Detroit pulled away in the first 8 min of play due to two power jams provided by Sun State, with especially big jams contributed by Feta Sleeze and Rookard. Ten minutes into the period, Sun State took an appropriate time-out to reset, and returned to trade lead calls and close the score to 67-55, still favoring Detroit. However, this momentum was somewhat short-lived as Detroit limited their scoring over the remaining jams to close the period at 109-69.
During the first half of play, Sun State committed to a 4-person cube defense, while Detroit appeared more flexible in their formations – relying on a braced two-wall with a floating offense when pack numbers allowed it, but also being comfortable in a flat defensive wall. Detroit packs were at times a bit looser with more individual play, while Sun State remained more organized in their 4-defender box.
Both teams shared almost exactly a 50/50 lead jam designation, though Sun State accumulated 20 penalties, versus Detroit’s 13. With 7 power jams against, it’s easy to discern why Sun State trailed at the half, despite showing equitable game play when fielding a full compliment of skaters.
Ten minutes into the period featured Sun State on a much-needed power jam opportunity against a boxed Feta Sleeze to close the score gap with a 15-0, to 137-105 Detroit. Detroit immediately answered back with a 17-8 as Rookard ran the jam long while her blockers locked down Chop Chop.
With Detroit dominating the score board, Sun State started to close the gap with 8 min left of play, to 171-147, when Detroit called a team time-out. With the clock on their side, Detroit appeared content to maintain their lead while Sun State tried to pick up quick points and call the jam again and again to preserve time.
While the Australians were able to close the gap to 180-159, by jam 22 in the second period, an unfortunate twist of fate for the Swarm gifted Detroit jammer Racer McChaser a 15-0 power jam with less than 3 minutes left on the clock, essentially nailing the coffin shut with the score at 195-159 and 1.27 on the period clock.
In the last jam, an opportunity to come back from a 36 point deficit was afforded Jambi, for Sun State, as Racer headed to the box, but after Jambi scored 15 she cut the track and went to the box herself, and the game was decided. Final 204-180, Detroit.
Detroit advances to meet #1 London at 6 p.m. EST today.