2017-18 THE Chicago Hoops Week 16 – (Feb. 25)

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Updated: March 1, 2018

Just 2 weeks of regular season games remain! Week 16 brought us back into divisional play and we had some fantastic balls games that ended up shaking up our Week 16 Power Rankings. Scroll down below to check out this week’s Power Rankings report.

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Power Rankings

1. Team Harlander (SLA Insurance) – South – 14-2

Winners of 12-straight games heading into Week 16 divisional play, Team Harlander laid down on the hammer on Sunday night and picked up a massive 96-74 victory over division rivals and former #1 Team McNichols. The win makes it 13 in a row for Team Harlander and moves them into the #1 spot in the Week 16 Power Rankings! These guys came out on a mission on Sunday looking to exact some revenge from their opening night loss to Team McNichols. I would say mission completed! Five players finished in double figures, led by Adam Gwardys 21-point performance. The teams leading point scorer, Connor Grotton, also had a huge night, posting 20 points, grabbing 4 boards and dissed out a couple of assists to help secure this very important victory. Team Harlander will now need to turn their attention to another division foe coming up on Sunday, Team Max, who will be looking to snap their 6-game losing streak.

 

2. Team McNichols (Chipotle) – South – 14-2

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Team McNichols as they have been running into the hottest teams in the league the last two weeks. By a final score of 96-74, Team McNichols dropped their second consecutive game and move down into the #2 spot in the Week 16 Power Rankings. For Team McNichols, Dante Logan got back on track on Sunday night as he scored 19-points to lead the team in this one. The teams leading point getter, Mike Kennedy, was able to drop 15 points to try to keep his guys in this game but ultimately the team did not have enough fire power to keep up with the hot shooting hands of new #1 Team Harlander. The scheduling gods have not been very kind to Team McNichols recently and it does not get much easier in Week 17 as they now have a date scheduled with #3 Team Hampton in our Week 17 Game of the Week on Sunday night! HUGE divisional game coming up here with the winners potentially moving up into the #1 spot.

 

3. Team Hampton (Crystal Lake CDJ) – South – 13-3

Team Hampton is on a mission and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. By the final score of 91-70 over Team Max, Team Hampton picked up their 13th win on the season and brings their division record up to 3-1. The win also makes it 5 in a row for Team Hampton. This team is on fire and they do not look to be cooling down anytime soon. It was an all-around team effort in Week 16 as all starting five players scored in double figures. It was just another day in the office for the crews leading scorer, Bryant Orange, as he had a gigantic stat line of 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Joshua Davis was also his consistent self, scoring 20 points to help lead his guys to victory. These guys can’t celebrate this victory for too long however as they have a crucial matchup in Week 17 with #2 Team McNichols in our Week 17 Game of the Week!

 

4. Team Hanessian (CEA Study Abroad) – East – 13-3

Team Hanessian got back to their winning ways on Sunday night as they throttled Team Malvin by the final score of 96-70. The win also locked up the Eastern Division crown for Team Hanessian. Well done gentleman! Team Hanessian had six players score in double figures in this blowout performance, as Michael Halusek and Chris Hicks led the team in scoring, dropping 19 points apiece. Kieran Ramsey was also highly active on the court on Sunday night, producing a stat line of 17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. With the division crown in their pockets, Team Hanessian will now set their sights on the #1 overall seed with two regular season games remaining. Next up in Week 17 is a match-up with division rivals Team Schwartz, a team they beat by 30 points back in Week 2.

 

5. Team Massie (Theory) – West – 10-6

Team Massie is currently holding the second longest winning streak in the league and were once again outstanding in the blowout win over Team Purimetla on Sunday night. With a final score of 92-66, Team Massie picked up their 6th consecutive victory and 13th win overall on the season. The win also brings them one step closer in securing the Western Division crown. Jeff Dirkin for Team Massie led the charge with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Jeff wasn’t the only player for Team Massie that caused havoc for Team Purimetla on Sunday night, as tim Brennen had 18 big points and 8 rebounds. Stat stuffer and the leagues overall leading scorer, Dylan Kremer, absolutely feasted on Sunday evening with 19 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals and a block. This is a team that is primed for a championship run. They’ll look to officially wrap up the Western Division title on Sunday night when they welcome a 1-15 Team James squad. Team James only win on the year was back in Week 2 when they defeated Team Massie by a final score of 65-59. Team Massie will need to come out ready and focused if they plan on wrapping up the division crown this week.

