2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 10 – (Jan. 05)

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Updated: January 9, 2020

And off they go, 11 teams soaring, sinking and slinking their way to March 8th, when the Regular Season finish line divides the true contenders from pretenders.

THE CHI Hoops league resumed play on Sunday afternoon after the Holiday and New Years break and what a wild week we had.

#1 Team Lakeshore Show barely beat unranked Team New Birth, coming away with a narrow 80-74 victory. And they’re happy to be done with them…for now.

Don’t look now, but #4 Team Maione have won 6 of 7, including 4 in a row, and have entered the new decade as the hottest team in THE CHI Hoops league. #6 Team Hoop Dreams are on a roll, too, winners of 3 in a row and 4 of their last 5. And #3 Team Swish House? Well, they’re looking like themselves again after taking a slight stumble into 2020.

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Power Rankings

1. Lakeshore show – 10-1

The six-point win against Team New Birth on Sunday afternoon might have been a little too close, but #1 Team Lakeshore show are winning games they should. By the final score of 80-74, Team Lakeshore show became the first team this season to record double-digit victories and hold onto the #1 spot for another week. Steven Cook led the charge for Team Lakeshore show in this contest, dropping a game-high 23 points (9-18 FG) to go along with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Cook continued his impressive run this season with his fifth 20+ point scoring effort. No team on paper is arguably as impressive as Team Lakeshore show. They have spent most (but not all) of this season atop our weekly Power Rankings, they own the best record in THE CHI Hoops league, the best defense, the fourth-best offense, the second-best point margin and the reigning THE CHI Hoops league MVP. This is certainly a confident group that can do something “special” this year. They’ll look to record back-to-back victories coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against Team Reisner (3-8). This will be the second and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Lakeshore show already winning their first matchup back in Week 2 by a final score of 76-63.

 

2. Wolverines – 8-2

Team Wolverines have held their opponents to 80 points or less in all 10 of their games this season, including their 92-80 victory over Team Schwartz on Sunday afternoon. Darren Moore looks like a cure for what ails Team Wolverines – not that Team Wolverines is suffering much, as evidenced by it’s 8-2 overall record. His presence seems to have pepped up an occasional stagnant offense, lending credence to the old “rebounding wins Championships” axiom. Moore finished this contest with 23 points (11-17 FG) and a Week 10 league-high 16 rebounds. In the four games Moore has taken the court this season for Team Wolverines, he is averaging 19.75 PPG and 9.25 RPG. Team Wolverines offense will likely continue to flow through Captain Randall Hampton, Bryant Orange and Josh Davis, but if they can continue to get this type of production from Mr. Moore (both offensively and on the glass) on a weekly basis, this squad will become basically unbeatable down the stretch. They’ll look to take their current winning streak up to four games coming up on Sunday evening when they take the court against #6 Team Hoop Dreams (5-6). These two squads previously met back in Week 2 with Team Wolverines walking away with a narrow 84-77 victory.

 

3. Team Swish House – 8-2

Team Swish House suffered a tough loss to #4 Team Onions right before the Holiday and New Years break and were hoping to start the new decade off on a positive note. They did just that with a solid 100-85 victory over Team Reisner on Sunday afternoon. It was the fifth time this season that Team Swish House has scored 100+ points in a contest. No other team in the league has scored 100+ points more than twice (Team Maione) this season. Cory Starkey once again led the way for Team Swish House in this contest, producing a team-high 23 points (10-15 FG) to go along with 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Starkey leads THE CHI Hoops league in scoring (minimum 6 games played), dropping 26.13 points per game. In a way, Team Swish House play the simplest brand of basketball in the league. They attack the rim on offense, generating point-blank shots and threes – depending on which poison the opposing defense picks. On the other end, they dare teams to beat them with contested threes. Maybe that makes them easier to game-plan against, but if that were true, wouldn’t someone have figured out how to keep Team Swish House from running up one of the best records and the best offense this year? They’ll look to keep this winning momentum turning coming up on Sunday evening with a rematch against #4 Team Maione (8-3) in our Week 11 Game of the Week! These two squads previously met back in Week 2 when Team Swish House recorded a dominating 110-92 victory.

