2018-19 Chicago Hoops – Playoffs Week 2 (March 24)

By
Updated: March 28, 2019

 

The first two weeks of THE CHI Hoops League Playoffs have been nothing short of spectacular.

While we have not seen the sheer number of upsets that we are used to seeing in the first two weekends, we have still been afforded some fantastic basketball with some big-time performances!

Our top-4 seeded teams have all advanced along the top portion (zero-losses) of the bracket, but only two of these squads will remain undefeated once we conclude Week 3 action.

Meanwhile, we now have five squads sitting with two losses and are all just one loss away from officially concluding their 2018-19 seasons. We’ll be saying sayonara to four of these teams once we wrap up Week 3.

We’ll go over who these potential squads will be and review all the action from this past weekend below!

Here’s a Link to the PLAYOFF BRACKET.

REMINDER – All-Star and MVP voting officially ends this Friday, March 29th so get those votes in before the deadline! We’ll be announcing our 2018-19 All-Stars and League MVP next week!

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..

Weekly Highlight Video presented by Chicago Sport and Social Club

We have some fantastic offers from our amazing Sponsors for you this Fall. The Bucket List takes people on curated trips abroad. You can go with friends or family and they are giving All Sports Series Players $50 off with code “AllSports.” We also have the perfect post-Game routine for you this Summer.. Chipotle is one of our Sponsors and we’ll be getting some Burritos in your hands this Fall!

If you ever want info from any of our Sponsors just contact Marko@allsportsseries.com

Playoff Review

 

Top portion (zero-loss teams):

 

#4 Team Division 6 vs. #5 Team Wolves

Brad Kruse has been #4 Team Division 6’s quiet leader so far this postseason, and MVP candidate Eric Porter has been lights out as he has been all season long. The duo was reunited once again for Sunday night’s game against #5 Team Wolves, and together, they helped #4 Team Division 6 get one step closer to their first ever THE CHI Hoops title. Kruse had 20 points (9-12 FG) and 8 rebounds, Porter made another huge impact by contributing 25 points (9-17 FG), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and #4 Team Division 6 beat #5 Team Wolves 84-75 on Sunday afternoon to move along the top portion (zero-losses) of the bracket. With this Week 2 Playoff victory, #4 Team Division 6 moves along the top portion (zero losses) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a match-up with #1 Team Swish House coming up on Sunday. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 7 of the regular season when #4 Team Division 6 suffered an 97-87 loss.

#5 Team Wolves came into Week 2 of the postseason still undefeated following a narrow victory over #12 Team Schwartz in Opening Round action. They were without their leading scorer during the regular season, Joe Kozak once again on Sunday afternoon and it may have cost them the game as they ended up going down to #4 Team Division 6 by a final score of 84-75. Romeo MaGlore led #5 Team Wolves with 19 points (8-15 FG) and 7 rebounds, Rodney Metellus added 18 points (8-12 FG), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and Greciano Negron added a personal playoff-low 13 points (6-10 FG) with 5 rebounds and 3 assists. With this first loss of their 2018-19 postseason campaign, #5 Team Wolves had to run it right back on Sunday afternoon and take the floor against #6 Team Purimetla. Would they be able to shake off this disappointing loss or would they suffer a shocking second defeat of the day and put themselves on the brink of elimination? More on this Game below…

 

#3 Team Onions vs. #11 Team Chess and Mathematics

Dan O’Brien and Ryan Coyle certainly aren’t acting like THE CHI Hoops Playoff first-timers, and Joel Pennington seems to be providing the veteran leadership #3 Team Onions so desperately needed. #3 Team Onions might very well be THE CHI Hoops team of the future. And that future might be starting sooner than many envisioned. Pennington led #3 Team Onions with 19 points (9-14 FG) and three rebounds and #3 Team Onions moved along the top portion (zero-losses) of the Playoff bracket by topping #11 Team Chess and Mathematics 74-69 on Sunday afternoon. On the flip side, #3 Team Onions shot just 34-72 (47%) from the field as a unit and struggled to put this game away against a desperate opponent. Despite it all, #3 Team Onions were unfazed. This huge Week 2 Playoff victory moves #3 Team Onions along the top portion (zero losses) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a crucial match-up with #2 Team WOLVERINES coming up on Sunday afternoon. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 6 of the regular season when #3 Team Onions recorded a shocking 82-79 victory.

