Gym Rats even series with Pistons

GOING OFF— Franklyn Petion, erupted for 26 points to lead the Fast Track Gym Rats in their 80-69 game two win over the Polymers Pistons. The Gym Rats evened the YMCA’s Commercial League Finals’ best of seven series, 1-1 this past Wednesday night. (PHOTOS: SHAYNE STUBBS)

The YMCA Commercial League championship series is all tied up.

Last Friday the Fast Track Gym Rats were left with a bitter taste in their mouths after they dropped game one of their best of seven series against the Polymers Pistons.

This past Wednesday at the YMCA the Gym Rats played like a team incensed on rectifying last weeks’ loss and in turn evened the series up, 1-1.
The Gym Rats defeated the Pistons by a final score of 80-69. The better team had two players score 20-plus points. Franklyn Petion erupted for 26 points in the win while Travis Wildgoose chipped in with 20 points of his own. Trevor Bain added 19 points in the winning effort.

The Pistons were led in the scoring column by Howard Burrows who registered a team-high 17 points. Leon Cooper provided 16 points and Katano Moss added 12 points in the losing effort.

Midway through the first quarter the Gym Rats had paced to an 8-4 lead over the Pistons.

A cold start for the Pistons was not what the doctor ordered as continuous missed opportunities opened the door for the Gym Rats to go on a 10-2 run and build an 18-6 lead with two minutes to spare in the opening stanza.

Petion became too hot to hold for the Pistons and that productive play was contagious for the Gym Rats. They went on to end the first quarter with a 14-point, 26-12 lead.

The Pistons continued to struggle mightily on both ends of the ball. The Gym Rats kept pushing the pace and owned a 39-25 lead halfway through the second quarter.

The Pistons eventually garnered a little bit of momentum near the end of the second quarter but the Gym Rats went into halftime with a 48-33 lead.

The Pistons regrouped and got off to a more fluid start in the early portion of the third quarter. The Gym Rats kept their poise and were quick to halt the Pistons’ efforts at every turn. With under three minutes to go in the quarter the Gym Rats’ had moved to a 57-42 lead.

The Pistons hoped to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter down by 10, 59-49.

Determined, they got straight to work in the early portions of the fourth quarter. They eventually made it a nine-point game. With the Rats owning a 60-51 lead. A three-point basket by Dajhon Wildgoose pulled the Pistons within six, 60-54.

But the Gym Rats’ fast break offense proved to be a backbreaker. The Gym Rats’ lead eventually increased to a 10-point, 66-56 affair midway through the fourth.

All it took was ball movement and quality looks in the paint for the Gym Rats to put the final nail in the Pistons’ coffin and leave the Y tied in the best of seven series.

The teams will take the court tonight for game three at the Y at 8:30 p.m.

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