2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 15 – (Feb. 23)

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Updated: February 28, 2020

Two weeks remain in THE CHI Hoops League regular season, but the Playoff picture is anything but set. Four teams (Team Lakeshore show, Team Wolverines, Team Swish House and Team Onions) are separated by two games at the top of the standings and all four still have a shot at the overall #1 seed heading into the 2019-20 postseason.

It could all come down to Sunday afternoon’s match-up between #1 Team Lakeshore show and #2 Team Wolverines in our Week 16 Game of the Week to decide the top spot in the League. A win for #1 Team Lakeshore show will clinch them the overall #1 seed with one regular season week remaining. A loss on the other hand opens a wide range of scenarios heading into the final regular season week.

A little further down the standings board, #5 Team Maione and #6 Team Hoop Dreams will look to keep the pressure on those ahead of them. Meanwhile, Team Reisner, The Dribbling Seamen and Team New Birth will look to continue to improve upon their current seedings over the final two regular season weeks.

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Without further ado, onto our Week 15 Power Rankings…

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Power Rankings

1. Lakeshore show – 14-2

#1 Team Lakeshore show got back to their winning ways on Sunday afternoon as they cruised by #7 The Dribbling Seamen by the final score of 83-57. The win moves Team Lakeshore show one step closer to clinching the overall #1 seed heading into the 2019-20 postseason. Steven Cook made his All-Star/MVP case once again on Sunday afternoon, dropping a team-high 28 points (12-19 FG) while hauling down a game-high 15 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists. Seemed like just another day at the office for Cook, who kicked off the stretch run of his career-best season by draining shot after shot in his squads’ 26-point victory on Sunday. It was simply an extension of the stellar caliber of play that Cook had been exhibiting all season, and his final tally served as his third 28+ point performance on the season. Team Lakeshore show will now set their sights on the #1 overall seed with two regular season games remaining, even though they arguably have one of the toughest remaining schedules in the league. Next up for Team Lakeshore show is a rematch from Week 9 with #2 Team Wolverines (13-3) in our Week 16 Game of the Week! A win will lock up the overall #1 seed for Team Lakeshore show while another loss to #2 Team Wolverines will leave the race for the overall #1 seed wide open heading into the regular season finale.

 

2. Team Wolverines – 13-3

In a league full of elite playmakers and closers (one of whom he just so happens to share a backcourt with) it’s sometimes a little too easy to sleep on Josh Davis of Team Wolverines. That was not the case on Sunday as Davis scored 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting, including hauling down 4 rebounds and dishing out a couple of assists. Davis’s better half, Bryant Orange, once again led the way for Team Wolverines as he tallied 25 points (10-17 FG), 5 rebounds and 4 assists in Sunday’s huge 71-63 victory over #3 Team Swish House in our Week 15 Game of the Week. Orange just keeps rolling, delivering another 20+ point performance in Sunday’s victory. Numbers such as this are basically par for the course right now as Orange lobbies for another All-Star selection. There is no indication that he will slow down anytime soon, and teams simply must hope that his production somehow fades when they pair up with him down the stretch and in the postseason. Team Wolverines will have an opportunity to take over the #1 spot in Week 16 with a rematch from Week 9 against #1 Team Lakeshore show (14-2) in our Week 16 Game of the Week! In their previous match-up in Week 9, Team Wolverines squeezed past Team Lakeshore show, 86-79.

 

3. Team Swish House – 12-4

#3 Team Swish House suffered a backbreaking 71-63 loss on Sunday evening to #2 Team Wolverines in our Week 15 Game of the Week. The loss was their second in the past three weeks following a blistering 11-2 start to the season. All-Star and MVP candidate Brian Bracy returned to the court on Sunday evening following his absence in Week 14 and led the squad in scoring once again, finishing with a team-high 22 points (8-12 FG) while hauling down 4 rebounds and dishing out an assist. Jonathon Dues chipped in with 17 points (7-16 FG), 8 rebounds and 3 assists of his own but it just wasn’t enough to get past the defending back-to-back Champs. While the loss all but eliminated #3 Team Swish House from potentially holding the overall #1 seed heading into the 2019-20 postseason, they still have a mathematically shot if everything goes their way the final two regular season weeks. They just need to take care of their own business the final two weeks and the rest will work itself out. Team Swish House’s first task will be to start a new winning streak prior to the postseason tipping off when they take the court on Sunday afternoon against #7 The Dribbling Seamen (5-11). These two squads just met a few weeks ago back in Week 12 with Team Swish House walking away with a solid 86-79 victory.

