2018-19 Chicago Hoops – Playoffs Week 3 (March 31)

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Updated: April 4, 2019

 

Week 3 of the Playoffs, also known as ELIMINATION SUNDAY in THE CHI Hoops league, provided us with some exciting and very entertaining basketball games.

4 teams unfortunately ended their 2018-19 campaigns on Sunday which now only leaves 10 squads still standing for the right to call themselves Champions.

Our top-2 seeded teams (#1 Swish House and #2 WOLVERINES) were able to keep their perfect postseason records in tact by picking up huge victories this past weekend. These two squads will now match-up with one another this Sunday, leaving us with only one undefeated team in this tournament once the games are played in Week 4.

We will have four more teams packing up their bags and calling it a season coming up on Sunday. When all is said and done, we will be down to our Final-6 of which all will have the opportunity to call themselves 2018-19 Champs!

Let’s recap the games from this Sunday and preview everything coming up in Week 4 below!

Here’s a Link to the PLAYOFF BRACKET.

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2018-19 All-Stars

As a reminder the All-Stars and League MVP were chosen by the Players during the VOTE over the past month. A special Congrats goes out to the 2018-19 THE CHI Hoops League MVP ERIC PORTER of Team Division 6! Eric, deservedly so, received the most Votes from the Players. Congratulations to Eric and the rest of the 2018-19 All-Stars on an amazing season!

2018-19 All-Stars (Voted on by League’s Players, Alphabetical Order)

*MVP* Eric Porter – Division 6
Adam Jones – Team Purimetla
Brian Otto – Team Deutsch
Bryant Orange – WOLVERINES
Donte Logan – Team Wolves
Gilles Jones – Chess and Mathematics
Jordan Gipson – Swish House
Matthew Vogrich – Team Maione
Randall Hampton – WOLVERINES
Rodney Metellus – Team Wolves
Ryan Coyle – Onions
Sterling Williams – Swish House

 

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Playoff Review

 

Top portion (zero-loss teams):

 

#1 Team Swish House vs. #4 Team Division 6

What seemed to be a dying ember for #1 Team Swish House on February 17th, with a loss to Team Maione in Week 15 of the regular season, has since turned into a raging bonfire. And on Sunday afternoon at the DePaul Ray Meyer Center, Jonathon Dues poured a monstrous bucket of petroleum-based product on that fire, a bucket that kept that fire burning at least until this upcoming Sunday. Dues scored a team-high 25 points (10-15 FG) and teammates Cory Starkey and Sterling Williams added 19 points (9-14 FG) and 16 points (7-16 FG) respectively as #1 Team Swish House beat #4 Team Division 6 by the final score of 74-57 to advance along the top-portion (zero losses) of the Playoff bracket. This crucial Week 3 Playoff victory moves #1 Team Swish House along the top portion (zero losses) of the Playoff bracket and sets up a match-up in what is sure to be an instant classic with #2 Team WOLVERINES coming up on Sunday afternoon. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 8 of the regular season when #1 Team Swish House recorded a slender 66-63 victory.

The No.1 ranked offensive team in the league during the regular season, #4 Team Division 6 really struggled to get things going on Sunday afternoon as they were held to their lowest scoring output of the season against #1 Team Swish House. By the final score of 74-57, #4 Team Division 6 suffered their first loss since December 9th and snapped their overall league-high 11-game winning streak. League MVP Eric Porter had his worst statistical performance of the year on Sunday against one of the best defensive teams in the league, scoring just 3 points (1-6 FG) while grabbing a couple of boards and dishing out an assist. Brad Kruse led the way for #4 Team Division 6 in this contest, dropping 13 points (6-12) to go along with two rebounds and an assist, but it just wasn’t enough to get past a ferocious defensive effort by #1 Team Swish House. The loss now pushes #4 Team Division 6 down to the middle portion (1-loss) of the bracket and are now two losses away from elimination. Coming up on Sunday, #4 Team Division 6 will try to rebound from this disappointing effort when they take the court against the winner of the #7 Team Maione vs. #12 Team Schwartz game.

 

#2 Team WOLVERINES vs. #3 Team Onions

This game required brilliance. All-Stars Captain Randall Hampton and Bryant Orange delivered again for #2 Team WOLVERINES. Orange finished with 21 points (9-15 FG), six rebounds and three assists while Hampton added 20 points (8-12 FG), four assists and two rebounds, giving #2 Team WOLVERINES a dramatic 70-68 victory over #3 Team Onions on Sunday afternoon and shoving #3 Team Onions down to the middle portion (one loss) of the Playoff bracket. The difference in the two teams in this match-up is simple: One has Captain Randall Hampton and Bryant Orange, the other does not. #2 Team WOLVERINES have now won six straight ball games dating back to February 17th of the regular season. This huge Week 3 Playoff victory keeps #2 Team WOLVERINES perfect Playoff record intact and sets up a match-up in what is sure to be an instant classic with #1 Team Swish House coming up on Sunday afternoon. These two squads only previous meeting was back in Week 8 of the regular season when #2 Team WOLVERINES suffered a gut-wrenching 66-63 defeat.

