Time to decide who the Divisional Representatitves in the Blind Test Season's Championship Game will be. The shock that the Tucker Division will not be sending either the Plymouth Valiants or the AMC Javelins is over--they're resigned to playing for pride in the Tucker Division Consolation Game at the end of the day. The Tucker Division will either send the Studebaker Larks or the Stutz Bearcats and the winner of their match today will face the winner of the match between the Hudson Hornets and the Nash Ramblers in that Championship Game.
Every team knows what is at stake--and, sadly, perhaps no teams know that more than the Mercury Cougars and the Pontiac Firebirds who are playing for nothing in particular in the La Salle Division Consolation game.
Will the Ramblers scramble to another hard fought win and send the La Salle Division Pennant Winners to battle for the GreyyCup? Or can the Hornets keep the upsets coming on the strength of three late season free agent signings? Will the Bearcats find more gold in their own free agent, clifford shaw, to add to their strong first half duo of SSLS6 and Bane? Or will the Larks consistent scoring throughout the game prove to be too much for them?
You want to know, don't you? So do I. Probably time we let the RTL highlights for Tournament Sixteen roll, huh?
MATCH ONE: La Salle Division 2nd Ranked: HUDSON HORNETS at La Salle Division Pennant Winners: NASH RAMBLERS
In the regular season, both times the Hornets and Ramblers hooked up, the visiting team won. In Tournament Five, the visiting Ramblers came to Hudson and took out the Hornets by six. In Tournament Twelve, the visiting Hornets took down the Ramblers, in their house, also by six points. This was not the most pleasing omen for the often superstitious Nash fans--who have seen their highly touted team fail to completely live up to expectations...despite not only winning the La Salle Division Pennant but also being just one win away from a Championship Game berth.
The Hornets knew that their strategy of "shock and awe" which allowed their first half scoring explosion to last over the Pontiac Firebirds was less likely to work against the always scrambling Ramblers. They'd need solid performances from Nightstalker and dimitambe, who coasted in their previous playoff game while the Hornets held on to victory, if they expect to continue the trend of the visiting team taking home hard fought wins.
The game started auspiciously for the visiting Hornets. Team Captain Variation Jason put up 14 points while holding Redline Derby to just 9...giving the Hornets the lead. Unfortunately, despite a 13 point performance by Radekal in the second quarter, the Hornets gave up the lead when Bandeeze/Ohana put up 19.
The pivotal moment in the game was the third quarter, when Nightstalker was unable to score for the second straight match. Not only did iowastockcars put the clamps on Nightstalker's offense, but he managed 8 points of his own--extending the Rambler lead to 9.
Now, it was the Hornets who had to scramble...and the Ramblers who simply had to hold on. The Hornets looked to dimitambe to both shut down zoom of the Ramblers, but to put up some pretty big numbers. dimitambe could do neither--scoring six while giving up twelve to zoom.
Turns out, neither the visiting team would win nor would the final score be decided by six points. More importantly, the La Salle Division Pennant Winner would also be representing the La Salle Division in the Championship Game...as the Nash Ramblers win by fifteen.
RESULT: JAVELINS 45 - VALIANTS 32
JDC 442 Racing: 90
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT: Mcjiggles9 (Larks)
HIGHEST SCORING TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT: RAMBLERS
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