2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops Week 17 – (Mar. 03)

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Updated: March 8, 2019

Just one week of regular season games remain on the 2018-19 THE CHI Hoops League schedule!

Our Week 17 Game of the Week between Team Onions and Team Wolves lived up to the hype as we witnessed a dramatic come from behind O.T. victory by Team Wolves. With this crucial Week 17 victory, Team Wolves moves back up into the #1 spot in our final set of Weekly Power Rankings!

REMINDER – The Playoffs are a Triple Elimination Tournament.

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As we get ready for the Playoffs it’s also time to choose our 2018-19 All-Stars and League MVP. With that, we need your votes!

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Voting will only be open until March 29th, 2019. You may vote for up to 6 players (MAX). You MAY NOT vote for the same player more than once. If a player is not listed, you may write them in manually in the “Other” section. For players to gain All-Star eligibility, they must have played in at least SIX Regular Season Games. The player who receives the most votes by his peers will be named 2018-19 League MVP. All-Stars and League MVP will be announced by April 5th, 2019.

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 Wolves – East – 14-3

Despite an improbable ending to regulation, #1 Team Wolves toughed it out in overtime over #5 Team Onions in our Week 17 Game of the Week. Jordan Stevens had 26 points (10-12 FG), Joe Kozak pitched in with 23 points (11-16 FG) and Romeo MaGlore added 25 points (10-15 FG) and 14 rebounds for Team Wolves in a dramatic 100-98 double OT win over Team Onions on Sunday evening. The victory gave Team Wolves a two-game sweep of Team Onions this season. Down 1 point with 14 seconds left in regulation, Team Wolves hit an And1 layup to take a 93-91 lead. With 1 second left in regulation, Team Onions had an inbounds pass from under their own basket. The pass was lobbed up to big man Mike Marietti right in front of the basket and he was able to get his hand on the ball and tip it through the hoop to miraculously tie the game up at 93 and send it to OT. Team Wolves would then go down by 5 points in OT with 21 seconds left on the clock. Team Wolves would hit another And1 layup to cut the lead down to 98-96 with 6 seconds left on the clock. The ensuing inbounds play Team Onions tried to bring the ball up the court, but Team Wolves somehow were able to steal the ball and hit another layup to tie the game up at 98-98 apiece. Romeo McGlore for Team Wolves then took the ball for the final possession of the game and hit a driving layup to give his squad one of the most dramatic victories of the season. Coming up on Sunday night, #1 Team Wolves will go toe-to-toe with #3 Team Swish House (14-3) in our Week 18 Game of the Week with the winner clinching the East Division crown and giving themselves the opportunity to finish the regular season with the overall #1 seed. These two squads met back in Week 3 and Team Wolves walked away with a 98-84 victory.

 

2. Team WOLVERINES – South – 14-3

14-3 overall record. 4-1 in the South Division. Current three-game winning streak. In any other league, that type of resume would probably have you as the #1 overall team. In THE CHI Hoops league, that puts Team WOLVERINES currently in the #3 spot. Team WOLVERINES got their third straight W on Sunday by the Final score of 94-74 as they begin to build a new streak for themselves prior to the postseason starting. They got the important win over Team LAMBO in a game that was closer than what the final score indicated. Josh Davis finished with a team-high 25 points (10-17 FG) and MVP candidate Bryant Orange just missed a triple-double with 24 points (11-18 FG), nine rebounds and eight assists during Sunday’s 20-point victory over Team LAMBO. Captain Randall Hampton and Corey Hutchinson also finished with 20 points apiece for Team WOLVERINES in this contest. Overall, the Defending Champions played very well in this contest so they should be primed for another big playoff stretch. They have a top-5 seed locked up and will go into the regular season finale on Sunday afternoon with an opportunity to lock up the overall #1 seed heading into the postseason. They’ll take the court against South Division rivals #10 Team Reisner, a squad that they beat 64-45 back in Week 3 to wrap up their regular season schedule.

