After each team won a game apiece, it all came down to a winner-take-all Game 3! The Spurs would enter the game at a big disadvantage with leading scorer Niko Plastich not in the lineup for this game. All-In would take full advantage of this, keying in their defence to Daviau Rodney and Anthony Burnett to take a 10 point lead at the break. All-In’s 3-guard attack of Eduful, Williams and Dawkins would be clicking on all cylinders in this one. They got out on the open court and got some easy baskets. They would push the lead up to close to 20 points in the 3rd quarter. At this point, Spurs looked gassed with All-In ready to celebrate. A key timeout from Captain Ashar Gul would recalibrate the Spurs focus on energy as they go on a major run to close the 3rd and to start the 4th quarter. Marko Soldo would get hot from the outside and the Spurs would get within 2 points until All-In would recover and close the game including a dagger slam dunk from Brandon Bailey to win 72-68 taking their first Infinity Championship.
Gibson Eduful, Andrew Dawkins and All-Infinity guard Jamie Williams combined to score 52 of the team’s 72 points. They were lethal on both ends in this game. An unsung hero in this one was the play of Brandon Bailey. He was seldom used in Games 1 and 2 but started this game and made a huge impact in this game. His impact was a lot bigger than what his 8 points 8 rebound performance.
For the Spurs, Marko Soldo led the way with 21 points. it was a disappointing finish to their season and they have to wonder what it could have been with Plastich in the lineup.
Player of the Game: Andrew Dawkins – 19 points 5 rebounds
With the series tied at 1-1, We go to a do-or-die, winner takes all Game 3 this Saturday to conclude this infinity season with a new champion to be crowned. It was expected to be a hard-fought competitive series and Games 1 and 2 did not disappoint. All-In took Game 1 while the Spurs battled through to take Game 2 setting up Game 3 this Saturday.
Key take-aways from Games 1 and 2
- Marko Soldo Came Alive – He has provided a big boost averaging 16 ppg over the Finals including a 19 point game in the pivotal game 2. He has caused fits for the All-In Bigs, forcing them to guard him outside on the perimeter.
- Spurs Backcourt Struggling – All-Infinity Guard Daviau Rodney is averaging just 9ppg this series after averaging 19 during the regular season. Anthony Burnett averaged 33 ppg in the first 2 rounds in the playoffs but has only averaged 10ppg in the finals. They got to feel lucky to still be in this series with their struggles. Expect both to come up big for Game 3
- Jamie Williams Also struggling – All-Infinity guard Jamie Williams averaged 20 ppg in the regular season but only 10ppg thus far in this series. A lot has to do with DPOY Daviau Rodney guarding him at all times. He must find ways to contribute in other ways if he isn’t scoring. 2.5 rpg and 2.5 apg wont cut it.
- All-In’s dominance on the glass – They hold a 25-10 edge in offensive rebounds through the first 2 games including 15 in their Game 1 win. Having Paul Williams in there has been a big key to their success.
What to look for in Game 3
Both teams have looked pretty evenly matched thus far. Both games have gone down to who wins the 4th quarter. Game 3 should be the exact same way. Who makes the plays down the stretch will win the title. In Game 1 it was Eduful down the stretch to take it home for All-In while in Game 2, It was Plastich and Rodney for the Spurs. Who will it be in Game 3? Who will want it MORE? We will find out…