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Intramurals pump up athletes and fans

The intramural basketball season wrapped up right before Spring Break, while intramural soccer kicked off March 15.

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

The week prior to Spring Break meant something more to Palm Beach Atlantic University students than just midterms week and the realization that a vacation was approaching. It also meant the PBA intramural basketball playoffs were beginning.

After a long, physical and hard-fought regular season, 13 men’s teams remained standing for a shot at glory.

When shooting hoops in his backyard, every child dreams about one thing and one thing only: being a PBA Intramural Basketball Champion.

With the level of competition so high and players willing to do whatever it takes to emerge victorious, who would come out on top?

Just like the NCAA tournament last year, in the early rounds of postseason play there were very few upsets and unsurprising outcomes, with almost every early favorite advancing. This set up a dream scenario for the finish.

In what would undoubtedly be the premier Final Four in PBA intramural history, the White Hawks, White Magic, Slothin and Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons each stood two victories from celebrating as champions.

The first semifinal match-up featured the regular season’s top team, the White Hawks, and many bracketologists’ dark horse pick, Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons.
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Beacon Sports: Intramural basketball heats up

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

This week begins a series showcasing highlights from different intramural sports.

Last week featured some hotly contested games on the intramural basketball court, but one matchup stood above the rest.

The premier game of the week saw the pharmacy school team, Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons, square off against one of the league’s most popular and well-known squads, the White Magic.

Both the White Magic and Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons came into the Thursday night contest with a 2-1 record. They also both realized that to remain within striking distance of the two remaining undefeated teams, one would need to come out victorious.

The game’s crucial nature drew in crowds of fans to watch. The White Magic, last year’s intramural champion and Facebook sensation, had its usual backing of loyal supporters.

Despite their faithful Facebook following, the veteran White Magic stumbled out of the gate as the Jay Jackson and the Tito Jacksons jumped out to an early and convincing lead in the first half.

The White Magic were able to take the momentum back before halftime, notching a five point lead.

The pride of the pharmacy school, Jay Jackson, was determined to regain the lead for his intellectually and scholastically superior squad.

A key stretch in the second half saw veteran sharpshooter Michael Hux stroke clutch three pointers on back to back possessions with just a few minutes left, taking his team from down four points to holding a two point advantage.

True to his nickname, “Big Fundamental,” White Magic’s Adam McGregor played tough down the stretch to counter Hux’s hot hand, registering 21 points, as the game’s leading scorer.

Jackson’s leadership and exceptional ball-handling skills were the difference in the game’s crucial moments, as the White Magic could do little to break Jackson of getting his shot or setting up teammates in a great position to make theirs.

In the end, brains overcame brawn as the pharmacy team escaped with a 49-48 victory.

The White Magic were unable to hit a bucket at the buzzer that would have crowned them victorious.

The win put the Jacksons one game behind B.Young and the White Hawks for the league’s top spot.

The victory by the Jacksons was a true team effort, as every player that suited up notched at least six points.

With the White Magic losing their second game it drops them into the jumble of six teams with a record of 2-2.

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Beacon Sports: NBA Western Conference is anybody’s game

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

After last week’s Eastern Conference preview, we continue this week with a preview of the Western Conference.

The West has been the NBA’s premier conference since the second retirement of Michael Jordan in 1998. Since then, eight of the 11 NBA champs have resided in the West. This trend persisted last season as the Los Angeles Lakers captured their 15th championship, and a record 10th with Head Coach Phil Jackson. This season, can Phil make it 11 or will another squad emerge to represent the West in the Finals?
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Beacon Sports: Look for drama, upsets in new NBA season

By Clint Longenecker
Contributing Writer

This is the first segment of a two-part preview of the National Basketball Association.

One of the most anticipated NBA seasons in recent memory is finally here.

The NBA’s playoff campaign was action packed and had fans glued to every minute of action. Every expert predicted the powerful Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers would match up in a legendary battle between two of the game’s superstars: Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. The overlooked Orlando Magic staged an upset, beating the Cavs in six games in the Eastern Conference finals and advancing to basketball’s biggest stage. During the finals, the Lakers stifled the hot shooting Magic in five games to hoist the golden Larry O’Brien trophy.

A flurry of offseason activity took place during the summer of 2009, leaving a clear view of potential contenders. The top teams in the league got stronger, while the league’s subpar teams shed contracts to weather the storm of the bad economy.
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Beacon Sports: Sailfish basketball seeks championships

With basketball season starting in November, we decided to preview the basketball program here at Palm Beach Atlantic University. We’ve broken down each team to provide you with the best information: on whom to keep your eye, which games are shaping up to be challenging and how each team is looking to improve. 

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