 

3. Team Swish House – East – 14-3

The second highest scoring team in the league, #3 Team Swish House has played some great basketball the last two weeks following a little slip-up to #6 Team Maione in Week 15. #3 Team Swish House downed #8 Team Purimetla by a final score of 86-72 on Sunday afternoon. The win takes their record to 14-3 on the season as four different players topped double digits in scoring. Reigning MVP Sterling Williams once again led the way for #3 Team Swish House with 24 points (11-18 FG), four rebounds and six assists. Meanwhile, Captain Michael Halusek had his best scoring performance since Week 13 by pitching in with 20 points (8-14 FG), six rebounds and a couple of assists. Even with 14 wins on the season, Team Swish House still shares the overall #1 seed with division rivals Team Wolves and the defending Champions Team WOLVERINES. They’ll need some help this Sunday to overtake the #1 overall seed, but the way they have been playing anything is possible. But first things first, they need to take care of their own business this Sunday as they take on #1 Team Wolves (14-3) in our Week 18 Game of the Week. In their previous match-up back in Week 3, Team Swish House lost the battle to Team Wolves by the final score of 98-84. They’ll be out for some revenge on Sunday for sure. The good news for Team Swish House is that they cannot finish any worse than the overall 5th seed, even with a loss on Sunday. However, they will do everything they can to secure the East Division crown and overtake that coveted #1 overall seed.

 

4. Team Division 6 – South – 13-4

#4 Team Division 6 is flat out rolling. Everyone’s fears that they would come into THE CHI Hoops League and enter the elite tier have been realized. They now have won eight games in a row since they were 5-4 way back on December 9th of last year and this group now looks like they have enough to win the whole thing. Again, not what the others in the league want to see or hear, but it’s the truth. This past Sunday they dominated Team Chess and Mathematics by the final score of 99-78 behind 33 points (12-20 FG) from the leagues overall leading scorer and MVP candidate, Eric Porter. Porter was not about to give up his regular season scoring title and was absolutely on fire from outside the arc as he had nine 3PT + AND1. The nine 3 PT + AND1 brings his regular season total up to a whopping 116 on the year. To put this number in perspective for everyone, the next closest player has 65. Crazy. #4 Team Division 6 will look to make it nine straight victories on Sunday against South Division rivals #7 Team Deutsch (9-8) to close out their regular season campaign. They still have an opportunity to clinch the South Division crown with a win on Sunday combined with a #2 Team WOLVERINES loss but can finish no higher than the #2 overall seed. These two squads met back in Week 3 and Team Division 6 squeezed out a narrow 93-86 victory on that October day.

 

5. Team Onions – West – 13-4

Heartbreak. Disappointment. Frustration. That is what #5 Team Onions had to be feeling following their crushing OT defeat to #1 Team Wolves on Sunday night. By the final score of 100-98, #5 Team Onions suffered their fourth loss on the season and see them fall from #1 in our Power Rankings all the way down to #5. With 1 second left in regulation and down two points, Team Onions had an inbounds pass from under their own basket. The pass was lobbed up to big man Mike Marietti right in front of the basket and he was able to get his hand on the ball and tip it through the hoop to miraculously tie the game up at 93 and send it to OT. Team Onions would then go up by 5 points in OT with 21 seconds left on the clock and seemed to have the victory in the bag. Team Wolves would however hit another And1 layup to cut the lead down to 98-96 with 6 seconds left on the clock. The ensuing inbounds play Team Onions tried to bring the ball up the court, but Team Wolves somehow were able to steal the ball and hit another layup to tie the game up at 98-98 apiece. Romeo McGlore for Team Wolves then took the ball for the final possession of the game and hit a driving layup to give #1 Team Wolves a crazy come from behind victory and crush Team Onions hopes of finishing the regular season with the overall #1 seed. Coming up on Sunday, #5 Team Onions will tip off against West Division rivals Team High Fiving White Guys (1-16). These two squads met back in Week 3 and Team Onions walked away with a blowout 101-56 victory.

 

6. Team Maione – West – 10-7

#6 Team Maione suffered a slight setback to their title hopes on Sunday night as they took a disappointing 99-82 defeat to #7 Team Deutsch. Max totaled 37 points (14-22 FG), 10 rebounds and three assists during Sunday night’s 17-point defeat to Team Deutsch. Max put on a show Sunday evening, leading the way for his team in what could be a preview of their first or second round match-up. Max shot the ball extremely well hitting 14 of his 22 shot attempts, ending with a team-high 37 points. The supporting numbers were certainly fewer than what we are used to from him, but his squad must be thrilled with his efficiency and points total. Captain Brad Deutsch also had a very strong game on Sunday night, finishing with 21 points (9-17 FG), eight rebounds and five assists. Deutsch’s stat line on Sunday night is on par with his season averages in points (12.3), rebounds (5.1) and assists (6.2). A win in Week 18 versus Team Schwartz (4-13) will see Team Maione head into the 2018-19 postseason no worse than the #7 seed. Back in their previous match-up in Week 3 against Team Schwartz, Team Maione blew past Team Schwartz by the final score of 104-70. They’ll look for the season sweep against Team Schwartz on Sunday afternoon and build some momentum heading into the postseason.

