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7/20/2023 7:20 pm  #151

Re: Good If It Goes: The Story of the OBA

1986 OCS Finals

#5 McQuelsey Woodpeckers 80, #6 The Bay Bishops 71
It's party time in McQuelsey! Bryson McMurray and the gang held it down for the hometown. McMurray charged forth and finished the night with 33 points and six steals. This statline led to him receiving the OCS Finals MVP award.

The first half was an entertaining battle. The Bay was shooting a lot, but they weren't necessarily falling. Their sheer volume kept them in the game. The Woodpeckers did their best to slow the pace down, playing a more molasses style of basketball. Essentially, McQuelsey played keep-away every possession until the shot clock wound down to the low single-digits. As The Bay was not hitting at the rate they preferred, the Woodpeckers were able to command the game and lead by seven at half.

McQuelsey switched things up defensively in the second half. At almost every possession, the Woodpeckers threw a different defensive strategy at the Bishops. They experimented with 2-3, 1-3-1 zones and 3/4 court presses. It was difficult for the Bishops to get a consistent read offensively. This lockdown brilliance helped the Woodpeckers clinch their first OCS Finals victory in fourteen years.

Bryson McMurray becomes the sixth player in league history to win both an OCS Finals and regular season MVP.

Congratulations to the Woodpeckers for winning their second OCS Finals!


7/20/2023 8:21 pm  #152

Re: Good If It Goes: The Story of the OBA

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7/21/2023 6:25 pm  #153

Re: Good If It Goes: The Story of the OBA

Was cheering heavily for The Bay but happy to see the Woodpeckers win. Also awesome for McMurray to be put among the greatest.


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