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|The Bear Republic||
Posted: Apr 7 2006, 03:13 PM
Group: Men's BB Manager
Member No.: 7
Joined: 7-April 06
Grizzlie Dome, The Bear Republic (AP) - Both teams denied the other a chance to score in a low-scoring, defensive battle. The Black Wolves came out firing from the tip off, sinking two quick threes in procession, causing the Wolf fans, also known as the Wolf's Lair, expode in excitement. The Black Wolves top shooter, Issac Bulkofskon, had 7 of the Wolves 10 first half points. He sunk the Wolves first threes, and made a foul shot with 2:09 left in the half. Even after the aerial barrage in the first minute of the game, the Jayhawks stayed composed and for the rest of the half, dominated the game in the paint. 7'1'' center Harold Gonzozoloss pounded the Wolves with 9 points in the first half and 7 rebounds, complimented by 2 blocked shots.
The second half was equally interesting. The Black Wolves came out firing again from behind the three line, sinking 4 of 4 from behind the arc. Their only problem was getting the ball inside, where Gonzozoloss would take charge. Bulkofskon had 15 points in this second half for the wolves, complimented by 2 assists in the game. After a quick procession of three threes by Bulkofskon, the Jayhawks controlled the rest of the game. Gonzozoloss had 22 points in the second half, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks. The dejected Wolves crowd did not leave the stadium even when it was obvious that they would not be advancing, but game a standing ovation to the Wolves as they left the court.
The Jayhawks advance to play the 16 seed, the Elmo Kamikazes. Tipoff is in 16 minutes.
Black Wolves - 10 23 Total: 33
Jayhawks - 20 39 Total: 59
Grizzlie Dome, The Bear Republic (AP) - The Jayhawks showed off their defensive prowess against the Black Wolves, but the blazing speed of the Elmo Kamikaze helped them edge by the Jayhawks and onto the doorstep of the Sedar Timbers.
The game started off fast in the first half, but the rock-solid defense of the Jayhawks held strong against the lightning-quick 4 guard attack of the Kamikaze. The Jayhawk's leader, Harold Gonzozoloss, could do almost nothing on defense against the slashing cuts of the Kamikaze guards. Gonzozoloss got the job done though, picking up 18 points and 6 rebounds in the first half, and the Jayhawks went into halftime with a 45-38 lead.
The second half, however, was all Kamikaze. The Kamikaze lived up to their name, sacrificing their bodies and letting the Jayhawks hack them into the bonus with 13:00 left in the half. Gonzozoloss seemed worn out from the 15:00 mark on, and fouled out with 11:45 left in the game. With the Jayhawks big man gone, and the kingpin of their defense, the Kamikaze mounted their horses for a comeback. And, they did.
The Kamikaze standout guard, Ron Tuhrner, turned it on as soon as Gonzozoloss fouled out. He hit 2-3 from the three line, and hit 6-6 free throws, along with dishing out 7 assists.
The game still came down to the wire with the Kamikaze up by three, and Ron Tuhrner needed to sink one shot from the free line to put the Jayhawks away for good, with 1 minute left in the game. Tuhrner rose to the challenge, and sunk all three, to the delight of the Kamikaze crowd.
The Kamikaze rushed off the court, as they prepare to face #1 Sedar in tomorrow's last game.
Jayhawks 45 18 63
Kamikaze 38 31 69
What a game! With the full potential of the seeding system being utilized in this game, the seedings turned out wrong. The Jedi Knights ended up beating the Ted Llamas in a slight upset.
As expected, this was a very close game, both teams getting off to slow starts and ended up being a race to the finish. The Knights needed to sink a deep three ball on what was most likely the last possession of the game. The Knights had the force on their side, and sunk the three with 18 seconds left.
The Knights move on to the Elite 8. Good season to the Llamas!
Knights(9) 22 44 66 x.92 FINAL: 61
Llamas(8) 30 32 62 x.93 FINAL: 58
The Domak Sisserous/Blue Devils
The Domak Sisserous defeated the Blue Devils of SocCarolina in a blowout in the second game of the evening. The Sisserous seemed intensely focused from the moment the exploded onto the court for warmups, in a "death stalk". The stalk must have helped the Sisserous, as they exploded out of the gate and never let up.
At halftime, the irate coach of the Blue Devils could be heard yelling at his team from the stands. The Blue Devils attempted a comeback in the 2nd half, but the Sisserous were just too much, and advanced with an easy victory.
The Sisserous also advance to the Elite 8.
Sisserous(10) 41 40 81 x.91 FINAL: 74
Blue Devils(7) 21 27 48 x.94 FINAL: 45
The Glasgow Destinies looked very good coming onto the court, with some of the spiffiest uniforms in the tournament, but failed to convert that onto the court, as the Boomboxes move on with a 72-49 victory.
