2018-19 Chicago Hoops – Playoffs Week 1 (March 17)

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Updated: March 21, 2019

 

After a hectic, memorable and thoroughly entertaining regular season, the field was set on Sunday for the 2018-19 THE CHI Hoops Playoffs.

It was a great night of basketball and only six teams now remain without a loss in this Triple-Elimination tournament. Eight teams however were handed their first losses of the 2018-19 Playoffs and are now two losses away from elimination! More on all of them below.

We saw both #7 Team Maione and #8 Team Deutsch pick up nice Opening Round victories before going down to the #1 and #2 seeded teams respectively. We also saw #5 Team Wolves barely get past #12 Team Schwartz to keep their zero-loss Playoff record intact.

Roughly one month remains before the checkered flag drops on April 14th (or 28th), which means some squads are running out of time to get their barrings straight and make a final push towards the promise land (Championship Game).

Here’s a Link to the PLAYOFF BRACKET.

REMINDER – We have less than ten days remaining before All-Star and MVP voting officially ends so get those votes in before the deadline on Friday, March 29th!

Here’s a Link to VOTE.

Quickly, for those Playing in their first All Sports Series League.. Here’s what to expect from the weekly Power Rankings.. Each week we’ll take a statistical look at the Teams and Rank them 1-10 with the UnRanked Teams listed alphabetically.. Also, if you have ever want to find any info on the League.. Go to Chicago Leagues > THE CHI Hoops League.. Everything you’d need from Stats to Schedules to Standings etc. will be found there..

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Playoff Review

 

Top portion (zero-loss teams):

 

#8 Team Deutsch vs. #9 Team Clark

Brian Otto continues to prove that he is not only Team Deutsch’s most valuable player, but one of the leading candidates for THE CHI Hoops League MVP. Otto continued his hot play to help earn #8 Team Deutsch a 98-81 victory over #9 Team Clark in Opening Round action on Sunday afternoon. Otto finished with 34 points (12-22 FG), four rebounds and three assists to help his squad earn their first victory of the 2018-19 Playoffs. Ross Chukerman contributed with 18 points (9-15 FG), 11 rebounds and five assists, while William Sullivan added 17 points (7-14 FG), nine rebounds and six assists in their squads 17-point victory over #9 Team Clark. With this crucial Opening Round victory, #8 Team Deutsch had to run it right back on Sunday afternoon and take the floor against #1 Team Swish House. Would they be able to carry this winning momentum into this Game or would the fresh legs of #1 Team Swish House be too much for #8 Team Deutsch to handle? More on this Game below…

#9 Team Clark came into the 2018-19 posting on Sunday afternoon riding high off a three-game winning streak to close out their regular season campaign. Unfortunately for #9 Team Clark, they were not able to carry this momentum into Sunday’s Opening Round action versus #8 Team Deutsch as they lost a tough ballgame by the final score of 98-81. Marcus Agee led Team Clark with 30 points (13-24 FG) three rebounds and five assists, while Captain Rodney Clark finished with 15 points (6-14 FG), five rebounds and a couple of assists. Jeffery Godwin and Donald Banks scored 13 apiece. Team Clark played well in the early part of the game before Brian Otto and Team Deutsch took over. The loss pushes #9 Team Clark down to the middle-portion (1-loss) of the bracket and will see them tip-off against #7 Team Maione on Sunday evening. These two squads previously met back in Week 12 of the regular season and #7 Team Maione walked away with an 88-78 victory. A loss for either squad here will see them on the brink of elimination.

 

#1 Team Swish House vs. #8 Team Deutsch

#1 Team Swish House aren’t concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can in the postseason and secure that illusive THE CHI Hoops title. Cory Starkey had 23 points (11-18 FG) and ten rebounds, Jonathan Dues also added 23 points (9-17 FG) and six rebounds and #1 Team Swish House outlasted #8 Team Deutsch 107-93 on Sunday afternoon for their first victory of the 2018-19 postseason. #1 Team Swish House won its fourth straight game overall and move along the top portion (zero-loss) of the 2018-19 THE CHI Hoops Playoff bracket. They will receive a BYE and get some rest in Week 2 before taking on the winner of the #4 Team Division 6/#5 Team Wolves game in Week 3. During the regular season, #1 Team Swish House beat #4 Team Division 6 in their only match-up back in Week 7 and split their season series with #5 Team Wolves.

