2018-19 Chicago Hoops – Week 18 – Playoff Preview (Mar. 10)

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Updated: March 13, 2019

 

It’s March Madness time, when the basketball universe shifts its primary focus from THE CHI Hoops regular season to THE CHI Hoops Playoff gauntlet.

THE CHI Hoops Triple-Elimination Playoff Tournament is a beautiful, beautiful beast — a six-month regular season where each of the 14 teams’ primary objective is to give itself as good of a seed as possible, then five-six frenetic weeks to crown THE CHI Hoops Champion.

We wrapped up the regular season on Sunday night and what a long road it has been. We had several players come up with huge performances to close out the 2018-19 regular season slate. Matthew Vogrich of Team Maione went off for 37 to lead all scorers in Week 18. We also saw four players from four different squads drop 30 burgers to end their regular season campaigns. More on all of them below.

The question now becomes, will any, some or all these guys be named 2018-19 All Stars or League MVP? We have less than two weeks’ 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.

REMINDER – The Playoffs are a Triple Elimination Tournament. The 4 Division Winners were guaranteed a Top-4 Seed in the Playoffs with one exception; *If a team finished 2nd in their Division and finished with the 2nd or 3rd best overall record, then they will be seeded above all Division Winners with worse records. Based on this format, your final Playoff Seeding for the 2018-19 Playoffs are;

#1 Swish House – 15-3 (EAST Champions)
#2 WOLVERINES – 15-3 (SOUTH Champions)
#3 Onions – 14-4 (WEST Champions)
#4 Division 6 – 14-4 (*as explained above)
#5 Team Wolves – 14-4 (*as explained above)
#6 Team Purimetla – 7-11 (NORTH Champions)
#7 Team Maione – 11-7
#8 Team Deutsch – 9-9
#9 Team Clark – 8-10
#10 Team Reisner – 6-12
#11 Chess and Mathematics – 5-13
#12 Team Schwartz – 4-14
#13 Team LAMBO – 3-15
#14 High Fiving White Guys – 1-17

Here’s a Link to the PLAYOFF BRACKET.

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 Preview

 

Top half (zero loss teams):

 

#8 Team Deutsch vs. #9 Team Clark

Winning team plays #1 Team Swish House

#8 Team Deutsch closed out their 2018-19 regular season campaign with a tough loss on Sunday afternoon, losing to #4 Team Division 6 by a final score of 93-77. The loss saw Team Deutsch lock up the #8 seed with an overall 9-9 regular season record and will see them start their Playoff journey with a match-up against #9 Team Clark coming up on Sunday. Joe Martino finished with 28 points (11-20 FG), seven rebounds and three assists in his squads defeat to Team Division 6 in Week 18. Martino has settled in nicely as Team Deutsch’s first option on offense over the last two regular season games and is a consistent scorer with a lot of upside for big games coming up in the Playoffs. Team Deutsch will certainly need more performances like this out of Martino if they plan on making a serious post-season run. Team Deutsch’s first test will be an opening round game against #9 Team Clark (8-10). Team Deutsch and Team Clark had two meetings with one another during the regular season, but Team Deutsch had to forfeit both of those contests. They’ll have to hope that the third time is the charm if they plan on advancing through the top half (zero-losses) of the bracket with an opportunity to take the court once more on Sunday afternoon against #1 Team Swish House.

#9 Team Clark wrapped up their regular season schedule on Sunday evening with a huge win over division rivals #13 Team LAMBO. The win was Team Clark’s third victory in a row and saw them wrap up the #9 seed with an overall 8-10 regular season record. They’ll start their 2018-19 Playoff journey with a match-up against #8 Team Deutsch coming up on Sunday afternoon. Donald Banks finished with 30 points (15-18 FG) and three rebounds during Sunday’s 92-85 victory over Team LAMBO. Banks was on fire to begin Sunday’s game, making 7 out of his first 8 shots to get his squad off to a great start. Banks is now averaging 26 PPG over his last three contests, shooting at least 50 percent in all three. Team Clark will need Banks along with Captain Rodney Clark, Marcus Agee, Kevin Honn, and Jeffery Godwin to all step up big in the upcoming triple elimination Playoff tournament if they have any hopes of bringing the title home. Team Clark’s first test will be an opening round game against #8 Team Deutsch (9-9). These squads had two meetings with one another during the regular season with Team Clark winning both contests by forfeit. Team Clark will look to make it three straight victories over Team Deutsch and advancing through the top half (zero-losses) of the bracket with an opportunity to take the court one more time on Sunday against #1 Team Swish House.

