner of this game moves along the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and will play a second game on Sunday night against the Winner of the #5 Team Reisner vs. #6 Team Hampton game. The loser on the other hand will drop of the bottom half (2-loss) of the bracket and play against the Winner of #7 Team Lalez vs. #10 Team Purimetla in an elimination game on Sunday night.

 

Bottom half (2-loss teams):

#7 Team Lalez (Hakimian Imports) vs. #10 Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s)

Winner plays Loser of #2 Team Harlander vs. #11 Team Dean
Loser is eliminated from the 2017-18 postseason

3x and defending Champs Team Lalez lost a tough one on Sunday evening and will be playing in the bottom half (2-loss) of the bracket this upcoming Sunday to try to keep their season alive. Can you believe it? It’s been a tough go so far Team Lalez, certainly not something these guys would have expected entering this postseason. W,L,W,L. That is how the Playoffs have gone so far for #7 Team Lalez. They came into Sunday night in the middle-half (1-loss) of the bracket after picking up a solid victory over #8 Team Schwartz back in Week 2. They were tasked on Sunday night with a match-up against #6 Team Hampton and ended up going down by 30 points. David Gershenzon led the way on Sunday night for #7 Team Lalez, scoring 19 points to go along with 4 rebounds. Unfortunately for the defending champs, no one else could get it going on the offensive end of the court. As a result, they drop down to the bottom-half (2-loss) of the bracket and fill be fighting to keep their season alive on Sunday night against #10 Team Purimetla. These two squads met back in Week 1 of the Playoffs and #7 Team Lalez walked away with an 80-64 victory. They will look to repeat this same performance coming up on Sunday night to keep their season alive. The winner of this game keeps their season alive and will need to play one more game on Sunday night against the losing team between #2 Team Harlander vs. #11 Team Dean. The loser of this game will have their 2017-18 officially come to an end.

#10 Team Purimetla ripped off back-to-back wins on Sunday evening to keep their 2017-18 season alive. In their first game on Sunday evening, #10 Team Purimetla won a close one over #14 Team Jones by a final score of 75-70. Josh Blackwell led the charge for Team Purimetla in this one, dropping 18 points, while Kevin Matos and Max Boton combined to score 24 points help keep their season alive to play another game. In their second game of the evening on Sunday night, #10 Team Purimetla won a very low scoring affair, beating #8 Team Schwartz by a final score of 47-30. Captain Pete was a man on a mission in this contest, leading his squad with 14 points to let them live another day. Coming up on Sunday night, Team Purimetla get a Week 1 Playoff rematch with defending champs, #7 Team Lalez. Back in their Week 1 Playoff game against Team Lalez, Team Purimetla dropped a tough game by a final score of 80-64. They will need to find some offensive production if they plan on repeating Sunday’s back-to-back win performance. The winner of this game keeps their season alive and will need to play one more game on Sunday night against the losing team between #2 Team Harlander vs. #11 Team Dean. The loser of this game will have their 2017-18 officially come to an end.

 

#1 Team McNichols (Chipotle) vs. #4 Team Massie (Theory)

Winner plays Loser of #5 Team Reisner vs. #6 Team Hampton
Loser is eliminated from the 2017-18 postseason

In what is arguably our most surprising match-up coming up on Sunday night, #1 Team McNichols tips off against #4 Team Massie in an Elimination Game! If you had asked anyone back when we started the 2017-18 Playoffs who would be in the finals, many people would have mentioned both squad’s names. Unfortunately for both teams, the Playoffs have not gone how either of them had planned. #1 Team McNichols came into Sunday night in the middle-half (1-loss) of the bracket and were tasked with a difficult match-up against one of the hottest postseason teams, #11 Team Dean. By the final score of 81-78, #1 Team McNichols lost a heartbreaker to #11 Team Dean on Sunday night and will now have to play eliminations games the rest of the way out. Dante Logan gave everything he had on Sunday night, leading the team with 21 points and grabbing a couple of boards to go along with a couple of assists. Mike Kennedy also did his thing and contributed with 16 points of his own. They just got not make critical stops on the defensive end at the end of the game and as a result, fall to the bottom-half (2-losses) of the bracket. Coming up on Sunday night, they have a tall order to overcome to try to keep their season alive. Their first test will come against #4 Team Massie. These two squads met once during the regular season right before our Winter break and #1 Team McNichols walked away victories, beating #4 Team Massie by a final score of 94-89. The dynamic duo of Captain Chris McNichols and Joe Kozak led the charge back on December 17th by combining for 47 total points in that one. They will be hoping for a similar result coming up on Sunday night. The winner of this match-up will keep their season alive and will play another game on Sunday night against the losing team between #5 Team Reisner vs. #6 Team Hampton. The loser of this game will have their 2017-18 come to a surprising end.

In what was one of their easiest W’s on the season, #4 Team Massie secured a forfeit win over #12 Team Malvin as they did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team. Team Massie has struggled so far in this postseason, dropping their first two games to be pushed down to the bottom-half (2-losses) of the bracket. This forfeit win on Sunday night must come with a little relief as they now get to move onto this upcoming Sunday and take on #1 Team McNichols to try to keep their season alive. These two squads met once during the regular season right before our Winter break and #1 Team McNichols walked away victories, beating #4 Team Massie by a final score of 94-89. Tim Brennen went off for 46 points that night, one of the highest scoring point totals by any player this season, but that still wasn’t enough to take down Team McNichols. Tim also shot a blazing 78.3% from the field that night and didn’t look like he could be stopped. Unfortunately for Team Massie, their defense let them down that cold Sunday evening and couldn’t stop Joe Kozak of Team McNichols down the stretch. The winner of this rematch will keep their season alive and will play another game on Sunday night against the losing team between #5 Team Reisner vs. #6 Team Hampton. The loser of this game will have their 2017-18 come to a surprising end.

 

ELIMINATED TEAMS:

#8 Team Schwartz (StudentCity)
#12 Team Malvin (Dr. Jacob D.D.S.)
#13 Team Max (Southview Athletics)
#14 Team Jones (Rockin’ Refuel)
#15 Team Harris (Schweitzer Title)
#16 Team James (Stanley’s Kitchen)

 

That’s it for Week 3 of Elimination Sunday! Good Luck to the Final 10 teams still standing!

-Marko