2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 11 – (Jan. 12)

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Updated: January 16, 2020

There were some unexpected results this week, with a shift in power near the top of our rankings.

Team New Birth were all but left for dead when Captain Cannan Blair missed Sunday’s game against Team Bucket SZN. But what happened you ask? Sherman Carter, who has been the poster boy for Team New Birth’s lack of scoring depth, dominated the game with the help of some unlikely heroes and pulled off an upset in dramatic fashion.

Other weird losses this week include Team Maione (one of the hottest teams in the league coming into Week 11) getting blown out by Team Swish House for the second time this season.

And then there is Team Hoop Dreams, who just keep winning games and are starting to look like legitimate title contenders after taking down the defending back-to-back Champs Team Wolverines in what may be the biggest upset we’ve seen so far this season.

Just when we think we’ve got THE CHI Hoops league figured out, we get a strange week like this one.

Here are this week’s THE CHI Hoops Power Rankings.

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Power Rankings

1. Lakeshore show – 11-1

The only squad in the Top-5 of our rankings that is staying put this week is #1 Team Lakeshore show following their solid 86-69 victory over Team Reisner on Sunday afternoon. Five different players were able to reach double-digit scoring efforts in this contest, led by Eric Porter’s 24 point (9-21 FG), 5 rebound and 4 assist performance. The star point guard has scored 20 or more points in six contests this season and has dished out four or more dimes in eight of his squads first twelve games. Porter continues to be Team Lakeshore shows main play making and scoring threat. He is averaging 21.5 points, 5.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds on the season. Team Lakeshore show will look to bring their current winning streak up to three games coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the floor against #8 Team Bucket SZN (4-8). This will be the second and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Lakeshore show already winning the first match-up by a final score of 75-51 back in Week 3.

 

2. Team Swish House – 9-2

Moving back up into the #2 spot this week is Team Swish House following their 86-68 drubbing of #5 Team Maione on Sunday evening in our Week 10 Game of the Week. Former league MVP Sterling Williams returned to the lineup following a four-week absence and led Team Swish House in scoring, finishing with 21 points (9-13 FG) to go along with 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Brian Bracey also returned to the starting five after sitting out in Week 10 and finished with a monster 20-point (8-18 FG), 12 rebound and 8 assist performance. Team Swish House rolled past Team Maione for the second time this year, which could prove to be crucial come seeding time for our triple elimination Playoff tournament. Team Swish House will look to make it three and possibly four wins in a row come Sunday as they are slated for the double-dip this week. They’ll first take the court against the hottest team in the league right now, #6 Team Hoop Dreams (6-6). In their previous meeting back in Week 3, Team Swish House cruised past Team Hoop Dreams by a final score of 102-85. They’ll step right back onto the court and take on #7 The Dribbling Season (4-8) in the back end of their double header in what will be the first of two meetings between these two squads.

 

3. Onions – 8-3

Don’t look now, but Team Onions are tied with #4 Team Wolverines and #5 Team Maione for the third-most wins in THE CHI Hoops league. Team Onions needed a win badly on Sunday afternoon after dropping two of their previous three games and they took care of business, beating #7 The Dribbling Seamen by the final score of 74-63. Andy Stemple led the way for Team Onions in this contest, producing one of his best performances of the season as he finished with 23 points (9-13 FG), 6 rebounds and a couple of assists to help lead his squad to their 8th victory on the 2019-20 campaign. Team Onions did struggle a bit offensively as a unit in this contest, shooting just 46% from the field, but their 3rd ranked team defense stepped up big time and held The Dribbling Seamen to their second lowest scoring output on the year. This victory should give Team Onions lots of confidence heading into Sunday’s match-up with #4 Team Wolverines (8-3) in our Week 11 Game of the Week. This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Onions walking away with a huge 79-72 victory back in Week 3.

