2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops Week 13 – (Jan. 20)

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Updated: January 25, 2019

As 2018 morphed into 2019, it afforded us all a moment to reassess where we stand, and to figure how we can improve ourselves this coming year: Play more ball, lose weight, read more great novels, call our moms, etc.

THE CHI Hoops Teams can do the same thing. The first three and a half months of THE CHI Hoops season have come at us fast. Captain Jones growing pains with Team Chess and Mathematics, the roller coaster rides of squads like Team Deutsch and Team Maione, Eric Porter’s emergence not just as an All Sports Series Hoops rookie-of-the-year-caliber player but a future-MVP-caliber player. Things are more bunched up than ever before in the East Division, while the top of the South Division still appears incredibly strong.

If you’re Team Chess and Mathematics, your resolution should be to figure out how your crew can succeed alongside Captain Gilles Jones, not just because of Jones and his greatness.

If you’re Team Clark, your resolution should be to figure out the best way to utilize Captain Rodney down the final stretch of the Regular Season and just pull the trigger. Unfortunately this franchise has failed to capitalize on his greatness so far this season; it’s time to change things up a bit.

And for Team LAMBO, your resolution should be to continue to employ the greatness of Jeff Dirkin and Brock Massie. These two guys have emerged as players who are foundational pieces for this franchise. Team LAMBO have now won three straight ballgames and head into Week 14 with a crucial match-up against East Division rivals, #3 Team Wolves.

Week 14 coming up on Sunday afternoon will bring us another round of Divisional games for 12 of our 14 teams before we head into a two-week break. Now is the time for some of these teams to start making their moves in their respective Divisions and the Overall Standings.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, onto our Week 13 Power Rankings:

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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 WOLVERINES – South – 11-2

Team WOLVERINES are our new No.1 Team in THE CHI Hoops League. It’s not so much because of Team WOLVERINES winning a bunch of games (five in a row to be exact) during a somewhat “easy” stretch of the season – recording wins over the likes of Team Chess and Mathematics, Team High Fiving White Guys and Team Schwartz during this stretch isn’t exactly something to write home about. But it’s their entire resume. Bryant Orange, Josh Davis and Captain Randall Hampton combined to score 69 points in Sunday’s 102-86 victory over Team Chess and Mathematics. While Team WOLVERINES dynamic trio of Orange, Davis and Hampton each hit for more than 20 in this one, they also got some help from their teammates as Mitchell Acox Bouie, Rashad Singleton and Ryan combined for 33 points of their own. Team WOLVERINES will look to build on their fantastic 2018-19 campaign coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against South division rivals, #5 Team Division 6 (9-4) in our Week 14 Game of the Week! These two squads met back in Week 2 and Team WOLVERINES walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center with a narrow 2-point victory.

 

2. Team Swish House – East – 11-2

I was ready to emphatically proclaim Team Swish House as the clear-cut #1 Team in THE CHI Hoops League above the likes of Team WOLVERINES and Team Wolves — then they went out and lost in an instant classic to #7 Team Deutsch on Sunday afternoon in our Week 13 Game of the Week. But Team Swish House have still been remarkable this season. Alex Foster totaled 36 points (16-19 FG), nine rebounds and six assists during Sunday’s 121-117 loss to #7 Team Deutsch. Foster was suburb, exceeding 30 points in only his second appearance this season for #2 Team Swish House. Captain Michael Halusek also came up with one of his best performances this season, dropping 28 points (11-19 FG) to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Unfortunately for Team Swish House, they had no answer for Team Deutsch on the Defensive end of the court as they allowed a season-high 121 points. Team Swish House will need to get over this tough loss quickly if they plan on once again overtaking that #1 spot. They will take the court against East Division foes, #9 Team Clark (5-8) coming up on Sunday afternoon. These two squads met back in Week 2 and Team Swish House walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center with a 20-point victory.

 

3. Team Wolves – East – 11-2

Team Wolves stays put in the #3 spot in the Week 13 Power Rankings without even stepping foot on the court on Sunday evening. They received a forfeit Win as their opponents Team Reisner were unable to gather enough starters to field a team on Sunday. Team Wolves will have to hope that the extra week of rest will prove to be beneficial as they have a crucial match-up coming up in Week 14 against East Division rivals, Team LAMBO (3-10). These two groups played one another back in Week 2 and #3 Team Wolves came away with a slim 2-point victory.

 

4. Team Onions – West – 10-3

Another team staying put in the Week 13 Power Rankings without even having to put on their jerseys. Team Onions also received a forfeit win on Sunday evening as their opponents #10 Team Schwartz were also unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. The win moves Team Onions overall record up to 10-3 on the year. Team Onions will look to make it two-straight victories coming up on Sunday afternoon as they have a vital match-up against West Division rivals, #6 Team Maione (8-5). A win on Sunday for #4 Team Onions would give them a solid 3-game lead in the West and all but secure the Division Crown. A loss on the other hand would see their Division lead slip to a single game and would surely setup some drama heading into the final four-game stretch of the Regular Season. These two squads met back in Week 2 and #6 Team Maione came out with a solid 7-point victory.

