Upper Darby, PA – Both the Wolfpack and the Revolution took home victories last night in the second week of the 1st round of the playoffs. For the Revs, they rolled to an easy victory, while the Pack needed to work extra hard against a tenacious Warriors who would not quit. Now along with the Kings and Boardwalk Empire, the four of them will enter the most exciting part of the season – the final four.
Wolfpack 76, Warriors 60
They are still the team to beat this year: they have all the key elements and are the returning champions. But on this night, they met up with their neighboring friends, the Warriors. The Warriors knew all their moves. That’s why this game was closer than the score reflects, they made the Pack earn every point, by going after every loose ball and pressuring them all over the court. The Wolfpack led the whole game, and they did it by letting former Warrior, George Vlahos lead them to victory. In traditional style, Vlahos drove through the defense of the Warriors making the most of every time he handled the ball. Vlahos led all scores with 26 points. And got help from Louie Karapanagiotidis (15 points), and Aris Haritonidis (18 points). The Warriors made several runs throughout the game but were never able to get closer than 7 points. The Warriors season ended last night, but they managed to give us many great games and several upsets. They’ll be back next year looking to climb in the standings. The Pack, on the other hand, appear to be heading to the championship. They’ll face off with the boys of South Jersey, the Boardwalk Empire.
Revolution 75, Lakers 54
When they needed Pete Kada to turn on the faucet, he came through. Although it looked like a slow start for Kada and the Revolution early on, by halftime, they had taken a commanding lead 34-18. The second half looked much the same, as the Rev’s went on a run and jumped out to a 45-22 lead. Pete Kada who led all scores with 23 points got a lot of help from Gus Rombos who dropped 18 points. The Lakers did make an early run in the second half that brought them within ten. But with four minutes left in the game, the Lakers looked worn out and unable to hold off the Revs. Their defense had collapsed, and the Revs rolled on scoring at will. It was a solid effort for the Lakers in their first year. These young bucks have a lot of talent and will return stronger next year. Look for them in the coming years to make a run for a championship. For the Revolution, they will meet up with the Kings. The Kings, who have already beaten the Revs twice this year, will have a tough time making it three in a row. That promises to be the big game next week.