2018 FBA Season/18.05.12

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Bangor Tides @ Huntsville Mayors

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Tides 27 38 24 28 117
Mayors 29 24 26 41 120
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Arena: Explorer Stadium - Huntsville, AL

Player of the Game: Wendy Brown (Saber-toothed Tiger, G) - 25 pts, 3 reb, 6 ast, 1 stl
Promo: Playoffs Round 1 Game 4

   

 Wendy Brown
You know what they say about animals backed into a corner.

Now imagine if that animal is the fiesty and fiery sabertooth star Wendy Brown and the "corner" is the brink of a 0-4 sweep in the first round at the paws of the top seeded Bangor Tides and their affable yet rotund MVP candidate Lance Wildfyre.

Then, if you will, also imagine a tweet before the game. Not from Wendy, but from the Bangor Tides general manager himself, featuring a clip from Monty Python's "Holy Grail" of a harmless looking bunny rabbit effortlessly slaughtering an opposing group of arrogant yet foolish foes. The GM's reference was clear as day, as the Huntsville Mayors faced an almost insurmountable hole in the series, down 3 games to none and facing the end of their season.

And althought the clip was done up comically, there was at least one longtooth baller who was not laughing.

That fact became evident from the moment Wendy Brown jogged out onto the court for warmups. In opening comments to the media, Wendy made it known she had seen the offending tweet.

"Yeah, I saw that s**t" she confessed, the reporter either too polite or too terrified to remind Ms. Brown she was on live.

"It's just more fuel to the fire. Not that we f***in needed any. We know it's a wrap if we lose.

But We ain't goin' out like b****es tonight. We're gonna come out and sock 'em in the damn mouth."

Clearly playing for pride at this point, from the opening tip it was clear Brown intended to do her best to uphold her promise. With Emina Ferhatovic controlling the tip, Brown immediately grabbed the ball and rushed the basket, catching her defender Lance Wildfyre off guard a bit. The saber was able to absorb contact at the rim and finish, although she wanted the foul as well but to no avail. Fans at Explorer Stadium, however, knew this was going to be a very hard fought game.

The Huntsville Mayors were not going to go down easily.

The Tides did well to adjust to Brown's drives though, forcing her to either pass the ball or shoot from the perimeter for most of the game. As usual, Wildfyre and Randulf Mackenbach were extremely solid, even spectacular at times, both starting off the first quarter with 8 points each. Brown attempted to get her teammates involved with ball movement, feeding Ferhatovic for a dunk and seeking to feed Harrison York, who started off the quarter smoking, hitting his first 5 shots for 10 points on the quarter. She also tried to find her boyfriend/teammate D'Angelo MacQuilkin, though the burly lion had early trouble finding the net with his jumpshot. With both teams trading blows it was a 2 point lead for the Mayors after one.

But the Tides weren't interested in dragging this out any longer. They went on a quick 12-0 run to start the second quarter, with Raoul Kidane causing havoc in the paint and backup guard Diego Imperio using his craftiness to bate the Mayors into fouling him three times, going a perfect 6/6 from the stripes at that point. Huntsville seemed to lose some steam for the first half of the quarter, with Jim McCormick (freshly replaced in the starting lineup by second round rookie Natasha Rous) struggling again and the duo of Jerome N. Swimmer and Kyle McLeod trying to keep the ship afloat. Meanwhile, Bangor executed their offense beautifully, using the high pick-and-roll and moving the ball for open shots. By halftime the home team who started out strong was down by 12.

The second half saw a renewed aggression from the Mayors, as Wendy Brown began to find her range. She stroked consecutive treys, one right in the mug of Wildfyre. The saber then serenaded the bunny with claps and a mock chant of "MVP" on the way down the court. Wildfyre then responded with a quick crossover move, causing Wendy to jump right while the bunny dashed to her left, resulting in a high-arcing floater over Harrison York. MacQuilkin eventually got his shot to fall from up close, only to be countered by Leon Delmont on a nice curl off of a Cassidy Whitelatch pick for a reverse jam in traffic that had even the most hardcore of Huntsville fans oohing and ahhing. At the end of the third the Mayors had only cut the lead to 10, with one more quarter to decide elimination.

