2017-18 THE Chicago Hoops Week 9 – (Dec. 17)

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Updated: December 28, 2017

To begin this week’s Power Ranking article, I would first like to introduce myself to all of you.  My name is Marko Milanovic and I am the Senior Director of Operations at the Chicago Sport and Social Club.  I have been with the Chicago Sport and Social Club for over 15 years and have been working with Holden and All Sport Series over the past year and a half.  We would all like to congratulate Holden on his new and exciting opportunity that will see him leave All Sports Series.  We are all sorry to see Holden go but I personally am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the All Sport Series charge.  I know I will have have some huge shoes to fill but together with the Chicago Sport and Social Club family, our goal will be to continue the success that Holden had and continue to grow the All Sport Series brand throughout Chicago and the Midwest.  Good luck Holden, you will definitely be missed!  With that being said (and a few tears shed) let’s get down to business.

Just when it seemed like Team McNichols were doing all they could to eradicate suspense at the top of the power rankings, team Hanessian came along and refused to stop winning.  As always, the goal here is to organize all 16 teams into an order that reflects their current strength.  Injuries matter, as do catch-all metrics and recent trends.  Head-to-head meetings are important, but they won’t always be determinative.  Where the numbers don’t quite clarify the picture, my gut instinct gets to weigh in.  Rankings below are based on games through Week 9.

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Power Rankings

1. Team McNichols (Chipotle) – South – 9-0

This team just keeps on winning.  With a 94-89 victory over Team Massie, Team McNichols remains undefeated and stays in the #1 spot this week.  The dynamic duo of Captain Chris McNichols and Joe Kozak led the charge by combining for 47 points in this one.  Rodney Metellus also chipped in with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead this very balanced offensive attack.  They next will face off against Team Maione to try to keep their undefeated season intact.

 

2. Team Hanessian (CEA Study Abroad) – East – 9-0 

Is anyone else surprised that this team is 9-0?  This is their first year playing together as a team, but they find themselves in our #2 spot once again this week.  I don’t think anyone expected this team to start off the season 9-0, including themselves, yet here they are.  Sterling Williams had the hot hand and contributed a season high 33 points to lead this team to victory last week over Team Jones.  5 players were also in double figures to help them get their 9th straight win on the campaign.  They match up against Team Dean in Week 10 and will look to continue their dream start to the season rolling.

 

3. Team Harlander (SLA Insurance) – South – 7-2

After starting the season 1-2, this squad has ripped off 6 W’s in a row thanks to a huge win over Team Purimetla last week.  That’s good enough to stay in the #3 spot this week in my book.  They showed up with only 5 guys and came out with an 82-71 victory, impressive!  All 5 starters put up double digit figures and Connor Grotton had 24 points and 5 assists to lead the charge.  Next week they face off against an 1-8 Team James squad.  They shouldn’t overlook these guys if they want to stay in the top 3 as Team Hampton is right on their heels and are looking to overtake them for that #3 spot.

 

4. Team Hampton (Crystal Lake CDJ) – South – 7-2

Team Hampton bounced back nicely this week with a big 74-56 victory over Team James after a tough loss last week to Team Maione.  Captain Randall Hampton had an offensive explosion scoring 42 HUGE points on 18-22 shooting!  If that’s not efficient, I really don’t know what is.  Joshua Davis also pitched in with 13 points and 8 boards to help these guys get back into the W column and hold onto that #4 spot.  Next up is a big game against Team Purimetla and Captain Hampton will need to come up big again if this squad wants to make sure they stay at least in the 4-hole.

 

5. Team Lalez (Hakimian Imports) – East – 6-3

Team Lalez ripped off their second victory in a row with a nice 88-74 victory over Team Dean.  They got a huge night out of Scott Campbell and his 32 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assist game.  Dennis McKinney also chipped in 27 points.  Team Lalez especially did well inside the paint, while Team Dean were not penetrating and settling for tough outside jump shots. Next week they get to face off against an 1-8 Team Jones squad and will be looking to start a new winning streak.

 

6. Team Schwartz (StudentCity) – East – 5-4

Team Schwartz got back into the win column this week with a 92-78 victory over Team Harris.  The 92 points scored was the third highest scoring total by any team this week.  The W also moves them up 1 spot in this week’s Power Ranking.  Jermaine Johnson’s 31 and Ryan Werntz’s 30 led Team Schwartz’s scoring on a night where their defense was a little shaky, allowing 78 points to one of the lower scoring teams in the league.  They’ll have to tighten that D up next week against Team Reisner if they want to hold onto this #6 spot.

 

7. Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s) – West – 5-4

Team Purimetla dropped their second in a row with a tough loss to Team Harlander by a score of 82-71.  This loss also dropped them down to the #7 spot in this week’s Power Rankings.  They can point at a few things that went wrong in this loss, but nothing stood out more than Josh Blackwell and Adam Jones combining to shoot 25% from the floor.  These guys are too good and won’t have off nights like this very often.  They’ll need to regain their shooting touches quickly as they have a big matchup against Team Hampton next week.  Another loss would make it 3 in a row and an inevitable downfall in our rankings.

