2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 4 – (Nov. 03)

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Updated: November 7, 2019

Believe it or not folks but we are almost past the quarter mark of THE CHI Hoops regular season.

Coming up, Week 5 will mark the more than 1/4 mark of the Regular Season (28 of 100 games played), the point when it’s fair to believe in what we’ve seen so far, what teams are good, and what teams need to start piling up some W’s quickly.

As THE CHI Hoops closes the book on Week 4, the standings are starting to make sense. Team Bucket SZN is off to a great start. Team Maione, one of the favorites to take home the crown this season, has had an up and down start to their season. Team Swish House, Team Lakeshore show, and Team Onions are all still neck and neck at the top of the League standings.

We had some parity over the first month this season, and through Sunday (Week 4), there are the same number of teams sitting above the .500 mark as there are sitting below the .500 mark (five each). Over the last couple of weeks, teams have begun to sort themselves out.

Let’s look at where all our Teams sit in the Week 4 Power Rankings…

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 – 4-0

Team Swish House maintains the top spot in the Week 4 Power Rankings after their dominating 43pt Win over #7 Team Reisner by a final score of 103-60 on Sunday afternoon. Captain Michael Halusek turned in a very strong performance with 27 points (10-15 FG), 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Chad Murphy, Corey Starkey and Brian Bracey combined to score 58 points to help secure the squads very nice Week 4 victory. These guys are just playing great team-basketball right now and it is no surprise that they are standing tall at 4-0. They are averaging a whopping 100.5 points per game (1st in the League) through the first four weeks and it doesn’t look like they will be slowing down any time soon. That Offense will need to continue playing well coming up in Week 5 as they will take on the League’s best Defense in Team Lakeshore show (4-0) in our Week 5 Game of the Week! Team Lakeshore show is holding opponents to just 63.5 PPG through the first four weeks, so something must give here. HUGE match-up coming up in Week 5.

 

2. Lakeshore show – 4-0

Putting Team Lakeshore show second isn’t easy. Their record is spectacular at 4-0 following their huge 92-78 Week 4 victory over #6 Team Maione in our Week 4 Game of the Week! They have the League’s best Defense, holding opponents to just 63.5 PPG. They have the League’s third-best Offense, averaging 84.3 PPG and their average margin of victory is currently sitting at 20.8 PPG. Reigning MVP Eric Porter is someone who people should really familiarize themselves with (as if they hadn’t already) as he dropped 35 huge points (13-17 FG) to lead Team Lakeshore show in scoring once again in Week 4. 2019-20 new addition Steven Cook also had a huge night on Sunday, just missing out on a triple-double, finishing with 11 points (5-10 FG), 10 rebounds and 8 assists. These two have been tremendous so far this season for #2 Team Lakeshore show and are a huge reason why they are still undefeated through the first four weeks. Coming up on Sunday afternoon, these guys take on the League’s best Offense in #1 Team Swish House (4-0) in our Week 5 Game of the Week!

 

3. Onions – 3-0

Team Onions followed up their season opening double header sweep in Week 3 with another solid victory in Week 4, getting past a tough Team New Birth squad by a final score of 77-66. With this huge Week 4 victory, Team Onions stays undefeated and will look to make it four and maybe five wins in a row coming up on Sunday afternoon with another double-header on their slate. Andy Stemple had 24 points (10-19 FG) to lead Team Onions in scoring once again in Week 4. Ryan Coyle had a very solid night, finishing with 14 points (6-11 FG) and 10 rebounds. Rob Mahlke just missed out on a double-double of his own, finishing with 9 points (4-6 FG) and 8 rebounds. Again, this group has just such great depth and can hurt you from multiple places on the court…they really have it all. They’ll look to get their record up to a perfect 5-0 coming up on Sunday afternoon with their second double header in the last three weeks. They’ll first take the court against #7 Team Reisner (2-3) before turning it right back around to play Team Schwartz (0-4).