 

#1 Team Swish House vs. Winner of #8 Team Deutsch/#9 Team Clark

#1 Team Swish House locked up the overall #1 seed for the 2018-19 Playoffs with a huge Week 18 Game of the Week victory over division rivals #5 Team Wolves. The win makes it three straight for Team Swish House and sees them end their regular season campaign with an overall 15-3 record. They end up tied with #2 Team WOLVERINES for the best regular season record in the league but got the nod over Team WOLVERINES based on their H2H record against them. All-Star and MVP candidate Jordan Gipson finished with 26 points (11-13 FG), three assists and two rebounds during Sunday’s 85-81 victory over Team Wolves. Gipson put in another stellar performance Sunday, leading Team Swish House to an impressive win over Team Wolves. Team Swish House’s first test of the 2018-19 postseason will be a match-up against the Winner of the #8 Team Deutsch/#9 Team Clark game. During the regular season, Team Swish House went 2-0 against #9 Team Clark and lost their only match-up to #8 Team Deutsch. Team Swish House will enter this game as favorites against either one of these squads but certainly should not take either of them lightly. One of these squads will enter this match-up coming off a Win and lots of momentum on their side. Team Swish House will need to slow them down and tire them out if they plan on securing the victory and moving along the top-half (zero losses) of the bracket.

 

#5 Team Wolves vs. #12 Team Schwartz

#5 Team Wolves closed out their 2018-19 regular season campaign with a heart-breaking loss on Sunday afternoon, dropping the Week 18 Game of the Week to division rivals #1 Team Swish House by a final score of 85-81. The loss saw Team Wolves drop from the overall #1 seed and into the #5 seed for the 2018-19 postseason with a 14-4 regular season record. They end up in the #5 seed instead of the #4 seed as they lost their only match-up with #4 Team Division 6 during the regular season. But they are seeded above North Division Champs #6 Team Purimetla as Team Wolves finished 2nd in their Division and finished tied for the 3rd best overall record in the league. Team Wolves was without their leading scorer during the regular season Joe Kozak for this crucial Week 18 match-up and it may have ended up costing them the game as they fell by only 4 points. Romeo MaGlore stepped up in Kozak’s absence however as he finished with 22 points (9-13 FG) and six rebounds. Rodney Metellus and Donte Logan also contributed with a combined 27 points for Team Wolves in this contest, however it just wasn’t enough to get past a determined Team Swish House crew. #5 Team Wolves first test of the 2018-19 postseason will be an opening round game against #12 Team Schwartz (4-14). Team Wolves and Team Schwartz had two meetings with one another during the regular season and Team Wolves won both of those contests by an average of 24 points.

#12 Team Schwartz wrapped up their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon with a lopsided defeat to #7 Team Maione. The loss makes it 10 games in a row and saw Team Schwartz wrap up the #12 seed with an overall 4-14 regular season record. They’ll start their 2018-19 Playoff journey with a match-up against #5 Team Wolves coming up on Sunday afternoon. All-Star and MVP candidate Jermaine Johnson finished with 14 points (7-22 FG), 14 rebounds and six assists during Sunday’s 109-58 blowout loss to #7 Team Maione. Johnson’s 31.8% shooting from the floor underscores how much trouble he had finding the net, but the combination of sheer volume and a strong showing in other categories helped him salvage his night. The veteran continues to be the most valuable asset for Team Schwartz and this squad will go as far as he takes them in this upcoming postseason. Team Schwartz’s first test will be an extremely tough opening round game against #5 Team Wolves (14-4). These squads had two meetings with one another during the regular season with Team Schwartz dropping both contests by a combined 48 points.
 

#4 Team Division 6 vs. #13 Team LAMBO

#4 Team Division 6 wrapped up their 2018-19 regular season campaign with a huge victory on Sunday afternoon, beating South Division rivals #8 Team Deutsch by a final score of 93-77. The victory saw Team Division 6 move up into the #4 seed for the 2018-19 postseason with a 14-4 overall regular season record. They end up in the #4 seed instead of the #5 seed as they won their only match-up with #5 Team Wolves during the regular season. They are also seeded above North Division Champs #6 Team Purimetla as Team Division 6 finished 2nd in their Division and finished tied for the 3rd best overall record in the league. Brad Kruse had a monster performance for Team Division 6 in this contest, finishing with 30 points (14-22 FG), 11 rebounds and three assists during Sunday’s victory over Team Deutsch. All-Star and MVP candidate Eric Porter registered 27 points (10-15 FG) and seven rebounds in this contest and wraps up the regular season scoring title in the process (31.8 PPG). Congratulations! #4 Team Division 6 will tip off their 2018-19 postseason with an opening round game against #13 Team LAMBO (3-15). These two squads met on two separate occasions during the regular season and Team Division 6 won both of those contests by an average of 23.5 points.

