2018-19 Chicago Hoops – Playoffs Week 4 (April 07)

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Updated: April 11, 2019

 

We entered Week 4 of THE CHI Hoops League Playoffs with 10 teams still alive and competing for the right to call themselves 2018-19 Champs. When the final buzzer sounded on Sunday evening, we were left with only 8 teams still standing.

Two squads had to pack their bags and sadly end their 2018-19 seasons on Sunday night, leaving us with our Final8.

#2 Team WOLVERINES is now just one win away from the Championship game(s) on Sunday, April 28th as they are the only team left standing in the tournament without a loss to their name following a vital victory on Sunday afternoon over #1 Team Swish House.

Meanwhile, #4 Team Wolves, #5 Team Division 6, #8 Team Deutsch and #10 Team Reisner will have to win four games without taking a loss coming up on Sunday to have the right to play in the Championship game(s) on Sunday, April 28th as they all have two losses to their names and are only one loss away from elimination.

Week 5 of the Playoffs will be a war of attrition and roster depth will be more important than ever. Most squads will be playing a minimum of two games this upcoming Sunday while some may play as many as four.

Without further ado, let’s recap all the action from Week 4 of the Playoffs below…

Here’s a Link to the PLAYOFF BRACKET.

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

 

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):

 

#1 Team Swish House vs. #2 Team WOLVERINES

#1 Team Swish House were the best team in THE CHI Hoops league in the regular season. Unfortunately, they did not play like it on Sunday afternoon as they struggled to get anything going offensively against the best ranked defensive unit in the league. All-Star Sterling Williams led the way for #1 Team Swish House in this contest, totaling 30 points (13-23 FG), six rebounds and five assists during Sunday’s disappointing 72-58 loss to #2 Team WOLVERINES. Aside from Williams, not a single player on #1 Team Swish House accounted for more that eight points in this contest, as #1 Team Swish House were held to their lowest scoring output on the season. The loss now pushes #1 Team Swish House down to the middle portion (1-loss) of the bracket and are now two losses away from elimination. Coming up on Sunday, #1 Team Swish House will try to rebound from this disappointing effort when they take the court against the winner of the #3 Team Onions vs. #7 Team Maione game. Should they win this contest they will move on to play #2 Team WOLVERINES in a rematch from this past Sunday. A loss on the other hand will see #1 Team Swish house move down to the bottom portion (two-losses) of the bracket and will have to play in an elimination game. Two losses in a row on Sunday would shockingly end their 2018-19 season.

If #2 Team WOLVERINES had their say, they would undoubtedly proclaim that they were the best team in THE CHI Hoops league in the regular season. Well, they certainly would be able to back that statement up on Sunday afternoon, using a balanced scoring attack and stingy defensive effort to beat #1 Team Swish house 72-58 and are now just one win away from securing their spot for the second straight year in the 2018-19 Championship game(s). All-Star Bryant Orange led the way for #2 Team WOLVERINES in this contest, producing 17 points (8-12 FG) to go along with four rebounds and five assists in his squad’s 14-point victory on Sunday afternoon. Gary Moore and Josh Davis pitched in with 14 points apiece for #2 Team WOLVERINES and Mitchell Acox Bowie produced 13 points of his own. This critical Week 4 Playoff victory keeps #2 Team WOLVERINES perfect Playoff record intact and sets up a match-up on Sunday afternoon with the winner of the #1 Team Swish House vs. #3 Team Onions/#7 Team Maione game. A victory coming up on Sunday afternoon for #2 Team WOLVERINES will see them advance to the Championship Game(s) on Sunday, April 28th. A loss on the other hand will mean that a rematch will need to take place on Championship Sunday between these two squads.

