2018-19 Chicago Hoops – Playoffs Week 5 (April 14)

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Updated: April 19, 2019

 

On Sunday October 7th, 2018 14 squads came together to start the 2018-19 THE CHI Hoops basketball season. On Sunday April 28th, 2019 we will be down to our Final 3.

We had 8 teams come into Week 5 of THE CHI Hoops League Playoffs on Sunday with a shot to still become 2018-19 Champions. Unfortunately for 5 of these clubs, their seasons came to an end.

Our Final 3 squads, #1 Team Swish House, #2 Team WOLVERINES and #7 Team Maione, were all able to dip deep and find a way to make it through the gauntlet of games on Sunday.

#2 Team WOLVERINES recorded another victory on Sunday evening, booking their spot in the 2018-19 THE CHI Hoops Championship Game(s) for the second consecutive year. They are still without a loss in this Playoff tournament and are now just one victory away from becoming Back-To-Back Champions!

We’ll review all the action from Week 5 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

 

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Playoff Review

 

#4 Division 6 vs. #8 Team Deutsch – Bottom portion (2-loss teams):

#4 Team Division 6 came into Sunday’s games on the brink of elimination as they took a crushing defeat in Week 4 to #7 Team Maione and saw themselves be pushed down to the bottom portion (2 losses) of the Playoff bracket. Fortunately for #4 Team Division 6, they recorded a forfeit win on Sunday afternoon as their opponents #8 Team Deutsch were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. With this victory, #4 Team Division 6 kept their season alive and set themselves up with another do-or-die game on Sunday against the winner of the #5 Team Wolves vs. #10 Team Reisner game. Would #4 Team Division 6 be able to secure their second straight victory on Sunday and keep their season alive for a third straight game, 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…

#8 Team Deutsch were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game on Sunday afternoon and ultimately had to take a forfeit loss against #4 Team Division 6. The loss was their third of this postseason and officially ended their 2018-19 season. Thanks for playing!

 

#5 Team Wolves vs. #10 Team Reisner – Bottom portion (2-loss teams):

For #5 Team Wolves, their first game on Sunday afternoon felt a lot like their previous Playoff games this season: High stakes, small margins, and a big win at the end of the game. Romeo MaGlore scored 25 points (12-17 FG) while pulling down five boards and dishing out three assists as #5 Team Wolves beat #10 Team Reisner 76-70 to keep their 2018-19 season alive for another game on Sunday afternoon. Rodney Metellus also had a monster game for #5 Team Wolves, scoring 25 points (12-16 FG) while hauling down five rebounds to help secure this elimination game victory for his squad. With this victory, #5 Team Wolves kept their season alive and set themselves up with another do-or-die game on Sunday against #4 Team Division 6 who also won their first game of the day, albeit by forfeit. Would #5 Team Wolves be able to secure their second straight victory on Sunday and keep their season alive for a third straight game, or would they bow down to the pressure of another elimination game and call it quits for their 2018-19 season? More on this game below…

#10 Team Reisner came into their Week 5 Playoff match-up against #5 Team Wolves riding a three game Playoff winning streak. They had lost their first two games of the Playoffs and have been on the brink of elimination ever since. Tyler Max led the way for #10 Team Reisner in this contest, finishing with 23 points (11-14 FG), four assists and one rebound, but the rest of the #10 Team Reisner crew struggled with putting the ball through the hoop as #10 Team Reisner lost a tough contest by the final score of 76-70. Sam Gage also did everything in his power to try to help keep #10 Team Reisner’s season alive for another game, producing 15 points (7-14 FG) to go along with six rebounds and a couple of assists. In the end, #10 Team Reisner just could not find enough offensive fire power to get past one of the better defensive teams in the league. This is a group that at full strength could have beaten anyone (and almost did). 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!

