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D2D 5th: Treasure Valley Razes Suburbia, 236-111

D2D 5th: Treasure Valley Razes Suburbia, 236-111 Photo (c) Danforth Johnson

DULUTH, MN–Suburbia and Treasure Valley matched up for the second time this weekend. They both won 2 and lost 1 to wind up battling for 5th place. It started as a very back and forth game after Suburbia got four power jams, but after the initial stages they struggled against the solid blocking of Treasure Valley. Treasure Valley’s stranglehold on the game got tighter and tighter as it progressed–and the Idaho team ended up improving on their day-one margin by 100 points, 236-111.

D2D 9th: Omaha Tramples Tucson, 184-138

D2D 9th: Omaha Tramples Tucson, 184-138 Photo (c) Wes Bailey.

DULUTH, MN–Omaha opened up each day of playoffs with the 10am game and today their strategy really seemed to come together. They put Flash Gloria back on jammer duty, while putting Faye in as blocker; they also took more control of the pack and utilized star passes when their jammers were stuck. Tucson started out strong, but ran into penalty trouble and gave up too many power jam points. Omaha ended their weekend with their first win, 184-138–consigning Tucson to 10th place with a 0-3 record.

D2 Duluth: Treasure Valley Gilds Brewcity, 187-92

D2 Duluth: Treasure Valley Gilds Brewcity, 187-92 Photo (c) Ryan Quick. QuickNDerby.com

DULUTH, MN–Treasure Valley controlled Brewcity through the entire bout but didn’t beat them by as much as last year’s playoff game. While Brewcity struggled to settle into a solid jamming rotation, Treasure Valley could have benefited from playing a little more offense–especially with another game this weekend and jammers’ legs to think of–but they still ended up on top, 187-92.

D2 Duluth: Sin City Shucks St Chux, 174-141

D2 Duluth: Sin City Shucks St Chux, 174-141 Photo (c) Danforth Johnson

DULUTH, MN–An aggressive and strategic game start to finish, #1 seed St. Chux and #5 seed Sin City came together in one of the best games of the weekend so far. St. Chux relied more on strong defense, while Sin City’s powerful jammers came through at the end to control the game. Penalties were St. Chux’ undoing as they got knocked out of the championship game by 33 points, 174-141.

D2 Duluth: Brewcity Beaches Omaha, 148-140

D2 Duluth: Brewcity Beaches Omaha, 148-140 Photo (c) Danforth Johnson

DULUTH, MN–In the five times that Brewcity and Omaha have played each other since 2010, the Bruisers have always come out on top. Until today, the closest game was last May by 34 points. In the opening game on day two of playoffs, it looked like Brewcity was going to easily take the win again as they systematically worked up a 46-point lead by the half.

D2 Duluth: Detroit Motors Past Brandywine, 336-82

D2 Duluth: Detroit Motors Past Brandywine, 336-82 Photo (c) Danforth Johnson

DULUTH, MN–Detroit’s cohesive strategies and experienced jammer bench gave them a marked advantage over the freshman Brandywine team. The Belligerents struggled to get points without a power jam advantage and were worn down in the first half. While Brandywine’s short roster works against them in a tournament setting and likely accounts for some of the margin, Detroit’s gameplay is above what’s been on show thus far in Duluth, suggesting that they may well be underranked. Heavy penalties plagued all but one of Brandywine’s skaters, and Detroit’s confident game carried them to a convincing 336-82 win.