 

5. Team Division 6 – South – 9-4

Eric Porter, Cullen Barr and Team Division 6 put their game away in a hurry on Sunday afternoon. #5 Team Division 6 never seemed to even trail in this game, bolting to a big lead and romping past #9 Team Clark 120-87 on Sunday. Porter scored a cool 40 (15-26 FG) and Barr recorded another double-double with 14 points (6-12 FG) and 10 rebounds. The win was Team Division 6’s fourth in a row and now sees their overall season record sit at a very solid 9-4. Team Division 6 sits two games back in the South Division (as well as the Overall Standings) and will have an opportunity to move within one game in the South with a crucial match-up with their rivals, #1 Team WOLVERINES coming up on Sunday in our Week 14 Game of the Week. By the final score of 88-86 back in Week 2, Team Wolverines took the lead in the final seconds in that contest over Team Division 6 and didn’t let it go. Team Division 6 gave the defending Champs all that they could handle on that October evening and will be out looking for a little revenge coming up on Sunday afternoon.

 

6. Team Maione – West – 8-5

Team Maine had a disappointing performance in Week 13, losing to #8 Team Purimetla by a final score of 89-70. They recorded a very nice win in Week 12 and were eager to get back on the court to notch another W in the win column. Unfortunately, they were unable to leave the Ray Meyer Center on Sunday night with a victory, as Team Purimetla played an excellent overall game. To be fair, Team Maione was missing most of their regular starters and struggled to get anything going offensively. Chris Wroblewski, Tyler Ponticelli and Captain Brad Deutsch combined to score 58 of Team Maione’s 70 total points. Team Maione is 3-5 in their last 8 games after starting their season 5-0. They currently trail #4 Team Onions by two games in the West Division and sit three games back in the Overall Standings. Team Maione will look to rebound from this tough performance coming up on Sunday afternoon with a rematch against West Division leaders, #4 Team Onions (10-3). These two squads met back in Week 2 and #6 Team Maione came out with a solid 88-81 victory. A win on Sunday for #6 Team Maione would get them back within one game in the West with four games remaining. A loss on the other hand would see them drop three games back in the West and all but end their dreams of hoisting the West Division crown.

 

7. Team Deutsch – South – 6-7

Tim for Team Deutsch stepped back time and again and released the ball from way back. Most of the time with at least one defender in his face, too. Tim scored a Week 13 League high 48-points with ten 3PT + AND1 and #7 Team Deutsch held off #2 Team Swish House 121-117 on Sunday night in our Week 13 Game of the Week for their second straight win. Brian Otto also came up with a huge performance for Team Deutsch on Sunday night, finishing with 35 points (14-21 FG), six rebounds and three assists to help push his squad past a very good Team Swish House squad. #7 Team Deutsch have now won back-to-back games for the first time since Week 9 and will look to make it three wins in a row when they take the court on Sunday afternoon against South Division rivals, #10 Team Reisner (4-9). These two squads met back in Week 2 and Team Deutsch fell that night by the final score of 67-60. Team Deutsch currently sits five full games back in the South Division (and overall standings) with five regular season games remaining. It might be too little too late for Team Deutsch to hoist that South Division crown at the end of the Regular Season, but we have seen crazier things happen before.

 

8. Team Purimetla – North – 5-8

By the winning score of 89-70 over #6 Team Maione, Team Purimetla secured their second straight victory and move into the #8 spot in the Week 13 Power Rankings. Timothy Lott poured in 26 points (10-20 FG), 13 rebounds and three assists in Sunday’s huge victory over #6 Team Maione. Not only did Lott prove why is one of the best offensive players on this team, but he flashed his defense Sunday night with some key steals and blocks. Lott can certainly do it on offense most weeks as evidenced by his double-double Sunday, but the defense is something that will take Team Purimetla to the next level. Team Purimetla has now won back-to-back games and both against quality opponents. They also gained a game in the North Division on Sunday afternoon and now have a full game lead. Suddenly, Team Purimetla is one of the hottest teams in the league and with plenty of time to keep climbing up the Standings. The North Division crown will guarantee them at the very least a #6 seed for the postseason, so these final five regular season games are crucial. They’ll have an opportunity to stretch their lead in the North by two full games on Sunday afternoon when they tip off against North Division rivals, #10 Team Schwartz (4-9). Team Purimetla lost their first match-up back in Week 2 against Team Schwartz by a final score of 84-78.

 

9. Team Clark – East – 5-8

Is Team Clark a Top-8 Team? We certainly think so. They probably should be much higher than that to be honest. However, the 2018-19 season has been tough on Team Clark and right now they just aren’t playing their best ball. Well, Captain Rodney Clark and Jeffery Godwin seem to be playing great ball. They combined for 69 points in their squads 120-87 loss to #5 Team Division 6 on Sunday night. This team has size and athleticism and when they work hard on defense it really is tough to score on them. This Sunday they gave up almost 120 points, albeit it was against the highest scoring team in the league in Team Division 6. It is extremely tough to win in this league when you give up that many points. It’s time for them to flip the switch and start putting together some victories before the playoffs get here. They get another tough opponent coming up in Week 14 in East Division rivals, #2 Team Swish House (11-2). Team Clark seemed to come out a little flat in their first meeting with #2 Team Swish House back in Week 2 and it ultimately cost them in the end, losing by the final score of 98-78.

