2018 FBA Season/18.02.01/LOR@PIT/Capsule

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How do you say "complete and utter drubbing" in Portuguese? Because that's what the Pittsburgh Keystones delivered for 'Brazil Night' - an odd and frankly tacky promotion - against the visiting Lorain Firestorm. The hometown team dominated possession from the opening horn to the closing buzzer. The Firestorm didn't have the lead once during a game that will likely cause many players to have PTSD flashbacks anytime they hear samba music from now on.

The Keystones delivered a field goal percentage of 45% to the Firestorm's 34%. Three Lorain starters didn't even crack double digits; after Zack Plushpaw (Pine Marten, G) their second most productive player points-wise was Danica Magnano (Slender Mongoose, F) coming off the bench.

The Ohioans showed signs of life in the third quarter when they outscored the Pennsylvanians thanks to a string of freethrows, but for the fourth quarter it was back to business as usual and the Keystones sashayed off the court with a 111-90 victory.

Shirley Takamoto (Jaguar, F/G), the player at the heart of the South American theme, earned Player of the Game honors with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Veteran Randy Catcher (Bullfrog, G) notched yet another double-double with 16 points and 12 assists.

If there's any consolation to be found for Lorain, their three-point game was strong, outshooting the Keystones from beyond the arc by a margin of 12 to 8. The rebounding prowess of rookie Aracely Sanchez (Coyote, C) also deserves laud, handily outstripping her opposite Christiaan Hengst (Friesian Horse, C/F), though her disappointing field goal percentage ultimately rendered her effort moot.

- S. St. James

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