2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 8 – (Dec. 08)

Updated: December 11, 2019

The first week of December has officially established an elite duo at the top of THE CHI Hoops standings in what is becoming a top-heavy league this season.

At the top, the win streak of Team Lakeshore show didn’t come close to being snapped this week, and thus they retain the top spot ahead of Team Swish House. But here come the defending back-to-back Champs Team Wolverines surging right behind them to leap past Team Onions to round out the top four in the Week 8 Power Rankings.

Towards the bottom, we saw Team New Birth seal their first victory of 2019-20 and sneak their way into the Land of the Ranked for the first time this season. Meanwhile, Team Reisner’s recent struggles continued as they were unable to get past a revitalized Team Bucket SZN squad.

With only one more week of games coming up this Sunday before we head into the Holiday and New Year’s break, now is the time for some of our teams to start closing this widening gap.

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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 – 9-0

Team Lakeshore show aren’t just sporting the longest winning streak in THE CHI Hoops league this season at 9 games and counting, they have also officially closed the book on the first half of their season with a perfect 9-0 record! They are fresh off a 10-point 90-80 victory over #8 Team Hoops Dreams on Sunday afternoon that might not have even been that close. It was an all-around team effort in this contest for Team Lakeshore show as five different players reached double-digit scoring efforts. Eric Porter struggled with his shot on Sunday afternoon but still led the way for Team Lakeshore show with 18 points (7-18 FG), 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Steven Cook finished the game with 17 points (7-10 FG), 6 rebounds and 4 assists while Alex Sorenon, Xavier Edwards and Brad Kruse combined to score 42 of the squads 90 total points. They’ll need a similar effort out of all these guys coming up on Sunday afternoon if they want to keep their winning streak and perfect record alive as they’ll take the court against the defending back-to-back Champs #3 Team Wolverines (6-2) in our Week 9 Game of the Week!


2. Team Swish House – 7-1

After defeating #6 Team Bucket SZN by a final score of 105-84 on Sunday afternoon, Team Swish House have now won 7 of their first 8 games, including three in a row. Cory Starkey erupted in this contest for #2 Team Swish House, dropping a Week 8 league-high 39 points (17-21 FG) to go along with 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Starkey is now averaging a league-best (minimum 5 games played) 27.2 PPG through the first 8 weeks of the regular season. In addition to their prolific offense (best in the league at 90.6 PPG), it’s been Team Swish House’s defense that has sustained their remarkable success. Their plus-19.5 scoring margin on the season is currently best in the league. Team Swish House will also now head into Week 9 ranked 4th overall in total defense (71.1 PPG). They’ll look to bring their current winning streak up to four games coming up in Week 9 when they take the court against #4 Team Onions (6-2) to close out the first half of their regular season.


3. Wolverines – 6-2

We knew it wouldn’t be long before we saw the defending back-to-back Champs back in our Top-3. By the final score of 85-73 over The Dribbling Seamen, Team Wolverines picked up their 6th victory of the 2019-20 season and move back up into the #3 spot in the Week 8 Power Rankings. Darren Moore led the charge for Team Wolverines in this contest, dropping a game-high 28 points (13-20 FG) to go along with 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Bryant Orange also had his best game of the year, finishing with 24 points (11-15 FG), 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Team Wolverines just keep on keepin’ on, nothing too flashy, nothing overly dominant. They just know when to win and do it with variety. Their victory on Sunday over The Dribbling Seamen showed a different kind of closing prowess. A close game went to double digits down the stretch with two-way dominance. They’ll look to close their first half regular season schedule on a high note and get one game closer in the standings when they take the court against #1 and undefeated Team Lakeshore show (9-0) in our Week 9 Game of the Week!