#13 Team LAMBO wrapped up their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon with a tough loss to East Division rivals #9 Team Clark. The loss makes it five games in a row and saw Team LAMBO wrap up the #13 seed with an overall 3-15 regular season record. They’ll begin their 2018-19 Playoff campaign with a match-up against #4 Team Division 6 coming up on Sunday afternoon. John Weinheimer had his best outing of the year on Sunday evening, finishing with 30 points (11-17 FG), 11 rebounds and eight assists during Sunday’s 92-85 loss to #9 Team Clark. Weinheimer bounced back very nicely from a sluggish scoring effort in Week 17 (10 points) to the lead the way for Team LAMBO on offense, creating more highlight plays as usual in the process. Captain Brock Massie had his usual solid performance as well on Sunday for Team LAMBO, tallying 22 points (10-20 FG), seven rebounds and four assists. Team LAMBO’s first test of the 2018-19 postseason will be a very tough opening round game against #4 Team Division 6 (14-4). These two squads met on two separate occasions during the regular season and Team LAMBO lost both of those contests by an average of 23.5 points.

 

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

#3 Team Onions locked up the overall #3 seed for the 2018-19 Playoffs with a huge Week 18 victory over division rivals #14 Team High Fiving White Guys. The win sees Team Onions end their regular season campaign with an overall 14-4 record and the West Division crown. Six different players recorded double digit scoring efforts in this contest for Team Onions, with Ryan Coyle leading the charge with 17 points (7-15 FG), 12 rebounds and a couple of assists. All-Star and MVP candidate Andy Stemple totaled 16 points (7-13 FG), five rebounds and three assists in Team Onions 86-66 win over Team High Fiving White Guys on Sunday. Stemple finishes his outstanding regular season campaign averaging 20.2 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 3.2 APG. Team Onions will begin their 2018-19 postseason with a match-up against this very same #14 Team High Fiving White Guys crew. During the regular season, which includes their Week 18 victory, Team Onions went 2-0 against #14 Team High Fiving White Guys. Team Onions will enter this game as heavy favorites, but they should not take these guys lightly as anything can happen come Playoff time.

#14 Team High Fiving White Guys wrapped up their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon with blowout loss to West Division rivals #3 Team Onions. The loss makes it 16 games in a row and saw Team High Fiving White Guys wrap up the #14 seed with an overall 1-17 regular season record. They’ll begin their 2018-19 Playoff campaign with a match-up against this same #3 Team Onions crew coming up on Sunday afternoon. All-Star and MVP candidate Matthew Clark poured in 29 points (11-27 FG), while adding six rebounds and an assist during Sunday’s 86-66 loss to Team Onions. Clark went off on Sunday evening, dropping his highest scoring total since Week 14 and leading all scorers in this contest. It appeared as though both he and Maxwell Davidson were on a mission in this one, putting their team on their backs whilst pushing for victory. Clark has had a fabulous season once again for Team High Fiving White Guys and they’ll certainly need him to continue to have big time performances if they plan on making a serious post-season run. Team High Fiving White Guys will begin their 2018-19 postseason with a match-up against this very same #3 Team Onions squad. During the regular season, which includes their Week 18 loss, Team High Fiving White Guys went 0-2 against #3 Onions. They’ll enter this game as big underdogs, but anything can happen come Playoff time.

 

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

#6 Team Purimetla will enter the 2018-19 postseason on a three-game losing skid as they fell on Sunday night to North Division rivals #11 Team Chess and Mathematics by a final score of 71-55. They were fortunate in the sense that they could have entered the postseason much lower than the #6 seed but ended up securing the North Division title and wrapping up the overall #6 seed. They could have also finished as high as the overall #4 seed but since #4 Team Division 6 and #5 Team Wolves both finished second in their divisions and tied for the third best overall record, both squads were seeded ahead of them. All-Star candidate Adam Jones had a nice overall game on Sunday afternoon to help keep his guys in the game dropping 16 points (7-16 FG), while hauling down nine rebounds and dishing out a couple of assists. Muraner Milic had his best performance since Week 14, dropping 18 points (8-11 FG) and bringing down five boards in his squads 16-point loss on Sunday night. Team Purimetla will need big performances from Adam, Muraner and everyone else if they plan on getting past a very good #11 Team Chess and Mathematics crew. During the regular season, which includes their Week 18 loss, Team Purimetla split their season series with Team Chess and Mathematics. These two squads know each other very well at this point and it would not surprise any of us to see either of these squads advance.