But the Mayors apparently saved their best for last. After nearly getting into a scuffle with Wildfyre (who was no doubt irritating her by picking her pocket 5 times on the night), Wendy Brown had to be restrained by her boyfriend D'Angelo and her second bodyguard, Emina. The two short stacks earned technical fouls for their troubles, though it seemed to motivate Brown more. She pressed the potential league MVP full court on defense as the final period of regulation crossed over 5 minutes. Jerome Swimmer then joined Brown in the backcourt, and the duo seemed to knock the top seeded Tides on their heels with the two taking turns attacking the Tides defense and finding teammates for buckets.

With the Mayors having crawled to within 5 points with 2 min to go, Wendy Brown then hit a huge triple from the corner, screaming with primal exhilaration towards her home crowd. Then Lance Wildfyre, in a rush to get the ball up court, ended up getting his one and only turnover as his pass for a streaking Delmont was broken up by MacQuilkin. The lion dribbled the ball up the court, finding his girlfriend aggressively demanding the ball at the top of the arc about 30 feet away. He obliged, and Wendy Brown turned and sank another contested 3 pointer to go up by 1.

With only a minute remaining, Wildfyre got his 10th assist, finding an open Pura Doris Quaatsch on a backdoor cut for a lay-up. But Brown one-upped the rabbit again, weaving through traffic and lobbing a perfect alley oop to York, regaining the lead. The Tides still had a shot to win the game, but Machenbach missed a difficult contested jumper and the Tides were forced to foul Wendy, who showed she had ice in her veins by calmly (for her) sinking 2 free throws. After a timeout to advance the ball, the Tides had one last shot with 8 seconds remaining. And with the game on the line, Bangor went to their leader, Lance. But the rabbit's game-tying attempt careened right, and the Mayors escaped with a hard fought 3 point victory.

Wendy Brown was Player of the Game, scoring 25 points on an absolute scorching 8 for 11 with 6 treys and 6 assists. Harrison York did his job with 26 points on an impressive 12 for 19, and Jerome Swimmer had 19 off the pine. Kidane had 22 to lead Bangor, while Lance Wildfyre finished with 17 points, 10 assists and 5 steals.

Wendy Brown was of course fired up after the victory, but showed great class and respect for her opponent.

Just kidding. Wendy was Wendy at the interview table.

"I f***in TOLD y'all! Didn't I tell y'all?" the saber gloated. "I knew we were gonna rise up and battle back. We don't show it all the time, but this team got a lotta heart. When s*** is do or die, we get s*** done!"

And of course she had to tweet the Tides GM after the game about the bloodthirsty rabbit he predicted would slay them.

"looks like i was that rabbit tonight. hows the crow taste muthaf****?"

She and D'Angelo may not have time to squeeze in #steak along with getting enough rest for Game 5, which will be back in Maine in 2 days.

Then again, revenge is a dish best served cold. And Maine is pretty damn cold. With any luck, we'll get a 6th or even 7th game out of this series. Seeing Lance and Wendy go at it is just too much fun!

-Written by Chrys Bourgeois, editor of Furry Hoops Universe.

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Williamsburg Minutemen @ Baltimore Spirits

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Minutemen 25 36 39 19 119
Spirits 16 31 27 22 96
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Arena: Charm City Center - Baltimore, MD

Player of the Game: Vera La Tiérra (Red Vixen, G) - 25 pts, 8 ast, 2 stl
Promo: Playoffs Round 1 Game 4

   

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Tennessee Moonshiners @ Pittsburgh Keystones

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Moonshiners 27 24 34 23 108
Keystones 31 27 21 20 99
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Arena: AmeriSteel Forum - Pittsburgh, PA

Player of the Game: Hal Dufrain (American Alligator, F/C) - 18 pts, 13 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
Promo: Playoffs Round 1 Game 4

   

 Hal Dufrain

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Biloxi Voodoo @ Queens Pride

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Voodoo 33 35 19 31 118
Pride 26 32 28 26 112
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Arena: Rucker Stadium - Queens, NY

Player of the Game: Sterling Bengtzing (Marbled Polecat, C/F) - 28 pts, 11 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk
Promo: Playoffs Round 1 Game 4

   

 Sterling Bengtzing

Hello basketball fans! This is Samson St. James, your jet-lagged correspondent coming to you from Queens, New York, for Game 4 of the first round playoff series between the number 2 ranked Biloxi Voodoo and the number 7 Queens Pride. All three games so far have gone the Voodoo's way, making tonight win-or-go-home for the hometown team.