 

4. Wolverines – 3-1

Defending Champions Team Wolverines recorded another W on Sunday evening, getting them to 3-1 on the year. In doing so, Team Wolverines set a new THE CHI Hoops record, holding their opponents #7 Team Reisner to the lowest scoring output in League history, 28 points! By the final score of 59-28, Team Wolverines shook off their tough Week 3 loss and reminded all of us that they are one of the best Defensive teams in the League once again. Captain Randall Hampton supplied 14 points (6-12 FG) to go along with his team leading 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Just another trademark stat line from the veteran Team Wolverines Captain. Hampton stepped up huge this week in the absence of MVP candidate, Bryant Orange. Timothy Flowers had a strong Game as well in this contest, chipping in 22 points on 77% shooting from the field. Team Wolverines can put up big numbers on any given Sunday but can also cause havoc for teams on the Defensive end of the court as evident by Sunday’s showing. They take on one of our biggest surprises so far this season coming up in Week 5 in Team Bucket SZN (3-1), who’ll also be looking to get their record up to 4-1.

 

5. Bucket SZN – 3-1

Just another day at the office for one of the League’s highest scoring players through the first four weeks, Marcus Agee. Agee scored 27 points (11-18 FG) while hauling down 6 boards and dished out 4 assists during Sunday’s 86-78 victory over #8 Team The Dribbling Seamen. Agee has been fantastic so far this season, averaging just over 22 points, 4.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. Not coincidentally, Team Bucket SZN has had one of their best starts in team history and sees their record sit at 3-1. Captain Rodney Clark had a tough night shooting from the floor (43%) but was still able to turn in a solid stat line with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. This squad has been playing fantastic basketball so far this season and if it weren’t for their Week 3 loss to #2 Team Lakeshore show, would easily be sitting in the Top-3. Team Bucket SZN will try to make it back-to-back victories when they take the court in Week 5 against #4 Team Wolverines (3-1) in a very important match-up coming up for both squads.

 

6. Team Maione – 2-2

Team Maione’s up and down start to the season continued Sunday afternoon as they lost a tough battle with #2 Team Lakeshore show by the final score of 92-78. The loss brings their record down to 2-2 and see them fall to the #6 spot in the Week 4 Power Rankings. A spot that these guys are certainly not used too. William Sullivan led the way for Team Maione in this one, dropping 23 points (9-11 FG) to go along with 4 assists. Andy Timson also had a nice night from the floor, finishing with 21 points (7-11 FG) of his own. Matthew Vogrich also did his part in this game, finishing with 16 points (6-12 FG), 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Unfortunately for #6 Team Maione, they had no answers for reigning MVP Eric Porter and his 35 points. Team Maione has one of the most balanced and deep rosters in the entire League as they have NINE different players on their roster that are currently averaging at least 11 PPG. There is no doubt these guys are going to get this thing turned around here quickly. They’ll look to shake off this disappointing loss coming up in Week 5 when they take the court against Team New Birth (0-4) who’ll be looking to record their first victory of the season.

 

7. Team Reisner – 2-3

Team Reisner had to play two games in Week 4 and were able to walk out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center on Sunday evening with a split. Their first game of the day was one they will wish to forget as they were held to a THE CHI Hoops record low of 28 points as they fell to #4 Team Wolverines by the final count of 59-28. Nobody could get anything going for Team Reisner in this contest as their leading scorer was Andrew Marks who finished with 6 points (3-7 FG). They also shot 36% from the field as a group…not going to win many games with those type of shooting numbers. But we must give credit where credit is due. Team Reisner could have let this loss carry over into their second game of the back-to-back, but they didn’t! They were able to put this lopsided loss behind them quickly as they took down Team Hoops Dreams by the final score of 76-71. Four different players ended up with double-digit scoring efforts, led by Christopher Kozloff’s 14 points (6-7 FG), 6 rebound and 3 assist performance. As a squad they shot 55% from the field and looked like the Team Reisner we all have come accustomed too. #7 Team Reisner will look to build on this important victory and continue their rise in our Power Rankings coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against an undefeated #3 Team Onions squad (3-0).

