2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops Week 2 – (Oct. 14)

Updated: October 19, 2018

Week 2 of THE CHI Hoops League is always a strange one.

It’s parity’s fault.

As we exit Sunday evening, we still had quite a few Teams who are Undefeated. Five Teams made it to 2-0. Meanwhile another 4 are tied in the middle of the pack at 1-1 and finally, the remaining 5 Teams are at 0-2 still searching for their first W. A few early season potential disasters also righted themselves this week, and several squads that started Week 1 hot, have cooled. More on who all these squads are in a bit.

You could shuffle the order between No. 14 and No. 6 however you like and defend it. It’s that crowded outside the Top-5. We will do our best to try to reorganize a chaotic landscape and get this mess into as reasonable of an order as possible in our Week 2 Power Rankings.

As always, these rankings are meant to reflect the current league hierarchy. We’re emphasizing recent play of course, but in many cases, we also must lean on past season’s resumes. What happened last year and over the Summer still counts for something as we try to figure everyone out early in the season. This perspective helps us avoid getting too carried away if certain squads look like the 95’ Bulls to start the season. Don’t worry, you squads will get your due too.

We are only two weeks in and the league already feels unnervingly unpredictable.

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. UPDATE: All Teams will play the other Teams in their Division 2x.

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 – 2-0

Team Wolverines and Team Division 6 laced up for the Game of the Week and man did it live up to expectations. The defending Champions move to 2-0 after a slugfest with All Sports Series newcomers Team Division 6 on Sunday Night and hold serve on the #1 spot in the Week 2 Power Rankings. Team Division 6 came out firing on all cylinders on Sunday evening and went pound for pound for the full 44-minutes with the Defending Champs, however, they just couldn’t quite keep up with the high-flying Team Wolverines Offense. By the final score of 88-86, Team Wolverines took the lead in the final seconds of this game and didn’t let it go. It was just another day in the office for Bryant Orange as he led the way with 25 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assist, 3 steals and 1 block. Team Captain Randal Hampton was active as well as he contributed 17 points and a handful of assists. Team Wolverines will look to get their record to 3-0 and put a firm hold on the South Division when they take the floor against division rivals Team Reisner (1-1) in Week 3.


2. Team Maione – West – 2-0

In what could have also easily been the Game of the Week, #2 Team Maione pulled off a huge win over a feisty Team Onions crew by the final score of 88-81 to bring their record up to 2-0. Team Maione controlled most of this game and at certain points when Team Onions would get close to tying or taking the lead, Team Maione would simply pull away with key defensive stops and clutch buckets. Led by Matthew Vogrich’s 25 points and Blake McLimans 20 points, the veteran Team Maione crew was just too much to handle for a Team Onions crew still learning THE CHI Hoops landscape. With an all-around team effort of 5 players scoring in double digits, there wasn’t much Team Onions could do on the defensive side of the ball. Team Maione will look to make it a perfect 3-0 start to their season coming up on Sunday night when they take on the North division leaders, Team Schwartz (2-0).


3. Team Swish House – East – 2-0

Team Swish House entered the 2018-19 season with a little less buzz than some of the other top Teams from a year ago, and last Spring’s early Playoff exit likely had something to do with it. Well their Roster is not only in tact once again this year but seems to be much improved. This Week they took down a very solid Team Clark crew and in impressive fashion. To sum it up, they look great. This was a very close game in the first half, but league veteran Sterling Williams took over in the second half and absolutely dominated in leading his team to a solid 98-78 victory. Mr. Williams made his season debut in this one and began right where he left off last season, scoring a game high 34 points and added 11 rebounds. Captain Michael did his part in helping the team pull off a big victory as he chipped in 29 points and added 4 rebounds as well. This is a very powerful team led by last year’s league MVP and when they are clicking on all cylinders, they are very tough to beat. They’ll try to take sole possession of the Eastern division lead coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the floor against Team Wolves (2-0) in our Week 3 Game of the Week!


4. Team Wolves – East – 2-0

The Wolves were the #1 Team for most of the 2017-18 season and given their performances in the first two weeks to begin this season, it’s not hard to imagine them being in the #1 spot here soon. In what ended up being another fantastic game in Week 2, Team Wolves vs. Team LAMBO went down to the wire with Team Wolves pulling out the narrow victory, 76-74. Rodney Metellus was unstoppable for Team Wolves as he chipped in 31 points and led his team to the nail-biting victory. He made a lot of big defensive stops and made clutch basket after bucket down the stretch to secure the important victory for his squad. The win brings Team Wolves record to 2-0 and a tie for the top spot in the East division. Coming up in Week 3, Team Wolves will take the court against Team Swish House (2-0) with an opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the East in what will be our Week 3 Game of the Week!


