Fall Playoffs - Quarerfinals

Fall 2017 - Quarterfinals

Donahues - 56 vs Epizyme -  46

The defending champs took care of business and moved on to the semi's.   It was a hard fought loss for Epizyme who might look back on the 10 minutes of the game to where it was lost.

Epizyme opened up in man and the Donahue big men Steve (game high 21 points), Joe (11 points) and John (8 points) feasted on their mismatches. By the time Epizyme switched to zone it was a double-digit deficit. 

Donahue's looked to be cruising to a victory but poor foul shooting (13/27) and a sprained ankle to their most athletic player put the game in danger. However, they stuck to the script, stayed patient on offense, and had great show selection all game long.

Epizyme did a great getting back in the game cutting the deficit to one on a couple of occasions but they couldn't get over the hump. They were lead by Will Leong with 17 points and also got solid contributions from Ray Leong and Jean Luc who had 13 a piece.  



Shuttlesworth - 61 vs VH Ballers -  40

This game was a tale of two halves. The heavily favorite Shuttlesworth looked a shell of themselves in the first and couldn't get anything going offensively. VH Ballers on the other hand may have played their best half of basketball all season long and brought a 31-24 lead into the half.

The troubles that Shuttlesworth had in the first half quickly evaporated in the second. They opened up on a 12-3 run to take their first lead of the game and never looked back. Cedric White was unstoppable for them in the second scoring 18 of his game high 23 to go with 16 boards.  Will Machalski narrowly missed a double double with 11 points and 8 rebounds. They will look to use the momentum to move onto the championship next week.



Team Big Cat - 50 vs C League Ballers -  44

This was without a doubt the best game of the first round of the playoffs with countless ties and lead changes.  Both teams were playing great on both sides of the ball with Big Cat taking a slight one-point advantage into the break.

The second half was almost a carbon copy of the first as neither team could take control of the game.   A key turning point was a beautiful reverse that resulted in an and one by Petrocci with under three minutes to play and give them a two possession lead which was the first by either team in several minutes.

Petrocci was a menace all game stuffing the stat sheet with 15 points, 8 boards, and 4 steals. He also hit two big free throws with 15 seconds left to preserve the win. Murphy also had a great game for Big Cat scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

It was a tough loss for the C League Ballers  who fought hard all game long. Brian Burbank was the catalyst with 11 points and 11 boards and maybe most importantly playing shut down D all game long.



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