2017-18 THE Chicago Hoops Week 10 – (Jan. 7)

Updated: January 11, 2018

Welcome back to Week 10 action gentleman! It was a loooooong three-week break since the last time we stepped on the court, but I hope everyone was able to enjoy their holidays and New Year!

Believe it or not, we’re more than halfway there.

The league has past the midway point of the regular season (80 of 144 games) with Week 10 games in the book. For some teams, it may feel like the season should be over soon. For others, it may feel like the season has just gotten started. Teams from the East and South divisions are currently holding the top 6 seeds in the league, while teams from the West and North divisions are holding 8 out of the 9 bottom spots. Most teams are exactly who they’ve been over their first 10 games. But some teams will tell you that things can and will change in the second half of the season. Maybe some incredible turnarounds will get started this week.

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Power Rankings

1. Team McNichols (Chipotle) – South – 10-0

Team McNichols hangs onto the #1 spot this week, but only by the skin of their teeth. They squeezed out a close one this week beating Team Maione 78-74. Consistency was the key word for Team McNichols as they have 5 different players post double figures. Mike Kennedy lead the way 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists. Despite some defensive slippage, Team McNichols has now ripped off 10 straight wins and will look to make it 11 with a match-up against a 1-9 Team James squad this week.


2. Team Hanessian (CEA Study Abroad) – East – 10-0

This team just keeps holding court and will refuse to lose. With a 94-83 victory over Team Dean, they now have snatched 10 straight wins to stay unbeaten. The leagues leading scorer, Sterling Williams, dropped 32 points on an incredible 14-16 shooting night. Dom Slezas and Kieran Ramsey pitched in with 19 and 18 points respectively to help this squad stay within arms reach of Team McNichols for the #1 spot. Team Hanessian has also solidified their status as the league’s best defense keeping their opponents to just under 70 ppg. They’ll need more of the same this week when they square off against Team Harris.


3. Team Harlander (SLA Insurance) – South – 8-2

Just another night at the office for Team Harlander! With a huge 95-53 victory against Team James, Team Harlander has now compiled 7 wins in a row and holds onto the #3 spot this week. The league’s leading offense came through big in this one with both Calvin Kang and Connor Grotton pitching in with 17 points on a combined 12-20 shooting from the field. Team captain Connor Harlander also did his part by contributing 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to help his squad in this blowout victory. They next get to face off against a Team Maione group who will be desperately searching for a W.


4. Team Hampton (Crystal Lake CDJ) – South – 8-2

When you have 6 players show up and all six of them score in double digits, odds are, you will win. And that is exactly what Team Hampton did on Sunday night. With an impressive 92-80 victory over Team Purimetla, team Hampton has now won 2 in a row and keeps their hopes alive for the overall #1 seed this season. Joshua Davis was the main contributor with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists while captain Randall Hampton also chipped in with 18 points of his own. All these guys will need to continue to contribute if they hope to keep pace with the Top 3 teams, as their next three opponents have a combined record of 17-13 and are all looking to jostle for positioning. Team Massie is up first this week.


5. Team Lalez (Hakimian Imports) – East – 7-3

When the leagues 3rd leading scorer only drops 12 points and the team scores 10 points less than their season average, usually bad things will happen. Not for Team Lalez! They buckled down hard on the defensive end and stifled the Team Jones offense to bring home a much needed 71-63 victory. David Gershenzon was the biggest asset on offense for Team Lalez in this one as he put up 17 big points on a night when shots were just not falling. Team Lalez will have to step up their offensive game on Sunday when they face off against a 4-6 Team Reisner team that will be desperately looking to move up the standings.


6. Team Schwartz (StudentCity) – East – 6-4

After dropping 3 straight games and rumors swirling of in-house disfunction, Team Schwartz put their hard hats on and went to work to bring home their second straight W. With a very nice 70-54 victory over Team Reisner, it’s no coincidence that they are our biggest movers in this week’s Power Rankings and now hold the #6 spot. Spearheaded by Jermaine Johnson’s double double (12 points and 11 rebounds), Team Schwartz did what they needed to do to make sure their recent losing streak was just a fluke. They’ll look to make it 3 in a row on Sunday when they face off against a Team Jones team that has dropped 9 straight games.


7. Team Max (Southview Athletics) – South – 5-5

Team Max suffered a blowout loss this week and consequently a drop in this week’s Power Rankings. Paul Wirtz put up 15 points but had a tough night from the floor shooting 6-20. Zach Egli chipped in with 16 points while Brent Zelinski also added 18, but that still was not enough to offset the high scoring Team Maione offense. Next up on Team Max’s schedule is a date with Team Massie. Both teams will be looking to get back to .500 while the loser will drop to 4-6 and further down our rankings.


8. Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s) – West – 5-5

Everything was all gravy through the first seven weeks of the season for Team Purimetla. They were winning, and they were happy. After dropping their third straight decision this week falling to Team Hampton 92-80, they now cannot be happy. As a result, they also dropped to the #8 spot in this week’s Power Rankings. Kevin Motos had a nice night with 23 points and 6 rebounds but Team Purimetla’s defense is what ultimately let them down. They allowed six different players to score double digits and could not stop anyone on the perimeter, allowing thirteen 3’s on the night. They have a huge match-up against Team Max coming up this Sunday and will do everything they can to stop the bleeding of this three-game losing streak.


9. Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley) – North – 4-6

Team Reisner drops one spot in this week’s Power Rankings after their tough loss to Team Schwartz on Sunday Night. They scored the second fewest points of any team this week and simply could not get it going on offense. It was a one man show on offense with Marin Kukoc leading the way with 20 points. Team Reisner only had one other player, Sam Gage, score in double digits. They’ll need much more production from the rest of the crew when they tip off against a 7-3 Team Lalez team that will be looking for their 4th consecutive victory. A victory this Sunday would see Team Reisner move into a more comfortable position within our rankings while a loss could push them out of our Power Rankings all together.


10. Team Massie (Theory) – West – 4-6

Team Massie dropped their second heart-breaker in a row and three games overall with a very tough loss to Team Max by a score of 69-64. Captain Brock Massie was carrying this team the whole night but ultimately fell a little short. Captain Massie scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The team was without their leading scorer (and the leagues overall 2nd leading scorer) Dylan Kremer, and it showed. They’ll hope and need to have their star player back this Sunday if they stand any chance to knock off one of the best teams in the league as they have a date with an 8-2 Team Hampton squad.


11. Team Maione (The Bucket List) – West – 3-7

Team Maione came into this week’s match-up against an undefeated Team McNichols crew riding high on a 2-game winning streak. They came crashing down back to earth with a painful 78-74 loss. Andy Timson scored 19, Bradley Deutsch had 18 and Jason Battle put in 15 but that just wasn’t enough to drop Team McNichols from the ranks of the unbeaten’s. Team Maione will need to regroup quickly after this loss as they host the highest scoring team in the league this Sunday, Team Harlander.


Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Dean (Live Clean CHI) – North – 3-7

Despite having Courtney Griffin go off for 22 points and having four other players score double digit points, Team Dean dropped their second straight game losing to Team Hanessian 94-83. Team Dean gave the best team in the league all they could handle on Sunday night, unfortunately they came up just a little short. They’ll have an opportunity to move back up in the standings when they face a 3-7 Team Malvin team who will also be looking to snap their two-game losing streak.


Team Harris (Schweitzer Title) – North – 2-8

It has almost been three months since the last time Team Harris has tasted victory. Well, they were able to feast on Sunday night with a huge win over Team Malvin by the score of 87-75! Max Unger was in control of this game dropping 26 huge points and dishing out 3 assists. Tony Rizzo and Brad Tivin combined to put up 37 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists to lead their squad to their 2nd victory on the season. They’ll hope they can bring the same offense to the table on Sunday when they square off against the #1 ranked and undefeated Team Hanessian group.


Team James (Stanley’s Kitchen) – West – 1-9

Team James took a Loss in what ended up being a blowout with Team Harlander on Sunday night by the score of 95-53. Team James lacked depth in this loss as they only had 5 players dress for this one. Dave Altman and Captain Christian James did what they could to keep this game close, scoring 37 of the teams 53 points, but Team Harlander ultimately pulled away late in the first half. Things don’t get much easier this week as Team James now get to face an undefeated McNichols team looking to stay unbeaten on the year. Team James will need to find some depth quickly.


Team Jones (Rockin’ Refuel) – North – 1-9

Rocking the longest losing streak in the league, Team Jones dropped their 9th in a row losing to Team Lalez 71-63. This team did show some fight in this game having multiple opportunities to come away with the victory and turn their campaign around. Garrett Staniec led the team with 17 points while Darren Angell pitched in with 15 of his own. Captain Gilles Jones and Tre Williams both had 14 points on a combined 12-14 shooting from the field but Team Lalez’s size down low seemed to prove too much. Team Jones will get another opportunity to break this unwanted streak this Sunday with a matchup against Team Schwartz.


Team Malvin (Dr. Jacob D.D.S.) – East – 3-7

After 3 straight victories for Team Malvin and when we thought it was safe to say that they had regained their form from a year ago, they decide to drop their second game in a row losing to team Harris 87-75. Matt Phillips was able to put up a huge double-double in this one by finishing with 23 points and grabbing 10 boards. Tom Garvin also added 15 for Team Malvin. They will now need to take a hard look at what has gone wrong the last couple of games as their next test is against Team Dean, who share an identical 3-7 record with them. Important game for both squads.


Week 10 is officially in the books! Good luck to all on Sunday!