2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops Week 3 – (Oct. 21)

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Updated: October 26, 2018

Three teams in THE CHI Hoops League could now make a convincing argument that they deserve the top spot in the Week 3 Power Rankings.

As most of you are probably aware by now, your faithful Committee (me) does not do ties.

So, we crunched the numbers in the Power Rankings Headquarters all week, considered a wide range of possibilities … and ultimately decided to leave our top two in the same order we had them a week ago.

Team Maione certainly continues to be impressive offensively, averaging almost 100 points per game during its current 3-game winning streak, but Team WOLVERINES convinced us they should stay right where they were at #1 with their own strong Week 3 performance. There will certainly be some shakeups in the 3-14 tier however as Week 3 proved to be a very exciting Sunday.

If you disagree with our thinking, that’s fine and fair. Such arguments are what the Power Rankings were initially founded upon. Here’s to hoping you find more to dissect and discuss throughout our 1-to-14 Rankings…

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 – 3-0

By the final score of 64-45, Team WOLVERINES picked up their third consecutive victory in Week 3 over Team Reisner. Josh Davis led the way for Team WOLVERINES in this one with a solid 17 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. These guys really stepped it up on the Defensive end in this game, holding Team Reisner to a league low so far this season of 45 points. Team WOLVERINES, when they’re in the mood, are a sight to behold. Bryant Orange is averaging the most taken-for-granted 16, 4 and 5 in League history, everyone knows their roles, and suddenly Matthew Wolk is emerging as a fantastic weekly contributor. And what ranks as THE CHI Hoops League most withering Defense (tops in the league in PAPG at 63.7), this squad can put the clamps down at any time (as evidenced on Sunday). The concern, if you want to manufacture one, remains Team WOLVERINES week-to-week depth. The lack of a consistent bench is hard to ignore, but we ask again: Can anyone really make Team WOLVERINES pay for that shortcoming? They’ll look to make it a perfect 4-0 start when they take the court against #8 Team Purimetla (1-2) coming up in Week 4.

 

2. Team Maione – West – 3-0

Remember when Team Maione lost on an epic Championship Sunday last season? We frankly didn’t because they’ve been so good so far, assembling a perfect 3-0 start and bolting to a weekly average margin of plus-26 thanks to another dominant victory in Week 3 over #7 Team Schwartz by a final score of 104-70. Blake McLimans poured in a monster 38 points (15-28 FG) and added 10 rebounds and 2 assists in Team Maione’s win over Team Schwartz on Sunday. McLimans’s scoring total was the League high this week and served as his third straight double-digit effort to open the season. Chris Wroblewski also turned in a magical stat line on Sunday afternoon, dropping his first triple-double on the year with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Dylan Richter, Andy Timson and Captain Brad also all dropped double digit scoring efforts to contribute to the squads dominating Week 3 victory. There’s too much goodness going on, in other words, to not see Team Maione at the #1 spot sometime here soon. Coming up in Week 4 they’ll take on a Chess and Mathematics (0-3) squad that will be itching to record their first win on the 2018-19 season.

 

3. Team Wolves – East – 3-0

In our Week 3 Game of the Week, Team Wolves turned in a solid all-around team performance and beat #4 Team Swish House by the final score of 98-84. With this extremely important and solid Week 3 victory, Team Wolves jumps up into the #3 spot in the Week 3 Power Rankings. Joe Kozak, Romeo MaGlore and Phil Beans combined to score 77 of their teams 98 points in securing their third straight victory and third straight victory within the East Division. Team Wolves Offense is humming right now to such a degree with great ball movement, gorgeous looks galore, Romeo MaGlore producing with unfair efficiency, Joe Kozak finding his groove…that it’s almost a relief Team Wolves still has a few things to sort out on the Defensive end. If the D gets shored up a bit here, there is no reason to believe why Team Wolves would not be in our Top-2 here soon. They get an opportunity to take their record to a perfect 4-0 coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the floor against #7 Team Schwartz (2-1) in our Week 4 Game of the Week!

 

4. Team Swish House – East – 2-1

Without last years League MVP, Sterling Williams, Team Swish house struggled to produce enough Offense to keep pace on Sunday afternoon and fell to #3 Team Wolves by the final score of 98-84. Cory Starkey registered 25 points (12-17 FG), grabbed six rebounds and dished six assists in Sunday afternoons loss to Team Wolves. Starkey has been a very steady producer for Team Swish House through the first three games of the regular season, averaging 23.5 PPG. The sting of Week 3’s loss to Team Wolves has to be lessened somewhat by the fact that they played a really good game against the #3 ranked Team in the League, especially with star player Sterling Williams unable to dress for this contest. You could downgrade the Team Swish House’s early success now after this loss, if you wish, by focusing on this 1 loss, but don’t forget that Captain Halusek’s squad has mostly had to cope without some key pieces early on and still sport a 2-1 record. Team Swish House will have a big opportunity to rebound from this loss coming up on Sunday afternoon when they tip off against Team High Fiving White Guys (1-2).

