2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops Week 1 – (Oct. 07)

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Updated: October 13, 2018

The 2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops season is officially upon us.

We are entering our 6th year of this League and over the past few years it has become the single most competitive League that All Sports Series has, and likely in Chicago anywhere. For the first time in the history of this league, we will be playing at the DePaul Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center. FFC Union Station has been great to us over the years, but it was time to make the move. The Off-Season flew by (likely because it was so short) and there is a significant amount to catch up on from last season’s Championship Games to Week 1 this past Sunday afternoon (which provided a few head-scratching results)! Since Sunday April 29th, when Team Hampton (rebranded as Team Wolverines for the 2018-19 season) won the 2017-18 Chicago Hoops League, we have seen another influx of talent come into the Hoops League scene. More on that in a bit…

This year All Sports Series Presented by the Chicago Sport and Social Club has launched a couple of weeknight Leagues and a few Teams from the bottom-tier last season have moved over to those Leagues. We are left with 14 Teams and each one of those clubs has a chance to hoist the Crown this year. There will be no easy Wins this Season. Check out our Week 1 Power Rankings below to see where all the teams line up after the first week of action.

There are also numerous story lines to look forward to for the new season. Will Team Wolverines be able to pick up right where they left off last season and claim their second straight THE Chicago Hoops title? Will the Brad Deutsch-led Team Maione be able to make it back to the promise land and one-up Team Wolverines? How will the likes of Team Onions and Team Division 6 fare in their first season in THE Chicago Hoops league? We’ll learn the answers to these questions as we watch the rest of the season play out.

The format for Schedule in the Regular Season, Divisions and Playoff Seeds are below for you to read through as well.

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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Regular Season and Playoff Formats:

1. Each Team will play 18 Games in the Regular Season.

1a. The 14 Teams will be split into 4 Divisions (2 Divisions with 4 Teams and 2 Divisions with 3 Teams).

1b. The 4-Team Divisions will play the Teams in their Division 2x and the 3-Team Divisions will play the Teams in their Division 3x.

2. All Teams make the Playoffs.

3. The 4 Division Winners will be seeded #1-4 for the Playoffs with one exception;

3a. If a Team who finishes 2nd in their Division, finishes with the 2nd or 3rd Best Record in the League, they will be seeded above the Division Winners with worse Records.

3b. Note: This can only happen twice so the lowest a Division Winner can be Seeded is #6.

4. Teams will compete in a Triple-Elimination Tournament for the League Playoffs.

 

Power Rankings

1. Team WOLVERINES – South – 1-0

Where to start the 2018-19 Week 1 Power Rankings but with the reigning 2017-18 Champs of the Chicago Hoops universe. Listen close everyone, Team WOLVERINES has earned the #1 spot and then some. They were finally able to grab their first ever The CHI Hoops league title last year and come back this year looking for the repeat. Great talent tends to find a way to work, especially when partnering with more great talent. The star power of Captain Randall Hampton, Bryant Orange, Corey Hutchinson and Josh Davis did not really need to receive more help over this offseason, but they seem to have gotten it with the additions of Ryan Allen and Acox Bouie. The defending Champs wasted no time defending their title on Sunday afternoon as they took down Team Deutsch by a final score of 69-60. Stat stuffer Bryant Orange was all over the court as usual as he posted 15 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Captain Randall Hampton did an amazing job controlling the game from the point guard position as he chipped in 13 points and had 4 steals. Team WOLVERINES remain the undisputed team to beat. They get THE Chi Hoops newcomers Team Division 6 (1-0) in a battle for the top spot in the South Division in our Week 2 Game of the Week!

 

2. Team Maione – West – 1-0

Team Maione are no strangers to The CHI Hoops league and have year after year been one of the front runners to take home the league title. That will not change for the 2018-19 season. Team Maione believes in a core built on the strengths of Captain Brad Deutsch, Tellef Lundevall, Chris Wroblewski, Andy Timson and Andy Marks. Role players however are never more appreciated than when they help a team to a Finals appearance. Adding the likes of Joe Duffy and Nick Lavis should make Team Maione’s offense even more potent this season…which is certainly a scary thought. Team Maione came within a few short minutes of taking home the league crown last Spring but fell just shy to Team WOLVERINES. They showed no ill effects however from last season’s Championship Game loss as they wasted no time blowing out Team High Flying White Guys 107-70 on Opening Night. Blake McLimans was overly active with a double double comprising of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Nick Lavis was right behind him with a double double of his own, posting 27 points and 10 rebounds. Joe Duffy tossed in 20 points and 8 rebounds and Matthew Vogrich poured in 24 solid points. These guys were without two of their leading scorers from a year ago on Opening night and still managed to pour in 107 points. This team is good, really, really good. They’ll look to take their record to a perfect 2-0 coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against The CHI Hoops newcomers Team Onions (1-0) in a battle for top spot in the West division.

