ECDX: Toronto Overcomes Maine, 148-120
Photo: Dave Wood.
FEASTERVILLE, PA -- The only North Central team present at the ECDX, 15NC Toronto, had a significant cheering section among the Canadians who'd also come down to support Montreal, and gave those fans something to cheer for when they took down 11E Maine in a fairly well-matched game, 148-120.
Although Maine led for nearly the entire first half, Toronto consistently got points on the board every time that it looked like Maine was on the verge of pulling away. After the opening ten minutes, Maine led 35-10; with 3 minutes left to play in the half, Toronto was nicking away at the lead and had it down to 17 points at 57-43. The Canadians won the last two jams, a 10-0 followed by a 14-8 power jam, and took the lead for the first time at the break, 67-65.
Maine went ahead again at 72-69 about five minutes deep in the second half, then got a big 18-0 from Grim D Mise that ended with Toronto losing their jammer; Crystal Whip added 9 more on the other side of the jammer advantage and suddenly Maine had their largest lead at 99-69 with about 20 minutes to play.
Once again, though, Toronto would not let Maine establish breathing room. A massive-advantage power jam gave Toronto's Bruiseberry Pie the chance for a 23-0 and Rebel Rockit added 19-0 to follow on another Maine jammer penalty. Two jams after Maine had their largest lead of the game, Toronto had their largest lead of the game at 112-99 with 12 minutes to play.
Two jams later Toronto had extended their lead to 123-100, but caught an extremely tough break when their jammer Rebel Rock-It attempted to call the jam while not lead, picking up her 4th minor by doing so; Maine ace Grim D. Mise picked up a 20-point pile to close it to 123-120 Toronto with 6:46 on the clock.
Unfortunately for Maine, Grim went to the box in the waning seconds of the jam, setting up a critical power jam opportunity for Toronto. It got worse for Maine when Grim returned to the box soon after being released; Toronto's Kookie Doe blew up the scoreboard on a 20-0 that perfectly answered Maine's big jam. With 4:12 to play, Toronto was up 143-120.
The next two jams went 0-0, helping Toronto kill time to the 1:59 mark. The game ended somewhat oddly as Maine jammer Kissy Kicks was clearly hurt early in the jam and removed herself from play only to unsuccessfully attempt to finish the jam; Rebel Rockit claimed lead for Toronto and skated out the jam with a 5-0 to give Toronto the win, 148-120.
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