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San Francisco ArcAngels Defeats CCYAA for 2nd NACBA Title

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On Monday morning at 9am, while 95% of the tournament participants slept in and recovered from dancing the night away at Patou Night Club, LA Aiya and the SF ArcAngels met for the first Semifinal of the day.  LA was wide awake and played well in the first half, as guard Sidney Giang (13 pts, 4 steals, 2 rebs) led them to an 18-17 halftime lead.  Kat Wang (11 pts, 5 rebounds) was the top player for SF in the first half.  Once the second half came around, the difference became San Francisco’s ability to hit the boards and LA once again went cold from the field on shots they normally make without a second thought.  Unable to score at will, LA was unable to set up their halfcourt defense and the ArcAngels got out in transition.  Kelly Tiao (17 pts, 11 rebs) and Kathleen Ty (9-10 ft) led the SF ArcAngels to their first win over LA since the 2002 NACBAIT Finals.  The final score was 43-35.  The next Semifinal was an All-Toronto battle when CCYAA squared off with the Dragons.  It started off with CCYAA taking a double digit lead and never really having to look back.  A true team effort was CCYAA’s key, as no player scored more than 9, but 9 of the 10 players on the roster figured into the final tally.  Niveal Pastrana paced the Dragons with 17 pts and 5 caroms.  Lisa Chu had 6 points and 9 rebs for CCYAA. Final score was 52-36, CCYAA.

In the Consolation game, LA’s triple threat of Jessica Liang (12 pts, 3 triples), Vivian Cheung (8 pts, 5 rebs), and Allie Welsh (2 clutch trifectas in the first half) sparked LA to a 22-8 halftime lead over the Toronto Dragons.  Angie Leung (5 pts, 3 rebs) and Niveal Pastrana (9 pts, 2 steals) did their best to get the Dragons back in the game, but it was a matter of too little, too late as LA Aiya captured the Consolation, 36-24.

In the big game, it was Toronto CCYAA v/s the SF ArcAngels.  In pool play, CCYAA had narrowly defeated the ArcAngels so the entire gym knew that these teams were pretty evenly matched.  This game would see great matchups in the backcourt, with SF’s Kathleen Shorty Ty and Jen Sze squaring off with Cecilia Chan and Christine Vuong.  Up front, Toronto’s Cheng twins- Fiona and Elsepeth- would meet the SF Tiao sisters- Kelly and Tracy.  There was any number of great subplots underscoring this great Championship Game.  The ArcAngels began by taking a 6-2 lead and the speedier west coast team appeared to have the advantage.  Toronto narrowed it to 8-5 with 16 minutes to play, but Kat Wang (11 pts, 2 steals) hit a tough one to make it 10-5 a moment later.  The next few minutes were sloppy but San Francisco (21 turnovers) was clearly the aggressor, as they owned the boards and were dictating the tempo.  Elsepeth Cheng stole the basketball and made a hard drive to make it 10-7 with 10 minutes to play.  The SF margin remained in the 3-6 point range, with the score standing at 20-15 with 2 minutes to go.  Cecilia Chan calmly dropped a 3-ball with 1:15 to play in the half to make the score 22-18.  Elsepeth got 2 free throws right before the half, and the score was 22-20 SF at the midpoint.  At the beginning of the second half, Toronto decided to step it up on D, as SF settled for a bunch of toss em up threes.  With 14 minutes to play, CCYAA was up 27-24 and had that bounce to their step.  After that, the SF guards made a concerted effort to keep Cecilia Chan (5 pts, 6 rebs, 2 steals) out of the offense, as they held her scoreless in the second half.  Kelly Tiao hit one of two ft’s to get her team within a deuce.  After that, her sister Tracy Tiao stepped out to hit a big 3 and then she snatched a big rebound.  After Shorty dropped a bucket, the ArcAngels were up 30-27, Toronto’s Christine Vuong answered back with a 3 of her own and it was tied 30-30 with 11:57 to play.  A few plays later, Tracy Tiao showed guts and hit a 3-pointer from 5-6 feet behind the line, but Toronto’s Lisa Chu made a layup to make it 34-33 Toronto.  Kelly then went on a 5-1 run to make the count 38-35, SF.  With under 7 minutes to go, Cecilia Chan missed one from the corner, but the rebound was corralled in by Elsepeth Cheng (17 pts, 4 rebs, 4-5 fg, 8-10 ft), who swung it to Janice Lui.   Janice missed the shot to spoil a golden opportunity as the crowd saw let out a big “awwwww.”  With 3:18 to play, guard Jen Sze snared a big rebound and Tracy Tiao made a twisting drive from the corner to make it 41-36 Frisco.  Elsepeth Cheng made 1-2 freebies to narrow it to 41-37.  The ArcAngels were called for an offensive foul with 2:10 to go and Toronto had a chance.  Christine Vuong executed a nice dribble drive and was fouled by Shorty Ty.  Christine went to the stripe and sank them without batting an eyelash and the score was 41-39.  At 1:24, Kelly Tiao got the rock in the post, missed but showed determination to stay with and she got her own rebound.  She was fouled and she rattled in both to give SF a 4 point lead again, 43-39.  CCYAA worked the ball to Janice Lui, who hit a deep corner shot, just inside the line to bring her team within a couple at 43-41 with 1:05 left.  The ArcAngels came up the court, looking to hold the ball but Shorty couldn’t resist pulling the trigger on a wide open 3.  She missed but MVP Kelly Tiao (21 pts, 14 rebs) made a big time play to find the offensive board.  She was fouled and hit 2 of 2 ft’s.  At the other end, CCYAA went to their hot hand Janice Lui, but she missed a 3.  Who else but Kelly Tiao got the board with 26 seconds left.  In the end, Jen Sze nailed down the coffin, hitting 2 more freebies to make the final score 47-41 ArcAngels.  This was a great game played by two hardworking teams, with tremendous sportsmanship displayed by both squads throughout.  Congratulations to the ArcAngels on the 2008 Title.

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