2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops Week 6 – (Nov. 11)

Updated: November 16, 2018

We’ve got a lot to unpack ahead of Week 7 in THE CHI Hoops League: Not one, not two but ALL three of our undefeated teams heading into Week 6 took losses this week…crazy! As a result, we’ve got a new Power Rankings No. 1 for the first time this season!

After one of the wildest regular-season weeks in recent memory, Team Division 6 rose to the summit of our Week 6 Power Rankings by knocking off #2 Team Maione in O.T. and capitalizing on stunning losses by the reigning Champs Team WOLVERINES as well as Team Wolves to knock Team WOLVERINES out of the top spot for the first time all season.

Team Swish House is another big mover in the Week 6 Power Rankings, rising to No. 2 on the strength of an impressive three-game winning streak fueled by a scorching Offense and helped along by the rash of upsets that saw Team WOLVERINES (loss to Team Onions), Team Maione (O.T. loss to Team Division 6) and Team Wolves (loss to Team Deutsch) all fall on Sunday night.

To put the shock level of those outcomes in Vegas terms: Investing $100 in a three-team parlay on Team Onions, Team Division 6 and Team Deutsch on Sunday night would have netted nearly $35,000.

Things should stay plenty intriguing this week, too, with new #1 Team Division 6 meeting new #2 Team Swish House Sunday night and new #3 Team WOLVERINES and new #4 Team Maione dueling Sunday night in a much-anticipated rematch of last years Championship Game.

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 Division 6 – South – 5-1

Our Week 6 Game of the Week certainly lived up to its hype. Team Division 6 have now won four straight games after a big O.T. win over former #2 Team Maione by a final score of 89-84 and joined Team WOLVERINES, Team Wolves, Team Maione and Team Swish House atop the Overall League Standings at 5-1. The League’s leading scorer, Eric Porter once again led the way for #1 Team Division 6, registering 30 points, two rebounds and five assists in Team Division 6’ thrilling O.T. win over Team Maione on Sunday night. Porter managed to generate another impressive final line leading to his sixth straight game with more than 27 points to start his 2018-19 campaign. Team Division 6 as a team is also rolling right now and are showing no signs of slowing down. They can’t celebrate this enormous victory for too long however as they’ll have to defend their new #1 Ranking coming up on Sunday night against new #2 Team Swish House (5-1) in our Week 7 Co-Game of the Week!


2. Team Swish House – East – 5-1

With or without Sterling Williams on the court Team Swish House is good, very good. With Sterling Williams on the court, they are the second-best team in THE CHI Hoops League right now. Williams compiled FORTY-FIVE points, seven assists and seven rebounds during Sunday night’s 113-78 blowout victory over #10 Team Schwartz. Last year’s League MVP is really starting to heat up and it’s translating into W’s for Team Swish House. Team Swish House will certainly be needing the services of Mr. Williams for their upcoming brutal two-game stretch against #1 Team Division 6 and #3 Team WOLVERINES. First up is a match-up with #1 Team Division 6 (5-1) coming up on Sunday night in our Week 7 Co-Game of the Week! Winner of this Game will cement their name in the #1 spot for another week while a loss will send one of these squads tumbling back down the list.


3. Team WOLVERINES – South – 5-1

Suffering their first L on the 2018-19 season and first loss since April 29th, Team WOLVERINES walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center on Sunday night wishing they could have that contest back. By the final count of 82-79, Team WOLVERINES dropped a very tough game to All Sports Series newcomers, #6 Team Onions. The loss sees Team WOLVERINES record drop to 5-1 and down into the #3 spot in the Week 6 Power Rankings. Five different players were able to record double digit scoring efforts in this one for Team WOLVERINES, led by Bryant Orange’s 25 points, five rebounds and six assists. Josh Davis and Ryan Allen pitched in with 15 points apiece, while Captain Randall Hampton and Mitchell Acox Bouie combined to drop 24 points of their own. Ultimately it was their league leading Defense that let them down in this contest as they allowed Joel Pennington for Team Onions to drop 34 on them in this upset loss. They’ll need to shake off this loss quickly because they have a much anticipated 2017-18 Finals re-match with #4 Team Maione (5-1) coming up on Sunday night in our Week 7 Co-Game of the Week!


