2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 14 – (Feb. 16)

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Updated: February 20, 2020

A little over 75% of THE CHI Hoops regular season if officially in the books, and the final stretch of the regular season is officially upon us.

So, what has changed in THE CHI Hoops Power Rankings this week?

Team Reisner, Team Schwartz, Team New Birth and Bucket SZN could not snap their losing streaks this week, while Team Lakeshore show suffered a rare loss in the absence of reigning league MVP Eric Porter.

On the other side of the coin, Team Swish House picked up a huge win to stay in the #2 spot that they’ve occupied for most of the season behind #1 Team Lakeshore show. Meanwhile, Team Onions, jumped in the rankings this week due to their huge win over Team New Birth.

Here’s a look at THE CHI Hoops Power Rankings as we head into the final stretch of the regular season.

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Power Rankings

1. Lakeshore show – 13-2

Team Lakeshore show’s primary mission: Finish the regular season healthy and playing well and be prepared for the playoffs. They still have a legitimate shot at 16 wins, but their 81-60 blowout loss to #6 Team Hoop Dreams on Sunday afternoon has fans, analysts and the team itself shaking their heads and wondering what just happened. One can point to the fact that the team’s leading scorer and reigning league MVP Eric Porter had to miss this contest and as a result, Team Lakeshore show produced their second lowest scoring output of the season. In Porter’s absence, Michael Barr stepped up and produced one of his best performances of the season, finishing with a team-high 19 points (7-16 FG) while hauling down 5 rebounds. With a full game lead for the overall #1 seed for the playoffs with 3 regular season games remaining, Team Lakeshore show will start to look to the postseason and focus on winning a title. But before they do, they’ll need to get back to their winning ways when they take the court against #7 The Dribbling Seamen (5-10) coming up in Week 15. This will be the second and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Lakeshore taking the first contest back in Week 7 by a final score of 84-72.
 

2. Team Swish House – 12-3

Staying put in the #2 hole in the Week 14 Power Rankings is Team Swish House following their 96-65 blowout victory over Team Schwartz on Sunday evening. Luke F. made his season debut for Team Swish House on Sunday evening and dropped a game-high 33 points (12-23 FG) to go along with 14 rebounds and 8 assists in Sunday’s 31-point victory over Team Schwartz. It wasn’t just Luke F. that put on a show as the other five players that dressed for this contest all contributed double digit scoring efforts during Sunday’s lopsided victory. Team Swish House currently own the second-best record in the league but keep an eye on them and #1 Team Lakeshore show as they battle it out for the top spot in the league over the final three weeks of the regular season. #1 Team Lakeshore show owns the H2H between these two squads so Team Swish House will technically need to gain two games on Team Lakeshore show over the final 3 weeks if they hope to secure that #1 seed in the postseason. Team Swish House hosts #3 Team Wolverines (11-3) in our Week 15 Game of the Week on Sunday evening in a game that will certainly have an impact on the final overall seedings prior to the postseason beginning. These two squads previously met back in Week 7 and Team Swish House walked away with a slim 68-62 victory.

 

3. Wolverines – 11-3

No team in THE CHI Hoops league is hotter than Team Wolverines right now. By the final score of 67-58, Team Wolverines has now ripped off three straight victories and are only 1.5 games back of holding the best record in THE CHI Hoops league. I’m more fascinated by what Team Wolverines will become over the final three regular season weeks than I am any other team. Bryant Orange is awesome. Captain Randall Hampton is the engine that keeps this squad turning and Josh Davis is about as clutch as any player in this league. Davis once again led the squad in scoring on Sunday afternoon, dropping 21 points (8-10 FG) to go along with 5 rebounds. But incorporating a soon to be All-Star into a team that is already stacked with big stars like Orange and Hampton may not be as easy as it looks on paper. The top tier in THE CHI Hoops league consists of somewhere between six and eight teams: Team Lakeshore show, Team Swish House, Team Onions, Team Maione, and perhaps Team Hoop Dreams and The Dribbling Seamen. Of all those teams, I think Team Wolverines have the greatest variance in possibilities for how they end the regular season. They’ll look to take their winning streak up to four and five games coming up on Sunday evening with a huge double-header on their slate. They’ll first take the court against #2 Team Swish House (12-3) in our Week 15 Game of the Week! This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Wolverines dropping the first contest back in Week 7 by a final score of 68-62. They’ll then need to step right back onto the court and take on #5 Team Maione (10-4) in what will also be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Wolverines walking away with a slim 76-71 victory back in Week 6.

