For the Flint Tropics, this season has been filled with heartbreak and what could have been. Four of their five losses have been by three buckets or less. And their last two defeats have been by 2 points.
Their gameplan coming into a tough matchup with the Tigers was clear; shut down Jermaine Jackson. And it was working, holding him scoreless in the first half, the Tropics went into the break with a 20-15 advantage.
In the second half the perimeter defense of Andrey Bonelli was the story. 3 steals and 3 blocks to go along with his 9 rebounds and 12 points. The Tropics did not have an answer, the jumpers didn’t fall and they can only manage 15 second half points.
The 37-35 Tiger win helps them keep within striking distance of the undefeated View, who had a tough matchup with the Sonics in the evenings second game.