Down 17-12 coming into the final quarter of the semifinals versus Chrome, the Archers needed to get back to their game plan of “stop and score” as Marcus Holman put it earlier in the week, and they needed to do it fast.
It was a back-and-forth battle in the fourth as the Archers chipped away to catch up with Chrome. With back-to-back goals from Grant Ament, suddenly the Archers were within two at 19-17 with a little over three minutes remaining on the clock. Justin Anderson quickly responded to give Chrome back one, and that’s when the pressure really set in.
Holman compared the fourth quarter of the game to the atmosphere of an NBA game. It was fast-paced, high-intensity, with an enthusiastic crowd, and just like in basketball, it was anyone’s game until the clock hit zero.
“The energy that the PLL created with this event – the venue, the fans, the music – it felt like you were in the NBA.”
The Archers needed a big moment in those remaining few minutes, and Holman delivered one along with the setup from Jeff Trainor for the goal of the tournament with a no look, behind-the-back goal from a behind-the-back assist.