Captain Gilles Jones was back in action for #11 Team Chess and Mathematics for the first time since Week 16 of the regular season and led all scorers in this contest with 26 points (11-21 FG) and 8 rebounds. Darek Wojewnik had 15 points (6-15 FG) to go along with 8 rebounds and Cannan Blair finished with 13 points (6-9 FG), but it just wasn’t enough for #11 Team Chess and Mathematics to pull off the offset on Sunday afternoon as they lost a very tough battle to #3 Team Onions by the final score 74-69. Sunday’s loss now pushes #11 Team Chess and Mathematics down to the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a match-up with #12 Team Schwartz coming up on Sunday afternoon. These two squads know each other very well as they had two meetings (Week 1 and Week 10) during the regular season in which they ended up splitting. The winner of this match-up coming up on Sunday will move along the middle portion (1-loss) of the bracket, while the losing team will need to take the court once again on Sunday and take on the winner of the #9 Team Clark vs. #14 Team High Fiving White Guys game. Two losses in a row on Sunday for either of these squads will mean their 2018-19 season will be coming to an abrupt ending.

 

Middle portion (1-loss teams):

 

#6 Team Purimetla vs. #14 Team High Fiving White Guys

#6 Team Purimetla was making their 2018-19 THE CHI Hoops postseason debut on Sunday afternoon in the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket as they had to take a forfeit loss in Opening Round action. Timothy Lott produced a career-high 53 monstrous points (23-35 FG) to go along with 11 rebounds and 7 assists, Muraner Milic had 22 points and 4 rebounds and #6 Team Purimetla picked up their first victory of the 2018-19 postseason by beating #14 Team High Fiving White Guys 101-90 on Sunday afternoon to move along the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. Josh Blackwell scored 12 points (6-9 FG) and Adam Jones had 10 points (5-18 FG) for #6 Team Purimetla, who snapped a four-game losing streak with the 11-point win on Sunday. With their first postseason victory this season in the bag, #6 Team Purimetla had to run it right back on Sunday afternoon and take the floor against #5 Team Wolves. Would they be able to carry this winning momentum into this contest or would #5 Team Wolves be too much for #6 Team Purimetla to handle? More on this Game below…

Matthew Clark scored a team-high 34 points (14-31 FG), Maxwell Davison had a season-high 30 points (14-21 FG) to go along with 9 rebounds and Nicholas Schneider pitched in with 15 (7-14 FG) for #14 Team High Fiving White Guys, but it just wasn’t enough as they dropped their second game of the 2018-19 postseason campaign by the final score of 101-90 to #6 Team Purimetla on Sunday afternoon. The loss pushes #14 Team High Fiving White Guys down to the bottom portion (2-losses) of the bracket and are now just one loss away from elimination. Coming up on Sunday, #14 Team High Fiving White Guys will look to keep their season alive as they have a match-up with #9 Team Clark. These two squads met twice (Week 5 and Week 17) during the regular season with #14 Team High Fiving White Guys taking defeats on both occasions. The winner of this match-up will keep their season alive but will need to take the court once again on Sunday for another elimination game and face the losing team between #11 Team Chess and Mathematics vs. #12 Team Schwartz.

