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Week 1

Shepard School September 25th

Developmental League
Luke Latvin was hard to guard and flashed with his ability to consistently knock down the layup. Players were put in a spin cycle on defense due to the precision passing of Sammy Kassof and Michael Ruiz. Liam Schmitz was our hustler of the week as he showed an ability to get down and dirty and help his team make use of every possession. Michael Corrigan and Brandon Hamano led the charge in transition and Brandon hit a sweet base line jumper.

Big 10 Division:
Wisconsin knocks off Illinois 38-36 as Ryan Kumin hits clutch free throws to lead Badgers to Victory. Wisconsin jumped off to a fast start, but Ali Usman subbed in for Illini, However, Kumin would not let Wisconsin be denied and upon being fouled calmly sank 2 free throws to win the game.

Michigan had a balanced scoring attack led by Charlie Engelberg and holds off Michigan St in 36-33 victory. Jack Kooperman was on fire for Michigan St scoring multiple points and keeping Michigan St in the game. However, Michigan had too much firepower early in the game and completed the victory to start the season 1-0.

Week 2


Hot Shooting Carries Duke to Impressive 42-24 victory over Virginia
Nathan Perritt Shoots Notre Dame to share of 1st Place After OT Win Against UNC 26-24

Improvement the Word of the Day - 1st Graders Show Off Passing & Dribbling Skills After Parent Tutoria

Camden Wright Scores 6 Late Points To Help Wisconsin Hold Off Indiana 20-18 -Game of Week
Jeremy Iskowitz Leads Balanced Attack for impressive Michigan in 45-20 Victory
Illinois Gets First Win With Rayshaun Spriggs Leading the Illini in Transition

Weekend Warriors:
ACC & Developmental League  Nico Robles Mason Nolasco Max Stein Lexx Malkin Finn Sullivan Dylan Nelson
Big 10 Division  Max Agam Zack Greenberg Raghav Khandalwal Collin Russell Christian Martinez

ACC Division Player of the Week: Sam Adelman
Big 10 Division Player of the Week: Rayshaun Spriggs

Game of the Week: Camden Wright Scores 6 Late Points to Help Wisconsin Hold Off Indiana 20-18

Woodlawn Middle School was home to several hotly contested games on Sunday, January 31st. After Notre Dame won in overtime earlier in the day, Wisconsin held off a gritty Indiana team in a defensive slugfest. Both teams struggled early to get going on offense, as the help defense from Indiana Players Jack Staub and Aaron Chen and Wisconsin Player Luke Nelson made it difficult to score. 

With the score at 6-6 both teams started to heat up as Jackson Sher and Jackson Brooks traded layups. Aaron Chen then answered with a basket to give Indiana a 10-8 lead. Wisconsin shortly regained the lead after a few Jackson Sher assists to Camden Wright, who scored 4 straight points giving Wisconsin a 14-12 lead. The game continued to stay close as hustle plays were made all over the floor by Anthony Babbo and Christian Martinez of Indiana. Wisconsin received all around good play from Collin Russell and Luke Nelson continued to make it hard for Indiana to score close to the basket.
With the score 18-16 Jackson Sher made a tremendous pass to Camden Wright for a hoop that put Wisconsin on top by four points. This basket proved critical after another Jackson Brooks layup cut the lead to two points with 30 seconds. Wisconsin had an opportunity to extend the lead with free throws but missed two ends of a 1 and 1. Indiana with one last chance to tie the game worked Jackson Brooks open for an 18 foot wing jump shot that bounced off the rim preserving Wisconsin’s third victory of the season and first place in the Play Hard Hoops Big 10 Division.
The action will continue to be great on Super Bowl Sunday at Woodlawn Middle School! First Place Wisconsin will attempt to defeat a Northwestern team that will be hungry for victory. Indiana will try to get themselves back in the winning column against the hottest Big 10 Team Michigan. Illinois will go for its 2nd win of the season against Michigan St.

Week 3

George Handal dishes the ball out well to all of his teammates in Duke’s 28-14 victory over Notre Dame.
Dylan Fawcett’s coast-to-coast dribbling and shot-blocking leads the way for Virginia’s 30-18 win against North Carolina.