 

3. Team Swish House – East – 1-0

Team Swish House (previous branded as Team Hanessian) has been a long-standing powerhouse in the Chicago Hoops League. Three Seasons ago they finished as the Runners-Up to Team Lalez and last year they got to their third-straight Championship Sunday, finishing in 3rd behind Team Maione and the Champs Team Hampton (WOLVERINES). They share another thing in common with Team Maione and Team WOLVERINES…They all won in Week 1. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the Swish House squad possesses an “on switch” — they really turn up the D come Playoff time and don’t seem to care what seed they have in the Playoffs. They got all the way to the end last season from the #3 seed. They save their best for when it matters most. Captain Michael Halusek is at the helm once again for the 2018-19 season and will be doing everything in his power to claim his squads THE Chi Hoops title. Opening night went exactly according to plan as Team Swish House blasted Team Lambo 92-56. Alex Foster was active on the stat sheet as he posted 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 steals. Right behind him was Cory Starkey with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assist, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Team Swish House wasted no time making their presence felt in Week 1 and they will be a tough out for the rest of the team’s week in and week out. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, they were without last year’s league MVP Sterling Williams on Sunday afternoon. This squad is certainly one of the favories to take the title home this year. They’ll look to build upon their Week 1 performance coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against Eastern division foes, Team Clark (0-1).

 

4. Team Wolves – East – 1-0

Team Wolves (previously known as Team McNichols) is making their third straight appearance in THE Chicago Hoops League and will be looking to build on their stellar 2017-18 campaign. They finished as the overall #1 seed last year and came within one game of making it to the Finals. They only suffered two regular season losses last year and will be looking for a repeat performance in 2018-19, with one exception…make it to the Championship Game and win it all! They are led once again by Captain and floor general Chris McNichols. Captain Chris and Co. showed no offseason rust as they blew past a very solid Team Clark crew on opening night by a final score of 77-57. They were led by Romeo Maglore and his 24-point, 6 rebound performance. Joe Kozak is back once again for Team Swish House and better than ever, posting a huge 22-point, 4 rebound stat line. They’ll look to keep this winning momentum turning in Week 2 when they tip-off against Eastern division rivals, Team LAMBO (0-1).

 

5. Team Division 6 – South – 1-0

Team Division 6 might be new to THE Chicago Hoops League scene, but they are certainly not strangers to the overall Chicago Hoops scene. Captain Billy Kirby and Co. made their debut on Sunday afternoon and quickly showed that they were one of the best Hoops squads out there. It was a lock they were going to come in and make an impression in the Chicago Hoops League, but few probably pictured the start that they would have. They took on THE Chicago Hoops veterans, Team Reisner and simply ran away with the Game. Team Division 6 played extremely well on opening night and showed that even though they are a new team in this league, they deserve to play on Sundays and must be demanded some respect. Sharp shooter Eric Porter was absolutely on fire on Sunday afternoon as he amazed with 31 points while adding 4 assist and 4 rebounds. He was unstoppable and couldn’t miss a shot. Cullen Bar had a good opening game as well, as he chipped in 16 points and 8 solid rebounds. He was active in the post and Team Reisner had no answer for him down low. It is now obvious that Team Division 6 has the talent and skill to compete on Sundays and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them make a big run in their inaugural season. They’ll look to take their record to 2-0 coming up on Sunday afternoon when they match-up against 2017-18 Champs, Team WOLVERINES (1-0) in our Week 2 Game of the Week!

 

6. Team Onions – West – 1-0

Another squad that is new to the Chicago Hoops League but not necessarily new to All Sports Series and coming in at the #6 spot in the Week 1 Power Rankings, is Team Onions. Team Onions has been a staple in Chicago Sport and Social Club Competitive Basketball Leagues over the years, and this year they take their talents to THE Chicago Hoops League on Sunday afternoons. Captain Michael Schultz brings in a talented group of individuals who’ll be looking to make some names for themselves this season. They got their season off to a great start on Sunday with a very solid 71-64 victory over a veteran All Sports Series Team Purimetla squad. Team Onions played well on opening night and with this new squad getting their feet wet in Week 1 with a performance like this, they will be a tough challenge week in and week out for opposing teams. Dan O’Brien, Andy Stemple and Joel Pennington were scorching hot from the field as they combined for 52 of their squads 71 points. This performance was exactly the start they were looking for coming into this match-up. They’ll look to build on this performance and look to stay unbeaten coming up in Week 2 with a match-up against Western division foes and #1, Team Maione (1-0).