 

4. Onions – 11-4

Team Onions enter the final stretch of the Regular Season in a precarious position. Team Onions will have to be perfect to catch up to #1 Team Lakeshore show and will have to hope that Team Lakeshore show not win another regular season game. Team Onions currently own the #4 seed, which comes with a very tough match-up in the first round of the playoffs. Meanwhile, Team Onions has another team (Team Maione) breathing down their necks trying to take it away. The good news is that Team Onions was able to notch their third straight victory on Sunday evening with a huge victory over Team New Birth by the final score of 90-73. Joel Pennington totaled 28 points (12-18 FG), 3 rebounds and 5 assists in Team Onion’s blowout win over Team New Birth. Pennington has shown to be one of the most electric scorers in THE CHI Hoops league, and he once again put some of those skills on display on Sunday evening, hitting for 28 points. He can get hot quicker than most players in the League, and his ceiling is enormous. Pennington will continue to provide solid production for Team Onions as we enter the final stretch of the regular season. Team Onion’s next test will come on Sunday evening with a rematch against Team Bucket SZN (4-11), a team they beat by forfeit back in Week 7.

 

5. Team Maione – 10-4

#5 Team Maione will look to take their winning streak up to three and four games coming up on Sunday evening with a very important double-header on their slate. They’ll first take the court against Team Reisner (3-12). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Maione winning the first contest back in Week 7 by a final score of 104-72. They’ll then need to step right back onto the court and take on #3 Team Wolverines (11-3) in what will also be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Maione walking away with a crushing 76-71 defeat back in Week 6.

 

6. Hoop Dreams – 8-7

Another team that is currently streaking and playing great basketball in THE CHI Hoops league is #6 Team Hoop Dreams. By the final score of 81-60, Team Hoop Dreams picked up their second straight win and eighth victory overall on Sunday afternoon, shocking #1 Team Lakeshore show. The squads and league leading scorer, Max Bielfeldt, came up huge once again on Sunday afternoon for Team Hoop Dreams, dropping a Week 14 league-high 40 points (15-25 FG) to go along with 14 rebounds and 3 assists. Bielfeldt has scored at least 21 points in every game he has played in this year. Been telling you for months now that Team Hoop Dreams, who struggled for the first couple months of the season, would turn things around. And they have. Prediction: Team Hoop Dreams, which is starting to get some consistency within their lineup and currently sitting in sixth place, will keep improving, and end up as a Top-5 seed heading into the postseason. While they are officially out of the running for the overall #1 seed, they still have an opportunity to finish as high as the #3 seed. They’ll look to take their winning streak up to three games coming up on Sunday evening with a rematch against Team New Birth (3-11). In their previous match-up back in Week 7, Team Hoop Dreams recorded a nail-biting 67-64 victory.

 

7. The Dribbling Seamen – 5-10

The Dribbling Seamen stay put in the #7 spot in the Week 14 Power Rankings without even stepping foot on the court on Sunday afternoon. They received a forfeit W as their opponents #8 Team Bucket SZN were unable to gather enough starters to field a team on Sunday. The Dribbling Seamen will have to hope that the extra week of rest will prove to be beneficial as they have a crucial match-up coming up in Week 15 against #1 Team Lakeshore show (13-2). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with The Dribbling Seamen suffering a tough 84-72 defeat back in Week 7.

