2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops Week 7 – (Nov. 18)

Updated: November 30, 2018

Sometimes things are simple.

Beat the top-ranked team in the league — in the Game of the Week — and you quickly vault to No. 1 in THE Chi Hoops weekly Power Rankings.

It took your faithful Committee (Me) mere seconds to compute that Team Swish House would be moving into the top spot after their impressive Week 7 victory over the mighty and former #1 Team Division 6 squad.

The season’s first showdown between the teams that contested in last seasons THE Chi Hoops Finals also lived up to the hype, delivering a finish that pretty much clinched a very happy Turkey Holiday break for Captain Randall Hampton and co.

Something, meanwhile, to keep an eye on with Team Reisner: They’re suddenly on a 3-game winning streak and now only trail the defending Champs Team WOLVERINES by 2 games in the talent-packed South Division.

Read on for the rest of our Week 7 Power Rankings.

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Power Rankings

1. Team Swish House – East – 6-1

After defeating Team Division 6 in the Week 7 Game of the Week by a final score of 97-87, Team Swish House have now won 6 of their first 7 games, including three of four without last year’s League MVP, Sterling Williams. Chad M. and Captain Michael Halusek did most of the damage on the offensive end of the court for Team Swish House in their huge Week 7 victory, combining to drop 58 total points. Breck Mahoney and Jordan Gipson also had nice games, combining to score 25 points of their own. In addition to their prolific offense (best in the league at 94.7 PPG), it’s been Team Swish House’s stifling defense that has sustained their remarkable success. They were able to hold the league’s leading scorer heading into Week 7, Eric Porter, to a season low 20-points. Team Swish House will now head into Week 8 ranked 5th overall in total defense (73.6 PPG). They get another extremely tough match-up coming up in Week 8 when they take the court against #2 Team WOLVERINES (6-1) in our Week 8 Game of the Week!


2. Team WOLVERINES – South – 6-1

Team WOLVERINES bounced back very nicely in Week 7 following their tough Week 6 loss, holding off Team Maione in THE Chi Hoops Finals Rematch from a year ago. In a game that featured a ton of THE Chi Hoops All-Stars, Captain Randall Hampton stepped up and was the best player of the floor, leading Team WOLVERINES to an 82-69 win in Week 7 at the DePaul Ray Meyer Center. Captain Randall fueled the fire of his MVP candidacy, finishing with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, sealing the victory down the stretch. In addition to scoring nearly a third of the team’s points, Captain Randall also made his mark on defense. He blocked a pair of Team Maione shots, guarded multiple positions and was largely responsible for holding Team Maione to a season low of 69 points. With the win, Team WOLVERINES improved to 6-1 and they’ll wrap up their extremely tough three-game stretch with a showdown with #1 Team Swish House (6-1) coming up on Sunday night in our Week 8 Game of the Week!


3. Team Wolves – East – 6-1

Over a third of the way into their season, Joe Kozak and Team Wolves are the leaders in the very stacked East Division. Kozak was one of four Team Wolves players to record double digit scoring figures as they won their sixth game of the season, defeating Team Purimetla 79-62 in Week 7. Team Wolves improved to 6-1 on the year, which is tied for the best overall record in the league. With this big Week 7 victory, Team Wolves moves up into the #3 spot in the Week 7 Power Rankings. Kozak led the way with 24 points, Donte Logan scored 20 while Jordan Stevens and Marlowe Soriano combined to drop 17 points of their own. Team Wolves will look to make it seven wins on the year coming up in Week 8 when they take the floor against Team High Fiving White Guys (1-6).


4. Team Onions – West – 5-2

If it weren’t the coward’s way out, I’d assign a No. 4 ranking to each of the next three teams. Call it a three-way draw or break out the letter modifiers, Team Onions technically checks in at 4(a), and it’d better reflect the inseparable multi-squad tier beneath the top-3. That’s no way to rank, though. So, solidifying their #4 spot in the Week 7 Power Rankings is non-other than Team Onions following their Week 7 forfeit victory over Team Clark as Team Clark did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team. #4 Team Onions will try to make it 3 Wins in a row and continue their rise in our Power Rankings coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against a winless Team LAMBO (0-7) squad that will be looking to do everything in their power to snatch that illusive first victory.


