2019 FBA Season/19.04.25/PIT@BGR/Capsule

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In a game with absolutely zero bearing on anything - the Bangor Tides have already locked in the best record in the conference and the #1 playoff rank, and the Pittsburgh Keystones have already been eliminated from playoff contention - Keystones head coach Mary Wooten decided to give some of the team's bench players the opportunity to show what they might be capable of as starters. Erik Kijani (Leopard, G) took the place of Terrence Tolliver (Pronghorn, G), rookie Lukas Aukstakalnis (White Rhino, F/C) took over for veteran Serhan Tevetoğlu (Turkish Angora Cat, F/C), and Margo Warrior (White-tailed Jackrabbit, C) filled in for Christiaan Hengst (Friesian Horse, C/F). Elisa Lawless (Ocelot, G) was moved up to the #6 slot in lieu of team captain Randy Catcher (Bullfrog, G).

And how did this experiment go? Surprising no one, the Keystones lost. But surprising some, the game was actually not completely uncompetitive. This is either a compliment to the Keystones' depth, or an indictment of their usual starters. Who can say?

And, somehow, despite having less than 20 minutes of court time, Hengst fouled out again in the fourth quarter.

-S. St. James

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