ST. LOUIS, MO
Last Saturday the St. Louis Surge took on the Flyers Elite and won 93-88. This was as electric of a basketball atmosphere you could ask for. The game featured hard fouls, long icy glares, technical fouls, and plenty of back in forth on the scoreboard. Before the game I caught up with Surge head coach Tony Condra and asked him what I should expect to see and a big grin came across Condra’s face and he paused for a second and said, “This is going to be a very competitive game. They don’t like us too much. It’s going to be like the Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks in the 90’s.” Then Condra channeled his inner Gregg Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, when I followed up about what the Surge needs to do. “Play D,” said Condra then there was a pause and he walked off. Now I know how TNT sideline reporter David Aldridge feels.
I also stopped and chatted with Flyers Elite coach Brittany Koch-Dowell before game, she was definitely in game mode and had this to say about the upcoming game;” They have a good team over there, but they are going to have to stop us, because we are going to run at them for 40 minutes,” said Dowell. The Elite came into the game with a 6-1 record and it showed early and often why they are a formidable opponent for the Surge.
Early in the contest the Surge had a few defensive breakdowns and head coach Tony Condra wasn’t having any of it. He pulled Michala Johnson quickly after getting back-doored for an easy lay-up. She had a quiet first half, but made up for it in the second half, and the Surge needed every single shot, she made finishing the game with double digit points. And Leah Cotton was the Surge best player on the floor going a blistering 14/15 from the free throw line totaling 19 points and played smothering defense knocking down several big free throws during that tight fourth quarter and yanked down 7 rebounds and added three steals.
That was the biggest difference in the game: free throw shooting. The Elite had plenty of chances from the charity stripe and were unable to cash in. But the Elite didn’t go down without a fight neither despite their untimely misses from the line, they at least gave themselves a chance to win, and those that were in attendance for the Surge latest promotion “Heroes’ Night” left UMSL happy, especially Surge guard Rebecca Harris. “Man this was a hard fought game and this is a team we usually see in National Championship game, and there are some former Surge associates, players, coaches, etc., and a couple people that we’ve gone back and forth with over the years so it was interesting to say the least, “said Harris. Harris also told me this team knows them best and they are just satisfied to get that victory. The Surge will be off this week next game at UMSL against the Cleveland Crush, tipoff is at 7:05. For more sports please subscribe to our YouTube page www.stlamerican/youtubevideo and you can also follow me @thelegendkil and our podcast @NTheZoneShow.