Men's Holiday Basketball Fall 2007

Miracle on Wood

Michael Burritt, Gregory Collins, Stephen Games, Vincenzo Lacera, Travis O'Deane, Nicolas Privitera, Michael Walsh

Championship Game Summary
Miracle on Wood 41, Controversy 40

Defending holiday tournament and regular season champion Controversy matched up against Miracle on Wood. Controversy began the game with four players & won the tip-off.  After an initial shot, Miracle On Wood rebounded the ball and got on the scoreboard first.  Controversy struck back for their first score. Both teams paced their scoring fairly evenly throughout the first half. Controversy’s Alexis Mongo went to the charity stripe during the first half and went 4/6 from the line. Both teams had the opportunity to add more points at the free throw line but were largely unsuccessful. A lid seemed to be over the ring as multiple three-point attempts were also unsuccessful. Missed scoring opportunities from Mongo and teammate Michael Garcia, as well as Miracle’s Travis O’Deane, led to a low-scoring first half. Controversy’s Felix Okonkwo hit a bucket and was fouled, but couldn’t convert the free throw as time ran out in the half. Controversy took a 19-13 lead into the half. Early in the 2nd half, Controversy’s tactic was to work the ball inside for close looks at the basket. On the other hand, Miracle on Wood seemed content to take the three-pointers. Miracle on Wood made two of three shots from the arch within the first three minutes of the second half. At this point Miracle on Wood seemed to be coming back as Nicolas Privitera connected on a three and teammate Gregory Collins added back-to-back layups. Controversy’s early lead dwindled to three points. With 3:30 left, Miracle’s Vince Lacera sunk a three, which put his team in the lead 34-32. Later, Controversy’s Garcia drove the ball up from under the basket and tied the score at 34. Neither team could score to finish the 2nd half and a five-minute overtime was required. In the overtime, both teams committed fouls to send their opponents to the free throw line. Perhaps exhaustion was had trapped the better of everyone at this point. Miracle’s Michael Burritt was sent to the line for a one-and-one. Burritt made both free throws to give his team the 37-36 lead. The teams made baskets on both ends and trade the one-point lead. With under a minute left in overtime and Controversy leading 40-39, Burritt fouled Kenneth Summers-Lewis.  Summers-Lewis missed the front end of the one-and-one, but Miracle’s mishandle on the rebound gave the ball back to Controversy. Once again, Miracle on Wood fouled and this time sent Okonkwo to the line.  Okonkwo also missed his shots and this time Miracle snagged the rebound and called a timeout. Miracle on Wood inbounded the ball to Collins who happened to be standing out of bounds. Controversy got the ball and Collins committed his fifth & disqualifying foul. Controversy’s Garcia failed to connect on either free throw; the second of which was a violation. With 11 seconds left in overtime and down by a point, Miracle’s Privitera’s three-pointer is off the mark. However, standing all alone under the basket was teammate Stephen Games, who collected the rebound, shot the ball at the buzzer and scored. Count the basket! Count the basket! Miracle on Wood pulled out this miracle of a 41-40 win and the championship.


Daniel Francois , Michael Garcia, Daniel Lauture, Alexis Mongo, Kyle Morrison,
Felix Okonkwo, Danny Soto, Kenneth Summers-Lewis, Andrew Walker