* (by Harlow)
Ladies and Gentlefurs! Here from exotic Montreal is Zane Donovan, bringing you the lil' something the Voyageurs and Firestorm cooked up for the fans from far away, as they face-off all the way here in East Canada! As far as it is from these two, it seems the national pull is still strong, with the Voyageurs pulling off a big lead in the wee beginning of the game! ROTY Winner Derek Kim leads the scoreboard with 6 points, while the big vet Melbourne holds it up for the Firestorm as well. Will the fire start soon for the Americans? Anything can happen! Q1> LOR 20, WPG 32.
We arrived at half way and whatagame whatagame whataGAME. Derek Kim is proving to be the REAL unstoppable thing in here, showing that point guard skill on fleek! Homeboy Yves Carbonneau shares the place in the top pointers of the game. While the Firestorm is trying their best, with numbers actually higher than the Voyageurs, with Plushpaw's 10 baskets and Melbourne's 5 rebounds, it seems the Canadians have an easier flow, with both Saffiren and Malka tagging it up for the big defense! The tension is also very notable with the newly gotten rookies on both teams, especially considering they are twins! Let's hope their teammates remember to pass the ball to the right one! Winnipeg still keeps on, the stars of Lorain shining bright, we oughta wait and see what goes! Q2> LOR 44, WPG 59.
The Third Quarter is still displaying what we all have been seeing, as the "locals" are not missing a beat! Yves Carbonneau steps it up in the points, while Kevin Malka is showing the great defense he is renowned for! Lorain's stars do not want to be outdone, with Plushpaw owning the scoreboard, but it seems that Winnipeg has the flow going, fellas! Can Lorain flip this and let their stars show what they can do? Or has Winnipeg's chemistry turned out to be just that good?! Q3> LOR 71, WPG 87.
It seems the Firestorm has revitalized, with Michelle Sundos and Plushpaw extending the lead with the assists and points as much as they could, but it seems the Canadians have brought the momentum! Just as Plushpaw shot those gorgeous three-pointers, Winnipeg had Carbonneau and Kim there to reply to them, the Firestorm struggling to get the lead. The gears went to overdrive, as a bad pass had rookie Danica Magnano sit out for the rest of the game with a jammed finger; reports saying she was struggling to concentrate whenever Chantal was on the court, the Winnipeg mongoose keeping her cool and making a decent effort for her first game, a first game that resulted in a victory for her team!
Kevin Malka went down as our POTG with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists! Sundos joining him up in the DD zone with 12 points and 11 assists! Kim, Carbonneau and Plushpaw managed to score big numbers from both sides as well. The overall chemistry and contrasting styles shown make these two games I'll be watching in the regular season! Final> LOR 103, WPG 111.
LOR 20 24 27 32 103
WPG 32 27 28 24 111
PotG: Kevin Malka - 13 pts, 10 rebs, 6 asts, 1 blk.
Heart of the 'storm: Michelle Sundos - 12 pts, 2 rebs, 11 asts, 1 stl.
INJURY: Danica Magnano - D2D (jammed fingers)
* (by Rourkie)
Gooooooood evening everyone, I'm Chris Whalen, your panda in the press, and I'm reporting live from Pittsburgh, as the Keystones host the Alaska Arctics. The first quarter has been relatively evenly matched, as both teams try to size the other up in this exciting pre-season match. Matthiews shows a promising start with 6 points, and Tolliver and Takamoto each have 5! But home court advantage is starting to show its head early as Pittsburgh squeaks ahead for a two-possession lead: Alaska 19, Pittsburgh 23.
At the half, Pittsburgh continues to dominate the court in what is starting to become a lob-sided match. Matthiews continues to put up points, already in the double digits with 11, and though his team is playing well (Okayu with 5 rebounds, Slade with 3 assists), they can't break through the Keystones' defense. Freewell leads for points for PIT, but everyone's putting up a good showing so far. Catcher is leading his team well, getting the ball where it needs to be with 4 assists. Two down, two to go: ALK 40, PIT 47. Can Alaska come back? Or will the Keystones retain their rock-solid lead? Plenty more basketball to come, stay tuned!
Aaaaaaaaand we're back! Oh my goodness, what a difference a quarter can make. Not sure what happened during the break, but Alaska came out fast and strong, with Matthiews leading the charge, bringing him to 16 points so far. Though Freewell is matching him nearly basket for basket with 14 points, the rest of Pittsburgh is flagging, leaving him to do all the work for their team, while the Arctics seem to be filling in the gap. The Keystones fans are not happy with this swing, as Alaska drives on ahead with 68 points to Pittsburgh's 65. It's still anyone's game, though! I can't wait to see how this ends!
