2019-20 THE Chicago Hoops Week 9 – (Dec. 15)

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Updated: December 19, 2019

As THE CHI Hoops League officially past the midseason point on Sunday afternoon, the standings continue to look muddy.

You’ve got Team Lakeshore show, Team Swish House, Team Onions, Team Wolverines and Team Maione near the top of the standings, as everyone expected. After that, there are a bunch of good teams, but you must wonder what their ceiling is.

Can Team Bucket SZN keep pace with this top tier and make it into the top-5 before the regular season comes to an end? Can newcomers Team Hoop Dreams and The Dribbling Seamen creep their way into the top-5 before the postseason begins? Will Team Schwartz finally start playing winning basketball like we all know they can?

There are all these questions that make you wonder which teams are truly poised to see the biggest surge in the second half of the season.

Looking at the standings and each team’s performances this season, here’s a rough sketch of how the league falls into place before we head into the Holiday and New Year’s break.

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Power Rankings

1. Lakeshore show – 9-1

Suffering their first L on the 2019-20 season and first loss since April 14th of last year’s postseason, Team Lakeshore show walked out of the DePaul Ray Meyer Center on Sunday afternoon wishing they could have that contest back. By the final count of 86-79, Team Lakeshore show dropped a very tough game to the defending back-to-back champs, #3 Team Wolverines in our Week 9 Game of the Week! The loss sees Team Lakeshore show’s record drop to 9-1 but will still hold onto the #1 spot in the Week 9 Power Rankings. Three different players were able to record double digit scoring efforts in this one for Team Lakeshore show, led by Alex Stewart who made his season debut with 25 points (9-12 FG), 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Another newcomer, Billy, finished with 20 points (7-11) while Xavier Edwards pitched in with 12 points (5-14 FG), 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ultimately it was their league leading Defense that let them down as they allowed the most points in this game (86) than any other contest thus far this season. Even with this loss, Team Lakeshore show still sports the best record in the league heading into the mid-season break. They’ll look to start a new winning streak when we get back from break on Sunday, January 5th against Team New Birth (1-9). These two squads previously met back on Opening Night and Team Lakeshore Show walked away with a blowout 94-62 victory.

 

2. Onions – 7-2

Following their impressive 96-87 victory on Sunday evening over #4 Team Swish House, Team Onions finish the first half of their regular season with an 7-2 overall record and move up into #2 spot in the Week 9 Power Rankings. Joel Pennington totaled 31 points (12-16 FG), 4 rebounds and 6 assists in Sunday’s crucial victory over Team Swish House. Pennington continues to provide stellar numbers in the three main categories on a weekly basis, making him very tough to handle for opposing guards. His season averages of 14.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game on the year speak to his balanced and versatile play. Andy Stemple also had a huge night for Team Onions, finishing with 26 points (10-17 FG), 6 rebounds and 8 assists to help secure their seventh victory of the season. While Team Onions moves up into the #2 spot in THE CHI Hoops Week 9 Power Rankings, they are currently sitting in a three-way tie for 2nd place in the overall standings with Team Wolverines and Team Swish House. They’ll look to make it back-to-back victories when we get back from break on Sunday, January 5th against #7 Team Hoop Dreams (3-6). This will be the only meeting between these two squads this season so it will be a very important match-up for both teams when they take the court against one another.

 

3. Wolverines – 7-2

Team Wolverines could be and probably should be in the top-2 after defeating #1 Team Lakeshore show by a final score of 86-79 in our Week 9 Game of the Week on Sunday afternoon. But their two losses this season have come against #2 Team Onions and #4 Team Swish House, so it only makes sense to keep them in the #3 spot in the Week 9 Power Rankings, right? Or wait, maybe they should move down to #4 since Team Swish House currently holds the H2H tiebreaker. Moving them down from #3 to #4 after they just knocked off an undefeated #1 Team Lakeshore show just wouldn’t be right. So, they’ll have to be content with #3 for another week. Captain Randall Hampton erupted for a season and Week 9 league-high 35 points (15-21 FG) in his squads crucial Week 9 victory over #1 Team Lakeshore show. Bryant Orange also seems to be getting back into his All-Star form after posting this third straight 20+ point scoring effort in this contest, finishing with 27 points (12-18 FG), 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Team Wolverines will look to make it three straight victories when we get back from break on Sunday, January 5th when they take the floor against Team Schwartz (1-9). This will be the second and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Wolverines already winning their first match-up back in Week 1 by a final score of 98-78.

