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DU basketball raises money

By Jim Lee

Delta Upsilon raised $600 for the Big Brother Association of Boston in Sunday's first annual DU/Reebok three-on-three basketball tournament. The tournament's winners, Alex Virgilio '92, Michael Duffy '92 and Nikki Caruthers '95, each received a pair of Reebok Pumps donated by Reebok. The company also donated T-shirts for every tournament participant.

The tournament began at 9 am as the twenty participating teams split into four different brackets. Teams played a round robin format within each bracket in the preliminaries, with the top two teams from each bracket advancing to the final rounds.

Referee David Lin '93 remarked, "I'm really surprised at the diversity of the teams who entered the tournament. There's teams from all kinds of different groups at MIT."

Most of the teams were made up of members of a single living group, but participation was not limited to students. Campus Police Officer Clyde "Hightower" Brown, who entered with two undergraduate friends, said he was playing "just for fun and a chance to win those Pumps."

"Even though we didn't win many games, we still had a great time, and the competition was great. It all goes to charity anyway," said Chad Gunnlaugsson '93, whose team was eliminated in the preliminary rounds.

As play reached the final rounds, anticipation rose among the eight remaining teams, each only three games away from victory. Teams were swiftly eliminated, and the finals pitted the team consisting of Lance Gilmet '93, John Park '95, and Geoff Mobisson '91 against that of Virgilio, Duffy and Caruthers.

The team of Virgilio, Duffy, and Caruthers pulled to an 11-4 lead in a game played to 21 points. They then received a scare as Virgilio went down with a sprained ankle. Although Virgilio quickly recovered enough to be able to walk, a substitute was sent into the game to prevent any further risk of injury. Despite the injury, the team held on to win the game, the tournament, and the Reebok Pumps.

"The tournament was a huge success, and look for us to definitely expand the benefit next year," said DU president ErikLarson '92 after it was all over.

James Lee '93 is a member of DU.