 

Middle portion (1-loss teams):

 

#5 Team Wolves vs. #8 Team Deutsch

Before taking the floor, #5 Team Wolves stood by their court at the DePaul Ray Meyer Center and pounded their chests with both hands. #8 Team Deutsch got thumped next. Romeo MaGlore had 19 points (8-15 FG), three rebounds and two assists, Joe Kozak added 17 points (8-16 FG), three rebounds and two assists and #5 Team Wolves secured an emphatic 76-57 victory over #8 Team Deutsch on Sunday afternoon. Outplayed during their Week 6 regular season loss to #8 Team Deutsch, it seemed as though #5 Team Wolves used their BYE week to regroup and re-grip their spot in the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. With MaGlore and Kozak leading the way, #5 Team Wolves build a hefty lead in the first half, pushed it to over 20 in the second and overpowered #8 Team Deutsch to continue along the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. With this victory, #5 Team Wolves would move along the middle portion and take on #3 Team Onions in another critical match-up for them on Sunday. Would #5 Team Wolves be able to use this winning momentum and snatch their second victory in a row on Sunday, our would they be overpowered by a tough #3 Team Onions squad? More on this game below…

#8 Team Deutsch were without the services of All-Star Brian Otto in their Week 4 Playoff match-up with #5 Team Wolves, and to say they missed him would be a huge understatement. By the final score of 76-57, #8 Team Deutsch produced their lowest scoring output and suffered their most lopsided defeat of the season against #5 Team Wolves. In Otto’s absence, William Sullivan tried to carry his squad on his back, producing 24 points (9-19 FG) to lead all scorers in this contest. Unfortunately for Sullivan and the rest of the #8 Team Deutsch crew, they really struggled to get anyone else involved on the offensive end of the court. Joshua Sterns was able to pitch in with 16 points (6-13), five rebounds and three assists, but outside of Sullivan and Sterns, no other Team Deutsch player scored more nine points in this game. With this tough defeat, #8 Team Deutsch would move down to the bottom portion (two-losses) of the Playoff bracket and take on #9 Team Clark in an elimination game to keep their season alive. Would #8 Team Deutsch be able to shake off this disappointing defeat and figure out a way to get their offense going to keep their season alive, or would they let this lopsided loss hang over their heads and call it quits on their 2018-19 campaign? More on this game below…

 

#7 Team Maione vs. #12 Team Schwartz

Max Biefeldt snuffed out one rally from #12 Team Schwartz by popping a 16-foot fadeaway from the top of the paint. Biefeldt made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way. Biefeldt and #7 Team Maione were up, #12 Team Schwartz was down and suddenly, the semi-finalist from a year ago are looking like the juggernauts of years past. #7 Team Maione had to have this one. Biefeldt turned in a vintage performance, scoring 32 points (13-25 FG) while adding six rebounds and dishing out a couple of assists to end #12 Team Schwartz’s brief two-game winning streak and lead #7 Team Maione to a 86-73 victory over #12 Team Schwartz on Sunday afternoon to move along the middle-portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. All-Star Matthew Vogrich, Blake McLimans and Dylan Richter all had nice all-around games, combining to score 39 points to help lift their squad to the important win. With this victory, #7 Team Maione would move along the middle portion of the bracket and take on #4 Team Division 6 in another critical match-up for them on Sunday. Would #7 Team Maione be able to ride this winning momentum and snatch their second victory in a row on Sunday, our would they be overwhelmed by League MVP Eric Porter and the #4 Team Division 6 crew? More on this game below…

#12 Team Schwartz came into their Week 4 Playoff match-up against #7 Team Maione with all the confidence in the world. They had won their previous two Playoff games by an average of 15.5 PPG and were looking to continue along the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. David Carson II recorded 29 points (13-28 FG), seven rebounds and two assists to lead #12 Team Schwartz in scoring in this contest and Jermaine Johnson just missed out on a triple-double by finishing with 12 points (5-17 FG), 11 rebounds and 6 assists, but it just wasn’t enough to get past an experienced and determined #7 Team Maione squad as #12 Team Schwartz fell by a final score of 86-73. Overall, #12 Team Schwartz struggled shooting the ball all game as they ended up shooting just 37% (31-83) from the field. With this frustrating defeat, #12 Team Schwartz would move down to the bottom portion (two-losses) of the Playoff bracket and take on #10 Team Reisner in an elimination game to keep their 2018-19 season alive. Would #12 Team Schwartz be able to shake off this disappointing defeat and figure out a way to get back to their winnings ways to keep their season alive, or would they let this disheartening defeat hang over their heads and call it quits on their 2018-19 campaign? More on this game below…