 

7. Team Deutsch – South – 9-8

#7 Team Deutsch showed why they are still one of the top dogs in the league as they knocked off #6 Team Maione on Sunday night by a final score of 99-82. This was a close game in the first half, but the leagues fourth overall second leading scorer (minimum 6 games played) and MVP candidate William Sullivan, proved to be too much to handle and dropped 29 massive points (13-23 FG) to go along with five rebounds and five assists to help his squad earn their 9th victory on the season. Joe Martino also poured in 29 points (11-20 FG) while hauling down a Week 17 League-high 16 boards to go along with six assists. The win locks in Team Deutsch with no worse than the #8 seed in the 2018-19 Playoffs, with still the potential of finishing as high as the #6 seed (depending on other Week 18 results). In Week 18, Team Deutsch gets a re-match with South Division rivals #4 Team Division 6 (13-4) and will look to use this game as a Playoff test before heading into the tournament in less than 10 days. Back in their Week 3 match-up, Team Deutsch dropped a tough high scoring affair to Team Division 6 by a final score of 93-86. They’ll look to get some payback from that cold October evening loss.

 

8. Team Purimetla – North – 7-10

Team Purimetla dropped their second consecutive game on Sunday evening, losing to #3 Team Swish House by the final score of 86-73. Even with the loss, Team Purimetla hangs onto the #8 spot in the Week 17 Power Rankings as they have already clinched the North Division title. Team Purimetla was led by all-around playmaker and potential All-Star Adam Jones. Jones poured in 25 points (10-19 FG), five rebounds and an assist in Sunday’s 13-point loss to #3 Team Swish House. Jones was able to keep his guys in this game, but Team Swish House proved to be too big and too strong. Timothy Lott also had a nice night on the court, finishing with 18 points (8-15 FG), eight rebounds and three assists. As North Division Champs, Team Purimetla can enter the postseason as high as the overall #4 seed (depending on other results in Week 18) but can also enter the postseason no worse than the #6 overall seed. With a win on Sunday afternoon against Team Chess and Mathematics, a team they beat by four points in Week 3, they will give themselves some much needed momentum heading into the Playoffs. A loss on the other hand coming up on Sunday would see them enter the postseason on a three-game losing streak and reeling.

 

9. Team Clark – East – 7-10

Nate of Team Clark was an absolute beast on Sunday evening, dropping a 50 burger (22-27 FG) while pulling down a Week 17 League-high 16 rebounds and dishing out five assists in his squads 86-70 victory over Team High Fiving White Guys. Donald Banks also put up 21 points (10-20 FG) for Team Clark, to go along with 10 rebounds. The win is Team Clark’s second win in a row and sees their overall regular season record climb to 7-10. The good news for Team Clark coming out of their Week 17 win is that they are currently the #9 overall seed, which would pair them up with the #8 overall seed had the Playoffs started today. The even better news for Team Clark is that their regular season finale coming up on Sunday night is against East Division rivals Team LAMBO (3-14), a squad that has dropped four games in a row. The bad news for Team Clark is that with a loss on Sunday night and a Team Reisner win, Team Clark can drop into the #10 seed and start their triple elimination tournament versus a tough #7 seed. Extremely important game coming up for their playoff seeding and title aspirations.

 

10. Team Reisner – South – 6-11

#10 Team Reisner came into their Week 17 match-up a little shorthanded as they were only able to dress five players for their contest against Team Schwartz. Fortunately for #10 Team Reisner, that was all they needed as they walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center with a close 72-68 victory. Four of their five players posted double digit scoring efforts, with Chris Kozloff leading the way by posting 17 points (7-17 FG), seven rebounds and three assists. Kozloff certainly did not have his best shooting night of the year on Sunday, shooting 41% from the field, however, he made up for it by contributing stats in all other major categories and getting rough on defense in what was a stingy game. Tyler Max and Adam Rhum both dropped 15 points apiece on a combined 14-26 shooting from the field. If #10 Team Reisner can get Max, Rhum, Kozloff and Marks (who missed this Week 17 contest) all going at the same time, this squad will be a tough beat for any squad they match-up against in the postseason. They’ll finish off their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon with a match-up against South Division rivals #2 Team WOLVERINES (14-3). These two squads previously met back in Week 3 and #10 Team Reisner suffered a tough 64-45 defeat.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Chess and Mathematics – North – 4-13

