OCTOBER 23 RECAP
DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE & ACC DIVISION WEEKEND WARRIORS: Ameen Khan, Luke Rosenberg, Asher Toback, Jackson Flaum, Keith Moller, Dylan Gradman
BIG 1O DIVISION PLAYOFF HEADLINES:
Illinois Knocks Off Michigan to Secure #1 Seed on Sam Horenkamp Jump Shot with 3 Seconds Remaining 37-35
Michigan St Pulls Away Behind Balanced Effort To Shut Down Northwestern 32-13
Clutch Jump Shots by Royce Hatley & Jack Kennessey Lead Indiana to 31-28 Victory over Wisconsin
UPCOMING PLAYOFF MATCHUPS:
Northwestern & Wisconsin Will Lock Horns in a Consolation Game That Will Feature an Improved Wisconsin Team Against the Tough Defense of Northwestern
Indiana Will Look to Knock Off Undefeated Illinois in the Semifinals. Everyone is Looking Forward to see if Indiana has an Answer for Sam Horenkamp and the Aggressive Play of the Illini.
Michigan St Will Look to Build on its Impressive 1st Round Performance and Defeat Rival Michigan Who is Coming off a Tough 2 Point Loss to Illinois
GAME OF THE WEEK: Indiana VS Wisconsin
What a game between these two teams with the biggest lead of the game being a 14-8 Wisconsin lead. Wisconsin is one of the most improved teams during the season and saw the combination of Jon Brody and Sean Cahill consistently score. With the score 20-20, Indiana's Murray Gibson made the momentum changing 3 point play. However Sean Cahill and Jon Brody scored 6 points and the Badgers led late 26-25. It was back to back jump shots by Jack Kennessey and Royce Hatley that proved to be the difference giving the Hoosiers a 29-26 lead ultimately holding on to a 31-28 victory.
Weekend Warriors: Gavin Anderson, Michael Mundo, Royce Hatley, Brayden Rosenkrantz, Joey DelPreto, Tyler Nygren, Miles Daly, Alex Pavlidis, Dean Guttman
Player of the Week: Jack Kennessey
NBA DIVISION PLAYOFF HEADLINES
Raptors Run Into Consolation Finals Beating Celtics 56-31
Warriors Ride Early Start to Play for Consolation Championship Knocking Off Bulls 58-42
Thunder Use Ferocious Defense to Outscore Spurs 25-10 To Finish Game in 43-35 Win
Clippers Move into Championship Game Behind 12-2 Run Upending Undefeated Cavs 40-30
UPCOMING PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
Bulls & Celtics Will Play Consolation Game in Matchup of Big Men Andres Gomez and Jaden Beltzman
Raptors and Warriors Compete for Consolation Championship in Expected Fast Paced Contest.
Spurs & Cavs Had Undefeated Regular Seasons But After Dropping Semis Will Play for 3rd Place in Game That Pits PG Cole Tansey VS Versatile Connor Burns
The Intense Defense of the Thunder Will Take on the Efficient Offense of the Clippers in the PHH NBA Championship Game
GAME OF THE WEEK: Cavs VS Clippers
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 7-2 lead behind the duo of Josh Wildermuth and Connor Burns. The Clippers then were led by a balanced attack of Alex Warren, LIam Ryan, and Ryan Hardgrove to take a 17-9 lead. Brayden Rosenkrantz extended the lead to 22-12 and Clippers maintained a 10 point lead until the Connor Burns show. Burns scored 7 straight points followed up by 5 points from Andrew Meisner and the Clippers lead was a mere 2 points at 28-26. Will Rosenkrantz made a beautiful feed to Colin Ryan to break the momentum and scores from four different Clippers elevated the lead back to 10 points. The Clippers held on to win 40-30 and secure a spot into the Championship Game:
Weekend Warriors: Owen Stepan, Cole Tansey, Luka Verschuur, Jaiden Lulla, Jack Dement, Ryan Hardgrove, Connor Burns, Rory Quinn, Matthew Balber, Cameron Beltzman, Isaac Averbuch, Matt Cassell
Player of the Week: Leo Necheles
OCTOBER 16 RECAP - WINDY CITY FIELDHOUSE:
ACC Division: Elliott Warren's Clutch Overtime Free Throw Leads Comeback For White In Exciting 25-24 Victory
What a tremendous back and forth game we saw Sunday at Windy City the lead changed hands or remained tied several times. A Maks Depalo basket tied the game at 12-12 around the halfway point of the contest. Lee Stratton and Tanner Toback exchanged hoops giving the Orange a 17-16 lead. The White went on a 4-0 run after a Clem Carey shot and a Luke Persons sweet feed to Elliot Warren. However, that momentum was stalled quickly on a perfectly executed fundamental drive by Jacob Schneider for a 3 point play and tie game at 20. Defense then took over with both teams struggling to score. The Orange finished off their 7-0 run and held a 24-20 lead with about 2 minutes.