#8 Team Deutsch had to take the court on Sunday afternoon against #1 Team Swish House immediately following their impressive Opening Round victory over #9 Team Clark. Brian Otto continued where he left off in his first game on Sunday, finishing with 33 points (13-26 FG) while hauling down nine boards against #1 Team Swish House, but it just wasn’t enough as #8 Team Deutsch ran out of gas down the stretch and lost by a final score of 107-93. William Sullivan dropped a game-high 40 points (16-25 FG) to go along with eight assists and two rebounds in #8 Team Deutsch’s disappointing 14-point point loss to #1 Team Swish House. Outside of Otto and Sullivan, the rest of the Team Deutsch squad struggled in this contest as they combined for 20 points on 8-32 (25%) shooting from the field. The loss pushes #8 Team Deutsch down to the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket and will see them take the court against #10 Team Reisner on Sunday evening. #8 Team Deutsch split their regular season series with #10 Team Reisner, losing to them by 7 points in Week 2 before beating them by 15 points in Week 14.

 

#5 Team Wolves vs. #12 Team Schwartz

After #5 Team Wolves fought until the end to get a big win against #12 Team Schwartz on Sunday afternoon, it might be fair to criticize this squad’s attention to detail with their post-season fate on the line. Including Sunday afternoons Opening Round victory over #12 Team Schwartz, #5 Team Wolves have now gone 3-2 over their last five ballgames with a +3-scoring differential. Right now, this squad does not seem razor sharp and will really need to turn it up a notch if they plan on making a deep run this postseason. Graciano Negron finished with 29 points (13-21 FG), seven rebound and two assists, while Romeo MaGlore added 16 points (7-18 FG), six rebounds and two assists, and #5 Team Wolves outlasted #12 Team Schwartz to get a 79-75 victory on Sunday afternoon. With this Opening Round victory, #5 Team Wolves moves along the top portion (zero losses) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a match-up with #4 Team Division 6 coming up on Sunday. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 15 of the regular season when #5 Team Wolves suffered an 86-78 loss. Should #5 Team Wolves lose to #4 Team Division 6 on Sunday afternoon, they will need to step right back onto the court and face the Winner of the #6 Team Purimetla vs. #14 Team High Fiving White Guys game. Two losses on Sunday could be catastrophic for their title hope aspirations.

#12 Team Schwartz gave #5 Team Wolves all that they could handle on Sunday afternoon but fell just shy of pulling off the biggest upset in Opening Round action, falling by the final score of 79-75. David Carson II furnished a game-high 31 points (14-31 FG), six rebounds and two assists in #12 Team Schwartz narrow four-point loss to #5 Team Wolves on Sunday. Carson paced Team Schwartz in both scoring and rebounds, giving him a direct hand in a substantial amount of the team’s points for the night. Carson bounced back very nicely from a disappointing Week 18 regular season finale where he tallied only 11 points on 19% (4-21) shooting from the field. The good news for #12 Team Schwartz is that Carson remains very aggressive even when his shot isn’t consistently finding the net, making nights like Sunday when he does have the hot hand all the more prolific. Sunday’s loss now pushes #12 Team Schwartz down to the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a match-up with #13 Team LAMBO on Sunday afternoon. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 12 of the regular season when #12 Team Schwartz suffered an 82-62 defeat.

