2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 7 – (Nov. 24)

Updated: December 4, 2019

We hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! While THE CHI Hoops league we all know and love was off this past Sunday for Turkey Day, we still had a packed slate of games in Week 7 leading into a holiday that is notorious for stuffing, side dishes and dunking (into bowls of gravy, of course).

Thanksgiving is such an enjoyable holiday because it’s all about indulging in good food and being thankful for the good things in life. And in that spirit, before the last batch of games leading into Thanksgiving, it’s time to apply it to the early 2019-20 THE CHI Hoops season.

At this point in the season, every team is still mathematically alive for the overall #1 seed and everyone’s season is still barely getting into the full swing of things. By that same token, however we’ve also just past the quarter mark of this 2019-20 season, which gives us a larger sample size to examine now.

The question now becomes, while every team still has hope for this season, which teams will start to separate themselves from the rest of the pack? From the title contenders to bottom-feeders, it’s time to go through all 11 teams in our Week 7 Power Rankings.

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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 – 8-0

Team Lakeshore show came into Week 7 of THE CHI Hoops league as the only unbeaten team in the league and walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center as the first team to reach 8 victories on the 2019-20 season as they recorded a double header sweep in Week 7. Steven Cook paced Team Lakeshore show in the first game of their double dip, finishing with 20 points (8-13 FG), 12 rebounds and an assist in Team Lakeshore show’s 84-55 victory over Team Schwartz. Cook has been a man on a mission this season, averaging 23.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game since making his season debut in Week 3. Cook then aimed to extend that solid run of form in the back end of his squad’s double dip on Sunday. He along with back-court mate Eric Porter did just that, as the two combined for 57 (22-36 FG) of their squads 84 points in Team Lakeshore shows 84-72 victory over The Dribbling Seamen in Game 2 of their double header. Porter finished with a game-high 29 points (10-18 FG) and Cook followed up his 20-point Game-1 performance with 28 points (12-18) and 3 rebounds in Game 2 to help lift his squad to a perfect 8-0 start. Team Lakeshore show will look to stay unbeaten when they get back onto the court on Sunday afternoon against #7 Team Hoop Dreams (2-5).


2. Onions – 6-1

Staying put in the #2 hole in the Week 7 Power Rankings is Team Onions. Team Onions recorded a forfeit win in Week 7 as their opponents #6 Team Bucket SZN were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. The win brings Team Onions record up to 6-1 on the year and sees them get back into the win column following a very tough defeat in Week 6. Team Onions will look to make it seven victories on the 2019-20 campaign coming up in Week 8 with a pivotal match-up against #5 Team Maione (5-3) in our Week 8 Game of the Week!


3. Team Swish House – 6-1

Moving up into the #3 spot following their huge Week 7 Game of the Week victory over #4 Team Wolverines is Team Swish House. Cory Starkey exploded for 35 points (16-20 FG), 4 rebounds and an assist during Week 7’s 68-62 win over #4 Team Wolverines. Starkey amassed a season high in scoring while shooting a whopping 80% from the field. Starkey continues to provide solid production in the points, dimes, boards and threes columns, and he’s an elite option for Team Swish House on a weekly basis. Brian Bracey also had a nice night from the floor, finishing with 16 points (7-19 FG) to go along with 4 rebounds and a couple of assists. Former league MVP Sterling Williams didn’t have his best night shooting in Week 7, finishing with only 6 points (3-13 FG) but did end up with a game and season high 10 assists. The win brings Team Swish House record to 6-1 on the season and they’ll look to snag their 7th victory coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against #6 Team Bucket SZN (3-4).


4. Wolverines – 5-2

After a three-game win streak, Team Wolverines finally had a letdown against #3 Team Swish House in our Week 7 Game of the Week. It’s the kind of game that falls firmly under the “it happens” category, in which you simply just move on. There were symptoms in this contest of some potentially larger issues that might need future attention (late-game execution, namely), but for now, it’s a tough loss for a team that is rolling along near the top of the standings. Bryant Orange registered 20 points (9-25 FG), 8 rebounds and an assist during Week 7’s 68-62 loss to #3 Team Swish House. Orange had missed Team Wolverines last game and even though Team Wolverines lost here, Orange returned to lead the team in scoring once again. Even though Orange struggled with his shot in Week 7 (36% from the field), he is scoring more than enough to keep Team Wolverines in the conversation for a 3-peat. Orange should remain as Team Wolverines main scoring threat coming up on Sunday afternoon against The Dribbling Seamen (2-5).


5. Team Maione – 5-3

Matthew Vogrich had 27 points (10-16 FG), 4 rebounds and an assist during Week 7’s 104-72 blowout victory over Team Reinser. Tellef Lundervall also registered 19 points (5-9 FG), 10 rebounds and a couple of assists to help Team Maione record their 5th victory on the season. While the improved play of Tellef Lundevall has drawn significant attention this season, Matthew Vogrich has quietly been having an MVP-caliber season. Vogrich’s current averages of 25.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists would all probably constitute career highs, he has also turned himself into a marksman from downtown. His 38 total 3PT + AND1 made are second only to Eric Porter of Team Lakeshore show. Vogrich is also shooting a very efficient 60.4% from the field at heavy volume to stake his claim as one of the best shooters in THE CHI Hoops league! Team Maione will look to record back-to-back victories for only the second time this season coming up on Sunday evening when they take the court against #2 Team Onions in our Week 8 Game of the Week!


