Then there was one. With Section NI’s 55-45 defeat of NA on Wednesday, April 11, the HBS Intramural A-League officially came to a close with the coronation of new champion. Displaying a suffocating defense, clutch shooting, and true grit, Section NI fought off several spirited NA comeback runs to claim the win, the title, and eternal glory.
As Team MVP and RC All-Star Jake Capps put it, “We knew they had a talented team, but our game plan was to slow it down and make them earn every basket. We felt that if we could keep the final score in the 50s, we had a good chance to win this game. Plus, our fans are the best. We felt like we were playing on our home court. I mean Kevin Mohr was heckling in really bad Spanish. I credit our fans for giving us a lift and making the
opposing team fear for their safety.”
Section NI led the entire game wire to wire after jumping out to an early 13-2 lead. A key emotional lift was given by starting center Eric Sipe, who played most of the game even though he has been battling back problems. Starting guard Craig Boyce said, “Eric’s got more heart than all the Valentine’s Day Cards at Hallmark – put together. His presence on the boards and defensively was a major key for us tonight.” Eric, who has been unable to sit in class, brushed off the acclaim saying in his typical Kansas manor, “I wanted to play. My coach once told me that pain is temporary but pride and glory are forever. He was right. Do you have any codeine?”
Defense was the key to the victory as Jason Fox, Jeff Quake, Mugo Fields, Kyle Barnett, and Eliav Assouline all combined to key on Joaquin Tavez who still managed to score 16 points. The box and one defense caused NA problems throughout the game and got them out of the rhythm early and often. NA closed to within 6 points several times in the 2nd half, but NI always had an answer with a key defensive stand or 3 pointer to maintain the lead, even surviving some poor last minute free throw shooting.
When asked to comment on the victory, starting point guard Jason Fox was reflective, “It’s an incredibly satisfying victory – but we’re just trying to take this one day at a time. We’re the last of the Januaries and we wanted to win this one for all the other January sections that never got to get here – Section K of 1999, Section H of 2000 and others. I think this should end, once and for all, the question of who is a superior Cohort.”
Section I was led by Jake Capps with 27 points and Zack Kramer with 22.