All-Star Ryan Coyle finished with 16 points (7-10 FG), ten rebounds and three assists during Sunday’s heartbreaking 70-68 loss to #2 Team WOLVERINES. It was yet another productive Playoff game for Coyle on Sunday for #3 Team Onions, as he’s now averaging 17 points and 8.3 rebounds over his last three postseason games. Joel Pennington led the way in scoring for #3 Team Onions in this contest, tallying 17 points (6-12), three rebounds and five assists in his teams slim two-point loss on Sunday afternoon. The loss snaps #3 Team Onions three-game winning streak and pushes them down to the middle portion (one loss) of the Playoff bracket Coming up on Sunday. #3 Team Onions will look to get back to their winning ways when they take the court this week against the winner of the #5 Team Wolves vs. #8 Team Deutsch game. During the regular season, #3 Team Onions lost both of their match-ups to #5 Team Wolves and recorded a forfeit victory in their only match-up with #8 Team Deutsch. The winner of this game will continue along the middle portion (one loss) of the bracket while the losing team will be on the brink of elimination.

 

Middle portion (1-loss teams):

 

#11 Team Chess and Mathematics vs. #12 Team Schwartz

Cannan Blair stole the show on Sunday afternoon but #11 Team Chess and Mathematics were unable to take advantage. Blair had 28 points (13-23 FG) and 10 rebounds, Garret Staniec and Captain Gilles Jones combined for 22 points but ended up losing the backcourt battle as #11 Team Chess and Mathematics lost in heartbreaking fashion, falling to #12 Team Schwartz by the final score of 70-68. #11 Team Chess and Mathematics made a charge late in this contest to cut their deficit to 64-60 on Blair’s layup just inside a minute left. Unfortunately for Blair and the rest of the Chess and Mathematics crew, it just wasn’t enough to get past a determined #12 Team Schwartz squad. The loss pushed #11 Team Chess and Mathematics down to the bottom portion (two-losses) of the Playoff bracket and would need to take the court once again on Sunday afternoon against the winner of the #9 Team Clark vs. #14 Team High Fiving White Guys game. The winner of this game keeps their season alive for another week while the losing team would say Goodbye to their 2018-19 season. More on this game below…

#12 Team Schwartz pounded the ball down demonstratively on #11 Team Chess and Mathematics home court in sheer delight on Sunday afternoon. And maybe they sent a little message to the rest of the league…#12 Team Schwartz are for real and very much remain in the Championship chase. #12 Team Schwarz handled #11 Team Chess and Mathematics in their hostile, imposing home court and sustained the latest second-half flurry by #12 Team Chess and Mathematics, getting 16 points (8-19 FG), eleven rebounds, three assists from Jermaine Johnson and 13 points apiece from Kyree Breeman and Austin Brown to secure a dramatic 70-68 victory over #11 Team Chess and Mathematics on Sunday afternoon. With this crucial Week 3 Playoff victory in the bag, #12 Team Schwartz moves along the middle portion (one loss) of the Playoff bracket and secure themselves a match-up with #7 Team Maione coming up on Sunday afternoon. #12 Team Schwartz faced #7 Team Maione twice during the regular season and lost both match-ups by an average of 42.5 PPG.

 

Bottom portion (2-loss teams):

 

#9 Team Clark vs. #14 Team High Fiving White Guys

#9 Team Clark came into Sunday’s games on the brink of elimination as they had to take a forfeit loss in Week 2 and saw themselves be pushed down to the bottom portion (2 losses) of the Playoff bracket. Fortunately for #9 Team Clark, they recorded a forfeit win on Sunday afternoon as their opponents #14 Team High Fiving White Guys were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. With this victory, #9 Team Clark kept their season alive and set themselves up with another do-or-die game on Sunday against #11 Team Chess and Mathematics. Would #9 Team Clark be able to secure their second straight victory on Sunday and keep their season alive for another week, or would they bow down to the pressure of the elimination game and call it quits for their 2018-19 season? More on this game below…

#14 Team High Fiving White Guys were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game on Sunday afternoon and ultimately had to take a forfeit loss against #9 Team Clark. The loss was their third of this postseason and officially ended their 2018-19 season. Thanks for playing!

 

#10 Team Reisner vs. #13 Team LAMBO

Scoring more than 80 points against #10 Team Reisner this postseason is proving easier said than done. The only question for #10 Team Reisner is be can they find enough offense to supplement their fantastic defensive efforts? Fortunately for #10 Team Reisner, they finally found their shooting touch this postseason as they used a second-half surge to pull away for an 83-63 victory over #13 Team LAMBO on Sunday night. Brad Tivin led the way for #10 Team Reisner in this contest, producing 24 points (11-14) to go along with a couple of rebounds and a couple of assists. Tyler Max was able to return to the court on Sunday after an injury scare in Week 1 of the Playoffs and helped lift #10 Team Reisner to their first victory this postseason by chipping in with 20 points (10-14 FG), eight rebounds and three assists. This crucial victory kept #10 Team Reisner’s season alive and set up another do-or-die match-up on Sunday against #6 Team Purimetla. Would #10 Team Reisner be able to win back-to-back ball games and give themselves another opportunity to keep their Championship dreams alive for another week, or would they succumb to the elimination game pressures and see their season come to an end? More on this game below…