6. Bucket SZN – 3-4

#6 Team Bucket SZN did not have enough available bodies to field a legal team in Week 7 and had to take a forfeit loss to #2 Team Onions. The loss makes it three in a row for Team Bucket SZN following their very solid 3-1 start to the season. Team Bucket SZN will have two opportunities to snap this losing streak coming up on Sunday afternoon as they are scheduled for the double-dip this week. They’ll first take the court against Team Reisner (2-6) before running it right back against #3 Team Swish House (6-1). Big week coming up for Team Bucket SZN.


7. Hoop Dreams – 2-5

Moving up from the unranked and into the #7 spot in the Week 7 Power Rankings is Team Hoops Dreams following their dramatic 67-64 victory over Team New Birth. Kevin Sexton had 22 points (8-17 FG), 4 rebounds and a couple of assists during Week 7’s win over Team New Birth. Sexton has been a consistent scorer and averages 22.8 points through the first 7 weeks of the season. Sexton has also been extremely efficient from the floor as he is currently shooting 59.8% from the field. Sexton should remain an integral part of Team Hoops Dreams offense, especially with Max Bielfeldt out since Week 4. Team Hoops Dreams will be a afforded a huge opportunity to continue their rise in the weekly Power Rankings coming up in Week 8 when they take the court against #1 Team Lakeshore show (8-0). A win on Sunday afternoon would certainly see this squad jump up into the Top-6, while a loss could once again see them drop back down into the unranked.


8. Team Schwartz – 1-6

Following their first victory on the 2019-20 season in Week 6, #8 Team Schwartz was hoping to carry that winning momentum into Week 7 against the #1 ranked team in the league, Team Lakeshore show. Unfortunately for Team Schwartz, Team Lakeshore show stopped them in their tracks. Jermaine Johnson tallied 29 points (13-28 FG), 9 rebounds and a couple of assists during Team Schwartz’s Week 7 84-55 loss to #1 Team Lakeshore show. Johnson led all scorers in this contest, finishing with 29 points including three triples. This was Johnson’s best offensive game of the season; however, the continued lack of assists is a curious development. Johnson is typically a strong source of assists for Team Schwartz, averaging around 5 per game. The drop-off could simply be a side-effect of the early season struggles for Team Schwartz and maybe he turns it around over the next few games. Johnson and the rest of the Team Schwartz crew will look to rebound from this lopsided loss coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against Team New Birth (0-7).


Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
New Birth – 0-7

Captain Cannan Blair had arguably his best game of the season and Team New Birth arguably played their best game of the season, unfortunately Team New Birth fell just short as they lost a heart breaker to #7 Team Hoops Dreams by the final score of 67-64. Blair finished with 16 points (8-15 FG), 17 rebounds and a couple of assists. It has been a journey to get there, but the seemingly inevitable has happened; Team New Birth are now officially ranked 10th out of 11 in offensive rating in THE CHI Hoops league. There are a lot of ways to dissect their offensive struggles; they’ve scored less than 55 points twice so far this season and have not topped 77 points in a single game. The irony of it all is that Team New Birth are pretty good on defense; They rank 8th overall in the league in total defense, and when their normal starters are on the floor, they hold their opponents to under 80 PPG. If they could do something, anything, to just moderately improve offensively, they will start to rack up wins. Their next opportunity comes on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against #8 Team Schwartz (1-6).


Team Reisner – 2-6

Along with Team Bucket SZN, Team Reisner now sports the longest losing streak in THE CHI Hoops (3 games) league. By the final score of 104-72, Team Reisner took one to the gut in Week 7 to #5 Team Maione. It was their worst defensive performance of the year as they allowed Team Maione to reach the century mark in this contest. From an offensive perspective, they played well in this game. Marin Kukoc once again led Team Reisner in scoring in this game, finishing with 24 points (11-20 FG), 4 rebounds while also dishing out a team high 6 assists. Kukoc has been one of the bright spots for Team Reisner this season as he now is averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Team Reisner will get some scheduling relief over the next two weeks as their next two opponents have a combined 4-10 record. They’ll start off with #6 Team Bucket SZN (3-4) coming up on Sunday afternoon.


The Dribbling Seamen – 2-5

The Dribbling Seamen had a huge opportunity to build upon their Week 6 victory in Week 7 with a match-up against #1 Team Lakeshore show. Unfortunately for The Dribbling Seamen, they fell just shy and as a result, move back down into the depths of the unranked. Captain Robert Mischler amassed a team high 24 points (9-18 FG), 5 rebounds and a couple of assists during Week 7’s 84-72 loss to #1 Team Lakeshore show. Captain Mischler put up another double-digit scoring effort in Week 7, continuing his very strong debut season in THE CHI Hoops league. Mischler is now averaging 25.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3 assists per game through the first seven weeks. All-Star caliber numbers to say the least. Mischler and the rest of The Dribbling Seamen crew will need to put this tough loss behind them quickly as they have another difficult match-up coming up on Sunday evening against the defending back-to-back champions, Team Wolverines (5-2).


That’s it for Week 7! Looking forward to seeing everyone back on the court on Sunday!