 

#4 Team Division 6 vs. #5 Team Wolves – Bottom portion (2-loss teams):

#4 Team Division 6 won their first game of the day on Sunday, recording a forfeit victory against #8 Team Deutsch. The forfeit victory afforded them two things; 1) They kept their season alive for another game and 2) They were given an opportunity to scout their next opponents as they were provided an hour break in-between games. The break must have worked wonders as #4 Team Division 6 picked up their third victory this season (second in the postseason) over #5 Team Wolves as #4 Team Division 6 recorded a 72-66 victory on Sunday afternoon to keep their season alive for yet another game. MVP Eric Porter led the way for #4 Team Division 6 in this contest, producing 18 points (8-15 FG) to go along with six assists and three rebounds. Porter bounced back very nicely after struggling in Week 4’s Playoff loss to #7 Team Maione to lead #4 Team Division 6 in scoring in this contest. With this huge victory, #4 Team Division 6 kept their season alive once again and set themselves up with another do-or-die game on Sunday against the losing team in the game between #3 Team Onions vs. #7 Team Maione. Would #4 Team Division 6 be able to secure their third straight victory on Sunday and keep their season alive for an astonishing fourth straight game, or would this be their final straw? More on this game below…

#5 Team Wolves won their first game of the day on Sunday, recording a nail-biting six-point victory over #10 Team Reisner on the backs of Rodney Metellus and Romeo MaGlore. The win allowed #5 Team Wolves to fight in another game, this time against #4 Team Division 6. Both Metellus and MaGlore overcame suffocating double teams all game long, combining to score 36 points for #5 Team Wolves in this contest. What did it mean to Metellus and MaGlore? To be honest, probably nothing. It also mattered little to #4 Team Division 6, who ended up beating #5 Team Wolves 72-66 to end #5 Team Wolves Championship aspirations. Metellus’s and MaGlore’s accomplishments were rendered a footnote by #4 Team Division 6’s suffocating defense, MVP Eric Porter’s 18 points, Brad Kruse’s clinching steal in the closing seconds and all those wide-open shots that just didn’t fall for #5 Team Wolves. This is a veteran All Sports Series Hoops crew that is always in the thick of the Championship hunt. 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!

 

#3 Team Onions vs. #7 Team Maione – Middle portion (1-loss teams):

#3 Team Onions came into their Week 5 Playoff match-up against #7 Team Maione following an impressive Week 4 Playoff victory over #5 Team Wolves. The squads leading scorer throughout the regular season and postseason, Andy Stemple, finished with 36 points (14-21 FG), three rebounds and one assist, but it wasn’t nearly enough as #3 Team Onions suffered their worst defeat of the season, falling by the final score 107-74. Stemple produced his second straight 30+ point Playoff performance to lead #3 Team Onions in scoring, but it was inconsequential as #3 Team Onions ultimately ended up getting blown out by 37 points. Despite the solid scoring numbers, Stemple missed a couple of late shots that could have made things a little more interesting and must be disappointed with the effort from the club in this contest. With this tough loss, #3 Onions would move down to the bottom portion (2-losses) of the Playoff bracket and take on #4 Team Division 6 in a do-or-die contest to keep their 2018-19 season alive. Would #3 Team Onions be able to shake off this lopsided loss and keep their season alive for another game on Sunday, or would this loss take its toll and cause #3 Onions to lose back-to-back ballgames and end their 2018-19 campaign? More on this game below…

Max Bielfeldt ran and shot all over #3 Team Onions on Sunday afternoon until they just shoved him to the ground. The 2017-18 THE CHI Hoops runners-up wanted to show they can make another long Playoff run, and #3 Team Onions were helpless to slow them down. I don’t know if #3 Team Onions were ready for #7 Team Maione on Sunday afternoon. But I do know that #7 Team Maione was simply focused on themselves. #7 Team Maione played with pace, ran to their spots and made play after play. Bielfeldt had a game-high 46 points (18-28 FG), ten rebounds and four assists, and #7 Team Maione rolled to a 107-74 victory on Sunday afternoon to continue along the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket. Three other players, Matthew Vogrich (22 points), Blake McLimans (19 points) and Chris Wroblewski (11 points) all scored in double figures for #7 Team Maione, who led by as many as 43 points. Their 33-point margin was the largest in this years Playoffs. With this blowout victory, #7 Team Maione set themselves up with another critical game on Sunday against #1 Team Swish House. Would #7 Team Maione be able to carry this winning momentum into this contest or could they potentially have worn themselves out after just putting up 107 points? More on this game below…

