Here are highlights from the second night of playoffs at the JSBL:
The first game of the night was an exciting one, a quarterfinal matchup between Island Title and Horn Law Group. The first quarter was tightly contested, and the teams traded buckets until they found themselves tied at 17 late in the period. With just seconds left in the first, Damon Lynn launched a deep three at the buzzer to give Island Title a three point lead entering the second. The Island Title lead remained two possessions until Lynn decided to take over the game. Lynn, who scored an unbelievable 53 points on the night, hit four three-pointers in the second quarter. His final three of the quarter came with 20 seconds left, and gave his team a 55-44 lead that they carried into halftime. The third quarter saw more of the same, as Ashzon Artis and Joe Willman attempted to bring Horn Law Group back, only to be thwarted by more Lynn threes. Horn Law Group cut the deficit to four at one point, but found itself down 80-71 at the end of the third. Two minutes into the fourth the Island Title lead was up to 11, but that’s when Horn Law Group turned up the pressure. An Artis layup with three minutes left tied the score at 84, but five consecutive points by Island Title put the score at 89-84 with 1:23 to go. Unwilling to let his team go away so easily, Will Sanborn of Horn Law Group responded with a contested three-pointer from the corner to cut the lead to two, then a steal off of the ensuing inbounds pass. Sanborn found a cutter to the rim for an easy layup, tying the game at 89 and sending it into overtime. However, much like the rest of the game, overtime was dominated by Lynn. Lynn scored eight points in overtime, including six in a row at one point to break a 93-93 tie. Horn Law Group never recovered from the Lynn blitz, and Island Title advanced to the semifinals.
Seaview Jeep 104, NJ Tarheels 83
The second quarterfinal of the night wasn’t as close as the first, but still featured some incredible individual performances. The game began slowly, with both teams taking a little while to warm up offensively. However, when they finally got going, they really got going. Seaview Jeep took control in the second quarter, quickly building its eight point lead at the end of the first quarter into a double-digit advantage. Justin Robinson led the way for Seaview Jeep, hitting deep threes from nearly everywhere on the court in the face of the Tarheels’ defenders. When Robinson wasn’t scoring one of his game-high 44 points, he was dishing out one of his 14 assists on the night. More often than not, it was Chris Brady on the other end of Robinson’s assist, as Brady scored 22 points of his own. Brady hit three three-pointers in the second, and by halftime his team owned a 49-35 lead. Despite valiant efforts from the Tarheels’ Dan Pillari and Tyrone O’Garro, the Seaview Jeep lead only grew in the second half. Robinson continued to hit from beyond 25 feet, and the Seaview Jeep offensive attack proved to be too much for the Tarheels.
The semifinals are set, and will be played tonight, August 5th, at Wall High School. Seaview Jeep will play Sterns Trailer at 7:15, while Larson Ford matches up with Island Title at 8:45 to see who will advance to the JSBL finals.
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