Intramural basketball: DRB storms into playoffs


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The 3-point shot was the name of the game when DRB faced Just the Tippies in an intramural basketball game in the Field House on Wednesday night.

DRB (4-0) made 10 shots behind the arc and cruised to a 50-30 victory over Just the Tippies (1-3) to finish the season undefeated.

Just the Tippies made 7 3-pointers of its own but managed only 11 points in the first half on 4 field goals. Seth Goldstein, who had one of his team's 3-pointers in the second half, said the lack of first-half scoring ultimately hurt the team most.

"Obviously you can always score more points," he said. "You want to stop the other team from scoring as many points as it did."

DRB has handled every team it has faced this season. The team of freshmen is averaging 61.6 points a game and defeating opponents by an average of 19 points per contest.

"No team scares us here," DRB captain Connor Blythe said. "We have good chemistry. We all grew up in the same area and played each other in youth sports."

Just the Tippies' defense was overmatched all game long. Seven different DRB players scored in the game, and two players finished in double-digits.

So with 2:36 remaining in the first half and trailing, 26-11, Just the Tippies called a time-out and switched to a zone defense. The squad was only outscored by 5 points the rest of the game.

"Originally, the zone defense started to work," Just the Tippies' Aaron Castle said. "Except for when they started making their shots. We came out in the second half and gave them a good fight."

Just the Tippies' offense has been inconsistent this season; the team scored 24, 38, and 50 points in its first three games. But Goldstein said the point total doesn't matter.

"We just came out here and had some fun," the guard said. "We're just a bunch of friends playing basketball — a sport we all love. We're probably the closest team out of all the teams in intramurals."

DRB's players are confident heading into the playoffs, in part because they make up one of just 15 undefeated teams out of the nearly 100 men's squads as of Wednesday night.

DRB player Alex Hahn said the team has advantages it has used all season that will carry into the playoffs.

"We're a little more athletic," the freshman said. "We're faster paced and more used to playing with each other. We have better shooters. As long as we can shoot well and play at our pace, we can play with anybody."

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