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.
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.
– CYE in NYC