 

8. Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley) – North – 4-5

Our biggest mover in this week’s Power Rankings goes to Team Reisner as they move up to the #8 hole as they got back on the winning track with a nice 85-70 victory over Team Malvin.  Captain Jordan Reisner and teammate Andrew Marks both scored 21 big points to help lead them to victory.  They shot lights out as they combined to shoot over 73%!  They needed these big performances out of these two guys as they were facing a Team Malvin squad that was riding high coming in on a 3-game winning streak.  Next up for this team is a confidence filled Team Schwartz squad that’ll be looking to cool these guys off.

 

9. Team Max (Southview Athletics) – South – 4-5

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.

 

10. Team Massie (Theory) – West – 4-5

Team Massie dropped their second in a row with a heartbreaking loss to Team McNichols by a score of 94-89.  They had their chances to take down #1 team in the league but came up just short.  Tim Brennen went off for 46 points, the highest scoring total by any player this week, but that still wasn’t enough to take down Team McNichols.  Tim also shot a blazing 78.3% from the field and didn’t look like he could be stopped.  Unfortunately for Team Massie, their defense let them down and couldn’t stop Joe Kozak down the stretch.  They’ll have their chance to redeem themselves next week as they pair up against Team Max, the team right above them in our Power Rankings.

 

11. Team Maione (The Bucket List) – West – 3-6

After a rough month and a half and a 6-game losing streak, Team Maione has now ripped off two straight W’s and has climbed into our #11 spot in this week’s Power Rankings.  They got a resounding 96-73 victory over Team Max.  Last week we said we thought they were back…well it certainly looks like they are!  Dylan Richter led all the scoring in this one with 35 points on 15 of 20 shooting.  Bradley Deutsch pitched in with 10 points and 7 rebounds while Chris Ray also contributed 13 points to give this team another much needed victory.  They’ll need more of the same out of Dylan Richter and company next week if they stand any chance of taking down the #1 team in the league, Team McNichols.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Dean (Live Clean CHI) – North – 3-6

Team Dean closed out the 2017 schedule with a match up against Defending Champions Team Lalez and came up a little short, falling 88-74.  Captain Tredrick Dean tried to carry this team to victory with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, but unfortunately for Team Dean, that just wasn’t enough.  The good news for Team Dean is that they are 3-6 and are still in the thick of things.  The bad news for Team Dean is that they face off against an undefeated Team Hanessian team next week that is looking to go 10-0.  Can Tredrick Dean and co. pull off one of the biggest surprises of the season thus far?

 

Team Harris (Schweitzer Title) – North – 1-8

Team Harris did everything they could to keep this one close, but they fell just a bit short losing to Team Schwartz 92-78.  Brad Tivin and Michael Goldstein combined to put up 39 points to help keep this one somewhat close but that just wasn’t enough to cause any kind of shocker in this one.  Team Harris will be hoping 2018 is more giving in terms of W’s when they look to get their 2nd win on the season when they face off against Team Malvin next weekend.

 

Team James (Stanley’s Kitchen) – West – 1-8

Team James dropped their 7th game in a row losing to Team Hampton 74-56.  The 56 points scored was the lowest scoring output of any team this week.  Dante Garrett Jr. did his part for Team James, scoring 24 of his teams 56 total points. The other guys really need to get involved if they want to turn this losing streak around.  Next on their schedule is matchup with the highest scoring team in the league, Team Herlander and their league leading 92.3 PPG.

 

Team Jones (Rockin’ Refuel) – North – 1-8

Dropping their 8th game in a row to an undefeated Team Hanessian team by a score of 90-81, Team Jones can look back at this one and know they had their chances.  Captain Gilles Jones tried to steer his team to victory with a 19 point, 3 rebound and 3 assist performance, however it just wasn’t meant to be on this evening.  Team Hanessian proved to be too much on the offensive end scoring inside the paint at will.  Team Jones will need to come out of the Winter Break motivated to get off this long losing skid.  They’ll look to come out firing on all cylinders in their next match up against Team Lalez.

 

Team Malvin (Dr. Jacob D.D.S.) – East – 3-6

Team Malvin thought they were getting back on track with 3 Wins in a row after starting off the season 0-6.  Unfortunately, they went back in the wrong direction by dropping a tough game to Team Reisner, 85-70.  Max Needle continued to lead his team in scoring by putting up 17 in this one but Team Malvin’s perimeter defense seemed to be their downfall.  They allowed 9 3PT + AND1’s.  That just won’t get it done most nights.  They will need to come out of Winter break focused and determined if they plan on taking down Team Harris and look to get back to their winning ways.

 

Week 9 is officially in the books.  Hope everyone has a great New Year and I look forward to meeting you all soon!

-Marko