Category: Varsity League Written by Chicago Hoops
The Kings, led by 2014 point guard Erick Locke, suffered their first loss of the fall at the hands of 2015 point guard Nick Coleman and the Warriors in a highly competitive matchup during the semifinals of the 11th/12th Division Championship Bracket matchup. In the other semifinal, 2015 6’8” Julian Torres and the Celtics remained undefeated in a convincing win over the Bulls, who received an exceptional performance from 2016 guard Brandon Danowski with 21 points, 19 coming in the 2nd half, fresh off his debut at Pangos Midwest Frosh/Soph Camp. The Celtics and Warriors will play for the title on Sunday.
Hornets (40) Nuggets (54)
Hillel Schwarz scored 13 points to lead the Nuggets to a win. Teammates Josh Newlander and Avidan Halivni also scored 12 points each for the Nuggets.
Hawks (70) Clippers (66)
Cameron Krutwig has been on fire the last three weeks, scoring 24 ppg as he dropped 26 points on the Clippers. This shootout saw the Hawks outscore the usual three-point happy Clippers, who had three players score double digits. Stacknik scored 18 to lead the Clippers.
Blazers (65) Knicks (64)
An overtime thriller left everyone wanting more as this matchup lifted the intensity on the court into the stands. Tyler Lovestrand continued his hot play for the Knicks, scoring 18 after hitting for 22 a week ago. Weston Shephard led the Blazers with 15.
Thunder (63) Cavs (39)
The Thunder took just a little too long to hit stride in the fall, but made their presence felt in a dominating win. 2014 CG Nibra White returned to score 21 points for the Thunder who received some monster dunks from 2014 6’9” Makur Puou. Frasean Isom led the Cavs with 10.
Celtics (71) Bulls (45)
2016 guard Brandon Danowski’s 19 second half points, 21 for the game, were nothing short of stellar. Aside hitting his usual barrage of three’s, Danowski maneuvered his 5’10” frame between the Celtics huge frontcourt of Julian Torres, Shakur Triplett, Kenny Williams, and Roland Griffin for multiple finishes at the rim. Torres led the Celtics with 14.
Pistons (88) Suns (55)
Clay McKinney’s 21 points for the Pistons kept them undefeated for the fall. The Suns were once again headed up by point guard Max Heeren’s 14 points.
Lakers (51) Magic (33)
Without the services of leading scorer Lorenzo Edwards 17ppg, the Lakers dominated from start to finish. Grant Levin of the Lakers led all scorers with 13. Marcus Brawner and Danny Kim each had nine for the Magic.
Bucks (61) Raptors (54)
2014 guard Duante Stephens 38 points were still not enough to give the Raptors a win. The Bucks Were led by 2014 point guard Ryan Cork’s 16 points and multitude of assists. Cork has great length at his position and strong vision, and is one to keep an eye on this winter at Hampshire high school.
Wizards (53) Bobcats (36)
In Wizards first game of the day, Elazar Kolom’s 17 and Jonah Grant’s 13 steered them over the Bobcats, who were led by Jaquan Starlin’s 10.
Warriors (54) Kings (47)
Two Illinois Wolves guards locked horns, and 2015 point guard Nick Coleman emerged on top with 16 points to lead the Warriors into the Championship game this Sunday against the Celtics. 2014 point guard Erick Locke nearly matched Coleman with 14 as the Kings usual frantic pace did not fluster the calculated Warriors attack.
Rockets (75) Wizards (63)
The Wizards did not show signs of fatigue despite playing their second game of the day. However, the Rockets fresh legs and superior athleticism proved to be too much to overcome in a very even game until the end. The Rockets Spencer Foley connected on eight threes en route to 32 points while David Bergar led the Wizards with 14.