SC Quarterfinal: 2SC Kansas City Beats Back 7NC No Coast, 171-130

LINCOLN, NE — In the final quarterfinal match of Friday’s WFTDA South Central playoff action, host league and 7 seed No Coast gave 2 seed Kansas City a very serious first-half scare but couldn’t keep it up for the final 30 minutes. No Coast was down by just six points at the break, but Kansas City skated into the semifinals with a 41 point win, 171-130.

SC Playoffs: 7NC No Coast Boots 10SC Jacksonville, 202-133

LINCOLN, NE — In the second opening-round bout of the South Central playoffs, host league and 7 seed No Coast used a first-half barrage of low-scoring jams and a solid mix of tight defense and active offense to set up a 202-133 rout of bottom seed Jacksonville. In a much more chaotic second half, Jacksonville narrowed a 63-point deficit to 28 points, but couldn’t keep it going in the final stretch and gave it all back to lose by 69.

Q2 Homestretch 2012: South Central Region

Q2 Homestretch 2012: South Central Region 6SC Tampa Bay looks likely to vault up the rankings after solidly defeating both 3NC Nashville (150-87) and 5SC Atlanta (201-73) in May. Photo: Axle Adams.

With the second quarter WFTDA rankings period closing at the end of the month, June’s bouts represent the final chances for teams to solidify their seeding for the September and October regional tournaments — or claim an invite by breaking into their region’s top ten.

South Central 5th Place: 5SC Houston Survives 7SC No Coast’s Comeback, 173 – 157

South Central 5th Place: 5SC Houston Survives 7SC No Coast’s Comeback, 173 – 157 Houston's halftime huddle. Photo: Phil Peterson.

KANSAS CITY, MO — When 5 seed Houston and 7 seed No Coast last met in the playoffs, Houston beat them by a factor of four to one — 183-45 at the 2009 South Central tournament. No Coast has been slowly marching up the rankings since that time and came into this game in a much stronger position. Though their improvement showed in the form of erasing a 65 point Houston lead, it wasn’t quite enough to jump the last hurdle of victory and Houston took 5th with a nail-biting, last-jam 173 – 157 win.

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