2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 3 – (Oct. 20)

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Updated: October 24, 2019

We are down to only three squads with big fat zero’s in the loss column, with the defending back-to-back champs Team Wolverines and Team Bucket SZN taking losses on Sunday afternoon to the red-hot Team Onions and Team Lakeshore show crews.

This leaves us with a group of mystery guests near the top of THE CHI Hoops League standings, with the 2019-20 debutants Team Onions joining Team Swish House and Team Lakeshore show as the only THE CHI Hoops teams without a loss as we turn the corner into November.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, early-season Power Rankings are a very tough exercise, because it’s difficult to know which teams are showing their true selves, and which are just subjects of small sample-size theater.

Are Team Swish House, Team Lakeshore show and Team Onions for real? Are Team Hoops Dreams, Team Schwartz and Team New Birth early season struggles going to be a season-long reality? Is Team Wolverines not the juggernaut many thought they’d be? So many questions, so little answers.

One thing that we do know however is that we had some fantastic ballgames on Sunday afternoon. Let’s look at where all the teams line up following the action in Week 3.

SCHEDULING NOTE: NO GAMES THIS 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 1-8 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. Team Swish House – 3-0

For the first time this season, we have a new #1! By the final score of 102-85, Team Swish House picked up their third consecutive victory in Week 3 over Team Hoop Dreams. Brian Bracey made his season debut for Team Swish House on Sunday afternoon and led all scorers in this contest, dropping 31 points (14-25 FG) while hauling down 6 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. Captain Michael Halusek continued his red-hot start to the season by contributing 28 points (11-16 FG) to go along with 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Team Swish House, when they’re in the mood, are a sight to behold. Jonathon Dues is averaging the most taken-for-granted 20, 4 and 4 in League history, everyone knows their roles, and suddenly former League MVP Sterling Williams is emerging as a number 4 option? Wow. The concern, if you want to manufacture one, remains Team Swish House’s middle-of-the-pack defense. The 77.8 PAPG is hard to ignore, but we ask again: Can anyone really make Team Swish House pay for that shortcoming? They’ll look to make it a perfect 4-0 start when they take the court against Team Schwartz (0-3) when we return to action in Week 4.

 

2. Lakeshore show – 3-0

Remember when Team Lakeshore show (formerly Team Division 6) saw their fantastic 2018-19 season come to a dramatic end in the playoffs last season? We don’t either given how good they’ve been so far to start this season, assembling a perfect 3-0 start and bolting to a weekly average margin of plus-23 thanks to another dominant victory in Week 3 over #5 Team Bucket SZN by a final score of 75-51 in our Week 3 Game of the Week! Eric Porter once again led the way for Team Lakeshore show by pouring in a solid 23 points (9-16 FG) while dishing out 3 assists in Team Lakeshore show’s win over Team Bucket SZN on Sunday. Porter’s 23-point effort proved to be a game-high and served as his third straight 20+ point scoring effort to open the season. Steven Cook made his 2019-20 season debut on Sunday afternoon for Team Lakeshore show and dropped 22 points (10-18 FG) to help seal his squads third straight victory. There’s too much goodness going on right now, in other words, to not see Team Lakeshore show at the #1 spot sometime here soon. Coming up in Week 4 when we return from break, they’ll take on a #4 Team Maione (2-1) squad that will be itching to get back into the #2 hole in our Week 4 Game of the Week!

 

3. Onions – 2-0

Team Onions made their 2019-20 season debut on Sunday afternoon and what a debut it was. Following their memorable run in the 2018-19 postseason, Captain Michael Schultz once again brings in a talented group of individuals who’ll be looking to build off their fantastic 2018-19 season that saw them come within two games of making it to Championship Sunday. They got their 2019-20 season off to an amazing start on Sunday afternoon with two very solid victories, knocking off #1 Team Wolverines by a final score of 79-72 in O.T. before blowing out The Dribbling Seamen 91-69 in the second game of their back-to-back. Dan O’Brien, Andy Stemple and Joel Pennington started right where they left off last season, finishing with a combined 47-points in Game 1 of their double header to take down #1 Team Wolverines in what was arguably one of the best games we’ve seen so far this season. This performance was exactly the start they were looking for coming into the 2019-20 season. Team Onions now had to carry this momentum into Game 2 of their scheduled double dip on Sunday and they did just that. By the final score of 91-69, Team Onions cruised to victory over #6 Team Bucket SZN. Andy Stemple followed up his very solid Game 1 performance with an outstanding and team leading 28-points (12-19 FG) in Game 2. Couldn’t ask for a better start out of this group. Team Onions will look to build on these performances and look to stay unbeaten coming up in Week 4 when we return from break with a match-up against Team New Birth (0-3).

