Win or Go Home
GARDEN CITY: Play-In Game Prediction
By Anthony Leo | Garden City Co-League Coordinator
(8) Ref Elites vs (9) Monstars
To kick off the playoffs for the fall season we have the play-in game with the 8-seed Ref Elites taking on the 9-seed Monstars. The winner of this game will play Shore Shack tomorrow night in the quarterfinals. The Monstars and Ref Elites faced off all the way back in Week 3 of the regular season and the Monstars got their only win of the season that night. The Monstars defeated Ref Elites 76-72 with a strong effort from everyone in their starting five. Since that Week 3 matchup the Ref Elites have gone on to win two games with wins over some much better teams.
Tonight, the Ref Elites will look to get revenge in a big way against the Monstars. Ref Elites has played better in the second half of the season because they have played through Desmond Frazier in the post. Frazier has been putting up huge numbers scoring 30-plus and grabbing 10-plus boards in almost every game. The Monstars will have to find a way to slow him down if they want a chance to win this game. The Monstars will have to rely on Steve Gurin, Chris Albano and others to all contribute. Top to bottom they have a lot of talented players but at no point this season have they all mixed together well enough to win consistently. Time is running out and tonight is their last chance to pull an upset and make it to the quarterfinals. In the end I think Jon Ager and Desmond Frazier take over this game and advance to play Shore Shack tomorrow night.
PICK: Ref Elites