2017-18 THE Chicago Hoops Week 17 – (Mar. 04)

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Updated: March 9, 2018

Another awesome, thrilling, gut-wrenching Sunday evening took us another step closer to the Playoffs! Just one week of regular season games remain on the schedule (can you believe it?!). Team Harlander continued their regular season dominance by defeating divisional foes, Team Max. As a result, we will have to wait until we finish our Week 18 games to determine our overall #1 seed. March Madness is officially under way!

REMINDER – The Playoffs are a Triple Elimination Tournament with the #11 thru #16 Seeds starting the Playoffs with 1-loss already assigned to them. Here’s a Link to the PLAYOFF BRACKET. For Players to gain Playoff eligibility, they must have played in SIX Regular Season Games. NO exceptions.

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Power Rankings

1. Team Harlander (SLA Insurance) – South – 15-2

14 wins in a row gentleman. The highest scoring team in the league, Team Harlander, is playing some incredible basketball and nothing seems to be stopping them. Putting up the most points once again in Week 17, Team Harlander downed Team Max by a final score of 106-83. The win takes their record to 15-2 on the season as all six available players topped double digits. Ademilola Jr. Adekoya led the way with 26 and 7 rebounds while the squads leading scorer, Connor Grotton, pitched in with 23 of his own. Even with 14 wins in a row, Team Harlander still sits behind Team McNichols in the South and second overall in the league standings. They’ll need some help this Sunday to overtake the #1 overall seed, but the way they have been playing anything is possible. But first things first, they need to take care of their own business this Sunday as they take on #3 Team Hampton in our Week 18 Game of the Week! In their previous match-up back in Week 3, Team Hampton squeaked out an 84-81 victory. Team Harlander has not lost a game since. They’ll be out for some revenge for sure. The good news for Team Harlander is that they cannot finish any worse than 2nd, even with a loss on Sunday, but they will do everything they can to overtake that coveted #1 overall seed.

 

2. Team McNichols (Chipotle) – South – 15-2

Our Week 16 Game of the Week will be remembered as one of the best regular season games during the 2017-18 season. Team McNichols secured a massive 71-69 victory by beating Team Hampton at the buzzer! In a game that was back and forth from the get-go, Team McNichols was able to dig deep and pull out their 15th victory on the season. Joe Kozak was extremely active in this one as usual as he posted 24 points, 5 rebounds and dished out a couple of assists. Dante Logan was right behind him with 18 points to help snatch this unbelievably important W. The win snapped their two-game losing streak and puts them in the driver’s seat for the overall #1 seed. With a win coming up on Sunday night over Team Max, a team they cruised by a final score of 119-92 back in Week 3, Team McNichols will enter the 2017-18 playoffs as the #1 seed. A loss on the other hand could drop them to #2, something they will be wanting to avoid.

 

3. Team Hanessian (CEA Study Abroad) – East – 14-3

14-3 overall. 5-0 in the division. Current two-game winning streak. In any other league, that type of resume would probably have you as the #1 overall team. In THE CHI Hoops league, that puts Team Hanessian at the #3 spot. Team Hanessian got their second straight W on Sunday by the Final score of 90-60 as they begin to build a new streak for themselves. They got the important win over Team Schwartz in a game that wasn’t even close. Micheal Halusek led the squad with a team-high 27 points while MVP candidate Sterling Williams was able to muster up 20 points of his own. Overall, this team played very well so they should be primed for a big playoff stretch. They have the #3 seed locked up and will go into the regular season finale against defending Champions Team Lalez, a squad that they beat 67-59 back in Week 3, with nothing to lose.

 

4. Team Hampton (Crystal Lake CDJ) – South – 13-4

Heartbreak. That is what Team Hampton had to be feeling following their crushing buzzer beating defeat to #2 Team McNichols on Sunday night. By the final score of 71-69, Team Hampton suffered their fourth loss on the season and locked up the #6 overall seed. The squads leading scorer and MVP candidate, Bryant Orange did most of the damage for Team Hampton dropping 20 impressive points while Captain consistency, Randall Hampton, chipped in with 17. With this loss, they finish third in the South division, meaning the division winners from the East, West and North will be seeded ahead of them. They’ll close out the 2017-18 regular season on Sunday night with a match-up against #1 Team Harlander. Team Hampton squeezed out an 84-81 victory against these guys back in Week 3 and will try to repeat that performance coming up on Sunday night and build some momentum prior to the start of the postseason.