Sam Adelman hits two clutch shots during Illinois’ late 8-0 run en route to a 22-10 win over Michigan State.
Jack Staub leads a great team defensive effort with some key steals of his own as Indiana beats Michigan 20-12.
Raghav Khandalwal uses great creativity to get open and makes some big shots down the stretch as Northwestern takes care of Wisconsin 23-15.

Weekend Warriors ACC Division & Developmental League
Max Suskin Ansu Perez Aaron Iskowitz Zach Becker Jack Luby Robbie Clark
ACC Player of the Week: Dylan Fawcett

Weekend Warrior Big 10 Division:
Ian McKelvey Owen Tyer Ryan St Louis Aidan Albrecht
Jack Shrout Chase Williams
Big 10 Player of the Week: Raghav Khandalwal

Game of the Week: Indiana 20, Michigan 12
Making jump shots are important, but they’re not the most important element of the game. Defense is often the difference maker in all basketball games as it was the Super Bowl, and Indiana combo guard Jack Staub certainly played good enough defense to help his team get a big win on Sunday.
It doesn’t necessarily matter how many points your team scores as long as your defense is up to the task. That was the case on Sunday as Indiana only gave up four total points after the game was tied up at 8 with 25 minutes left.
Staub did everything from disrupting the passing lanes to getting some great steals when the opponent wasn’t fully cognizant of his active hands. Indiana head coach Don Dudek said of Staub’s effort, “He’s never been flashy when it comes to creating his own shot, but he’s always been a force on the defensive end of the floor. He led the defense really well today, and the rest of the team followed suit.”
The climax of the game was when Indiana led 16-10 with 4:25 left. Ben Fawcett made a contested mid-range jumper, and he then subsequently pulled a “Reggie Miller” by stealing the in-bounds pass and putting up another shot within a 10-second span. Fawcett’s second jump shot clank off the iron, and Michigan would be shut out for the rest of the game.
Owen Tyer was a force on the glass for the Hoosiers and driving to the hoop. Tyer’s coast-to-coast bucket with under a minute sealed the win 20-12. Michigan head coach Ron Christians said of the defeat, “It just wasn’t our day. We got some open looks, but they just didn’t fall today. Sometimes that happens.”

Game of the Week: Northwestern 23, Wisconsin 15
The fight song for Northwestern is “Go U Northwestern!” But when the Wildcats took on the upstart Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday, the fans were chanting, “Go u Raghav!”
And for good reason, as Raghav Khandalwal played sensational basketball from beginning to end. Raghav used his bigger body frame to get in the right position for open looks near the low block, and lead Northwestern to a come from behind victory. After trailing 11-8 to Wisconsin, Northwestern relied on Khandalwal to pick up the slack on the offensive end. Khandalwal scored six points during Northwestern’s key 12-2 run after halftime.
The run by Northwestern gave the Wildcats a 20-13 lead, which they would not relinquish. Braeden Smith led the charge at point guard by setting up Khandalwal for some open mid-range looks and they collectively pounded the boards with Jack Shrout and Sam Prasannah. Lake Finley and Logan Shrout were all over the floor and Northwestern won the hustle game.
Wisconsin combo guard Aidan Albrecht gave everything he could for head coach James Santillan. Albrecht was masterful with the creativity he showed in getting to the rim consistently. Wisconsin played well early getting contributions from the entire roster including some outside shooting from Ronit Lodd and Jackson Sher, but were unable to sustain their offense late in the game.
The Big 10 and ACC Division will return to action on Sunday, February 21st to enjoy the All Star Break in Toronto. The Big 10 Division has its last week of the regular season with all 6 teams at either 3-2 or 2-3. The ACC Division will see a battle for first place between Notre Dame and Virginia.