 

4. Wolverines – 8-3

Nothing like a gut-wrenching two-point loss to #6 Team Hoop Dreams to wake you up, eh? Team Wolverines were shocked by Team Hoops Dreams on Sunday evening, falling by a final score of 75-73. To be fair however, Team Hoop Dreams came into this contest as one of the hottest teams in the league and playing their best basketball to date. Captain Randall Hampton turned in 24 points (9-14 FG), 4 assists and a rebound during Sunday’s loss to Team Hoop Dreams. Hampton attacked the rim with aggression and was tied for the team lead in assists, though he did do most of his damage in the first half before falling off in the later stages of the contest. It’s going to be Hampton’s show from here on out, along with MVP candidate Bryant Orange, so we can expect Hampton and Orange to remain in attack mode over the course of their squads final seven regular season games. They’ll look to put this disappointing loss behind them and get back to their winning ways when they take the court against #3 Team Onions (8-3) on Sunday afternoon in our Week 11 Game of the Week! This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Wolverines already taking a 79-72 loss back in Week 3.

 

5. Team Maione – 8-4

The bad news is Team Maione lost to #2 Team Swish House for the second time this season. The good news is, Matthew Vogrich and Joe Duffy returned to the lineup in Sunday’s 86-68 loss to Team Swish House. Both losses have been by 18 points of more, so there is some reason to panic here, right? With Captain Bradley Deutsch making his return in Week 10, that just leaves Dylan Richter as the biggest piece they’re still missing. It’s going to look strange (and scary) if Team Maione ever get their full roster active again for the same game. Andy Timson led the charge for Team Maione in this contest, finishing with 20 points (7-11 FG), 4 rebounds and 4 assists. As an offensive unit however, Team Maione struggled mightily in this one, finishing with the fewest points scored (68) all season. They’ll need to put this disappointing loss behind them quickly as they have another important match-up coming up on Sunday evening against Team Schwartz (1-11). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Maione walking away with a slim 85-79 victory back in Week 3.

 

6. Hoop Dreams – 6-6

After starting 1-5 in their inaugural THE CHI Hoops campaign, Team Hoops Dreams have now ripped off wins in five of their last six, including four in a row as they recorded a huge upset victory over the back-to-back champs #4 Team Wolverines on Sunday evening. Max Bielfeldt boomed for 28 points (11-15 FG) and 9 rebounds during Team Hoop Dreams dramatic 75-73 win over Team Wolverines on Sunday night. Bielfeldt now has scored at least 21 points and has tallied at least 9 boards in each of the four games he has started for Team Hoop Dreams this season as he continues to establish himself as one of the best players and big men in THE CHI Hoops league. The overall success this season of Team Hoop Dreams will rely heavily on the availability of Bielfeldt moving forward, but as long as he remains in their starting 5, they will be one of the leagues toughest beats. Team Hoops Dreams will look to make it five wins in a row and get their record over the .500 mark for the first time this season when they take the court against #2 Team Swish House on Sunday evening. This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Hoops Dreams suffering a lopsided 102-85 defeat back in Week 3.

 

7. The Dribbling Seamen – 4-8

The Dribbling Seamen had an opportunity to make a big splash in THE CHI Hoops league standings this week with a double header on their slate. While they did not record the two-game sweep as they had hoped, they were able to walk out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center with a solid split and as a result, move up into the #7 spot in the Week 11 Power Rankings. In the first game of the their double-dip, Andrew Bargmann went off for 31 points (13-21 FG) and 7 rebounds in his squads 91-61 blowout victory over Team Schwartz. Hendrik G, Captain Robert Mischler and Tony Wainisi combined for 46 points (19-36 FG) to help secure their squads fourth victory on the 2019-20 campaign. The Dribbling Seamen would then look to make it back-to-back victories for the first time this season as they would need to step right back onto the court against #3 Team Onions. By the final score of 74-63, The Dribbling Seamen just did not have enough left in their tanks and suffered their eighth loss of the year. They really struggled to get anything going offensively in this contest as they tallied only 63 points, their second lowest scoring game of the year. Andrew Bargmann produced another big performance, finishing with 29 points (13-19 FG) to go along with 10 rebounds and 3 assists. However, no other player registered more than 11 points and as a unit, shot just over 42% from the field. They’ll look to get right back into the win column coming up on Sunday night when they take the court against #2 Team Swish House (9-2). This will be first of two meetings between these two squads.

