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2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Gotham beats #4 Angel City, 197-168

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Gotham beats #4 Angel City, 197-168 Photo credit: Benma Photo.

PORTLAND, OR – The last time Gotham met Angel City was during last year’s Playoffs in Omaha, where Gotham won, 205-83. This time, the contest was much less one-sided. Angel City challenged Gotham’s lead throughout the game by exploiting the gaps on the inside line and effectively scrambling Gotham’s defense but was never able to overcome Gotham’s hold on the scoreboard. Gotham maintained their lead, at times tenuously, by coming together at crucial moments and locking down their defense and giving their own jammers a few extra moments to fight through the top of the pack for lead or to pick up points.

Overall Angel City had a higher lead percentage with 53.7% to Gotham’s 39% but per jam, Gotham averaged 4.8 points to ACDG’s 4.1 overall–which can be attributed to the number of points Gotham jammers stole when not lead. Gotham advances to the 6:30pm PDT semifinal against London with a victory over Angel City, 197-168.

D1V: #1 Victoria vanquishes #2 Angel City, 143-140

D1V: #1 Victoria vanquishes #2 Angel City, 143-140 Photo credit: Derby With Recess.

VANCOUVER, BC- The first place game between #2 tournament seed Angel City and #1 Victoria, determining who will get a bye in Portland, OR at WFTDA Champs in November, was a rollercoaster of lead changes and penalties that came down to the very last jam.

Both teams had played impressively well throughout the weekend, to that point – including Angel City’s record setting high score against Sacred in the first day of play – which gave few indicators as to how this particular game might go down. The result was a game riddled with jammer penalties for Victoria, and showcasing the strong offense-defense switches of Angel City who held game lead for much of play, that ultimately came down to the final game minutes, when Victoria claimed victory.

Earlier in the season at the Big O, ACDG lost to VRDL 183-94, and though Victoria came out on top in this contest as well, it proved to be a very different game.  Victoria pulled out this win in the final jam, to take 1st place at the 2016 D1 International WFTDA Vancouver Playoffs, ultimately defeating Angel City, 143-140.