Week 4

February 21 st Recaps

ACC Division
Zach Becker & Aidan Albrecht Lead The Way To 37-23 Victory Over Duke
Virginia Gets Big Offensive Boost From Dylan Fawcett to Hold Off Notre Dame 28-24

Developmental League
D Leaguers Show Off Passing & Cutting Skills As They Prepare For D league Championships

Big 10 Division:
Braedon Smith Leads Balanced Attack in Victory Over Michigan St
Wisconsin Gets Big Effort From Collin Russell To Knock Off Michigan 32-20
Indiana Gets Share of 1st Place and Great Play From Jack Staub

ACC Division& Developmental League Weekend Warriors:
George Handal Aidan Albrecht Caleb Lai Evan Degabli William Sullivan Dylan Nelson
ACC Division Player of the Week: Zach Becker

Big 10 Division Weekend Warriors
Micah Anders Braedon Smith Andrew Maloney Andy Edmonds Tyson Adelman Jack Staub
Big 10 Player of the Week: Jackson Sher

Game of the Week: Zach Becker & Aidan Albrecht Lead The Way To 37-23 Victory Over Duke

North Carolina entered the weekend looking for their first win after several close losses and found a huge offensive boost late to run away from Duke in a rivalry game. Duke got off to a hot start to lead 4-0, but Aidan Albrecht of North Carolina answered to tie the game. The game remained close due to Aaron Iskowitz hot shooting, as he scored 8 straight points to give Duke a 15-14 lead.

Coach Adelman noted it was a closely contested game, but rebounding would ultimately lead to the demise of Duke, “This was a great game, but you have to rebound and in the middle of the game it seemed that North Carolina kept getting every rebound.” Mason Nolasco, Aidan Albrect and Zach Becker all scored on put backs and led the team to a 24-19 lead.

This gave Duke confidence and led to an offensive explosion as Zach Becker and Braedon O Hara hit several jumpers to pull away. George Handal and Blake Fyda kept fighting and scored a few baskets to close the gap, but Zach Becker hit a spinning jumper to seal UNC’s first win 37-23.

There is one week before the playoffs, so Virginia will look to avenge its only loss of the season in a highly anticipated contest against Duke. North Carolina will go for two in a row against Notre Dame coming off a hard fought loss to Virginia. The action will be exciting at Woodlawn Middle School Sunday, February 28th.

Week 5


ACC Division
Notre Dame’s Ryan St Louis Brings Notre Dame From Behind To Edge UNC 35-30
Virginia’s Hot 2nd half Led By Jordan Dudek Proves #1 Seed in Win Over Duke 45-32 in Game of the Week

Developmental League
Developmental league proves they can ball with the best of them as their thoughtful passing creates scoring opportunities

Big 10 Division:
Braedon Smith and Raghav Khandalwal Score Late Baskets To Seal 26-20 Win Over Indiana in Game of the Week
Wisconsin Has Too Much Firepower In Win Over Gritty Michigan St
Michigan Gets Off To Hot Start But Cannot Overcome Transition Offense & Passing of Illinois

ACC Division & Developmental League Weekend Warriors:
Neal Ahuja Braden Frizielle Jordan Dudek Jackson Clark Dylan Ronsczkowski
ACC Division Player of the Week: Ryan St Louis

Big 10 Division Weekend Warriors
Abbie Lewis Jason Uy Lake Finley Ronit Lodd Jacob Helfer Anthony Babbo
Big 10 Player of the Week: Rayshaun Spriggs

Game of the Week:Virginia’s Hot 2nd half Led By Jordan Dudek Proves #1 Seed in Win Over Duke 45-32
The nets were on fire at Woodlawn Middle School as Virginia and Duke showed off their offensive skills in a high scoring, entertaining game. Duke got off to a hot start with a balanced attack as Neal Ahuja played his best game of the year, scoring on a tough drive to open up a 6-2 lead. Sam Adelman was the lead playmaker in the game with several assists including a great pass to Aaron Iskowitz to put Duke up 12-4.

This is where Virginia started to get going as Ryan Jacobson capped a 7-0 run with a 3 point play. The game went back and forth with some terrific play, as all players were involved in the game. Lexx Malkin and Neal Ahuja were all over the boards playing some of their best basketball of the year. Sam Adelman hit a few tough shots and Duke led 28-27. This is when the threesome of Jordan Dudek, Ryan Jacobson and Dylan Fawcett took over. Dudek and Jacobson combined on back to back three point plays and a Fawcett 15 foot jump shot sealed the win for Virginia as they finished the game on an 18-4 run for a 45-32 win. Coach Adelman was really impressed with both teams, “Most games are lost, but Virginia took this game today, as I have not seen such hot shooting from a team all season. I was really proud of the team play by both these great teams. The playoffs are going to be awesome!”

