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Bookstore Basketball: Main St. Pub advances to Bookstore Final Four

Chris Michalski and Bobby Graham | Monday, April 20, 2009

Main Street Pub secured its spot in tonight’s Final Four with a commanding 21-4 win over the Monstars.

Last year’s runner-up never lost control of the game, cruising to victory.

“We knew they were a really good team,” Main Street captain Alex Klupchak said. “We were very surprised by the final score. Their shots just wouldn’t fall.”

Klupchak attributed his team’s performance to good, aggressive defense and noted the poor weather as the main reason as to why both teams may have looked sloppy at times.

“The weather made the ball pretty hard to handle and it definitely influenced our shots,” he said.

Klupchak and the Main Street Pub will look for better weather tonight as they face the No. 5 seed, The Delivery Boys, tonight at 8 p.m.

No. 6 Hallelujah Hollaback 21, No. 3 Mathletes 14

Hallelujah Hollaback continued to impress the Bookstore Basketball community Sunday afternoon with an impressive victory over the Mathletes.

Hollaback, composed entirely of freshmen, was able to maintain a six-point lead consistently throughout the first half. However, some defensive adjustments by the Mathletes slowed their scoring at the beginning of the second half.

“They switched to a man-to-man defense in the second half and that really slowed us down offensively for a while”, Hollaback member Griffin Naylor said.

Hollaback, however, quickly got back on track thanks to the help of big men Dayne Crist, Pat Kelly and Joe Fauria.

“I think our defense got us back on track. The Mathletes had a couple of guys who could really get to the rim but I think they struggled finishing against our big guys and were forced to take difficult shots,” Naylor said. “Offensively we really attacked the glass so we were able to get a good deal of put backs”.

Hallelujah Hollaback will face No. 7 Kramer Properties tonight in the final four at 7 p.m.

South Bend Police Squad – You’re Screwed 21, Shirts and Skins 15

The remarkable run of South Bend Police Squad – You’re Screwed continued as they notch their third straight upset of the tournament, beating Shirts and Skins 21-15

The win yesterday was the most impressive of SBPS’s run, as Shirts and Skins were the No. 2 overall seed.

“We like the underdog type thing,” You’re Screwed guard Colleen Flahive said.

Despite being only the No. 23 seed, her team played well throughout and maintained a lead the whole second half. Christine Hamma’s back-to-back 3-pointers late in the game helped You’re Screwed pull away and eventually cruise on to victory.

“I think we played really well,” SBPS captain Liz Shadley said. “We were expecting a big fight and it was a big fight but we overcame.”

With the win, You’re Screwed advances on to the Final Four of the women’s bracket and will face off against SpineCrushers tonight at 7 p.m.

Supreme Court 22, By All Means Move at a Glacial Pace 20

In the last semi-final game to finish on Sunday, the two teams were so evenly matched that it took more than 21 points to decide the outcome.

There were six ties and three lead changes in the second half alone, but Supreme Court ended the game on top.

With the wet conditions, By All Means Move at a Glacial Pace chose to utilize the zone defense, hoping to force outside shots. Supreme Court’s shooting was effective enough, though, as they hit a number of jumpers down the stretch.

Despite the win, captain Erin Newsom saw room for improvement and felt her team could have done things to close out the game better.

“We made a lot of mistakes today; we came out a little slow. That hurt us, it made it into a longer game, but I think we played pretty well,” Newsom said. “We pulled together and all contributed for the team.”

Supreme Court advances on to the Final Four to play the winner of the Muffet McGraw region of the women’s bracket, enchantÈe, at 8 p.m. tonight.