5. Team Division 6 – South – 5-2

Falling to the #5 spot in the Week 7 Power Rankings following their brief one-week stint at #1, is Team Division 6. By the final score of 97-87, Team Division 6 lost a tough game to a very good and new #1 Team Swish House squad. Team Division 6 is crossing an important threshold as they transition from THE Chi Hoops Rookies to one that should win loads of games and make a nice run in the Playoffs. With Cullen Barr stepping up when needed, Eric Porter ready for stardom and Kente Nixon making his season debut in Week 7, Team Division 6 can no longer explain away losses as growing pains. This team is supposed to be ready. Offensively, it’ll be disappointing if Team Division 6 finish outside the top three. And they’ll have to be nearly that good to offset a defense that is currently ranked 10th in the League. They’ll look to get back to their winning ways coming up on Sunday night when they take the court against #8 Team Schwartz (3-4).


6. Team Maione – West – 5-2

After a red-hot start to the 2018-19 campaign, Team Maione have now dropped back-to-back ballgames and fall to the #6 spot in the Week 7 Power Rankings. Matthew Vogrich and Blake McLimans each scored 19 for Team Maione in their 82-69 loss to #2 Team WOLVERINES. Andy Timson added 13 points, while Chris Wroblewski had 10 points, 3 rebounds and a couple of assists for Team Maione, which struggled to match Team WOLVERINES pace or presence under the basket. One reason for Team Maione’s recent slump has been their surprising inability to score the basketball of late. Team Maione was first in the league in scoring over the first 5 games of the season. However, they rank outside the top-8 overall in the two weeks since. They’ll look to break out of this little funk coming up in Week 8 when they take on a streaking Team Reisner (4-3) crew that will be coming into this match-up on a 3-game winning streak.


7. Team Reisner – South – 4-3

Make it 3-wins in a row for Team Reisner. No top-10 team has a higher ceiling that Team Reisner at this moment, who methodically broke down a dangerous Team Chess and Mathematics squad in Week 7, winning 88-62. We’re about to find out what happens when a Chi Hoops squad collects roughly a dozen playable bodies but is missing the one true scorer. Chances are, Team Reisner will parlay their depth into a record somewhere around .500 until they can find that consistent scoring threat. Marin Kukoc is averaging 20.5 points while shooting close to 54 percent from the field in his four games played thus far this season. If he’s consistently available for this crew, they could flirt with repeating as a top-10 offense from a year ago. The other end will not be so problematic, though, as they currently boast the best defense in the league (66.0 PAPG). They’ll look to bring their winning streak up to 4 games coming up on Sunday afternoon when they tip off against #6 Team Maione (5-2).


8. Team Schwartz – North – 3-4

Team Schwartz isn’t into being written off, as evident by their big Week 7 victory over Team High Fiving White Guys by a final score of 85-76 to snap their 4-game losing skid. Kyree, Jermaine Johnson and Jason Vismantas all contributed 20 + points to help their squad secure a very important Week 7 victory to bring their record to 3-4 on the year. Team Schwartz has always been one of those teams that will rise to the challenge. Now, does that mean they are guaranteed to make it to the Finals? Certainly not, but I think that it’s been enough years of them showing us that they can certainly rise to any challenge and make things happen when they absolutely need too. Right now, Team Schwartz is a middle-of-the-pack bunch until it proves otherwise. However, as I just mentioned above, Team Schwartz have made a habit of doing that in the past. They’ll look to keep this winning momentum turning in Week 8 and get their record back to .500 when they take the court against #5 Team Division 6 (5-2).


9. Team Clark – East – 3-4

Team Clark did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team in Week 7 and had to take a forfeit loss to #4 Team Onions. The loss makes it two in a row for Team Clark and sees their record fall to 3-4. They’ll look to get back to .500 coming up in Week 8 when they take on Team Chess and Mathematics (1-6).