 

#12 Team Schwartz vs. #13 Team LAMBO

Jermaine Johnson for #12 Team Schwartz watched his final shot swish through the hoop, turned to acknowledge the raucous, roaring crowd and raised his fist triumphantly as he trotted back up court. #13 Team LAMBO had a hard-enough time dealing with potential All-Stars Kyree Beamon and Austin Brown on Sunday afternoon, but pile on the finest Playoff performance of Johnson’s season (maybe career?), and this game was over before it started. Johnson just missed out on a triple-double and scored a team-high 28 points (13-16 FG) to go along with 10 rebounds, 6 assists, a couple of steals and a block, and #12 Team Schwartz pushed #13 Team LAMBO to the brink of elimination with a 79-69 victory on Sunday afternoon. This huge win on Sunday meant that #12 Team Schwartz would continue along in the middle portion (1-loss) of the bracket and take on #11 Team Chess and Mathematics in Week 3. These two squads split their regular season series against each other so we should be in for a fantastic ballgame coming up on Sunday afternoon. The winner of this match-up coming up on Sunday will move along the middle portion (1-loss) of the bracket, while the losing team will need to take the court once again on Sunday and take on the winner of the #9 Team Clark vs. #14 Team High Fiving White Guys game. Two losses in a row on Sunday for either of these squads will mean their 2018-19 season will be coming to an abrupt ending.

MVP candidate Jeff Dirkin saved his best performance of the season for Sunday’s match-up against #12 Team Schwartz, scoring a season-high 36 points (17-27 FG) to go along with 10 rebounds and 5 assists, but it just wasn’t enough to get past a very determined #12 Team Schwartz crew as #13 Team LAMBO dropped a tough contest by the final score of 79-69. Dirkin did everything in his power to help carry his guys to victory in this contest, but #12 Team Schwartz was able to shut down everyone else on #13 Team LAMBO’s squad, holding the rest of the team to 14-53 (26%) shooting from the field. This disappointing Week 2 Playoff loss moves #13 Team LAMBO down to the bottom portion (2-losses) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a do-or-die match-up with #10 Team Reisner coming up on Sunday afternoon. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 15 of the regular season when #13 Team LAMBO suffered a lopsided 91-69 defeat. The loser of this match-up will see their 2018-19 season come to an end while the winning team will step onto the court once again on Sunday to take on #6 Team Purimetla in another do-or-die game.

 

#5 Team Wolves vs. #6 Team Purimetla

#5 Team Wolves had to take the court on Sunday afternoon against #6 Team Purimetla immediately following their disappointing loss to #4 Team Division 6. Romeo MaGlore and Rodney Metellus continued right where they left off in their first game of the day on Sunday, finishing with 21 points apiece to help squeeze by a shorthanded #6 Team Purimetla squad by the final score of 98-90. Graciano Negron dropped a team-high 26 points (16-25 FG) to go along with 11 rebounds in #5 Team Wolves crucial eight-point victory over #6 Team Purimetla. Jordan Stevens scored 14 points (5-11 FG) and Chris McNichols added 10 points (4-8 FG) to go along with 5 rebounds for #5 Team Wolves, who were clearly still not over their tough defeat from their previous game. This important victory however now allows #5 Team Wolves to continue along the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. They will receive a BYE and get some rest this Sunday before taking on #8 Team Deutsch in Week 4. During the regular season, #5 Team Wolves lost a heartbreaker to #8 Team Deutsch in their only match-up back in Week 6 by the final score of 78-74.

#6 Team Purimetla had to take the court on Sunday evening against #5 Team Wolves immediately following their impressive victory over #14 Team High Fiving White Guys. Team Purimetla was not playing at full strength here unfortunately as they were only able to field five players on Sunday afternoon and it ended up hurting them significantly as they ended up dropping this contest by the final score of 98-90. With just five guys in the rotation against the deep #5 Team Wolves squad, #6 Team Purimetla just couldn’t keep up. #6 Team Purimetla wasn’t just going to lay down as they mounted a serious comeback in the second half on the back on Timothy Lott who finished with a game-high 46 points (17-29 FG) to go along with 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Lott ended his career day on Sunday with a combined 99 points between his two games played. The loss pushes #6 Team Purimetla down to the bottom portion (2-losses) of the Playoff bracket and will see them take the court against the winner of #10 Team Reisner vs. #13 Team LAMBO game. A loss here on Sunday night will see #6 Team Purimetla’s season come to an end.

