2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 2 – (Oct. 13)

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Updated: October 17, 2019

Who are the biggest risers and fallers after the second week of THE CHI Hoops League?

Throughout the regular season, our panel (me) ranks the league’s 11 teams from top to bottom.

As each week of the regular season goes by, our preconceived notions and preseason predictions for these 11 teams gets more and more supplanted by what we see on the court.

While the sample size remains incredibly small – with teams having played only two games at this point (Team Onions not playing a single game yet) – we can see some teams playing as we expected, some playing better than expected and some struggling out of the gate.

We currently have four teams sitting at the top of the standings without a loss to their names and the dream of a perfect season still alive. Four teams are at the bottom of the standings still searching for their first win of the 2019-20 campaign and two teams are jammed in the middle of the pack sitting at 1-1. We will also be welcoming our 11th team this upcoming Sunday as Team Onions will officially get their 2019-20 season underway.

The format for the Regular Season Schedule and Playoff Seeding are below for you to read through as well.

SCHEDULING NOTE: NO GAMES SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH (FACILITY CONFLICT)

Quickly, for those Playing in their first All Sports Series League.. Here’s what to expect from the weekly Power Rankings.. Each week we’ll take a statistical look at the Teams and Rank them 1-11 with the UnRanked Teams listed alphabetically.. Also, if you have ever want to find any info on the League.. Go to Chicago Leagues > THE CHI Hoops League.. Everything you’d need from Stats to Schedules to Standings etc. will be found there..

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Regular Season and Playoff Formats:

1. Each Team will play 18 Games in the Regular Season (2 teams (random) will be playing 19).
2. Each Team will play a double-header at some point during the regular season schedule.
3. Teams will compete in a Triple-Elimination Tournament for the League Playoffs.
4. All Teams make the Playoffs.
5. Teams will be seeded 1-11 for the Playoffs based on overall record (winning percentage). In the event two or more teams are tied in the standings, a series of tiebreakers are applied to determine which team receives the higher seeding.

 

Power Rankings

 

1. Wolverines – 2-0

The defending back-to-back champs opened their 2019-20 campaign with a solid 20-point victory in Week 1 over Team Schwartz and followed up that performance with another nice win in Week 2, sneaking past Team Hoop Dreams by a final score of 84-77. Team Wolverines are firing on all cylinders already and not many teams look close to their level (yet). Captain Randall Hampton isn’t off to the most efficient start but had 20 points (8-16 FG) and a couple of big shots in Team Wolverine’s win over Team Hoops Dreams on Sunday afternoon. Timothy Flowers, Josh Davis, Deangelo Mcintosh and Mitchell Bouie are all here to remind us that this team has more than one star. These four guys combined for 62 points (29-63 FG) and made a bunch of big plays down the stretch in their Week 2 victory with All-Star Bryant Orange sitting out this contest. So far so good for Team Wolverines. They’ll look to extend their winning streak to three games coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the floor against Team Onions (0-0).

 

2. Team Swish House – 2-0

Moving up into the #2 spot in the Week 2 Power Rankings is Team Swish House following their dominating 110-92 victory over Team Maione in our Week 2 Game of the Week! The only way to describe the start to Team Swish Houses’ season is with several flame emojis. Defense was a little cause for concern coming into the 2019-20 season, but defense doesn’t really matter much when you average 98.5 PPG and register the league’s best assist-turnover ratio through the first two weeks. Cory Starkey and Captain Michael Halusek are off to hot starts for Team Swish House this season as they are averaging 21.5 and 21.0 PPG respectively. Starkey contributed 26 points (12-15 PPG) to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Captain Michael Halusek finished with 22 points (10-16 FG), 7 rebounds and 3 assists in Team Swish Houses’ 18-point victory on Sunday afternoon. Team Swish House was without the services of former league MVP Sterling Williams for this contest, but that did not seem to matter much as Team Swish House put up a whopping 110 points! They’ll look to take their record up to 3-0 coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against #7 Team Hoop Dreams (0-2).

 

3. Lakeshore show – 2-0

The Lakeshore show are the cream of the crop through two games. The reining THE CHI Hoops League MVP Eric Porter looks like his old self, comfortably dropping 30+ points and making highlight-reel plays on both ends of the court in the first two games. Porter followed up his 30-point, 10 assist, 3 rebound performance in Week 1 with a 32-point (12-21 FG), 4 assist, 5 rebound performance in Week 2 in his squads 76-63 win over Team Reisner. Porter’s one of the best players in the league once again, quietly sliding him into the way-too-early B2B MVP discussion. Xavier Edwards continues to be as consistent as they come, and the Lakeshore show ranks among the league’s best teams on both ends through the first two games. Expect that to continue, with their impressive depth affording them to spread the ball around and play stifling defense. Team Lakeshore show will look to make it a perfect 3-0 start to their season coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take on #4 Team Bucket SZN (2-0) in our Week 3 Game of the Week!