5. Team Schwartz – North – 2-0

Moving up to the #5 spot in the Week 2 Power Rankings is non-other than Team Schwartz. Team Schwartz is off to a very nice 2-0 start to the season as they defeated a very tough Team Purimetla squad by the final score of 84-78. The three headed monsters of David Carson II, Jermaine Johnson and Austin Brown were unstoppable on Sunday afternoon. David Carson II led the league in scoring in Week 2, dropping a HUGE 41 points to go along with 6 rebounds. The 3’s were dropping for him, And 1’s were coming easily for him and everything just seemed to go his way all night long. Jermaine Johnson had a solid double double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jermaine has been one of the most consistent scorers over the past few seasons for Team Schwartz and it certainly should not shock anyone if he leads his team deep into the post season this year. They’ll look to keep their perfect start to the season when they take the court against #1 Team Maione (2-0) coming up in Week 3.


6. Team Division 6 – South – 1-1

They gave the defending Champs Team Wolverines all they could handle on Sunday. They stormed out to a lead and kept it through halftime. They saw first-hand why it is so hard to defeat Team Wolverines though. They just don’t make mistakes late and force the other Team to be uncomfortable. Eric Porter was absolutely on fire as he led the way for Team Division 6 with 37 points, 8 assist and 5 rebounds. This stat stuffing guard was knocking down 3’s from all around the floor, setting his teammates up with good assist and being overly active on both ends of the floor. Johnny Vernasco wasn’t too shabby either in this one as he produced 17 points to go along with 4 assist and 2 rebounds. Team Division 6 is a team to watch out for as they showed they can play with the best of them. They are a sleeper to take the whole thing. They’ll look to rebound from this gut-wrenching loss in Week 3 when they tip off against division rivals, Team Deutsch (0-2).


7. Team Onions – West – 1-1

Moving one spot down to #7 in our Week 2 Power Rankings is Team Onions following their very tough Week 2 loss to #1 Team Maione by the final score of 88-81. These guys play some fantastic basketball and there is no shame going down to the #1 team in the league. Team Onions seemed to always be playing catchup in this game, continuously giving up the lead then slowing working their way back. But every time it seemed as though they would take the lead over, Team Maione would come up with one clutch bucket after another. Mike Marietti did a good job of keeping Team Onions close and in the game, but it just never seemed to be enough. Joel Pennington also chipped in 21 points and stuffed the stat sheet with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. This team has played hard the first two weeks of the season and I would expect the same out of them in Week 3 when they take the court against Western division foes, Team High Flying White Guys (1-1).


8. Team Reisner – South – 1-1

Moving up from the depths of the unraked and into the #8 spot in the Week 2 Power Rankings is the 2015-16 Champs, Team Reisner. We said last week that this team would not stay unranked for long, and boy did we hit that one on the dot. By the final score of 67-60, Team Reisner picked up a huge victory over their South division rivals, Team Deutsch. After a rough season opener last week, Marin Kukoc for Team Reisner seemed to shake off the Summer rust in Week 2 by providing 25 points and 10 rebounds to help his team come out on top. With Adam Butterfield and Tyler Max chipping in big buckets down the stretch, Team Reisner seems to have put their disappointing season opening loss behind them. They’ll look to build on this Week 2 victory coming up on Sunday night when they take the court against #1 Team Wolverines (2-0). Huge South division battle coming up.


9. Team High Fiving White Guys – West – 1-1

Grabbing their first W of the 2018-19 season by defeating Team Chess and Mathematics by the final score of 66-56, Team High Fiving White Guys seemed to have completely forgotten about their season opening blowout loss. It was also nice to see them having some fun out there. Many Teams forget that ingredient. These guys take it seriously, but not so much so that they forget the initial reason for playing. Matthew Clark was highly efficient from the floor for Team High Fiving White Guys, scoring 24 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Right behind him was Maxell Davidson who had 13 points and 10 rebounds to go along with some big defensive stops in the closing minutes of the game. The whole starting five played extremely well and it was nice to see this team clicking after a blowout loss on Opening Night. Week 3 lines them up against West division rivals and #7 Team Onions (1-1) in what could be one of the highlights of the afternoon.


