Here are the highlights from this weeks TNL action:
Block Group 70, Findaballer 61 (Wednesday Play-In Game)
In the lone play-in game on wednesday night, the Block Group matched up with Findaballer to determine who would play the #1 seed MTV on Thursday Night. Findaballer started off on the right foot early, jumping out to a quick 8-2 lead a few minutes in. Block Group called a timeout to stop the Findaballer run and succeeded in doing so, embarking on a run of its own. The RFH squad, led by Alex Geiger’s 10 first-half points, began to slowly chip away at the Findaballer lead, eventually tying the game at 27 by halftime. Findaballer regained the lead in the second half, maintaining a one-possession lead until the 14 minute mark, when Block Group took its first lead of the game. That’s when the game got out of hand for Findaballer, and Block Group widened its lead. Findaballer was called for three technical fouls in the second half, leading to eight free throw opportunities for Geiger. Geiger, who scored a game-high 29 points, converted all eight attempts, and Findaballer never recovered. Block Group advanced to the TNL semifinals.
The first semifinal was an exciting one, a tight contest between Undici and Crazees. Crazees only had five players, but despite playing without a bench, Crazees made it competitive nonetheless. Undici was hot out of the gate, hitting nearly every shot it threw up in the opening few minutes. Crazees soon found itself down 18-7 10 minutes into the game, and called a timeout to stop the bleeding. The timeout was useful, as Crazees regrouped and cut into the Undici lead. Led by Jason Huelbig, Crazees was able to cut the Undici lead to seven by halftime. Halftime seemed to have flipped a switch in Crazees’ Luke Glass, as Glass’ shot started to fall in the second half. Glass’ offensive resurgence revived his whole team, as Crazees suddenly began a game-changing run. Crazees went on a 20-11 run out of halftime, taking a 39-37 lead with seven minutes left in the game. Unfortunately for Crazees, Undici had an answer. That answer was a new method of attacking Crazees’ zone, a more effective offensive attack. Undici’s new gameplan proved to be successful, as they took a 43-41 lead with three minutes left and never gave it up, getting the win to move on to the finals.
MTV 82, Block Group 51
The second semifinal was a lopsided affair that saw undefeated #1 seed MTV overwhelm Block Group. MTV, seemingly in championship form, blitzed Block Group from the tip, engulfing the RFH players on both sides of the ball. The fury of MTV points resulted in a 27-3 lead 11 minutes into the game, and while there was a lot of game left, the contest was already over. The MTV lead ballooned to 47-19 by halftime, and it only got larger. Despite valiant efforts by Block Group’s Alex Geiger and Morgan Maguire, MTV was simply too big, athletic, and talented for its opponent. Qa’rraan Calhoun led MTV with 13 points in a balanced scoring effort, and the reigning champions returned to the Championship.
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