HURLEY'S GYM, JERSEY CITY, NJ -- The Hot Boys started the season on fire, winning 6 in a row, and now they're making sure to leave ashes in their trail as they head to their first championship game.
The Hot Boys (8-1) been a hard team to beat all season, and the one team that subjected them to defeat they now faced again in the playoffs: Indy Team 2.
The Indy squad came in looking for another upset, but it didn’t go the same way this time. Playoff games we expect physicality and competition and these two teams certainly did not disappoint. Hot Boys and Indy Team 2 played at a fast pace all game and mixed in some trash talk along the way.
Hot Boys led by as many as 6, but it was a tie game by the 5-minute mark. Neither teams had many flaws on offense or defense, it just was just a battle on every possession and came down to who hit more shots. Hot Boys led at halftime 34-29 with Aaron Gadsden leading the way with 8 points, he’d finish with 11. For Indy Team 2, Ramone Webster had 9 points to lead all scorers, he’d finish with 10 points.
Hot Boys picked up their game in the second half immediately extending their lead to 11. It wasn’t that Indy played bad defense, they actually played great defense, but Hot Boys were able to knock down a lot of tough shots, specifically from Ronald Prophete and Antonio Burnett II.
Indy Team 2 didn’t trail too far for too long as they climbed right back in the game behind Mike Minion and Drew Leatherman. It was a 2-point game with 1:30 left on the clock and Indy let their chances slip with back to back turnovers. Remy Braddock had one of those steals, which Hot Boys scored, and Ronald Prophete had the other and put the icing on the cake with a one- handed slam dunk.
Hot Boys won the game 59-54. Indy Team 2’s Drew Leatherman finished with 19 points, 2 assists, 3 steals and 5 rebounds and Mike Minion added 16 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 12 rebounds and 1 block. For Hot Boys Ronald Prophete finished the game with 14 points, 2 steals, 4 rebounds and 1 block, Antonio Burnett finished with 10 points, 1 assist, 2 steals and 3 rebounds and can’t leave out that Jorhan Sanks had 4 blocks in the game.
Hot Boys will meet nWo (8-1) in the championship game.