10. Team Deutsch – South – 2-5

Rising into the top-10 for the first time this season is Team Deutsch following their 112-62 blowout victory in Week 7 over Team LAMBO. For safety’s sake, you’ll want to stretch before watching Team Deutsch play. Deep-tissue massages might be advisable as well. Really, anything you can do to limber up. Team Deutsch will spend entire games in an all-out sprint. Apparently convinced that “stupid fast” wasn’t fast enough through the first six weeks of the season, Team Deutsch mashed the gas pedal harder in Week 7, resulting in a lung-searing, hamstring-popping 112-point performance. Team Deutsch has established and embraced their identity as an up-tempo team that’ll try to turn every defensive board into a transition opportunity. Their grab-and-go game is almost impossible to stop once they get rolling. Right now, they’re rolling. Watch out. They’ll look to make it 3 wins in a row coming up on Sunday afternoon when they square up against Team Purimetla (2-5).


Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Chess and Mathematics – North – 1-6

Captain Gilles Jones hung 34 points on #7 Team Reisner in Team Chess and Mathematics 88-62 loss in Week 7, putting his squad square on his shoulders but what ultimately ended up in a blowout defeat. At this point, it’s difficult to remember a time when Captain Gilles was a suspect off-the-dribble shooter from long range. Against Team Reisner, he drilled 8 3’s from deep, slithered around high screens and hopped into several deep treys with his man scrambling over the pick. As the rest of Team Chess and Mathematics players struggle, expect Captain Jones to see traps up top more often. With that said, look for Team Chess and Mathematics to close games with Garret Staniec alongside Jones in small lineups. Those two give Team Chess and Mathematics their best chance for consistent shot creation, even if the sacrifice on the other end will be significant. They’ll look to pick up their second victory on the 2018-19 campaign coming up in Week 8 when they take the court against #9 Team Clark (3-4).


Team High Fiving White Guys – West – 1-6

Week 7 was setting up to be a special afternoon for Team High Fiving White Guys, when Team Schwartz struggled to get things going early and Team High Fiving White Guys took its upset bid all the way to the end, before succumbing to the inevitable frustrating narrow defeat by a final score of 85-76. Credit Team High Fiving White Guys though for continuing to battle through their early season struggles. Matthew Clark dominated in this contest, dropping 33 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 3 assists. James Holman also had a very nice game, pitching in with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists but it wasn’t quite enough to get past a tough Team Schwartz crew. They’ll look to bring their current 5-game losing streak to an end coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against #3 Team Wolves (6-1).


Team LAMBO – East – 0-7

Second-half issues are not exclusive to just one team. It’s become a thing for Team LAMBO as well, intertwined with the overall defensive struggles that have led to a few routs, most recently their 112-62 loss to #10 Team Deutsch in Week 7. Brock Massie led the charge offensively in this contest for Team LAMBO, dropping 22 points, pulling down 9 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. The reality is that at 0-7, Team LAMBO is still a lot better than their record is currently indicating. They just need to shore up a few things on defense and they will be a formidable opponent for anyone that lines up across from them. Most of us know-it-alls would have expected at least a few wins for Team LAMBO at this point, but these guys have the talent to compete in this league and will start piling up some wins here very soon…mark my words. Their next opportunity will come on Sunday afternoon when they tip-off against #4 Team Onions (5-2).


Team Purimetla – North – 2-5

They battled #3 Team Wolves for a solid 40-minutes in Week 7 but came up a little shy, losing the game by a final score of 79-62. They couldn’t come away with the victory, but it did show that they can play with anyone in the league and that they should not be taken lightly. Team Purimetla is also this season’s first “Jekyll and Hyde Team of the Week,” taking a blowout loss to Team Swish House in between a very good win over Team Clark and another tough loss in Week 7 to Team Wolves as we just mentioned. With the offense running through Adam Jones (who recorded 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in Week 7), shooting has been a bigger issue lately than anything else. If they can get some shots to start falling, they will be back up in our Top-10 before you know it. They’ll look to put this loss behind them on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against #10 Team Deutsch (2-5).


That’s it for Week 7. Hope everyone enjoyed their Turkey Day and good luck on Sunday!