Elizabeth Greason & Jack Concannon | May 4, 2017
After the Bookstore Basketball championship was pushed back to Tuesday, there was an additional two days for anticipation of the rematch of last year’s semifinal between this year’s top-two teams to build. The anticipation continued for an additional 40 minutes, as the tight game between two-time defending champions No. 1 Finnigan’s and No. 2 Practice Squad raged on into an overtime period, with Practice Squad ultimately walking away with a 30-28 win.
The game began with Notre Dame men’s basketball head coach Mike Brey throwing up the jump ball, which was won by Finnigan’s’ Patrick Mazza. A graduate student walk-on of the Irish varsity team who stands at 6-foot-10, Mazza was a force on the boards all night, racking up rebounds and blocks.
The game began with both teams going back and forth. The cold conditions and outdoor rims made it difficult for either team to get anything going shooting early on, leading to the majority of the baskets being scored from under the rim.
Practice Squad graduate student John Lammers scored two buckets early, including a lefty finish at the rim around the towering Mazza to put his team up 4-3. This lead was short lived, however, as Finnigan’s graduate student Brian Spahn led his team on a 6-1 run to take a 9-5 lead.