2016 Madison – PLAYOFFS (Nov. 8 & 15)

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Updated: November 22, 2016

On Tuesday Night we #CROWNED the 2016 Madison League Champs!  For the first time in 4 seasons in Madison, the Champs would not reside in the AEPi house.. Let’s all give a gigantic Congratulations to #1 Team Fiji who won 2 Games on Tuesday Night to earn the 2016 Madison League Crown!  We’re going to break down all of the action from the League’s final night, but first we just want to Thank everyone for playing this season. We hope you had as much as we did!

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Power Rankings

FINAL4

1. Team Fiji (Badger Bowl Gray) v. 4. Team DU (Badger Bowl Red)

Team Fiji came in as the overall favorites to win the Championship. That’s how it works when you are the #1 seed in the League.  Team DU had it’s fair share of success during the Regular Season also and there’s no way they were just going to lie down and let Team Fiji walk into the Championship Game..

This Game went back and forth up and through the halftime break. It seemed that every time that one Team would go on a mini-run, the other Team would answer and as a result no Team ever really built up much of a lead during the first 30 minutes or so of the Game.. Both Teams only suited up 5 players in this one and you got the feeling that the Team who could keep their legs and still make jump shots down the stretch would be the Team who advanced to the Championship. Captain Randall Pulfer would lead his Fiji squad with 19 in this one and Peter Sandvick added 16.  For DU, it was Turner Longyear who went for 19 as well to lead his Team.. As the final stretch came alone.. Team Fiji would make a run and build a nice lead that DU could just not mount a comeback to… 1. Team Fiji would advance to the Championship!

For Team DU, they made it to the Final4 in their first All Sports Series season, that is a hard thing to do and something they can surely build upon in future seasons. Captain Jack Kozlowski has a good group here and one that can do some damage in future seasons. Thanks for playing!

 

2. Team Sammy (MacTaggart’s Orange) v. 3. Team Ksig SO (StudentCity)

Team Fiji advancing in the first semi-final was the expectation and the real question coming into the night was who would come out of this gigantic Final4 Game. All season we had 3 Teams at the top.. These two Teams along with Fiji were head and shoulders above the rest and for a brief moment in time they were the last 3 Teams remaining.. These two clubs met 2x in the Regular Season and split them 1-1 with each other.. This 3rd and final Game was for a whole lot more as the Winner would be into the Championship..

In the first semi-final Game, it was a war of attrition, with both Teams only suiting up 5 people per Team.. We had the exact opposite in this Game with both Teams having 8+ guys to fill out a rotation.. As a result the pace was much faster as the guys remained fresh throughout the Game.  The first 15 minutes of this one were close.. Team KSig opened it up though after that and at one point led 60-42.. Peter Poggioli had a Game High 25 points for Ksig SO. Jared Nossen would score 20 for Sammy and helped lead a big time comeback late for his crew.. Sammy would not give up. They’d hit 3 after 3 late in the second half and pulled the Game within reaching distance late. It would come down to some free throws and Ksig SO hit enough to seal the deal late. 3. KSig SO would advance by the slimmest of margins 73-71 and advance to the Championship Game!

For #2 Team Sammy, they had a great season.  For the second straight year they were among the favorites to win the whole thing and while they haven’t won a sought-after Crown just yet, they are a relatively young group that will bring most of the squad back in 2017 where they will once again have as good of a shot as any for the Championship. Thanks for playing!

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

1. Team Fiji (Badger Bowl Gray) v. 3. Team Ksig SO (StudentCity)

So both Teams would be coming into the Championship having won their Final4 Game earlier in the Night.. Team Fiji got to rest their crew of 5 while watching the deeper Team Ksig SO squad go down to the wire with Sammy just minutes before the Championship Game. Stamina and depth would be a big deal here. For the first time this season these Teams would be asked to play 2 Games in a night.

As the Game got underway, there was a bit of a feeling out process.. These Teams never met in the Regular Season, in a way it seem destined for a clash in the Championship. Both squads would turn to the Players that helped guide them here.. Peter Poggioli would have a Game-high 27 points for KSig SO. Peter Sandvick went for 26 and Chris Stout poured in 19 for Fiji. The Game remained in the balance throughout the second half but Fiji would manufacture a nice lead with under 10 minutes to go.. Ksig SO refused to just go away and began their comeback, they’d cut the lead to 60-54.. Fiji had tired legs and their 5 guys really needed to dig down deep.. Ksig would get the lead even closer.. Fiji missed a couple of Free Throws late and Ksig So would find themselves with the ball and down just 2 points with under 20 seconds to go.. Fiji’s Defense was suffocating on that last possession.. They forced a turnover and Peter Sandvick would ice the Game at the Free Throw line for his squad. 1. Fiji are the 2016 Madison League Champs! More on them in a bit..

To the Runners-Up, Team Ksig SO.. What a debut season in All Sports Series. Luke Libert and co. were so impressive week in and week out and were just a possession or two away from the Crown. When we tip-off in 2017 they will be THE favorites.. This crew is Championship Caliber and you can expect even more from them next season. Thanks for playing!

Now for the Champs!  Fiji has officially broken the AEPi streak in Madison.  They defeated two very good squads on the League’s final Night and did so with several impressive performances. Captain Randall Pulfer and co. have been at it in Madison for the past 3 seasons and they finally “cut down the nets.” Great to send off Seniors this way and now the under-classmen of Fiji will have a Championship to defend in 2017! Congrats and thanks for playing!

 

That’s it for this Season. Thanks again to everyone for playing! See you again soon!

-Holden