Weekend Warriors: Jacob Schneider, Clem Carey, Lee Stratton, Brady Harris,
Player of the Week: Luke Persons
The White was not done and after Luke Persons knocked down 2 clutch free throws the game went to overtime. The overtime continued to show off the grit from both teams, but Elliot Warren was fouled and sunk the game winner to give the White a 25-24 victory. The coaches and players are excited for playoff hoops that will begin next Sunday, October 23rd!
DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE: Everyone was blown away at the level of play of this group and we saw contributions for all players: Dylan Robinson and Luke Rosenberg showed tremendous knowledge of the game and Rosenberg was dominant on the boards. Dylan has been the most consistent player in the league. Brooks Depalo was all over the floor and running harder than have seen. Everyone loves his enthusiasm. Daniel Matesanz continues to be the best hustler and toughest player on the floor and is starting to display greater patience. Eli Hernandez was spacing out the floor and made a sweet drive to the hoops. Grant Bonnell continues to be terrific on defense and is improving every week with his ball handling. Noah Robinson was all over the boards and played under control throughout the game. Daniel Cahill continues to be in the right spots and is a terrific ball handler. Justin Soloman was finding open space and has shown improvement each week. Declan Scheiner's hustle, shooting and improved play has been so fun to watch. Ameen Khan is one of top all around players who is also showing more patience as well.
Weekend Warriors: Grant Bonnell, Daniel Matesanz, Ameen Khan
Player of the Week: Luke Rosenberg
BIG 1O DIVISION HEADLINES:
Michigan St Holds off Gritty Wisconsin 40-33 Behind Stellar Play of Quinlan Smith
Michigan Uses Team Play To Explode on Offense Over Shorthanded Indiana
Illinois Goes on 10-0 Run Behind Board Play of Ralfs Balodis Beating Northwestern 37-25
Michigan St VS Wisconsin may have been the best game of the season, and Wisconsin was close to getting first win of the season. Fatigue was a factor as Wisconsin played with 5 players for the 40 minute slugfest. There was never a lead bigger than 4 points until Kieran Fitzgerald hit a really nice bank shot for a 35-31 lead. Jon Brody, Jamal Jackson, Sean Cahill, Tyler Nygren, and Tyden Kidd all contributed heavily for Wisconsin and Jon Brody drilled a free throw to cut the lead to 35-33 for the last 5 minutes of the game. Unfortunately, the fatigue and a hard-nosed defensive effort from Michigan St kept the Badgers scoreless for the remainder of the game.
Indiana was shorthanded and lost top ball handler and their leader in Jacob Schneider. Michigan was led by Amaan Khan, but received terrific play from Asher Toback, Jack Ballen and an improved Jon Mercurio. Michigan will get a bye to the semifinals after finishing 2nd in the league.
Illinois jumped on Northwestern playing without 2 key players to a 12-4 lead after an Alex Pavlidis hoop. Michael Mundo continued his great free throw shooting for Northwestern and nailed a 3 point play to start a comeback for the Wildcats. After Sam Horenkamp boosted the lead to 27-19, Preston Walder started a 6-0 run cutting the lead to 27-25 with 5 minutes to play. Horenkamp then took over scoring 6 of the 10 points that would be the final 10 points of the game. However, the Guttman boys Dean and Oren provided tremendous hustle and defense while Ralfs Balodis owned the boards the last 5 minutes.
