Teams are starting to vie for a championship title at the Shippensburg University recreation center as the intramural basketball playoffs are currently under way.
Teams came out in full force this week and action was intense as the men’s intramural teams battled to become the best at SU.
A turn of events during the first day of action saw dominant teams fall to underdogs, but the stronger teams would prevail the up- and-coming days.
With Day 2 action being slightly more heated, the results wound up being the same as many predicted with the favorites trouncing their opponents in every matchup.
Day 3 action brought excitement to the courts.
Team Eric Snow, a surprise winner on Tuesday, played a thrilling contest against 5 Guys 1 Hoop. The two teams seesawed leads throughout the game, but 5 Guys 1 Hoop would emerge victorious after a failed half-court buzzer beater.
The Average Joe’s played slightly below average as the team fell behind early to the Straight Shots. The Average Joe’s rallied in the second half, cutting the deficit to 10 just before the eight-minute mark, 45-35. The closest the Joe’s got came with two minutes to go, when they trailed the Straight Shots by only six.
The rally would stop there, however, and the Straight Shots would hold off the resilient Average Joe’s to win the tough match 53-47.
Intramurals are known to students as a great way to be competitive without having to play a sport at SU. It also creates a bonding experience over a common goal, to have fun.
“I love being close to these [fellow resident assistants at McLean Hall] guys. It is all about having fun and I am glad to be sharing this moment with them. It does not matter whether you win or lose,” SU student Jimmy Thren said.
With the intramural season over for the losing teams, the second wave of playoff games conclude this week. The women’s intramural playoffs also begin today at ShipRec. Tournament brackets can be found at the entrance of ShipRec. Championship games will be played at Heiges Field House.