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Basketball Rivalry Goes Students’ Way … Again

Spirited play under the boards Intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf, left, with game MVP Angel Stroud Rising to the occasion A procession of good sports Student (and Wildcat volleyball player) Dylan Lackey wins an X box 360 playing 'Let's Make a Deal'The student team jumped out quickly in Wednesday’s annual basketball game en route to a 55-44 victory against its staff/faculty rivals. “The old saying of ‘Living by the 3, dying by the 3’ could never have been more true,” said intramural assistant Jeremy R. Bottorf, recapping the game. “When the students were hitting their 3-pointers, they would have a double-digit lead. When the staff/faculty team would hit 3-pointers and the students couldn’t buy (one), that is when the students realized they needed to open up an inside game. Needless to say, Angel Stroud was happy to oblige.” Stroud put up 11 points and easily had double-digit rebounds to help the students win for the third straight year in Bardo Gym. The game’s Most Valuable Player seemed to be at the right place at the right time in pulling down both offensive and defensive rebounds, Bottorf said. The employeesquad held its own, at one time cutting the deficit to 3, thanks to 16 points each from Jim Williams Jr. and Chris Lemasters. Erica Logan chipped in with 4 points, Brian Johnson and Gallahad Mallery each had 3, and Chris Leigh added 2 points. The students were led in scoring by Ben Vincent, with 13 points, followed by Stroud and Kyle Klunk, each adding 11. Ryan Klunk followed with 10 points, Nate Ranck and Paul McGinn had 4 each, and Emanuel Small contributed 2 points and countless rebounds. Rounding out the staff/faculty team were Shawn McGehean, Bryan Waltz, Eric Ranck, Matthew Strayer and Donnie Stevenson; Robert Kougher complemented the student roster. “A big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who participated!” Bottorf said.Photos by Whitnie-rae Mays, student photographer