2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 13 – (Feb. 09)

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Updated: February 13, 2020

Strong performances by four teams including Team Hoop Dreams on Sunday highlighted Week 13 and subsequently did not affect THE CHI Hoops Power Rankings.

Looking at the leader board there are a few items that jump off the page. Specifically, only 5 teams possess positive point differential and coincidentally those clubs are also the only ones who possess winning records. It’s unusual for 3 teams to hold top-8 playoff seeds with a .500 or sub .500 record but such is the case for Team Hoops Dreams (7-7), The Dribbling Seamen (4-10) and Team Bucket SZN (4-10).

As is typical at this point in the season, teams are excited to get back onto the court following the post-Super Bowl break with visions of the upcoming triple-elimination playoff tournament and All-Star nominations dancing in players’ heads. Only the very focused teams can navigate this stage of the regular season without hiccups.

And with that we give you THE CHI Hoops Power Rankings for Week 13 of action…

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Power Rankings

1. Lakeshore show – 13-1

If you appreciate the game of basketball and have been watching our weekly highlight videos, you should really be paying close attention to Team Lakeshore show as often as you can. Sure, there’s a lot to love about their beautifully run sets, their disciplined defense and their flawlessly selfless teamwork. Their apparent commitment to doing what’s best for the greater good is both inspiring and somewhat creepy. They showed their swagger once again in Week 13 as they recorded a huge 77-75 victory over #2 Team Swish House in our Week 13 Game of the Week! The victory also gets Team Lakeshore show one step closer to locking up the overall #1 seed heading into our triple-elimination playoff tournament. Eric Porter put up his best scoring total since Week 7, finishing with a game-high 28 points (11-18 FG) to go along with 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Johnny Vernasco chipped in with a big double-double, finishing with 10 points (5-6 FG) and 10 rebounds. Steven Cook, Xavier Edwards and Cullen Barr also finished with double digit scoring efforts as Team Lakeshore show secured their league-high 13th victory of the season. They’ll look to extend their current winning streak to 5 games coming up in Week 14 when they take the court against #6 Team Hoop Dreams (7-7). This will be the second and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Lakeshore show taking the first match-up back in Week 8 by a final score of 90-80.

 

2. Team Swish House – 11-3

It seems like everybody’s losing to #1 Team Lakeshore show these days. In that context, you can’t “hate” on #2 Team Swish House too much for their loss on Sunday afternoon to Team Lakeshore show. I mean, that four-game winning streak right before must count for something, right? By the final score of 77-75, #2 Team Swish House suffered a crushing defeat and as a result, now sit 3 games behind Team Lakeshore show in the race for the #1 overall seed with four regular season games remaining. All-Star and MVP candidate Cory Starkey led the charge for Team Swish House in this contest, finishing with a team-high 24 points (11-15 FG) to go along with 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Edwin Cruz had his first game action since Week 9 and had his best performance of the season finishing with 20 points (10-13), 8 rebounds and an assist. Two of Team Swish House’s three total losses have come at the hands of #1 Team Lakeshore show so they’ll need a lot of help down the stretch if they have any dreams of locking up the #1 overall seed prior to the postseason starting. They’ll look to get back to their winning ways coming up on Sunday evening with a match-up against Team Schwartz (1-13). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Swish House walking away with a blowout 103-60 victory back in Week 4.

 

3. Wolverines – 10-3

Team Wolverines stays put in the #3 spot in the Week 13 Power Rankings without even stepping foot on the court on Sunday evening. They received a forfeit W as their opponents #8 Team Bucket SZN were unable to gather enough starters to field a team on Sunday. Team Wolverines will have to hope that the extra week of rest will prove to be beneficial as they have two crucial match-ups coming up in Week 14. They’ll first take the court in a highly anticipated rematch with #4 Team Maione (10-4) in our Week 14 Game of the Week! These two squads previously met back in Week 6 with Team Wolverines walking away with a slim 76-71 victory. They’ll then need to step right back onto the court and take on Team Reisner (3-11). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Wolverines walking away with a convincing 59-28 victory back in Week 4.

