What a difference a season makes. Quiet Storm, a vaunted, athletic and defensive club that posted an impressive 23-1 record (including playoffs) during their back-to-back AABL championship runs, have shown chinks in their armor this season, posting a 5-4 regular season record. But in just one game they seemed to regain their swagger when they handily took out tournament hopeful #4 Soldiers, 54-36. They met a familiar foe in #1-seed Raptors, a team that defeated them in Week 7.
The Raptors have been on a mission all season. After losing in the 2008 AABL Championship game they rebounded in 2009 to post a 7-2 regular season record, along the way defeating their opponents by an average of 18 ppg. Their intensity level jumped up a few notches when the playoffs began, witness to their easy victory over #8 Dynasty.
The Raptors, even though they already defeated Quiet Storm once this season, apparently still had a bad taste in their mouths from the 2008 AABL final, and used that as motivation in their semifinal matchup with them. Raptors left it all out on the court and from the tip scored 19 unanswered points. Their defense was stellar and it was visible that Quiet Storm wasn’t reacting well to it. Even layups and typically easy jumpers couldn’t find the bucket during the drought. By the time Quiet Storm finally scored on a Marvin Todd free throw, 9:51 had already elapsed in the game. Quiet Storm then scored their first field goal with 7:40 left in the first half but by that time the winner had already been decided. Their efforts in the game’s final 10 minutes, where they outscored the Raptors 26-13, was too little too late as they just couldn’t overcome their uncharacteristic and incredibly poor start.
John Allmond led the Raptors with a well-deserved double-double – he led all scorers with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and punctuated the end of the game with a vicious dunk that cleared the court for good. Also adding to the impressive victory was Mel Wright (17 pts, 10 rebs, 3 threes) and Ramon Francisco (15 pts, 5 rebs). Quiet Storm was led by Marvin Todd and Jody Lowe – the pair had 11 points each, thus combining for 22 points, including three triples from behind the arc. JV

QUIET STORM

PTS

REB

3PM

FT%

FTM

FTA

AST

BLK

STL

Jody Lowe

11

1

3

0.0

0

0

1

0

1

Marvin Todd

11

2

0

75.0

3

4

1

1

6

Robbie Byrd

9

7

1

100.0

2

2

0

1

0

Anthony Perez

6

4

0

0.0

0

0

1

0

5

Rey Lee Sinchongco

6

3

0

0.0

0

0

3

1

0

J.P. Alarcon

5

5

1

0.0

0

0

2

0

0

Jimo Zapata

2

1

0

100.0

2

2

1

0

0

TOTALS

50

23

5

87.5

7

8

9

3

12

RAPTORS

PTS

REB

3PM

FT%

FTM

FTA

AST

BLK

STL

John Allmond

24

10

0

100.0

2

2

2

0

2

Mel Wright

17

10

3

66.7

6

9

3

1

1

Ramon Francisco

15

5

0

100.0

3

3

1

0

1

Kyle Hermoso

7

2

1

0.0

0

0

4

0

1

Shaun Bradley

5

1

1

0.0

0

0

2

0

0

Charles Park

2

2

0

0.0

0

0

0

1

0

Kharlo Cortez

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

0

Chester Chincuanco

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

70

30

5

78.6

11

14

12

2

5