Weekend Warriors: Oren Guttman, Timmy Piercy, Clem Carey, Adam Willy, Pryor Kravitz, Jamal Jackson, Tyden Kidd, Jon Brody, Amaan Khan, Jack Ballen, Jon Mercurio, Marek Cherian, James McGuirk, Maddux Bailey, Alex Lagges, Michael Mundo
Player of the Week: Ralfs Balodis
NBA DIVISION HEADLINES:
Spurs Advance to Semifinals Behind Playmaking of Cole Tansey to Upend Celtics 46-39
Thunder Defense Led By Jimmy Butler Like Defense of Kyan Gibbs Too Much for Raptors in 27-18 Win
Clippers Roll Behind Transition Game and Liam Ryan's Continued Dominance to Semifinals
Cavs Show Poise in Come From Behind Victory Over Gritty Warriors 30-24
The Spurs went on a 10-2 run extending a 23-17 lead to 14 and went on to hold off the Celtics 46-39. The game was nip and tuck early as the Celtics received some dominant inside play from Andres Gomez and the Spurs found scoring from Emil Weisfeld. Tansey played terrific at point guard and was ultimately too much creating scores for his teammates. Michael Vlamis hit a tough runner to extend the lead to 14. The Celtics showed no quit and received a gritty effort from everyone and closed the lead to 4 before falling 46-39
The Clippers received early dominant play from Liam Ryan, and then were able to get their transition game rolling behind the speed of Will Rosenkrantz and the finishing of Alex Warren and Leo Necheles. The Clippers will be Taking on the Cavs in the Semifinals on Sunday.
The Raptors behind the play of Augie Averbuch and Matthew Balber jumped out to an early 10-5 lead over the Thunder. However, a 4-0 run from Cole Wisnefski, and Luka Verschuur changed the momentum of the game. Kyan Gibbs led a defensive effort followed by tremendous hustle from Wisnefski and Daniel Casey. Chris Morgan provided the offense including a big 3 point play giving the Thunder a 20-14 lead. The Thunder did not look back finishing with a 27-18 victory.
The Game of the Week was the Cavs comeback win over the Warriors. The Warriors had their best performance of the season as Blair Warren led the Warriors with great poise and point guard play. However, Connor Burns was the difference in the end hitting several key baskets. Sam Horenkamp was the Warriors leading scorer and he extended a Warriors lead to 16-10 with a layup and sweet 3 point play. While the momentum was on the side of the Warriors, Bradley Penner kept the Cavs in the game with a razzle dazzle layup. Horenkamp hit two more buckets and the Warriors were up 22-14 and looked like cinderella!
The game changed on a Connor Burns layup with the Cavs displaying tremendous patience on offense until Burns could get a layup. Andrew Meisner then hit a floater and Ryan Schaefer hit a jumper to cut the lead to 2 points and Burns once again hit a big 15 foot foul line jumper. The Cavs finished the 12-0 run with a Bradley Penner free throw and Connor Burns on a tough contested banker. Blair Warren made a beautiful finish in transition to cut the lead to 2 points, but Penner and Meisner sealed the win with free throws for a 30-24 victory and date in the Semis with the Clippers.
Weekend Warriors: Ryan Schaefer, Colin Schaefer, Augie Averbuch, Adam Tsai, Aden Ochstein, Ben Mitchell, Alex Davis, Andres Gomez, Nick Lagges, Cole Wisnefski, Bradley Penner, Chris Morgan, Cole Tansey, Emil Weisfeld, Michael Vlamis, Blair Warren, Sam Horenkamp, Jackson Ballard, Liam Ryan, Alex Warren,
Player of the Week: Kyan Gibbs
OCTOBER 9 RECAP - WINDY CITY FIELDHOUSE
ACC Division: Henry Snee Leads 14-0 Run in 30-20 Victory for the Orange Team.
Henry Snee started the game with a full court layup and led the run that ultimately led his team to victory. The Orange sprinted to an early 6-0 lead but Elliot Warren and Luke Persons started to claw away at the lead for the white team. After Thomas McLaughlin hit a free throw to give the Orange a 10-4 lead, the White team took over on the boards. Luke Persons and Noah Weiss had several put backs to give the White team a 14-12 lead. This is where Henry Snee took over the game scoring 8 of the next 10 points on a full court layup, a smooth crossover move and a baseline jumper - he was on fire! Dylan Gradman finished the 14-0 run and the Orange never looked back in its 30-20 victory.
