PromotieDivisie Playoffs: BC APOLLO Amsterdam 2012 Champions!!! - May 9, 2012
The playoffs and championship was a fast pace affair as the Final Four came, went, and a new champion for 2012 has been crowned. BC APOLLO Amsterdam came in as a number 2 seed and proved why there were worthy of playing EreDivisie next season going 3-0 in the playoffs and holding up the crown as champions of the PromoiteDivisie. Amsterdam won both games convincinly against De Hoppers in the semifinal rounds 65-60 and 110-81 to reach the Championship game. 2011 Champions and number 1 seeded Binnenland had a little challenge with the Cangaroes but were able to prevail winning 64-48 but lost 85-80 in return game however it was enough to get them back into the championship game to possibly repeat as champions. Amsterdam was on a mission from the tip-off as they controlled the tempo and played the trademark physical basketball that gave Binnenland problems to win 64-52 over Binnenland and possibly/probably move back to top league since withdrawing from competition this past season. Thanks to the play of veterans Calvin Smith (200-G/F-86), Ramon Silade, and Aaron Roye, the high level experience of BC Amsterdam players was the key factor for the Amsterdamers taking the crown. The 2012 season had its ups and downs with some teams doing everything they could to make it to the 'ship' and other teams not really striving to their potiental to make moves. Congrats to the Final Four teams and those teams that were in the top 6 trying to get to the playoffs. As well as the others teams please take this message heart. Stop with all the youth on tough levels of play and get the players that are trying to hold up the trophy and wear the gold. Its been a pleasure writing PromoiteDivisie basketball and see you next season. Stay tuned and happy summer.
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