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sportsnut2000 07-01-2008 05:04 PM

Elkhart or Bellingham
 
Should be a great game with Bellingham taking it at the end.

Elkhart_Fan 07-01-2008 05:51 PM

OK, I'm biased....and have never seen Bellingham play -- but I would put my money on Elkhart. They are hungry for a third title...and they will do whatever it takes to get it, and possibly finish off their IBL associatation with 3 league championships in a row.

winds55 07-01-2008 09:30 PM

I'm going for Elkhart. I may be biased, but I also know Coach Beathea is going to have the team ready and the players are going to give it every thing they have.

Ken, Steelheads fan 07-02-2008 01:19 PM

Well, I've seen the Bellingham all*stars play and I've seen Elkhart play. It's Elkhart easily.

balling2008 07-02-2008 01:44 PM

Well lets hope Bellingham isnt reading this but I think Elkhart also. Although homecourt advantage is always nice. Plus the time difference/travel may play a role. Also how can we forget the lovely refs. Maybe they will have a back up ref in the stands and if he doesnt like a call he can step out and change it. :rolleyes: Best luck to both. :mrgreen:

mammal 07-02-2008 02:45 PM

Bellingham is a very good team but Elkhart is the two time defending champ. The core of Moodie, Buie and Pledger are still playing well. Plus their bench is deep. I am a "west coast guy" but I can't pick against Elkhart. Will Lovette play for the Express? That will be a big loss if he can't play.

turbocamyes 07-02-2008 04:03 PM

They played two common opponents, Las Vegas and Edmonton. The Express beat the Stars in overtime at home by 4 points on 4/25.
The Slam beat essentially the same team (minus Mike Scott, plus Mike Tabb--or maybe the same guy) by 45 points a month later.

Bellingham beat the Chill on the road on consecutive nights in April by 4 and 18 points, then again in the playoffs at home by 28. The Chill were missing Knox and Hayden last week, but had Achuil Lual and Jeff Dunn.
Elkhart beat Edmonton twice at home on June 7th, by 60, and 11th, by 16, (minus Dunn, plus Shohn Williams.)

My money’s on the Slam, although it has nothing to do with Elkhart. I just like to see teams that move from the ABA do well.

acekicker 07-03-2008 12:12 AM

Vegas...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by turbocamyes (Post 95787)
They played two common opponents, Las Vegas and Edmonton. The Express beat the Stars in overtime at home by 4 points on 4/25.
The Slam beat essentially the same team (minus Mike Scott, plus Mike Tabb--or maybe the same guy) by 45 points a month later.

Bellingham beat the Chill on the road on consecutive nights in April by 4 and 18 points, then again in the playoffs at home by 28. The Chill were missing Knox and Hayden last week, but had Achuil Lual and Jeff Dunn.
Elkhart beat Edmonton twice at home on June 7th, by 60, and 11th, by 16, (minus Dunn, plus Shohn Williams.)

My money’s on the Slam, although it has nothing to do with Elkhart. I just like to see teams that move from the ABA do well.


Yes I did see the game against Bellingham and Las Vegas. Las Vegas was a much different team than the what I saw on Comcast when they played Elkhart. Looking at the roster for Vegas against Bellingham, Mike Scott 6'5was not there, Demetrius Orme 6'4" was not there, Mohammed Camara 6'9was not there, their best player Butler played limited minutes due to an injury the previous game. You also got to remember this was Vegas' 7th game in 8 days (Bellingham not playing until the weekend before). Lot of energy spended with all the traveling they did up and down Oregon and Washinton. So you can't say this was the same team.
Going with Elkhart because of talent and experience.

CoachSavage 07-06-2008 10:09 AM

I've seen both.....
 
I Coached against both this season. We played in Elkhart and lost by 2 in overtime.....and we played in Bellingham and lost by almost 50. I think this game is going to come down to the wire and Bellingham will pull it out with the home court advantage. Look for Amaya to have a HUGE game...

mammal 07-06-2008 02:39 PM

Coach,
How come Las Vegas did not compete in the West playoffs this season?

Elkhart_Fan 07-07-2008 06:30 PM

Coach - I was at the game in Elkhart, and while your team played well that night.....you didn't see the typical Express team. Trust me, the team that shows up in Bellingham won't be the same Express that you faced.

winds55 07-11-2008 06:21 PM

Don't over-estimate home court advantage or underestimate the Express Nation. There are some Elkhart fans planning to travel to Washington - they'll make their presence known. It's just a shame there can't be a playoff series so more fans of both teams can see their favorites going for the title.