 

8. Bucket SZN – 4-11

Team Bucket SZN did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team in Week 14 and had to take a forfeit loss to #7 The Dribbling Seamen. The loss makes it seven in a row for Team Bucket SZN and sees their record fall to 4-11 on the year. Team Bucket SZN will look to snap their seven-game losing streak when they take the court in Week 15 against #4 Team Onions (11-4). These two squads paired up back in Week 7 and Team Bucket SZN had to take the forfeit loss.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
 
New Birth – 3-11

At 3-11, Team New Birth isn’t where it’d like to be this late in the season. But don’t expect the disappointing record to result in this team simply laying down and calling it quits. On the contrary, Team New Birth competes every week and is another team that can pull off some surprises during the final three week stretch. They did drop their second straight game in Week 14, losing to #4 Team Onions by a final score of 90-73. Sherman Henderson scored 24 points (10-15 FG) while adding 4 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists during Sunday’s loss to #4 Team Onions. Henderson dialed up another 20+ point performance on Sunday evening, albeit in defeat. Team New Birth are going to be pushing hard to improve their playoff seeding over the final three weeks of the regular season and Henderson should continue to be a primary focus on the offensive end moving forward. Team New Birth will look to snap their two-game losing streak coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against #6 Team Hoop Dreams (8-7). These two squads previous met back in Week 7 and Team New Birth suffered a crushing 67-64 defeat.

 

Team Reisner – 3-12

Team Reisner could be fully healthy, finally. If this team is healthy, I’d give them a real shot of securing a top-8 playoff seed. Remember that invigorating feeling around this team after they won two out of three games at the end of October/end of November? They’re only two games back of #7 The Dribbling Seamen but time is not on their side as they only have four regular season games remaining. Team Reisner can make up that ground if they’re healthy and if The Dribbling Seamen slip up over the final three weeks. Crazier things have happened. Unfortunately for Team Reisner they suffered a tough defeat on Sunday night to #3 Team Wolverines by a final score of 67-58. Andrew Marks made his first appearance since Week 10 and registered a team-high 16 points (7-14 FG), 9 rebounds and 2 assists in Sunday’s loss to #3 Team Wolverines. Marks and the rest of the Team Reisner crew will need to put this tough loss behind them quickly and focus their attention on Team Schwartz (1-13) and #5 Team Maione (10-4) who are both up next on the calendar coming up on Sunday afternoon. In their previous match-up in Week 9, Team Reisner recorded a forfeit win as Team Schwartz did not have enough available bodies to field a team on that day. They’ll then need to step right back onto the court and take on #5 Team Maione (10-4) in what will be the final regular season meeting between these two squads. In their previous meeting back in Week 7, Team Reisner suffered a lopsided 104-72 defeat.

 

Team Schwartz – 1-13

In a game that they’ll soon want to forget, Team Schwartz took a tough defeat, falling to #2 Team Swish House by a final score of 96-69. Team Schwartz have been struggling to find some consistency within their lineup and the same held true in Week 14 as they were only able to dress five players. Jermaine Johnson, the squads leading scorer all season long, was able to dress for this contest and certainly brought his A-game to the gym on Sunday night, posting a solid 28 points (11-21 FG), 9 rebounds and 7 assists in his squads 27-point loss on Sunday night. This squad has certainly had their struggles this season, but Johnson has been one of the few bright spots all season long and will certainly be an All-Star once again this year. Running mate and Captain Jason Vismantas also had a very solid all-around game on Sunday, contributing 17 points (6-13 FG), 10 rebounds and an assist. We keep saying this and we will continue to keep saying this…the triple elimination playoff tournament is a whole new ballgame for every team in the League. They’ll look to put an end to their long losing streak and start building some momentum heading into the postseason when they take the court in Week 15 against Team Reisner (3-12). These two squads previously met back in Week 9 and Team Schwartz had to take a forfeit loss on that day as they did not have enough available players to field a team.

 

That’s a wrap for Week 14! Good luck to all on Sunday!

-Marko