Team Chess and Mathematics faced #4 Team Division 6 on Sunday evening and like many before them, came out on the losing end. Adam Gwardys led the way for his squad in this one with 27 points (11-17 FG) while pulling down a couple of rebounds and dishing out an assist. Gwardys continues to impress this season any time he has taken the court for Team Chess and Mathematics. Team Chess and Mathematics are currently tied with Team Schwartz in the standings at 4-13 and are also tied with them in terms of H2H as they have split their two meetings with one another this season. As of today, they are holding onto the #11 seed. A loss on Sunday could potentially see Team Chess and Mathematics fall to as low as the #13 seed if both Team Schwartz and Team LAMBO both win their contests. A win on the other hand on Sunday night against North Division Champs Team Purimetla (7-10), could potentially see Team Chess and Mathematics finish with the overall #11 seed (depending on what Team Schwartz and Team LAMBO do in their contests). They’ll look to pull off an upset on Sunday night and hope to secure the #11 seed entering the 2018-19 postseason.

 

Team High Fiving White Guys – West – 1-16

Team High Fiving White Guys locked horns with a determined #9 Team Clark crew on Sunday night at the wrong time. Team Clark came into this Week 17 contest coming off a huge Week 16 victory and were looking to start a new winning streak. They did just that as they held off Team High Fiving White Guys by the final score of 86-70. Matthew Clark, who has been the one constant for Team High Fiving White Guys all season long, once again proved his worth for his club as he poured in a team-high 20 points (9-21 FG) while grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists. Clark once again had a strong performance against #9 Team Clark, though it wasn’t enough to get the win. James Holman pitched in with 16 points (7-11 FG) and both Michael Porter and Max Z finished with 14 points apiece for Team High Fiving White Guys in this contest. Because of this loss, Team High Fiving White Guys have officially locked up the #14 seed for the 2018-19 Playoffs. They get West Division rivals #5 Team Onions (13-4) this coming Sunday in an opportunity to try to build some momentum prior to heading off into the postseason.

 

Team LAMBO – East – 3-14

Team LAMBO took one to the chin on Sunday night, falling to #2 Team WOLVERINES by a final score of 94-74. These two squads were locked up in an energy filled offensive battle as this ended up being one of highest scoring games of the week. Captain Brock Massie led the way once again for Team LAMBO as he dropped a game-high 30 points (12-21 FG) to go along with 11 rebounds and dishing out a couple of assists. Eric Miller also had a nice all-around performance for Team LAMBO in this one, producing 19 points (9-15 FG) while bringing down eight rebounds and dishing out three assists. John Weinheimer also finished with 10 points (4-11 FG) for Team LAMBO. Unfortunately for Team LAMBO, they could not find much offense from anyone else to help them stay with the defending Champs. The loss pushes Team LAMBO’s record down to 3-14 on the season and currently sees them sit as the #13 seed. A win on Sunday night, followed by losses from Team Chess and Mathematics and Team Schwartz, could see Team LAMBO move up two spots and into the #11 seed. A loss on Sunday night against East Division rivals #9 Team Clark (7-10), whom they lost to by 11 points back in Week 3, will see Team LAMBO enter the 2018-19 postseason as the #13 overall seed.

 

Team Schwartz – North – 4-13

Team Schwartz battled and gave it everything they had but just couldn’t get over the hump late against a determined #10 Team Reisner crew. They had a very nice overall game but just missed some big shots down the stretch. MVP candidate Jermaine Johnson was on fire all game and was stuffing the stat book like crazy. He finished with 36 points (17-32 FG), 11 rebounds and two assists in his squads tough 72-68 defeat on Sunday afternoon. Anthony Bernardi also had a nice afternoon for Team Schwartz as he finished with 13 points (6-13 FG) and seven rebounds. The loss makes it nine defeats in a row for Team Schwartz and they will look to get back on track in their regular season finale on Sunday with a re-match from Week 3 against #6 Team Maione. Back in that late October evening, Team Schwartz walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center on the losing end of a lopsided ballgame, falling by the final score of 104-70. This game could be one of their most important games on the year as a win could potentially see this squad move up into the #11 seed for the 2018-19 postseason. A loss in their Week 18 regular season finale could see Team Schwartz fall as low as the #13 seed, something they surely will want to avoid.

 

That’s it for Week 17. Good Luck to everyone in the Regular Season Finale! Please don’t forget to get in your All-Star VOTES!

-Marko