 

6. Team Lalez (Hakimian Imports) – East – 10-6

Over the last six weeks, defending champs Team Lalez has gone 3-3. In their Week 16 showdown with division opponents Team Schwartz, Team Lalez got a very important W by a final score of 74-71. Team Lalez got some much-needed revenge on Sunday night from their opening night loss to Team Swartz and now see their overall record sit at 10-6. The leagues overall second leading scorer and team’s leading point-getter, Scott Campbell, put on a show on Sunday night and dropping 31 points, grabbing 12 boards and dished out 4 assists. Another couple performances like this over the last two regular season games can potentially see Scott take over the regular season scoring title. Captain Benny Lalez also chipped in with 15 points to help secure that very important 10th victory. Coming up on Sunday night, Team Lalez has another divisional match-up with a 5-11 Team Malvin squad. Back in Week 2, Team Lalez secured a 20-point victory over Team Malvin and will be looking for a repeat performance.

 

7. Team Schwartz (StudentCity) – East – 9-7

Team Schwartz fell to defending champs Team Lalez on Sunday Night in a very good and close game by a final score of 74-71. The loss see’s their overall record fall to 9-7 and currently sit solo in the overall #7 seed. Holding a top-7 seed is going to be crucial for their title aspirations and any more losses here can see them dip below that threshold. Jermaine Johnson was an absolute beast in this game and was this week’s leading scorer (tied), dropping 34 huge points while adding 4 rebounds and an assist. Coming up in Week 17, they get a rematch from Week 2 when they square off against East Leading Team Hanessian. Team Schwartz dropped that Week 2 contest by 30 points and will look not to repeat that same performance.

 

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

Winning their 5th straight game by forfeit on Sunday night, Team Maione brings their record back to .500 at 8-8 and moves them up into the #8 spot in the Week 16 Power Rankings. They’ll look to make it 6-straight wins on Sunday night when they get a rematch with Western Division foes, Team Purimetla. Back in Week 2, Team Maione lost to Team Purimetla by a final score of 85-74. Team Purimetla has dropped a couple of games in a row and Team Maione will be looking to capitalize on their recent losing skid coming up on Sunday night.

 

9. Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley) – North – 7-9

Team Reisner was lights out on Sunday evening as they crushed Team Jones 89-69 behind Captain Jordan Reisner’s 23 points. The win also moves Team Reisner into the #9 spot in the Week 16 Power Rankings. It was a great team effort as four of the five starting players scored in double figures. Andrew Marks stuffed the stat sheet with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. The win brings Team Reisner’s overall record up to 7-9 to go along with their solid 3-1 division record. Coming up on Sunday, Team Reisner will clash with another division rival, Team Dean. Back in their previous meeting in Week 2, Team Reisner squeezed out a 63-58 victory over Team Dean behind Marin Kukoc’s and Zach McMains’s 17-point performances. They will need a similar type performance from these guys if they plan on walking out of FFC with their 8 victory of the 2017-18 campaign.

 

10. Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s) – West – 7-9

Team Purimetla suffered their second consecutive defeat on Sunday, losing to Team Massie by a final score of 92-66. The loss pushes their overall record to 7-9 and moves them down into the #10 spot in the Week 16 Power Rankings. They just could not get much going on the offensive end of the court in this one, scoring less than 66 points for only the 4th time this season. Kevin Matos did everything he could do to for Team Purimetla to keep this game as close as possible, scoring 25 points while adding 5 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. Unfortunately for Team Purimetla, nobody else was able to make an impact on the offensive end. These guys will need to rebound quickly and will try to finish the season with a .500 record with two regular season games remaining on their schedule. They get a Week 16 rematch with division rivals Team Maione, a team they beat by 11 points back in Week 2.

