2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 6 – (Nov. 17)

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Updated: November 21, 2019

If not for the pesky Lakeshore show crew, Team Onions might have given us a new No. 1 in this week’s THE CHI Hoops Power Rankings.

But because Team Onions saw its 5-game winning streak snapped, and because Eric Porter and Team Lakeshore show just refuse to quit taking down everyone in their path, we finish yet another week with Team Lakeshore show on top.

Meanwhile, the regular residents of the top-8 are probably wondering what Team Schwartz and The Dribbling Seamen are doing in their neighborhood again. Those two squads picked up huge victories this week and will now occupy top-8 positions, which is bad news for Team Hoop Dreams and Team Reisner, who took a tumble this week to make room for these revived clubs.

As always, rankings are based on team record and advanced stats, with an emphasis on recent play. These are meant to reflect the hierarchy of the league as it exists right now, which is great news for Team Swish House and Team Wolverines, but significantly less great for Team New Birth at the moment.

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. Lakeshore show – 6-0

Eric Porter had just 15 points and four rebounds against #2 Team Onions on Sunday afternoon, and Team Lakeshore show won by 15 points by a final score of 57-42. So yeah, it’s safe to say things are going well right now in Lakeshore show Land. Team Lakeshore show’s Defense seems to be impenetrable. They were able to hold a Team Onions crew, who had been averaging just over 80 PPG coming into this contest, to a season low 42 points on 33% shooting from the field. With Team Onions finally losing a game, Team Lakeshore show are the only 6-win and undefeated team in THE CHI Hoops league, leading the league in both defensive efficiency and net rating. They’ve certainly earned the right to stay atop the Week 6 Power Rankings. They’ll look to make it 7 and 8 straight wins coming up on Sunday afternoon as they are slated for the double dipper coming up in Week 7. They’ll first take the court against #8 Team Schwartz (1-5) before turning it right back around against #7 The Dribbling Seamen (2-4).

 

2. Onions – 5-1

Suffering their first L on the 2019-20 season and first loss since April 14th, Team Onions walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center on Sunday afternoon scratching their heads, wondering what just happened. By the final count of 57-42, Team Onions dropped a very tough and low-scoring affair to the same squad (rebranded name) that knocked them out of the postseason last season, #1 Team Lakeshore show. The loss sees Team Onions record drop to 5-1 but we are keeping them in the #2 hole in Week 6 Power Rankings. In what may have been a first in their short All Sports Series Hoops history, not a single player on Team Onions was able to reach double digit scoring figures. Four different players tallied 8 points (Andy Stemple, Brian N., Joel Pennington and Captain Michael Schultz) but as a unit Team Onions shot just 36% (17-52 FG) from the field in this contest. They’ll look to regain their shooting touches and shake off this disappointing loss coming up in Week 7 when they take the court against #6 Team Bucket SZN (3-3).

 

3. Wolverines – 5-1

Team Wolverines have now won three straight games after a big win over #3 Team Maione on Sunday evening by a final score of 76-71. The win brings their overall record up to 5-1 on the season and joined Team Onions and Team Swish House for a share of 2nd place in the Overall League Standings. They were without the services of All-Star Bryant Orange once again for this contest, but in the end, it did not matter as big man Timothy Flowers and Captain Randall Hampton simply took this game over. Flowers ended his night with 21 points (10-17 FG), 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Hampton led all scorers with 26 points (11-19 FG) while dishing out 4 assists of his own. Team Wolverines can’t celebrate this enormous victory for too long however as they arguably have their toughest test of the season coming up in Week 7 with a matchup against #4 Team Swish House (5-1) in our Week 7 Game of the Week!

 

4. Team Swish House – 5-1

Team Swish House rebounded very nicely on Sunday afternoon following their tough loss in Week 5 to #1 Team Lakeshore show. By the final score of 91-63, Team Swish House secured their 5th victory on the 2019-20 season by dismantling Team New Birth. Cory Starkey was simply amazing in this contest, leading all scorers with 29 points (14-18 FG) while hauling down 9 rebounds and dishing out 4 assists. Starkey has had a fantastic start to his season, averaging 22.3 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 4.5 APG through the first 6 weeks. Captain Michael Halusek, Brian Bracey, Sterling Williams and Jonathon Dues all recorded double digit scoring efforts in this contest to help secure the easy victory. #4 Team Swish House will look to make it back-to-back victories and move back up into our top-3 coming up on Sunday evening when they take the court against #3 Team Wolverines (5-1) in our Week 7 Game of the Week!

 

5. Team Maione – 4-3

Team Maione had a big opportunity to move back up into our top-3 on Sunday afternoon as they had two games on their schedule. They left Week 6 with a split, but surely were hoping for a whole lot more. They took the court against Team Hoop Dreams in the first game of their double header and secured a very nice 95-84 victory. Five different players recorded double digit scoring efforts in this contest for Team Maione, led by Matthew Vogrich’s 25 points (9-16 FG). Joe Duffy also had a very solid performance, finishing with 15 points (6-13 FG), 5 rebounds and dishing out 8 assists. With the win, Team Maione saw their record rise to 4-2 and would need to immediately take the court again in a much eagerly awaited rematch of the Finals from the last two seasons against #3 Team Wolverines. Unfortunately for #5 Team Maione, they could not carry this winning momentum into this game as they lost another tough battle to #3 Team Wolverines by a final score of 76-71. Matthew Vogrich followed up his solid game one 25-point performance with a game-high 26 points (9-17 FG), 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Andy Timson also stepped up huge in this game for Team Maione, finishing with 18 points (6-12 FG), 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Team Maione just did not have enough gas left in the tank in the end had to take their third loss on the season. They’ll look to get back into the winner’s circle coming up in Week 7 when they take the court against Team Reisner (2-5).

