The Press Room
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When all is said and done this season, Josh “The Carpathian” Horowitz may be the biggest steal of the 2021 Draft. Picked #46 overall, The Quirky Mercs’ Sixth Round Pick is already off to a productive start this season at 3-1 across all divisions. Coming out of this match, Horowitz is averaging 18.0 PPG with a 92.0% AR% and a 94.7% PPE% in both Singles and Teams.
And, in this match, he was perfect.
Horowitz’s 12 PTS earned The Press Room (1-1) their first career win, as he and “Scary” Perri Nemiroff topple The Outsiders (0-2), Ben “The Bandit” Goddard and “The Powder Keg” Paul Preston, by a score of 30-29.
“He was one of the names that when I drafted, I thought, a lot of people weren’t yelling about enough,” manager Coy Jandreau said of Horowitz after the win. “I felt like he was my steal of the draft.”
Jandreau might just be on to something. The Carpathian led the field at the end of Round One, but a perfect 9 PTS wouldn’t be enough to counteract a dismal 4 PTS from Nemiroff that put the pair in a 14-13 hole going into the wheel round.
With the lead, Goddard and Preston spun first to open Round Two. There, The Den stars struggled a bit in the category of Tom Hanks where their combined effort only yielded a middling 8 PTS despite just 1 miss in the top of the second. Unfortunately, that miss also yielded a 1-PT steal plus the big Mo’ to their opponents heading into The Press Room’s turn at the wheel. That momentum transferred into a landing on Spinner’s Choice, opening the door for an 11-PT performance in the category of New Releases to take a 25-22 lead into the final round.
Down 3, The Outsiders were in a bit of a bind and needed a pair of hits to retake the lead they lost in the second. The pair started on the right foot when Goddard hit their 2-point question, but a stumble on the 3-pointer meant that they needed the 5 to avoid the Technical Knockout. Fortunately, they were able to work their way to the answer to avoid the point deduction, but Nemiroff and Horowitz proved to be too strong, hitting their respective questions to earn the 30-29 win for the Quirky Mercs.
The win marks yet another bounce-back win for Perri Nemiroff who has often fallen into the pattern of winning one and losing the next over the course of her career. It is a run that the Merc veteran would like to climb out of soon.
“I’m glad that I had a good comeback performance,” Nemiroff said, “but I’ve got to figure out a way to stop putting myself in a position to need a comeback performance. And, I credit a lot of this comeback to Coy being an A+ manager as always, but also Josh being the exact type of partner that I need. I always know he’s got my back.”
Horowitz led The Press Room with a perfect 12 PTS on 10 questions asked, while Nemiroff pitched in an additional 6 PTS on a 5/9 night from the field of questions.
The Outsiders, on the other hand, were led by a 9-PT outing from Ben Goddard after just one miss late in Round One. He was followed closely by Paul Preston who ended with just 7 PTS and a 63.6% PPE%.