 

7. Team Schwartz – North – 1-0

Team Schwartz has been around with All Sports Series for as long as THE Chicago Hoops League has existed. They know the exactly the type of talent they are going to face week after week. Team Schwartz has appeared to somewhat reinvent their Offense this offseason and it showed as they recorded a very solid 75-71 victory over Team Chess and Mathematics on opening night. After years defined by isolation attacks, somewhat low assist rates and stagnant stretches (especially in the postseason), they seem to be committed to a drive-and-kick attack as evident on Sunday night. Major changes like these are uncommon for teams with cores as established and familiar as Team Schwartz. But it was clear this squad wanted to tweak their style, and it’ll be fascinating to see the results as the season gets rolling. David Carson II and Jermaine Johnson were unstoppable as they combined for a total of 47 points on Sunday. David Carson II was extremely active on the stat sheet as he had 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He was all over the court dishing out no look assist, knocking down contested 3’s and getting a few extremely important defensive stops down the stretch. Jermaine Johnson was stuffing the stat sheet as well as he came close to a triple double on opening night. They’ll look to continue to improve this new look offense in Week 2 when they take the court against Northern division mates, Team Purimetla (0-1).

 

8. Team Chess and Mathematics – North – 0-1

Making their third consecutive appearance in THE Chicago Hoops league is the extremely talented Team Chess and Mathematics crew (previously know as Team Jones). Starting at #8 this Season, this crew did not have the season they were looking for in 2017-18. Finishing the regular season with an overall 5-13 record and only recording 1 victory during the postseason, Team Chess and Mathematics will be looking to put last year behind them and make some noise during the 2018-19 campaign. Captained by Gilles Jones once again, they have added a couple new pieces this offseason to what was already a fantastic core. They played extremely well on opening night but came up just a little short, falling by a final score of 75-71 to a very solid Team Schwartz squad. For Team Chess and Mathematics, veteran point guard and floor general Giles Jones did the best he could to carry his team with a very solid 28-point performance, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a hungry Team Schwartz side. It will take this crew a few games to gel and get the chemistry right with their new offseason additions, but once they figure it out they will be a top contender. They look to pick up their first victory of the year coming up on Sunday when they take the court against Team High Fiving White Guys (0-1).

 

9. Team Purimetla – North – 1-0

Another squad making their third consecutive appearance in THE Chicago Hoops league is none other than Team Purimetla. Team Purimetla got their All Sports Series start a few Summers ago in the Hoops League and turned some heads with a talented squad. They made the Elite8 that year in that competitive 16-Team League and added even more firepower last year. They did not have the best year ever in 2017-18 with an 8-10 regular season record, but they made a fantastic run during the postseason with an amazing 4 game winning streak that came to an end against then #1 Team McNichols. They’ll look to build on that regular season record and nice playoff run from a year ago in 2018-19. Unfortunately, they did not get their desired result on opening night, as they lost a very close battle to Team Onions 71-64. The combination of Dominique Arrington, Star shooter Adam Jones and Billy Cheng were on fire on Sunday. Adam Jones carried his team to the finish line with an amazing stat line of 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, unfortunately they just did not have enough in the tanks to cross it. With great performances like this from these individuals, it shouldn’t shock anyone to see this crew go deep into the postseason. They’ll look to get their record to .500 on Sunday afternoon when they take on #7 and North division rivals, Team Schwartz.

 

10. Team Deutsch – South – 0-1

Led by Captain Justin Deutsch, Team Deutsch is back in THE Chicago Hoops League and will be looking to build on their strong performances over the Summer. They dominated The HOOPS Summer league and were fun to watch play. They took down #1 Team Maione over the Summer and will be looking to cause some havoc in THE Chicago League as well. This squad took the court against the reining Champions from a year ago, Team WOLVERINES and came just shy of pulling off the biggest shocker of the week, falling by a final score of 69-60. Team Deutsch played very well and kept the game close until the last minutes of this game. Brian Otto and Reilly O’Toole were extremely active on the Offensive end of the court as they combined for 41 of the squads 60 points. Brian was all over the court shooting 3’s, dropping dimes and playing really good defense in helping to hold the defending Champs to a low 69-point total. This is the ideal sleeper team to make a very deep run this season as they have the talent and skill level to run with any team in this league. They have a big opportunity to move up our rankings on Sunday afternoon when they tip-off against Southern division rivals, Team Reisner (0-1).