 

6. Bucket SZN – 3-3

Team Bucket SZN have now dropped two straight ball games following their strong start to the 2019-20 season and now see their overall record sit at 3-3. By the final score of 82-77, Team Bucket SZN suffered a disappointing loss to #8 Team Schwartz on Sunday afternoon. Marcus Agee led the charge for Team Bucket SZN in this contest, leading all scorers with 31 points (13-22 FG) to go along with 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Agee has certainly put up All-Star numbers through the first 6 weeks of the regular season, averaging 24.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 3 APG. Captain Rodney Clark also did his part on Sunday, finishing with 23 points (9-21 FG), 3 rebounds and a couple of assists. They were without the services of Jeremy Ireland in Week 6 which had they had him available, certainly could have walked away with a better outcome. They’ll look to shake this little two-game losing streak coming up in Week 7 when they take the court against #2 Team Onions (5-1).

 

7. The Dribbling Seamen – 2-4

Moving all the way up into the #7 spot from the depths of the unranked is The Dribbling Seamen following their very impressive 75-64 victory over Team Reisner on Sunday afternoon. Andrew Bargmann followed up his monster 42-point Week 5 performance by leading the way once again for The Dribbling Seamen in this contest, finishing with 20 points (9-13 FG), 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Matt Clark, Hendrik G. and Captain Robert Mischler all had nice performances to help secure the squads second overall victory, finishing with 18, 16 and 15 points respectively. The Dribbling Seamen certainly have the Offensive fire power to keep up with any team in this league, the real question now becomes: Can they improve upon that 7th overall ranked Defense? They’ll certainly need too if they plan on continuing to climb up the Rankings board. They’ll look to pick up their first back-to-back victories on the season coming up in Week 7 when they take the court against #1 Team Lakeshore show (5-1).

 

8. Team Schwartz – 1-5

For what has felt like an eternity, Team Schwartz finally secured their first win on the 2019-20 season and first win since early April of last years postseason. By the final score of 82-77, Team Schwartz were finally able to get into the win column and as a result, move out of the depths of the unranked and into the #8 spot in the Week 6 Power Rankings. Dominique made his season debut on Sunday for Team Schwartz and finished with a team-high 22 points (9-12) while also hauling down 5 rebounds. Jason Vismantas also had a big night for Team Schwartz in this contest, finishing with 20 points (7-13 FG) and 6 rebounds. Three-time All-Star Jermaine Johnson finished with 16 points (7-12 FG), 4 rebounds and 7 assists to help put his stamp on the squads first victory on the season. Now that Team Schwartz has finally gotten the monkey off their back, they’ll look to carry this winning momentum into Week 7 when they take the floor against #1 Team Lakeshore show (5-1).

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
 
Hoop Dreams – 1-5

Team Hoops Dreams spot in the Land of the Ranked was a short lived one. They suffered a frustrating loss to #5 Team Maione on Sunday afternoon, falling by the final score of 95-84. As a result, they move back down into the depths of the Unranked. They battled the defending back-to-back THE CHI Hoops semi-finalists the entire 44-minutes and unfortunately for Team Hoop Dreams, #5 Team Maione’s experience shined through in the final minutes of this game to snag away the victory. Six different players were able to record double digit scoring efforts for Team Hoops Dreams on Sunday afternoon, led by Clark Schmidt and his 22 point (10-18 FG), 6 rebound and 5 assists performance. Kevin Sexton had 15 (6-13 FG), Captain Walt Lyon and Alex Schelpf each had 12 (10-20 FG combined), Ryan Murniginan pitched in with 11 (4-7 FG) and James Webb finished with 10 (4-8 FG). Team Hoops Dreams will look to put this loss behind them coming up in Week 7 and get back into Rankedland when they take the floor against Team New Birth (0-6).

 

New Birth – 0-6

And then there was 1. Team New Birth is now the only team left standing in THE CHI Hoops League that is still searching for their first win on the 2019-20 campaign. By the final score of 91-63, Team New Birth dropped their sixth consecutive game and are still searching for some answers. They hung in there for a good portion of this game with #4 Team Swish House but just couldn’t get into the Winner’s Circle quite yet. They are so much better than their record indicates that it’s going to be genuinely surprising to Teams later in the season when they come across them. Teams are going to sleep on them, and when they do, they’ll make them pay. This is a group that should have a 180-degree turnaround in the second half of the season. Captain Cannan Blair and debutant Sherman Carter impressed in this one, both dropping 17 points on combined 15-25 shooting from the field. Phil Hardy had 8 (3-7 FG) and Maurice Liggins pitched in with 7 (3-7 FG). They just need one win to turn it all around. They have a tough but very winnable game coming up in Week 7 when they tip-off against Team Hoop Dreams (1-5).

 

Team Reisner – 2-5

Team Reisner was 2-3 and Ranked in the top-8 following Week 4. Since then, the wheels have fallen off a bit for them as they have now dropped two games in a row, losing on Sunday afternoon to #7 The Dribbling Seamen by the final score of 75-64. They really struggled to get anything going on the Offensive end of the court in this game going up against one of the worst Defensive teams in the league, mustering up only 64 points against a team that has been giving up close to 90 PPG entering this contest. Christopher Kozloff led the way for Team Reisner in this contest, scoring 15 points (6-13 FG) to go along with 6 rebounds and a couple of assists. Christian Dean and Zach Mcmains finished with 13 points apiece (11-23 FG combined). Talent and experience wise, Team Reisner is in the upper echelon of this league. They just need to get back to playing sound, fundamental basketball and playing to their strengths and getting stops on D. They’ll look to get back on track against #5 Team Maione (4-3) in Week 7.

 

Week 6 is in the books! Great games coming up in Week 7!

-Marko