Lego My Ego outlasts Apes in 3-on-3 losers bracket game


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People in marching band are not typically thought of in an athletic light.

Yet Lego My Ego, a team made up of trumpeters in the Hawkeye Marching Band, defeated a deep Apes team in a loser’s bracket game of the intramural 3-on-3 basketball tournament Thursday night in the Field House.

Lego My Ego — a team named after a “trumpet inside joke,” players say — won the contest thanks in large part to strong rebounding performances. The team totaled 57 boards in the two games played, including 18 offensive rebounds, and 32 overall, from sophomore Thad Reeves.

“Thad is a monster,” Ego junior Will Downey said.

Teammate Michael Boehm agreed.

“Yeah, just a beast,” he said.

Apes’ Torry Holt, who sported Wolverine-esque sideburns during the game, said boxing out was the biggest reason for his team’s defeat.

Down low, Reeves often snared the ball and dished it out to the senior Boehm. The lanky former high-school player drained 18 of his team’s 30 total points, many of them shots or penetrations off high screens from other Lego My Ego players.

The team also dealt with physical play from its opponents, which left nothing uncontested in the key.

The Apes, whose players got together because they are members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, also contributed to their own demise, missing a few putback opportunities in both games.

But there were bright spots, including a performance from freshman Zach Homer, who scored five points in the second game. Teammate James Hanovnikian shone, as well, with four scores.

As a team of five, Apes seemed to hold an advantage when it came to fatigue. While the squad was at a disadvantage in height, it boasted players with size.

Junior Gustav “Hurricane” Anderson tried to dominate down low. Homer also looked to have a post-worthy body, but he stepped out to take longer shots.

When the shots were on, the Apes were in control. The team took a lead early in the second game, 5-1. They then held a 10-6 lead for a long part of the set, which took more than 40 minutes to complete.

While Lego My Ego did win in straight games, the tedious contest took more than an hour of time. Lego My Ego ended the game on a 7-3 run.

“You just have to keep hustling,” Boehm said. “Even when [your scoring] is in a dry spell.”

Lego My Ego’s win had the group playing again in another tournament game later Thursday night.
Despite being eliminated from the tournament, the Apes’ players said they want to play during the five-on-five season in the spring semester.

“I think we’ll keep the core of the team together,” Holt said. “But we’ll also go out and get some athletes.”

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