 

8. The Dribbling Seamen – 1-3

The Dribbling Seamen had to take on the #3 and #5 ranked squads in back-to-back weeks and have suffered losses in both games. By the final score of 86-78, The Dribbling Seamen took their second straight defeat on Sunday afternoon, falling to #5 Team Bucket BZN. As a result of this loss, they see their record dip to 1-3 on the year. Matt Clark had a huge game on Sunday evening, finishing with 27 points (12-18 FG), 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Clark led all scorers in this contest (tied with Agee from Team Bucket SZN) with 27 points but did take 18 field-goal attempts to get there. His 18 attempts were seven more than the next best of 11, taken by James Holman. The Dribbling Seamen were far from fruitful when it comes to scoring options with the absence of Captain Robert Mischler in this game, leaving Clark with a bright green light no matter the efficiency concerns. The Dribbling Seamen will look to get back on track in Week 5 when they take the court against Team Hoop Dreams (0-4).

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
 
Hoop Dreams – 0-4

Okay let’s get a restart here for Team Hoop Dreams. Just start 0-0 and everything else will take care of itself. Their fourth straight defeat came at the hands of #7 Team Reisner on Sunday night by a final count of 76-71. They came into this contest a little shorthanded as they only had seven available bodies for this one. Their depth, or lack thereof, has been their Achilles heel so far this year. On a positive note, three different starters finished with at least 14 points, led by Max Bielfeldt’s huge 31-point (13-23 FG), 14 rebound and 5 assist performance. Captain Walt Lyon had an off night according to his standards, scoring 8 points (3-5 FG) to go along with 6 rebounds. James Webb and Kevin Sexon finished with 14 points apiece. It was unfortunately just not enough to keep pace with a determined Team Reisner squad in this one. They will get a huge opportunity to record their first victory of the 2019-20 season when they take the court coming up on Sunday evening against The Dribbling Seamen (1-3).

 

New Birth – 0-4

Sherman Henderson compiled 18 points to go along with 3 boards during Sundays 77-66 loss to #3 Team Onions. Henderson made his season debut for Team New Birth in Week 4 and made an immediate impact. Unfortunately, it was just not enough to get past a very good #3 Team Onions crew. Captain Cannan Blair and Maurice Liggins also pitched in with 13 points apiece, while Phil Hardy added 7 points of his own for Team New Birth. Right now, Team New Birth is struggling to find some consistent scoring. They are averaging 64.5 PPG through the first four weeks of the season, which is currently second to last in the League. It’s not much better on the Defensive end of the court either as they are currently allowing their opponents to score 87.3 PPG (9th overall in the League). They still can get there this season however, but they are certainly in the middle of a rough patch right now. They’ll look to turn it all around coming up in Week 5 when they tip off against #6 Team Maione (2-2).

 

Team Schwartz – 0-4

For what seems like the first time in their long and illustrious history, Team Schwartz is off to a rough start to their 2019-20 campaign. They are 0-4 to start the season and while it’s not time to hit the panic button (yet), it does show just how deep the League has gotten for this Season. They fell to the #1 ranked team in the League, #1 Team Swish House by the final score of 103-60 on Sunday afternoon. Again, nothing to worry about yet, but they need to start playing like we know they can before they dig a whole too big to dig out of. The squads leading scorer through the first 4 games, Jermaine Johnson, struggled mightily from the field on Sunday, finishing with 13 points on just 25% shooting from the field. He was however able to haul down 9 rebounds to go along with a couple of assists. Austin Brown and Darren Angel combined to score 31 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with the highest scoring team in the League. They’ll look to tally their first W in the win column coming up on Sunday afternoon with another tough match-up, this time against #3 Team Onions (3-0).

 

Almost ¼ through the Regular Season! Good luck to all in Week 5!

-Marko