2018 FBA Season/18.04.01/WIL@PIT/Capsule
The game in Pittsburgh started out with an announcement that some very recent trades had caused some line-up changes. What followed was a list of changes made to both rosters spanning over 10 minutes. According to Pittsburgh staff, some negotiations had been made which were very lucrative to the franchise, and that they were happy with the changes made.
It wasn’t immediately obvious what had caused such a massive trade between the two teams, until they came out on the court. Let me summarize:
The Minutemen buy out: Desmond Macon (Siberian Tiger, F) Donell Macon (Siberian Tiger, C)
The Minutemen Trade to the Keystones:
Silas Rand (Squirrel, G), Djamba Kabeya (Okapi, F), Leonard Mack (Fox, F/C) , Timothy Svengaard (Red Deer, F/C), Todd Hu (Eastern Dragon, C), and Damien Nathaniel (Hyena, F)
The Keystones trade to the Minutemen:
Shirley Takamoto (Jaguar, F/G), Elisa Lawless (Ocelot, G), Louise Ellenberger (Brown Swiss Cow, F/C), Aisha Card (Opossum, G), and Margo Warrior (White-tailed Jackrabbit, C)
In short – the Minutemen had become the Minutewomen.
The game itself was fun to watch, though on the whole, the Minutewomen seemed to gel better with their new teammates than the Keystones. Vera La Tiérra (Red Vixen, G)and Crystal Davis (Cheetah, G) put up good showings, with a double double by Mikaylah Marley (Albino Wolfbat, G) for assists.
Randy Catcher (Bullfrog, G) did his best to hold his team together, relying heavily on Christiaan Hengst (Friesian Horse, C/F) to shore up the defense, but it wasn’t enough. The women played better overall, had better communication on the court, and even pulled off some plays which looked well-rehearsed, even in spite of never having played together before.
Shirley Takamoto (Jaguar, F/G) was asked why she and her former Keystones requested the trade. “Simply put, we were so upset by the lack of female representation in the league that we wanted a way to show everyone that we could play with the boys. We had very little representation in the All-Star-Week, so what better way than to have an all-female team to prove we belong here?”
The Minutewomen and the Keystones have been neck-and-neck throughout this whole season, so a win here for the ladies is critical to clinch a playoff spot. The teams face each other one more time before the playoffs.
-- Chris Whalen, FSPN