In the lead-up to the 2018 Mid-Term elections in the United States, the Democrats were simultaneously as confident and yet apprehensive as the Mules were in their first encounter with the Pirates.
Both sides opened well trading blow for blow, although the Mules had been accustomed to gaining early supremacy over their rivals, it wasn’t until midway through the second quarter that a small lead opened-up for them.
Doing the most damage to the Pirates, other than by themselves through some basic errors, was David Reynolds (7, points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist) and Tommy Ngyuen (28 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, 1 block) who was up to his usual best, driving into the lane where the points were seemingly on offer.
In almost all categories the two teams were neck-a-neck so when it was all said and done, the deciding factor became the two teams’ shooting percentage. Had the Pirates converted more of their opportunities, they may have been in with a chance.
Even though they managed a higher score than in previous weeks, the Pirates could not match the patient offence of their rivals.
Down by as many as 20 points, the Pirates did manage to rally in the second half to get within 6 points by the start of the fourth quarter.
Yet it was not enough. The Pirates went down 62 points to 53 despite some late night heroics from Stephen Dillon (4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal) who had some amazing assists in the the final minutes of play.