 

11. Team Dean (Live Clean CHI) – North – 6-10

Rounding out our Top-11 and moving back into the Week 16 Power Rankings is Team Dean. Winning their Week 16 match-up by forfeit over Team Harris, Team Dean has now ripped off two straight wins and see’s their record move up to 6-10. They’ll look to make it three wins in a row coming up on Sunday evening when they tip off against division rivals, Team Reisner. Back in their Week 2 matchup against Team Reisner, Team Dean lost a tough one by a final score of 63-58 and will come out on Sunday night looking to make amends for that difficult defeat. The winner of this match-up will be in the driver’s seat for the North division title. A HUGE game coming up on Sunday night for these two crews.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Harris (Schweitzer Title) – North – 3-13

Team Harris had to take the forfeit loss in Week 16 as they did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team. The loss makes in three in a row for Team Harris and drops their overall record to 3-13. They’ll look to rebound and stop this losing skid in Week 17 when they square off against division mates, Team Jones. They were able to squeeze out a 5-point victory over Team Jones in their first match-up back in Week 2 behind big man Eric Handrich’s 24-point performance.

 

Team James (Stanley’s Kitchen) – West – 1-15

Team James dropped their 14th straight game on Sunday night as they had to take a forfeit loss to Team Maione as they were not able to come up with enough bodies to field a legal team. They’ll look to stop this long losing skid in Week 17 and try to get some momentum before heading into the Playoffs with a rematch against Week 2 opponents, Team Massie. Their only victory on the 2017-18 season came back in that Week 2 game against Team Massie and they will look to snag that illusive second victory coming up on Sunday night.

 

Team Jones (Rockin’ Refuel) – North – 3-13

After a dominating performance in Week 15, Team Jones came out flat in Week 16 against Team Reisner and lost by a final score of 89-69. The squads leading scorer Gilles Jones did all he could to help his team by pouring in 33 points, but it just wasn’t enough to contain a hot-shooting Team Reisner crew. They’ll look to get back on track in Week 17 with a Week 2 rematch versus Team Harris. Back in that Week 2 game, Team Jones lost a nail biter by a final score of 70-65. Captain Gilles Jones had 27 on that night to lead the team in scoring while Darek Wojewnik had 13 points. They need more from the entire supporting cast if they want to get their fourth victory coming up on Sunday night.

 

Team Malvin (Dr. Jacob D.D.S.) – East – 5-11

Team Malvin just didn’t have enough in the tank on Sunday night as the took a pounding from Team Hanessian, losing by 26 points, 96-70. Nikko was his usual self as he led the league in scoring this week (tied) posting 34 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Nikko did the best he could to carry his squad, but it just wasn’t enough as the rest of the team was ice cold from the field. They will look to get back to their winning ways in Week 17 as they get to square off again against division rivals and defending champs, Team Lalez. In their previous match-up in Week 2, Team Lalez walked away with a 20-point victory, something Team Malvin will want to avoid from happening again coming up on Sunday night.

 

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

Team Max battled and played very hard on Sunday night, but they just didn’t have enough fire power to hang with one of the hottest teams in the league, Team Hampton. By the final score of 91-70, Team Max dropped their 6th consecutive game and drops their overall record to 5-11. Team Captain Tyler Max led the way with 27 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and two steals. The 27-point performance brings Captain Tyler Max’s season average up to 20 PPG. Team Max will look to rebound from this lopsided defeat on Sunday night when they tip off against #1 Team Harlander. Back in their Week 2 match-up, Team Max took a crushing defeat, losing by 64 points. They’ll hope to fix those mistakes from Week 2 and give Team Harlander a run for their money coming up on Sunday night.

 

Week 16 is in the books and only 2 regular season games remain. Good luck to all on Sunday and don’t forget to get in your All-Star votes!

-Marko