LLUA Wins ‘A’ League Basketball
Top Seed LLUA Takes Intramural Title With 37-35 Edging of ATO Gold
Alpha Tau Omega Gold edged the Little Lebowski Urban Achievers (LLUA) 37-35 March 11 to win the “A” League intramural basketball title.
Top-seeded LLUA reached the finals by continuing to dominate their opponents, with victories of 64-34 against the Black Graduate Students Association and a 51-28 thumping of the Slavic Tribes. ATO Gold used two seven-point victories over the Asian Athletic Association’s Fob Five and Delta Upsilon’s Ducks to have a second chance at LLUA. Earlier in the season LLUA easily beat ATO 68-48.
LLUA, in typical fashion, jumped out to an early lead as Craig Breen G and Joseph Cosgrove G each buried a pair of three-pointers. It looked like LLUA was going to run away with this game like it has every other game this season. However, midway through the first half, ATO’s defense began to clamp down, causing LLUA’s shooting percentage to drop significantly.
On the other end of the court, Jeffrey J. Billing G, Askia A. Howell ’04, and Colin E. Champ ’03 began turning sophomore Philip M. Deutsch’s passes into points as ATO managed to cut the lead to four, 21-17.
Tough defense keeps ATO in game
ATO continued their solid play in the second half, as aggressive defense from Lyle Paladin-Tripp ’04 kept LLUA’s top scorer and season MVP Breen in check. Additionally, Howell totalled six blocked shots for the game as his inside presence on both offense and defense was the biggest key to keeping Gold in the game.
Using clutch free throw shooting from Deutsch, who finished six for six in the game, ATO eventually took the lead by two. For the first time all season LLUA found itself in the hole so late in the game, and everybody wondered exactly how LLUA would respond. Fortunately for LLUA, they found their offense again, as they started to make their shots and force turnovers on the defensive end. They recovered from their deficit and pushed the lead to five with just three minutes to play.
It looked as if they were going to pull away, but LLUA began missing their one-and-one free throw attempts, allowing ATO to pull within two with under a minute to play. With fifteen seconds remaining, ATO fouled Breen, sending him to the line for another one-and-one attempt. Breen’s free throw was off the mark, and ATO grabbed the rebound for one last attempt. ATO was out of time outs, though, and they brought the ball up-court and eventually made an errant pass to end the game.
Team members Philip Sheehy and Philip Deutsch contributed to the reporting of this story.