 

#4 Team Onions vs. #5 Team Wolves

When #3 Team Onions offense gets going, #3 Team Onions are nearly impossible to beat. Andy Stemple had 34 points (13-18 FG), three rebounds and two assists to lead #3 Team Onions to a 100-79 victory over #5 Team Wolves on Sunday evening. Dan O’Brien added 24 points (11-15 FG), seven rebounds and five assists and All-Star Ryan Coyle pitched in with 17 points (7-12 FG) and six rebounds of his own for #3 Team Onions. #3 Team Onions beat #5 Team Wolves for the first time this season and advance along the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. #3 Team Onions attacked #5 Team Wolves all game long, knowing they just played a tough game earlier in the day. When #5 Team Wolves drove #3 Team Onions off the perimeter, it yielded repeated slashes to the rim for layups. When #5 Team Wolves dropped back in to shore up the interior, #3 Team Onions came up with well-timed 3-pointers to keep the heat on. With this impressive victory, #3 Team Onions moves along the middle portion of the bracket and takes on #7 Team Maione coming up on Sunday in one of their most important games of the year. The winner of this match-up will move along the middle portion (1-loss) and take on #1 Team Swish House. Should #3 Team Onions win that matchup as well coming up on Sunday, they will play their third game of the day against #2 Team WOLVERINES. Should they lose their match-up to #7 Team Maione, they will move down to the bottom portion (two-losses) of the bracket and play in an elimination game.

#5 Team Wolves secured a solid victory in their first game of the day on Sunday, beating #8 Team Deutsch by the final score of 76-57. Their defensive effort was the storyline in that game, holding #8 Team Deutsch to their lowest scoring output of the year. They now moved along the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket and would take the court against #3 Team Onions in their second game of the day. #5 Team Wolves were hoping they could use that momentum and tough D from their first game against one of the highest scoring teams in the league, #3 Team Onions. Unfortunately for #5 Team Wolves, their effort on the defensive end of the court against #3 Team Onions ended up being the complete opposite to that of their first game, allowing #3 Team Onions to score more points against them than any other team so far this season. By the final score of 100-79, #5 Team Wolves had no answers in this game on the defensive end of the court. Rodney Metellus, Joe Kozak and Romeo MaGlore all had very solid showings in this contest, scoring 21, 19 and 16 points respectively for #5 Team Wolves. They sadly however ran into a #3 Team Onions crew that was shooting lights out. As a result of this loss, #5 Team Wolves now moves down to the bottom portion (two-losses) of the Playoff bracket and are on the brink of elimination. They now will have to do something on Sunday that not many (if any) THE CHI Hoops teams have done in the past…win 4 games on Sunday afternoon to keep their 2018-19 season alive. Each game will be win and move on or lose and go home. They get to take on #10 Team Reisner with the winner moving along to play another game while the losing team will sadly see their season come to an end.

