Posts tagged: Boise
It’s been an interesting week of build-up to Saturday’s Spokane-Boise playoff game. Both sides traded barbs in newspapers, but the game finally takes center stage.
Read my unedited advance below.
Good morning Shock fans. An interesting game last night as Stockton looked pretty good building a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter only to get swamped when Spokane’s offense and defense hit their stride. The final: 62-21.
Here’s a game story from Boise, where the Burn hammered ex-Shock head coach Chris Siegfried’s Arkansas Twisters 77-36 behind a strong performance by backup QB Mark Thorson. However, it was a favorable bounce off the goal posts (much like Sergio Gilliam’s recovery Saturday night) and a turnover-forcing defense (think Shock most of the season) that ignited Boise’s rout.
The Burn already sound fired up about their fourth date with Spokane this season, this one will come in the National Conference semifinals Saturday night at the Arena. The Burn are 0-3 against Spokane this year and 0-8 all-time.
You can find recaps on all the first-round playoff games at the af2 Web site. There will be a new champion after Tennessee Valley, which upset Spokane in last year’s ArenaCup, fell to Green Bay.
Spokane (15-1) didn’t have a lot of close games in the regular season, but the Shock came through at crunch time Saturday, knocking off Boise 56-51.
Read on below for more details.
As I write this, Spokane is probably on a bus somewhere in Oregon en route to Boise for Saturday’s game against the Burn. Head coach Adam Shackleford lets the players pick the movies. It usually starts with a comedy, followed by an action movie.
Below, you can read my game preview and find out more about two new Shock players at the very bottom.
This one had a little of everything. Spokane outlasted Boise 64-62 and the only thing missing — more time to write it up before deadline!
Anyway, my unedited game story is below. A couple of injury notes: Andy Olson sat out much of the second half with cramping and Harrison Nikolao was sidelined by injured ribs. Charles Dillon left briefly but returned, as did Sergio Gilliam, whose two interceptions helped turn the tide.
Update: Here’s John Blanchette’s column on the game.