South Central Consolation: 5SC Houston Staves Off 9SC Gold Coast, 138-106
2. October 2011 00:00
From the DNN Archive:
KANSAS CITY, MO — After having an unexpectedly tough time against 10SC Omaha earlier in the day, 5SC Houston went up against 9SC Gold Coast and managed to stay just a few steps and a few jams ahead of their opponents to win 138-106. Houston’s victory gives them a shot at maintaining their regional standing when they play for 5th place tomorrow.
Things spooled out evenly in the first 5 minutes of the game, during which Houston established a small 13-7 lead before their jammer Brand-Aid had two very easy passes before Gold Coast blocker Spontaneous Combustya sent her flying with a huge hit. Brand Aid called there with a 13-0 and a 26-7 lead. However, Gold Coast’s Jamsterella answered with 10-0 to move it back to a single-digit game at 26-17 with 21 minutes left in the half.
Gold Coast stayed close and got to within 4 at 38-34 after a Jamsterella power jam, and Tsunami Tsue tied it at 38 with a hard-fought 4-0 next. There were about 11 minutes left in the first half at that point; the score remained tied at 43-43 after the next two frames, but Gold Coast could not get on the board in the last 6 minutes of the half. Houston took advantage of two jammer penalties on Gold Coast in that timeframe to go into the half with their biggest advantage of the game, 88-43.
The story of the second half was mostly the story of Houston holding Gold Coast just at arm’s length — while Gold Coast got slightly closer than their 45 point deficit at the break, they were never able to get within one jam. With 6 minutes left to go, Gold Coast was still just outside of striking range at 135-102, but a 3-0 for Houston followed by three 0-0 jams in a row killed most of the time Gold Coast had to come back. Gold Coast had a timeout in their pocket and forced a final jam with 21 seconds on the game clock and the score 138-102 Houston, but could only pick up 4-0, and the game ended at 138-106 Houston.
Houston plays the winner of No Coast / Green Country at 2pm on Sunday for 5th place; Gold Coast, the 9th seed in the tournament, is guaranteed to improve their standing when they play the loser of that game for 7th place at 12noon.
By Justice Feelgood Marshall for Derby News Network