Legacy Leagues Summer 19 Playoffs: Finals (Tuesday, August 20th at 8 P.M.)
#3 Good U (10-2) vs #9 Duje’s Boys (8-4)
First Matchup: These teams did not play during the regular season
Current Streak: Good U (W3), Duje’s Boys (W4)
Highest Power Rankings: Good U – 3, Duje’s Boys – 4
Standout Performers: Brendan Degnan leads Good U in scoring with 20.7 PPG, while John Coutu leads the Duje’s Boys with 21.7 PPG.
It’s championship time here in Rhode Island as a first-year team Good U plays the Duje’s Boys, who are currently on their revenge tour, in the Finals on Tuesday night. This will be a matchup that no one would have predicted at the beginning of the season.
Good U had only one player who has played in the Legacy Leagues before in captain Brad Van Fechtmann. The Duje’s Boys only won two games during the Winter season and finished the regular season in ninth place out of 14 teams. Yet, here we are.
To get to the Finals Good U rode the heroics of Brendan Degnan, who helped carry Good U past the sixth-seeded Boston Blazers with a 39-point performance. Then Good U beat the four-time defending champions Lob City last Tuesday, whom they had lost to during the regular season.
The Duje’s Boys knocked off eighth-seeded Island Time in the First Round of the playoffs before shocking everyone but themselves by beating top-seeded Boom-Shakalaka. On Tuesday night they beat the fifth-seeded Werewolves in overtime to advance to the Finals thanks to the clutch three-point shooting of Shaine Patrick.
Both of these teams will have very limited knowledge of each other because this is the first time these two teams will play one another. The Duje’s Boys did get to watch Good U beat Lob City and then a few Good U players watched the Duje’s Boys beat the Werewolves.
Both teams are currently playing their best basketball and Good U looked like the early favorites against Lob City, who is one of the top defensive teams in the league. The Duje’s Boys are also a great defensive team and it will be interesting to see which team can get more stops.
Against Lob City Ryan Palumbo prevented Greg Holt from orchestrating the offense as he held Holt to only one assist. Palumbo will have another tough task this week when he comes up against Coutu of the Duje’s Boys. Coutu does it all for his team both offensively and defensively, so it will be important that Palumbo limits Coutu’s impact on this game as much as possible.
The question for the Duje’s Boys will be how do they match up defensively because even though Patrick said “(Good U) doesn’t have a big,” they have very talented guards and wing players. It will be interesting to see how they decide to guard the trio of Matt St Ours, Degnan and Palumbo.
The Duje’s Boys are one of the more vocal teams in the league and the last team to talk trash to Good U was the Shady Dunkers, who got run out of the gym that night by Good U. The Duje’s Boys are a much better team and Good U will need to show a killer instinct if they want to silence the Duje’s Boys.
This is a matchup that no one could have predicted, but do not even think that neither should be here because both teams have earned it. They are both battle-tested and ready to go head-to-head in the Finals.