 

4. Team Maione – 8-3

No team in THE CHI Hoops league is currently hotter than Team Maione. By the final score of 91-84 over #8 The Dribbling Seamen, Team Maione recorded their fourth consecutive victory and eighth victory overall. Their early season inconsistencies certainly seem to be a thing of the past. Captain Bradley Deutsch returned to the lineup following a two-game absence and absolutely dominated in this contest, finishing with a huge triple-double (22 points (9-12 FG), 11 rebounds and 11 assists) to help his squad rise into the #4 spot in the Week 10 Power Rankings. Deutsch leads THE CHI Hoops league in assists (minimum 6 games played) through the first 10 weeks of the regular season and continues to establish himself as one of the top options for Team Maione due to his ability to spread the rock, solid scoring totals, and an unwitnessed ability to fill the stat sheet on any given night. Next up for Deutsch and Team Maione is a re-match with #3 Team Swish House coming up on Sunday evening in our Week 11 Game of the Week! These two squads previously met back in Week 2 with Team Maione taking a crushing defeat by the final score of 110-92.

 

5. Onions – 7-3

When you’re a really good team that’s contending for a championship and you had a tough, gut-wrenching loss, you think things like “We’re not a great team, that’s what we needed to realize and wake up,” which is what Team Onions must be thinking after their disappointing 77-65 loss to #6 Team Hoop Dreams on Sunday evening. As a result of this loss, Team Onions move all the way down into the #5 hole in the Week 10 Power Rankings. Joel Pennington generated 20 points (8-14 FG), 3 assists and a couple of rebounds during Sunday’s 12-point loss to Team Hoop Dreams. Pennington has recorded double-digit scoring efforts in all eight of the games he has played in so far this season and is clearly one of the go-to guys on offense for Team Onions. After starting the season off with a blazing 5-0 record, Team Onions have gone 2-3 since. Team Onions are clearly coasting a bit, which is what the good teams get to do from time to time. They’ll need to forget about this loss quickly and get back to playing winning basketball. I’m sure Sunday can’t come soon enough for these guys. They’ll look to get back on track coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against #8 The Dribbling Seamen (3-8). This will be the final regular season match-up between these squads with Team Onions taking the first game back in Week 3 by a final score of 91-69.

 

6. Hoop Dreams – 5-6

Moving up into the #6 spot and their highest ranking since Week 1, is Team Hoop Dreams following their huge double-header sweep on Sunday afternoon. The two wins brings their overall regular season record up to 5-6 and if the playoffs started today, would enter our triple-elimination tournament as the overall #6 seed. Not bad, not bad at all folks. In what is arguably our biggest upset of the season thus far, Team Hoop Dreams shocked #5 Team Onions (and the league) with a massive 77-65 victory in the first game of their double dip on Sunday afternoon. Max Bielfeldt, making his first appearance since Week 4 for Team Hoop Dreams, led all scorers in this contest with 21 points (9-16 FG) to go along with 10 rebounds and a couple of assists. Bielfeldt has only been able to dress for three games so far this season for Team Hoop Dreams but in the three games he’s played in, he’s averaging a whopping 32.3 PPG, 11 RPG and 2.7 APG. If Team Hoop Dreams can get Bielfeldt’s services more consistently in the second half of this season, everyone better watch out. Team Hoop Dreams couldn’t celebrate this upset victory for too long however as they needed to step right back onto the court and take on #7 Team Bucket SZN. Fortunately for Team Hoop Dreams, Team Bucket SZN were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game which resulted in a forfeit win. Their second win of the day (3rd win in a row) brings Team Hoop Dreams record up to 5-6 on the year. Team Hoop Dreams will look to make it four victories in a row and get their overall record back to .500 coming up in Week 11 with a pivotal match-up against #2 Team Wolverines (8-2).

 

7. Bucket SZN – 4-7

#7 Team Bucket SZN did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team in Week 10 and had to take a forfeit loss to #6 Team Hoop Dreams. The loss makes it three in a row for Team Bucket SZN. Since their very solid 3-1 start to the season, Team Bucket SZN have gone 1-6 since. Team Bucket SZN will have a big opportunity to snap this losing streak coming up on Sunday afternoon as they take on unranked Team New Birth (1-9). This will be the final regular season match-up between these two squads with Team Bucket SZN recording a blowout 109-77 victory back in Week 2.