 

#1 Team Swish House vs. #7 Team Maione – Middle portion (1-loss teams):

#1 Team Swish House came into their Week 5 Playoff match-up against #7 Team Maione following a disappointing effort in Week 4 against #2 Team WOLVERINES. The loss in Week 4 pushed them down to the middle portion of the Playoff bracket and were now just two losses away from elimination. They would come into this contest with fresh legs and slight favorites as #7 Team Maione had to play a game the previous hour. Cory Starkey went for 28 points (13-22 FG), four assists and three rebounds to lead #1 Team Swish House in the scoring department in this contest, but it just wasn’t enough as #1 Team Swish House lost a tough battle by the final score of 87-82. Starkey was superb in all the statistical categories while putting his club on his back to will them to victory. Starkey is one of the top options offensively for #1 Team Swish House, and he would need to continue to produce at a high level if #1 Team Swish House were going to have any chance of keeping their season alive in their next contest. The loss dropped #1 Team Swish House to the bottom portion (2-losses) of the Playoff bracket and would need to take the court once again on Sunday in a do-or-die game against the winning team between #3 Team Onions vs. #4 Team Division 6. Would the #1 overall seeded team be able to shake off this loss and keep their season alive or would they let this tough loss hang over their heads and suffer a second heartbreaking defeat to end their 2018-19 postseason campaign? More on this game below…

After suffering a tough loss in Week 1 of the Playoffs to #2 Team WOLVERINES, #7 Team Maione were arguably the hottest team in the postseason (outside of #2 Team WOLVERINES) as they have now ripped off four consecutive victories following their blowout win over #3 Team Onions on Sunday. #7 Team Maione now needed to step right back onto the court and were looking to make it five straight W’s with an opportunity to setup a rematch with #2 Team WOLVERINES for a shot to play on Championship Sunday. Matthew Vogrich was the hero in this game for #7 Team Maione, scoring 29 points (12-17 FG) while bringing down three rebounds and #7 Team Maione shocked #1 Team Swish House on Sunday with an 87-82 victory. Max Bielfeldt followed up his 46-point performance from the previous hour by contributing 23 points (10-21), four rebounds and two assists. With this huge victory over #1 Team Swish House, #7 Team Maione would now need to take the court for their third game of the day against #2 Team WOLVERINES. Would #7 Team Maione be able to exact some revenge from their Week 1 Playoff loss to #2 Team WOLVERINES and book their spot in the Championship Game(s), or would playing a third game be too much for the #7 Team Maione crew and lose for the second time this postseason to #2 Team WOLVERINES? More on this game below…

 

#3 Team Onions vs. #4 Team Division 6 – Bottom portion (2-loss teams):

#3 Team Onions moved down to the bottom portion (2-losses) of the Playoff bracket following a disappointing loss to #7 Team Maione earlier in the day. They now would take the court against #4 Team Division 6 with their 2018-19 season on the line. Both squads would be playing their 2nd game of the afternoon but #3 Team Onions would have a slight advantage as they had an hour break in-between games and would have an opportunity to scout #4 Team Division 6 before taking the court against them. Joel Pennington led the way for #3 Team Onions in this contest, tallying 28 points (11-15 FG) during Sunday’s tilt with #4 Team Division 6. Andy Stemple followed his huge 36-point performance in the previous game by producing 18 points (7-10 FG) to go along with three assists and two rebounds. All-Star Ryan Coyle finished the contest with 15 points (6-11 FG) and seven rebounds but unfortunately for #3 Team Onions, it wasn’t quite enough as they would end up letting this game get away from them down the stretch and lose the game by a final of 84-83. #3 Team Onions were newcomers to the All Sports Series Hoops scene this season, but they showed the entire league that they can hang with anyone. We’ll see most of these guys on various Summer League Teams and hopefully they can build on this fantastic first season and make another serious run towards the title next year. Thanks for playing!

