2016 FBA Season/16.06.22/SEA@ALB/Capsule

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Here is your look into game 2 of the FBA Finals, courtesy of FSPN. The game started off strong, neither team showing signs of any exhaustion from their first pair of back-to-back games this series, just a constant struggle for control. Starting things off with a quick shot from Apiatan Redmane (Water Buffalo, G), the Summit countered with a 3 from the long snake himself, Kinny DeMarcus (Hairy Bush Viper, G/F). The quarter swung back and forth, no team pulling ahead, even right to the final moments. Surprisingly, Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F) seemed to be holding back for the opening frame, allowing teammate Jeri Naranjo (Cacomistle, G) to take the early leadership role on the scoreboard. With Apia also holding the scoring lead for his team in the quarter, Rodger Umaechi (Husky, F) also seemed a little sluggish in the field goal department, although he did provide three crucial assists to his team who led by one at the end of the first.

Starting off the second quarter Albany was beginning to pull away from Seattle's score. Although the game remained within a few possessions for most of the quarter, only entering a double-digit gap courtesy of a last-second shot by Christine Harfurd (Puma, G), both teams weren't hesitating to pull out all the stops. Evan Marshall (Helmeted Woodpecker, F) kept the ball flowing for the Summit, managing to twice take the ball from under the noses of Albany, while Timur Tomilin (Mammoth, C) provided some defense on Seattle's missed shots with a total of 6 rebounds by the break.

Going into the third quarter, it seemed as if both teams decided to give the defensive players a rest, relying more on a run-and-gun approach to their plays, trading baskets back and forth. Unfortunately for Seattle, even this strong offensive push wasn't enough to close the gap on Albany's lead.

Coming into the final quarter, the Summit fought tooth and claw in the last 12 minutes of this game, determined not to let it go down without a fight. Right out of the gate, Seattle came swinging, pushing the deficit quickly back into the single digits, and eventually to a single possession. But as the quarter went on, the Alphas managed to restore their larger lead, then sealing the deal during the final few moments of the game with a shot from the coffee husky, followed by a steal from Doral, and a buzzer-beating shot from Lindsey Morrison (Border Collie, G) to finalize the score at Seattle 109, Albany 113.

Rodger Umaechi secured the Player of the Game, with 25 points on 10 field-goals, 9 rebounds, and a block, with the Alpha Alpha awarded to Apiatan Redmane with 31 points on 13 field-goals, with 4 assists and a steal. Jake Turner was inevitably the Peak Summit player with a double-double of 29 points on 13 field-goals, 13 rebounds, and a block. Other notable players included Jeri Naranjo with 18 points, Niko McNamara (Meerkat, F/G) off the bench with 11 points, and rookie Christine Harfurd with 16 points. Seria Delgado (White Wolf, F) wound up on the day-to-day disabled list with a neck strain, while Evan Marshall, Niko McNamara, and James Frestrikial (Brown Bear, C) all sat out the final minutes of the game after small injuries in the fourth quarter.

-J. Ha

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