4. Onions – 6-2

After a red-hot start to their 2019-20 campaign, Team Onions have now dropped two out of their last three ballgames and as a result, fall to the #4 spot in the Week 8 Power Rankings. Ryan Coyle finished with a team-high 19 points (9-13 FG) and both Andy Stemple and Brian N. each scored 15 for Team Onions in their 94-79 loss to #5 Team Maione on Sunday evening. Joel Pennington added 10 points (5-7 FG), 5 rebounds and 3 assists for Team Onions, which struggled to match Team Maione’s pace or presence under the basket. One reason for Team Onions recent slump has been their surprising inability to score the basketball of late. In their two losses over the past three weeks, Team Onions is averaging just 60.5 PPG. During their five-game winning streak to start their season, they were averaging 80.2 PPG. Team Onions will look to break out of this little funk coming up in Week 9 and end the first half of their season on a high-note when they take on a streaking #2 Team Swish House (7-1) crew that will be coming into this match-up riding a 3-game winning streak.


5. Team Maione – 6-3

#5 Team Maione only had five available bodies for their crucial Week 8 match-up against #4 Team Onions on Sunday evening but all five stepped up huge in this contest as they were able to record a much needed 94-79 victory. Mike made his season debut for Team Maione in this contest and led the way with 24 points (9-12 FG), 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Andy Timson finished the game with 19 points (7-11 FG), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Matthew Vogrich, Dylan Richter and Nicholas Livas all pitched in with 17 points apiece and #5 Team Maione recorded their second straight victory and wrapped up the first half of their regular season with a 6-3 record. Team Maione is currently three games back in the standings behind #1 Team Lakeshore show but a big second half run can close that gap quickly. #5 Team Maione will look to make it three straight wins for the first time this season when they take the court against #6 Team Bucket SZN (4-5) coming up in Week 9.


6. Bucket SZN – 4-5

#6 Team Bucket SZN came into Week 8 on a three-game losing streak and a huge double header on the docket. They were able to walk out of the DePaul Ray Meyer center on Sunday afternoon with a very important split. In the first game of their double-header, #6 Team Bucket SZN was able to record a solid 82-72 victory over Team Reisner, riding the back of Jeremy Ireland to bring their three-game losing skid to a screeching halt. Ireland finished this contest with 26 points (11-22 FG), a Week 8 league-high 15 rebounds and a solid 4 assists. Ireland hasn’t been on the court since Week 5 for Team Bucket SZN but was able to dress for this contest and came up huge down the stretch. The win brought Team Bucket SZN’s regular season record up to 4-4 on the year and they immediately had to step right back onto the court and take on #2 Team Swish House. Unfortunately for Team Bucket SZN, they were unable to carry this winning momentum into this contest as they fell by a final score of 105-84. Donald Banks led the way in this game, finishing with 20 points (10-12 FG) and 9 rebounds. Jeremy Ireland, Geoffrey Goodwin and Marcus Agee all finished in double figures, unfortunately they just did not have enough offensive firepower to keep pace with the highest scoring team in the league. #6 Team Bucket SZN will look to get back into the win column coming up in Week 9 when they take the court against #5 Team Maione (6-3).


7. Hoop Dreams – 2-6

#7 Team Hoop Dreams battled #1 Team Lakeshore show for a solid 40-minutes in Week 8 but came up a little shy, losing the game by a final score of 90-80. They couldn’t come away with the victory, but it did show that they can play with anyone in the league and that they should not be taken lightly. Team Hoop Dreams is also this season’s first “Jekyll and Hyde Team of the Week,” taking a tough loss to #5 Team Maione in between a very good win over #8 Team New Birth and another tough loss in Week 8 to #1 Team Lakeshore show as we just mentioned. With the offense running through Kevin Sexton (who recorded 20 points (8-15 FG), 4 rebounds and 5 assists in Week 8), Team Hoop Dreams is still searching for some consistent complementary pieces to plug alongside Sexton and his team-leading 22.4 PPG. If they can get some solid contributions from their bench and role players, they will certainly start to rack up some more victories. They’ll look to put this loss behind them coming up in Week 9 when they take the court against Team Schwartz (1-7).


