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Marauders light up the Knights to advance to conference finals

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The Minnesota Marauders’ title dreams are still alive after taking three-straight games to beat the London Knights 4-2. 

After dropping the series opener and later falling behind 1-2, the offense kicked into gear, topping the century mark in games four, five, and six. 

Coming off a 120-103 rout in game four, Tony Pence paced a 100-94 win in game five with a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists. Andrew Lawler added 20 points, and all five starters were in double-digits (Jame Trotman - 13, Raphael Stokes - 11, Ervin Holmes - 10). 

Smelling blood in the water, Minnesota clinched the series on the road in game six with a 102-89 victory. It was the Pence and Lawler show again, with the veteran power forward posting 31 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists, and the sharpshooter pouring in 27 points on 5-of-11 3-point shooting. Joseph Ward had his best game of the playoffs with 16 off the bench. 

Next up for Minnesota is a clash of the titans in the National Conference the Finals against the Boston Buzzards. 

The Buzzards feature a balanced offensive attack with six players averaging double-digit points, led by Sheldon Perkins’s 21.8 points a night. 

Minnesota (67-13) narrowly edged out Boston (65-15) for the top record in the league, earning the one seed in the National Conference. 

“This is why every regular season game counts. We knew we had to leave it all out on the court so we could get homecourt advantage over Boston,” said Minnesota Coach Byron Davis. 

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