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Bookstore Basketball: Blue Barracudas stop cinderella team’s run

Greg Arbogast | Monday, April 10, 2006

We Always Make it to Oregon Before You’s cinderella run came to a screeching halt Sunday as it fell to the Blue Barracudas 21-3.

We Always Make it to Oregon Before You (Oregon) had the look of an underdog as the squad appeared to have two pioneer women, one cowgirl and an ox to go along with its one actual basketball player.

“I think we’re like George Mason,” Oregon coaches Meghan Whealan and Corinne Viglietta said. “We came out of nowhere and surprised a lot of people with a win in our first game.”

But the Blue Barracudas were in no mood to let their opponent advance further in the tournament. The Blue Barracudas were led by their duo from Keenan room 414, Evan Sharpley and Pat Sceehan. Employing the “cherry-picker” style offense, Sharpley and Sceehan accounted for 19 of the team’s 21 points.

After reflecting on his team’s accomplishment of beating the so-called “George Mason” of this year’s tournament, Barracuda coach Pat Ryan saw good things in his team’s future.

“I guess that makes us like Florida, because we like to stomp on Cinderella,” Ryan said. “I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank our team’s sponsor, Speaker City, for their support as well as all their quality products.”

Los Pantelones Del Cristo 21, Mama’s Boys 17

In a game where seven turnovers were committed before the first basket, Los Pantelones Del Cristo won a war of attrition over the Mama’s Boys Saturday.

The game lasted just over an hour and tested each team’s stamina.

“That was the longest game of my life,” Los Pantelones Del Cristo player Joe Blakely said.

Despite the duration of the game, the two teams played each other very closely. Neither team led by more than four points, and the game featured six ties and three lead changes.

Andrew Winslow hit a jump shot to tie the game at 14-14, but that was as close as the Mama’s Boys would get.

Nick Catella ignited Los Pantelones del Cristo’s offense all day (eight points) despite his team’s even scoring distribution. When he wasn’t scoring, he was creating offensive opportunities for his teammates.

“We really executed our game plan today, which was to draw the game out as long as possible and wear our opponents down,” Catella said.

The Saints of Fort Washington 21, Age Before Beauty 9

The Saints of Fort Washington, equipped with trash bags for jerseys, used their youth and athleticism to outlast the older, wiser but considerably more “aerodynamic” counterpart, Age Before Beauty Saturday.

Both squads struggled to find their rhythm early in the game as both teams – after making an early shot – went scoreless on their next five possessions. After a quick steal and lay-up by Saints captain Nick Trapp, the Saints offense started to click.

Leading 11-5 at half time, the Saints continued to stay hot while the members of Age Before Beauty could find no room on the offensive side of the ball, starting out 0-of-10 in the second half.

“It was hard for us,” Age captain Dillon Murphy said. “None of the guys have played a lot since we retired from professional ball, and it showed this afternoon.”

The Saints continued to use a seemingly unstoppable offense and a defense with few holes to cruise to a 21-9 victory.

“I think it was our pre-game warm-up and the benefit of having an excellent captain allowed us to prevail today,” Trapp said.

No Rudy No Problem 21, Point Shavers 3

When No Rudy No Problem took on the Point Shavers Saturday afternoon, the game was over before it started. The more athletic, experienced and talented No Rudy No Problem defeated the Point Shavers in a rout.

No Rudy started the scoring early and never really stopped. They quickly opened up a commanding lead, and it was clear the Point Shavers were no match for them. Unable to do anything on the offensive side of the ball, the Point Shavers were forced to take ill-advised three-point shots that rarely came close to going in.

On the other end of the court, No Rudy No Problem toyed with the smaller Point Shavers en route to an 11-0 half time lead. Inside or outside, No Rudy No Problem simply could not be stopped.

“We’re very underrated,” No Rudy No Problem captain Trey Patrick said. “I think we showed that today.”