After finishing qualifiers, we were seeded fifth but we ranked first or second in the unofficial but standard measures of Offensive Power, Defensive Power, and Calculated Contribution to Winning Margin. The tournament high score for a qualifying round was set by Mercy, and Waterford Kettering, and us.
We ended up as captain of the 4th Alliance and picked 5053, the Lakers from OL of the Lakes in Waterford, and 2048, the Pink Panthers from the Detroit International Academy for Young Women. In Quarterfinals, we easily defeated the 5th alliance, which left us against the 1st seed–a very strong Mercy team along with their alliance partners–in Semifinals. In the most exciting round of the event, Mercy’s robot and one of our alliance robots ended up flipped over, but we ended up winning, followed by another close win to pull off the upset.
We lost the first Finals round against Waterford Kettering and their alliance partners and went into the second as the underdog. Both teams performed incredibly well in the second round, racking up the highest combined score of the tournament and one of the highest in the world so far this season, but the Cubs emerged victorious by a single point, 145-144.
The final round was again very close with several things happening at the last second, but we won the round 140-113!
Over the weekend, the Robocubs took the long journey down to Tippecanoe, Indiana. At this competition, we had instant success. We won our first match of the day and scored 4 ranking points! Later that day we hit a rough patch, which brought our record to 3-5. On Sunday, we were ready to win, and we won our remaining 4 matches, gaining 4 ranking points in each. Winning these matches allowed us to move up to 5th place. We ended up being the Captain of the 3rd seed alliance, and we drafted teams 3940 and 3147 to our alliance. We battled to siege the castle and won two quarterfinal matches allowing us to move on. In the semifinals, we faced a strong alliance, but due to a red card on the other alliance in the 3rd match, we moved on. In the finals, we were facing the #1 seeded alliance. We lost the first match 137-117. We won the 2nd match, our strategy worked flawlessly and the other team didn’t weaken the tower. In the third match, we had technical difficulties on two of our robots, and we lost the final battle. This was great practice, and we hope to win at Center Line!
Action Shot at Tippecanoe
We finished the qualifying rounds 19th out of 39 teams! In the quarterfinals, we were drafted by the 8th alliance, headed by the Livonia Warriors(2832), along with Knight Vision(3175). We had a great strategy, but lost the first round by only 5 points (100-105). After that round, we refined our strategy and scored an impressive 121 points, but this was not enough due to a last minute capture by alliance 1 bringing them to 138 points. We plan to refine our robot as we prepare for our week two competition, Tippecanoe, in Indiana! We hope to work with team 2832 and 3175 again in the future!
The USS Valiant is ready for its first practice round at Southfield!