10. Team Deutsch – South – 0-2

Good Teams bounce back from a tough loss quickly and don’t let it creep into their mentality in the next Game. Very intrigued to see how this very talented squad comes back in Week 3 following their second consecutive loss to start the 2018-19 season. It was mentioned last week but bears repeating this Week. They are GOOD! Yes, they fell to Team Reisner on Sunday Night by the final score of 67-60, but Team Reisner are former Champs for a reason. The scheduling gods have not been very kind the first two weeks to Team Deutsch, but they cannot let these two extremely tough losses keep them down. Depth, or the lack of depth, was Team Deutsch’s downfall in Week 2. With a shortage of players out due to personal reasons, their bench was extremely thin, and it played a big part in this crushing loss. Playing with 5 guys for most of the night, Team Reisner proved to be too much. Team Deutsch is a veteran laden team that will bounce back nicely next week after this tough loss. Next up is another tough match-up with South division rivals and All Sports Series newcomers, Team Division 6 (1-1).


Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Chess and Mathematics – North – 0-2

Team Chess and Mathematics was Ranked #8 coming out of Week 1, but they fell in Week 2 by ten points to #9 Team High Flying White Guys, 66-56. They are closer to the Team that we saw in Week 1 rather than who we saw in Week 2. They’ll bounce back. Chess and Mathematics played tough in this one but were a little slow coming out of the gate. They got a solid contribution from Garret Staniec as he led the way with a nice double double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. He was everywhere on both sides of the ball and did the best he could to keep his team in this ballgame. Darek Wojewnik also had a nice afternoon, posting 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. This squad was without their Captain and floor general, Gilles Jones in this one, and it showed as they put up a league low of 56 points this week. They hope to have their Captain back in Week 3 with an extremely important game on the docket when they take the court against North division rivals, Team Purimetla (0-2).


Team Clark – East – 0-2

Let’s move past these two weeks quickly. Here’s the deal. They’ve played two title Contenders in Team Wolves and Team Swish House over the first two weeks. It was a very rough schedule to get their season started. Team Clark seemed to also come out a little flat to begin this game and it ultimately cost them in the end, losing to a very good Team Swish House squad by the final score of 98-78. Kevin Gonn and Captain Rodney Clark were on their A game as they combined for 45 of their squads 78 points. Team Clark is now a veteran All Sports Series team that will rebound from this loss next week and come out swinging hard. They’ll have a big opportunity to pick up their first win on the 2018-19 campaign in Week 3 when they take the court against East division rivals, Team LAMBO (0-2). Very important game coming up for both squads as the winner moves to 1-2 while the losers will be staring at a 0-3 start.


Team LAMBO – East – 0-2

In what ultimately ended up being one of the most entertaining games in Week 2, Team LAMBO lost a heartbreaker to #4 Team Wolves by the final score of 76-74. Team Lambo played well and if it weren’t for some questionable calls and costly turnovers in the final moments of this game, this would have been their victory. Jeff Dirkin was the leading scorer for Team LAMBO as he recorded 26 points and 8 rebounds. Tim Brennan was stuffing the stat sheet all night long as he nearly had a triple double of 11 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Team Lambo is a veteran laden team and expect them to bounce back well next week. They entered the postseason last season as the overall #4 seed so expect them to not only rise in the standings here shortly, but also in our Power Rankings. Their next chance to do so comes up on Sunday afternoon in a Week 3 match-up with East division rivals, Team Clark (0-2). Huge game coming up for both squads as the winner moves to 1-2 while the losers will be staring at a 0-3 start.


Team Purimetla – North – 0-2

This time last year Team Purimetla was sitting at 2-0 and life was good. They were 2-0 in their division and things were looking great. Oh, how the tides have turned to start off their 2018-19 campaign. By the final score of 84-78, Team Purimetla took their second consecutive defeat to start their season. They also suffered their first divisional loss on the year. Team Purimetla had a good showing from Alex Enos who put up 26 points and 11 rebounds. Dominique Arrington did his best to will his squad to victory as he chipped in 20 points and added 4 rebounds as well. Adam Jones made his regular season debut for Team Purimetla and he sure wasn’t himself as he shot the ball poorly and just couldn’t get many of his shot to fall. I would watch out for this team however because it’s only a matter of time before Mr. Jones starts scoring and putting up big numbers on a weekly basis. This is a very dangerous team and they will start to rack up wins here shortly. Their next opportunity comes on Sunday afternoon against North division rivals, Team Chess and Mathematics (0-2). Extremely important game coming up for both squads as the winner moves to 1-2 while the losers will see their record dip to 0-3.


That’s it for Week 2! Good Luck to all in Week 3!