Thursday , Jul , 06 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

EBC Day Ten: Don Diva vs. The Rich Soil Monstars

With both Homicide and the Bone Collector elsewhere, so apparently are the bulk of Don Diva’s fans, and the stands are largely empty for the tip of tonight’s Game One as a consequence. The show goes on regardless, and, to their credit, the DD squad doesn’t seem to miss their star players in the early going, jumping out to a 10-7 lead on the back of hot shooting from the perimeter. The Rich Soil Monstars decide to forge their own path, though, instead taking the ball right to the rim whenever possible. This tactic largely pays off in the first half, with powerful pivot “The Lumberjack” doing good work in both keys, muscling into the paint for an and-one at the fourteen-minute mark that ties the game up at twelve.

EBC Day Ten: Don Diva vs. The Rich Soil Monstars

Though the lead changes hands a number of times over the coming minutes, it’s clear that Don Diva won’t be able to rely on the transition points and mid-range jumpers that have kept them afloat thus far. Sure enough, a steal and slam from RSM’s Ronald signals the end of DD’s luck, and from here on everything seems to go the Monstars’ way, with The Lumberjack and long-armed leaper “Special Effects” combining for more inside points that give them a 30-21 lead with five minutes left in the half. Jamaal manages to keep his team from falling further behind with back-to-back triples, while backcourt mate Brian adds a runner of his own in the final seconds that leaves Don Diva trailing only 42-34 going into the break.
The Lumberjack catches his second wind after the interval, however, and the combination of him and fellow forward Ron is too much for DD, who fall victim to a 15-2 run that puts RSM ahead by double figures just minutes into the second half. A timeout with fifteen minutes on the clock gives them a chance to resettle themselves on offence, but Don Diva still have no answers for the Lumberjack, who punishes them with four buckets in five plays.

When the Lumberjack’s personal run finally comes to an end with RSM ahead 66-49, Special Effects picks up the slack with a rim-rattling reverse alley-oop. Another catch-and-cram, this time a leaning one-hander, sucks the wind out of Don Diva’s sails for good, and save for a few more jumpers from Brian, they make little contribution to the rest of the game. Special Effects breaks loose for his best jam of the night – a windmill alley-oop that sees his head barely miss the rim – with two seconds left on the clock, and the game ends with the Rich Soil Monstars going home 76-56 winners.