I don’t think there’s a favourite in this match-up. I believe it can go either way and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if this came down to the final seconds just like their most recent match-up.
March 4th – Grind Time won 69-56
April 8th – Box Out won 68-66
Rahul De’Golder – He will be going up against his former team in this 1st Round match-up. It turned out to be a great trade for him as he found a perfect role with Box Out. His production is through the roof since the trade.
Ahsan Mahmood – He has turned up as of late finishing the season with a season best 23 on 8/14. While he’s a great 3rd option to have, there’s no reason he should be taking 10 or less shots in this do or die game.
Box Out – Keys to the Game
1) Let it rain – The 3 Ball has been great for them as of late.
2) Contain their lefties – Tough ask, but need to contain at least one.
3) Vergara & Valtchev – They’ve been doing all the little things on both sides of the court in their recent success.
Grind Time – Keys to the Game
1) Live & Die by the 3 – Only 6/27 last time against Box Out. Can’t happen again.
2) Box Out – Yeah seriously. Lost the rebounding battle last time out.
3) Sharing the rock – It can’t just be a 2-man show. They’re at their best when they play unselfishly.
X-Factor – Cham Sangar (Box Out)
He gets the team going when he’s scoring and distributing. It’s important for him to get going early. Did not play well in their first match up, but had a great game in their 2nd game.
X-Factor – Mahdi/Gray/Lindover (Grind Time)
Forget offense. The key focus for these two is to limit Box Out’s 2nd and 3rd chance points. Tough ask with a big man like Mitchell and the rebounding leader Hospdales.
The winner will take on the #1 seeded What’s Luv in the On Point Semi-Finals on May 6th.
It might be a 3-6 match-up, but it’s just as close as a 4-5 or the above match-up. I think SWISH will go in as a slight favourite even if TIA won their last match-up. SWISH is coming off a big win over Grind Time while TIA looked like a completely different team in a loss to What’s Luv.
Mar 4 – SWISH won 56-51
Apr 8 – Investment Academy won 58-52
Nicholas Cruz: Cruz went off for 15 points including a clutch shot to force OT. Cruz has a history of big playoff games and you know he’s going to bring 110% for this outing.
Ryan Michalski: Didn’t have his best season, but still averaged a double-double with 12.4 and 11.1. He was a monster with 14-20-4 last game against TIA.
Investment Academy – Keys to the Game
1) Bring it – Which TIA will we see? The team that beat SWISH or lost to What’s Luv?
2) Cold – In their last game, they went 3-18 from deep. Yikes. They’ve got to be a lot better.
3) Play as a unit – Individually there’s lot of talent, but can they play as a cohesive unit and pull off an upset?
SWISH – Keys to the Game
1) Keep them on the perimeter – Put TIA to the test from distance.
2) Play big – They’ve got the size advantage. Box out and limit them to 1 and done.
3) Hot Hand – SWISH has been a much better offensive team since the acquisition of Bobby Colorado. Get him going early.
X-Factor – Tyrell Moodie (The Investment Academy)
He’s not afraid of the big shot and has hit many big shots this season and historically. Last time against SWISH he went 4/6 from deep.
X-Factor – Gabriel Ferreira (SWISH)
He does a little bit of everything on both ends of the court. His defense was incredible last time out against TIA with 6 steals.
The winner will take on the #2 seeded Unruly in the On Point Semi-Finals on May 6th.