Friday, 16 November 2018 03:31

Playoff Time!

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The Iowa Stalkers finished the season on a strong note making it to the .500 mark good enough for a 40 – 40 final record which slides them into the #5 seed by one full game over the Blue Dragons.  C Tuan Bunch, picked up some hardware making the All-League 3rd Team and also making the All–Rookie 1st Team. PF Raphael Brownell, also landed himself some hardware taking home the All–Defense 2nd Team. The real hardware that the team wants is taking home the D league championship trophy and parading it around Iowa City to there deserving fans.

As the #5 seed the Stalkers will head out on the road all the way to Melbourne, Australia to face off with the #4 seed, the hated Melbourne Padres. The Padres by far are the most talented team in the D league, but for some strange reason are only 6 games above .500. They are absolutely loaded with the league's MVP C Willie McDermott, who obviously made the All-League 1st team along with, C Mustafa Ranby, who starts at PF and making the All-League 2nd team is, Darrick Van Pelt, who comes off the bench and is also a Center. You take those 3 players and then look at the roster and shake your head mystified how this team can't be sitting in 1st place. They are a bit banged up though with a couple day to day injuries including McDermott and starting SG Jame Phillips, along with 2 bench players that look to be out for the series. Looks like the Stalkers need to steal game 1 on the road if they want a chance in this series, but even with the injuries they lost to the Padres at home by 12 points in the closer.

We already know one outcome of this series and that is that the Stalkers team won't quit and will give it their all despite the massive talent gap. It's been a up and down season to say the least here in Iowa City with turmoil between the front office and the coaching staff which has also affected the players. A first-round series win and or a major run in the Playoffs would be huge and could galvanize the entire franchise into the off-season and the start of next year. The team will be heading out early tomorrow to get to Australia early so they can adjust to the time change and surrounding conditions. In a separate charter flight the crazed group, "The Corn Holers" will be making the trip to cheer on their favorite team and enjoy plenty of Foster's Beer, along with taking in the scenery and most likely the beautiful women along the beach.

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