 

4. Team Maione – 10-4

Team Maione can take heart in their 19-point pounding of Team New Birth on Sunday afternoon. By the final score of 66-47, Team Maione picked up their 10th victory of the 2019-20 campaign and kept their slim hopes alive for the overall #1 seed prior to the postseason starting. They needed a win like this, after suffering a demoralizing loss to #2 Team Swish House back in Week 11. Dylan Richter made his first appearance since Week 9 and finished with a game-high 23 points (9-16 FG), 5 rebounds and an assist. Tellef Lundevall also saw his first game action since Week 9 and had a very solid night from the floor, finishing with 21 points (10-16 FG), a season-high 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Team Maione needed this strong result to serve reminder that this team is talented and will always be in the championship conversation. Team Maione could feasibly sweep through the remaining four games on their regular season schedule unscathed. Player availability may be an issue at certain stops, but if this team can keep its wits about it, Team Maione can seize this opportunity to solidify its standing prior to the postseason starting. Their next test comes on Sunday afternoon with a rematch against their rivals, #3 Team Wolverines (10-3) in our Week 14 Game of the Week! These two squads previously met back in Week 6 with Team Maione suffering a heartbreaking 76-71 defeat.

 

5. Onions – 10-4

Team Onions were able to record back-to-back victories for the first time since Week 5 as they swept their double header on Sunday evening. The two victories for Team Onions moves their overall regular season record up to 10-4 on the year and sees them currently sit in a tie with #4 Team Maione for the overall #4 seed. In the first game of their double dip, Team Onions recorded a convincing 75-45 victory over Team Reisner. Five different players were able to reach double-digit scoring efforts in this contest, led by Rob Mahlke and his 17 point (7-14 FG) and 9 rebound performance. Joel Pennington finished with 15 points (6-13 FG), 6 rebounds and 3 assists, while Andy Stemple, Dan O’Brian and Ryan Coyle combined for 35 points (14-29 FG) to help seal their squads 9th victory of the season. Team Onions couldn’t celebrate this victory for too long however as they needed to step right back onto the court and take on Team Schwartz in the second and final regular season meeting between these two squads. Just like their previous match-up back in Week 5, Team Onions were able to walk away with another blowout victory, winning by a final score of 95-44. Joel Pennington led the charge for Team Onions in this contest, finishing with a game-high 25 points on a whopping 90% shooting (9-10 FG) from the field, while also hauling down 3 boards and dishing out 5 assists. Andy Stemple followed up his solid Game 1 performance by turning in another solid scoring line, finishing with 24 points (8-10 FG) of his own. Team Onions will look to keep this winning momentum turning coming up in Week 14 with a rematch against Team New Birth (3-11). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Onions walking away with a solid 77-66 victory back in Week 4.

 

6. Hoop Dreams – 7-7

Team Hoop Dreams have a habit of playing close games, to say the least. They’ve already been involved in 10 games decided by 15 points or less, with an 5-5 record therein. It’s all well and good that Team Hoop Dreams are pulling these ones out more often now than earlier in the year, as well they should, with a pair of crunch-time killers in Max Bielfeldt and Kevin Sexton. All-Star and MVP candidate Max Bielfeldt once again stole the show on Sunday afternoon, dropping a Week 13 league-high 36 points (15-25 FG) to go along with 15 rebounds and 4 assists in his squads 87-73 victory over #7 The Dribbling Seamen on Sunday afternoon. Bielfeldt is now averaging a league-high 31.7 PPG (minimum 6 games played) and a league-high 10.7 RPG (minimum 6 games played). Absolutely dominating numbers if you ask me. Kevin Sexton also had himself a nice afternoon on Sunday, finishing with 16 points (6-14 FG) and 6 assists. Captain Walt Lyon had his best performance of the year on Sunday as well, finishing with 21 points (10-16 FG), a Week 13 league-high 16 rebounds to go along with a couple of assists. The win gets Team Hoop Dreams record back to the .500 mark. They’ll look to get over the .500 mark for the first time this season coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the floor against #1 Team Lakeshore show (13-1). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Hoop Dreams suffering a tough 90-80 defeat back in Week 8.

 

7. The Dribbling Seamen – 4-10

I don’t expect The Dribbling Seamen to fall much further down THE CHI Hoops Power Rankings than they are right now, even after suffering their third consecutive defeat on Sunday afternoon. Though, I can’t say I’d be entirely shocked if they did. And not just because I’m the one pulling the strings here. Rather, it seems that The Dribbling Seamen have started to hit their THE CHI Hoops newcomers slog. After recording their 4th victory of the season back in Week 11, The Dribbling Seamen dropped their third straight game on Sunday afternoon, falling by a final score of 87-73 to #6 Team Hoop Dreams. All-Star and MVP candidate Robert Mischler continues to produce week in and week out for The Dribbling Seamen, and Sunday was no different as he finished with a team-high 30 points (11-18 FG), 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Henry Biermann also had himself a nice night on the floor, finishing with a season-high 17 points (8-11 FG) and 8 rebounds. Unfortunately for The Dribbling Seamen, it just wasn’t enough to get past a tough Team Hoop Dreams squad. The Dribbling Seamen will look to get past this newcomers’ slog and get back on the winning track when they take the court on Sunday afternoon against #8 Team Bucket SZN (4-10). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with The Dribbling Seamen suffering a disappointing 86-78 loss back in Week 4.

