Saturday, June 28, 2008

IBCA Wins Dakota Showcase Title

#4 posting 6.28.2008
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IBCA Select Red won the Dakota Showcase crown with a 72-49 victory over CSS Bison. IBCA used their balance, and depth in bringing home the trophy. Both teams came up short in the last two tournaments. IBCA lost a heart breaker to North Tartan Larson in the Summer Jam semifinals two weeks ago. In replay from last weekend, CSS Bison lost to Team WI Select Samuels in the championship at the All Iowa Attack. The similarity was the Bison had to play the championship game one hour after the semifinals. (Both IBCA and the Bison played the semis at the same time).

The Bison jumped out to a 12-3 lead early with five scores in the first six possessions. After that initial outburst IBCA outscored the Bison 69-37. Late in the first half IBCA scored on seven straight possessions in a 16-4 run. At half time IBCA led 34-31. Foul problems mounted for the Bison. IBCA ran their offense to precision again in the second half as they had a 20-5 run. During that stretch the Bison bench was slapped with a technical. Later in the half IBCA had an eight possession scoring streak (and 11/12 streak). At one point IBCA held the ball for over two minutes as the Bison stayed in their zone. IBCA's Jamie Printy led both teams with 17 points. Every player scored for IBCA.

In the quarterfinals the Bison beat the 2007 champs Metro Stars Black 52-40, the game I charted. The Bison raced out to another early lead (12-3). The pressure and transition game were in high gear while MSB couldn't get any rhythm on offense. At half time the Bison led 30-11. MSB had a much better second half with a 29-23 advantage. However CSS Bison won the game 53-40.
In the other semi IBCA beat Pinnacle Bank Nebraska 56-47.

I will have more details and photos up during the week. There are 13 games to digest.

Next up: tomorrow morning.