Things stayed close in the first half, but the Boomboxes raw talent broke through in the second half as they began to make shot after shot, and the Destinies simply couldn't keep up.
The Boomboxes advance to the Elite 8, but congratulations to the Destinies on a great season, and we will see you next year.
Destinies(11) 36 18 54 x.90 FINAL: 49
Boomboxes(6) 43 33 76 x.95 FINAL: 72
In a very low scoring game, the first day of bracket play did not end in the excitement that the fans had hoped. No teams seemed to make any shots and the Teutonic Angels just happened to make more shots, and when it counted.
The Angels advance to the Elite 8.
Wolfpack(12) 15 23 38 x.89 FINAL: 34
Teutonic Angels(5) 17 24 41 x.96 FINAL: 39
In the first game of the second day of play, the stands were absolutely filled for the Grizzlie fan "Orange Out" (picture below). Before the game, however, the stands went silent for all those lost in The Bear Republic's war with Sir Paul and Alladin Sane. After the tearful ceremony, the Grizzlies showed up to play, especially in the second half, and the big guys from the Republic came away with a victory.
The Tigers kept things close in the first half, but a first half three point buzzer-beater by Mark Mann pulled the Grizzlies ahead going into halftime. The Grizzlies never went behind again. LeSean Hauke led the Grizzlies in points, as the 6'6'' forward had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Gary Gray led the Tigers with 19 points, a rebound, and 7 assists.
The Grizzlies advance to the Elite 8, where they will face the Portugal Teutonic Angels, the 5 seed.
Tigers(13) 17 12 29 x.88 FINAL: 26
Grizzlies(4) 20 21 41 x.97 FINAL: 40
Sharks/Persian Empire Hunters
In the nights first upset, The Sharks from New Atlantis delivered a shocking blow to the pumped up crowd, as the athletically powerful Persian Empire Hunters were eliminated.
In an astoundingly close second half, the quick yet methodical start of the Sharks made the difference. The Persian Empire Hunters were not able to get a quick start, making only 35% of their first half shots.
The Sharks advance, and will play the Boombox Nation Boomboxes.
Sharks(14) 23 40 63 x.87 FINAL: 55
Hunters(3) 10 40 50 x.98 FINAL: 49
In the blowout of the night, The two seeded Zackistan Diamond Dogs dominated the Exploria Warriors in both halves, 77-34.
The Dogs seemed unstoppable, with balanced scoring by all five of their talented starters. The Warriors were impressive as well, but their 15 seed was the death of them. The Dogs leading scorer, Yves Young, scored 35 points in a dominating effort.
The Dogs advance to play the Dominicai Domak Sisserous in the second round.
Warriors(15) 19 21 40 x.86 FINAL: 34
Dia. Dogs(2) 36 41 78 x.99 FINAL: 77
The night ended in a heartbeater, with the possibility of an upset going until about 2:00 left in the game, when the Elmo squad's hopes were dashed by the Timbers.
The Timbers had a big man who could not be stopped in the clutch, a 7'1'' man among boys named Justin Wibert. He had 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 blocks, putting up arguably the best stats so far in the tourney. Tuhrner had 27 points for the Kamikaze, and rained down fire from beyond the arc again. The Kamikaze should be good during the season, Tuhrner has shown incredible leadership skills.
The Timbers advance to the second round, and play the 9 seed, the Master Revan Jedi Knights.
Kamikaze(16) 44 32 76 x.85 FINAL: 65
Timbers(1) 38 36 74 x1 FINAL: 74
What a way to start off the evening! The Grizzlies pulled out a win on a last second shot, and we have our first Final Four team!
The first half was close, with Mark Mann of the Grizzlies hitting 3-3 of his three pointers, while the Teutonic Angels Ivan von Bradley getting 8 points, 9 rebounds, and a block. Not bad for a 7'2'' immigrant from Slovakia.
In the second half, the Teutonic Angels dominated the game, until with 5:00 left, when the Grizzlies awoke from a temporary hibernation. Things escalated with 1:00 left, with the Angels up 48-45. Terry Roy hit a deep three for the Grizzlies, and the momentum shifted. But, with :02 seconds left, LeSean Hauke lifted a three from the right baseline, and after bouncing on the rim, it fell through the net, and the celebration began.
The Grizzlies advance to the Final Four.
T.Angels(5) 28 24 52 x.96 FINAL: 50
Grizzlies(4) 34 19 53 x.97 FINAL: 51
In another close game, the Boomboxes emerged victorious again, and we have our second Final Four member. After a dead even first half, the Boomboxes flexed their muscles in the second half, and pulled out a close victory. The Sharks top scorer, Mike Huscarvolskt, had 21 points and 4 rebounds, while the Boomboxes Ron Guy had 19 points and 11 assists.