 

4. Onions – 12-4

Team Onions stay put in the #4 spot in the Week 15 Power Rankings without even stepping foot on the court on Sunday afternoon. They received a forfeit W as their opponents Team Bucket SZN were unable to gather enough starters to field a team on Sunday. Team Onions 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 #5 Team Maione (10-6). This will be the last and final regular season meeting between these two squads with The Team Onions suffering a tough 94-79 defeat back in Week 8. A win for Team Onions on Sunday, coupled with a #1 Team Lakeshore show loss, would keep Team Onions hopes alive for the overall #1 seed in Week 17. A loss on the other hand on Sunday to Team Maione could see them drop all the way to the #5 seed. Huge week coming up for Team Onions!

 

5. Team Maione – 10-6

#5 Team Maione failed to take advantage of a big opportunity in Week 15 as they dropped both of their games on Sunday afternoon/evening. In the first game of their double dip, Team Maione lost in a high scoring affair, falling to #8 Team Reisner by a final score of 100-81. All-Star candidate Andy Timson produced his best game of the season as he finished with a season-high 37 points (14-24 FG), 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Mike also finished with a season-high 26 points (11-18 FG), 4 rebounds and 2 assists but it wasn’t nearly enough as Team Reisner became the second team this season to drop a hundred burger on Team Maione. Team Maione was also not able to gather enough players for their second game of the day and had to take the forfeit loss. The back-to-back losses drops Team Maione’s overall regular season record to 10-6 on the season. With two regular season games remaining on their schedule, #5 Team Maione can still finish as high as the overall #3 seed if they take of their own business and other things around them fall their way. They could also fall to the #6 spot if they don’t take care of business over the next couple of weeks. Huge match-up coming up on Sunday against #4 Team Onions (12-4). These two squads previously met back in Week 8 with #5 Team Maione walking away with a convincing 94-79 victory.

 

6. Hoop Dreams – 9-7

Max Bielfeldt helped Team Hoop Dreams cruise past Team New Birth 99-57 on Sunday night with yet another stellar performance that had his fans and teammates marveling at his youthful and infectious energy Sunday. Captain Walt Lyon finished with 22 points (11-14 FG) and 16 rebounds, and Bielfeldt had 29 points (12-22 FG) and 8 rebounds, doing much of his damage early in the second half. Bielfeldt must have known he had to step up once again, not just with scoring, but leading the team if they wanted to catch up with #5 Team Maione who had slipped up earlier in the day. It must have also been a little easier for Bielfeldt to accomplish this thanks to a little time off earlier this season when he only played a couple of games in the first two months of the reason. Since Bielfeldt’s return, he’s playing lights out ball and in a better rhythm. Great news for Team Hoop Dreams down the stretch. #6 Team Hoop Dreams will need to win out and have a couple of other things break their way if they plan on moving up and out of their current #6 spot prior to the postseason beginning. They’ll look to keep rolling and bring their winning streak up to four games coming up on Sunday afternoon with a rematch against Team Scwhartz (1-13). These two squads previously met back in Week 9 with #6 Team Hoops Dreams walking away with a forfeit victory.

 

7. The Dribbling Seamen – 5-11

After recording a forfeit victory in Week 14 and not taking the court, The Dribbling Seamen came out flat in Week 15 against #1 Team Lakeshore show and lost by a final score of 83-57. The squads second leading scorer Andrew Bargmann was absent from this game and it showed for #7 The Dribbling Seamen as they were held to their lowest scoring total since Week 1. The squad’s overall leading scorer, All-Star/MVP candidate and Captain, Robert Mischler stepped up once again in Bargmann’s absence and dropped a game-high 29 points (11-25 FG), 2 rebounds and a couple of assists in his squads 26-point lopsided loss. Unfortunately for The Dribbling Seamen, Tom (10 points 5-9 FG) who made his season debut for The Dribbling Seamen on the Sunday, was the only other player alongside Mischler to reach the double-digit scoring mark. It just wouldn’t nearly be enough to keep pace with the #1 ranked squad in the League. The Dribbling Seamen will look to get back on track in Week 16 with a Week 12 rematch versus #3 Team Swish House (12-4). Back in that Week 12 contest, The Dribbling Seamen lost a heart-breaker falling by a final score of 86-79. The Dribbling Seamen will also need more from the entire supporting cast if they want to secure their sixth victory coming up on Sunday night.