 

5. Team Division 6 – South – 2-1

Moving up from the #6 to #5 spot in the Week 3 Power Rankings is All Sports Series and THE CHI Hoops newcomers, Team Division 6. Eric Porter generated 27 points (10-18 FG), six rebounds and five assists in Team Division 6’ 93-86 win over Team Deutsch on Sunday afternoon. On most other Sundays, Porter’s line would have stood out as stellar. But, this is a player where such a performance can be comfortably upstaged on any given Sunday. However, that’s not to take credit from the future All-Star player, who appears to be headed for a prolific 2018-19 season if his averages of 31.6 points, 5 rebounds and 5.7 assists over his first three games are any indication. Cullen Barr also contributed to the winning cause in Week 3 posting a solid double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Team Division 6 will look to build on this very nice Week 3 victory and add another tally in the W column in Week 4 when they take the court against Team LAMBO (0-3).

 

6. Team Onions – West – 2-1

Another All Sports Series squad and THE CHI Hoops newcomers, Team Onions, continued their very strong start to the 2018-19 season by recording a 101-56 blowout victory over Team High Fiving White Guys. The key to Team Onions early season success has been their ability to spread the ball around on Offense and get everyone involved. They have three players that are all averaging right around 20 PPG. Any time you have that type of balance, you will be a very tough team to beat. Ryan Coyle paced the squad in this very nice Week 3 victory, dropping 26 points (11-17 FG) to go along with ten assists and pulling down four rebounds. Andy Stemple also contributed with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Team Onions also ranks in the top half in the league in defensive efficiency, second in PPG allowed and should be feeling proud of what they’re doing on D because they’re also playing at a top-3 pace, which naturally means more possessions for them to defend. So far so good in the Team Onions camp. Coming up in Week 4, Team Onions will take on #9 Team Reisner (1-2) for a chance to secure their third victory on the campaign.

 

7. Team Schwartz – North – 2-1

Team Schwartz had the unenviable task of taking on #2 Team Maione in Week 4 and came out on the losing end, falling by a final score of 104-70. The loss eliminates any types of thoughts of going undefeated this year but there should be no shame in losing to #2 Team Maione. Team Schwartz was missing the league’s leading scorer, David Carson III and they surely missed his scoring as they posted their lowest scoring total so far this season. Jermaine Johnson picked up most of the slack in this one, posting a huge 25 point (11-29 FG), ten rebound and seven assists performance in Team Schwartz first loss of the season. The Schwartz obviously won’t be losing many games when both Carson III and Johnson are on the court and in 30-point territory. ‎But here’s the thing: Do you really want to ask those two to do that much? If they can continue to pile up the Wins, then the answer should be, YES! They’ll hope to have both guys in action when Team Schwartz takes the court on Sunday afternoon against #3 Team Wolves in our Week 4 Game of the Week!

 

8. Team Purimetla – North – 1-2

Moving up from the depths of the unranked and all the way up into the #8 spot in the Week 3 Power Rankings with a dramatic 90-86 victory over Team Chess and Mathematics on Sunday afternoon is Team Purimetla. Five different players recorded double digit scoring efforts, led by Adam Jones and his 29 points (11-23 FG), four rebounds and six assists. Dominique Arrington was extremely efficient with his shots on the night, scoring 22 points while shooting 75% from the field (9-12 FG) and dishing out a game high eleven assists. There’s little question Team Purimetla will score with Adam Jones and Dominique Arrington running the show, but this team’s performance on the other end could be an issue as they currently hold the fourth highest PAPG (80.3). And if Team Purimetla decides to go small, as they sometimes like to do, they could get really hurt on the glass. All that said, Team Schwartz’s star power and experience make them a clear contender for the North Division crown. They’ll look to get their record to .500 in Week 4 when they tip off against #1 Team WOLVERINES (3-0).

 

9. Team Reisner – South – 1-2

Moving down one spot into the #9 hole following their Week 3 loss to #1 Team WOLVERINES by a final score of 64-45, is Team Reisner. Team Reisner could not keep the winning momentum turning following their Week 2 victory over Team Deutsch as they were locked down all game long by a suffocating Team WOLVERINES D. Team Reisner was without their leading scorer Marin Kukoc and it showed as they scored a season low 45 points in this one. Sam Gage made his season debut for Team Reisner on Sunday afternoon and led the squad in scoring by recording 18 points while hauling down six boards. Brad Tivin also had a nice game posting 14 points to go along with eight boards. Team Reisner has a ton of quality, rotation-level players on the roster. Barring huge years from Marin Kukoc or Sam Gage, what they lack is a true consistent scorer. Captain Jordan Reisner will have everyone playing hard every week and if they can just find that consistent scorer, they will start to rack up wins consistently. They get an opportunity in Week 4 to bring their record to .500 when they go toe-to-toe with #6 Team Onions (2-1).