The Boombox Nation Boomboxes advance to the Final Four.
NA Sharks(14) 34 30 64 x.87 FINAL: 56
Boomboxes(6) 34 28 62 x.95 FINAL: 59
Domak Sisserous/Diamond Dogs
In the evenings upset, the Dominicai Domak Sisserous provided a convincing victory over the Zackistan Diamond Dogs. The Sisserous dominated the game from the tip-off, getting into the bonus with 12:00 left in the 1st half. The Dogs lead scorer fouled out with 2:00 left in the 1st, and the air steadily deflated from Zackistan after that. The Sisserous's lead scorer, Uholt Jones, had 31 points and 12 rebounds in a dominating effort.
The Dominicai Domak Sisserous advance to the Final Four.
Sisserous(10) 35 42 77 x.91 FINAL: 70
Diam Dogs(2) 14 15 29 x.99 FINAL: 29
The evening ended in a huge surprise, with the 2 seed being eliminated in the game before, the 1 seed fell in the first overtime decision of the tournament. The Jedi Knights stayed strong through the entire game, but played their best basketball all year in the overtime period, and the Jedi Knights prevailed over a deep Timber squad. The Timbers 7'1'' center Greg Smith pounded in 27 points, while the Knights 6'2'' guard Frank Mickal poured in 35 points, most from three pointers and foul shots.
The Jedi Knights advance to the Final Four.
Knights(9) 14 45 59 x.90 53 OT: 34 FINAL: 87
Timbers(1) 15 38 53 x1.0 53 OT: 23 FINAL: 78
Extended preparations were needed to prepare the Grizzlie Dome for the Final Four, but finally, the games have continued. The first game of the Final Four took place against the Dominicai Domak Sisserous and the Boombox Nation Boomboxes. The Boomboxes had not been challenged at all throughout the tournament, and the Sisserous have scrapped their way through the bracket to get to the Final Four.
In a defensive battle, the Boomboxes came out of top yet agian due to a late three pointer by Boombox guard Tye Young. The Boomboxes played tough all game, but the Sisserous proved to be a good opponent, with the leads going back and forth until the Boomboxes sinked the game-winning three.
The sixth seeded Boombox Nation Boomboxes advance to the championship game.
D Sisserous(10) 24 27 51 x.91 FINAL: 46
Boomboxes(6) 35 17 52 x.95 FINAL: 49
The final game of the evening came with the Master Revan Jedi Knights and the home team, The Bear Republic Grizzlies. The Grizzlie Fever shirts were worn with pride tonight, as the boys from The Bear Village got set to take on the whimsical Jedi Knights. The Knights had a magical run through the tourney, including upending the 1 seeded Sedar Timbers to make it to the Final Four. The 20,000 strong crowd certainly helped the Grizzlies prowl through the tournament.
No team was in hibernation for this heated battle. The Knights came to play in the first half, coming out blazing and going into halftime with a massive 43-18 lead. Expecting the worse, some Grizzlie fans left the stadium, and were later found killed in various gutters around The Bear Republic. Experience and the remaining fan support boded mightily for the Grizzlies in the second half, staging a huge comeback headed up by team captain LeSean Hauke. Hauke had 29 points, including sinking 4 key three pointers to get momentum flowing to the Grizzlies.
But, even a second half comeback could not overturn the massive lead amassed by the Knights in the first half, and the Knights float on to a 68-66 victory.
The Knights advance to play the Boombox Nation Boomboxes in the Finals.
Jedi Knights(9) 43 31 74 x.92 FINAL: 68
BR Grizzlies(4) 18 50 68 x.97 FINAL: 66
In the finale of what was an incredible tournament, we had a cinderella giant killer, and a team who simply beat all who faced them soundly.
The crowd of 57,000 at the Grizzlie Dome was jumping the whole game (registering a 4.6 on the Richter Scale) as the contest began. The Boombox Nation Boomboxes came in with a boom on the tipoff, as they scored 4 easy baskets and the Knights picked up 2 fouls along the way. The Boomboxes played flawless ball in the first half, as the slight inexperience of the Knights was exploited by the Boomboxes at every opportunity. At the end of the first, the Boomboxes were up by 26, and the momentum seemed unstoppable.
In the second half, the Knights were the ones who gained the momentum early, pulling a Boombox-esque run to start the half. But, the Boomboxes executed just as well as the Knights did, and danced away with a 88-56 triumph.
The Boomboxes win the Title! The Boomboxes win!
Jedi Knights(9) 20 41 61 x.92 FINAL: 56
Boomboxes(6) 46 47 93 x.95 FINAL: 88