BOOKSTORE BASKETBALL XXX: Stinky Pinky continues unseeded tourney run
By JEFF BALTRUZAK
Assistant Sports Editor
As the wind whipped across Stepan courts Monday night, making outside shooting more a matter of luck than skill, Stinky Pinky and the Shockers continued its unseeded run to the round of 32, taking down Duany Duany 21-13.
Stinky Pinky, made up of Knott residents Josh Wimmer, Blake Burgess, Ben Gilfillan, Brian Price and Mike Pykose shook off a slow start to come to dominant the contest in the second half.
"Both teams started slow," said Wimmer. "It was 0-0 and 1-1 for a really long time."
But as both teams started to adjust to the playing conditions and find their groove, scoring picked up. The game went to 6-6 quickly, but Stinky Pinky grabbed a 10-6 lead on its first major run of the game, and the score read 11-8 at half time.
"We were getting most of points inside," said Wimmer. "Nothing was falling outside because it was so windy."
Stinky Pinky opened the second half with inspired play, going on a 5-1 run. Duany Duany countered with two points of its own to bring the score to 16-11. Stinky Pinky spread the scoring around evenly throughout the contest, with Pykose being the high scorer with just five buckets.
But Stinky Pinky stepped up the speed of the game, converting on several fast break opportunities to put the game away.
Ninth-seeded Project Mayhem, comprised of Jason Mayes, Luke Mueller, Matt White, Doug Wilson and Brian Rush handily defeated Collegeboxes.com 21-10, relying on the strength of a stifling defense and tough inside play.
"We worked it inside consistently," said Mueller. "We had constant scoring. We really didn't go on long runs."
Project Mayhem was able to control the flow of the game by employing a two-three zone defense, but did not have the height advantage, with both teams having equal numbers of players over six feet tall.
"Our scoring was pretty balanced with our whole team," Mueller said.
Rush had an especially strong game inside on a day where inside strength was the key to victory.
Project Mayhem sprinted out to an 11-5 half-time advantage, and then methodically put up ten more points to close out their victory and earn a spot in the final 32.
Bookstore action continues tomorrow from 7-10 p.m., with all games played at the Stepan Courts.
All Sports Stories for Tuesday, April 24, 2001