4. Team Maione – West – 5-1

Team Maione didn’t exactly play their best Game in Week 6 but still sitting at 5-1 with plenty to be happy about as we exit the first trimester of the season. At this exact same time last year, Team Maione was sitting at 1-5 and were able to battle all the way back and reach Championship Sunday. 1 loss will certainly not derail this group from their goal, but losses do always tend to sting a little. O.T. losses even a little more. By the final score of 89-84, Team Maione dropped their first ball game of the 2018-19 season and fall into the #4 spot in the Week 6 Power Rankings. Chris Wroblewski had 26 and Captain Brad Deutsch had 16 in the Loss to #1 Team Division 6 on Sunday night. They, like every other Team that played Team Division 6 this season, struggled to keep star PG Eric Gordan in check – who scored 30. That guy can really shoot it. They look to rebound in Week 7 against #3 Team WOLVERINES who shares an identical 5-1 record in a much anticipated 2017-18 Finals re-match coming up on Sunday night in our Week 7 Co-Game of the Week!


5. Team Wolves – East – 5-1

Team Wolves took the court in Week 6 against a winless and unranked Team Deutsch squad and walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center with their first loss on the 2018-19 campaign. Rodney Metellus provided 26 points, five rebounds and two assists in Sunday’s loss to Team Deutsch. Joe Kozak also contributed with a huge double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds to go along with three dimes. Sunday’s close loss to Team Deutsch is one this team will want back come April, but a win coming up on Sunday night against #9 Team Purimetla (2-4) is something they can rebuild off right now. Captain Chris McNichols production as the third option combined with Romeo MaGlore’s consistent availability throughout the rest of the year will determine if Metellus and Kozak will be the leaders of either an elite group of players that will make a remarking Championship run like last year or a squad that left too many winnable games on the table. Elite teams bounce back from tough losses.


6. Team Onions – West – 4-2

Another week goes by and Team Onions just keeps on winning. While the loss to Team Wolves in Week 5 was a tough one, they didn’t let the ship veer too far off course by picking up a HUGE victory in Week 6 over undefeated and reigning Champions, Team WOLVERINES. Joel Pennington stole the show in this contest for Team Onions as he scored a team-high 34 points on a blazing 13-15 shooting from the field while adding two rebounds and a couple of assists in his squad’s 82-79 win over Team WOLVERINES. The 34 points were a season high for Mr. Pennington as he now has scored at least 15 points in each of the five games he has played in so far this year. Andy Stemple also had a nice game for Team Onions as he contributed 23 points to go along with six rebounds and two assists in his squads very important Week 6 victory. They will look to build on their biggest victory so far this year when they take the court in Week 7 against #8 Team Clark (3-3).


7. Team Reisner – South – 3-3

Team Reisner has won two in a row and are back to .500 for the first time since the start of the Season. It took a few weeks to get all the pieces to gel with one another, but it seems that they have officially done so. Team Reisner is always one of the best Teams we have in the League and that will hold true as we head toward 2019. Marin Kukoc keeps giving us reasons to give him shout outs. He led them in scoring again with 17. Tyler Max had 16 and Brad Tivin pitched in with 14. 47 points from your Top-3. It’s a familiar story with the other top Teams in the League. You can’t just have one guy in this League. It takes true depth. Andrew Marks for Team Reisner has gotten off to a slow start this year as he is averaging just 10 PPG, almost half of what he was last year (19.18 PPG). If they can get Marks going, these guys can go on a serious run. They will look to make it three wins in a row coming up on Sunday night when they tip off against Team Chess and Mathematics (1-5).


8. Team Clark – East – 3-3

Kevin Honn tallied 29 points, two rebounds and four assists in Sunday nights 90-83 loss to #9 Team Purimetla. The poor efficiency from the field and downtown notwithstanding, Honn turned in a stellar all-around performance in his squads Week 6 loss to Team Purimetla. Captain and Floor General Rodney Clark also finished with 21 points, four rebounds and a couple of assists, but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to get past a very though Team Purimetla squad. Captain Clark and Kevin Honn have been consistent providers of points and energy for Team Clark, resulting in a very solid 3-3 record to begin their 2018-19 campaign. Natural to take a bit of a step back after having a nice winning-streak snapped. They just need to turn the tides back around here. They’ll have another tough test coming up in Week 7 when they take the court against the squad that just issued the reigning Champions their first loss of the season, #6 Team Onions (4-2).


9. Team Purimetla – North – 2-4

By the final score of 90-83, Team Purimetla picked up a very important Week 6 victory over #8 Team Clark to see their record improve to 2-4. Alex Enos had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists during Sunday’s seven-point victory over Team Clark. Enos was extremely efficient as a scorer and was a handful for Team Clark all afternoon long. Adam Jones, who led the squad in scoring last year with almost 23 PPG, missed this contest on Sunday afternoon for Team Purimetla but they certainly could have used his playmaking abilities. Mr. Jones is only averaging around 16 PPG this year, but if they can get him going, this squad is going to start ripping off some major Wins. This was a very nice victory for Team Purimetla in Week 6, but they now need to start stringing together a few Wins in a row. Their next opportunity comes on Sunday afternoon when they the court at the DePaul Ray Meyer Center against #5 Team Wolves (5-1).