MVP Eric Porter led #4 Team Division 6 to one of the most memorable victories in THE CHI Hoops League history. MVP Eric Porter hit a go-ahead 3-pointer late in the game, #3 Team Onions couldn’t answer on the other end, and #4 Team Division 6 somehow rallied in their third game of the day to stun #3 Team Onions 84-83 on Sunday afternoon to keep their season alive for yet another game. Porter finished this contest with 37 points (14-20 FG), six rebounds and three assists. Porter was red-hot down the stretch, leading #4 Team Division 6 to an improbable victory over #3 Team Onions. Porter is known as one of the best closers in the league and that was certainly evident in this game on Sunday. The question now would be raised…would #4 Team Division 6 make the impossible possible and be one of the only teams in THE CHI Hoops history to rip off four consecutive victories in a single day and make their way to Championship Sunday when they take the court next against #1 Team Swish House, or would all these games finally take their toll and catch up to this squad that would now be entering uncharted territory? More on this game below…

 

#1 Team Swish House vs. #4 Team Division 6 – Bottom portion (2-loss teams):

All-Star Sterling Williams likes when games get gritty. The guard scored 32 points (13-19 FG) as #1 Team Swish House shook off their disappointing loss the hour before by dispatching a streaking #4 Team Division 6 crew by the final score of 91-72. Tense at times with plenty of jawing back-and-forth between the teams, #1 Team Swish House put their loss to #7 Team Maione behind them quickly and cemented their name on Championship Sunday coming up on Sunday, April 28th. Captain Michael Halusek added 17 points (7-16 FG), three rebounds and a couple of assists for the #1 seeded Team Swish House crew, who have made it to Championship Sunday for the first time in franchise history. #1 Team Swish House will now get a week’s worth of rest before they are summoned to the DePaul Ray Meyer Center on Sunday, April 28th. They will take the court that day with a rematch against #7 Team Maione. The winner of this contest will have an opportunity to take on #2 Team WOLVERINES in a Championship Game. #2 Team WOLVERINES is sitting without a loss so the winner of #1 Team Swish House vs. #7 Team Maione will need to beat #2 Team WOLVERINES three consecutive times in order to become Champs. If #1 Team Swish House does beat #7 Team Maione and then beats #2 Team WOLVERINES on Sunday, April 28th, we will come back to the DePaul Ray Meyer Center on Sunday, May 5th to crown our 2018-19 Champion. A loss in either game on Sunday, April 28th will end #1 Team Swish House’s 2018-19 season.

#4 Team Division 6 was trying to do something that not many before them have done…win four consecutive Playoff games in a single day to make it to Championship Sunday. #4 Team Division 6 started this game off right where they left off in their previous games, drilling shot after shot to take a nice lead early in the half. MVP Eric Porter was going to do everything in his power to make sure his squad lives another day. Porter was unstoppable right out the gates, drilling his first three 3-pointers to get his squad off to a nice lead. Porter would end up finishing the contest with 29 points (12-19 FG) but as the game wore on, everyone in the DePaul Ray Meyer Center could sense that the legs were starting to give in on #4 Team Division 6. Brad Kruse supplied 14 points (7-12) and six rebounds, Cullen Barr and Kente Nixon finished with 9 points apiece, but the tired legs of #4 Team Division 6 finally caught up to them and they ended up falling by a final score of 91-72. To say it was a disappointing effort would be extremely unfair. In fact, what these guys did on Sunday is quite frankly, remarkable. #4 Team Division 6 were another group of newcomers to the All Sports Series Hoops scene this season, but they showed the entire league that they have as much heart and determination as anyone else in the league. We hope to see these guys in the Summer Hoops scene and hopefully they can build on this fantastic first season and make another serious run towards the title next year. Thanks for playing!

