2017-18 THE Chicago Hoops Week 14 – (Feb. 11)

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Updated: February 16, 2018

It was another one of those wild Sunday’s for the Chicago Hoops League on Sunday afternoon following the Super Bowl BYE week. Team Harlander has been one of the best teams in the league and are playing some of their best basketball of the season … and then a catastrophic injury struck them in Week 14. Captain and team leader Connor Harlander went down with a tough knee injury (we all wish him a speedy recovery). It’s always a difficult situation when a team loses their floor general who scores more than 11 points-per-game, especially when they are the league’s leading offense. The good news is that Team Harlander was still able to pick up the important victory and bring their winning streak up to 11 games.

Team McNichols, meanwhile, just keep rolling as they took down defending champs, Team Lalez.

Also, we need to give a shout-out to Dylan Kremer of Team Massie and Sterling Williams of Team Hanessian who both posted 42 HUGE points on Sunday night as both are fighting for the leagues scoring title and neither of them seem to be letting up. Just incredible!

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Power Rankings

1. Team McNichols (Chipotle) – South – 14-0

In what was our Week 14 Game of the Week, Team McNichols continued their regular season dominance by defeating the defending champs, Team Lalez, by a final score of 84-80. The win brings their record to an amazing 14-0! This nail biter went all the way down to the wire as Dante Logan and Mike Kennedy knocked down clutch free throws to seal the deal down the stretch. With great team chemistry and the ability to shut down opposing offenses week in and week out, they look poised for a championship run (as if we did not know that already) in the 2017-18 Chicago Hoops League. Coming up in Week 15, the final non-divisional match-up of the regular season, Team McNichols squares off against an 8-6 Team Schwartz squad that will be looking to snap their little two game losing streak.

 

2. Team Harlander (SLA Insurance) – South – 12-2

Team Harlander came out firing on all cylinders on Sunday afternoon…then disaster struck, losing their leader and floor general to a knee injury. Captain Connor Harlander was having a great first half with 13 points and 9 rebounds before suffering a devastating knee injury. As we mentioned above, we all are wishing Connor a speedy and fast recovery and hope to see him on the court again soon! The team did not have an immediate answer for how to proceed as they only had 5 available bodies on Sunday night, but optimism can be found in the fact that they were still able to pull off a victory playing a man down in the second half. They did not lose a beat, as Adam Gwardy led the team with 25 points and 10 rebounds. The team’s leading scorer, Calvin Kang, was his usual self on Sunday posting a huge 24 point and 7 assist performance. Honorable mention to Eric Obeysekere who had 22 points and 6 rebounds. The win makes it 11 in a row for Team Harlander and now head into Week 15 looking to make it 12! They’ll have another tough test as they go toe-to-toe with defending champs Team Lalez on Sunday afternoon.

 

3. Team Hanessian (CEA Study Abroad) – East – 12-2

Team Hanessian were dominant this week as they blew out a shorthanded Team Max squad, 100-55. It was just another day in the office for Team Hanessian’s leading scorer and the leagues overall second leading scorer, Sterling Williams. Sterling put up a magical performance on Sunday afternoon coming very close to a triple double with 42 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Reuben Wabomnor also chipped in with 18 points and seemed to be hitting 3’s from all over the court. Chris Hicks also did his thing on Sunday, posting 18 big points of his own. This team is poised for a big playoff run and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go deep in the bracket, if not all the way to the championship. But first, they must finish off their non-divisional regular season games in Week 15 with an extremely tough match-up against #4 Team Hampton who is on a three-game winning streak, in what will be our Week 15 Game of the Week!

 

4. Team Hampton (Crystal Lake CDJ) – South – 11-3

Bryant Orange has been nothing but spectacular week in and week out this season, and the same held true in Week 14 as Bryant led Team Hampton to a 66-57 victory over Team Malvin on Sunday afternoon. Fresh off the Super Bowl BYE week, the combo guard exploded for 23 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. Team Hampton relied heavily on Bryant in the second half of this game as they pulled away from a feisty Team Malvin squad who was not going to go down without a fight. The win makes it three in a row for Team Hampton heading into this Sunday’s showdown against #3 Team Hanessian in what will be our Week 15 Game of the Week!

