|Posted by Eric Ingram on March 3, 2014 at 2:30 PM|
This past weekend, the TIRR Texans and I competed in the Mountain Sectional tournament, which is the qualifier for Nationals.
The Friday was full of successes, defeating the Denver Harlequins and the University of Arizona Wildcats. Saturday morning rounded out our pool play as we played a close 3 and a half quarters vs the Tucson Roadrunners, but ultimately fell short by 7 points.
Following that game, we had our first crossover against the San Antonio Steele. We had contribution from everyone on our squad as we pulled ahead for the victory. Our next crossover wouldn't be as good to us, as we played the eventual champion, the Phoenix Heat. In what could be politely referred to as a beating, we were unable to secure the win. We finished Saturday 3-2 but had a rematch the next day against the Tucson Roadrunners for 3rd place.
We went into our 2nd game versus Tucson with a more solid game plan and a strategy to win. It was a tight game the entire time, and after the end of the 3rd quarter, we found ourselves down by 4. In what could be described as a group heroic effort, we were able to force turnovers late in the game to get us to only a one point deficit. Unfortunately, the Tucson squad's (which featured 3 current/former members of Team USA) experience prevailed and they got the win by only 1 point.
The good news is that we qualified for the USQRA National Championship Tournament happening March 20-23 in Louisville, KY where hopefully we get another rematch against Tucson and get the victory when it really counts.
(The TIRR Texans are now 26-6 overall this season with 23-3 in the regular season and 3-3 in the postseason)