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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 20, 2009

Who Would Win if the Team Played a Game of P.I.G.?

Bryan Boettcher

Before the basketball season began, the men's team was issued a questionnaire from the sports information office as a way to get to know the student-athlete off the court. The questions ranged from first job to favorite NBA player to favorite ice cream flavor.

At the bottom of the questionnaire was this question: Who would win if the team played a game of P.I.G.? On Monday, we found out…

Monday's 9 a.m. practice was followed by a 30-minute lifting workout with Joe Quinlin in the fitness center. The players were instructed afterwards to head to Martindale Gymnasium where further instructions awaited.

(I'll take this time to inform you of the results of those surveys. While many of the players put their own names down as to who would win a game of P.I.G., there were some who took the opportunity to score brownie points with the veterans…right Edriss?)

The instructions for P.I.G. were these:

• The order would be determined by date-of-birth (oldest to youngest).

• Until the number of players remaining was dwindled down to around six, when a player made a shot, everyone had to take the shot. Those who missed received a letter. If everyone made the shot, the original shooter earned a letter (i.e. - no layups!)

• After everyone attempted the made shot, the next person in line would have first choice as to what the next shot would be.

• Once the number of players was shortened, regular P.I.G. rules would go into effect. Once a player missed a made shot, the next player in line would get to choose the next shot.

The order for the P.I.G. tournament was: Hunter Henry, Edriss Floyd, DaJuan Harris, Mike Larsen, Shawn Carter, Nick Mikle, Blake Bales, Jake Reinders, Vernon Weddle, Elijah Allen, Kyle Haake, Jake Petersen (born 8/31/90)

Henry, the second-most accurate shooter in the MIAA entering this week's play, takes the first shot … and misses.

After Floyd's attempt fails, Harris drills a deep 3 from the yellow volleyball line. Larsen can't hit and ceremoniously accepts the first letter of the game.

Carter and Mikle miss, but Bales and Reinders, who combined have attempted one 3-pointer in 16 games this season, both connect. Weddle tries to make it three in a row, but a high archer grazes the ceiling and falls well short.

No one else can hit, leaving nine of 12 players with "P."

The next round opens with plenty of creativity - shots from behind the glass, bounces off the floor, the wall and even one off the head. Naturally it's a four-footer in the lane from Henry that opens round two.

With his back turned to the basket, Henry flips a ball over his right shoulder that rolls around and in. Floyd, who missed Harris' deep 3, can't make Henry's shot and is the first to earn an "I.".

Harris gets his first letter and three more misses follow until Bales and Reinders, apparently feeling this game is way too easy, confidently flip the ball over their shoulders and in. Still no letters for them.

The remaining players miss what turns out to be the shortest shot of the competition.

Floyd misses the first shot of round three. Then, Harris drills the shot of the day. He straddles the out-of-bounds lines on the right corner of the court with his right foot facing the basket and his left facing down court at a 90 degree angle and without jumping, hits nothing but net. Many eliminations follow…

Larsen becomes the first player eliminated. Carter is next and third is Mikle. Bales and Reinders finally earn their first letters and Weddle picks up his "G." Allen and Haake both hit the shot to remain in the game, but Petersen does not and is the fifth player eliminated.

Henry gets his "I" and Floyd gets a "G" to close the round. Harris has eliminated half the field.

Haake hits a long two, which Henry sinks to stay alive, but gives Harris his "I."

Bales swishes a shot from the left elbow, which eliminates Allen, who places sixth.

Henry, a 71 percent free-throw shooter, ups his percentage to 100 when shooting with his eyes closed. Harris, a 62 percent free-throw shooter with his eyes open, fires long and settles for fifth place.

A standing 3-pointer from the top of the key from Reinders sends Haake to the sidelines narrowing the field to three - Henry, the senior with an I, and Reinders and Bales with just "P."

The trio each take their share of misses, including one sitting on the floor and another from Henry, who steals a chair but can't muster the strength on a seated, deep 3.

Reinders breaks the ice by drilling a 3, which Henry sinks to stay alive, but which gives Bales an "I."

Henry banks a 3 from the left side. Bales follows suit and the score is evened with Reinders' miss.

Henry goes for the jugular with a shot from half-court, but fails. Bales tries to bank a free throw, but can't connect. Instead, it's a running 3 from Reinders that sends Henry home with the bronze.

Withstanding the pressure, both finalist make the other's shot to keep the competition rolling. Reinders knocks down Bales' 3 from the left corner. Bales nails Reinders' shot from the top of the key.

Naturally, a performance from the free-throw line determined the winner. Bales banks a free throw and Reinders' attempt falls off the rim. Bales, a redshirt sophomore from Olathe, Kan., answers the question - who would win if the team played a game of P.I.G.?

Also see: Knockout results

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