The playoffs begin this Sunday and should be exciting as North Carolina has been playing great basketball the last two weeks and will present a challenge for the #1 seed Virginia. Everyone is excited to watch Notre Dame and Duke battle in the other semifinal, as they have been evenly matched in past contests.

Game of the Week: Braedon Smith and Raghav Khandalwal Score Late Baskets To Seal 26-20 Win Over Indiana
The two top teams in the regular season battled to the end, but Northwestern proved to be too much in 26-20 win over a tough Indiana team that played without Jack Staub. Indiana clearly missed Staub’s defense as Northwestern opened up a quick 6-0 lead. Jordan Dudek continued his hot shooting on the day scoring 4 straight points for Indiana. The game continued to stay tight, but Northwestern maintained a one point lead after Lake Finley and Jackson Brooks traded hoops.

Anthony Babbo played his strongest game of the season and celebrated his tough play with a made free throw giving Indiana a short-lived lead. Northwestern responded showing why they had the best regular season record showing off their balanced scoring. An 8-0 run with 4 different players scoring Samrudh Prasannah, Ryan Yi, Raghav Khandalwal and Jack Shrout.

Indiana did not stay down for long scoring a few baskets including a beautiful backdoor pass from Aaron Chen to Jackson Brooks. Indiana picked up the defense led by Christian Martinez hustle and Owen Tyer’s size. They cut the lead to 2 points on a Jordan Dudek running 3 point play. However the poise of Braedon Smith got Northwestern back on track and his basket extended the lead and Khandalwal sealed it with a layup to secure the #1 seed for the semifinals. “I think both teams were a little nervous early, but showed why they were the top seeds as the game went along. I look forward to seeing how both teams fare in their semifinal contests.”

The action will be exciting at Woodlawn Middle School as Northwestern will try to prove themselves as the #1 seed against an Illinois team coming off their best win of the season. Indiana will look to avenge a tough 20-18 loss to Wisconsin in the other semifinal. Michigan will take on Michigan St in the consolation bracket.

 WEEKS 6 & 7                                                                                          


ACC Division
UNC Dynamic Duo of Aidan Albrecht & Spencer Sigal Overcomes Duke 38-26
Virginia Goes Wire To Wire With Great Performance to Win ACC Championship Over Notre Dame 29-14

Developmental League
Most Exciting Game of the Day – D Leaguers Finish With 18-16 Barnburner

Big 10 Division:
Defense Wins Championships as Champions of the Big 10 Northwestern Stifles Indiana in 22-12 Victory
Wisconsin Turns up the Offensive Efficiency in 36-24 Win over Michigan
Illinois Upends Michigan St To Finish Season On A High Note

ACC Division & Developmental League Weekend Warriors:
Blake Fyda Evan Jacobs Nathan Perritt Ryan Jacobson Miles Tyer Ben Merdalo
Nolan Esp
ACC Division Player of the Week: Jordan Dudek

Big 10 Division Weekend Warriors
Shyanne St Louis Nolan Krull Ryan Yi Sam Prasannah Camden Wright
Carson Hiller Aaron Israelewicz Matteo Nolasco Jack Staub
Big 10 Player of the Week: Braedon Smith

Game of the Week: Virginia Goes Wire To Wire With Great Performance to Win ACC Championship Over Notre Dame 29-14
Virginia has proven this year to be the most explosive offense in the league, but they can credit their defense in winning the ACC Championship over a tough minded Notre Dame. Notre Dame grinded it out early and after a Brian Ayvazian transition jumper and a Nathan Perritt free throw the game was tied at 4. However, Jordan Dudek took over scoring 8 of Virginia’s first 10 points.

Virginia kept tightening the defense and after Chase Hamann converted a 3 point play Virginia was firmly in control 13-4. Lexx Malkin muscled his way to offensive rebound put back and the lead was 13 points before Brian Ayvazian scored to stop the 13-0 run. Ryan St Louis and Nathan Perritt tried to bring Notre Dame back and they hoped to draw some energy from the crowd after an Ayvazian free throw cut the lead to 9 points.

