Underdog causes basketball upset

April 8, 2011 Sports Print Print
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Intramural basketball champions, Make It Drizzle, celebrated after their win over undefeated Team Wet April 1. From left to right, Blake Caldwell, Cole Alexander, Zach Elston, Ben Strickland, Aaron Rigsby, Chris Potter and Todd Henry.

Intramural basketball wrapped up its season with a championship tournament in the OCCC gym April 1.

The tournament opened play with four teams vying for the title in a three game, single-elimination bracket.

Heavy favorite Team Wet held the overall number one seed, finishing the regular season undefeated.

 

Coming in with the number two seed was Make it Drizzle. The third and fourth seeds were the Outlaws and DW.

Trevor Backs, a fan in the stands said he watched just about every game this season and enjoyed each one tremendously.

“I like coming to these games because it’s my friends out there and I like giving them a hard time,” Backs said.

In the first round, Team Wet narrowly escaped with a win over DW, with the final score being 65-61.

Team Wet player Ty Phan said his team did a good job.

“Teamwork was the key to victory,” Phan said.

“We had good ball rotation and scored inside the paint.”

The other first-round ganme was even closer. The match between Make It Drizzle and the Outlaws proved to be a dogfight throughout the entire game.

Make it Drizzle led at the half 29-24, and fought to the bitter end winning 55-52.

”I don’t like making excuses for my team’s losing effort,” said Outlaws player Jimmie Prietl.

The championship round did not go as most would have predicted. Team Wet suffered the same fate as the fall flag football team U Know; both teams remained undefeated all season long only to lose in the championship game.

Team Wet’s downfall proved to be too many missed three pointers, and costly turnovers at inopportune times.

Make It Drizzle continued to get points in the paint, and drive to the hole repeatedly.

Championship match up scoring leader Chris Potter racked up 22 and even threw down a thunderous dunk near the conclusion of the game.

Potter believes the key to escaping with a win was hard-nosed, blue-collar defense by the entire team.

Team Wet fell behind by 11 with six minutes left, and were unable to make a comeback.

Make It Drizzle enjoyed a classic David vs. Goliath victory and was rewarded for their uphill struggle with championship shirts at the conclusion of the game.

 

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