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Only the Strong Remain

Norfolk N’ Chance keeps it’s title hopes alive, while R.I.P. Ent tops Court Justice in a thriller.

Buffalo, NY-  With only four teams remaining in each division, the quest for a Kronies Jamfest 2 title has almost reached it’s conclusion.  In the first game of the night Norfolk N’ Chance took on the Tub Men, who were coming off a big upset win against Swagged Out in round one.  The Tub Men looked like they might pull it off, with the first half ending tied up at 19 a piece.  In the second half though Dean Antalik stepped it up scoring 11 of his 16 in the half and leading Norfolk N’ Chance to a 56-42 victory.

Game 2 continued the rivalry between Court Justice and R.I.P. Ent.  Court Justice got off to a hot start behind three quick three pointers by Ed Stephens (17 points) and a strong first half by Tim Irvin (15 points) and jumped out to a 40-31 point lead at the half.  The second half was a different story as R.I.P. Ent picked up the intensity as Jamal Cottman (20 points) and Marcus Loder (10 points) took some of the scoring pressure off Darcell Thomas (19 points) and got R.I.P. Ent back into the game.  With only five minutes remaining they took their first lead of the game.  Brian Walter (15 points) hit a number of big shots down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough to fend off R.I.P. Ent who pulled out another one point victory, 67-66.

In game 3 a surging Sponge Bob Square Pants took on Victor’s.  This one was sealed up early as Sponge Bob jumped out to a 19-2 lead early and cruised throughout.  It was a disappointing conclusion for Victor’s who had a great regular season.   They played their final game with only five players and had trouble matching up against the size and depth of Sponge Bob Square Pants, who were led by captain Jon Burgio (27 points), Elton Frazier (12 points), and Matt Tucholski who had a season high 16 points.  With the 70-54 win, Sponge Bob will move on to face R.I.P. Ent for the championship this Saturday.

With three of the final four spots wrapped up, the Billies played the Flint Tropics in the final game of the night.  The Flint Tropics got big games out of Andy Tate (17 points) and Nick Pfohman (16 points), while Mark Ward (19 points) did his best to keep the Billies in the game.  In the end the Flint Tropics squeezed out a 61-52 point victory to advance to the championship next Saturday.

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