Notre Dame would get no closer as Ryan Jacobson sealed the win with an assist and a free throw to extend the lead and seal the Championship with a 29-14 final score. Jordan Dudek won the MVP award but Virginia certainly won with a team offensive and defensive effort. North Carolina upended Duke in the consolation game behind the stellar play of Aidan Albrecht and Spencer Sigal. It was a great season in the ACC and Play Hard Hoops looks forward to seeing most of the players in the Big 10 next season!

Game of the Week Defense Wins Championships as Champions of the Big 10 Northwestern Stifles Indiana in 22-12 Victory

The Denver Broncos proved defense wins championships in February and Northwestern proved it wins championships in March. The Wildcats received some stellar all around play from Braedon Smith and a scoring burst from Logan Shrout to win the Big 10 Championship. Jackson Brooks gave Indiana a 3-0 lead on a tough baseline runner while being fouled. However, the game quickly turned Northwestern’s way with four different players scoring to give Northwestern a 10-7 lead.

Logan Shrout then took over with his aggressive defense and shot making ability. His four point burst gave Northwestern a 7 point lead. Jack Staub of Indiana was not going to let Indiana go down easily as he answered with a 3 point play. However, once again Northwestern was able to get scoring contributions from multiple players as Ryan Yi scored off a Logan Shrout feed,

Raghav Khandalwal hit a driving lefty layup and Logan Shrout added a put back to give Northwestern a 20-10 lead. The defense tightened the screws and Indiana fell to the Wildcats by a final score of 22-12.


ACC Division
Ansu Perez Layup Lifts Notre Dame To Exciting 26-24 Victory Over Duke
Chase Hamann Return Boosts Virginia To Semifinal Win Over UNC 30-20

Developmental League
1st Graders Push The Ball In Transition Preparing For Championship Sunday

Big 10 Division:
Northwestern Uses Hot Start to Hold Off Illinois in Semifinals
Indiana Explodes On Offense To Set Up Rematch With Northwestern In Big 10 Championship
Michigan Overcomes Michigan St in Tight Affair

ACC Division & Developmental League Weekend Warriors:
Chase McDowell Spencer Sigal Chase Hamann William Lai Nolan Esp
Colin McMurray Ike Moody Andy Maru
ACC Division Player of the Week: Ansu Perez

Big 10 Division Weekend Warriors
Ryan Yi Matteo Nolasco Jeremy Iskowitz Dev Sahoo Chase Henderson
Camden Wright Aaron Chen
Big 10 Player of the Week: Jackson Brooks

Game of the Week: Chase Hamann Return Boosts Virginia To Semifinal Win Over UNC 30-20
The #1 Seed in the ACC Virginia had its hands full with an improving North Carolina team last Sunday at Woodlawn Middle School. The return of Chase Hamann gave Virginia a key boost to overcome North Carolina and play in the ACC Championship on March 13th.

The game was tied at 4 when Lexx Malkin and Jordan Dudek scored back-to-back hoops for an 8-4 Virginia lead. While North Carolina would challenge all game, Virginia never relinquished the lead. A beautiful stop and pop pull up jumper by Aidan Albrecht cut the lead to 12-10, but Hamann answered with a full court driving hoop under duress. Dudek continued his strong play scoring off a crossover dribble to give Virginia control of the game at 20-14. However the smooth shooting of Aidan Albrecht and a Mason Nolasco basket kept UNC within 4 points.

However, it was Chase Hamann again with a put back to give Virginia a 26-20 lead that would eventually become a 30-20 win over the gritty North Carolina team. Virginia will take on Notre Dame for the ACC Championship after Notre Dame found a way to defeat Duke 26-24 in overtime on an Ansu Perez layup. Duke will take on North Carolina in the consolation game and we expect a great Championship Game at Woodlawn Middle School on Sunday, March 13th.

The ACC Championship will be followed by the “D” league 1st Grade Championship and the Big Ten Championship Between the Top 2 Seeds: Indiana VS Northwestern.

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