Ole ousts Squakeyes from intramural tourney

BY KYLIE SEBERT | MARCH 24, 2010 7:30 AM

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No. 12 Ole School followed in Cornell’s footsteps Tuesday night in the Field House, upsetting the fifth-seeded Squakeyes, 65-54, in intramural March Madness.

Squakeye senior Sean Cunningham was forced out of the game with a dislocated shoulder in the first five minutes, leaving the squad with three key players missing.

The team’s second-best player, 6-5 Blake Mueller, sprained his ankle, said Squakeye freshman Evan Okrzesik.

“Those guys were not only tall, but they were huge and older,” Okrzesik said.

Ole School showed its level of experience from the start, taking a 17-7 lead in the first six minutes.
But the freshman team picked it up with five minutes left on what freshman fan Ryan Hejda called “momentum-changing plays.”

Okrzesik sunk two free throws after a foul from Ole School senior Aaron Jones, and that was followed by a freshman Mike Buckner 3-pointer, brought the Squakeyes to within two.

Just as fast as it closed, it faded away for the Squakeyes, courtesy of extremely aggressive play by Ole School. The Squakeyes trailed, 33-26, at the half.

Ole School, made up of four seniors, one doctor, and one law student, received the No. 12 seed by default, Jones said.

“We are 3-1 but have played well enough to be a better seed,”he said.

Jones and his teammates displayed that talent in the second half.

Ole School senior Edward Johnson ignited the team with a jumper and followed with a long 3-pointer.

The Squakeyes’ energy returned when Okrzesik took control with seven quick points, but the Squakeyes couldn’t take the lead. The five-person squad called time-out while only down by three points.

After an Okrzesik pep talk, the Squakeyes came out with the first two points. But the energy still lagged, and Ole School took advantage.

In the final minutes, Ole School pulled away with the help of law student Kingsley Botchway’s 6-for-6 free-throws and Philip Spanheimer’s inability to miss a shot.

Ultimately, the Squakeyes gave up, letting the clock wind down to end the game at 65-54.

Despite the apparent underdog victory, Ole School won its first regular-season game by 93 points.

After winning the second game as well, the team had to forfeit in the third because of a lack of players.

Ole School will play No. 13 seed Off Constantly at 6:30 p.m. March 28.

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