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UTSA Legacy claims men’s intramural basketball national championship
(April 25, 2013) -- Last week, the UTSA Legacy men's intramural basketball team won the NCCS National Basketball Championship in Raleigh, N.C., 49-40 against Columbus State University (Georgia). Hosted by North Carolina State University, the tournament featured 20 intramural teams from across the nation.
The trip to Raleigh marked the fifth time that a UTSA men's intramural team has traveled to the national tournament, but Legacy's victory in Raleigh marks the first time a UTSA team has won the national championship.
Legacy was coached by former UTSA student Bobby Patel. Team members include:
- Seth Almaraz
- D'Marcus Brannon
- Kane Bryant
- Marco Castro
- Tyree Garcia
- Frank Iriele
- Ruben Jimenez
- Quintin Smith
- Sean Spain
- Isaac Williams
Led by Tournament MVP Quintin Smith and All-Tournament Team selection Sean Spain, Legacy cruised through pool-play defeating Mount Olive (North Carolina) and Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania), to land the number one seed in the tournament.
Not every game was easy though, as Legacy battled back from being down 10 against Virginia State in the quarterfinals and then 15 in the semifinals against North Carolina A&T. The win over North Carolina A&T set up a championship showdown against Columbus State.
The first half was low scoring as both teams struggled to make shots and ended with the teams tied at 16. With only 20 minutes between them and a national championship, Legacy used a 12-0 run, sparked by Kane Bryant and Isaac Williams, to take the lead. Legacy never looked back and capped off the championship with a thunderous slam by Tyree Garcia for a 49-40 victory.
The Department of Campus Recreation, in support of its vision to be recognized leaders in student development and collegiate recreation, financially supports students each year to represent UTSA at extramural tournaments for flag football and basketball through the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 210-458-7566.