CSPM hosted a memorable APMSA CAB Basketball Tournament which featured an unforgettable weekend in San Francisco.
Students from across the country were greeted with picturesque weather with sunny skies and a light ocean breeze. Some students were so excited about their first visit to San Fran; they wore flowers in their hair. Round robin play began Friday at the University of San Francisco. All teams that participated played two games on Friday hoping to gain the highest possible seed for the Saturday single elimination tournament. AZPOD gained the first seed for the men's bracket. Despite an exhilarating comeback by the CSPM women's team to beat OCPM, the TUSPM team received the number one seed.
Saturday's single elimination tournament was punctuated with a few last minute shots and amazing comebacks. In the women's semifinal game, Larissa McDonough of OCPM effortlessly seemed to seal the game with a few seconds left by making a contested three point shot. However, CSPM's Annie Nguyentat responded and subsequently hit a 30 footer to put the CSPM team into the championship against the TUSPM “Pod Squad.” Despite an inspiring previous win for the CSPM women, the TUSPM Owls won by a substantial margin in the championship.
The men's semifinal game featured an evenly matched AZPOD and TUSPM teams. Down six points with less than a minute in the game, TUSPM hit consecutive three point shots to tie the game. Double overtime was almost avoided by a 90 foot buzzer shot by the AZPOD that rimmed out. AZPOD pulled away in double overtime to face SCPM in the finals.
In the championship game, AZPOD started on the wrong side of a 20-4 run. The more rested SCPM team maintained an early lead to win by a large margin. Festivities following included an evening in the legendary Marina district.
As a first year student, I was truly amazed at what strong relationships were forged during this tournament. Thanks to the generous contributions and support from the APMSA CAB, many students are able to build new relationships which, in turn, will build a stronger profession.