DALLAS, TX – Game 11 of the Dallas Division 1 tournament brought two very different halves between #6 seed Dallas and #7 seed Sun State of Brisbane, Australia.
In the first half of the game, Sun State dominated Dallas and was poised to take an easy win over the host league. But Dallas brought a remarkably different momentum into the second half and overpowered Sun State, winning 186-151.
The first half of this game started with Sun State asserting early dominance over Dallas. Sun State jammer Jambi was jamming every other jam for the Aussies, helping them get lead jammer in the first 5 jams, holding Dallas scoreless 21-0 with 24:15 left in the half.
In this half, Dallas’ defense looked generally weak, which may have been a result of having played two tough games in the past 24 hours. This weaker game play coupled with Sun State’s fierce defense and strong jamming led to Sun State’s ability to establish quite a strong lead over Dallas.
By the 11th jam, the score sat 80-34 and Dallas looked to be in no position to begin to take back this game. Sun State was also getting lead jammer frequently throughout, and increased their lead to 106-44 with 6:15 left.
In the last 5 minutes of the period, Dallas found some footing and dug in, their defense noticeably stronger. This allowed them to gain some last minute ground on Sun State, though the game still seemed heavily in Sun State’s favor at this point, based on Dallas’ general performance up till then. The score at the half was 107-76.
The second half of this game looked like an entirely different game with two distinctly different teams. Dallas came out looking stronger than they had all weekend, getting lead jammer and holding Sun State scoreless for the first jam.
By the 5th jam, in fact, Dallas had established lead jammer in the majority of jams, and was able to take game lead for the first time in the game. Baby Rocket, Sun State’s jammer, got stuck behind a Dallas defensive wall and passed the star, but was still unable to gain any points. The score then stood 122 to 111 in Dallas’ favor with 20:45 left to play.
Sun State was able to reclaim lead in the seventh jam, with Trauma Junkie getting lead and taking a 13 point jam. The score by then had moved to 128-122, with 15:33 left in the game.
But then, in an unfortunate turn of events, Jambi, Sun State’s primary jammer took two penalties in a row, and was ejected because of an egregious back block. This ultimately gave Dallas the final boost they needed, and they were able to reclaim game lead swiftly, to 137-130 in just two minutes of play.
Dallas took a series of lead jams, slowly increasing their score differential over Sun State, so that finally, with 6:15 left, Dallas’ lead was 159 to Sun State’s 137. Sun State took a time out in an attempt to regroup at this point, but they were ultimately no match for Dallas in this half.
In the final jam, Anita Riot got lead for Dallas quickly. Rose Ruin for Sun State stashed the star to get out of the pack, but was unable to get through on her scoring pass. Sun State brought strong defense, making Anita work for her points, but Dallas clinched the ultimate victory 186 to 151.
Dallas will go on to play Crime City tomorrow at 2pm (CDT) for the 5th place tournament spot. While Sun State plays Stockholm at noon (CDT) for 7th place departure from the tournament.
Keep up with all the action this weekend with our recaps and score updates at Dallas Central.