2022 FBA Season/22.04.30/[email protected]/Capsule

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To Safe Arena we go where the Seattle Summit and Edmonton Totems both came into tonight’s game needing a win; Seattle to secure the Mountain Division title and Edmonton to punch their ticket to the playoffs. The Totems could also get in with an Arizona loss, but they were looking to control their own destiny and came out of the gate firing.

1st Quarter
Unfortunately the Totems started off cold, missing their first seven shots of the quarter and falling behind early as Leon Delmont and Blake Kelly both hit their first two shots and Wayne Kirkpatrick drained a three to cap off a 11-0 run to open the quarter. The Totems would battle their way back with aggressive offense, getting Kirkpatrick, Delmont, and Zaire Tipton into early foul trouble while they tried to get their shots to fall. They also clamped down on defense, forcing the Summit to take some bad shots. At the end of the quarter, the Totems held a four point lead despite shooting 7-24 from the field and missing all six of their three point attempts.

EDM 27
SEA 23

2nd Quarter
The Totems continued to struggle a bit on the offensive end. Baxter Buckley went cold from the free throw line after making his first five attempts, Zackary Cooper continued to struggle from the three point line going 0-4 for the half and Xavier Clarke was held to just four points in the quarter. The Summit, meanwhile, had to depend on Kirkpatrick’s 9 point explosion and 8 more from their bench to keep the Totem’s lead to single digits. Kirkpatrick also picked up his fourth foul while Tipton and Delmont each picked up their third.

EDM 51
SEA 44

3rd Quarter
Whatever was said in the Summit locker room at halftime energized the entire team and they came out on fire. Kirkpatrick picked up where he left off in the second quarter with an opening three pointer and then added six more points to finish the quarter with 9. Daniel Quvianuq and Blake Kelly each chipped in 4, but it was Skyler LaNocha’s 8-0 run in a little under 5 minutes that turned the pressure up on the still struggling Totems. With the game tied at 74 in the closing seconds of the quarter, LaNocha found just enough room to drain a three that gave the Summit a three point lead heading into the final frame.

EDM 74
SEA 77

4th Quarter
With the crowd roaring to begin the quarter, Malmqvist found Cooper for an open three pointer that tied the game up. Kirkpatrick missed his next shot and Xavier Clake nailed a three from the top of the three point line to give Totems back the lead. The teams would trade the lead a few more times with Buckley hitting a crowd silencing two pointer with just over eight minutes left in the quarter. On the next Summit possession, Kirkpatrick rushed into the paint and barrelled over Buckley. Kirkpatrick was charged with an offensive foul, his sixth of the game. The Totems tried to take advantage over the next two minutes with Beau Dapremont and Xavier Clarke hitting some big shots to give the Totems a three point lead with just four minutes left in the game. In the final minute of the game, with the Totems holding a 100-98 lead, Leon Delmont took over. First he nailed a long two pointer to tie the game at 100. Then he took Malmqvist miss coast to coast to put the Summit up 2. After Leon was fouled and added two more from the free throw line, Xavier Clarke tried to cut the lead to one with a three. He missed. Quvianuq grabbed the rebound and hit a streaking Delmont for an open dunk to give the Summit a six point lead 106-100. After another missed shot by the Totems, Delmont got open again and drained his fourth shot of the quarter to give the Summit a 108-100 lead with 10 seconds left in the game.

Cooper would hit a three pointer just before the buzzer sounded, but it was two little, too late. The Totems would retreat to the locker room to learn of the fate of their season while the Summit celebrated their Mountain Division title.

EDM 103
SEA 108

(Write up by Baluthebare)

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