2017-18 Chicago Hoops – Playoffs Week 4 (April 15)

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Updated: April 19, 2018

We entered Sunday night’s games with 10 teams still alive and competing for the right to call themselves 2017-18 The CHI HOOPS Champs! When all was said and done on Sunday evening, we were left with only 6 teams still standing. 4 teams had to pack their bags and sadly end their seasons on Sunday night, including defending Champions, Team Lalez. That means that 2017-18 will bring us a brand-new Champion! #3 Team Hanessian is just 1 win away from the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th, while #1 Team McNichols and #10 Team Purimetla will have to win 4 games in a row coming up on Sunday to have the right to play in the Championship games! This upcoming Sunday will be a war of attrition as some of these remaining teams will potentially have to play 4 games in a row for the right to fight for the Chip! Aside from the Championship games, April 29th is also the date for our All-Star Game and 3pt contest. If you are an All-Star and want to participate in the All-Star Game and 3pt contest, please shoot me an email at Marko@Allsportsseries.com.

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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. Winner of #6 Team Hampton/#9 Team Maione

If #3 Team Hanessian Wins, they move onto the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th.
If #3 Team Hanessian Loses, they will have to play this same team again immediately at 6PM on Sunday.
If #3 Team Hanessian Loses back-to-back games to this team, they will need to play a third game in the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket on Sunday at 7PM for the right to play in the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th.

By the final score of 82-53, #3 Team Hanessian cruised to victory on Sunday night over #9 Team Maione and are now just 1 win away from playing in the 2017-18 The CHI Hoops Championship games on Sunday, April 29th! They are the only team that is left standing without a loss this postseason. League MVP Sterling Williams served as the third wheel on offense during this match-up against #9 Team Maione, as both Chris Hicks and Michael Halusek outpaced him on the scoreboard dropping 23 points apiece. Mr. Williams was still able to put together a very solid final line of his own, scoring 20 points, and he’ll look to up his contributions across the stat sheet in his squad’s crucial match-up against the winner of #6 Team Hampton/#9 Team Maione coming up on Sunday night. SCENARIOS: Things will be very straight forward for #3 Team Hanessian on Sunday night should they beat the winner of Team Hampton/Team Maione. With a win, they move onto the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. Should #3 Team Hanessian lose however against Team Hampton/Team Maione, things can get very dicey for them. With a loss, #3 Team Hanessian will have to turn around and immediately play that same team once again on Sunday in the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket. If they lose the first game but win the second, they will advance to the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. Should they lose back-to-back games against Team Hampton/Team Maione, they will be forced to play a third straight game on Sunday night in the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket. That game would mean do or die in terms of playing in the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th or having their season come to a crushing end.

 

Middle half (1-loss teams):

#6 Team Hampton (Crystal Lake CDJ) vs. #9 Team Maione (The Bucket List)

Winner plays #3 Team Hanessian
Loser plays Winner of #2 Team Harlander vs. Winner of #1 Team McNichols/#10 Team Purimetla

Back-to-Back victories on Sunday night against #5 Team Reisner and #2 Team Harlander have put #6 Team Hampton in striking distance of the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. By the final score of 59-54, #3 Team Hampton passed their first test on Sunday night, squeezing by a stingy #5 Team Reisner defense. Captain Randall Hampton led the charge offensively in this win, producing 17 points. Team Hampton struggled shooting overall in this victory, but even with their struggles from the outside, their ability to drive and make easy buckets was too potent to be stopped in this one. With this win, #6 Team Hampton advanced along the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and setup a showdown with #2 Team Harlander. With a final score of 77-68, Team Hampton recorded an upset victory over #2 Team Harlander and is now potentially just 3 wins away from the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. Bryant Orange struggled during his squads first game on Sunday night, scoring only 4 points. Game 2 however on Sunday evening was a completely different story for Mr. Orange as he led his squad in scoring, dropping a big 23-point performance while also grabbing 6 boards. With this second win on Sunday night, #6 Team Hampton have set themselves up with a huge match-up coming up on Sunday against #9 Team Maione. SCENARIOS: With a win against #9 Team Maione on Sunday, #6 Team Hampton will have to turn around and immediately play #3 Team Hanessian. If they beat #3 Team Hanessian, they will have to play #3 Team Hanessian immediately once again on Sunday along the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket. If #6 Team Hampton beats #3 Team Hanessian for a second time on Sunday night, they will advance to the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. If #6 Team Hampton beats #9 Team Maione, then beats #3 Team Hanessian but then losses to #3 Team Hanessian in their third game, they will have to play their 4th game of the evening in the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket for a chance to play in the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. If #6 Team Hampton losses to #9 Team Maione, they will drop down to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and would have to win back-to-back games to make it to the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th.

