The Team that would be King!

 

Western Conference
#1 Salt Lake City Fanatics vs #8 Sacramento Fighting Cocks
The Fanatics have been the best team in the west for pretty much the entire season. They have arguably the best 5 man starting lineup in the league. If there is a weakness it is there lack of depth. This has proven not to be a problem most of the time. They are the top scoring team in the west at 102.5 points per game. Despite that, they don’t have that go to scorer. It is really more of a committee. Eugene LaMaitre being the elder statesmen on the team leads scoring at just over 23 points a game. Cordell Parks who is the nucleus of the team adds in another 18 each game. The Fanatics usually win the blue collar way. They pass the ball, they rebound, and if you go for a layup they punch you in the face and make you earn it from the line.

Sacramento has to be happy they even made the playoffs. After losing 11 of their last 12 games, they had the tie breaker advantage over Arkansas, and a mere one game advantage over Nebraska. It may seem that perhaps they could pose a significant threat to SLC, as they stole 1 game out of 3 during the regular season. That occurred prior to the severe injuries to Bobby Egan and Edgar Kamara. Those were the good times … simpler times. Without Egan or Kamara, Sacremento only has Samir Sheth. As good as Sheth is, he cannot take on the bruising that SLC will dish out night in and night out. There is a reason they finished 33-47 compared to SLC’s 60-20. SLC is just that much better. And let’s give some of SLC’s success to Coach of the Year winner Chris Zapata. Man he has nice shoes.
Prediction:
SLC wins in 5. Cruises into the 2nd round.

#2 Capetown Zulu vs @7 Seoul Dragons
Capetown is the hottest team in the league right now. Riding a 14 game winning streak, that enabled them to tie Cancun, and due to tie breakers, win the World Division. Gm Adrian Arceo, has gotten his team believing in the Capetown way of doing things. Abdiel Gordon is the unquestioned leader on this team. He has 36 player of the game, 5 Player of the week, and 1 Player of the Month awards. He leads the team with 24 points a game, and helps out with 8 rebounds and 3 assists a game. He does it all. Abdiel has great team support with Mabruke, Kodak and 6th man of the year Oliver Dohtery all who score double digits. They are so well balanced, it’s no wonder why they are beating nearly every team in sight.
I have been really impressed with Seoul and their GM Brook Oliver. Back at the beginning of the year, I predicted that they would win 20 games. But Mr. Oliver has taken a team of no names and created Rookie of the Year winner Merlin Lundy into a team that is truly on the rise. Ajan Estay has also brought up his game in his sophomore year scoring 17 points a game. Do they have what it takes to upset the intimidating Zulu’s? Well no, they lost all 4 games in the regular season, but they did play them tough the last too. Seoul is on the rise, and they will get an early start on next season, but they will be back and much improved.

Prediction: Capetown brings their brooms, 4-0 sweep.

#3 Cancun Outlaws vs # 6 Omaha Wild

Cancun has one of the great winning traditions in our league. GM Pat Fullum is as respected as he is feared. Though something has not gone well for the Outlaws the last month of the season. They went 5 and 5, lost out on not only a shot at the #1 seed in the west, but fell to 2nd in their division in the last 2 games of the season. I can tell you, the Outlaws are less concerned about the “exhibition” 80 game portion of the season. They come to play when it counts … during the playoffs. Led by 2nd team all-league Parker Mason who is also a member of the All-Defense 1st team. And his trusty side-kick Ahmed Doughtery. With the two putting up over 40 points a game. They are a dynamic duo. And let us not forget Kent Mercer’s 18 points 8 rebounds a game. This team has what it takes to win a championship despite the lackluster play of late.
Omaha, has been a .500 team most of the year, but finished strong with an upset over SLC in SLC in a game that nobody cared about. K.G. Avery has done a good job with a team that doesn’t have any household named players. Gerhold Verholm the unquestioned leader will be asked to do the impossible and increase his play in the playoffs where things get extra physical. Hariold Gil plays a nice sidekick, but there are simply too many missing pieces for Omaha this season. It is a season they can be proud of finishing 7 games over .500.

Prediction: Outlaws playoffs continue with a winning the series in 5.

#4 Oregon Bears vs #5 Gabon Giants
The 4 vs 5 matchup is always going to be a great one. Oregon split the season series 2-2 with Gabon. Bishop Stein is as good as it gets with his 2nd All-League award. Lou Gonzales is no longer the scoring threat he once was, but he is the premier shut down player. The Defender of the Year award winner is still as intimidating as ever. Oregon is going to need some of their non-stars to pick up their game. Such as Simeon Hill and Evilio Nunez. The Bears cruised to 56 wins in the regular season, but never really felt like they were dominating teams. They have a poor record against the top tier competition. But they do usually beat the teams they are supposed to.

If Gabon was in the East, they would have the 3rd best record in the conference, and enjoy a 3 seed. These Giants for a time were playing above their station as they temporarily led the World Division. Gabon has always had a strong front five led by John Devine. Being awarded a 2nd All-League member was well deserved with 23 points and 9 boards a game. The Giants didn’t finished the regular season as they would have liked going 4-6 in their last 10. However, they have the ability to play and beat the top teams in the league. And all they have to do is steal a road game from the Bears.

