The teams Gangreen, G-Sauce, and Izzy's Squad were 0-7, 1-5, and 2-5, respectively in the regular season. All three are now in the championship games of the respective divisions. It's the ultimate example of getting hot at the right time.
Gangreen trailed Black Mambas, 33-27 at the half, but dominated the boards in the second half for a 67-60 win. They will face RTP in the D-VI championship game. RTP made a late run to edge Suicide Squad, 55-54.
G-Sauce trailed Frosty Hesson, 11-3 in the early going, but came back to trail 13-11 at the half. (Neither team was exactly lighting up the scoreboard.) G-Sauce went on a run early in the second half while Frosty went ice cold. (Insert your own joke here.) The game tightened up late, but G-Sauce held on. They will face Flying Squirrels, which blew open a close game late to beat Barrio Benchmen. The Benchmen led late in the first half, but then missed several good shots. Gabe Secrest hit several threes in the second half for the Squirrels.
In other games:
Izzy's Squad 59, Hickory 54 (OT) - Hickory led for much of the game, but missed several opportunities to put the game away. Izzy's came back late to force the overtime and then outscored Hickory by five in the extra two minutes.
More Jumpers 38, Sunshine Boys 35 (OT) - Another overtime game that could have gone either way. It's the second-straight season that Sunshine Boys have lost a heartbreaker in the semifinals.
Zona and Hoop Dreams will meet for the D-V championship.
Hey Arnold! and Nothing But Net will meet for the D-IV title just a few weeks after they combined for over 200 points in a regular-season thriller.
Blue Coconuts and Flashback will meet for the D-II championship.
BOS and Q will play for the D-III championship. At first, it looked like it would be a rematch of the incredible makeup game of BOS vs. Franchise from a couple weeks ago that was won by BOS. But Franchise and Q battled down to the wire, with Q's Matt Quinonez hitting a big shot late while being fouled. His subsequent free throw gave Q a three-point lead. Franchise got a good look at a potentially tying three, but it just missed.
It might seem like same old, same old with The Dawgs squaring off with Fleet, but it very easily could have been LeBrontourage against Scrap Attack. The Dawgs scratched out a tough three-point win, while Fleet scored the final seven points of their game with LeBrontourage to win by seven. Two absolutely spectacular games.