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Three South teams win big as intramural playoffs start

By Troy Bassett/reporter

Single-elimination “March Madness” playoffs began March 25 on South Campus to determine which team would represent the campus in the district championship.

The first game featured the seventh seed, Team 1, against the second seed, Team 3. The game was a mismatch from the beginning despite Team 3 playing the first half without its usual intensity.

“They’re not playing sharp playing a last-place team,” observed physical education instructor Michael Daniels. “That’ll carry over. You’ve got to play hard every game.”

Team 3 pulled together in the second half for a 61-31 victory. The victory means they play the winner of the sixth seed against the third seed this  week for a chance to get to the finals.

Team 3’s undefeated season ended March 23 with a tough loss to Team 5. Because it’s the No. 1 seed, Team 5 received a bye and didn’t have to play again until March 30.

The assumption is that the two teams will have a rematch in the final game, but members of Team 3 were not getting ahead of themselves.

“Any team can take us if we’re not playing right,” said Team 3 captain Lee Calton. “We’ve got to play as a team, hustle and play hard.”

“It’s going to be a tough game. Either one of those teams can beat them,” Daniels said referencing the matchup in the second game between third-seed Team 4 and sixth-seed Team 2.

The second game was close the entire time, but lower-seeded Team 2 had a one-point lead at halftime.

When the second half began, though, Team 2 came out with an intensity not matched by Team 4, which had uncharacteristic turnovers throughout the half.

Despite finishing only 2-4 in the regular season, Team 2 played as a team and won 60-50.

“We couldn’t rebound. It’s hard to explain,” said Team 4 player Kendrick Speed of the loss.

The victory means Team 4 matched up March 30 against Team 3, which is hungry for a rematch against Team 5.

The third game featured fourth-seed Team 6 vs. fifth-seed Team 7.

Team 7 held a three-point lead at halftime, but Team 6 came back in the second half for a 55-44 victory.

Team 6 was to match up against the number-one seed, Team 5, March 30.

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