 

5. Team Lalez (Hakimian Imports) – East – 9-5

In what was arguably one of the better games of the 2017-18 Chicago Hoops League season, defending champs Team Lalez took a crushing defeat in the last seconds in their game against undefeated and #1 Team McNichols on Sunday night by a final score of 84-80. With lead changes occurring all evening, Team Lalez couldn’t pull away from a hungry Team McNichols squad that was not willing to give up on their undefeated season. Even in the loss for Team Lalez, the team’s leading scorer and the league’s overall third leading scorer, Scott Campbell, put up a huge 28-point performance. David Gershenzon also had a big day putting up 26 points of his own. Unfortunately for Team Lalez, they did not get much production anywhere else. In what could realistically be a match-up in our championship game at the end of the season, I’m sure Team Lalez is licking their chops for a rematch against these guys down the road. Team Lalez will need to forget about this heart-breaker very fast however, as they now head into Week 15 with a match-up against #2 Team Harlander and their 11-game winning streak.

 

6. Team Massie (Theory) – West – 8-6

With their fourth win in a row, Team Massie seems to be peaking at the perfect time. The league’s leading scorer, Dylan Kremer, was absolutely on fire on Sunday night as he put up a massive 42-point performance to help carry his squad to a 94-84 victory over Team Dean. Team Dean just had no answer for Dylan as he was making shots from all angles of the court. If he keeps up this scoring pace he should secure the regular season scoring title and easily lead his team deep into the playoffs. Special shout out also to Jordan Gibson as he had 20 points to help pave the way and secure the victory for his guys on Sunday night. The win takes Team Massie’s record to 8-6 and moves them up into the #6 hole in the Week 14 Power Rankings. Team Massie will look to make it five wins in a row in Week 15 as they get paired up against a 3-11 Team Harris crew in what will be their final non-divisional regular season game.

 

7. Team Schwartz (StudentCity) – East – 8-6

Fresh off the Super Bowl BYE week, Team Schwartz was a bit rusty on Sunday night and it showed. By the final score of 96-68, Team Schwartz lost a lopsided game against #2 Team Harlander. The loss makes it two in a row for Team Schwartz and pushes them down into the #7 spot of the Week 14 Power Rankings. The team’s leading scorer, Jermaine Johnson, wasn’t his usual self on Sunday as he posted a season low of 13 points and shot a season low percentage in this game. Ryan Werntz, on the other hand, had a great day from the field scoring 26 big points. Anthony Bernardi also had a nice night with a solid 18-point performance, but unfortunately for Team Schwartz, it just wasn’t enough to deal Team Harlander their third loss of the season. Hopefully with this game in their rear-view mirror, they will come out with better results next week when they square off against #1 Team McNichols. A third consecutive defeat here for Team Schwartz could be devastating for their playoff positioning.

 

8. Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s) – West – 7-7

Team Purimetla squeezed out a close one against Team Harris on Sunday afternoon, winning by a final score of 80-73. Max Boton was a stat stuffer in this one with 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Jole Schmal also chipped in with 15 points and Kevin Matos scored 12 to help seal their seventh victory on the season. It was a great team effort all around as four of the starting five scored in double figures. This is a team to be reckoned with and I would not want to see them in the early rounds of the playoffs. They’ll look to make it two wins in row and bring their record back over the .500 mark in Week 15 with a match-up against a 4-10 Team Dean squad.

 

9. Team Maione (The Bucket List) – West – 6-8

Team Maione showed this week that team chemistry and veteran leadership go a long way in the Chicago Hoops League as they came out of Week 14 with a big victory against Team Jones by a final score of 86-76. The win brings their record to 6-8 and moves them up into the #9 spot in the Week 14 Power Rankings. The win also makes it three in a row for Team Maione and they seem to be peaking at the right time. All five starters scored in double figures in this one with Dylan Richter leading the way with 21 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Chemistry, leadership and good team play is what helps this team be successful every week. In Week 15, Team Maione has a date with #10 Team Reisner for a chance to keep moving up in the standings and in our Power Rankings. Crucial match-up for both squads.

 

10. Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley) – North – 6-8

Team Reisner had zero problems this week as they handed Team James a crushing defeat. By the final score of 78-51, Team Reisner picked up their second consecutive win and brought their record up to 6-8. The win also moves Team Reisner into the #10 spot in the Week 14 Power Rankings. Andrew Marks was phenomenal in this one with a game high of 31 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Kozloff also had a nice all-around performance as he had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. This team is legit and looks to be in full playoff form. They’ll look to keep this momentum going in Week 15 with a very important showdown against #9 Team Maione in what looks to be a great game. The winner of this game can move up in the standings and in the Week 15 Power Rankings.

