Thursday, 31 October 2019 17:54

Division up for Grabs

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With just 4 games to play in the season the Minnesota Marauders find themselves just a half game ahead of the Honolulu Inferno for the division title. With 4 losses they could find themselves as low as a #7 seed so these last 4 games are huge and it won't be easy.

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Not one easy game left so they better be bringing their A game or else they'll find themselves on the road the opening round of the playoffs. The final game of the season is at the Inferno which could decide the division but the Marauders have the harder schedule left between the 2 teams. The Inferno have lost 6 straight games which has put this team back in the driver seat for now but no one expects Honolulu to keep losing.

It's been a major struggle the 2nd half of the season for the Marauders who are under .500 after their torrid start to the season. The defense has really under performed of late and to shake things up coach Dallas Todd made a lineup change. He brought big man Ronald long off the bench to start at PF, moved Tony Pence to SF and now Joey Short is coming off the bench to backup the SG/SF positions. The team is 4-3 with the new lineup so far and the verdict is still out if this move will improve the team.

It will be a major disappointment if this team can't at the very least hold onto the #4 seed. Last season, they snuck into the playoffs through the backdoor on the final night of the regular season to grab the #8 seed. Can this team create some magic these last 4 games?

The keys to success are simple... Andrew Lawler needs to show up every game to give the team an outside threat. Need to hit their free throws which has been a struggle the entire season. Protect the rim on defense as they've been given up way too many easy layups. So, if those 3 areas are checkmarked after every game there's a good chance you'll see a W in the box score.

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