Weekend Warriors: Lee Stratton, Brady Schwarz, Tomas McLaughlin, Ari Deutsch
Player of the Week: Henry Snee
Developmental League: Declan Scheiner Soars in High Paced Entertaining Game.
The Developmental League players saw great performances throughout. Declan Scheiner had his best game of the season scoring three hoops while Luke Rosenberg and Ameen Khan returned to add defense and toughness. The Robinson boys continue to be hard to guard and Daniel Matesanz always hustles and plays harder than anyone. Justin Salomon continued to show off his defensive skills and Daniel Cahill continues to be a top ball handler with this group.
Weekend Warrior: Declan Scheiner
Player of the Week:
BIG 10 Division:
Indiana Shows Off Transition Game Early And Knocks Off Michigan St 35-19 Behind Great Team Play
Brayden Rosenkrantz Dominates the Boards and Michigan Has Too Much Offense for Gritty Northwestern - Wins 39-26
Game of the Week: Illinois Holds Off Wisconsin on Oren Guttman Basket in 19-18 Barnburner
Illinois and Wisconsin played a fierce game that saw several lead changes throughout. The help defense in this game stifled both teams from getting on track offensively. Illinois extended their lead to 11-6 on a beautiful move and finish by Oren Guttman, but Sean Cahill was smooth at the free throw line hitting consecutive free throws. A finish by Alex Pavlidis gave Illinois its biggest lead at 15-8, but Sean Cahill and Jamal Jackson would not be denied in bringing their team back. Jon Brody ho hit a shot with just over a minute left completing the comeback and giving Wisconsin the 18-17 lead. However, Guttman would prove to be the hero with a shot to give Illinois the game winner at 19-18. Wisconsin had a few chances to win the game, but the solid team defense of Illinois led them to hold on and remain undefeated.
Weekend Warriors: Ralfs Balodis, Jermey Joseph, Kieran Fitzgerald, Sean Cahill, Zach Schwartz, John Ingrassia
Player of the Week: Brayden Rosenkrantz
Spurs & Thunder Play Tremendously Competitive Game But Andrew Meisner and Ryan Gershman Make the Big Plays Down the Stretch
Raptors Too Much in Transition for the Celtics Sprinting Away To 36-26 Victory
Clippers Behind the Play of Liam Ryan Upend Warriors To Win 2 Consecutive Games
Game of the Week: Josh Wildermuth Helps Cavs Overcome Bulls in Back and Forth Game To Remain Undefeated
What a game we had at Windy City between these two teams. Ben Mitchell was a force at Point Guard for the Bulls making two terrific passes leading to scores by Ben Schwan and Cameron Beltzman and an 18-17 lead. However, Josh WIldermuth was just too tough, making several drives and a few beautiful passes for scores. The lead continued to change hands with an Isaac Averbuch drive and Ben Mitchell shot that gave the Bulls a 26-25 lead. Wildermuth led a 6-0 run for the Cavs with a beautiful pass to Bradley Penner for the lead and finished the 6-0 run with a sweet transition finish. The Cavs were able to maintain the 5 point lead due to some great defense down the stretch and held on to a 34-29 victory and undefeated regular season.
The Playoffs Begins Sunday, October 16th, so the 2nd season begins!
Weekend Warriors: Andrew Meisner, Elliot Weisfeld, Liam Ryan, Will Rosenkrantz, Bradley Penner, Andrew Meyer, Ben Mitchell, Alex Davis, Jackson Compton, Braden Corry
Player of the Week: Josh Wildermuth
OCTOBER 2ND RECAP - WINDY CITY FIELDHOUSE
ACC Division: A spirited comeback by the orange team comes up short in the 22-16 victory for the white team. Tanner Toback displayed his outside shooting touch hitting two jumpers to lead the white to an early 10-2 lead. However, the orange started to play well in transition as Ethan Garchik scored off a fast break and Dylan Hessel made a terrific pass ahead
to Henry Snee to cut the lead to 12-8. Luke Persons than took over for a few minutes hitting a free throw and quick basket to extend the lead and after an Elliot Warren layup, the white led 18-8. While the Play Hard Fans may have thought this one was over, the orange came storming back with 8 consecutive points led by Colin McGill and Henry Snee. After some great defensive stops by both teams, Asher Toback sealed the win with a steal and bucket giving the white a 20-16 lead that they would never relinquish.