 

11. Team Max (Southview Athletics) – South – 5-9

Losers of three straight games heading into Week 14, Team Max showed up to FFC in Week 15 short-handed and unfortunately took their fourth consecutive defeat as they lost to a powerful #3 Team Hanessian crew by a final score of 100-55. The loss pushes their record to 5-9 and down to the #11 spot in the Week 14 Power Rankings. In the losing effort, Super Sub Kyle was banking shots from all over the court as he led the team with 20 points. Josh also had a nice night as he was able to put in 16 of his own. Team Max will look to put an end to this four-game losing streak in Week 15 when their roster is back intact. They have a big match-up against Team Malvin this Sunday and need to stop the bleeding ASAP.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Dean (Live Clean CHI) – North – 4-10

Team Dean took a tough loss on Sunday afternoon, dropping a hard-fought game to Team Massie, 94-84. This is their second consecutive defeat and pushes their record down to 4-10. Team Dean fought hard and played tough in this one as five different players scored in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to cool down a scorching hot Team Massie crew. Brandon Williams led the way with 23 points while grabbing 6 rebounds and Captain Tredrick Dean, the model of consistency, added 14. Week 15 brings a pivotal match-up for Team Dean against a 7-7 Team Purimetla squad that will be looking to make it two victories in a row.

 

Team Harris (Schweitzer Title) – North – 3-11

Team Harris had to of left Week 14 disappointed as they had many opportunities to bring home a W against Team Purimetla. They came out firing and battling very hard, but it just wasn’t enough as they lost a close one by a final score of 80-73. It was a great all-around team effort as the starting five all scored in double figures. Tony Rizzo led the squad with 16 big points and Jeff Goldstein also had a nice night dropping 15 of his own. Team Harris will look to bounce back strong in Week 15 as they have a very important match-up against an 8-6 Team Massie crew that will be looking to make it five wins in a row. Team Harris will need to buckle down and play a great game if they plan on closing out their 2017-18 non-divisional regular season schedule with a W.

 

Team James (Stanley’s Kitchen) – West – 1-13

Team James was a little shorthanded in Week 14 and it showed on Sunday night as they were handed a heavy defeat by the final score of 78-51 to Team Reisner. The team’s leading scorer, Dave Altman, led his team once again in this one with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. He was the only player on his squad that was able to reach double figures in this one and they will need more contributions from others if they plan on getting back into the winner’s circle in Week 15. They’ll hope to have their full roster back coming up on Sunday and will be looking to snap their 12-game losing streak when they square off against a 2-12 Team Jones squad to close out their 2017-18 non-divisional regular season game schedule.

 

Team Jones (Rockin’ Refuel) – North – 2-12

Team Jones had all the opportunities in the world on Sunday afternoon to get their third win on the season. Unfortunately, for Team Jones, they came up just a little short and lost a tough battle to Team Maione by the final score of 86-76. In what was a close game from start to finish, Team Jones dropped their 12th game on the season and their second in a row. Point guard and Captain Giles Jones went off for 29 points, but that just wasn’t enough to lead his team to their illusive third victory. Darek Wojewnik also had a nice night putting up 13 points and grabbing 5 rebounds of his own. This team has the talent and skill level to bang with the best of them in the Chicago Hoops League, but they seem to keep falling just a little short. They’ll look to grab that important third win coming up on Sunday when they tip off against a 1-13 Team James squad that will be doing everything in their power to snap their current 12-game losing streak.

 

Team Malvin (The Bucket List) – East – 4-10

By the final score of 66-57, Team Malvin dropped their third straight game in Week 14 to a very determined Team Hampton squad. The score of this game shouldn’t dictate the overall game itself. Team Malvin was all tied up with Team Hampton going into the second half and seemed to be clicking well on both ends of the court. They seemed to be playing their best basketball of the season until they lost their composer down the stretch to a tough Team Hampton crew. Nikko and Rodney Clark did what they have been doing all season and were very impressive in this one combining to score 34, more than half of their total team points. This team can win on any given Sunday and no one will want to see their name next to theirs once the playoff bracket is released in a few short weeks. They’ll look to get their fifth win on the season on Sunday night when they match-up against a 5-9 Team Max squad. Very important game for both teams to close out the 2017-18 non-divisional regular season schedule.

 

Great games in Week 14. Can’t wait to see what Week 15 has in store for us!

-Marko