2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops Week 10 – (Dec. 16)

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Updated: December 20, 2018

We are officially past the halfway point of THE CHI Hoops season, and the top six teams are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the league.

Team Clark, Team Reisner, Team Deutsch and Team Schwartz on the other hand have all had certain amounts of success through this early portion of the season, led by their All Sports Series Hoops experience. The middle of the pack contains these squads, as well as squads like Team Chess and Mathematics and Team Purimetla, all who played inconsistent basketball but have done enough to still be competing for a Top-6 playoff spot at this juncture of the season.

Extensive clustering and extreme surges and slides seem to be turning order to chaos in THE CHI Hoops League. Take Team LAMBO as an example. They have the league’s longest active losing streak (10 games) but are only four games back in the standings from taking control of the #7 overall seed. These final eight weeks will get wild.

As always, our Power Rankings consider stats, full-season play and recent performance with some gut feeling mixed in. It’s designed to organize all 14 teams into an order that reflects the league’s up-to-the-minute hierarchy.

This task only seems to be getting harder for our committee (me).

SCHEDULE REMINDER: NO GAMES SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23RD (HOLIDAY) AND SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30TH (NEW YEAR’S)

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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Power Rankings

1. Team Swish House – East – 9-1

Team Swish House refuses to give up their #1 spot. Jordan Gipson scored a game-high 30 points (12-15 FG) while adding three rebounds and three assists during Sunday’s 91-63 win over division rivals Team LAMBO. Gipson finished with a season high in scoring while recording his third straight game with at least three rebounds and three assists. The League’s reigning MVP, Sterling Williams also had himself a nice all-around game, finishing with 24 points (10-13 FG), five rebounds and four assists. Heading into the holiday and New Year’s break on a league-high 7-game winning streak, Team Swish House is preforming exceptionally on both ends of the floor. Over the first ten games of the season, Team Swish House rank second in offense, and though scoring remains Team Swish House’s calling card, it can field shutdown defensive lineups. They’ll look to take that winning streak up to 8-games against #8 Team Reisner (4-6) in Week 11 when we get back from the holiday and New Year’s break.

 

2. Team Wolves – East – 9-1

Another week, another win and a 9-1 overall record at the holiday and New Year’s break means that Team Wolves only needs to go 7-1 in their final 8 games to tie their franchise regular-season victory mark (16) from a year ago. Team Wolves has had some close calls, however. #7 Team Clark capitalized on some snoozy Team Swish House play down the stretch of Sunday’s contest, forcing a frantic finish that certainly left Team Swish House feeling fortunate that they escaped with a victory. Donte Logan finished with 26 points (12-18 FG), six rebounds and four assists during Sunday’s narrow 90-88 victory over division rivals #7 Team Clark. Logan was dominant on Sunday, torching Team Clark for a season-high 26 points. Like Logan, Jordan Stevens had his best scoring night of the season, finishing with 24 points (9-13 FG) to help his squad secure their 9th victory on the campaign. Team Wolves will look to take their current four game winning streak up to 5-games against Team Chess and Mathematics (3-7) in Week 11 when we return from the holiday and New Year’s break.

 

3. Team Onions – West – 8-2

Several sources have combined to produce Team Onions remarkable 5-game winning streak, but it’s difficult to single out anyone who deserves more credit than Andy Stemple, a man averaging 25 PPG during the 5-game surge. Stemple finished with 17 points (8-14 FG), five rebounds and three assists during Sunday’s 89-80 win over Team Purimetla. He combined with Ryan Coyle and Mike Marietti down the stretch of Team Onions win over Team Purimetla on Sunday night, probing the center of the floor with relaxed, eyes-up pick-and-rolls until a slight deficit morphed into an advantage that would hold up until the final buzzer. Most impressively, Team Onions engineered their win with Joel Pennington having his worst offensive performance of the year (6 points). Team Onions will look to take that winning streak up to 6-games against #10 Team Deutsch (4-6) in Week 11 when we get back from the holiday and New Year’s break.

 

4. Team WOLVERINES – South – 8-2

Staying put in the #4 spot in the Week 10 Power Rankings is non-other than the defending Champs Team WOLVERINES following their Week 10 forfeit victory over #8 Team Deutsch as Team Deutsch did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team. The win brings Team WOLVERINES regular season record up to 8-2 and are still undefeated (4-0) within the South division. #4 Team WOLVERINES will try to make it 3 Wins in a row and continue their rise in our Power Rankings in Week 11 against Team High Fiving White Guys (1-9) when we get back from the holiday and New Year’s break.

