Legacy Leagues Summer 19 Playoffs: Semifinals (Tuesday, August 13th at 8 p.m.)
#2 Lob City (9-1) vs #3 Good U (9-2)

First Matchup: Lob City beat Good U, 74-73, in Week 9
Current Streak: Lob City (W6), Good U (W2)
Highest Power Ranking: Lob City – 1, Good U – 3
Standout Performers: Cody Crawford averages 17.9 PPG to lead Lob City, while Brendan Degnan leads Good U with 21.7 PPG.

Two weeks ago these two teams were playing for the number two seed in the playoffs and a first-round bye, now these two teams will go at it again this time with a spot in the Summer 19 Finals up for grabs. Both of these teams are what team basketball is all about, but only one can advance.

Good U took care of a talented and experienced Boston Blazers team in the Quarterfinals thanks to the skill and will of Brendan Degnan. Degnan had to take on even more responsibility because Good U only had four players and was without Matt St. Ours and Ryan Palumbo. Good U, in the end, overcame a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to earn a spot in the Semifinals.

Lob City played an undermanned Bucket Chasers team who put up a tremendous effort thanks to 38 points from Sergio Dalomba and 37 points from Mike Moran. Crawford dropped 29 points as he seemed at full strength for the first time in a few weeks. Everyone on Lob City scored in the Quarterfinals and with Crawford seemingly at full strength, Good U will have their hands full.

In the lone matchup between these two teams, Lob City was able to come out on top, 74-73. Good U, like they have all season, got off to a slow start and came close to pulling out a win at the end but Lob City hung on. Matt St/ Ours and Brendan Degnan combined to scored 51 of Good U’s 73 points in Week 9, but they’ll need Palumbo, Kyle Keleghan, Nick Messier and Brad Van Fechtmann to hit more shots.

Crawford was only able to score nine points for Lob City when these teams last met, but expect him to have a big game this week along with Victor Kashouh Jr., who always seems to play well in the biggest games.

After their win against the Boston Blazers Kelaghan said his team needs to make more shots against Lob City, but their offense needs to come from their defense. Good U will need to get consistent stops if they want to take the pressure off themselves offensively. Good U’s defense will need to start with Palumbo who will need to quiet Greg Holt and try to prevent him from orchestrating Lob City’s offense.

Lob City, on the other hand, has gotten back to their identity of playing defense first and letting their defense create fast-break dunks, layups and three-pointers. Crawford is the easy person to pick as the most important player, but do not be surprised if Kashouh Jr. plays a major role in this game on both ends of the floor.

It was a close game a few weeks ago and it should not come as a surprise if this game is close as well. The important thing will be if Good U can come out right away and make their shots so that they do not have to come back in the second half. If Crawford is healthy and his usual self, then it will make Good U’s comeback even less likely.

Taking out the champs is never easy. Good U is as talented as any team and is poised to make a run to the Finals in their first Legacy Leagues season.