Final Four Semi-Final ‘A’ Recap: #4 REBELS vs #1 HURRICANES
The #1 Hurricanes were the hottest offensively charged team blazing into the playoffs with an undefeated record, but, with a squad full of weapons at the guard spot, they attempted to continue their march to the AABL CUP without their rock solid force in the post out of the Final Four line-up. The #4 Rebels managed to make the Final Four once again (3 times in four years), but this time– after failing in previous attempts– they looked more poised, prepared and hungrier than ever to advance to the FINALS and earn some respect as a legitimate powerhouse. FD
#4 Rebels 59
#1 Hurricanes 39
The Hurricanes came into this all-important semifinal knowing that they would be without their best player, AABL All-Star Calvin Johnson. With him, the ‘Canes are a reflection of their moniker – an unstoppable force to be reckoned with, and when it’s all over all you see is destruction. Without him, you have the team that other players and fans saw in this game. Hurricanes looked lost and were mainly stagnant on offense as the Rebels stepped on their necks. A 21-6 run to start the game set the tone for the entire contest, and Rebels’ center Herschel Mack scored 7 points during that run. By halftime the Rebels were up by 14 and looked in control. The Rebels stayed in control until they came away with a 20-point victory. The Hurricanes fought back in the final twenty and were able to trim the deficit to six, but the Rebels diffused that with a 16-4 run to end the game, and guaranteed their spot in the championship.
Rebels boasted strong efforts from Mack, who had a double-double with 13 pts, 12 reb, 1 ast, 3 blk; Roland Tilar, who scored 17 pts (including 2 threes), 1 reb, 2 stl; and AABL All-Star Tony Leary, who scored a game-high 24 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast. Joe Marlowe did a great job distributing the ball as he finished with 3 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast, 2 stl.
Hurricanes boasted just one double-digit scorer – Marvin Todd put forth a 12 pt, 5/6 FT’s, 2 reb, 1 stl performance. AABL All-Star Alex Webb also played admirably, finishing with 7 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl, 2 blk. But without Johnson to rely on, they simply couldn’t produce enough on the offensive end. JV