Douglas has a bright future, but Harrisburg's experience won out tonight.
Harrisburg dominated the first half mostly because they didn’t turn the ball over, then nearly lost because they couldn’t hold onto the ball for consecutive possessions. Where in the early going the eagles played to their pace and had no issue playing a grinding, slow game in order to minimize Douglas’ superior athleticism and speed, the second half became frenetic and at times entirely out of control, allowing Douglas to slowly chip back into striking distance. Ultimately the clock would run out before Douglas could get over the hump partially because of their own turnovers and mishaps, but in large part because Harrisburg settled down and played to stall.
This game mostly confirmed the belief that either team could be the instigator of an upset in the first round of the playoffs, though a favorable matchup—a team not in tier one, potentially more comfortable playing at a quick pace rather than slow—would be necessary.
Leading scorers: Kahiki Nielsen (Doug.) 17, Jordan Baker (Burg) 14, Jack Lidbeck (Burg) 11, Dylan Manuel (Doug.) 10