O ne YouTube search of Detroit Edison and you can find highlight-reel worthy dunks of a team that features an athleticism normally not found in the UP. Then there’s the Pioneers’ size; the 6-foot-6 Bryce George, four others at 6-foot-5 and two at 6-foot-4. They’re about as impressive of a team as you’ll see during pregame warmups.
So Thursday’s semifinal was always going to be dictated by Iron Mountain’s ability to handle length and bounce greater than any team the Mountaineers have faced. They studied the film, but that only does so much. You never truly know how you stack up until the ball is tipped.