The Express players had some time off and are back to practice. They will be healthy and ready. I've seen film of Bellingham, so now I can say without bias - it'll be a three-peat for Elkhart.

balling2008 07-12-2008 09:22 PM

Great locker room quote
 
Are you just trying to give Bellingham something to put up in the locker room?! :lol: Is Chris gonna be back for the game?

winds55 07-12-2008 10:12 PM

Quote:

Is Chris gonna be back for the game?
Last I heard he was expected back. Last game was yesterday, so he'll have time to get back into Express rhythm.

winds55 07-13-2008 07:15 AM

Quote:

Great locker room quote
I wasn't the one said they'd win because of the home-court advantage - I'm just sayin' it's probably not the advantage others think it is. May be something for hanging on the entrance to get the fans riled up, though. But isn't that why they have the music going the whole game?

Ken, Steelheads fan 07-13-2008 08:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by balling2008 (Post 96408)
Are you just trying to give Bellingham something to put up in the locker room?! :lol: Is Chris gonna be back for the game?

I'm not an Express fan, but it's no contest. The Express will win. If the Steelheads were around, then it still wouldn't be a contest. The Steelheads would win. Sigh! The best of the East vs. the best of the West is no contest.

winds55 07-13-2008 10:52 PM

Quote:

I'm not an Express fan,
But you should be! It should be an easy switch since the IBL Steelheads have the same colors as the Express - just cheer for the gold/blue. The difference in courtside ticket prices will make up for the gas $ (well, most of it anyways). You just have to learn to drink your Coke plain instead of enhanced. :-)

CoachSavage 07-16-2008 02:16 AM

$$$$
 
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

balling2008 07-19-2008 06:00 AM

I think Bellingham posted that great locker room quote. :lol:

"I've seen film of Bellingham, so now I can say without bias - it'll be a three-peat for Elkhart."

winds55 07-19-2008 07:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by balling2008 (Post 96720)
I think Bellingham posted that great locker room quote. :lol:

"I've seen film of Bellingham, so now I can say without bias - it'll be a three-peat for Elkhart."

:redface::(

I followed the game online (Thank you, Bellingham!) but really missed the excitement of being at a game. What was the atmosphere like? Full house? Were the fans active or just sitting on their hands until the end? Strong defense by Bellingham or did Elkhart do themselves in?

heatht 07-19-2008 09:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ken, Steelheads fan (Post 95779)
Well, I've seen the Bellingham all*stars play and I've seen Elkhart play. It's Elkhart easily.



Lol! Great prediction....

Thats called "nuts on the chin":
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/spor...ry/471619.html

Ken, Steelheads fan 07-19-2008 10:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by heatht (Post 96727)
Lol! Great prediction....

Thats called "nuts on the chin":
http://www.bellinghamherald.com/spor...ry/471619.html

I don't know about all that, but I'll never make it as a handicapper. Another reason why I'm surrounded by casino boats and don't gamble.

CoachSavage 07-19-2008 01:09 PM

Home Court
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by CoachSavage (Post 95995)
I Coached against both this season. We played in Elkhart and lost by 2 in overtime.....and we played in Bellingham and lost by almost 50. I think this game is going to come down to the wire and Bellingham will pull it out with the home court advantage. Look for Amaya to have a HUGE game...

Wow....this guy is wicked smaht (I am from Boston)....... I can tell you that being home was the key....Getting down big in the first quater would have benn a death sentance if this game was in Elkhart.....

Congrats to Bellingham!!!!! The west is no longer in the basement.....

winds55 07-19-2008 03:27 PM

Quote:

I can tell you that being home was the key
Another reason the championship should be best of 3 or best of 5.

Elkhart_Fan 07-19-2008 06:56 PM

Congrats to the Slam....they represented the West well, and my hat off to them.

It will be interesting to see more details come out about the game. It was a little hard to follow on-line, but it just appears that the Express didn't shoot very well.

I also agree that it should have been best of 5, and the team with the better record should have had home court advantage -- but that is all water-under-the-bridge. I'm still puzzled how Dulio hans out play-off venues and championship game venues out like candy....just to keep teams in the IBL.

Hopefully some of the owners can get Dulio to change his wacked practices...and improve the league.

Again - great season Express....I know that this isn't the way you wanted it to end, but no one has anything to hang your head about. Congrats to the Slam....


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