 

#2 Team WOLVERINES (Zero-losses) vs. #7 Team Maione (one-loss)

#2 Team WOLVERINES came into Week 5 of the postseason as the only undefeated team in this Playoff tournament. As such, they would have a big advantage on Sunday evening as they would be required to only play one game. All other winning teams would be required to play at the very least two games but as many as four. As the games before theirs played out, #2 Team WOLVERINES witnessed familiar foes #7 Team Maione make it out of the middle portion (1-loss) of the Playoff bracket and setup a rematch from their Week 1 Playoff encounter. #7 Team Maione would be playing their third straight game of the day on Sunday, whereas #2 Team WOLVERINES would be coming in completely fresh. #2 Team WOLVERINES would have the advantage and would be favorites to make it to the Championship game(s) for the second straight year and have an opportunity to defend their title. All-Star Bryant Orange would make sure this would happen for #2 Team WOLVERINES. Orange finished with a game-high 32 points (14-26 FG) to go along with six rebounds and five assists as #2 Team WOLVERINES took advantage of the tired legs of #7 Team Maione and ran away with this contest by the final score of 79-67. Darren Moore, Josh Davis and Captain Randall Hampton all reached double digit scoring figures in this contest for #2 Team WOLVERINES as they booked their ticket to the 2018-19 Championship game(s) on Sunday, April 28th. #2 Team WOLVERINES will await the winner of the #1 Team Swish House vs. #7 Team Maione game. If #2 Team WOLVERINES beats the winner of this game on Sunday, April 28th, they will become back-to-back Champions. If they fail to beat the winner of this game on Sunday, April 28th, then we will return to the Ray Mayer Center on Sunday, May 5th to crown our 2018-19 Champion.

#7 Team Maione had to do something that many people thought would be nearly impossible…win three consecutive games all while taking down the #3, #1 and #2 seeded teams in the league. They were able to cruise past #3 Team Onions in their first game of the day before taking down #1 Team Swish House in a very tough and physical battle. But now they needed to take the court against their arch rivals, #2 Team WOLVERINES. To say these guys know each other very well would be a huge understatement. Max Bielfeldt started this contest as hot as can be, hitting his first four shots to give #7 Team Maione a nice first half lead. But as the game wore down, the impact of playing three consecutive games started to catch up with #7 Team Maione. Bielfeldt finished with a team-high 26 points (12-20 FG) and Matthew Vogrich followed his 29-point performance from the previous hour against #1 Team Swish House by dropping 20 points (8-22) while grabbing three boards. In the end, it was too much Bryant Orange for #2 Team WOLVERINES as #7 Team Maione suffered a tough 79-67 defeat. The bad news for #7 Team Maione is that both of their Playoff losses this postseason have come at the expense of #2 Team WOLVERINES. The good news for #7 Team Maione is that their season is still alive, and they have made it back to Championship Sunday for the second consecutive year. They’ll get a week off to regroup before taking the court on Sunday, April 28th with a rematch against #1 Team Swish House. The winner of this game moves along to play #2 Team WOLVERINES in the Championship game(s). If #7 Team Maione beats #1 Team Swish House and beats #2 Team WOLVERINES on Sunday, April 28th, we will come back to the DePaul Ray Meyer Center on Sunday, May 5th to crown our 2018-19 Champion. A loss in either game on Sunday, April 28th will end #7 Team Maione’s 2018-19 season.

 

ELIMINATED TEAMS:

#3 Team Onions
#4 Team Division 6
#5 Team Wolves
#6 Team Purimetla
#8 Team Deutsch
#9 Team Clark
#10 Team Reisner
#11 Chess and Mathematics
#12 Team Schwartz
#13 Team LAMBO
#14 High Fiving White Guys

 

That’s it for Week 5 of the Playoffs. Good luck to our Final 3 teams on Sunday, April 28th!

-Marko