 

#4 Team Division 6 vs. #13 Team LAMBO

MVP candidate Eric Porter knows his team is in good position as #4 Team Division 6 pursues their first ever THE CHI Hoops League title. Porter came just shy of missing out on a triple-double on Sunday afternoon, scoring 20 points (8-14 FG) while dishing out 16 assists and grabbing seven boards in his squads 107-88 Opening Round victory over #13 Team LAMBO. Brad Kruse added a game-high 38 points (17-25 FG) and 13 rebounds as #4 Team Division 6 recorded their first ever THE CHI Hoops Playoff victory and their league-high 10th straight victory overall. #4 Team Division 6 also dominated in the rebounding and assists departments in this contest, outrebounding #14 Team LAMBO 36-29 while dishing out ten more assists (27-17) than their counterparts. With this Opening Round victory, #4 Division 6 moves along the top portion (zero losses) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a crucial match-up with #5 Team Wolves coming up on Sunday. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 15 of the regular season when #4 Team Division 6 recorded an 86-78 victory. Should #4 Team Division 6 lose to #5 Team Wolves on Sunday afternoon, they will need to step right back onto the court and face the Winner of the #6 Team Purimetla vs. #14 Team High Fiving White Guys game. Two losses on Sunday could be catastrophic for their title hope aspirations.

Eric Miller scored a team-high 26 points (10-14 FG) while adding nine rebounds and seven assists during Sunday’s Opening Round 107-88 loss to #4 Team Division 6. Captain Brock Massie and John Weinheimer scored 24 points apiece for #13 Team LAMBO, but no other Team LAMBO player managed more than 8 points to support these guys in the losing effort. #13 Team LAMBO kept this game within reach during the first half of this game but couldn’t push past #4 Team Division 6 down the stretch. Sunday’s loss now pushes #13 Team LAMBO down to the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a match-up with #12 Team Schwartz on Sunday afternoon. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 12 of the regular season when #13 Team LAMBO recorded an 82-62 blowout victory. They’ll look to repeat that Week 12 performance on Sunday afternoon as the losing team of this match-up will be only one loss away from elimination.

 

#3 Team Onions vs. #14 Team High Fiving White Guys

#3 Team Onions started off their postseason campaign on the right foot on Sunday afternoon, recording their first ever THE CHI Hoops Playoff tournament victory. #3 Team Onions recorded a forfeit win as their opponents #14 Team High Fiving White Guys were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. With this Opening Round victory, #3 Team Onions moves along the top portion (zero losses) of the Playoff bracket and sets up an important match-up with #11 Team Chess and Mathematics coming up on Sunday. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 15 of the regular season when #3 Team Onions recorded a blowout 98-65 victory.

#14 Team High Fiving White Guys started their 2018-19 postseason campaign in disappointing fashion as they did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team on Sunday afternoon. As a result, they had to take a forfeit loss to #3 Team Onions. Sunday’s loss now pushes #14 Team High Fiving White Guys down to the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a match-up with #6 Team Purimetla on Sunday afternoon. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 15 of the regular season when #14 Team High Fiving White Guys had to take a forfeit loss. A loss here for either squad will push them to the brink of elimination. Should #14 Team High Fiving White Guys beat #6 Team Purimetla on Sunday afternoon, they will need to step right back onto the court to face the loser of #4 Team Division 6/# Team Wolves game.

 

#6 Team Purimetla vs. #11 Team Chess and Mathematics

The surprising #6 seed Team Purimetla started their 2018-19 postseason campaign in disappointing fashion as they did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team on Sunday afternoon. As a result, they had to take a forfeit loss to #11 Team Chess and Mathematics. Sunday’s loss now pushes #6 Team Purimetla down to the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a match-up with #14 Team High Fiving White Guys on Sunday afternoon. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 15 of the regular season when #6 Team Purimetla recorded a forfeit victory. Should #6 Team Purimetla beat #11 Team Chess and Mathematics on Sunday afternoon, they will need to step right back onto the court to face the loser of #4 Team Division 6/# Team Wolves game.

#11 Team Chess and Mathematics recorded the biggest upset on Sunday afternoon, recording a forfeit victory as their opponents #6 Team Purimetla were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. With this Opening Round victory, #11 Team Chess and Mathematics moves along the top portion (zero losses) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a crucial match-up with #3 Team Onions coming up on Sunday. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 15 of the regular season when #11 Team Chess and Mathematics suffered a 98-65 blowout loss.