#11 Team Chess and Mathematics wrapped up their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon with a huge win over division rivals #6 Team Purimetla. The win snapped Team Chess and Mathematics three-game losing skid and saw them wrap up the #11 seed with an overall 5-13 regular season record. They’ll start their 2018-19 Playoff journey with a match-up against this very same #6 Team Purimetla squad coming up on Sunday afternoon. Garret Staniec finished with 17 points (7-14 FG), five rebounds and four assists during Sunday’s 71-55 victory over Team Purimetla. Staniec made his first appearance since Week 10 for Team Chess and Mathematics and ended up leading them in the scoring and assist departments. Team Chess and Mathematics will need to lean heavily on Staniec along with Captain Gilles Jones, who has missed the last two games, during this postseason if they have any hopes of making a deep run and bringing the title home. During the regular season, which includes their Week 18 victory, Team Chess and Mathematics split their season series with Team Purimetla. These two squads know each other very well at this point and it would not surprise any of us to see either of these squads advance.

 

#7 Team Maione vs. #10 Team Reisner

Winning team plays #2 Team WOLVERINES

#7 Team Maione closed out their 2018-19 regular season campaign with an emphatic victory on Sunday afternoon, dismantling #12 Team Schwartz by a final score of 109-58. It was a very nice bounce back victory following their tough Week 17 loss to #8 Team Deutsch. The win wrapped up the #7 seed for Team Maione with an overall 11-7 regular season record. They’ll start their 2018-19 Playoff journey with a match-up against #10 Team Reisner coming up on Sunday evening. All-Star and MVP candidate Matthew Vogrich poured in 37 points (14-21 FG) while adding six rebounds and five assists during Sunday’s 51-point victory over #12 Team Schwartz. Vogrich went nuts on Sunday, dropping a team and Week 18 league-high 37 points on a very efficient 14-of-21 shooting from the field. Vogrich has been dominant this season, finishing the regular season with 28.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG and 3.1 APG. Team Maione cruised through the Playoffs last season as the #9 seed and will get an opportunity to make their way back into the Championship game this season with the overall #7 seed. Team Maione’s first test will be an opening round game against #10 Team Reisner (6-12). These squads previously met way back in Week 8 and Team Maione walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center with a 92-73 victory. Team Maione will look to repeat that Week 8 performance against #10 Team Reisner and advance through the top half (zero-losses) of the bracket with an opportunity to take the court one more time on Sunday against #2 Team WOLVERINES.

#10 Team Reisner closed out their 2018-19 regular season campaign with a forfeit loss on Sunday afternoon against #2 Team WOLVERINES as they did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team. The loss saw Team Reisner lock up the #10 seed with an overall 6-12 regular season record and will see them start their Playoff journey with a match-up against #7 Team Maione coming up on Sunday. Team Reisner will look to lean heavily on Marin Kukoc during the Playoffs as he was their leading scorer (18.6 PPG) and rebounder (6.1) during the regular season. Tyler Max, Sam Gage, Brad Tivin and Andrew Marks all averaged double-digit scoring numbers during the regular season for Team Reisner and all will need to step up big in the postseason if they have any hopes of making a title run. Team Reisner’s first test will be an extremely tough opening round game against #7 Team Maione (11-7). These squads previously met way back in Week 8 and Team Reisner walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center with a 92-73 loss. Team Reisner will hope that Week 8 does not repeat itself as they hope to advance through the top half (zero-losses) of the bracket with an opportunity to take the court one more time on Sunday against #2 Team WOLVERINES.

 

#2 Team WOLVERINES vs. Winner of #7 Team Maione/#10 Team Reisner

#2 Team WOLVERINES wrapped up the overall #2 seed for the 2018-19 Playoffs with a forfeit victory over division rivals #10 Team Reisner on Sunday afternoon. The win makes it four-straight for Team WOLVERINES and sees them end their regular season campaign with an overall 15-3 record. They end up tied with #1 Team Swish House for the best regular season record in the league but must settle for the #2 seed based on their H2H record against Team Swish House. All-Star and MVP candidate Bryant Orange will lead this squad into the Playoffs, averaging 20.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 4.4 APG. Captain Randall Hampton also had another fantastic regular season campaign, finishing with 16.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG and 4.4 APG. Team WOLVERINE’s first test of the 2018-19 postseason will be a match-up against the Winner of the #7 Team Maione/#10 Team Reisner game. During the regular season, Team WOLVERINES went 2-0 against #10 Team Reisner and won their only match-up against #7 Team Maione back in Week 7. Team WOLVERINES will enter this game as favorites against either one of these squads but certainly should not take either of them lightly. One of these squads will enter this match-up coming off a Win and lots of momentum on their side. Team WOLVERINES will need to slow them down and tire them out if they plan on securing the victory and moving along the top-half (zero losses) of the bracket.

 

That’s it for the Playoff Preview! Good luck to everyone on Sunday! Please don’t forget to get in your All-Star VOTES!

-Marko