10. Team Schwartz – North – 2-4

Not their best performance of the year and now have dropped four straight games. They just need to put 44 minutes together and they can exhale again. There are so many good Teams out there that you can easily just drop a few in a row if you are not playing your best. David Carson II bounced back from a tough Week 5 performance and dropped a FORTY burger in his team’s 113-78 loss to #2 Team Swish House. Jermaine Johnson also chipped in with 14, while Austin Brown and Jon Sider pitched in with 8 points apiece, but they just could not slow down a Team Swish House crew that was drilling shots from all over the court. Chalk this Game up to growing pains. Overall, we’ve been impressed with the way Team Schwartz has come out and played this season. But if this week’s 35-point loss to #2 Team Swish House has showed us anything, they still have a lot of work to do to get themselves up to the level they know they can be at. They take on Team High Fiving White Guys (1-5) in Week 7.


Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Chess and Mathematics – North – 1-5

Team Chess and Mathematics got their first Win of the Season on Sunday night and it couldn’t have come any sooner for them. They can now at least distance themselves from their nightmare start and begin the trek back up the Standings. They defeated a very good Team LAMBO squad (despite their record) and seem to be turning back into the Contender we all know they can be. Garret Staniec had 20 points in one of his best Games yet this season and Captain Gilles Jones did what he has been doing all season long for Team Chess and Mathematics, dropping 21 points while grabbing six boards and dishing out five assists. Darek Wojewnik and Darren Angell each scored 14 as well. Huge night all the way around for these guys. They look to start leapfrogging Teams in the Standings in Week 7 when they take on #7 Team Reisner (3-3).


Team Deutsch – South – 1-5

In what can be considered the biggest upset in Week 6, Team Deutsch came into the DePaul Ray Meyer Center and shocked #5 Team Wolves, winning by a final score of 78-74. We all knew that Team Deutsch’s record coming into this match-up did not properly reflect how good this squad is. This can be the turning point in which they have been waiting for. William Sullivan was back in action for Team Deutsch after a two-game absence and came up huge for them, scoring 26 points while grabbing a couple of boards and dishing out four assists. Brian Otto also saw his first game action since Week 1 and supplied 23 points while grabbing eight boards. When Team Deutsch is in full straight, they can play and beat any team in this league. They just need a little more consistency in terms of having available players week in and week out. They’ll look to build on this very important Week 6 victory coming up on Sunday night when they take the court against Team LAMBO (0-6).


Team High Fiving White Guys – West – 1-5

Team High Fiving White Guys was 1-1 and Ranked in the top-10 following Week 2. Since then, the wheels have fallen off for them as they have now dropped 4 games in a row, losing on Sunday afternoon to #7 Team Reisner by the final score of 74-57. They really struggled to get anything going on the offensive end of the court in this game going up against one of the best defensive teams in the league, mustering up only 57 points (their second lowest scoring output on the year). Matthew Clark led the way for Team High Fiving White Guys in this contest, scoring 13 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. The 13 points was however the lowest scoring game Mr. Clark has had all season. Talent wise, Team High Fiving White Guys can hang with any group in this League. They just need to get back to playing sound, fundamental basketball and playing to their strengths and getting stops on D. They look to get back on track against #10 Team Schwartz (2-4) in Week 7.


Team LAMBO – East – 0-6

And then there was 1. Team LAMBO is now the only team left standing in THE CHI Hoops League that is still searching for their first win on the 2018-19 campaign. By the final score of 83-73, Team LAMBO dropped their sixth consecutive game and are still searching for some answers. They hung in there all Game long with Team Chess and Mathematics but just couldn’t get into the Winner’s Circle quite yet. They are so much better than their record indicates that it’s going to be genuinely surprising to Teams later in the season when they come across them. Teams are going to sleep on them and they will make them pay. This is a group that should have a 180-degree turnaround in the second half of the season. Tim Brennan and Brock Massie impressed once again with 22 and 21 points respectively. Jonathan Wong had 14 and Dan Leonte pitched in with 8. They just need one win to turn it around. They have a tough but very winnable game coming up in Week 7 when they tip-off against Team Deutsch (1-5).


That’s it for Week 6. Good luck to all on Sunday!