 

4. Team Swish House – 7-2

Team Swish House came into Week 9 looking to push their winning streak up to 4 games while also hoping Team Lakeshore show would slip up and lose their grip on the #1 spot. Unfortunately for Team Swish House, they were unable to hold up their part of the bargain as they lost a very tough game to #2 Team Onions by a final score of 96-87. Team Swish House’s two losses have now come against #1 Team Lakeshore show and #2 Team Onions but have recorded victories against #3 Team Wolverines and #5 Team Maione. Brian Bracy supplied 25 points (11-20 FG) and 6 rebounds in Sunday’s loss to #2 Team Onions. Bracy managed to eclipse 20 points for the second straight game while also shooting better than 55% from the field. All-Star and MVP candidate Cory Starkey managed 23 points (10-15 FG), 4 rebounds and 3 assists during Sunday’s defeat at the hands of Team Lakeshore show. Despite the loss, Starkey continues to produce at an elite rate this year. In his seven games played this season, Starkey is averaging 26.6 points on an amazing 74.3% shooting clip, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Team Swish House will look to shake this loss off when we get back from break on Sunday, January 5th when they take the court against Team Reisner (3-7). This will be the second and final meeting in the regular season between these two squads with Team Swish House winning the first match-up back on Opening night by a final score of 87-56.

 

5. Team Maione – 7-3

#5 Team Maione’s early season struggles/inconsistencies seem to be a thing of the past as they recorded their third straight victory on Sunday afternoon, cruising past #6 Team Bucket SZN by a final score of 97-66. Team Maione was only able to dress five players for this contest, but that really did not matter as all five players topped double digit scoring efforts. Andy Timson led the way with 28 points (11-16 FG), a game-high 13 rebounds and 6 assists in his squad’s blowout victory over team Bucket SZN. Timson easily had his best game of the year as he finished with season highs in both the scoring and rebounding departments. Blake McLimans contributed 22 points (9-19), 8 rebounds and 4 assists while Dylan Richter got back to his old ways as he dropped 19 points (7-11 FG) to go along with 8 rebounds and 4 assists of his own. Team Maione was without MVP candidate Matthew Vogrich and Captain Bradley Deutsch for this contest but they still were able to record a 30+ point victory. Team Maione will look to make it four straight victories when we get back from break on Sunday, January 5th when they take the court against #8 The Dribbling Seamen (3-6). This will be the second and final regular season meeting between these two squads with Team Maione taking the first match-up back in Week 1 by a final score of 101-56.

 

6. Bucket SZN – 4-6

Team Bucket SZN have now dropped five of their last six games after taking a blowout loss to #5 Team Maione by a final score of 97-66 on Sunday afternoon. The squads leading scorer through the first ten games of this season, Jeremy Ireland, missed this contest for Team Bucket SZN and it showed as they took their most lopsided defeat (31 points) of the season. Donald Banks and Geoffrey Godwin led the charge for Team Bucket SZN in this contest as they combined for 50 points (22-37 FG). Unfortunately, it wasn’t nearly enough to keep pace with a high-flying Team Maione offense. With this loss, Team Bucket SZN now sit five games behind league leaders Team Lakeshore show in the overall standings. Team Bucket SZN have the depth and talent that they ought to stay in the top-5 conversation for the remainder of the season if they can just start to get back to their early season form. They’ll look to snap their current two-game losing skid when we get back from the Holiday and New Year’s break on Sunday, January 5th with a rematch against #7 Team Hoop Dreams (3-6) in our Week 10 Game of the Week! These two squads previously met back on Opening Night when Team Bucket SZN walked away with a nail-biting two-point victory, 80-78.

 

7. Hoop Dreams – 3-6

Staying put in the #7 hole in the Week 9 Power Rankings is Team Hoop Dreams. Team Hoop Dreams recorded a forfeit win in Week 9 as their opponents Team Schwartz were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. The win brings Team Hoop Dreams record up to 3-6 on the year and sees them get back into the win column following a very tough defeat in Week 8 to #1 Team Lakeshore show. Team Hoop Dreams will look to make it four and possibly five victories on the 2019-20 campaign when we get back from the Holiday and New Year’s break on Sunday, January 5th with a double header on their slate. They’ll first take the floor against #2 Team Onions (7-2) before stepping right back onto the court with a rematch against #6 Team Bucket SZN (4-6) in our Week 10 Game of the Week! Team Hoops Dreams will be out for some revenge in this contest as they lost their previous match-up with Team Bucket SZN on Opening Night by a heartbreaking two points. Big week coming up in Week 10 for Team Hoops Dreams.