 

#4 Team Division 6 vs. #7 Team Maione

#4 Team Division 6 came into their Week 4 Playoff game on Sunday afternoon awaiting the winner of the #7 Team Maione vs. #12 Team Schwartz game. Entering this game, all signs were pointing in their favor. They would be coming in fresh and their opponent would be playing their second game of the day. On paper, they would be the favorites to take this game and move along the middle portion of the Playoff bracket. BUT that is why we play the games. The highest scoring team in the league during the regular season hit a brick wall on Sunday in #7 Team Maione. They struggled to get anything going on the offensive end of the court and had a very hard time stopping the playmakers on #7 Team Maione. Cullen Barr led the way for #4 Team Division 6 in this contest, scoring 15 points (7-15 FG) while hauling down 10 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. Brad Kruse pitched in with 13 points (6-12 FG) but League MVP Eric Porter struggled with his shot for the second straight game, posting 10 points (4-14) while dishing out seven assists and grabbing four boards. #4 Team Division 6 tried to keep this game within reach but in the end, it was all #7 Team Maione and they would cruise to victory by the final score of 89-66. This second consecutive Playoff loss now moves #4 Team Division 6 down to the bottom portion (two-losses) of the Playoff bracket and they are now on the brink of elimination. They now will have to do something special on Sunday in order to keep their season alive…win 4 games on Sunday afternoon. Each game will be win and move on or lose and go home. They get to take on #8 Team Deutsch with the winner moving along to play another game while the losing team will see their 2018-19 season come to an end.

#7 Team Maione was riding high on Sunday afternoon following their solid 86-73 victory over #12 Team Schwartz. They would be afforded an hour of rest before taking the court once again, this time against #4 Team Division 6. #4 Team Division 6 would be the slight favorites heading into this ballgame as they would be the ones with fresher legs. The difference between these two squads is marginal, but one thing #7 Team Maione had going in their favor was their THE CHI Hoops League experience. These guys have been through this Playoff gauntlet before and they know what it takes to win. They would bring this experience and winning attitude into this contest and it certainly paid off as they blew #4 Team Division 6 away, cruising to an 89-66 victory. All-Star Matthew Vogrich ended with a game-high 33 points (12-16 FG), three assists and three rebounds during Sunday’s 23-point victory over #4 Team Division 6. This game was basically over by halftime meaning Vogrich could have potentially even had more. However, Vogrich still managed to contribute across the board and help his squad advance along the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. #7 Team Maione will now enter Week 5 of the Playoffs just three wins away from making it to Championship Sunday for the second straight season. Their first game on Sunday afternoon will see them match-up against #3 Team Onions. Winner of this game moves along the middle portion (1-loss) of the bracket and will take the court against #1 Team Swish House. Loser of this game however will move down to the bottom portion (two-losses) of the Playoff bracket with their season on the line.

 

Bottom portion (2-loss teams):

 

#8 Team Deutsch vs. #9 Team Clark

#8 Team Deutsch started their Sunday afternoon in disappointing fashion, losing their first game of the day to #5 Team Wolves by the final score of 76-57. The loss ended up pushing #8 Team Deutsch to the bottom portion (two-losses) of the Playoff bracket and would have to play in a do-or-die game against #9 Team Clark. William Sullivan and Joe Martino provided the fast start for #8 Team Deutsch in this contest, and #8 Team Deutsch made it a quick finish to keep their season alive and advance to Week 5 of the Playoffs. Sullivan scored a game-high 35 points (13-18 FG) to go along with five rebounds and four assists and #8 Team Deutsch blew past #9 Team Clark with a 90-79 victory on Sunday afternoon. Martino finished with 30 points (12-18 FG), seven rebounds and four assists and Joshua Sterns posted 15 points (5-11 FG), five rebounds and three assists to help #8 Team Deutsch keep their season alive for another week. #8 Team Deutsch will now have to do something coming up on Sunday that not many (if any) THE CHI Hoops teams have done in the past…win 4 games to keep their 2018-19 season alive. Each game will be win and move on or lose and go home. They get to take on #4 Team Division 6 with the winner moving along to play another game while the losing team will sadly see their 2018-19 season come to an end.

