Commentary by Mike...
CohnReznick 40 Ernst & Young 39
And here we have it. A game that seemed destine since week 3, when EY upset a then highly touted Cohn Redneck squad. This was EY’s first win of the season after staring 0-2. That win started an undefeated run, as they improved down the stretch with each win.
It took a dog fight of an effort by EY to make it to the playoffs, as Boban gave them all they could handle. CR had slightly less of a challenge, as Pega struggled to find the bottom all night on their route to tonight’s showdown.
A confidence boost for Cohn? Yes. A necessary close game for EY to brush up for tight? Yes. Both big wins with different meanings for both. Everything is shaping for a mid summer classic.
Don’t let the lack of Top Ten PR guys for Cohn full you. This is a loaded roster. Andy L, Cody B, Kevin, and Tim M are all capable of putting up 20. They all are effective scorers from the wing and attack the painted area relentlessly. Each scored more than 12 points last week, which speaks to their balance and versatility.
EY showed they can generate some devastating ball pressure with their quickness up front. This will be crucial in limiting potential easy post entries into Cohn’s capable bigs. Cody B and Andy L will have their hands full bringing up the ball if EY continues to pressure the ball. They generated 15+ turnovers last week.
Mat Koenig was scorch earth last week on his way to a game high 24. He continues to find his openings and is one of the sneakiest, top scorers in the league. His shot making will be huge because Cohn is as good as anyone at limiting their opponents to one shot.
I have to say, Cohn looked like a juggernaut last week. Even though they only put up 50, it was still an impressive showing considering the physical play on both ends. As highlighted before, their variety of scorers, both in the half court and transition is one of the biggest assets.
Both teams average a similar point differential between their opponents with their similar gritty defensive style. I don’t expect an offensive explosion by any means, but the team that is able to hit a few 3’s and string together 5-0 or 7-0 run at some point in the second will take this one.
Looking forward to a good one. Again, its always a toss up based on who is in layup lines.
With a full boat for both, I’ll take Cohn by 3. Too much playoff experience to go unnoticed. Wait, EY by 3. #6 and Deion are difference makers.