 

8. The Dribbling Seamen – 3-7

The Dribbling Seamen were hoping to start the new decade off the same way they finished the last one, on a winning note. Unfortunately for The Dribbling Seamen, they ran into the hottest team in the league entering 2020, Team Maione. By the final score of 91-84, The Dribbling Seamen fell just short in what ended up being a back-and-forth slugfest. Captain Robert Mischler led all scorers in this contest and just missed out on his first triple-double of the season, finishing with 29 points (11-16 FG) to go along 8 assists and 7 rebounds. Mischler is now tied for 2nd overall in League Scoring (minimum 6 games played), averaging 24.57 PPG. Maybe The Dribbling Seamen can flip the switch in the second half of this season and resemble a championship team when the playoffs begin – The Week 9 blowout win over Team New Birth should be enough evidence. But penciled in right now as the No. 8 seed, The Dribbling Seamen would start with a play-in-game in our triple-elimination playoff tournament against the #9 overall seed if the playoffs started today…something they will want to try to avoid as the winner of the #8/#9 game feeds into the #1 overall seed. The Dribbling Seamen will have two opportunities to get back on track coming up in Week 11 as they are scheduled for the double-dip. They’ll first take the court against Team Schwartz (1-10) before running it right back against #5 Team Onions (7-3). Big week coming up for The Dribbling Seamen.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
 
New Birth – 1-9

At some point, something must give for Team New Birth. They’ve now lost two in a row since picking up their first win of the season back in Week 8. By the final score of 80-74, Team New Birth dropped another close contest, this time to #1 Team Lakeshore show. Sherman Henderson led the way for Team New Birth in this game, finishing with a team-high 22 points (10-19 FG) to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Marquire Rucker also had a nice game for Team New Birth as he contributed 20 points (7-11 FG) to go along with 3 boards. Team New Birth have lost nine of their first ten games and are clearly a notch below our Top-8 ranked teams now. There was always a worry about the trade-off Team New Birth were willing to rationalize when they turned over their roster from last season. But it appears the offensive chickens are coming home to roost right now as they are currently the lowest scoring team in the league. Just asking Sherman Henderson to be a superhero isn’t working, either. He’s scored 20-plus in every game he has played in this year…and Team New Birth is winless in all of them. They have a big opportunity to pick up their second win on the season coming up on Sunday afternoon against #7 Team Bucket SZN (4-7). These two squads previously met back in Week 2 with Team New Birth taking a blowout loss by the final score of 109-77.

 

Team Reisner – 3-8

The state of Team Reisner resembles more a team taking on water and less a franchise that has proven to be a contender year in and year out. Team Reisner have now dropped five of their last six games following their tough 100-85 loss to #3 Team Swish House on Sunday afternoon. Marin Kukoc was back in the lineup following a brief one game absence and had his best performance of the season, finishing with a game-high 30 points (12-20 FG) to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Christian Dean, Tyler Max and Zach Mcmains combined to score 43 points (18-37 FG) for Team Reisner in this contest, but it just wasn’t enough to keep pace with the highest scoring team in the league. To make matters worse for Team Reisner, they now will enter one of the toughest four week stretches on their schedule – three of their next four games are against Top-5 ranked teams. The good news for Team Reisner is that this is not uncharted territory for them. They’ve been down this road before and they certainly have the talent and experience to get them out of this hole. They’ll just need to take it one game at a time from this point on. Their next opportunity to get back on the winning track will be this Sunday when they take the court against #1 Team Lakeshore show (10-1). These two squads previously met back in Week 2 with #1 Team Lakeshore show walking away with a 76-63 victory.

 

Team Schwartz – 1-10

We’ve mentioned it before, but their record doesn’t tell the whole story here. Team Schwartz can and are playing good basketball. A loss to the defending back-to-back champs #2 Team Wolverines on Sunday afternoon by a final score of 92-80, especially in a game which the final score doesn’t necessarily indicate the whole story, is a good sign. They are still competing and having guys like Jermaine Johnson carry them. He once again had a huge week, dropping 33 points (15-26 FG) to go along with 8 rebounds and 4 assists. They were however without their second leading scorer on Sunday afternoon, Jason Vismantas, and anytime you are missing a player that puts up 13+ points a week, it will be tough to recover from that. Right now, their record isn’t the concern. They just need to continue growing and playing good ball. The wins will eventually follow. They will have another tough but very winnable game coming up on Sunday afternoon however, with #8 The Dribbling Seamen (3-8) next up on the schedule. These two squads were previously scheduled to play one another back in Week 2 but Team Schwartz was unable to field enough starters to play a legal game on that day. Can this finally be the game that turns Team Schwartz’s season around?

 

Week 10 is in the book’s gentleman! Good luck to you all on Sunday!

-Marko