 

8. Bucket SZN – 4-8

Team Bucket SZN dropped a heart breaker to Team New Birth on Sunday evening, making it now four losses in a row. Captain Rodney Clark returned to the court for the first time since Week 8 in Sunday’s nail-biting 67-65 loss to Team New Birth and showed no ill effects, putting up a team-high 28 points on 12-for-21 shooting, while dishing out 6 assists and hauling down 4 boards. If Team Bucket SZN can get the services of Marcus Agee and Jeremy Ireland back into their starting five, they will certainly be much more dangerous and will very likely record more wins prior to the postseason starting. They are currently tied for 7th place in the overall league standings with The Dribbling Seamen but only sit four games behind Team Maione, who are currently sitting in sole possession of 5th place. They’ll need to put this tough loss behind them quickly as they have another crucial match-up coming up on Sunday afternoon against #1 Team Lakeshore show (11-1). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Bucket SZN suffering a lopsided 75-51 defeat back in Week 3.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
 
New Birth – 2-9

In what ended up being one of the best games of Week 10, Team New Birth came into the DePaul Ray Meyer Center and stunned #8 Team Bucket SZN, squeezing by a final score of 67-65. We all knew that Team New Birth’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. Sherman Carter was back in action for Team New Birth following a brief one-game absence and came up huge once again for them, dropping a game-high 32 points (14 -28 FG) while hauling down 8 boards and dishing out an assist. Marquire Rucker and Travis scored 10 points apiece to help secure their squad their second victory of the 2019-20 campaign. When Team New Birth is in full straight (and they weren’t on Sunday as they were without Captain Cannan Blair once again for this contest), 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 10 victory coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against Team Reisner (3-9). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team New Birth suffering a tough 69-53 defeat back in Week 3.

 

Team Reisner – 3-9

By the final score of 86-69, Team Reisner dropped their second straight game in Week 11 to a very determined #1 Team Lakeshore show squad. The score of this game shouldn’t dictate the overall game itself. Team Reisner was hanging with Team Lakeshore show going into the second half and seemed to be clicking well on both ends of the court. They seemed to be playing their best basketball in a long time until they lost their composer down the stretch and watched this game slip away from them. Tyler Max scored 24 points (10-15 FG), while adding 3 rebounds and an assist during Sunday’s loss to Team Lakeshore show. Max continues to pace this squad in scoring and in the assists department and will be leaned on heavily during the final six weeks of the regular season. This team can win on any given Sunday and no one will want to see their name next to theirs once the playoff bracket is released in a about a month and a half. They’ll look to get their fourth win on the season coming up on Sunday afternoon with a very winnable game against Team New Birth (2-9). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Reisner walking away with a solid 69-53 victory back in Week 3.

 

Team Schwartz – 1-11

Team Schwartz are in free fall right now, having lost a league-high six straight games and 10 of 11 to start their 2019-20 campaign. They are struggling on both sides of the ball right now: During this six-game losing streak, Team Schwartz are averaging 65.3 points per game while giving up 84.5 points per game. Captain Jason Vismantas did everything he could do on Sunday afternoon to help Team Schwartz snap their current six game losing skid, producing a season high 28 points (10-24 FG) to go along with 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Jon Sider also dropped a season high 16 points (6-20 FG) for Team Schwartz but it just wasn’t enough as Team Schwartz lost to #7 The Dribbling Seamen by a final score of 91-61. They’ll need to just get back to the basics coming up in Week 12 against #5 Team Maione (8-4) and the W’s will surely start to roll in. This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Schwartz suffering a very close 85-79 defeat back in Week 3.

 

That’s a wrap for Week 11! Good luck to all in Week 12!

-Marko