 

8. The Dribbling Seamen – 3-6

Welcome to the top-8, again, The Dribbling Seamen. As you are aware by now, it’s an exclusive club and you’re probably one loss away from dropping this spot once again to Team New Birth, Team Schwartz or Team Reisner, but enjoy it because you’ve earned it! By the final score of 87-61, The Dribbling Seamen picked up their third victory of the season on Sunday night to see their overall record rise to 3-6. All-Star candidate Andrew Bargmann led the way once again for The Dribbling Seamen in this contest, producing a team-high 25 points (11-14 FG), 13 rebounds and 5 assists. In the five games Bargmann has played this year, he is averaging 24.4 points, 8 rebounds and 3.4 assists. Combine these numbers with Captain Robert Mischler’s 23.8 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 3.3 APG and we have arguably one of the best one/two punch combos in the league. They just need to get these guys on the court together more consistently and the W’s will continue to follow. The Dribbling Seamen will look to record back-to-back victories for the first time this season when we get back from the Holiday and New Year’s break on Sunday, January 5th. They’ll get a rematch with #5 Team Maione (7-3). In their previous match-up against #5 Team Maione back in Week 1, The Dribbling Seamen suffered an embarrassing 101-56 defeat.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)
 
New Birth – 1-8

Team New Birth will not be measured this season on wins or losses but on two other things; roster development and the ability to put their players in a position to play winning basketball in close games. While the 26-point loss (87-61) to #8 The Dribbling Seamen on Sunday afternoon would not qualify, the three-point loss to #7 Team Hoop Dreams in Week 7 and the win last week over Team Schwartz do. In Sunday’s game against #8 The Dribbling Seamen, Sherman Carter posted a season and game-high 28 points (13-20 FG) to go along with 7 boards. Maurice Liggins chipped in with 15 points (6-10 FG) while Corey Rucker was able to produce a solid all-around game with 9 points (4-6 FG), 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Unfortunately for Team New Birth, they were only able to dress five players for this contest and it certainly caught up with them in the second half of this game. Team New Birth has one of the deepest rosters in this league but the lack of consistency within their lineup is what ultimately costing them some games. They’ll look to get back into the Win column when we get back from the Holiday and New Year’s break on Sunday, January 5th with a rematch against #1 Team Lakeshore show (9-1). These two squads previously met back on Opening Night when Team New Birth took one to the chin against these guys, falling by a final score of 94-62.

 

Team Reisner – 3-7

Team Reisner recorded a forfeit win in Week 9 as their opponents Team Schwartz were unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. The win brings Team Reisner’s record up to 3-7 on the year and sees them snap their four-game losing streak. They’ll look to record back-to-back victories for the first time this season when we get back from the Holiday and New Year’s break on Sunday, January 5th with a rematch against #4 Team Swish House (7-2). This will be the second and final meeting of the regular season between these two squads with #4 Team Swish House taking the first game on Opening Night by the final score of 87-56.

 

Team Schwartz – 1-9

Team Schwartz had an opportunity in Week 9 to make a big splash in the overall standings with a double header on their slate. Unfortunately for Team Schwartz, they had to take forfeit losses in both games as they did not have enough available bodies to play either game. The back-to-back forfeit losses makes it four losses in a row for Team Schwartz and they’ll enter the mid-season break with an overall 1-9 record. While the first half of this season certainly has not gone the way Team Schwartz had hoped, in the grand scheme of things, they are only 3 games back of the overall #6 seed. With nine games still on their regular season schedule in the second half of this season, Team Schwartz certainly has the time (and talent) to creep back up the standings board. They’ll look to turn their season around when we get back from the Holiday and New Year’s break on Sunday, January 5th with a rematch against #3 Team Wolverines (7-2). These two squads previously met back on Opening Night with Team Schwartz taking a lopsided loss by the final score of 98-78.

 

First half of the regular season is in the books! Hope everyone enjoys the Holidays and has a great New Year’s! We’ll see everyone back on the court in 2020!

-Marko