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Portland Pounders Busy in 2012

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 written by Seth McBride.

      2012 has already been a busy one for the Portland Pounders with five tournaments under our belt so far this year. After a less than impressive performance at the Yauqi Pueblo Invitational in Tucson, the Pounders were excited to give the home crowds a good show at the Portland Invitational. 
      Debuting brand new uniforms provided by the fine folks at nearby Nike, the Pounders wore them in right, going 4-0 to start the tournament. The hundreds of fans who came to pack the stands were treated to a great show as Portland nipped their northern rivals, B.C. with a one point win and then battled Phoenix through two overtime periods before pulling out a 2-point victory. The home court advantage ran out on Sunday, with the Pounders falling to a Texas team supplemented with National Team members Chuck Aoki and Jason Regier.  The tournament was a great success thanks to our many volunteers and sponsors especially Oregon Disability Sports and Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America.
        The very next weekend the team headed to Phoenix to help break in the brand new Abil Sport and Fitness Center with a 6-team tournament featuring four teams – Tucson, Portland, Phoenix, and Texas – with eyes on the National Championship. The Pounders opened play with an easier than expected win against a Texas team still working to integrate their ultra-quick Japanese import, Daisuke Ikesake. On Saturday the Pounders played their 7th and 8th games of the season against the hometown Phoenix Fusion upping their record to 7-1 and booking a finals spot against Tucson. For the second straight week the Pounders couldn’t handle a Chuck Aoki led team on Sunday. The Pterodactyls came out hot, forcing a flurry of turnovers in the first quarter. The Pounders eventually settled down in their offense but were never able to claw back their early miscues, leaving Phoenix with a bitter 9-point loss.
            After the Rugby Rave, Portland had a long break to come together, train, and work on gaining the cohesion that had been sorely lacking in the early part of the season. At the Pacific Sectionals the Pounders showed how they could play with a little practice under their belts. After notching wins of 39, 42, and 30 points in the first three games, Portland played their closest game of the tournament against a much improved Seattle squad led by Paul Walston and Danish import Leon Jorgensen. Portland then closed out the tournament with a 20-point win over a Sharp squad that made sure all of their hometown players got some time in the limelight. 
            The Pounders followed up their success in San Diego by traveling North to the Vancouver Invitational, where they continued to fine tune their game, going 5-0 against a bevy of Canadian teams and coming away with their fourth tournament win of the season. 
            It’s been a long, hard season but there’s only one tournament to go, Nationals in Louisville. Considering the level of competition so far this season it should be one of the best in recent memory.
April 25, 2012 — 10:21am