Sunday, November 19, 2006

Day Four: Second Round Games and Beach time – November 18, 2006

Great day yesterday! It was nice to be able enjoy some sunshine, but more importantly, some extra hours of rest; especially since we didn’t return to the hotel until after 1:00 am. Although we only had two games to work last night, we still had work until after midnight to deal with. Yesterday’s games were both exciting and closely contested - the first one requiring overtime to decide.

Here’s how they went:
Game #1 Toledo 75 MTSU 69 (OT)
MTSU let a 20 point lead slip away and Toledo’s Justin Ingram hit a clutch shot with .9 seconds on the clock to send the game into overtime. For the second night in a row, Ingram led all scorers with 32 points, going 6 for 11 from behind the arc. MTSU was led by Tim Blue with 14 points.

Game #2 Virginia Commonwealth 71 College of Charleston 59
VCU stepped up their defense and offensive production in the final five minutes to widen its lead against College of Charleston. The game was tightly contested throughout, and although CofC’s Dontaye Draper led the way with 20 points, VCU’s 15 offensive rebounds were key for the Rams. VCU’s B.A. Walker scored his 1,000 point in the contest and set a VCU record for career 3-pointers (183).

So now we have Toledo and VCU going on to play for 4th place and MTSU and College of Charleston will play for 7th place on tomorrow. Today’s semi-final games will unveil the teams that will play for the championship with Alabama vs. Iowa at 7:00 pm AST and Xavier vs. Villanova at 9:30 AST pm. Today's games will be broadcast live nationally on Fox College Sports and regionally on SportSouth.

Since yesterday was “Rivalry Week” in college football, our attendance at the gym did not pick up until later in the afternoon and the media room was buzzing with the Ohio State win over Michigan. We did pick up over 2,100 fans by the end of the night and great games and party atmosphere made for a tremendous evening.

We will posting photos on the Paradise Jam website soon: Take some time to check them out.

The day today is similar to yesterday schedule-wise, so it will be more beachtime for me and on to the gym later in the afternoon. I have friend back home that spent her honeymoon here 20 years ago and she said she cried when they had to leave, I'm starting to see why!


Saouse said...

Dana - any word on what media outlets (TV) are carrying the remaining games? I have heard conflicting reports that mention Fox College Sports-Pacific, Fox Sports South, and SS. I would appreciate any information on where national viewers can tune into to watch these great games. Thanks!

Dana Hinman said...

You bet--tonight's games at 4:00 pm and 9:30 pm AST (AST is one hour ahead of EST) will be broadcast nationally on Fox College Sports and regionally on SportSouth.