With Samantha Anderson (Bunny, G) still absent with a bicep contusion sustained in Game 2, the Pride have opted to slot Indonesian tigress Tasya Fangestu (Sumatran Tiger, G/F) into the starting point guard position, no doubt hoping for a continuation of her Game 3 performance when the firecracker feline scored 14 points in fewer than 9 minutes of play. Also in the lineup for Queens: Aurora Goldshine (Yellow Cobra, G), despite being day-to-day with a shoulder injury. Hopefully we won't witness another Korber tonight.

The Voodoo, meanwhile, may as well regard Rucker Stadium as a second home. Starting center Sterling Bengtzing (Marbled Polecat, C/F) frequently boasts of his roots in the New York region, while starting forward Tanya Feckle (Gerenuk, F/G) brings in supporters from her Connecticut home and sixth fur Craig Reinhardt (Black Panther, F/C) still has fans from his college days at Pack Territory (the school is famed for their 'Pack Loyalty') two hours' drive away. Though outnumbered, the Voodoo fans in attendance certainly made their presence known.

The game started off promising for the Pride, as Fangestu and Adam Tevela (Linsang, F) set up an assembly line feeding assists to their teammates, and baskets from Melaine Thompson (Lioness,G) (by law the Queens Pride must have one lion on the roster at all times) and Micah Davenport (Border Collie, F/G) put the home team up to a 4-0 lead. But then the Voodoo got going, and they didn't stop. Feckle led her team with 9 points, flashing a fanged grin with each satisfying swish of the net. Bengtzing hauled in 3 rebounds, though he was unable to match Davenport and Rosalind Baumhauer (Southern Fox Squirrel, C), each with 4.

BLV 33 QNS 26

It has become apparent that Bengtzing was merely biding his time in the first quarter. Fed shot after shot by Derek Kim (Kkachi, G), the marblecat polecake-- marbled polecat, excuse me, averaged more than a point per minute during his time on court during the quarter and, apparently for variety's sake, 6 rebounds in between baskets. The Pride made an impressive effort to keep up, with strong play from Thompson and Baumhauer - still out-rebounding her variegated opposite - but when the halftime horn sounded the visitors were still up by a double digit margin.

BLV 68 QNS 58

I don't know what Coach Testa told his team during halftime, but the Pride should bottle it up and start selling it pronto. Goldshine showed no sign of injury as she and Zoie Wilds (African Hunting Dog, G) combined for 20 points in the quarter. Voodoo production was nearly halved compared to the second quarter as Davenport and Baumhauer continued to dominate the rebounds column. The combined effort shot new life into the hometown crowd and drew the Pride to within 1 by the end of the quarter.

BLV 87 QNS 86

For one brief shining moment in the fourth quarter, the Pride led by a score of 88-87. Out of gas, Thompson ceded the point scoring duties to California transplant and (alleged!) serial babydaddy Tevela; the libidinous linsang scored 10 points in the quarter to push his total on the night to 22. Then the firm of Bengtzing, Kim, Kuusik, & Associates did what they have become accustomed to doing, and stomped all over their opponents. As the final horn sounded, Bengtzing was mobbed by his teammates and flashed a V-for-Victory to his hometown crowd, while the nominal hometown team shook their heads dejectedly.

Bengtzing surprised no one by being named Player of the Game with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Kim secured his own double-double with 16 points and 12 assists. Across the court, Davenport and Baumhauer each netted a double-double, and Fangestu impressed with 9 assists but ultimately fizzled with only a matching 9 points to show. Goldshine scored 15 points from the bench and miraculously did not lose an arm.

The Pride can take some pride in knowing this was the closest game of the whole series - but not much. Ultimately, a 6 point loss counts just the same as a 20 point blowout. The Voodoo move on to the next round with a 4 game sweep.

FINAL BLV 118 QNS 112

This has been Samson St. James, signing off.


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