2018-19 THE Chicago Hoops Week 9 – (Dec. 09)

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Updated: December 13, 2018

The 21-point loss absorbed by Team High Flying White Guys against Team Deutsch on Sunday night occurred in the 63rd game of 126 dates on the 2018-19 The CHI Hoops schedule.

The exact midpoint, in other words, of the regular season.

Not only is this upcoming Sunday (Week 10) extremely important for the fact that teams are crossing over into the 2nd half of their seasons, but 12 out of the 14 teams will be heading back into Divisional play. Week 10 will also mark the last set of games of 2018 as THE CHI Hoops league will be taking a two-week break for the Holidays and New Year.

So as the streaking Team Deutsch squad prepare to host their old South Division rivals Team WOLVERINES coming up on Sunday afternoon in the Week 10 Game of the Week and their final game of the 2018 calendar year, it’s an ideal time to reconvene the trusty Committee (me) for a team-by-team progress report in the form of THE CHI Hoops Power Rankings.

Without further ado, on to our Week 9 Power Rankings…

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 Swish House – East – 8-1

Following their 68-54 victory on Sunday afternoon over Team Chess and Mathematics, Team Swish house finish the first half of the regular season with an 8-1 overall record and retain their #1 spot in the Week 9 Power Rankings. Sterling Williams totaled 32 points (15-21 FG), 10 rebounds and a couple of assists in Sunday’s victory over Team Chess and Mathematics. Williams continues to provide stellar numbers in the three main categories on a weekly basis, making him very tough to handle for opposing guards. His season averages of 28.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game on the year speak to his balanced and versatile play. While Team Swish House holds the #1 spot in THE CHI Hoops Power Rankings, they are currently sitting in 2nd place in a very tough East Division behind #2 Team Wolves. They’ll look to make it 7-wins in a row coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against East Division rivals, Team LAMBO (0-9). These two squads met back on Opening Night and Team Swish House walked away with a 92-56 victory.

 

2. Team Wolves – East – 8-1

When you consider Team Wolves early 5-game winning streak; their current three-game win streak, featuring wins over Team Maione in the Week 8 Game of the Week, Team Onions and East Division rivals #1 Team Swish House; and their ranking (2nd) in defensive efficiency, it’s hard to place Team Wolves any lower than No. 2. Joe Kozak scored 22 points (10-19 FG) while adding ten rebounds and three assists during Sunday’s 78-73 narrow victory over #5 Team Maione in our Week 8 Game of the Week. Kozak led all scorers on the night in this contest while maintaining his excellent defensive effort to help keep the second highest scoring team in the league to 73 points. While Team Wolves comes in at the #2 spot in THE CHI Hoops Power Rankings, they are currently sitting in 1st place in a very tough East Division, ahead of #1 Team Swish House. They’ll look to make it 4-wins in a row coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against East Division rivals, Team Clark (4-5). These two squads met back on Opening Night and Team Swish House walked away with a 20-point victory.

 

3. Team Onions – West – 7-2

Team Onions generated little excitement entering the season, but that’s largely because they are partaking in their first THE CHI Hoops season and not too many knew who exactly these guys were. There is one thing that everyone certainly knows now…Team Onions is good. They are currently on-pace to finish with 14 regular season victories following their 113-85 blowout win over #6 Team Division 6 on Sunday afternoon. Andy Stemple had a career day, posting 41 points (17-27 FG), ten rebounds and five assists during Team Onions 28-point victory over Team Division 6. Stemple scored a Week 9 league-high 41 points Sunday, continuing his excellent start to the season. Team Onions have now won 4 straight games and show no signs of slowing down. Although no one may be picking Team Onions to win the West Division just yet, this certainly looks like one of the best teams in the League. Team Onions will look to extend their winning streak to 5-games coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against Team Purimetla (3-6). These two squads met back on Opening Day and Team Onions walked away with a narrow 7-point victory.

 

4. Team WOLVERINES – South – 7-2

Team WOLVERINES is sitting in the exact same spot (#4) and hold the exact same record (7-2) as they did at this exact same time last year. They picked up their 7th win on the 2018-19 campaign on Sunday afternoon by beating #8 Team Schwartz by a final score of 72-62. Bryant Orange and Josh Davis led the way for Team WOLVERINES in this contest, combing to score 49 of their squads 72 total points. Despite a worrisome 3-game stretch where they went 1-2, Team WOLVERINES is 1st in the league in defensive efficiency and 7th in offensive efficiency. Only four teams at present — Team Swish House, Team Onions, Team Wolves and Team Deutsch — rank in the top 7 of both categories, which is typically a trusty measure of elite status. Coming up on Sunday afternoon, Team WOLVERINES will look to keep their perfect record within the South Division when they take the court against South Division rivals, Team Deutsch (4-5) in our Week 10 Game of the Week! These two squads met back on Opening Night and Team WOLVERINES walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center with a 69-60 victory.