#9 Team Clark tried to put off their vacation for another week on Sunday afternoon. They entered Week 4 of the Playoffs awaiting the losing team between #5 Team Wolves and #8 Team Deutsch. As luck would have it, they would end up taking the court against #8 Team Deutsch for the 4th time this season (2nd time this postseason) so these two squads were certainly familiar with one another. #9 Team Clark would use a couple of early runs in the first half, sparked by very active play of Jamal Millison and Marcus Agee. #9 Team Clark would close the half with a small run to trail by only a few points at halftime, but every time #9 Team Clark made a significant run the rest of the way, #8 Team Deutsch answered and pushed the lead back to double digits. In the end, #8 Team Deutsch proved to be too much for #9 Team Clark as #8 Team Deutsch would secure a 90-79 victory. #9 Team Clark were without the services of their floor general Captain Rodney Clark for this contest and it certainly cost them in the end. Marcus Agee played like an All-Star all season long and with the likes of Kevin Honn, Jeffery Godwin, Jamal Millison, Donald Banks and of course Captain Rodney as the core of this squad, these guys will be back and better than ever next year. Thank you gentleman for a great season and thanks again for playing!

 

#10 Team Reisner vs. #12 Team Schwartz

#10 Team Reisner were in a tough spot following their disappointing loss in Week 3 of the Playoffs to #8 Team Deutsch. They did manage to keep their season alive however in Week 3 following a bounce back win against #6 Team Purimetla. Entering Week 4 of the Playoffs on Sunday afternoon, #10 Team Reisner would need to keep their season alive by taking on #12 Team Schwartz who had just lost a tough game the hour before to #7 Team Maione. That’s when Adam Rhum and #10 Team Reisner’s supporting cast stepped up. Rhum scored 20 points (9-14 FG) and hauled in 10 rebounds, helping #10 Team Reisner top Jermaine Johnson and #12 Team Schwartz 58-56 on Sunday afternoon to keep their 2018-19 season alive for another week. Rhum shot 64% from the field in this contest but the rest of the #10 Team Reisner crew struggled with their shots all game long, shooting just 31% collectively as a unit. But #10 Team Reisner’s D stepped up when they needed it too, making big stop after big stop down the stretch to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. With this huge victory on Sunday afternoon, #10 Team Reisner keeps their season alive for another week. #10 Team Reisner will now have to do something coming up on Sunday that not many (if any) THE CHI Hoops teams have done in the past…win 4 games to keep their 2018-19 season alive. Each game will be win and move on or lose and go home. They get to take on #5 Team Wolves with the winner moving along to play another game while the losing team will sadly see their 2018-19 season come to an end.

#12 Team Schwartz started their Sunday afternoon in disappointing fashion, losing their first game of the day to #7 Team Maione by the final score of 86-73. The loss snapped a brief two-game winning streak and ended up pushing #12 Team Schwartz to the bottom portion (two-losses) of the Playoff bracket. They now would have to play in a do-or-die game against #10 Team Reisner. Jason Vismantas and Jermaine Johnson provided the fast start for #12 Team Schwartz in this contest as they were trying to take advantage of having already played a game on Sunday afternoon. Vismantas supplied a team-high 16 points (6-16 FG) to go along with four rebounds and Jermaine Johnson finished the game with 14 points (7-14 FG), five rebounds and four assists. Unfortunately for #12 Team Schwartz, no other player was able to put up more than 9 points in this contest and #12 Team Schwartz would end up losing this game by a heartbreaking 58-56 final score. #12 Team Schwartz is built around the core of Captain Matthew Schwartz, Jermaine Johnson, Kyree Bremon, Jason Vismantas, and David Carson II. These guys are all well experienced and well known in THE CHI Hoops League scene and will be back better than ever next season. We Thank You gentleman for playing this year and we look forward to having you guys back next season!

 

ELIMINATED TEAMS:

#6 Team Purimetla
#9 Team Clark
#11 Chess and Mathematics
#12 Team Schwartz
#13 Team LAMBO
#14 High Fiving White Guys

 

That’s it for Week 4 of the Playoffs. Sunday will be the final set of games prior to Championship Sunday on April 28th! Good luck to our Final8!

-Marko