If the semi-finals were any indication, next week’s Crown League championship game should be incredible. Raptors Republic couldn’t make Week 4 (blame family), and we’re regretful for it – both semi-final games came down to the wire, and Pascal Siakam made an appearance!
In the first semi, M.A.D.E. topped Ace in overtime, marking the second time in a row M.A.D.E. is headed to the title game.
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Led by 20 points from Jermaine Anderson and 23 from Dyshawn Pierre, M.A.D.E. were able to hold on against the boost provided by Siakam, the Raptors’ sophomore who showed a great deal of progress at Las Vegas Summer League a few weeks back. Siakam struggled to an uncharacteristic 3-of-11 mark from the free-throw line (he shot 68.8 percent last year) but still had a decent stat-line with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting and nine rebounds.
From our man William Lou on the scene:
Even with 25 points from Warren Ward alongside Siakam’s, Ace couldn’t overcome the disparity and the free-throw and 3-point lines, coming up just shy of the finals.
Later, 6Man topped 1 Love T.O. in a 79-75 nail-biter to punch their ticket. Led by last week’s Player of the Week Richard Amardi and 23 points from Christian Kabongo, 6Man were able to erase a 10-point halftime deficit for the rousing comeback.
In the fifth-place game, Northern Kings edged CIA Bounce 73-72. Duance Notice had 28 points and eight assists to led the way, and Raptors 905er Negus Webster-Chan shot 7-of-18 trying to support, enough to topple Dylan Ennis and Dwight Powell on the other side.
The championship game goes next Friday, with M.A.D.E. taking on 6Man at Kerr Hall. It should be a good one. RR will be on-hand for this one and have a better recap for you that time around.