 

5. Team Maione – West – 6-3

Following their 5-0 start to their 2018-19 campaign, Team Maione have now dropped three of their last four games in the wake of their 78-73 loss on Sunday night to #2 Team Wolves. The loss brings their overall record to 6-3 and sees them drop into the #5 spot in the Week 9 Power Rankings. Team Maione struggled to get things going on the offensive end of the court in this contest, scoring just 73 points, well below their season average of 89 PPG. Tellef Lundevall led the way for Team Maione with 16 points, Tyler Ponticelli and Joe Duffy dropped 15 points apiece and Captain Brad Deutsch chipped in with 14 points of his own. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough to get past the 2nd best defense in the League. Remember: Team Maione’s brutal schedule was always going to be brutal from Week 5 until roughly the Holiday Break. After that, things get markedly easier. I’m not selling stock in Team Maione. Far from it. Right now, buy low. They’ll look to get back on track coming up on Sunday evening when they tip-off against West Division rivals, Team High Fiving White Guys (1-8). These two squads met back on Opening Night and Team Maione walked away with a 37-point victory.

 

6. Team Division 6 – South – 5-4

Team Division 6 have now lost three in a row, including getting smoked on Sunday night to #3 Team Onions by a final score of 113-85. The league’s leading scorer through the first nine games of this season, Eric Porter, delivered 36 points (14-25 FG), four rebounds and four assists during Sunday’s 28-point loss to Team Onions. Michael Barr and Xavier Edwards also combined to score 31-points for Team Division 6 on Sunday night, but it just wasn’t enough to keep pace with a high-flying Team Onions offense. With this loss, Team Division 6 now sit two games behind South Division leaders, Team WOLVERINES. Team Division 6 have the depth and talent that they ought to stay in the Division Title mix in the stout South Division all season. They’ll look to snap their current 3-game losing streak coming up on Sunday evening when they tip-off against South Division rivals, Team Reisner (4-5). These two squads met back on Opening Night and Team Division 6 recorded a lopsided 88-61 victory.

 

7. Team Deutsch – South – 4-5

Welcome to the top-seven, Team Deutsch. It’s an exclusive club and you’re probably one loss away from dropping this spot to Team Schwartz, Team Clark or Team Reisner, but enjoy it because you’ve earned it! By the final score of 93-72, Team Deutsch picked up their 4th consecutive victory on Sunday night to see their overall record rise to 4-5. Brian Otto contributed a season high 34 points (12-22 FG), six rebounds and six assists in Sunday’s win over Team High Fiving White Guys. Over the past four games, Team Deutsch have one of the top offensive ratings in THE CHI Hoops League. Team Deutsch will look to extend their winning streak to 5-games coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against South Division rivals Team WOLVERINES (7-2) in our Week 10 Game of the Week! These two squads met back on Opening Night and Team Deutsch suffered a narrow 9-point loss. Right now, Team Deutsch sports an 0-3 record in the South Division but are only three games behind division leaders, Team WOLVERINES. Huge game coming up for both squads.

 

8. Team Clark – East – 4-5

Team Clark snapped their three-game losing skid on Sunday night, squeezing by #10 Team Reisner by a final score of 68-64. The win sees their record rise to 4-5 at the midway point of the regular season and sees them jump into the #8 spot in the Week 9 Power Rankings. Steven Mason dialed up 20 points (7-13 FG), seven rebounds and two assists during Sunday’s win over Team Reisner. Marcus Agee also had a nice night for Team Clark, scoring 19 points (7-15 FG) while adding one rebound and four assists. After missing Week 7, Agee’s come roaring back, dropping 37 points over the last two contests. Despite some early inconsistency, Agee seems to be getting back to his usual self. Team Clark will look to pick up back-to-back victories for the first time since Week 4 coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against East Division rivals, #2 Team Wolves (8-1). These two squads met back on Opening Day when Team Clark suffered a 20-point defeat by the final score of 77-57.

 

9. Team Schwartz – North – 4-5

The North Division features three teams, all of whom are sitting with sub .500 overall records entering the second half of the season, which gives #9 Team Schwartz a real shot to finish as high as the overall #6 seed entering the 2018-19 postseason, should they end up as the North Division Champions. Team Schwartz continues to lack a dependable third scoring option in support of Jermaine Johnson and Kyree Beamon, as evident in their 72-62 loss in Week 9 to #4 Team WOLVERINES. Kyree Beamon recorded 24 points (11-23 FG), four rebounds and two assists during Sunday’s loss to Team WOLVERINES. Beamon was phenomenal, filling it up offensively against an elite defense. Unfortunately for the rest of Team Schwartz, they just could not muster enough on the offensive end to get past the defending Champions. If they can get consistent showings from David Carson II in the second half of the season, that could give them that much needed offensive boost to make a serious run down the stretch. They’ll look to rebound from this tough loss coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against North Division rivals, Team Chess and Mathematics (2-7). These two squads met back on Opening Day and Team Schwartz walked away with a slim 4-point victory.