 

5. Team Maione – West – 7-3

Only five THE CHI Hoops teams have reached 7 wins already: Team Swish House, Team Wolves, Team Onions, Team WOLVERINES and now Team Maione following their 114-76 drubbing on Sunday night of their West division rivals, Team High Fiving White Guys. Matthew Vogrich led the League in scoring in Week 10, dropping 43 HUGE points to go along with 8 rebounds to help lead his squad to the 38-point win. Only three teams have a point differential of +12.0 or better: Team Swish House (+19.3), Team Wolves (+12.4) and Team Maione (+13.2). Only five teams rank in the top-7 for both PPG and PAPG: Team Swish House, Team Wolves, Team Onions, Team WOLVERINES and Team Maione. See where we’re going with this? Despite being a statistically elite team, Team Maione just haven’t seemed to be mentioned in the same breath recently as our top-2 heavyweights. Maybe that’s paying due diligence on the League’s established pecking order, but we might not be able to sleep on Team Maione for much longer. Team Maione will look to make it back-to-back victories for the first time since Week 5 against Team LAMBO (0-10) in Week 11 when we get back from the holiday and New Year’s break.

 

6. Team Division 6 – South – 6-4

Team Division 6 really made it tough to rank them this week. They lost to #1 Team Swish House, #9 Team Schwartz and #3 Team Onions during their recent 3-game losing skid but did manage to record an impressive victory over #5 Team Maione right before the start of the skid. Further complicating matters, Team Division 6 snapped their 3-game losing skid on Sunday night by barely getting past #8 Team Reisner 72-70. Under normal circumstances, a 3-game losing streak would necessitate a big drop in the Power Rankings, especially up here where the standards are higher. Yet, even though head-to-head meetings aren’t necessarily the biggest influencers in our Power Rankings, bumping Team Division 6 down behind Team Clark, Team Deutsch, Team Schwartz or Team Reisner just didn’t feel right. Having covered that thorny issue, here’s a simple one: Eric Porter has been one of the best guards in the League this season, and it would be a travesty if his name wasn’t mentioned in the early MVP talks. Team Division 6 will look to keep the winning momentum turning against Team Purimetla (3-7) in Week 11 when we get back from the holiday and New Year’s break.

 

7. Team Clark – East – 4-6

Not often does a team move UP our Power Rankings following a defeat. That is the case however with #7 Team Clark this week following their heartbreaking 90-88 loss to East division rivals #2 Team Wolves on Sunday afternoon. Captain Rodney Clark led the way for Team Clark with 31 points (14-22 FG), six rebounds and three assists during Sunday’s 2-point loss to #2 Team Wolves. While Team Clark’s big three of Clark, Marcus Agee and Kevin Honn did their parts in this contest, each scoring more than 20 points, the rest of the roster took the night off as no other Team Clark player even scored in double digits. The loss pushes Team Clark’s regular season record to 4-6 on the year and sees them sit in a four-way tie for 7th place in the overall standings. They get the nod for #7 this week as they currently have the best head-to-head record (2-0) versus the other three teams tied for 7th. They’ll look to put this tough loss behind them when they take the floor in Week 11 following the holiday and New Year’s break versus #9 Team Schwartz (4-6) in our Week 11 Game of the Week!

 

8. Team Reisner – South – 4-6

Another squad moving up our Power Rankings this week following a Week 10 loss is #8 Team Reisner. The three-headed monster of Andrew Marks, Brad Tivin and Marin Kukoc did most of the damage for #8 Team Reisner in this contest, combing to score 47 of their squads 70 total points. What’s even crazier is with their narrow 72-70 defeat on Sunday night at the hands of South division rivals #6 Team Division 6, Team Reisner has now dropped three straight games but end up climbing two spots in the Week 10 Power Rankings. How is that possible may you ask? Let me try to explain…Team Reisner’s last three losses to #5 Team Maione, #6 Team Division 6 and #7 Team Clark have been by a combined 25 points. They are currently ranked 2nd overall in the league in total defense (69.4 PAPG). They also sport a 2-1 head-to-head record versus the other three teams tied for 7th in the overall standings. Makes sense now? #8 Team Reisner will try to snap their current three-game losing skid and continue their rise(?!) in our Power Rankings in Week 11 against #1 Team Swish House (9-1) when we get back from the holiday and New Year’s break.

 

9. Team Schwartz – North – 4-6

Team Schwartz continues to boggle the mind. They’re currently in first place in the North division, despite having THE CHI Hoops second to last ranked offense (66.8 PPG). They’re two games below .500, despite having THE CHI Hoops second best defense (69.4 PAPG). And they’re capable of beating #6 Team Division 6 in a close game one night, but also getting blown out by 49-points to North division rivals and unranked Team Chess and Mathematics on another, as was the case on Sunday afternoon. Jason Vismantas had his best game of the year for Team Schwartz, totaling 28 points (10-28 FG), six rebounds and three assists during Sunday’s 119-70 loss to Team Chess and Mathematics. #9 Team Schwartz suffered their worst trashing of the year on Sunday, losing out by 49 points. Vismantas did not shoot particularly well in the loss but did put up solid numbers across the board despite the teams’ woes. Team Schwartz will look to put this lopsided loss behind them when they take the floor in Week 11 following the holiday and New Year’s break versus #7 Team Clark (4-6) in our Week 11 Game of the Week!

