Grudge Match: Denim Demons vs. Toxic Shocks
The Demons drew first blood with a 10-0 jam, and established an early but narrow lead. About ten minutes into the first half, a power jam gave the Shocks an opportunity to take the lead with a 13-point margin. But the Demons’ jammers quickly rallied, and their defense, anchored by all-star Wild Cherri with AmsterDAM on the outside line, managed to keep the Shocks’ all-star jammers under control. In spite of great wall work by the Shocks, who played short an all-star blocker and veteran jammer, momentum shifted decidedly in the Demons’ favor after that brief Shocks’ rally. As the half drew to a close, the Demons led by 60 points. In the second half, the Shocks matched the Demons’ points fairly closely in the first few jams, but the Demons held onto that margin, extending their lead at one point to 189-108. The Shocks put up a serious fight, however, putting up 40 unanswered points late in the second half. But it was not enough to pull within range. Demons took home 3rd place, 202-153.
MVP blockers were AmsterDAM for the Denim Demons and Deathskull for the Toxic Shocks; MVP jammers were Nutella Ferraro for the Denim Demons and Afro Dykee for the Toxic Shocks.
Championship Bout: Apocalypstix vs. Sake Tuyas
This game did not start well for the Sakes—jammer penalties immediately handed the Apocalystix 3 consecutive power jams, which they turned into a 26-0 lead less than 5 minutes into the half. Within minutes, the Stix had given back 2 power jams, but their formidable defense powered by Captain and all-star Queen Loseyateefa prevented the Sakes from making up the distance. When the box cleared, the Stix’s all-Star jammers, Trouble MakeHer and Slams McKenzie, kept the points coming. Although the Sakes kept the score within a 30-point range for the first 15 minutes, Stix defense visibly wore down the Sakes’ 3-jammer rotation. By halftime, the Stix had pulled out to a 124-41 lead. Sakes’ jammer The Boss grabbed lead in the first jam of the second half, but the Stix continued to dominate lead calls and point scoring, extending their margin to 80 points midway through the second half, and ending it with a decisive win at 243-137.
MVP blockers were Emma Wantsome for the Apocalypstix and Brick Walls for the Sake Tuyas; MVP jammers were Slams McKenzie for the Apocalypstix and The Boss for the Sake Tuyas.