Weekend Warriors: Tanner Toback, Elliot Warren, Ethan Garchik, Luke Persons
Player of the Week: Henry Snee
Developmental League: The Robinson boys were on fire hitting several shots from the perimeter. Both teams played hard and improved their ball handling as we saw less double dribbles. Justin Salomon was aggressive and Eli Hernandez had his best day of the week.
Weekend Warriors: Eli Hernandez, Justin Salomon, Daniel Cahill, Noah Robinson
Player of the Week: Dylan Robinson.
Big 10 Division:
Michigan St storms back from early 6-0 hole to win barnburner 26-23 after Quinlan Smith hits game changing 3 pointer. Northwestern was unable to hold on after a torrid start to the game. Quinlan Smith and company evened the game at 6-6 and the game continued to be close throughout. A 3 point play by John Ingrassia opened up a 17-14 lead for Northwestern and the free throw shooting of Michael Mundo gave them a 21-16 lead late in the contest. A huge layup by Adam Willy cut the lead to 21-20 and then Quinlan Smith's big-time 3 pointer gave Michigan St the lead for good in 26-23 win.
Illinois displays transition game once again behind the passing of Sam Horenkamp to defeat Michigan 43-26. Michigan hung tough with Illinois but had no answer for the speed game of Illinois. Illinois was impressive in that all players contributed on the scoreboard for the victory. Michigan showed flashes throughout the game and received a lift from Jon Mercurio but was unable to hang with the balanced scoring of Illinois.
Indiana behind the aggressive play of Nathan Schneider and finishing of Jack Kennessey pull away to win defensive battle 21-10. This was a spirited game that saw a terrific head to head matchup of Nathan Schneider and Josh Estes throughout the game. Both teams played hard on defense making it tough to score. Kosta Vlamis subbed in for Wisconsin and provided a spark and Murray Gibson's quickness for Indiana flashed throughout. Ultimately the speed of Indiana was too much for Wisconsin to overcome as they were missing several key players.
Big 10 Weekend Warriors: Murray Gibson, Brayden Rosenkrantz, Matt DelPreto, Jon Mercurio, Charlie Rosenberg, Kamran Gibbs
Big 10 Player of the Week: Quinlan Smith
The game of the day was the Clippers and Thunder who went back and forth for 40 minutes. Both teams played great team basketball and battled back to recapture momentum. WIth the score tied at 27-27 and only 12 minutes left in the game, Kyan Gibbs made a tremendous finish over the shotblocking of Liam Ryan. Another fast break hoop by Chris Morgan pushed the lead to 31-27 for the Thunder. However, the Clippers Nate Walls stalled the Thunder momentum hitting a free throw after a terrific backdoor cut and pass from Alex Warren. The Warriors seized momentum off that play and carried a 39-36 lead with just over a minute when Daniel Casey hit a sweet 3 point play to tie the score at 39. Liam Ryan would come back to be the hero for the Clippers as he was fouled on a hard drive to the hoop. He converted one free throw and after a defensive stand, Cyrus O' Leary extended the Clippers lead with two free throws and a 42-39 lead. A final 3 point attempt as the buzzer sounded from Alex Gershman brought a collective gasp from the crowd just missing off the backboard preserving the 42-39 victory for the Clips.
Spurs continue to play solid defense and score in transition holding off Warriors outside shooting in 40-29 victory. Blair Warren and Noah Hernandez sparked the Warriors from the perimeter hitting several three pointers, but could not fend off the defensive play by Cole Tansey. Tansey had several steals that led to fast breaks and assisted on several jumpers including those from Rene Martinez and Nicholas Roder.
