Spring 2018 Finals Preview

This Infinity season was extremely competitive all around with high class talent on each roster. This Saturday, only 2 teams are left standing with FMB taking on All-In in the best of 3 final after winning 2 games apiece last week in the playoff rounds. Despite not getting the bye after the regular season these two teams had to play a round 1 match up and then beat the top 2 seeds in the semis in Hamilton Wellness and Hardwood Dons. It’s tough to call it a surprise as there were a lot of parity amongst the teams this season.

The defending Champs All-In stumbled to finish the regular season losing their last 2 games to finish at a 4-4 record and in 4th place overall. They got lucky with a default Round 1 win over the Knights then scored a big victory over the Number 1 seeded Hamilton Wellness in the semis 75-63 to make it to their 2nd straight finals.

FMB was very impressive in their first season in the league. They are a very unselfish bunch filled with some gunners and high IQ players. They led the league in scoring at a whopping 80 ppg clip and finished the season 5-3 in 3rd place. In Round 1, they took care of business against the 6th seeded Power team setting up a showdown with perennial powerhouse Hardwood Dons in the semis. FMB fell behind by 10 early in the game but came back with a big 3rdquarter to beat Hardwood Dons 84-72 to advance to the finals against All-In

Finals Match-Up

Season Series

FMB holds a 2-0 season series edge winning 84-79 and then 84-78. In those games, FMB came from behind both games hitting clutch shots in the 4th to take the victories. In Game 1, Ostap Choliy led the way with 19 points while in Game 2, Mike L’Africain dominated with a triple double.

BackCourt

PG- Mike L’Africain (16 ppg 8 apg) vs Gibson Eduful (15 ppg 7 apg) – Former OUA Player of the year Mike Lafricain is arguably the best player in the entire league. He is an exceptional leader and he really makes this FMB offence go. Gibson Eduful is a former Humber Hawks star and a National CCAA champion. He is super quick and is deadly in the open court.

SG-  Ostap Choliy (17 ppg) vs Jamie Williams (18 ppg) – Choliy led the team with 30 3pm. He is a deadly shooter who can really catch fire from behind the arc. He is also a sneaky good defender, using his long arms for some blocks and steals. Williams is also a streaky shooter. He led All-In with 22 3PM but he also loves to mix it up with his face-up game from the midrange.

Advantage: FMB

FrontCourt

SF – Petar Rusic (15 ppg) vs Gavin Johnson (3 ppg) – Rusic broke out last week in the Semis scoring a season high 28 points with 8 threes vs Hardwood Dons. He has been up and down all season and with that breakout game, He is looking for more of that in these finals. Gavin Johnson is filling in for the injured Andrew Dawkins (16ppg). Johnson can defend well but doesn’t possess nearly the offensive threat Dawkins is.

PF – Rohan Boney (14 ppg 7 rpg) vs Kenny Ejim (22 ppg 10 rpg) – These are two very athletic players but also have different game types. Boney is a very versatile player who plays smoothly in transition and is more of a finesse type player. He is a great passes and is one of the smartest players in the league. Meanwhile, Ejim uses his strength to overpower defenders when driving to the basket. He is also a big threat from deep and he might be the toughest cover 1on1 in the entire league

C- Andrija Sola (14 ppg)  vs Paul Williams (5.7 ppg 8.7 rpg) – Williams is a defensive minded Center who controls the paint for All-In, who were the 2nd best defensive team this season. He is an excellent defender and his impact goes further than the boxscore. Sola is the reigning MVP. He started off the season slow but has really picked it up as of late. His ability to pull 5’s out on the perimeter really opens up the driving lanes for the FMB guards

Advantage: FMB

Bench

All-In is the deeper team here even without Dawkins. They are led by Former CCAA national champion Dylan Periana and Defensive Stalwart Brandon Bailey. Both these guys could easily be starters and play heavy minutes for All-In. Gerrard Santiago is a veteran PG who will get extended run this week.

FMB has a good group of role players off the bench. Matt Oz is a knockdown 3 point shooter and is a solid defender. Daniel Dydra is a great rebounder and screener especially for his size. Raz Khan is another knockdown shooter off the bench

Advantage: All-In

Overall, FMB looks to be the better team especially beating All-In twice already this season. The Loss of Andrew Dawkins plays a big part and will surely hurt All-In in this finals series. This gives FMB a big edge in this one. Their ball movement and 3 point shooting will be the determining factor in capturing this championship in their first season in the league. Big series’ from Gibson Eduful, Kenny Ejim and Jamie Williams are going to be needed for All-In to pull this one out.