ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Newfoundland Rogues delivered two statement wins over the Southeast Division-leading Georgia Soul on Friday and Sunday at the Mary Brown’s Centre.
On Friday, a depleted Armani Chaney rebounded from “flu-like symptoms” to help the team to a 137-121 victory over the Soul in a game that was never close.
Chaney led the Rogues with 28 points, 7 assists and 7 rebounds, while Tonzell Handy chipped in with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Deandre McIntyre added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
On Sunday – Mother’s Day – the game was much closer. The Soul led for most of the first half, until a furious third quarter rally from the Rogues, punctuated by several fast break dunks and an array of three pointers. The Rogues ultimately pulled away for a 119-97 win.
Chaney was again the high scorer with 31 points and 6 assists, including 6 of 10 from three point land. Tonzell Handy did it all with 21 points on an array of dunks, drives and put-backs, to go along with 14 rebounds. Jacorie Archie and Marquise Collins scored 25 and 23 points respectively.
A balanced Soul attack was led by Don’te Wright’s 18 points and 9 rebounds.
The Soul and Rogues are currently seeded 1 and 4 in the TBL’s Southeast Division, and in line for a first round match-up in Georgia.
A banged up Rogues team will enjoy a 10-day break before welcoming the Lebanon Leprechauns for a 3-game series starting May 24th.
News and Notes
- Brandon Johnson joined Ron Artest III and Tyrone Young on the injured reserve. All three continue to rehabilitate.
- DeAndre MacIntyre suffered an upper body injury on Sunday. He is listed as day-to-day.
- The first round of the playoffs is a one-game elimination contest that pits first seed vs. fourth, and second against third within a division. The winners of the first round play a best of three series. Division winners face off in a best of three series for the Conference championship. Conference winners face off in a Regional best of three, followed by a three game National championship.
Photo credit: Robert Greeley/Newfoundland Rogues