Your hometown Enid Outlaws had a bit easier time with the San Diego Guardians in Round 3 than they did with the Houston Push in Round 2. The Outlaws easily won both games against the Guardians (115-78 and 123-94) behind typically strong play from their stars, League MVP Chance Comanche (30.5 PPG and 16 RPG) and Second Team all TBL Charlie Marquardt (24 PPG, 12-23 on 3pts). Watonga’s Wayne Runnels had a strong showing off the bench averaging 16 points and 7 rebounds in limited minutes. Nigel Jones was the lone bright spot for San Diego averaging 26.5 PPG and 10 RPG, earning the grudging respect of this writer for his hard play even though his team was outmatched.
On to the Finals the Outlaws go, looking to win the Championship in their first year of existence. Waiting for them are the Syracuse Stallions, champions of the 9 team East Division. The Stallions went 20-4 during the regular season (the Outlaws were 22-2). They are a high scoring team, averaging 126 points per game (and giving up 109). Compare this to the Outlaws almost identical 126 points per game (but only give up 99).
The Stallions are led by 6’7″ G/F Trahson Burrell (#0), who averages 23.8 PG, 12.5 RPG and 5.7 APG, all team bests. 6’3″ G Jordan Robertson (#2) (19 PPG, 6.1 RPG) and 6’5″ F Michael Henry (#5) (17.2 PPG) are also good players for Syracuse.
On the way to the finals, Syracuse beat the Raleigh Firebirds (143-119 (W), 137-117 (W), Jamestown Jackals (117-123 (Loss), 133-108 (W) and 108-99 (W) and Indy Express (117-116 (W) and 102-99 (W). Burrell was the unquestioned star for them, averaging 26.3 PPG and 14.7 RPG during the playoffs.
The Outlaws will be without one of their better players, Lindy Waters III who is working out with the OKC Thunder Summer League team.
Game 1 is in Syracuse on Wednesday July 21st at 6:00 p.m. Enid Brewing Co. (126 S. Independence) will be hosting a watch party with $5 burgers and beer specials at halftime.
UPDATE: The Enid Outlaws won game 1 in Syracuse 129-108. Charlie “Buckets” Marquardt WENT OFF in front of friends and family, scoring 39 points (8-15 from 3), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Chance Comanche had his typical dominating performance with 26 points and 15 rebounds. Tavares Sledge also had a doubel double of 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Trahson Burrell had 33 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for Syracuse in the losing effort. Jordan Robertson had 16 points and 8 rebounds and Michael Henry had 17 points.
Game 2 is in Enid on Saturday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Stride Bank Center. Tickets are available at the door or online at www.stridebankcenter.com
Game 3 (If Necessary) will also be at the Stride Bank Center on Sunday, July 25th at 6:00 p.m.
Buy your tickets now to come cheer on YOUR Enid Outlaws in the championship!