#9 Team Maione came into Sunday night’s game as 1 of only 2 teams remaining without a blemish on their post-season record. Unfortunately for #9 Team Maione, they ran into a red-hot #3 Team Hanessian squad and ended up losing a lopsided game by the final score of 82-53. #9 Team Maione really struggled offensively in this contest, scoring only 53 total points, their lowest scoring output so far this postseason. The squads two leading scorers, Dylan Richter and Chris Wroblewski, really struggled shooting the ball against #3 Team Hanessian, combining to score only 11 points. With this loss, #9 Team Maione moves down to the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and have a match-up coming up on Sunday night against #6 Team Hampton. SCENARIOS: With a win against #6 Team Hampton coming up on Sunday, #9 Team Maione will have to turn around and immediately play #3 Team Hanessian. If they beat #3 Team Hanessian, they will have to play #3 Team Hanessian immediately once again on Sunday along the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket. If #9 Team Maione beats #3 Team Hanessian for a second time on Sunday night, they will advance to the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. If #9 Team Maione beats #6 Team Hampton, beats #3 Team Hanessian but then losses to #3 Team Hanessian in their 3rd game, they will have to play their 4th game of the evening in the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket for a chance to play in the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. If #9 Team Maione losses to #6 Team Hampton, they will drop down to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket and would have to win back-to-back games to make it to the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th.

 

Bottom half (2-loss teams):

#1 Team McNichols (Chipotle) vs. #10 Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s)

Winner plays #2 Team Harlander
Loser is eliminated from the 2017-18 postseason

Who would have thought a month ago that our #1 seed would potentially have to play and win 4 games in a row on the second to last Sunday of the season for a chance to play in the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th? Not me! But this is what #1 Team McNichols is tasked to do coming up on Sunday night. They were upset a couple of times early in this postseason and were dropped down to the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket this past Sunday with their season on the line. They stepped up HUGE and recorded two very big victories on Sunday night to keep their 2017-18 postseason alive. By the final score of 94-92, #1 Team Hanessian recorded arguably their biggest victory of the season over #4 Team Massie to keep their season alive and play again on Sunday against #5 Team Reisner. Rodney Metellus was the man of the hour during his teams Game 1 performance on Sunday night, leading his squad in scoring with a 25-point performance. Marlowe Soriano and Captain Chris McNichols also did their part in Game 1, combining to put up 40 points. With this season-saving win, #1 Team McNichols moved on to play #5 Team Reisner on Sunday night in another elimination game for them. By the final score of 82-71, #1 Team McNichols ended #5 Team Reisner’s season on Sunday night. All 5 starters in this crucial Game 2 victory on Sunday night were able to record double digit points, led by Marlowe Soriano’s 17 points. With this second victory on Sunday evening in the books, #1 Team McNichols kept their season alive and have a MASSIVE challenge awaiting them coming up on Sunday. SCENARIOS: Their first test coming up on Sunday evening is against #10 Team Purimetla, a team they beat by 26 points in their second postseason game back on March 25th. If they get past #10 Team Purimetla on Sunday night, they will need to tip-off against #2 Team Harlander. Should they get past #2 Team Harlander, they will need to play against the losing team between #6 Team Hampton and #9 Team Maione. If they also beat the losing team between #6 Team Hampton and #9 Team Maione, they will need to win their 4th game in a row on Sunday night against #3 Team Hanessian/#6 Team Hampton/#9 Team Maione. Should #1 Team McNichols win all four games in a row, they will be playing in the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. This is one tall order to ask of anyone, but if anyone can accomplish this feat, #1 Team McNichols can! Any loss on Sunday night will end the #1’s 2017-18 season.

