With the intramural basketball season underway, the Caucasian Sensation took on the undefeated 4:30 Crew Tuesday night.
The game began at 10 p.m., and the 4:30 Crew started off strong. Their defense repeatedly shut down Caucasian Sensation and after 15 minutes of play, the 4:30 Crew was up 28-12.
The 4:30 Crew scored on each of several missed attempts by the Caucasion Sensation. After calling a timeout with 1:25 left in the first half, Caucasion Sensation continued to miss shots, while the 4:30 Crew increased the lead.
By the end of the first half, the 4:30 Crew was in the lead with a score of 40-12. They dominated the floor, moved the ball effortlessly and scored often, leaving Caucasian Sensation without much of a chance.
Picasso Simmons, a graduate student and member of the 4:30 Crew, said the strong point of the game was their defense. He said because they defended so well, the Caucasian Sensation had no control over the half.
“The other team couldn’t hit their three’s, and we basically shut them down,” Simmons said.
Throughout the half, the 4:30 Crew displayed their efficient defense by only allowing Caucasian Sensation to score a total of six baskets. Caucasian Sensation was unable to consistently regain control of the ball.
At the start of the second half, the 4:30 Crew had a breakaway but missed the shot down low. Caucasian Sensation got the ball but missed two 3-point shots in succession.
They racked up the offense but still struggled to score, which remained the same for the first minute and a half of play.
With 18:30 left to play, the 4:30 Crew turned the ball over and gave Caucasian Sensation a breakaway.
They ended up scoring three points to make the score 40-15. However, the 4:30 Crew turned around with a breakaway of their own and scored, adding to their lead by two points.
Seconds later, due to a mercy rule, the 4:30 Crew scored a 3-point shot to end the game. Because of the difference in scores, the game ended with 17:10 left in the second half.
The final score was 45-15 and was a great win for the 4:30 Crew.
Simmons, who was a part of the Racer basketball team for four years, was the team’s top scorer and rebounder of the game.
His goal for the season is to go undefeated again and for the 4:30 Crew to win the championship.
Simmons said, a championship is a definite possibility due to the team’s skills and ability to work well together in all situations.
“The team to me is unselfish,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if I score five points or 10.”
This win puts the 4:30 Crew at 2-0 so far this season.
Their next game is Monday against Rack City in the North Gym at 9 p.m.
Story by Megan Kavy, Contributing writer.