 

10. Team Reisner – South – 4-5

Team Reisner followed up their recent three-game winning streak by losing their last two games. Their most recent loss came on Sunday night to #8 Team Clark by the final score of 68-64. Andrew Marks had his best game of the year, scoring 23 points (11-23 FG) while adding five rebounds and three assists during Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to Team Clark. Marin Kukoc and Adam Rhum also did their parts for Team Reisner, combining to score 31 points. Unfortunately for Team Reisner, the rest of the roster took the night off as no other Team Reisner player even scored in double digits. One clear difference over this two-game losing stretch: the lack of production from — and now absence of – Brad Tivin. Tivin is the third highest scoring option for Team Reisner, averaging just over 14 PPG. For a team that ranks second to last in offensive production, Team Reisner needs all the scorers that they can get. Team Reisner will try to snap this little two-game losing skid coming up on Sunday night when they take the court against South Division rivals, Team Division 6 (5-4), who’ll be looking to snap a three-game losing skid of their own. These two squads met back on Opening Day when Team Reisner suffered an 88-61 blowout loss.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Chess and Mathematics – North – 2-7

By the final score of 68-54, Team Chess and Mathematics dropped a tough game on Sunday night to #1 Team Swish House. Darek Wojewnik led the way for Team Chess and Mathematics in this contest, producing 12 points (5-11 FG), six rebounds and two assists during Sunday’s loss to #1 Team Swish House. Wojewnik was aggressive in this game, trailing only Captain Gilles Jones for the second-most field-goal attempts on the team. Wojewnik continues to play well, having now hit double-digits in all but two games this year. The good for Team Chess and Mathematics: They are only two games behind the North Division leaders, Team Schwartz. The bad for Team Chess and Mathematics: A lack of consistent scoring apart from Captain Gilles Jones, Garret Staniec and Darek Wojewnik, have led to a 2-7 mark through the first half of the season. Team Chess and Mathematics will try to get one game closer in the North Division on Sunday night when they take the court against Division rivals, Team Schwartz (4-5). These two squads met back on Opening Day when Team Chess and Mathematics suffered a heartbreaking 75-71 loss.

 

Team High Fiving White Guys – West – 1-8

There was real Team High Fiving White Guys buzz after a nice win in Week 2 but that has since vanished with seven straight defeats. Their most recent defeat came at the hands of #7 Team Deutsch on Sunday night, falling by the final score of 93-72. James Holman and Matthew Clark supplied most of the offense for Team High Fiving White Guys in this contest, combining to drop 44 of their squads 72 total points. Grant Barnes also had a nice game, totaling 14 points (7-10 FG), nine rebounds and four assists in his squads losing effort on Sunday night. Barnes checked off every box on the stat sheet on Sunday night, but unfortunately it just was not enough to lift his squad past a streaking Team Deutsch crew. Team High Fiving White Guys might be able to defend at a reasonable level but, offensively, they are the lowest scoring team through the first half of this season (65.7 PPG). They’ll look to turn things around in the second half of the season, starting with a match-up against West Division rivals Team Maione (6-3) coming up on Sunday night. These two squads squared off in Week 1 and Team High Fiving White Guys suffered a lopsided 107-70 loss.

 

Team LAMBO – East – 0-9

Yes, Team LAMBO has opened with an 0-9 record to cap off their first half of the season, losing on Sunday night to #7 Team Purimetla by a final score of 91-54. But that isn’t exactly the worst news in the world when their divisional opponents are #1 Team Swish House, #2 Team Wolves and #8 Team Clark. Sure, eight games back in the East Division with nine regular season games remaining seems like an impossible hill to climb, but the reality is that Team LAMBO just needs to rack up a few wins to move themselves out of the cellar prior to the start of the postseason starting in March. We don’t “know” what Team LAMBO is just yet to be honest but, with Brock Massie shining as he usually does and Jeff Dirkin being Jeff Dirkin, there is certainly light at the end of the tunnel for this squad. They’ll look to pick up their first W on the 2018-19 campaign and close the book on 2018 on a positive note when they take the court against East Division foes and #1 Team Swish House (8-1) coming up on Sunday night. These two squads met all the way back on Opening Day and Team LAMBO suffered a blowout 92-56 loss.

 

Team Purimetla – North – 3-6

Team Purimetla bounced back very nicely on Sunday night following their Week 8 forfeit loss, rolling past Team LAMBO by a final score of 91-54. Niyi (Nee) Osisanya made his season debut for Team Purimetla in Week 9 and he stole the show, leading all scorers in this contest with 31 points (12-18 FG) while adding eight rebounds and four assists. Muraner Milic and Pete Purimetla also had nice games in their Week 9 victory, combing to score 27 points. The win brings Team Purimetla’s overall record up to 3-6 and now only sit one game back in the North Division behind Team Schwartz. Now here comes the real test for the Team Purimetla. The next five games are going to put Team Purimetla to the test. Team Purimetla’s next five opponents have a combined winning percentage of .578. If they can walk away from this five-game stretch with an above .500 record, they will set themselves up very nicely come postseason time in March. Their first test will come on Sunday night against #3 Team Onions (7-2). These two squads faced off on Opening Day and Team Purimetla suffered a tough 71-64 loss.

 

The first half of the season is officially in the books. Good luck to all in Week 10!

-Marko