The Enid Outlaws finished off the Houston Push in a hard fought series, winning Game 3, 115-104. Chance Comanche showed why he was the league MVP scoring 26, 37 and 30 points (and averaging 11 RPG) in the series against Houston. Charlie Marquardt got his shot going in game 3 and scored 25 points. Tavares Sledge also had a great game against the pesky, well named Push, with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
With the series win, Enid moves on to Round 3 (of a possible 4) of the TBL playoffs to face the San Diego Guardians. The Guardians play in the West Conference and went 13-7 during the regular season, and by virtue of having only 4 teams in their conference, got a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They beat the California Sea-Kings in the second round, 2 games to 0 by the scores of 120-111 and 128-114. San Diego and Enid did not play any common opponents, so it is hard to compare the two teams, so it should be an interesting matchup.
The Guardians are led by First Team all TBL (F/G) Nigel Jones (#55) who averages 25.6 points and 7 rebounds per game. He was the #1 draft pick in the TBL draft this year after an excellent TBL Combine. He has played in Belize the last few years for the Digi Belize City Defenders and was the NEPL league MVP and past slam dunk champion there. Dominic McGuire (#3) is a well rounded forward who averages 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. McGuire was a 2nd round draft pick of the Washington Wizards in 2007 and played several years in the NBA, mostly as a backup. His last NBA game was in 2013, and he has played for a series of overseas teams since, most recently in Mexico with the Michoacan Avocado Growers. As a team, the Guardians can score and average 123 points per game (but also give up 110). In comparison, the high scoring Outlaws average 126 and give up 99.
All games will be played at the Stride Bank Center here in Enid. Games are currently scheduled for Friday (7/16), Sunday (7/18) and Monday (7/19 – if necessary) all at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available soon on www.stridebankcenter.com or at the Stride Bank Center ticket office.