Commissioner's Note: There was a three way tie for first place. So to decide the three best shooters on teams shot to decide the seedings. The results were: 1-Dio and the Novas, 2-Dev and the Wild Things, 3-Todd and the Bens, 4-Johnny and the Rockets. The games alternated but the two series will be presented in total in two posts.
Dio and the Novas (1) vs Johnny and the Rockets (4)
The Best was held without a dunk in a TomBall game for the first time ever. Pasties played great straight up defense not letting him get anything easy. The result: 4-9 shooting with 5 boards and 3 swats. FX had a rough shooting game going 0-5. 8 Bottles added a point on a nice stepback jumper. Pasties went 2-2 with 6 boards, 2 dimes and 2 cookies. Pearl White and Sooooo Good each had 3 points, 2 boards and 1 dime. Rosetta Stone had another tough shooting performance going 0-6. Game 1 went to Johnny and the Rockets, earning their first tournament win, 8-6 (there was a scoring error in this game). Series: Johnny and the Rockets lead 1-0.
After being held without a dunk in Game 1, The Best sent a message in Game 2, grabbing a near record 16 boards (he holds the record with 17 made back in 2005 at the Thanksgiving Special. He took 14 shots and made 7 of them while adding 2 dimes and 2 swats. FX added 3 points and 2 boards. Pearl White had 4 points while Rosetta Stone added 2 points. The 1 seed needed to make a statement after losing Game 1, and they did with a 10-6 victory (there was a scoring error in this game as well). Note: the shooting was pretty horrendous in this game. Series Tied 1-1.
You want pressure? How about this? The winner of this game goes to the TomBall championship to compete for $150. Now that's pressure. Who came out frazzled and who came out to play? Well The Best sure did not want to go home (upstairs to his room). He shot 7-8 and added 7 boards. The Business came alive at the right time. Adding 2 points, 3 boards and 2 huge cookies, he helped Dio and the Novas throughout the game. Pearl White had 3 points and 2 boards, Pasties went 2-2 from the field and Sooooo Good added 2 points. But the upset was not meant to be. Dio and the Novas took control late and won 9-7, advancing to the finals to play the winner of Todd and the Bens and Dev and the Wild Things.