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Clark – East – 0-1

Team Clark enters the 2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops League under the leadership of veteran All Sports Series playmaker Rodney Clark. Captain Rodney played under the Team Malvin umbrella for the past few seasons but brings in a crew of talented individuals this season to make a run for the coveted title. Captain Rodney seems to always shine in the spotlight, highlighted by his Playoff performances over the past few seasons. He started his 2018-19 campaign right where he left off last season, dropping a solid 14 points on #4 Team Wolves in their season opener on Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately for Team Clark, they seem to be dealing with a few early season injuries and came into opening night a bit shorthanded as they were handed a tough 77-57 loss. I will tell everyone right now, DO NOT sleep on this team. Kevin Horn is a true playmaker as he led the team with 17 points and 3 rebounds on opening night. Jeffery Godwin was active as well as he had 17 points and a handful of steals to try to help keep his squad in this game. I expect this team to rebound nicely coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against Eastern division rivals and #3 Swish House (1-0).

 

Team High Fiving White Guys – West – 0-1

All Sports Series veteran Jonathan Wells brings in a star-studded crew of individuals into the 2018-19 THE Chi Hoops League looking to cement his squads name into all those playing and paying attention. In terms of overall All Sports Series experience, Team High Fiving White Guys is lacking a bit in that category. They had the unenviable task of drawing #1 Team Maione in Week 1 and were completely overpowered, dropping by a final score of 107-70. This loss however will give them a strong impression of the talent that is in the League and what type of intensity they need to bring every week to compete. This group may need a few weeks to gain some chemistry and get familiar with one another. Matthew Clark carried the High Fiving White Guys with 25 points on opening night, but it wasn’t enough to hang with the semi-finalist from a year ago. The core is in place, expect them to climb into the Rankings soon. They get Team Chess and Mathematics (0-1) coming up in Week 2.

 

Team LAMBO – East – 0-1

Team LAMBO (a.k.a. Team Wong and Team Massie) is Captained by Brock Massie for the second consecutive season. Former Captain and GM Jon Wong (who had 4 points in Week 1) is still on the squad as well. This group was a Top-3 Team in the Regular Season two years ago and finished with the overall #4 seed last season. While they were only able to pick up 1 victory during the 2017-18 postseason, they had a great overall season nonetheless. The Roster has been reshaped a bit this year and it will take them some time to work out the kinks. They are a very talented group of individuals however. They got blown out in Week 1 to Team Swish House by a final score of 92-56 but got a great performance from Jeff Dirkin who had 20 points and 5 rebounds. He was everywhere. Last year’s regular season scoring Champion, Dylan Kremer, was unfortunately unable to get it rolling on the Offensive end of the court as he was only able to chip in with 14 points. Well below his season average from a year ago. They look to bounce back in Week 2 against Eastern division mates and #4 Team Wolves (1-0) coming up on Sunday afternoon.

 

Team Reisner – South – 0-1

Remember, this section is alphabetical. So, this is not a “last but not least” scenario. The 2015-16 Champs flew under some radars a season ago under a new name of Team Reisner. They won THE Chicago Hoops League Championship as Team Gutman 3 seasons ago. One full year is in the books under the Team Reisner crew and Captain Jordan Reisner is back at the helm once again in 2018-19. They finish with a very solid 9-9 regular season record last season and entered the postseason with a very impressive overall #5 seed. They unfortunately were only able to scrape out 1 victory during the playoffs last year and had their season come to a screeching halt. They wanted to come out with a fast start on opening night to put their postseason memories from a year ago behind them but were shorthanded to start the season on Sunday afternoon and took one on the chin against a great Team Division 6 squad, 88-61. Just too much talent to play at under full-strength on Sundays. Marin Kukoc did the best he could to carry this team as he had a solid 19 points. Andrew Marks was right behind him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough to hang with a high-flying Division 6 squad. They’ll look to put this loss behind them quickly when they take the court on Sunday afternoon against Southern division mates, Team Deutsch (0-1).

 

That’s it for Week 1! Good Luck in Week 2! We are back!

-Marko