 

8. Team Reisner – 5-12

Moving up into the land of the ranked for the first time since Week 5 is #8 Team Reisner following their huge double header sweep on Sunday afternoon over Team Schwartz and #5 Team Maione. In the first game of the day, Team Reisner put up a season-high 103 points in their 103-82 victory over Team Schwartz. All-Star candidate Marin Kukoc went off in this contest, finishing with a season and a Week 15 league-high 43 points (20-27 FG), 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Jessie finished with 26 points (11-17) and Jordan Reisner chipped in with 13 points (5-8 FG) of his own to help Team Reisner snap their 5-game losing streak. Team Reisner would then step right back onto the court and take on #5 Team Maione. They came into this contest right where they left off in the previous one, dropping another 100 burger, shocking Team Maione by a final score of 100-81. Five different players were able to score in double figures in this contest for Team Reisner, led by Jesse and his game-high 42 points (19-29 FG). Marin Kukoc and Tyler Max both had 16 points on a combined 14-23 shooting from the field. Sam Game finished with 11 points (4-8 FG) and Jordan Reisner contributed another 10 points (4-5 FG) to go along with 8 rebounds and 4 assists. It was the first time this season that Team Reisner was able to record back-to-back victories and as a result, move all the way up into the #8 spot in the Week 15 Power Rankings. They’ll look to make it three wins in a row coming up on Sunday evening with a rematch against Team Bucket SZN (4-12). In their previous meeting back in Week 8, Team Reisner suffered a disappointing 82-72 defeat.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
 
Bucket SZN – 4-12

Team Bucket SZN did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team in Week 15 and had to take a forfeit loss to #4 Team Onions. The loss makes it eight in a row for Team Bucket SZN and sees their record fall to 4-12 on the year. Team Bucket SZN will look to snap their eight-game losing streak when they take the court in Week 16 against #8 Team Reisner (5-11). These two squads paired up back in Week 8 and Team Bucket SZN recorded a solid 82-72 victory.

 

New Birth – 3-12

Team New Birth didn’t have enough offensive fire power on Sunday night as they took a beating from #6 Team Hoop Dreams, losing by 42 points, 99-57. All-Star candidate and team Captain Cannan Blair was his usual self as he led the squad in scoring by posting 15 points (7-15 FG) and hauling down 3 rebounds. Blair’s numbers have been great all season, as he’s averaging 13 PPG and 5.7 RPG. He’s clearly the primary offensive weapon down low for Team New Birth, and playing alongside Phil Hardy, these two can make a lethal one/two punch any time they are on the court together. Speaking of Mr. Hardy, Phil finished the game with 13 points (5-9 FG) but it still wasn’t nearly enough to get past the high-flying offense of #6 Team Hoop Dreams. Team New Birth can still finish as high as the #7 seed if they win out and get a lot of help along the way. They can also finish as low as #11 if they don’t get back on track here quickly. Team New Birth will look to get back on track in Week 16 as they get to tip-off against Team Schwartz (1-15). In their previous match-up in Week 8, Team New Birth walked away with a slim 6-point victory, something Team New Birth will certainly need to repeat if they plan on moving up the standings board.

 

Team Schwartz – 1-14

Things have seemingly gone from bad to worse for Team Schwartz as this season has worn along. They dropped their tenth straight game on Sunday afternoon, losing to #8 Team Reisner by a lopsided score of 100-81. All-Star candidate Jermaine Johnson had the hot hand and did everything he could to keep his squad in this game, posting 23 huge points (10-19 FG) while hauling down 11 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. He chipped in a couple of steals as well. Like other teams in THE CHI Hoops league, lineup consistency has been an issue for Team Schwartz all year long. It’s hard to win and win consistently when you are always trotting out new players onto the court. While Team Schwartz’s Top-8 Playoff seeding hopes have been long gone, they can still improve upon their Playoff seeding while piling up a couple on wins in the final two weeks of the season. These guys are always competitive with everyone and tend to “play up” to the competition when facing the very best in the League. They’ll get two opportunities coming up on Sunday afternoon as they are slated for the double dip coming up in Week 16. They’ll first take the court against Team New Birth (3-11) in a rematch between these two squads back in Week 8. Team Schwartz fell in that contest by the final score of 71-65. They’ll then need to step right back onto the court and take on #6 Team Hoop Dreams (9-7). These two squads previously met back in Week 9 with Team Schwartz taking a forfeit loss.

 

Week 15 is in the books and only 2 regular season weeks remain. Also keep an eye out for All-Star/MVP voting email coming out next week. Good luck to all on Sunday!

-Marko