Coming into Sunday night’s games, #10 Team Purimetla was certainly the underdog going up against #7 and defending champions Team Lalez. As luck would have it, #7 Team Lalez struggled to get available bodies and had to take a forfeit loss against #10 Team Purimetla. #10 Team Purimetla would move on to play #11 Team Dean on Sunday night. By the final score of 97-93, #10 Team Purimetla beat #11 Team Dean to keep their 2017-18 season alive. All-Star Adam Jones delivered 33 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists in their huge win against #11 Team Dean. Jones was highly productive across the stat sheet and the veteran Jones often took the reins of the offense in this contest. Jones will look to continue producing at a similar clip coming up on Sunday as his squad is facing a very big uphill battle to make it to the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. SCENARIOS: #10 Team Purimetla’s first test coming up on Sunday evening is against #1 Team McNichols, a team they lost to by 26 points in their second postseason game back on March 25th. If they get past #1 Team McNichols on Sunday night, they will need to tip-off against #2 Team Harlander. Should they get past #2 Team Harlander, they will need to play against the losing team between #6 Team Hampton and #9 Team Maione. If they also beat the losing team between #6 Team Hampton and #9 Team Maione, they will need to win their 4th game in a row on Sunday night against #3 Team Hanessian/#6 Team Hampton/#9 Team Maione. Should #10 Team Purimetla win all four games in a row, they will be playing in the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. Any loss on Sunday night will end #10 Team Purimetla’s season.

 

#2 Team Harlander (SLA Insurance) vs. Winner of #1 Team McNichols/#10 Team Purimetla

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

#2 Team Harlander came into Sunday night’s action in the middle half (1-loss) of the bracket and by the time the games were over on Sunday night, ended up in the bottom half (2-losses) of the bracket. They picked up a very nice victory in Game 1 on Sunday night, beating #11 Team Dean by a final score of 97-83. Ademilola Jr. Adekoya tallied 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists during #2 Team Harlander’s win over #11 Team Dean. Adekoya’s scoring total was easily a game-high figure, and his efforts during a big second half run were ultimately pivotal to the team’s win. The perennial All-Star was responsible for seven straight points during a key run in the second half, helping #2 Team Harlander record the very important victory. Game 2 on Sunday night however was a completely different story for #2 Team Harlander as they lost a tough battle to #6 Team Hampton, 77-68. Calvin Kang and Ademilola Jr. Adekoya combined to produce most of their team’s offense in this one, scoring 44 of the teams 68 total points. The loss pushes #2 Team Harlander down to the bottom half (2-loss) of the bracket and will have them play elimination games from here on out. SCENARIOS: #2 Team Harlander is awaiting the winner of #1 Team McNichols vs. #10 Team Purimetla. If #2 Team Harlander beats the winner of #1 Team McNichols vs. #10 Team Purimetla on Sunday night, they will move on to play the loser of #6 Team Hampton vs. #9 Team Maione immediately after. If they also beat the losing team between #6 Team Hampton vs. #9 Team Maione, will be play their 3rd game of the evening between #3 Team Hanessian/#6 Team Hampton/#9 Team Maione. If they win all 3 games on Sunday night, they will find themselves in the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. Any loss on Sunday night for #2 Team Harlander will see their fantastic 2017-18 season come to an early end.

 

ELIMINATED TEAMS:

#4 Team Massie (Theory)
#5 Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley)
#7 Team Lalez (Hakimian Imports)
#8 Team Schwartz (StudentCity)
#11 Team Dean (Live Clean CHI)
#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 this week. Final week coming up prior to Championship Sunday on April 29th!

-Marko