 

4. Team Maione – 2-1

Moving up from the #5 spot and into the #4 hole in the Week 3 Power Rankings is All Sports Series and THE CHI Hoops veterans, Team Maione. All five starters were able to record double digit scoring efforts in this contest, led by William Sullivan who generated 21 points (8-13 FG), 4 rebounds and 4 assists in Team Maione’s 85-79 win over #8 Team Schwartz on Sunday afternoon. Sullivan made his 2019-20 season debut for Team Maione on Sunday evening and on most other Sundays, like in previous seasons, Sullivan’s line would have stood out as stellar. However, this is a player where such a performance can be comfortably upstaged on any given Sunday. And don’t get me wrong, that’s not to take credit from the All-Star player, who appears to be headed for another prolific 2019-20 season. Captain Bradley Deutsch, who missed his squads Week 2 loss to #1 Team Swish House, also contributed to the winning cause in Week 3 posting a solid 13 points (5-10 FG), 8 assists and 3 rebounds to help his squad get back into the winner’s circle. Team Maione will look to build on this very nice Week 3 victory and add another tally in the W column in Week 4 when they take the court when we return from break against #2 Team Lakeshore show in our Week 4 Game of the Week!

 

5. Wolverines – 2-1

For the second straight year, the defending back-to-back Champs suffered their first loss of the season to #3 Team Onions. Even with the services of All-Star Bryant Orange, who missed his squads Week 2 victory over Team Hoop Dreams, Team Wolverines struggled to produce enough offense to keep pace on Sunday afternoon and fell to #3 Team Onions by the final score of 79-72 in O.T. Timothy Flowers registered 18 points (8-19 FG), grabbed 3 rebounds and dished out a couple of assists in Sunday afternoons loss to Team Onions. Flowers has been a very steady producer for Team Wolverines through the first three games of the regular season, averaging 20.3 PPG, 9 RPG and 2 APG. The sting of Week 3’s loss to Team Onions has to be lessened somewhat by the fact that they played a really good game against the #3 ranked team in the league. You could downgrade the Team Wolverine’s early success now after this loss, if you wish, by focusing on this one loss, but don’t forget that Captain Randall Hampton’s squad has mostly had to cope without some key pieces early on and still sport a 2-1 record. Team Wolverines will have a big opportunity to rebound from this loss when we return from break with a match-up against #7 Team Reisner (1-2) coming up in Week 4.

 

6. Bucket SZN – 2-1

Team Bucket SZN had the unenviable task of taking on #2 Team Lakeshore show in Week 3 and came out on the losing end, falling by a final score of 75-51. The loss eliminates any types of thoughts of going undefeated this year but there should be no shame in losing to #2 Team Lakeshore show. Team Bucket SZN was without the services of one of their leading scorers, Scott Lindsey, and they surely missed his scoring as they posted their lowest scoring total so far this season. Marcus Agee, Jeremy Ireland and Captain Rodney Clark picked up most of the slack in this one for Team Bucket SZN, combining to score 36 of their squads 51 points during Team Bucket SZN’s first loss of the season on Sunday afternoon. Team Bucket SZN obviously won’t be losing many games when both Lindsey and Ireland are on the court and in 20-point territory. ‎But here’s the thing: Do you really want to ask those two to do that much? If they can continue to pile up the Wins, then the answer should be, YES! They’ll hope to have both guys in action when Team Bucket SZN takes the court when we return from break with a match-up against #8 The Dribbling Seamen (1-2) in Week 4.

 

7. Team Reisner – 1-2

Picking up their first victory of the 2019-20 season and moving up into the #7 spot in the Week 3 Power Rankings with a comfortable 69-53 victory over Team New Birth on Sunday afternoon is Team Reisner. Three different players recorded double digit scoring efforts, led by Marin Kukoc and his 26 points (10-20 FG), 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bradley Tivin was extremely efficient and almost perfect with his shots on the night, scoring 20 points while shooting a whopping 91% from the field (10-11 FG). There’s little question that Team Reisner will score with Marin Kukoc and Bradley Tivin running the show, but this squad does need to find more production on the offensive end of the court. Team Reisner currently ranks second to last in total offense (62.7 PPG) through the first three weeks of the season and they will need to get this total up quickly if they intend to be in the title conversation as the season moves along. All that said, Team Reisner’s star power and experience make them a clear contender and they can turn it up a notch at any moment. They’ll look to get their record over the .500 mark when we return from break in Week 4 with a double dip on the docket for them. They’ll first take the court against #5 Team Wolverines (2-1) before running it right back against Team Hoop Dreams (0-3).