 

5. Team Massie (Theory) – West – 11-6

Team Massie is flat out rolling. Everyone’s fears that they would turn around and enter the elite tier have been realized. They now have won seven games in a row since they were 4-6 way back on January 7th and this group looks like they have enough to win the whole thing. Again, not what the others in the league want to see or hear, but it’s the truth. This past Sunday they dominated Team James, 97-56 behind 41 from the leagues overall leading scorer and MVP candidate, Dylan Kremer. Dylan was not about to give up his scoring title and was absolutely on fire from outside the arc as he had five 3’s and didn’t miss a shot. He channeled his inner-Sunday self to get it done. These guys will look to make it 8 straight on Sunday against Team Maione to close out their regular season campaign. They have the overall #4 seed locked in and will use Week 18 as a building block to their 2017-18 title aspirations.

 

6. Team Lalez (Hakimian Imports) – East – 11-6

Team Lalez showed why they are the defending Champions and still one of the top dogs in the league as they knocked off Team Malvin on Sunday night by a final score of 77-64. This was a close game in the first half, but the leagues overall second leading scorer and MVP candidate Scott Campbell, proved to be too much to handle and dropped 31 massive points to help his squad earn their 11th victory on the season. The win locks Teams Lalez into the #7 seed in the 2017-18 Playoffs. In Week 18, Team Lalez gets a re-match with division rivals Team Hanessian and will look to use this game as a Playoff test before heading into the tournament in less than 10 days. Back in their Week 3 match-up, Team Lalez dropped a tough defensive battle to Team Hanessian by a final score of 67-59. They’ll look to get some payback from that cold October evening loss.

 

7. Team Schwartz (StudentCity) – East – 9-8

Team Schwartz dropped their second consecutive game on Sunday evening, losing to Team Hanessian 90-60. Even with the loss, Team Schwartz hangs onto the #7 spot in the Week 17 Power Rankings as they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker versus Team Maione. Team Schwartz was led by all around play-maker Jermain Johnson. He poured in 20 and had a few rebounds in the game to try to keep his guys in this one, but Team Hanessian proved to be too big and too strong. If the Playoffs started today, Team Schwartz would start the postseason as the #8 overall seed. With a win on Sunday against Team Malvin, a team they beat by 21 points in Week 3, they will lock up that overall #8 seed. A loss on the other hand coming up on Sunday night could see Team Schwartz drop to the #9 overall seed.

 

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

Boasting the third longest winning streak, Team Maione is currently one of the hottest teams in this league. In what was another instant classic on Sunday night, Team Maione has now won six games in a row, squeaking by Team Purimetla by a final score of 79-77. Chirs Wroblewski and Justin Deutsch led the way with a combined 47 points. Team Maione currently sits as the #9 seed due to their head-to-head loss to Team Schwartz back in Week 5. A win in Week 18 versus Team Massie and a loss by Team Schwartz will see Team Maione head into the 2017-18 postseason as the #8 seed. Back in their Week 3 match-up against Team Massie, Team Maione took a crushing 31-point defeat. They’ll look to avenge this loss on Sunday night and bring their winning streak up to seven games before heading into the 2017-18 postseason.

 

9. Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley) – North – 8-9

Sitting at an overall 8-9 record, Team Reisner has booked their ticket into the 2017-18 postseason as the overall #5 seed as the North Division Champions. Congratulations on your 2017-18 North Division Title! By the final score of 81-74, Team Reisner picked up their second consecutive victory and locked up both the North Division and #5 overall seed. Adam Rhum was brilliant all night as he posted 28 points and 6 rebounds. He was very impressive down the stretch as well with a few key blocks. Andrew Marks was highly active posting a crazy stat line of 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Andrew and Adam proved too much to handle and Team Reisner seem to be primed for a good playoff run. They’ll finish off their regular season schedule on Sunday night with a date against division rivals Team Harris, whom they beat by two points back in Week 3.

 

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

Adam Jones of Team Purimetla was an absolute beast on Sunday evening, posting 41 points. Unfortunately for Adam and the rest of his squad, it wasn’t enough to pull out the win. By a final score of 79-77, Team Purimetla lost a dogfight with Team Maione and saw their record drop to 7-10. The good news for Team Purimetla is that they are currently the #10 seed, which would put them in the top half of the Playoff Bracket. The even better news for Team Purimetla is that their regular season finale coming up on Sunday night is against a 1-16 Team James squad that has dropped 15 games in a row. The bad news for Team Purimetla, besides the fact that they now have dropped two games in a row, is that with a loss on Sunday night and a Team Dean win (Team Dean beat Team Purimetla in Week 15), they can drop into the #11 seed and start their triple elimination tournament with a loss. Extremely important game coming up for their playoff seeding and title aspirations.