 

10. Team Clark – East – 1-2

Apologies to Captain Rodney Clark as well as Kevin Honn amid a stats-fest from the Team Clark players on Sunday afternoon that probably isn’t getting the attention it deserves, but they posted huge performances to secure Team Clark’s their first victory on the 2018-19 season. Captain Rodney accounted for 33 points (12-22 FG), five rebounds and five assists across all 44 minutes of action in Team Clark’s 77-66 win over Team LAMBO. Captain Rodney has once again established himself as the number one option on a short-handed Team Clark crew on Sunday afternoon. Kevin Honn provided 30 points (13-27), 9 rebounds and four assists and was clutch down the stretch in this huge victory for Team Clark to help seal the deal. If Captain Clark and Kevin Honn continue putting up these types of numbers against what is one of the tougher schedules to date, that must make them legit contenders if this sort of production persists. They’ll look to build on this key victory and bring their record to .500 when they take the court in Week 4 against Team Deutsch.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Chess and Mathematics – North – 0-3

Captain Gilles Jones had 36 points (15-22 FG), three rebounds and five assists in Team Chess and Mathematics 90-86 loss to #8 Team Purimetla on Sunday night. Captain Jones single-handedly tried to carry his group to victory in this match-up with a very tough Team Purimetla squad but came up just short. Garret Staniec also made a very solid contribution in his teams losing effort, dropping 22 points while hauling down twelve boards and dishing out three assists. The good: Two of the three losses Team Chess and Mathematics has suffered to open their 2018-19 season have come by 4 points. They are in these games and have opportunities to win them. The problem: Two of the three losses have come by four points. They are not closing out these games down the stretch when they need too. But the fact of the matter is that its still very early in the season and there is still plenty of time to get back on track. They will look to record that illusive first victory in Week 4 when they take the court in a very important match-up against #2 Team Maione (3-0).

 

Team Deutsch – South – 0-3

Team Deutsch is another squad that can claim that they have been dealt a terrible hand by the scheduling gods, but they certainly are not using that as an excuse to their surprise 0-3 start to the 2018-19 season. Team Deutsch came into their Week 3 contest against #5 Team Division 6 a bit shorthanded, only able to dress five players, and it certainly caught up with them in this contest as they went down by a final score of 93-86. Reilly O’Toole came out firing on all cylinders on Sunday afternoon as he posted 33 points (12-22 FG) and dished out eight assists to try to will his guys to their first victory. William Sullivan, Brian Deutsch and Justin Deutsch combined to score 47 points, but it wasn’t enough to keep pace with the third highest scoring team in the League. These guys have been in every game so far this season, they just have not been able to close them out. Team Deutsch will look to turn this around and snap their three-game losing streak against #10 Team Clark on Sunday afternoon.

 

Team High Fiving White Guys – West – 1-2

Team High Fiving White Guys sport the league’s worst weekly point differential (-24) through the first three weeks of the Regular Season following their 101-56 loss to #6 Team Onions on Sunday afternoon. They’re also rank 13th in Offensive scoring, while not yet nearly as fearsome on D (last in PAPG) as expected when this group came into this season. You take in all those numbers and inevitably conclude that Team High Fiving White Guys must feel somewhat fortunate to be off to a 1-2 start. But wherever you find some negatives, you will always see some positives. Team High Fiving White Guys is getting great production out of Matthew Clark and his 21 PPG and Nicholas Schneider’s 15.5 PPG. These guys have talent and can beat any team on any Sunday. They just need to gain some consistency and the wins will inevitably come. They get an opportunity to bring their record back to .500 in Week 4 when they tip off against #4 Team Swish House (2-1).

 

Team LAMBO – East – 0-3

After Team LAMBO’s recent narrow setback in Week 3 to Team Clark, a squad that was also struggling hugely when they saw them, Captain Brock Massie & Co. really could have used more than the moral victory they scored Sunday afternoon by throwing a scare into Team Clark. Some people will argue that there is no such thing as a moral victory, but I will argue that there absolutely is. This squad has a lot of talent on both ends of the court and the Wins will come. Captain Brock led the way for Team LAMBO in this contest, producing 28 points (12-24) to go along with twelve rebounds and four assists. Jeff Dirkin also had a big night on the floor for Team LAMBO, dropping 18 points while hauling down twelve boards of his own. Team LAMBO has suddenly lost their first three games and needs to start racking up some victories here soon. It does not get any easier from here as their next two opponents have a combined 5-1 record. They’ll start with #1 and defending Champs Team WOLVERINES (3-0) coming up on Sunday afternoon.

 

Week 3 is in the books! Another strong slate of games coming up in Week 4!

-Marko