Highlights from the D-league Playoffs last night:
The first game of Week 6 of the D-League saw the top two seeds face off to determine who they would play next week in the semifinals. Both teams were already automatically advanced to the second round, but the game was exciting and tightly-contested nonetheless. Undici took control early, taking a 12-7 lead after the first quarter thanks to the dynamic duo of Andrew Lawless and Robby Smith. However, Red Bank Armory turned up the pressure defensively in the second, and held Undici to just two points. Due to the strong quarter on defense, Red Bank Armory was able to tie the game at 14 by halftime. Both teams got it going offensively in the third quarter, the highest-scoring period of the game. Matt Roth led the charge for Undici, while Patrick Jamin carried the load for Red Bank Armory. Trading bucket after bucket, the teams remained close, until Undici went on a run to enter the fourth quarter up four. Andrew Lawless took over in the fourth for Undici, going on a personal 6-0 run late to put his squad up three with a minute to go. Red Bank Armory responded though, tying the game with a three to send it to overtime. After nearly two minutes of scoreless ball in overtime, Ryan Klodaski of Red Bank Armory nailed a three at the buzzer to give his team the victory.
Friday’s middle game was the only contest not to go into overtime, but nevertheless, it was a close game as well. Tommy Bavuso and Teddy Sourlis matched each other shot for shot in the first half, each scoring eight points in the opening two quarters. At halftime Crazees’ lead was just 25-22, and that’s when Jack Cornette absolutely took over the game. Cornette scored 14 points in the third alone, at one point extending Crazees’ lead to double-digits. Cornette’s strong quarter gave his team the momentum, a drastic shift that changed the game for good. Not to be outdone by his teammate, Sean Mikolajczyk had a quarter to remember of his own in the fourth. Mikolajczyk scored eight points in the fourth, including six consecutive that put his team up 11. Ultimately Crazees’ offensive outburst was too much for MTV, and Crazees advanced to the semifinals.
The concluding game of the night was another entertaining one, between the four seed Howley Financial and the five seed Findaballer. Howley took advantage early on in this one, taking an 11-6 lead after one quarter. Thanks to the defensive prowess of Elijah McAllister and the offensive skills of Petey Lucas, Findaballer was able to slowly chip away at the Howley Financial lead. Despite eight first half points by Howley Financial’s Jason hall, by halftime the Howley lead was two, 23-21. The teams traded blows throughout the second half, and with just a minute to go in the game, Howley Financial owned a two point lead. McAllister hit a couple clutch free throws in the last minute, and sent the game into overtime. Similarly to the first game, neither team could buy a bucket in overtime. It took a minute and 56 seconds into the two-minute overtime for a team to break the tie, and it was Findaballer. Nick Donlon got himself open on a cut to the rim and hit a go-ahead bucket with four seconds left. McAllister snuffed out a last-second Howley Financial three, and Findaballer extended its season one more week.
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