6Man vs One Love T.O
The second semi-final game between One Love T.O. and 6Man was another game that promised fireworks. After One Love T.O. brought in Miami Heat big man Kelly Olynyk, One Love T.O. welcomed back Brady Heslip and introduced Axel Toupane to the fold. However, 6Man was armed with the core of Christian Kabongo, Richard Amardi, Morgan Lewis and Manny Diressa. Thus this game had all the makings to be an intense back-and-forth match up.
At first this game seemed to underwhelm as this game was a tale of two halves. Although 6 Man’s Christian Kabongo showed out and was keeping 6 Man afloat in the game, One Love T.O dominated the first half. This was most evident from beyond the arc as Brady Heslip was lights out from deep. Heslip led all scorers with 16 at the half and One Love T.O was up 49-39 at the half. However, in the second half, Richard Amardi woke up. Amardi finished with 17 points, including 3 triples, and 7 rebounds. That along with Christian Kabongo’s stellar 23 point game, Morgan Lewis’s 14 buckets and Manny Diressa’s spark off the bench with 14 points gave 6Man the lead late in the second half.
However One Love T.O. proceed to force 8 ties and even a lead at some points in the last 5 minutes. Nevertheless, as 6Man was up by 1 with 4 seconds on the clock, Christian Kabongo heaved a near half court dagger to seal a 79-75 victory for 6Man. After the game, Lewis explained what inspired them in the second half “Sometimes we’re just a little too cool and laid back but I think once we get focused and dialed in then I think we’re one of the top teams in this league.” Said Morgan Lewis
A theme that a lot of people notice about 6Man is their intensity and passion. This was evident as they are the only to have a technical this season. While being over passionate can pose some problems, the members of 6Man believe that their passion will help them “We all let it translate. Everyone’s emotion is all going into the right way. We don’t let it get the best of us.” Said Richard Amardi.
It will now be 6Man vs M.A.D.E in the final. These two teams have both never won a Crown League championship and will square off next week.
Northern Kings vs. C.I.A Bounce
For a quote unquote “Exhibition game”, this was a star studded game. Dylan Ennis, Dwight Powell and Jason Caliste on C.I.A bounce against NCAA final four standout Duane Notice and NBA D-League Champion Negus Webster-Chan on Northern Kings. The game was close as well as in the first half the two team were taking defense seriously. This was evident as both teams scored a combined 61 points at the break. However, the teams started to warm up then the offense started to flow.
C.I.A bounce had Dylan Ennis, Dwight Powell and Jamal Mcqueen all put up 17, 16 and 15 points respectively. However Woodbridge, Ontario’s own Duane Notice led all scorers and put up 28 points for the Northern Kings. That along with Negus Webster-Chan’s 17 points, 10 rebound performance gave Northern Kings the 73-72 edge.
Next week is the championship game between M.A.D.E and 6Man. That promises to be a game that will not be for the faint of heart.
Who will win?