 

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

Team Dean battled and gave it everything they had but just couldn’t get over the hump late against a determined Team Reisner crew. They had a very nice overall game but just missed some big shots down the stretch. Brandon Williams was on fire all game and was stuffing the stat book like crazy. He had 25 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. They will look to get back on track on Sunday with a re-match from Week 3 with divisional foes, Team Jones. Back in that late October evening, Team Dean walked out of FFC with a very tight 84-81 victory. This game could be one of their most important games on the year as a win could potentially see this squad move up into the #10 seed for the 2017-18 postseason and avoid that dreaded first loss as a #11-#16 seed. A loss in their Week 18 regular season finale could see Team Dean fall as low as the #13 seed, something they surely will want to avoid.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Harris (Schweitzer Title) – North – 3-14

Team Harris took a crushing defeat on Sunday night, falling to divisional rivals Team Jones by a final score of 51-46. These two squads were locked up in a defensive battle as this ended up being the lowest scoring game of the week. Jeff Goldstein led the way for Team Harris with 12 points while Eric Handrich and Tony Rizzo both had 10. They just could not find much room on offense to get anything going. The loss pushes Team Harris’s record down to 3-14 on the season and currently sees them sit as the #15 seed. A win on Sunday night, followed by a Team Jones loss, could see Team Harris move up one spot and into the #14 seed. A loss on Sunday night against Team Reisner, whom they lost to by two points back in Week 3, will see Team Harris enter the 2017-18 postseason as the #15 overall seed.

 

Team James (Stanley’s Kitchen) – West – 1-16

Team James came across the streaking Team Massie on Sunday night at the wrong time. Team Massie, currently holding the second longest winning streak in the league, are playing their best ball of the season right now. Daniel Martians of Team James had the team high of 17 points but it wasn’t enough to lead his team to their second victory on their 2017-18 campaign. Because of this loss, they have officially locked up the #16 seed for the 2017-18 Playoffs. They get Team Purimetla this coming Sunday in an opportunity to try to build some momentum prior to heading off into the postseason.

 

Team Jones (Rockin’ Refuel) – North – 4-13

With their leading scorer Gilles Jones unavailable for this contest, Team Jones managed to pull out an impressive win over Team Harris, 51-46. Micheal Sommer paced the squad on Sunday night and his stats showed. He had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Brett Painter also did his part and contributed 11 points to help his team secure their 4th victory on the season. The win moves Team Jones into the #14 seed and a win coming up on Sunday night against divisional rivals Team Dean, will see them enter the 2017-18 postseason as the #14 seed. A loss however in Week 18 to end their regular season could see this squad slip to the #15 seed.

 

Team Malvin (Dr. Jacob D.D.S.) – East – 5-12

A couple of weeks ago, Team Malvin was winning ball games and were looking to take themselves into the top half of the league. There is a ton of talent in this league though and it doesn’t take a lot to find yourselves in a losing skid once again. Team Malvin has now dropped a couple of games in a row. Most recently on Sunday to defending champions Team Lalez by a final score of 77-64. Nikko had a great game, posting 31 points while All-Star candidate Rodney Clark dropped 27. They hold on to the #12 spot (head to head vs Team Max) which is of mass importance. A win on Sunday night against Team Schwartz and a loss by Team Dean would move Team Malvin into the #11 seed for the 2017-18 postseason. A loss on Sunday night could potentially see Team Malvin slip down to #13 seed. They need to win.

 

Team Max (Southview Athletics) – South – 5-12

Team Max faced Team Harlander on Sunday evening and like many before them, came out on the losing end. Captain Max led the way for his squad in this one with 26 points and continues to impress in an extremely stellar 2017-18 campaign. They are currently tied with Team Malvin in the standings at 5-12 but are sitting behind them in terms of seeding due to their head-to-head loss to them back in Week 15. As of today, they are holding onto the #13 seed. They cannot finish any worse than the #13 seed as they have the head-to-head tiebreaker against the team right below them, Team Jones. A win on the other hand on Sunday night against current #1 seed Team McNichols, could potentially see Team Max move up to the #12 spot (with a Team Malvin loss). They’ll look to pull off a massive upset on Sunday night and hope to move into the #12 hole entering the 2017-18 postseason.

 

That’s it for Week 17. Good Luck to everyone in the Regular Season Finale! Please don’t forget to get in your All-Star VOTES!

-Marko