The Cavs and Celtics also played a hard fought game in which the Cavs upended the Celtics 40-35. Connor Burns proved to be too much and after his tough 3 point play gave the Cavs a 34-33 lead, they went on to victory over a gritty Celtics team.
The final game of the night pitted the Raptors and Bulls together. There were some players added to the rosters as both teams were missing some key performers. After the Raptors stormed to an 8-0 lead, Carson Bryant took over and after a smooth 3 point play the Bulls led 10-9 Alex Dore flashed his ability as well, showing an improved game early this season. Dore extended the Bulls lead to 20-9. Rory Quinn and Connor Bailey would step up for the Raptors and after a Bailey finish the lead was trimmed to 28-19. However Bryant and Jack Clisham each hit free throws to seal the win for the Bulls 32-24.
Weekend Warriors: Daniel Casey, Nicholas Roder, Nate Wells, Noah Hernandez, Alex Dore, Connor Bailey, Carson Bryant, Dylan Nygren, Gabe Peters, Jack Clisham, Nick Lagges
Player of the Week: Connor Burns
ACC Division: An impressive start by the Orange team as Asher Toback and Brady Harris made several end to end plays to lead their team to a 17-0 start. Noah Weiss and Tanner Toback brought their team back with some good shooting and the defense of Ian Schwartz and Jacob Schneider helped slow the momentum of the Orange Team.
Developmental League: Dylan Robinson and Luke Rosenberg showed off their skills and led their team with several nice plays. The ball handling was much improved as Daniel Cahill added another solid ball handler to this group and Grant Bonnell continued to flash his rebounding ability.
Big 10 Division:
Sam Horenkamp led Illinois to a 56-40 victory over Michigan St showing off his ball handling skill and passing ability. Ralfs Balodis and Oren Guttman ran the floor to help lead the transtition attack of the Illini. Clem Carey and Charlie Rosenberg picked up their play as the game went along and brought great energy while Pryor Kravitz knocked down several jump shots.
Michigan was able to pull away from Wisconsin as Noah Osman and Amaan Khan were too strong around the hoop and they were given a big lift from Jack Ballen. Sean Cahill showed off some great ball handling completing a sweet 3 point play for Wisconsin.
Indiana VS Northwestern was the game of the week. Gavin Anderson and Nathan Schneider had a fun head to head battle throughout the game. Jack Kennessey was difficult for Northwestern to handle trhoughout the game, but Maddux Bailey and Michael Mundo combined to make several plays including a beautiful pass from Bailey to Mundo to give Northwestern a 34-26 lead. They held off a furious press to hold on to defeat Indiana 35-31.
Kyan Gibbs consistent play and Alex Gershman scored seven straight points to overtake the Warriors 43-37. Both teams went back and forth and after a Sam Horenkamp jumper cut the score to 22-21, Gershman took over. Gershman scored on two layups including one off a steal and then sank a 3 point shot to lead the Thunder to a 15 point league. The Warriors showed great fight and behind the duo of Blair Warren and Jaden Armetta ultimately cut the game to 6 points. The game ended with just over 30 seconds remaining due to a serious injury to Jaden Armetta - Get Well Soon Jaden!
The Celtics size was too much for the Bulls who were missing their big man this week. Carson Bryant kept the Bulls in the game but Dylan Nygren's playmaking and the solid play of Jack Clisham led the Celtics to a 40-32 win. Ben Mitchell flashed throughout the game showing that the Bulls will have an effective backcourt this season.
A defensive battle would best describe the Raptors and Cavs game, but the play of Josh Wildermuth and Connor Burns proved to be the difference in the game. Rory Quinn's ball handling and the aggressive defense played throughout the game by the Raptors kept them close. The Cavaliers had just enough offense to pull this game out 26-18. Both teams were missing a key offensive player, so expect them to show more offense in future weeks.
The Spurs and Clippers finished the night with a good battle at the Point Guard position between Will Rosenkrantz and Cole Tansey. The Weisfeld brothers helped Tansey with their hustle and quickness to take control of the game and hold on to a 28-24 victory. Liam Ryan was a force for the Clippers and Leo Necheles flashed as a slasher. Most teams were missing some important pieces to their team and the Clippers will add scoring punch in future games.
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