 

10. Team Schwartz – North – 4-9

Team Schwartz was unable to field enough starters on Sunday afternoon and had to take the forfeit loss. The loss was their fifth in a row and drops their overall record to 4-9 on the season. They have three teams breathing down their necks and another loss can potentially remove Team Schwartz from the Rankings altogether. They’ve got a huge match-up this week against North Division leaders, #8 Team Purimetla (5-8). A win for Team Schwartz in this match-up will bring them even with Team Purimetla atop the North Division standings with the head-to-head tiebreaker in hand as they won the first match-up between these two squad back in Week 2 by a final score of 84-78. A loss on the other hand would see them dip two full games back in the Division with four games remaining. Huge game coming up on Sunday afternoon with major playoff implications on the line.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Chess and Mathematics – North – 3-10

Team Chess and Mathematics ran into a very determined #1 Team WOLVERINES squad on Sunday night and came out on the losing end of a 102-86 ball game. It happens. The key is that they are gaining chemistry and are going to be that team that nobody wants to face come Playoff time. The team’s leading scorer Captain Gilles Jones had to miss this contest but in his absence substitute Sherman put up a monster game with 35 points (14-22 FG), two rebounds and four assists. Cannon Blair, Derek Wojewnik and Ron Nandi all had nice games, combining to score 43. They just couldn’t come up with enough buckets down the stretch to get past the best defensive unit and #1 Team in the League. A 1-12 Team High Fiving White Guys are next up on the schedule for Team Chess and Mathematics coming up on Sunday afternoon. These two squads met back in Week 2 and Team Chess and Mathematics took a tough loss that evening, falling by the final score of 66-56. A win in this match-up keeps Team Chess and Mathematics alive for the North Division crown, while a loss coupled with a Team Purimetla win, could all but ruin their chances of claiming the North Division crown.

 

Team High Fiving White Guys – West – 1-12

Team High Fiving White Guys had plenty of opportunities to snap their league-high ten game losing streak on Sunday night, unfortunately they just could not get some late buckets to fall and ultimately lost a tough one to Team LAMBO by a final score of 83-75. Matthew Clark, Team High Fiving White Guys leading scorer, erupted for 38 points (15-32 FG), three rebounds and three assists in this contest but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to get past a streaking Team LAMBO crew. James Holman also had himself a nice night on the floor, generating 21 points (8-19 FG), four rebounds and three assists in his squads eight-point loss to Team LAMBO. Holman offset his slight shooting struggles with excellent across-the-board production, posting his best assist and rebound total of the new calendar year in the process. They will look to get their second win on the season and hope to snap that 11-game losing streak when they match up against a 3-10 Team Chess and Mathematics coming up on Sunday afternoon. Team High Fiving White Guys will want to pull out and review the film from their Week 2 match-up with Team Chess and Mathematics as their only win on the year came on that night against this same exact opponent.

 

Team LAMBO – East – 3-10

Jeff Dirkin made it easy for Team LAMBO and All-Star Brock Massie. Dirkin scored 34 points (16-26 FG) to go along with a Week 13 league-high 15 rebounds, Massie had 17 points (7-12 FG) and 12 rebounds and Team LAMBO won their third straight game, beating Team High Fiving White Guys 83-75 on Sunday afternoon. The Team High Fiving White Guys front-court simply had no one who could even slow Dirkin down, much less stop him, and as a result he delivered his 5th double-double of the season while dropping 30-plus points for the third time this season. This whole winning thing has also become a habit for Team LAMBO lately, and apparently no opponent is too intimidating to overcome. Team LAMBO will have to hope that they can get this same exact production from Dirkin and Massie coming up in Week 14 as they have an important match-up against East Division rivals, Team WOLVES (11-2). These two groups played one another back in Week 2 and #3 Team Wolves walked away with a narrow 76-74 victory.

 

Team Reisner – South – 4-9

Team Reisner did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team in Week 13 and had to take a forfeit loss to #3 Team Wolves. The loss makes it six in a row for Team Reisner and sees their record fall to 4-9. Team Reisner will look to snap their six-game losing streak when they take the court on Sunday afternoon against South Division rivals, #7 Team Deutsch (6-7). These two squads met back in Week 2 and Team Reisner recorded a very nice victory by the final score of 67-60. Team Reisner is mathematically eliminated from winning the South Division crown but they still have an opportunity to finish as high as the #6 overall seed heading into the postseason if they can start to string some victories together during the final stretch of the regular season.

 

That wraps up Week 13! Big games coming up on Sunday!

-Marko