#13 Team LAMBO did everything in their power to keep their 2018-19 season alive on Sunday afternoon against #10 Team Reisner, but they just could not find enough offense to get past a stingy defense as they fell by a final score of 83-63. John Weinheimer led the way for #13 Team LAMBO in this contest, scoring a game-high 27 points (12-18 FG) to go along with seven rebounds and three assists. Mr. Consistent and Captain Brock Massie did what he has been doing all season, scoring 17 points (7-22 FG) to go along with five rebounds but #13 Team LAMBO just could not find enough offense from anyone else in their lineup in this contest. #13 Team LAMBO was held to 42% (27-64) shooting from the field in this game. #13 Team LAMBO fought hard and just didn’t have the numbers on their final night. This is a group that at full strength could have beaten anyone. We’ll see most of these guys on various Summer League Teams and hopefully they can band together again next season as they really have enough to win the whole thing. Thanks for playing!

 

#9 Team Clark vs. #11 Team Chess and Mathematics

#9 Team Clark was afforded a whole hour on Sunday afternoon to celebrate their first victory of the 2018-19 postseason as their opponents had to take a forfeit loss. As a result, they were able to scout #11 Team Chess and Mathematics during their loss to #12 Team Schwartz. Both squads Playoff lives would be on the line once again in this match-up. #9 Team Clark was able to withstand the initial momentum surge from #11 Team Chess and Mathematics. We often see the team playing in their second straight game start out hot as they are very warmed up. But leave it up to Captain Rodney Clark to bring #11 Team Chess and Mathematics back down to earth as he finished with a game-high 31 points (11-20 FG), nine rebounds and two assists as #9 Team Clark ended up running away with this contest in the second half and secured their second victory of the day by the final score of 101-74. This second straight Week 3 Playoff victory keeps #9 Team Clark’s season alive for another week and will see them take the court coming up on Sunday against the losing team between #5 Team Wolves vs. #8 Team Deutsch. Every game from here on out will be do-or-die for the #9 Team Clark crew.

It is extremely difficult to step right back onto the court and play another game after you know you just let the previous game you played slip through your hands. Unfortunately for #11 Team Chess and Mathematics, this is exactly what happened. Following their tough two-point loss to #12 Team Schwartz, #11 Team Chess and Mathematics had to somehow put that game behind them and try to figure out a way to get a W in an elimination game. Unfortunately for #11 Team Chess and Mathematics, they just could not find any answers against #9 Team Clark. Garret Staniec tried to put his guys on his back and carry them to an elimination game victory, producing 25 points (10-18 FG) to go along with a Week 3 Playoff high 15 rebounds. #11 Team Chess and Mathematics just could not slow down a determined #9 Team Clark crew. The loss officially ends #11 Team Chess and Mathematics season. This group always has a significant amount of talent even with the roster-turnover they seemed to have towards the end of their 2018-19 campaign. Always a pleasure to have these guys in our league. See you guys back here next year!

 

#6 Team Purimetla vs. #10 Team Reisner

#6 Team Purimetla came into this postseason as the overall #6 seed after they secured the North Division crown during the regular season. They had high hopes of advancing deep into this 2018-19 triple elimination tournament but with their roster lacking depth and consistency to start the postseason, they came into Week 3 of the Playoffs with two losses and on the brink of elimination. They took the court against #10 Team Reisner on Sunday afternoon after #10 Team Reisner beat #13 Team LAMBO the previous hour in another do-or-die elimination game. From the Opening Tip, #6 Team Purimetla was ready to go. Timothy Lott had a huge performance, dropping 30 points (12-21 FG) to go along with four rebounds and four assists and All-Star Adam Jones finished the night with 16 points (6-12 FG) of his own. Unfortunately #10 Team Reisner used a big second half run and would end up pulling away by a final score of 73-62. This is a group that has enough core pieces to make a serious run next year. Thanks for playing!

#10 Team Reisner was not afforded much time to celebrate their first W of the night as #6 Team Purimetla was waiting for them and once again both squads Playoff lives would be on the line. #6 Team Purimetla was able to withstand the initial momentum surge from #10 Team Reisner. We often see the team playing in their 2nd Game start out hot as they are very warmed up from their previous contest. #10 Team Reisner was able to take the lead into the second half on the back of Brad Tivin who led his squad in scoring in this contest by finishing with 19 points (9-11 FG), ten rebounds and three assists. Tyler Max, Truman Tiernan and Adam Rhum were all able to finish this contest with double digit scoring efforts and #10 Team Reisner held off #6 Team Purimetla by a final score of 73-62. The second win of the day meant that #10 Team Reisner kept their Championship hopes alive and will take the court this Sunday against the loser of the #7 Team Maione vs. #12 Team Schwartz contest in another do-or-die game for them.

 

ELIMINATED TEAMS:

#6 Team Purimetla
#11 Chess and Mathematics
#13 Team LAMBO
#14 High Fiving White Guys

 

That’s it for Week 3 of Elimination Sunday! Good Luck to the Final 10 teams still standing!

-Marko