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By Connor Collins, Xavier senior
CEDAR RAPIDS – The first game was a battle between the 1970-80s and the 1990s.
With the help of a handicap scoring system (70-80′s baskets count as twos and threes, 2010’s baskets counted as ones and twos) Brian “Magic” Donnelly, a 1979 graduate of Regis High School, and the 70-80s team were up by 10 points with little time to go in the second half. Then Brad Joens, head coach of the Xavier sophomore boys’ basketball team and a 1994 graduate of Regis, took over and won the game, giving his team a spot in the championship game.
Then it was time to pick up the pace with the 2000s vs. the 2010s. The 2000s, led by 6-foot-4, 328-pound Jay Teply, won the game pretty handedly, 67-55. The 2010s could not bounce back in the consolation game, losing to the 70-80s, a team 30 years older than them, by a score of 57-48 on a handicap scoring system.
It was championship time and Brad Joens and the 90s team were looking to win their fifth straight title. They had been the only winners since the tournament had started in 2009. The 2000s had a different plan and came out of the gate strong, taking a 23-5 lead 11 minutes into the game. Trailing 32-14 at halftime, Joens was asked what the plan was for the second half.
“Win,” he said bluntly.
Unfortunately for Joens and the four-time defending champion 90s team, they could not overcome the large deficit and lost 64-49 after 2009 graduate Kyle Jacoby hit multiple 3-pointers in the second half.
“I feel like a new era of Xavier alums has come into the game and that we are going to make a statement in the years to come,” 2008 graduate Ryan Collins said. “It felt good to finally beat those guys.”