Everyone expected the undefeated and #1 seeded What’s Luv to be in the Finals but no one expected the last place Investment Academy. The unlikely run for Investment Academy now sets up an intriguing match-up against a team that has been dominant throughout. What’s Luv dominated the regular season and put an end to a streaking Box Out team while the Investment Academy has pulled off 2 straight upsets with wins over SWISH and Unruly.
They played less than a month ago and even though Investment Academy put up a fight, What’s Luv would win by 13. Both teams struggled from the floor at 36% but What’s Luv was able to get to the line and hit their three pointers at a higher rate. Andre McDonald led with 17-10 and Akai Nettey added 15.
Rewinding all the way back to March 11th, What’s Luv completed obliterated TIA winning 94-56. Jevon Jacobs went off for 32 points, Chase added 18 and Delly with a near-triple double with 10-10-9. What’s Luv dominated every facet in the game en route to a big time blow out.
Keys to the Game
The Investment Academy
#1) Free throws: Need to do a better job of knocking these down. Every point counts and had they hit their free throws at a decent rate they wouldn’t have had to win in the manner they did.
#2) Perimiter Defense: What’s Luv blew them out with their three point shooting in the past. You can’t give them easy looks from three or they’ll make you pay.
#3) Scoring: They’re not going to get away with 37% against What’s Luv and win. They’ll need to shoot better and have 1-2 guys step up offensively.
#1) Pace: It’s such an important thing for this team. When they’re running and sharing the ball it’s easy to see how they are undefeated and the favourite to win it all.
#2) Defensive Glass: Keep TIA off the glass. They don’t have a lot of size, but they have a lot of guys willing to crash the boards. Box out your man and keep them to one and done.
#3) Closing out strong: Don’t let The Investment Academy hang around. They’ve found ways to win games in crunch time. Also, don’t let Nicholas Cruz get open.