Fever Lose Overtime Thriller 69 to 67 to Fairbanks
The Tri-Cities Fever's debut performance in the Indoor Football League was a good one – even if they lost by two points. The game in Fairbanks, Alaska against the Grizzlies went into four overtimes on Monday night, with the Fever coming out on the short end 67-69.
The game at the Carlson Center lasted nearly four hours and ended when Grizzlies quarterback Matt Bassoener hit Anthony Parks on a two-point conversion in the fourth overtime.
Just getting the game to overtime was an accomplishment for the Fever, who are coached by former Spokane Shock coach Adam Shackleford. After trailing 20-6 at halftime, the Fever fought back and tied the game after Blair Boynton recovered a fumble with 1:27 left in the game. Tri-Cities converted a fourth down on the ensuring drive and Thyron Lewis caught an 8-yard touchdown to tie the game at 41 with :36 left.
The Fever's best chance of winning was in the third overtime after they stopped the Grizzlies on a two-point conversion. Tyson Thompson scored on a 20-yard run to tie the game at 61, but quarterback Andy Collins' pass on the two-point conversion fell incomplete and the game went into a fourth overtime period.
The Fever return to the field on Sunday with a game on the road against Billings (2-0)> Billings is the Indoor Football League's defending champion.