The Sport Report: March Madness
The Sport Report
As the real NCAA tourney heats up, we can look back at our own version of March Madness and everything that happened in the Intramural Basketball Playoffs. It was an exciting overall tournament with… plenty of entertaining games, upsets, and incredible individual performances. Here is a recap of everything that went down:
On the Recreational side, we only had a single playoff game: the championship. Saved By The Bench came out hot and built a 17 point lead going into halfway through the second half. Hoops I Did It Again used a strong effort from Rontavis Rich and Ethan Floyd to mount a comeback, but it was too little, too late. Saved By The Bench held them off and won 50-48.
On the Competitive side, the game appeared to have the makings of a blowout on paper. maeT had already beaten SQUAD by twenty points during the regular season and looked poised to take the shirt. SQUAD had different ideas. Behind an 18 point performance from Vashonda Tanzie – who could not miss from three – SQUAD took the shirt with a 21-point win.
Women’s and Sorority
We decided to split the Women’s and Sorority division come playoff time to give the sororities a fighting chance. Needless to say, I am not disappointed with the result. The Sorority final was a classic overtime battle between 1 seed Zeta Tau Alpha and 3 seed Kappa Delta. The competition was close and the atmosphere was incredible with both chapters showing feverish support for their girls. Kappa Delta ended the game ahead on the scoreboard, but retroactively had to forfeit their shirt rights for using an illegal player. The things some groups will do for a t-shirt, eh?
All I have to say about the Women’s championship is: I told you so! Team Jordan seemed amped up and ready to make some noise in the pregame, but that’s as far as it got. FBxGB absolutely manhandled them and cruised to a 44-18 victory. Most of FBxGB will be representing Georgia Southern at the NIRSA Intramural Basketball National Championships in Raleigh, NC this year after also taking first place at the Georgia NIRSA regional tournament. Good Luck ladies!
Sigma Phi Epsilon was the cinderella story of the tournament. They started by shocking 3 Delta Tau Delta in a 20-point win then followed that with a thrilling overtime contest against second seeded Sigma Nu. They came into the championship as clear underdogs against top-seeded Kappa Sigma. The men of SigEp hung well with Kappa Sig but the lethal combination of Tyler Moody and James Holder was too much. Kappa Sigma earned their shirt, 43-38.
This year was arguably one of the most entertaining and competitive years for the Mens Competitive tournament. All of the top six teams had a legitimate shot to go all the way, proven by the fact that two quarterfinals and both semifinals were decided by an average margin of 2 points. After losing in one of the best games of the regular season, Hand Down Man Down exacted their revenge on Pre Season champion Shots Fired in a thrilling semifinal. This set them on a collision course with top-seeded Just Jumpers. Just Jumpers turned out to be too complete of a team, having four of their five starters end the game scoring in double digits. After all of the talk of Shots Fired trying to sweep the Intramural Basketball championships, Just Jumpers finished the strongest and earned their T-shirts.
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