 

4. Bucket SZN – 2-0

Captain Rodney Clark has his guys playing as well as anyone in the league right now. Team Bucket SZN came into the 2019-20 season with a little less buzz than some of the other top squads from a year ago, and last Spring’s relatively early Playoff exit likely had something to do with it. Well their Roster is not only intact once again this year but seems to be much improved. This Week they took down a very solid Team New Birth crew and in impressive fashion. To sum it up, they look great. This was a very close game in the first half, but league veteran Jeremy Ireland took over in the second half and absolutely dominated in leading his team to a convincing 109-77 victory. Ireland shook off his tough Week 1 shooting performance by scoring a game high 39-points on a blistering 19-20 shooting from the field. The man could not miss on Sunday evening. This is a very powerful team led by lots of THE CHI Hoops veterans and when they are clicking on all cylinders, they are very tough to beat. They’ll try to stay perfect coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the floor against #3 Team Lakeshore show (2-0) in our Week 3 Game of the Week!

 

5. Team Maione – 1-1

One of the biggest movers in Week 2 is Team Maione. Unfortunately for Team Maione, it’s in the wrong direction. They move down three spots to #5 in our Week 2 Power Rankings following their very tough Week 2 loss to #2 Team Swish House by the final score of 110-92. These guys are as good as they come and there is no shame going down to the #2 team in the league. They were without a few key players for this contest and it seemed to cost them dearly. Matthew Vogrich did a great job of keeping Team Maione close and in the game, but it just never seemed to be enough. Vogrich finished with 27 points (11-18 FG), 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Andy Timson made his season debut on Sunday evening for Team Maione and chipped in 25 points (9-12 FG), 3 rebounds and 3 assists of his own. One thing is for certain…these guys will not stay down for long. Team Maione will look to get back some reinforcements in Week 3 and try to get their record back over the .500 mark when they take the court against #8 Team Schwartz (0-2).

 

6. The Dribbling Seamen – 1-1

Moving all the way up into the #6 hole this week is The Dribbling Seamen. The Dribbling Seamen recorded a forfeit win on Sunday afternoon as their opponents #10 Team Reisner were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. The win brings The Dribbling Seamen’s record to 1-1 and sees them move up four spots in the Week 2 Power Rankings. The Dribbling Seamen will look to make it back-to-back victories coming up in Week 3 with a very important match-up against Team Onions (0-0), who’ll be coming into this contest playing their second game of a back-to-back.

 

7. Hoop Dreams – 0-2

In what ultimately ended up being one of the most entertaining games in Week 2, Team Hoop Dreams lost a very tightly contested ballgame against #1 Team Wolverines by the final score of 84-77. Team Hoop Dreams played well enough to win this game and if it weren’t for some questionable calls and costly turnovers in the final moments of this game, this could have been their victory. Kevin Sexton made his season debut for Team Hoop Dreams and led all scorers in this contest as he poured in 30 points (12-19 FG) while also dishing out 5 assists. Captain Walt Lyon almost turned in a double-double himself, finishing with 9 points (4-14 FG) and 11 rebounds. Team Hoops Dreams played the defending back-to-back champs extremely tough and this is certainly something that they can build off. While their record may say they are 0-2, they certainly have not played like an 0-2 club through the first two weeks of the season. Their next chance to secure their first victory of the season comes on Sunday afternoon in another extremely tough Week 3 match-up against #2 Team Swish House (2-0).

 

8. Team Reisner – 0-2

Good and experienced squads bounce back from a tough loss quickly and don’t let it creep into their mentality in the next game. Very intrigued to see how this very talented squad comes back in Week 3 following their second consecutive loss to start the 2019-20 season. Yes, they fell to #3 Team Lakeshore show on Sunday afternoon by the final score of 76-63, but these guys are former Champs for a reason. The scheduling gods have not been very kind to Team Reisner the first two weeks of the season, but they cannot let these two extremely tough losses keep them down. Depth, or the lack of depth, was Team Reisner’s downfall in Week 2. With a shortage of players out due to personal reasons, their bench was extremely thin (or non-existent), and it played a big part in this disappointing loss. Veteran Tyler Max did everything he could do to keep his guys in this game, finishing with 25 points (11-17 FG), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough to get past the Lakeshore show. Team Reisner is a veteran laden team that will bounce back nicely next week after this tough loss. Next up is another tough match-up against #9 Team New Birth (0-2) in Week 3.

 

9. New Birth – 0-2

Let’s move past these first two games. Here’s the deal. Team New Birth has played two title Contenders in #3 Team Lakeshore show and #4 Team Bucket SZN over the first two weeks. It was a very rough schedule to get their season started. Team New Birth seemed to come out a little flat and a little shorthanded in Week 2 and it ultimately cost them in the end, losing to a very good #4 Team Bucket SZN squad by the final score of 109-77. Donald and Captain Cannan Blair were on their A games as they combined for 53 (25-36 FG) of their squads 77 points. Team New Birth is still trying to figure some things out, but I have no doubt that they will rebound from this loss next week and come out swinging hard. They’ll have a big opportunity to pick up their first win on the 2019-20 campaign in Week 3 when they take the court against another squad that will be searching for their first victory of the season, #8 Team Reisner (0-2). Very important game coming up for both squads as the winner moves to 1-2 while the losers will be staring at a 0-3 start.

 

10. Team Schwartz – 0-2

#10 Team Schwartz did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team in Week 2 and had to take a forfeit loss to #6 The Dribbling Seamen. The loss makes it two-straight for Team Schwartz to start their 2019-20 campaign. Team Schwartz will try to pick up their first victory of the season when they take the court in Week 3 against #5 Team Maione (1-1).

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Onions – 0-0

 

That’s it for Week 2! Good Luck to all in Week 3!

-Marko