 

10. Team Deutsch – South – 4-6

Team Deutsch did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team on Sunday afternoon and had to take a forfeit loss to South division rivals #4 Team WOLVERINES. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Team Deutsch and sees them fall all the way down into the #10 spot in the Week 10 Power Rankings. Team Deutsch will look to start a new winning streak when they take the floor in Week 11 following the holiday and New Year’s break versus #3 Team Onions (8-2).

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Chess and Mathematics – North – 3-7

Big week for Team Chess and Mathematics, who had dropped seven of their prior nine contests before their 119-70 spanking of South division rivals #9 Team Schwartz on Sunday afternoon. While the contributions of Cannan Blair (25 points and 13 rebounds) on Sunday afternoon shouldn’t be overlooked, the truth is Captain Gilles Jones ignition made all the difference. After putting up 10 points in the loss to #1 Team Swish House in Week 9, Captain Gilles had his finest game of the season as he finished with a whopping 41 points (16-23 FG), seven rebounds and nine assists to lead Team Chess and Mathematics past #9 Team Schwartz. Not bad, Mr. Jones. Not bad at all. Team Chess and Mathematics will look to build on this huge 49-point victory when they take the court in Week 11 following the holiday and New Year’s break versus #2 Team Wolves (9-1).

 

Team High Fiving White Guys – West – 1-9

It’s been tough sledding for a Team High Fiving White Guys squad that’s lost nine of it’s first ten contests, including eight straight following their 114-76 blowout loss to West division rivals #5 Team Maione on Sunday night. Matthew Clark led the way for Team High Fiving White Guys in this game, producing 23 points (8-15 FG), five rebounds and four assists during Sunday’s blowout loss to #5 Team Maione. Clark was excellent again Sunday, continuing to stake his claim as Team High Fiving White Guys best player. Clark has scored in double-figures in every game he has played in thus far this season and has not recorded less than 13 points in any single contest. He currently leads the team in scoring and is third in both rebounding and assists. Mr. Clark and the rest of the Team High Fiving White Guys crew will look to turn their season around when they take the court in Week 11 following the holiday and New Year’s break versus #4 Team WOLVERINES (8-2).

 

Team LAMBO – East – 0-10

Team LAMBO lost to East division rivals #1 Team Swish House on Sunday evening. It was their tenth straight defeat; however, there was a silver lining as the squad’s floor generals, Jeff Dirkin and Brock Massie continued to build on their fantastic seasons. Dirkin produced 19 points (9-17 FG) to go along with six rebounds while Massie contributed 10 points (4-14 FG), five rebounds and four assists in their squads 91-63 loss to #1 Team Swish House on Sunday. Things certainly have not gone the way Team LAMBO had hoped coming into this season but to be fair, their schedule has been brutal and the top-2 ranked teams in the league are in their division. They are however only 4 games back of sitting in the #7 seed so there is still a lot of time to make up some ground. They just need to get that first W under their belts. They’ll look to make that a reality coming up in Week 11 once we return from holiday and New Year’s break when they take the court against #5 Team Maione (7-3).

 

Team Purimetla – North – 3-7

What’s most surprising about Team Purimetla this season is that, with most of the same pieces in place, their defense, which finished in the top-6 a year ago, has been pretty average thus far this year. Team Purimetla have gotten better defensively as the season has worn on and are now ranked seventh (78.2 PAPG) in total defense in THE CHI Hoops league. I expect that to continue to improve. Unfortunately for Team Purimetla, Sunday night they did not see much improvement on the defensive end as they ended up losing to a very tough #3 Team Onions crew, 89-80. It was their second loss to #3 Team Onions this season. Timothy Lott made his season debut for Team Purimetla and produced 22 points (9-14 FG) to go along with seven boards. Muraner Milic had himself another good outing on Sunday evening, finishing with 11 points (4-6 FG) and four rebounds. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough to sneak past a feisty Team Onions squad. Team Purimetla will look to put this loss behind them once we return to the courts in Week 11 following the holiday and New Year’s break. They’ll match-up with #6 Team Division 6 (6-4).

 

That wraps up Week 10! I hope everyone enjoys their holiday and New Year’s and we’ll see everyone back on the courts on Sunday, January 6th!

-Marko