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NBBL Semi-Finals

07/08/2015, 1:30pm EDT
By NBBL Staffs

Only four remain...

Photos Courtesy: Robin Leworthy Wilson - Aerial Promotions 

 

Visitor V Home H Location Status
#5 Toronto 3D (3-4)
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#1 NINE O FIVE'S (6-1)
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The RISE Centre
8:00 PM EDT
#7 On Point (2-5)
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#6 Hitmen (3-4)
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The RISE Centre
9:00 PM EDT

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#1  Nine O Five's vs. #8 Marauders - 86-80

The Marauders came out on fire hitting five straight three's to jump out to a 15-2 lead in the opening minutes. However, the 905's were able to stave off the Marauders early charge and take control of the game and went into the half leading 52-34. The Marauders didn't just layover and battled back in the second half. Aaron Redpath led all scorers with 26 points and his running mate Troy Joseph did all they could for the Marauders but ultimately came up just short against the #1 seed Nine O Five's. The midseason acquisition of Xzennis Brereton for the 905's has paid dividends for this team. Brereton was the x-factor in this contest scoring 20 points. Tyrone Watson has been superb this season and could be in line for back-to-back MVP seasons.   

The 905's will square off against their rivals Toronto 3D, for a chance to return to the NBBL Championship. 905's were able to get the best of this match-up earlier this season. One team from the 2014 NBBL Championship is guaranteed to return in 2015, who will it be?

 

#4 Burlington Elite vs. #5 Toronto 3D - 62-80

These sides met in the final week of the season and ended up being seeded #4 and #5 respectively, enabling a rematch of Week 7. Both sides trading blows as the lead swayed in both directions throughout this contest. 3D put on the defensive clamps in the second half, allowing themselves to pull away and move onto the semi-finals.

Toronto 3D were defeated handily by the 905's in their meeting during the regular season. 3D will seek revenge as they attempt to move onto the Championship to defend their NBBL title. 

 

#3 Forest City Panthers vs. #6 Hamilton Hitmen - 58-63

The Hitmen were able to pick-up a great victory in the final week of the season over BSN, assisting them in the standings as well as their overall team momentum. The Panthers carried a 32-17 lead into the second half. However, this Hitmen group has a never stop attitude and began to battle back at the 9:08 minute mark of the second half. Superb team defence and unselfish play enabled this group to battle back from a 15 point deficit and upset the #3 seed Panthers. Cudjoe Masuka was everywhere for his Hitmen squad on both the offensive and defensive ends. Martin Ajayi played the role of x-factor in this contest with his frantic defensive and energy helping push the Hitmen over the top. Unfortunately, two teams can't advance and this puts an end to the great season of Greg Morrow and the Forest City Panthers. 

 

#2 Blessed Sacrament Nation vs. #7 On Point - 80-69

Although On Point was seeded seventh, their talent definitely dictated otherwise. This group simply had difficulty meshing at the beginning of the season and hoped to be able to put it all together come postseason. It appears they were able to do just that. BSN led by one point going into the half as both sides were feeling each other out in the opening frame. The trifecta of Denham Brown, Junior Cadougan and Alex Johnson simply proved to be to much for BSN in this meeting. 

On Point and the Hitmen will square off in a battle of the upsets as one will move on for the chance to capture the NBBL title.

 

 

 

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