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Fever Lose by Ten, Still Narrowly Make Playoffs

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KENNEWICK, Wash - In a battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the American Conference, the Boise Burn defeated the Tri-Cities Fever 52-42 in front of a crowd of 4,771. It was a bittersweet victory for the Burn for while they got the win it was not enough to overtake the Fever for that last playoff spot. Earlier in the season Tri-Cities defeated Boise by a score of 55-42. This meant that the Burn had to win by 13 points or more against the Fever. While Boise came close they ended up short by 3 points.

After a close first half where the Fever led 28-21, the Burn took over in the third quarter. They scored 19 points while holding the Fever scoreless. It looked like Boise was going to run away with the victory as well as the needed 13 point margin when leading 52-42 in the 4th quarter they had possession of the ball with less than two minutes left and on the Fever's 15 yard line. All Boise needed was a field goal or a touchdown and they would be moving to the post season. However, Fever newcomer John Fields made his presence known when he beat the lineman and forced a fumble by QB BJ Rhodes which was recovered my Muhammad Shamsid-Deen. Fever took the lost by just letting the clock run down.

The Fever are the only expansion team in the American Conference to move on to the post-season. Next week they travel to Wilkes-Barre Scranton to take on the #1 seed Pioneers.