Johnan has never been more ready to take on Tskuba, the very team that knocked them out of the finals in the first round last year. They've trained, they've hustled, they've shown tremendous teamwork. What could possibly go wrong? Well, Sawamura ran off to go confront the father that abandoned him years ago and isn't back for the game; Sherman's ankle is giving him the kind of trouble that ends basketball careers; and the surge of excitement the team felt going into the finals has soured. Thank goodness for Nate who seems to be playing the game of his life. Even Takagi, the ace of Tskuba notices the young Nate's abilities, and is thoroughly impressed. But not everyone on Tskuba is a true sportsman. Mikami may try to exploit Sherman's injury by creating a little "accident" for the Johnan center. But will the rest of Mikami's team go along with his win-at-all-cost philosophy?
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