The Gorge Region: Round 1

The Gorge

MSG 1st Round Re-Cap

Though most of Madison Square Garden’s first round match-ups went as expected, there were some very close contests and one surprising upset. Let’s go to the videotape!

The region’s shocking upset came in dramatic fashion as the mid-major 11th seeded, Laguna Seca 94, made a late run and upended the heavy-hitting version of Blossom 15 by a single vote. Blossom had an open look to win it at the buzzer, but the ball rolled around the rim and fell out of cylinder. Nobody saw this one coming, and many thought Blossom was a real contender to reach the Sweet 16. But its season ended prematurely, and the strong version will pack its bag and head back to Cleveland to ponder what could have been.

The seven seed, Hartford 13, and the tenth seed, Nassau 99, engaged in a hotly-contested, see-saw battle that saw several lead changes throughout. Hartford saw a narrow lead evaporate over the final two minutes of the game, but hit a desperation three-pointer at the horn defeating the dark-horse 99 rendition in crushing fashion by only a single vote.

Jones Beach 95, the regions second seed, ran out to a large lead only to become complacent and allow number 15, Cincy 98, to stage a furious comeback that ultimately fell short. The game was even closer than the final margin of eight votes would suggest, as Jones Beach tacked on some free throws off of intentional fouls by Cincy as they looked to extend the contest.

Third-seeded Bomb Factory easily defeated MSG in a contest of 1994 juggernauts, while Lakewood 15, the region’s four seed, drubbed Big Cypress in a match-up that was never close. Camden 99 and Gorge 97 went back and forth for much of the game before fifth seeded, Camden, strung together some late buckets and won by a comfortable margin of seven votes.

The always exciting eight versus nine game lived up to the hype, as Vancouver 99 and Gainesville 95 exchanged blows in a battle of vastly different musical eras. Vancouver jumped out to an early lead before Gainesville mucked up the game with strong grand piano chords, playing lock down defense and scoring just enough to comfortably put down the favored Canadian version by seven.

In the final MSG first round game, top seed Auburn Hill ’97 bludgeoned Dayton 95 without resistance.

Thanks to all who voted in the tournament’s first region! Please cast your vote for the Gorge region’s first round games below. I’ve decided to have regions’ first round slate to play for three days—72 hours from the time of posting—rather than four in the interest of moving the tournament along.

Get your headphones out and let’s go!

Gorge Region #1 vs. #16

Gorge Region #8 vs. #9

Gorge Region #5 vs. #12

Gorge Region #4 vs. #13

Gorge Region #6 vs. #11

Gorge Region #3 vs. #14

Gorge Region #7 vs. #10

Gorge Region #2 vs. #15

24 Responses to “The Gorge Region: Round 1”

  1. little umbrellas Says:

    art is in the lead!

  2. Vapebraham Says:

    Art Neville

  3. BingosBrother Says:

    Art Vandalay

  4. sumodie Says:

    Art wars! There can only be one freezer

  5. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Gorge region pretty stacked. Vegas ’98 is the #9 seed that NOBODY wants to play. Could we have Alpine 98 vs Alpine 15 for a trip to the Final Four in Erie, PA? Anything can happen in March (April).

  6. vegas wolfmans Says:

    #5 Island vs #12 MSG 2017 setting up to a closer game than many people realize.

    Fleezer vs Magnaball a fascinating matchup of two drastically different styles of play.

  7. vegas wolfmans Says:

    Side note: Forgot how great sbd Fleezer sounds- included as bonus on Blossom ’95 release.

  8. uncle-jimmy Says:

    Tahoe’s gonna poop the bed

  9. HeadyBrosevelt Says:

    holy moly! new posts. i need to get in on this Tweezer Tourny. Gracias, Miner.

  10. avila Says:

    This place is pretty lively these days.

    Waiting/hoping for gotf on the LP app…..

  11. joe Says:

    Haven’t been able to listen to it yet, but show is up on the app. Saw picture of a blazer clad Trey. very curious to hear. Super busy last few weeks and next week so not sure I can pull trigger on going to Wednesday’s show. I’ll know later this afternoon after listening to last night’s show.

  12. kayatosh Says:

    ^^ in jah oranj a super nice audience recording of last night’s Ghost of the Forest show.

  13. kayatosh Says:

    Plenty of Eckhart Tolle and broadway backing vocals in the Forest

    It is and always will be love. We move through storming weather. we know our days are few. . . love will carry us through

  14. kayatosh Says:

    sad tribute to his buddy. He really loved C.Cott. major Joy, Miss You vibes

  15. kayatosh Says:

    Fish is killing it as usual. what a drummer! he sounds nice with Tony

    Trey sticking with one tone and rippin solos

    Catchy choruses. Trey has a lot of music and love in him. gettin chills

  16. Type III Jamming Personality Disorder Says:

    joe, if you are willing and able I have a free ticket for you for GOTF at the Orpheum next week courtesy of the Peak Builders survey raffle thing. lemme know! typeiiijpd at the mail called g

  17. Joe Says:

    T3. Yes! Will email.

    On the run my favorite so far. 2nd. Green Truth

  18. Spasm Says:

    Hey folks. Been outta the loop. Cheers. Nice vid from last night.
    Wider GotF. NIce space they find in this one.

  19. lumpyhead Says:


  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Ghosts of the forest

    Could use some bass

  21. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    Welcome back Kaya! Haven’t seen you here in years

  22. sumodie Says:

    I’m getting lost in the forest tomorrow with jdub and Wednesday with G.

    I found an Eckhart Tolle book under the bed as we were moving. Pray for me!

  23. sumodie Says:

    Ghosts of the Forest cleanser:

    Nels Cline / Jamie Saft / Bobby Previte
    4/6/2019 — Elk Creek Cafe + Alehouse, Millheim, PA

    90 minutes improv with closing cover

  24. jdub Says:

    New post sumo

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