Men's Holiday Basketball Fall 2013

Will Hoop 4 Food

Back Row: Dylan Cox, Sean Ezeamama, Uka Opara, Kyle Morrisobn, Darin Harris, Marinos Vouvakis, James Hayes
Front Row: Christian Riverta, Kevin Djatcha


Championship Game Summary
Will Hoop 4 Food 54, TRM 47

The Men’s Holiday Basketball Championship between TRM and Will Hoop 4 Food was sure to be a good one. Each had beaten tough teams on their paths to the finals. TRM knocked off two former Holiday Basketball Champions; meanwhile Will Hoop 4 Food beat the only team that handed TRM a loss during pool play of the tournament.

TRM led off with a powerful start jumping out to an early lead. Ben Spotts hit a three making it 7-0 TRM. TRM’s zone defense was really giving their opponent trouble. It kept them outside of the paint and forced them to take jump shots. Will Hoop 4 Food was held scoreless for the first five minutes of the game until Darin Harris had an and-one making it 7-3. Ben Spotts responded by making an NBA range three, making it 13-3 TRM. Will Hoop 4 Food immediately called a time out to regroup from the unsatisfying start. Coming out of the time out, Will Hoop 4 Food seemed more than focused. Darin Harris hit back to back threes, making it 13-10 TRM. Back and forth scoring kept the lead at a consistent three points for TRM until Will Hoop 4 Food’s Kevin Djatcha hit three straight three pointers. This gave them the first lead of the game with five minutes left in the half. TRM’s Mengham Xu responded with a mid-range jumper to make it 21-20. Sean Ezeamama had a gorgeous euro step around a defender for a lay-up. This made it 26-22, Will Hoop 4 Food to end the half.

Mengham Xu had an early bucket to start the half for TRM, but Will Hoop 4 Food’s stifling, high pressure defense held TRM scoreless for the next six minutes. Darin Harris was a force on the offensive end. He scored on two lay-ups and a three pointer to extend the lead to 33-24. Back and forth scoring kept the lead at nine for Will Hoop 4 Food. A three-pointer extended the lead to 12. Zach Zaremba for TRM responded with another three, bringing the lead back to nine. Will Hoop 4 Food responded again with another three-pointer. It seemed that Will Hoop 4 Food had an answer for every basket TRM made. The back and forth scoring was not enough to get TRM back into the lead. The lead remained at six-10 points for the rest of the game. Will Hoop 4 Food took home the 2013 Men’s Holiday Basketball Championship T-Shirts and the bragging rights until the next season, when they will attempt to defend their title.

Alphabetical: Ben Spotts, Caleb Engelbourg, David Schreider, Mengham Zu, Ken Zamilli,
Zachary Zaremba