SHAWNEE, OKLA / ST. LOUIS, MO — It’s down to two. Two teams are left standing. Two wins to claim a TBL championship.
The Potawatomi Fire (21-3 regular season, 6-0 playoffs) will meet the St. Louis Griffins (16-8, 7-2 playoffs) in the TBL National Championship. The Fire and Griffins will square off in a best-of-three series beginning Friday night in St. Louis, Missouri.
Game one will be Friday, June 23 in St. Louis, at Jennings High School. Tip-off will be at 7 p.m. Central. Game two will be Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. from FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. Game three if necessary would be on Tuesday, June 27, also at 7 p.m. from FireLake Arena.
The Central Conference and West Region champion Fire advanced to this round by sweeping the Enid Outlaws, then the defending TBL champion Shreveport Mavericks and finally the West Conference champion Seattle SuperHawks. The Midwest Conference and East region champion St. Louis Griffins reached the championship by defeating the Owensboro Thoroughbreds in the round one play-in game, then swept the Medora Timberjacks in round two. They followed that up by topping the Kokomo Bobkats in three games in a hotly contested conference final round series. Then the surprising Griffins stopped the Albany Patroons in the East Regional Final with a thrilling last second game three win on Monday night in Albany.
More details on the upcoming championship series between the Fire and Griffins will be coming later this week. The Fire are in their second year of TBL competition while St. Louis is a first-year franchise.