Bout 1: Apocalypstix vs. Toxic Shocks
Combining a notoriously strong defense and intensely physical jamming, the Apocalypstix dominated throughout much of the first bout, taking an early lead and holding on to it even when momentum temporarily shifted in the Toxic Shocks’ favor. Apocalypstix blockers, with standout performances by Queen Loseyateefa and Madditude Adjustment, frustrated even the Shocks’ all-star jammers Afro Dykee and Baller Shot Caller, holding the Shocks scoreless for seven consecutive jams in the first half. But for most of the hour, this was not a bout characterized by high-scoring jams but a tit-for-tat with the Stix steadily increasing their lead. At half time the Stix had outpaced the Shocks to the tune of 105-57.
The first jam of the second half delivered a much-needed power jam to the Shocks allowing Afro Dykee to put up a cool 21 points and cut the Stix lead from 48 to 29 points. But the Stix began to extend the lead again, aided by a couple of 10+ point jams and a whopping 25-point power jam. Two consecutive Stix jammer penalties in a single jam gave the opportunity right back to the Shocks who converted the break into 25 points for the ladies in green. But the momentum never completely shifted in the Shocks’ favor. The Stix lead held steady, with the Stix scooping up most of the lead jam calls in the final minutes in spite of formidable Shocks walls anchored by all-star blockers Axtual Malice and Rebel Yellow. The Stix finished the game with a decisive 196-145 score and secured their seed in the championship bout.
MVP blockers were Madditude Adjustment for the Apocalypstix and Rebel Yellow for the Toxic Shocks; MVP jammers were Dani Doom for the Apocalypstix and Baller Shot Caller for the Toxic Shocks.
Bout 2: Sake Tuyas vs. the Denim Demons
A reprise of last month’s exciting bout which delivered a Demons upset of the previously undefeated Sake Tuyas, this playoff game lived up to predictions, with extremely close scores and the win in balance for the full 60 minutes. For the first 8 jams the teams traded advantage and the lead, until Sakes jammer Saikou was able to capitalize on two consecutive Demons jammer penalities in a single jam to open up a 27-point lead for the Sakes. The Sakes held onto that lead, but Demons defensive standouts Wild Cherri and Nattie Longlegs held Sakes jammers to just 9 additional points in the next 7 jams. Demons’ jammers slowly chipped away at the Sakes’ margin, bringing the ladies in blue to within 3 points as the half wound down. Sakes defense, however, also took a toll on the Demons. Zone-style defense, anchored by Switchblade Siouxsie and Desi Scarnaz, opened up an opportunity for Sakes jammers to extend the Sakes lead to 98-71 by the halftime whistle.
The Denim Demons came out strong in the second half, taking advantage of two Sakes jammer penalties to cut the Sakes’ lead to just 2 points by the 3rd jam. The Sakes held onto the lead and extended it to 27 points about midway through the half, but power jams and penalties proved key, allowing the Demons to remain within the range of just a single
high-scoring jam. In the final minutes the Sakes poured on the aggression, winning a series of lead jam calls and holding the Demons scoreless for 5 consecutive jams. In the final jam of the game, Demons jammer Jean-Juke Picard snagged the lead and put up 23 points, but it was not enough to close the gap. Sakes took the win 193-166, and advanced to the championship bout.
MVP blockers were Desi Scarnaz for the Sake Tuyas and Totalitiffian for the Denim Demons; MVP jammers were The Boss for the Sake Tuyas and Jean-Juke Picard for the Denim Demons.