Rec Sports men’s basketball teams the Puzzles and QUEST for ONE battled in a semi-finals game March 18.
Just prior to the game, Brantley Brooks, a sophomore studying accounting and shooting guard for QUEST for ONE, said his team had suffered a cole of tough losses earlier in the season, one of them to the Puzzles.
“We want some revenge tonight,” Brooks said.
Chad Warner, a senior studying accounting and guard for the Puzzles, said he was excited for the game before it began.
“We are down two of our best players tonight, so that will affect our game,” Warner said. “But we are looking forward to playing anyway. Anything can happen if we work together as a team.”
Stakes were high as both the Puzzles and QUEST for ONE began the game with a determination to continue on to the championship bracket.
The first period ended with the Puzzles leading 36-21.
Former Rec Sports basketball official Kyle Marsden, a sophomore studying exercise physiology and a spectator, said the game was enjoyable to watch.
“Although both teams expressed proper sportsmanship, each team had obvious willpower to win,” Marsden said.
Marsden said all of the players had invested their hearts in the semifinal game.
With six minutes remaining, the Puzzles led by four points 55-51.
The Puzzles held their lead, while scoring another 15 points.
The Puzzles won the game 70-55. They will be continuing to the championship game.
“Through the regular season, we have had a lot of close games,” Warner said. “Three of the games out of the season, we have only won by five points.”
Warner said the players for the Puzzles have been playing together for a long time.
“This game was so intense,” Warner said. “Four of our teammates have grown together. We know each other’s style, and we can help get each other the best shots.”
Marsden said the Puzzles moved the ball around to each other well.
“They have the ability to create opportunities for someone to be open somewhere,” Marsden said. “I think they will do very well in the finals. They have a lot of talent.”
The Puzzles, with an undefeated record of 9-0, will face Free Jimmer in the championship game.
The Rec Sports advanced men’s finals game is March 27 at 9:15 p.m. in the Hart Main Gym.