 

8. The Dribbling Seamen – 1-2

Moving down a couple of spots into the #8 hole following their Week 3 loss to #3 Team Onions by a final score of 91-69 is The Dribbling Seamen. The Dribbling Seamen could not keep the winning momentum turning following their Week 2 victory over Team Schwartz as they were locked down all game long by a suffocating Team Onions D. Captain Robert Mischler followed up his tremendous week 1 performance in Week 3 on Sunday as he turned in a game-high 29 points (11-21 FG) to help keep his guys in this game. Henry Biermann also had a nice game for The Dribbling Seamen, posting 11 points to go along with 4 boards. The Dribbling Seamen have a ton of quality, rotation-level players on the roster. Barring huge years from Henry Biermann or Hendrik G, what they lack is a true consistent scorer outside of Captain Robert Mischler. Captain Mischler will have everyone playing hard every week and if they can just find that additional consistent scorer alongside Captain Mischler, they will start to rack up wins consistently. They get an opportunity in Week 4 when we return from break to bring their record to .500 when they go toe-to-toe with #6 Team Bucket SZN (2-1).

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
 
Hoop Dreams – 0-3

Clark Schmidt had 25 points (11-21 FG), 4 rebounds and 3 assists in Team Hoop Dreams 102-85 loss to #1 Team Swish House on Sunday night. Kevin Sexton also finished with 25 points (9-13 FG), 2 rebounds and 3 assists for Team Hoops Dreams on Sunday evening, unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to keep pace with the high-flying offense of #1 Team Swish House. Schmidt and Sexton single-handedly tried to carry their group to victory in this match-up with a very tough Team Swish House squad but came up just a little short. The Good: All three losses Team Hoop Dreams have suffered to open their 2019-20 season have come at the hands of top-6 ranked teams and by an average of 8.7 PPG. They have been in every game so far this season and have had opportunities to win them all. The Bad: They are allowing 88.7 PPG, which currently ranks 7th overall in the league. They are giving up too many points and it’s hard to win in this league when you must chase close to 90 PPG. But the fact of the matter is that it’s still very early in the season and there is still plenty of time to get back on track. They will look to record their first win on the 2019-20 season when we return from break in Week 4 in a very important match-up against #7 Team Reisner (1-2).

 

New Birth – 0-3

Team New Birth sports the league’s second worst weekly point differential (-26.7) through the first three weeks of the regular season following their 69-53 loss to #7 Team Reisner on Sunday afternoon. They also rank 9th in scoring, while not yet nearly as fearsome on D (9th overall) as expected when this group came into this season. You take in all those numbers into account and you can clearly see why this group has yet to pick up a win on this young season. But wherever you find some negatives, you will always see some positives. Team New Birth is getting great production out of Captain Cannan Blair and his 13 PPG. Maurice Liggins has been another very bright spot for this young squad, averaging 14 PPG through the first three weeks. These guys have talent and can beat any team on any Sunday. They just need to gain some consistency within their lineup and the wins will inevitably come. They’ll get another opportunity to record their first victory of the 2019-20 campaign when we return from break in Week 4 with a match-up against an undefeated #3 Team Onions (2-0) crew.

 

Team Schwartz – 0-3

After Team Schwartz’s most recent setback in Week 3 to #4 Team Maione, a squad that was coming off a loss of their own in Week 2, Captain Jason Vismantas & Co. could have really used more than a moral victory they scored Sunday afternoon by throwing a scare into Team Maione. Some will argue that there is no such thing as a moral victory, but I will firmly disagree my friends. This squad has tons of talent on both ends of the court and the victories will certainly start to come. Captain Jason led the way for Team Schwartz in this contest, producing 23 points (8-17) to go along with 3 rebounds and 3 assists. All-Star Jermaine Johnson had a huge night on the floor, dropping 21 points (9-17 FG) while hauling down 10 boards and dishing out 6 assists. Unfortunately for Johnson and the rest of the Team Schwartz crew, it just wasn’t enough to get past a determined Team Maione squad. Team Schwartz is suddenly staring at an 0-3 start and they need to start racking up some victories here soon. It does not get any easier from here though as their next two opponents have a combined 5-0 record. They’ll start with the new #1 Team Swish House crew coming up in Week 4 when we return from break.

 

That’s it for Week 3! Enjoy the week off and see everyone back on the court on Sunday, November 3rd!

-Marko