8. New Birth – 1-7

Team New Birth recorded their first W of the Season on Sunday night and it couldn’t have come any sooner for them. They can now at least distance themselves from their nightmare start and begin the trek back up the Standings. As a result, they move into the #8 spot and receive their first ranking on the 2019-20 campaign! They defeated a very good Team Schwartz squad (despite their record) by the final score of 71-65 and seem to be turning back into the contender we all thought they could be. Corey Rucker had a team-high 24 points (11-14 FG), 4 rebounds and game-high 8 assists in one of his best games yet this season. Captain Cannan Blair, AKA Mr. Consistency, did what he has been doing all season long for Team New Birth, dropping 15 points (7-14 FG) while hauling down a game-high 8 rebounds. Sherman Carter pitched in with 13 points (6-12 FG) as well to cap off a huge night all the way around for all these guys. They’ll look to build on this win and start leapfrogging teams in the Standings in Week 9 when they take the court against The Dribbling Seamen (2-6).


Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
Team Reisner – 2-7

Not their best performance of the year and now have dropped four straight games. They just need to put 44 minutes together and they can exhale again. There are so many good squads out there that you can easily just drop a few in a row if you are not playing your best. Bradley Tivin had arguably his best performance of the season on Sunday afternoon as he dropped a team high 20 points (10-14 FG), 7 rebounds and 2 assists in his team’s 82-72 loss to #6 Team Bucket SZN. Tyler Max also chipped in with 19 points (8-12 FG), while Sam Gage pitched in with 14 points (6-15 FG) of his own. Unfortunately for Team Reisner, they just could not slow down a determined Team Bucket SZN crew that was drilling shots from all over the court. Chalk this one up to growing pains. Overall, we’ve been impressed with the way Team Reisner has come out and played this season. But if this week’s 10-point loss to #6 Team Bucket SZN has showed us anything, they still have a lot of work to do to get themselves up to the level they know they can be at. They take on Team Schwartz (1-7) coming up in Week 9.


Team Schwartz – 1-7

We will see if there is any lasting effect of Team Schwartz’s 71-65 loss to #8 Team New Birth on Sunday evening. Two weeks removed from their first victory of the season back in Week 6 over #6 Team Bucket SZN, season debutant Kyle Clark led Team Schwartz to one of their most complete performances of the season. Clark finished with a game-high 37 points (18-25 FG) to go along with 4 rebounds and a couple of assists but unfortunately it just wasn’t enough to squeeze past a Team New Birth squad that was determined to notch their first victory of the season. Clark made a significant impact to the roster that had just been blown out by 29 points to #1 Team Lakeshore show the week before. Clark brought a different form of intensity not only on the offensive end of the court but on the defensive end as well as Team Schwartz competed on both ends of the court all game long. Team Schwartz was able to hold Team New Birth to 71 points, the lowest score they’ve allowed to any opponent so far this season. Unfortunately, it just did not translate into a victory. They’ll have two opportunities to turn things around coming up in Week 9 as they are scheduled for the double dip. They’ll first take on Team Reisner (2-7) before they run it right back against #7 Team Hoop Dreams (2-6).


The Dribbling Seamen – 2-6

One step forward, two steps back. That seems to be the ongoing theme for The Dribbling Seamen thus far this season. By the final score of 85-73 against the defending back-to-back Champs #3 Team Wolverines, The Dribbling Seamen dropped their second straight contest on Sunday afternoon to see their overall record dip to 2-6 on the season. The Dribbling Seamen must be one of the hardest teams in THE CHI Hoops league to figure out. Apart from their Week 1 and Week 3 blowout losses to #5 Team Maione and #4 Team Onions, The Dribbling Seamen have been in every game that they have lost this season and had opportunities to walk away with victories in all of them. While The Dribbling Seamen has won just two of eight games, keep in mind that they have two players (Captain Robert Mischler and Andrew Bargmann) that are ranked in the Top-5 in League Scoring. On the flip side, they currently boast the leagues worst defense, allowing their opponents to score 85.9 PPG. If they can tighten things up on the defensive end of the floor and keep feeding Captain Mischler and Andrew Bargmann the rock, they will 100% start to shock some folks in the second half of the season. They’ll get their next opportunity to turn things around coming up on Sunday afternoon when they take the court against #8 Team New Birth (1-7).


That’s a wrap for Week 8! Good luck to all in Week 9!