Michael Wallman, Player of the game
In a grind-it-out defensive battle that found no love lost between these two teams, Google II dominated a gritty Sojern team that refused to quit, winning 33-12.
A lot of first quarter action from both teams yielded very few points. Google came out and immediately suffocated Sojern, who struggled to find any daylight (or even a passing lane) within Google’s swarming defense. Sojern played their fair share of good defense as well, and the first quarter ended 4-0 in favor of Google.
Sojern’s 2-3 defense in the second quarter completely froze Google’s offense, but Michael Wallman used his active hands to turn steals into points before Sojern could get their defense set up. This gave Google a 10-3 lead going into halftime, at which point Coach Jasmine Hamilton’s offensive adjustments would allow them to cruise to an easy victory. Their newfound offensive groove yielded a number of easy buckets which compounded their already stellar defensive play and transition game.
It was a notably quiet game for Sojern’s tenacious twosome of Alex Rodriguez and Nicki Nardella. They clearly felt the pressure of Google’s stifling defense and had a hard time getting any good looks. Sojern has had an up and down season, but they’ve continued to fight no matter the score. They’ve got Google I on Monday before they get another crack at this same Google II team November 6.
Player of the Game: Michael Wallman, Google II