DC vs NRG's Tornado Sirens (@ECDX)
By: Justice FeelGood Marshall
DC 122, Naptown 106 — This one was all momentum swings for the first half before DC managed to open up a big lead in the second half. Just at the point in the game where DC’s victory seemed certain, a severe defensive collapse in the last five minutes gave Naptown a chance at a huge comeback, but DC hung on to take the win.
DC got out to the early lead with a 15-0 powerjam to Sookie Slaughterhouse on the second frame, but no lead was safe for a long time. There were 9 lead changes in the first half, ending with an effective DC exploitation of a 4-1 pack in their favor that allowed Roller Rage Rosie to drop 5 and put DC up by a point with about 1:16 to play in the half. In the half’s final jam, Sookie Slaughterhouse once again proved herself to be deadly on a powerjam, picking up a 20-0 that gave DC their largest lead of the half at 63-42.
Powerjam trouble once again bit Naptown about halfway through the second, as they were hanging right with DC at 76-61 with 16 minutes to play, but a major track cut on Naptown jammer Amooze Bouch let DC jammer Free Radical triple-slam and move the score to 91-61 with 13:23 left. DC added 14 more unanswered points to the run over the next three jams, and it seemed to be in the bag at 114-64 with about 6 minutes to play.
Suddenly, though, DC couldn’t seem to figure out how to build a defensive wall, and Naptown’s jammer started getting some multiple easy passes while DC jammers got utterly stymied in the pack. Naptown narrowed to 114-86 with 3:20 left to play, and Naptown’s Amooze Bouch gutted her way to a 14-0 win over Small Frye to put Naptown within single-jam range with 24 seconds left on the clock, 114-100.
Naptown’s 36-0 run wouldn’t end in victory, though. They did get lead jammer for Slammy Faye, but DC’s Free Radical battled her way to the jam win, 8-6, in the final, full-length jam.
Naptown and DC both went 1-1 at the event.