 

8. Bucket SZN – 4-10

Team Bucket SZN did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team in Week 13 and had to take a forfeit loss to #3 Team Wolverines. The loss makes it six in a row for Team Bucket SZN and sees their record fall to 4-10 on the year. Team Bucket SZN will look to snap their six-game losing streak when they take the court in Week 14 against #7 The Dribbling Seamen (4-10). These two squads paired up back in Week 4 and Team Bucket SZN walked away with a solid 86-78 victory.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
 
New Birth – 3-10

It might be a good thing that Team New Birth got smoked out of their match-up with #4 Team Maione by a final score of 66-47 on Sunday afternoon. Team New Birth seemed to be getting into a little groove prior to Sundays tough loss, winning two straight. But maybe this loss can put things back into perspective for this crew. Nothing is a given in this league. Team New Birth got the services back on Sunday of Captain Cannan Blair who hadn’t stepped on the court since Week 9. Blair finished this contest with a team-high 15 points (6-10 FG) to go along with 8 rebounds and a couple of assists. Sherman Carter also had a nice game, finishing with 10 points (5-10 FG) of his own. Unfortunately for Team New Birth, no other player was able to hit double-digit scoring figures. Looking ahead, Team New Birth have the toughest regular season schedule remaining of any squad in the league. 4 of their final 5 regular season games come against Top-6 teams. Stretches like these can define a season, particularly in a league as crowded with quality squads as THE CHI Hoops league right now. This isn’t to suggest that Team New Birth are doomed if the final four regular season weeks don’t pan out well for them, though a few wins certainly wouldn’t hurt. Their next test comes on Sunday evening against #5 Team Onions (10-4). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team New Birth suffering a tough 77-66 loss back in Week 4.

 

Team Reisner – 3-11

I know, I know, four losses in a row for Team Reisner does not look good on paper. But aside from their 30-point loss to #4 Team Onions by a final score of 75-45 on Sunday evening, Team Reisner have been well within striking distance in each of those games. And not against fellow “rest of the pack” squads either. They’ve endured a 17-point loss to #1 Team Lakeshore show and a 15-point loss to #2 Team Swish House. The consistent play of Bradley Tivin has given Team Reisner a much-needed infusion of energy and enthusiasm, as has Christopher Kozloff’s steady improvement as the season has moved along. Both players led their squad in scoring on Sunday evening, Tivin finishing with 11 points (5-7 FG) and Kozloff dropping 13 points (5-17 FG). And let’s not forget Marin Kukoc’s nasty dominance up front. Kukoc did what he has been doing all season long on Sunday evening, finishing with 10 points (4-11 FG) and 8 rebounds. The odds are that Team Reisner pile up a few more narrow defeats before the regular season is through. What’s most important, though, is that they learn from their mistakes, grow together and emerge on the other side with a greater understanding of how to make a deep run in the upcoming triple-elimination playoff tournament. They’ll look to snap their current four-game skid coming up on Sunday afternoon with another tough opponent, #3 Team Wolverines (10-3). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Reisner suffering a tough 59-28 loss back in Week 4.

 

Team Schwartz – 1-13

Team Schwartz continues to run out good looking lineups of Jermaine Johnson, Captain Jason Vismantas and Austin Brown, along with Darren Angel and Jon Sider — but the effect has not been very positive over the first 13 weeks. This squad can put up big points at will but are currently sporting the worst defense in the league (87.6 PAPG). Their defense struggled once again on Sunday afternoon as they took a very lopsided loss to #5 Team Onions by a final score of 95-44. This is the third straight game that Team Schwartz has allowed 90+ points. This must improve if they plan on snapping their current eight game losing streak. Jermaine Johnson and Austin Brown led the way for Team Schwartz in this contest as they combined to score 34 of their squads 44 total points on Sunday night. Captain Jason Vismantas struggled mightily with his shot on Sunday evening, dropping merely 6 points while shooting only 13% (2-15 FG) from the field. As a squad, Team Schwartz shot just 28% from the field (19-68 FG) in this contest. Team Schwartz will look to snap their eight-game losing streak coming up on Sunday evening when they take the court against #2 Team Swish House (11-3). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Schwartz suffering an awkward 103-60 loss back in Week 4.

 

Week 13 is in the books! Good luck to all on Sunday!

-Marko