Final Four Semi-Final ‘B’ Recap: #3 QUIET STORM vs #2 DREAM TEAM
#3 Quiet Storm looked in top shape throughout most of the Regular Season until they dropped their last two before the playoffs, but anything less than a chip is a disappointment for this AABL powerhouse as they looked ready to put in work. #2 Dream Team has constantly improved each season they have been in the AABL and– with this being their best season yet– it was fitting that in order to raise the AABL CUP, they would have to get a playoff win against one of their toughest opponents throughout the years. FD
#3 Quiet Storm 70
#2 Dream Team 54
Both Dream Team and Quiet Storm advanced to the semifinals having won in different ways. Quiet Storm routed Norfolk and looked every bit like the team that won the AABL title in 2007 and 2008. Dream Team dug deep and snagged a huge comeback win against Raptors, a contest that went into overtime. With both teams riding high, the winner of this game may be the one who was able to come down from those emotional wins and focus on the task at hand.
The teams already met in Week 9, with Dream Team winning by seven, so Quiet Storm had revenge on their minds while Dream Team looked to build upon their earlier success. After the smoke settled and the dust was cleared, the results were much different this time around. Quiet Storm took control of this game early and didn’t look back. In Week 9, Quiet relied on their full-court press to disrupt Dream Team’s offense, but Dream was able to beat it and Quiet suffered. This time around, Quiet called off the press and mixed it up. They used a 2-3 zone, a 3-2 zone, man-to-man and even a box and one to keep Dream Team on their heels. Quiet Storm focused on shutting down AABL All-Star Michael Macaraeg and they did just that, holding him to just 6 pts, 1 reb, 6 ast, 1 stl. With Macaraeg ineffective, his teammates didn’t respond well. Quiet Storm’s intensity on defense and depth on the bench proved to be a big factor in the win as well.
Jimmy Harrison, another AABL All-Star, shot the ball well and led Quiet Storm with a game-high 26 pts, 3 threes, 2 ast, 1 stl. JP Alarcon played very well on the wing as he contributed 11 pts, 2/5 FT’s, 3 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl. Kaleo Kina was in total control at the point, finishing with 10 pts, 2 threes, 1 reb, 7 ast.
Dream Team was able to get the most production from Harold San Antonio and Melvin Floyd. The AABL All-Star pair combined for half of Dream Team’s points – San Antonio had a team-high 14 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, while Floyd finished with 13 pts, 3 threes, 1 reb, 1 blk. JV
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