Rogues Roll Soul, Strengthen Hold on Playoff Spot
For Immediate Release
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