Prediction: Gabon sends Oregon to Tokyo after 6 game slugfest

Western Conference
#1 Salt Lake City Fanatics vs #8 Sacramento Fighting Cocks
The Fanatics have been the best team in the west for pretty much the entire season. They have arguably the best 5 man starting lineup in the league. If there is a weakness it is there lack of depth. This has proven not to be a problem most of the time. They are the top scoring team in the west at 102.5 points per game. Despite that, they don’t have that go to scorer. It is really more of a committee. Eugene LaMaitre being the elder statesmen on the team leads scoring at just over 23 points a game. Cordell Parks who is the nucleus of the team adds in another 18 each game. The Fanatics usually win the blue collar way. They pass the ball, they rebound, and if you go for a layup they punch you in the face and make you earn it from the line.

Sacramento has to be happy they even made the playoffs. After losing 11 of their last 12 games, they had the tie breaker advantage over Arkansas, and a mere one game advantage over Nebraska. It may seem that perhaps they could pose a significant threat to SLC, as they stole 1 game out of 3 during the regular season. That occurred prior to the severe injuries to Bobby Egan and Edgar Kamara. Those were the good times … simpler times. Without Egan or Kamara, Sacremento only has Samir Sheth. As good as Sheth is, he cannot take on the bruising that SLC will dish out night in and night out. There is a reason they finished 33-47 compared to SLC’s 60-20. SLC is just that much better. And let’s give some of SLC’s success to Coach of the Year winner Chris Zapata. Man he has nice shoes.
Prediction:
SLC wins in 5. Cruises into the 2nd round.

#2 Capetown Zulu vs @7 Seoul Dragons
Capetown is the hottest team in the league right now. Riding a 14 game winning streak, that enabled them to tie Cancun, and due to tie breakers, win the World Division. Gm Adrian Arceo, has gotten his team believing in the Capetown way of doing things. Abdiel Gordon is the unquestioned leader on this team. He has 36 player of the game, 5 Player of the week, and 1 Player of the Month awards. He leads the team with 24 points a game, and helps out with 8 rebounds and 3 assists a game. He does it all. Abdiel has great team support with Mabruke, Kodak and 6th man of the year Oliver Dohtery all who score double digits. They are so well balanced, it’s no wonder why they are beating nearly every team in sight.
I have been really impressed with Seoul and their GM Brook Oliver. Back at the beginning of the year, I predicted that they would win 20 games. But Mr. Oliver has taken a team of no names and created Rookie of the Year winner Merlin Lundy into a team that is truly on the rise. Ajan Estay has also brought up his game in his sophomore year scoring 17 points a game. Do they have what it takes to upset the intimidating Zulu’s? Well no, they lost all 4 games in the regular season, but they did play them tough the last too. Seoul is on the rise, and they will get an early start on next season, but they will be back and much improved.

Prediction: Capetown brings their brooms, 4-0 sweep.

#3 Cancun Outlaws vs # 6 Omaha Wild

Cancun has one of the great winning traditions in our league. GM Pat Fullum is as respected as he is feared. Though something has not gone well for the Outlaws the last month of the season. They went 5 and 5, lost out on not only a shot at the #1 seed in the west, but fell to 2nd in their division in the last 2 games of the season. I can tell you, the Outlaws are less concerned about the “exhibition” 80 game portion of the season. They come to play when it counts … during the playoffs. Led by 2nd team all-league Parker Mason who is also a member of the All-Defense 1st team. And his trusty side-kick Ahmed Doughtery. With the two putting up over 40 points a game. They are a dynamic duo. And let us not forget Kent Mercer’s 18 points 8 rebounds a game. This team has what it takes to win a championship despite the lackluster play of late.
Omaha, has been a .500 team most of the year, but finished strong with an upset over SLC in SLC in a game that nobody cared about. K.G. Avery has done a good job with a team that doesn’t have any household named players. Gerhold Verholm the unquestioned leader will be asked to do the impossible and increase his play in the playoffs where things get extra physical. Hariold Gil plays a nice sidekick, but there are simply too many missing pieces for Omaha this season. It is a season they can be proud of finishing 7 games over .500.

Prediction: Outlaws playoffs continue with a winning the series in 5.

#4 Oregon Bears vs #5 Gabon Giants
The 4 vs 5 matchup is always going to be a great one. Oregon split the season series 2-2 with Gabon. Bishop Stein is as good as it gets with his 2nd All-League award. Lou Gonzales is no longer the scoring threat he once was, but he is the premier shut down player. The Defender of the Year award winner is still as intimidating as ever. Oregon is going to need some of their non-stars to pick up their game. Such as Simeon Hill and Evilio Nunez. The Bears cruised to 56 wins in the regular season, but never really felt like they were dominating teams. They have a poor record against the top tier competition. But they do usually beat the teams they are supposed to.

If Gabon was in the East, they would have the 3rd best record in the conference, and enjoy a 3 seed. These Giants for a time were playing above their station as they temporarily led the World Division. Gabon has always had a strong front five led by John Devine. Being awarded a 2nd All-League member was well deserved with 23 points and 9 boards a game. The Giants didn’t finished the regular season as they would have liked going 4-6 in their last 10. However, they have the ability to play and beat the top teams in the league. And all they have to do is steal a road game from the Bears.

Prediction: Gabon sends Oregon to Tokyo after 6 game slugfest

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