 

#7 Team Maione vs. #10 Team Reisner

#7 Team Maione were a fine team last year, powered to a Championship Game birth thanks to clutch heroics all season long by everyone on their roster. But what #7 Team Maione seemed to lack was a true superstar that could get them over the hump. MVP candidate Matthew Vogrich is that kind of a player and he certainly played like it on Sunday night. With 24 points (10-20 FG), four rebounds and three assists, Vogrich helped #7 Team Maione knock off #10 Team Reisner 80-73 on Sunday evening and is delivering in every way #7 Team Maione could’ve hoped for when they entered the 2018-19 season. With this important Opening Round victory, #7 Team Maione had to run it right back on Sunday night and take the floor against #2 Team WOLVERINES. Would they be able to carry this winning momentum into this match-up and get some revenge for their Championship loss to this very same squad, or would the fresh legs of #2 Team WOLVERINES be too much for #7 Team Maione to handle? More on that Game below…

Chris Kozloff and Adam Rhum played well in #10 Team Reisner’s 2018-19 Playoff debut on Sunday evening against #7 Team Maione, but not well enough to get a win. That’s because Matthew Vogrich (24 points) and Blake McLimans (19 points) of #7 Team Maione were far too much for Kozloff and Rhum to handle, as their 35 points (14-29 FG) combined came in a losing effort in what became an 80-73 victory for #7 Team Maione. #10 Team Reisner has now entered dangerous territory. Not only is #10 Team Reisner now just two losses away from elimination, but star player Tyler Max had to leave this game with an apparent hand injury. The loss now pushes #10 Team Reisner down to the middle-portion (1-loss) of the bracket and will see them tip-off against #8 Team Deutsch on Sunday night. #10 Team Reisner split their regular season series with #8 Team Deutsch, beating them by 7 points in Week 2 before losing to them by 15 points in Week 14.

 

#2 Team WOLVERINES vs. #7 Team Maione

#2 Team WOLVERINES had something to prove all right on Sunday evening. Oh yes, they plan to stay on top in these Playoffs despite finishing with the overall #2 seed to start the 2018-19 postseason. Captain Randall Hampton helped the defending Champions get defensive in a hurry, finishing with 26 points (10-10 FG), four rebounds and three assists and #2 Team WOLVERINES returned to their old dominant selves at Playoff time to beat the tired legs of #7 Team Maione 85-74 on Sunday night. Captain Hampton, Bryant Orange, Josh Davis and Mitchell Acox Bouie took charge in this Opening Round game to elevate Team WOLVERINES intensity and let the rest of the league know that they will defend their title to the bitter end. #2 Team WOLVERINES won its fifth straight game overall and move along the top portion (zero-loss) of the 2018-19 THE CHI Hoops Playoff bracket. They will receive a BYE and get some rest in Week 2 before taking on the winner of the #3 Team Onions/#11 Team Chess and Mathematics game in Week 3. During the regular season, #2 Team WOLVERINES lost to #3 Team Onions in their only match-up back in Week 6 and beat #11 Team Chess and Mathematics in their only matchup back in Week 13.

#7 Team Maione had to take the court on Sunday evening against #2 Team WOLVERINES immediately following their impressive Opening Round victory over #10 Team Reisner. Matthew Vogrich continued right where he left off in his first game on Sunday, finishing with 25 points (9-18 FG) while bringing down a couple of boards and dishing out an assist against #2 Team WOLVERINES, but it just wasn’t enough as #7 Team Maione ran out of gas down the stretch and lost by a final score of 85-74. Tellef Lundevall, Dylan Richter, Chris Wroblewski and Blake McLimans were all able to reach double digit scoring efforts in this contest, but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to get past a very determined #2 Team WOLVERINES squad. The loss pushes #7 Team Maione down to the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket and will see them take the court against #9 Team Clark on Sunday evening. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 12 of the regular season when #7 Team Maione recorded a 99-78 blowout victory.

 

That’s a wrap for Week 1 of the Playoffs! Good luck to everyone playing on Sunday! Please don’t forget to get in your All-Star VOTES!

-Marko