 

#8 Team Deutsch vs. #10 Team Reisner

After losing by 14-points to #1 Team Swish House in Week 1, #8 Team Deutsch were determined not to lose another Playoff game on Sunday evening. Leave it to MVP candidate Brian Otto to come up with big play after big play on Sunday night for #8 Team Deutsch. Otto scored 18 points (8-26), including making the go-ahead basket late in the game, and #8 Team Deutsch held on for a dramatic 63-62 win. Otto added three rebounds to go along with a couple of assists, while Jake Bischoff scored a team-high 20 points (7-16 FG). Otto and Bischoff were clutch in the closing seconds of a tense victory, another sign of maturity for one of the league’s up-and-coming teams. This critical victory now allows #8 Team Deutsch to continue along the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. They will receive a BYE and get some rest this Sunday before taking on #5 Team Wolves in Week 4. During the regular season, #8 Team Deutsch recorded an upset victory over #5 Team Wolves in their only match-up back in Week 6 by the final score of 78-74.

Sam Gage had 19 points (8-16 FG) to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 assists and Chris Kozloff added 16 points (6-17 FG), 10 rebounds and 3 assists in #10 Team Reisner’s heartbreaking 63-62 loss on Sunday evening to #8 Team Deutsch. Kozloff’s jumper late in the game gave #10 Team Reisner a brief lead but he just couldn’t hold off Brian Otto for #8 Team Deutsch on the other end of the court. The disappointing end for #10 Team Reisner overshadowed their spirited rally from an early deficit in this ballgame. Play got a little chippy towards the end and #10 Team Reisner limited #8 Team Deutsch’s transition game. #10 Team Reisner unfortunately came up just one basket short at the end. This frustrating Week 2 Playoff loss moves #10 Team Reisner down to the bottom portion (2-losses) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a do-or-die match-up with #13 Team LAMBO coming up on Sunday afternoon. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 15 of the regular season when #10 Team Reisner recorded a blowout 91-69 victory. The loser of this match-up will see their 2018-19 season come to an end while the winning team will step onto the court once again on Sunday to take on #6 Team Purimetla in another do-or-die game.

 

#7 Team Maione vs. #9 Team Clark

#7 Team Maione recorded a forfeit victory on Sunday evening as their opponents #9 Team Clark were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. This very important win now allows #7 Team Maione to continue along the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. They will receive a BYE and get some rest this Sunday before taking on the winner of the #11 Team Chess and Mathematics vs. #12 Team Schwartz game in Week 4. During the regular season, #7 Team Maione swept their season series (2-0) against #11 Team Chess and Mathematics and swept their season series (2-0) against #12 Team Schwartz. They’ll be heavy favorites against either one of these squads once they get back into action in Week 4.

#9 Team Clark did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team on Sunday evening. As a result, they had to take a forfeit loss to #7 Team Maione. Sunday’s loss now pushes #9 Team Clark down to the bottom portion (2-losses) of the Playoff bracket and are now on the brink of elimination from the 2018-19 postseason. They’ll look to keep their season alive with a match-up against #14 Team High Fiving White Guys on Sunday afternoon. #9 Team Clark swept their season series against #14 Team High Fiving White Guys during the regular season and will be heavy favorites heading into Sunday’s match-up. The loser of this game will see their season come to an end while the winning team will need to step right back onto the court and take on the loser of the #11 Team Chess and Mathematics vs. #12 Schwartz game in another do-or-die match-up.

 

That’s it for Week 2 of the Playoffs! Good luck to everyone playing on ELIMINATION SUNDAY! Please don’t forget to get in your All-Star VOTES!

-Marko