YLS 3L Intramural Basketball Repeats in Fall Classic Overtime Win
In what was certainly the most exciting athletic event to feature YLS students since this fall's Court Classic, the 3L Intramural team--Occupy Ball Street--defeated Random Forest (a collection of "all-stars" from the university's staff and various graduate schools) to defend their 2011 title, winning the 2012 championship in a 45-43 overtime thriller. This is the first time a law school team has won back-to-back championships since Akhil Amar was the starting point guard in the early-1980s.
The 3L's started off the championship game cold, and fell behind by as many as eight points, 15 to 7, early. However, they battled back, led by lights-out three-point shooting from guards Kenny Townsend and Pat Moroney, as well as smothering perimeter defense from Miles Farmer. JeremyKaplan-Lyman continued his excellent performance with his back to the basket, scoring with a variety of strong moves to the rim and working the inside-outside game to set up 3-point shooters.
Townsend appeared a bit rattled during the first half, as the opposing point guard played a very physical game, and the referees seemed unwilling to call the blatant hand-checks. When a hand-check was finally called, Townsend released his pent-up frustration, screaming "you can't do that!" as he stormed towards the side-line to inbound. A recommendation from the scorers table that they "T-him-up" went unheeded, and a few plays later the 3Ls took a one-point lead into halftime.
In the second half, neither team led by more than 5, with the lead changing hands repeatedly. Tony Moffa played quality minutes off the bench, rebounding well and scoring on several key put-backs. Edward McCarthy also played well down-low, and Occupy Ball Street kept the opposing team off the glass for most of the contest.
In the closing minutes of regulation, with less than 1:40 to play and the 3Ls down by four, Kaplan-Lyman scored on a crucial low-post move. After the 3Ls intentionally fouled to put Random Forest on the line, a missed free throw gave the law students a chance to tie. Townsend then hit a mid-range floater as the crowd, composed of Steph Turner and Anant Kumar, went wild. Random Forest missed the closing shot, and the game went to overtime.
In OT, Occupy Ball Street once more found themselves down by four with less than 2:00 to play. After McCarthy scored underneath, the 3Ls again intentionally fouled. The Random Forest player air-balled his free throw, and Townsend was fouled on the resulting possession. With Random Forest by then-- finally-- in the bonus, Townsend sank his first free throw. Though Townsend missed the second, McCarthy came up with a huge rebound, kicked the ball back out to Kenny on the broken play, and the game's leading scorer nailed yet another 3-pointer.
Though Random Forest had several chances in the closing seconds, solid team defense and great individual plays by Moroney, Farmer and Kaplan-Lyman forced them into poor shots. A last second tip-in attempt rattled out, and the buzzer sounded.
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