Hi folks, we're back! If you weren't tuned into this last quarter, you really missed out. Back and forth, both teams were vying for the win. Even though this is just the preseason, both teams played their hearts out, and it was clear everyone was glad to be back on the court. If this is a taste of the season to come, I can't wait to get started! Pittsburgh immediately tied the game up at 68 apiece, and since then it was back and forth the whole way! A free throw by Freewell edged the Keystones ahead, and then it all came down to possessions and how quickly they could get the ball down the court. It could have been anyone's game, but the Keystones came up on top in the end, 89 to 88.
Player of the Game? Lance Freewell with 18 points, 10 rebounds. The Amazing Arctic of the game was of course Cliff Matthiews, the highest scorer of the game with 21 points 5 assists and 2 steals. Other game notables include Shirley Takamoto with 17 points, and Jordan McGrath-Alidis with 13.
ALK 19 21 28 20 88
PIT 23 24 18 24 89
PotG: Lance Freewell - 18 pts, 10 rebs, 2 asts, 1 blk.
Amazing Arctic: Cliff Matthiews - 21 pts, 1 reb, 5 asts, 2 stls.
INJURY: Paramonimos Konstantidis - D2D (bruised tail)
* (by qovapryi)
Geoffrey Whitewater here at the Sofawolf Stadium in Sturgis, South Dakota, bringing you the coverage of the pre-season game between the Tallahassee Typhoons and the Dakota Bikers. Both teams are fielding their best players in their starting line-up - Tallahassee taking the court by storm with their familiar five of Korber, Velox, Springer, Smoot and LaRocca, against a Biker five consisting of DeMille, Malone, Silvius, Redfield and Whitelatch. Dakota started off strong thanks to the impact of Olympic gold medalist Dylan Redfield - the red deer showing his worth with a few early lay-ups off accurate assists from DeMille and Malone. Redfield leads the Bikers in points at the end of the first quarter with 6 - curiously being matched on the Typhoons' stat sheet by fellow ungulate Amelia Springer, the goat helping Tallahassee to close the deficit as both teams end the first quarter with score tied at 25 apiece.
In the second quarter, Dakota ramps up the intensity thanks to the contribution of rookie tanuki Mika Mishima, their first round pick-up in the 2016 Draft, filling in for Redfield as the red deer takes a well-earned breather. Once back on the court, Dylan keeps proving his might going hoof-to-hoof with fellow ungulate Springer, deer and goat exchanging blows as neither of the two teams can run away with a solid lead. At the end of the first half Dakota leads by the tiniest margin, 46 to 45 - Redfield putting up the best show so far with 11 points, while border collie center Cassidy Whitelatch is ruling the roost under the rim with 4 rebounds. Likewise, Springer leads the Typhoons in points with 12, well assisted by team captain Klaus Korber with a solid performance of 4 assists. Both teams heading into the locker room for some well-earned rest - stay tuned for the coverage of the second half!
The action resumes at Sofawolf Stadium, with Springer draining a three-pointer early on in the third quarter to bring Tallahassee ahead. The goat is showing a perfect conditioning this early in the pre-season, sinking shot after shot never missing a beat while Dakota's starting line-up seems to collapse under the Typhoons' blows. It mostly falls to Redfield (still the best scorer on his side with 15 points so far), Malone and rookies Mishima and Nantakarn to keep the deficit from blowing up – the Bikers ending the third quarter three points behind Tallahassee: 73 to 70. Can the deer pull the comeback for the home team in their first game of pre-season? Let's find out!
The last quarter begins on the same line as the previous one, with the Typhoons keeping hold of their lead as Dakota does its best to close the deficit. The Bikers manage to pull ahead mid-quarter thanks to late heroics from Catherine DeMille, the avian getting hot in the last quarter after a hit-and-miss performance in the previous three. On Tallahassee's side, Klaus Korber mostly keeps to assisting Springer and Velox instead of carving himself valuable opportunities, and the strategy seems to pay off as a cold streak from the Bikers' offensive force puts Tallahassee back ahead. Late in the fourth Dakota tries a late comeback, but the Typhoons are consistent on the late free throws never letting the home team to pull closer than two or three points from them. Eventually, Tallahassee manages to prevail over Dakota in this pre-season game - 97 to 92.
Amelia Springer gets PotG honors after a convincing show of 24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block - the goat showing a strong condition and a newfound confidence as she finds herself thrust in a leadership role this early in the season. Likewise, Dakota's Dylan Redfield is approaching season form with a commanding performance of 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal, the deer earning himself the title of Big Biker Baller for the game despite his team's loss. Not too far behind we have Catherine DeMille with 12 points (2/4 from outside) and 6 rebounds, while Typhoons' franchise face Jake Velox opens his eighth year with the franchise by posting 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists.
TAL 25 20 28 24 97
DAK 25 21 24 22
PotG: Amelia Odessa Springer - 24 pts, 4 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl, 1 blk.
Big Biker Baller: Dylan Redfield - 20 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts, 1 stl.
* (edited by Patrick Suarez)
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