The Port City Sirens almost pulled off a great escape that would have made Houdini proud, but a last, fast and furious jam by a determined Arthena behind some sublime synched blocking wasn’t enough to overcome Assault City Roller Derby’s Battery Brigade, as the Syracuse-based B team held on for an exciting 166-161 victory Saturday in the OnCenter.
The two teams traded leads much of the night — the Sirens went into the half with a 100-81 advantage — until Assault City hit another gear early in the second half to zoom past Port City and posted what looked like an insurmountable lead — a 22-point advantage with just seconds remaining. But Arthena grabbed lead jammer in the final jam, and the Assault Squad jammer went to the box … but for every bit of speed and strength Arthena and teammates managed in that final frenzy, the clock eventually struck midnight to put an end to the Cinderella comeback story.
Arthena and Assault Squad sparkplug Primal N-Stynct earned MVP jammers, while Sirens co-captain Kay Boody (who played like a wrecking ball the whole night, especially in that final jam) and ACRD’s super-tough Imp earned MVP blockers.
This all sets the scene for part of the final home doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 13, in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink. The Sirens and Battery Brigade B teams have a rematch while the leagues’ A teams, PCRD’s Breakwall Bombshells and ACRD’s Assault Squad, will square off in what should be two thrilling games.