Abbreviation Bowl 2015

Prologue
Back to St. Paul for the 2015 Abbreviation Bowl as Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School (FAIR) travels to The Sal to take on Christ's Household of Faith (CHOF).  As usual at The Sal minimal concessions but we have a Red Gatorade to keep the beverage counter rolling. Fairly small crowd but The Sal does a nice job of amplifying noise.  Funny moment in the JV game with kids passing a phone around on the bench during the game to look at pictures.

Number of Teams I've Seen: 129 (47 courts)

Beverage Consumption Counter: 1052.9 ounces (64 days, 91 games, 2 scrimmages added on)
  • Pepsi: 536 ounces
  • Coke: 132 ounces
  • Dr. Pepper: 36 ounces
  • Sprite: 116 ounces
  • Sierra Mist: 12 ounces
  • Barq's Root Beer: 20 ounces
  • A&W Root Beer: 24 ounces
  • Red Powerade: 80 ounces
  • Red Gatorade: 80 ounces
  • Water: 500 ml
Hot Dog Counter: 12

Song of the Day
Break my stride - Matthew Wilder

Game Time
FAIR gets off to a good start with a 9-3 lead just 3 minutes in.  Then its Laron Reynolds with an offensive board for 2 free throws, Armani Scott for 2 and KreSean Greert for 3.  That puts FAIR up 26-15 at the 7:12 mark.  Kit Piepkorn with a crazy scoop for 2 and Jacob Bluhm takes a turnover for a layup.  But a  CHOF 3 at the buzzer is waved off. That keeps the FAIR lead at 32-21 at the half.

FAIR adds the 3 of the 2nd half for their biggest lead of the night.  35-21 Falcons at 16:09 with Scott scoring his 7th bucket of the night.  Then the turnovers come and its all CHOF from there.  Anders Strandlund drives for a free throw, converts a 3 point play, adds an inside bucket and off a BLOB buries a foul line jumper.  Then a scramble situation and its Kit Piepkorn to Tomas Piepkorn for 3.  The CHOF run is 18-0.  Then its Tomas and Kit with 2 more bombs. Scott had a 3 piont play to break the 18-0 run and he puts back a miss to break a streak of only 1 FG in 10 min for FAIR.  A turnover turns into another Strandlund bucket.  33-7 CHOF run over 12 minutes.  54-42 Lions with 4 minutes left.  Free throws late make the final margin 66-51 CHOF.

Post Game
Armani Scott finishes with 21 to lead FAIR.  8th Grader KreSean Greert adds 16 with 4 3s.  Turnovers were a killer.  Some were vs the CHOF 1-2-2 and diamond presses, but many sloppy ones too.  The Falcons fall to 5-5 overall.  They visit Prairie Seeds in a Twin Cities Conference game tomorrow.

CHOF improves to 7-6 overall.  Kit Piepkorn struggled with his shot but still finished with 18.  Anders Strandlund had 12 of his 14 in the 2nd half and was a major factor in the 2nd half.  Tim Rohlf added 16.  Tomas Piepkorn with all 8 of his points in the 2nd half including a couple of dagger 3s in the big run.  The top 8 guys in the CHOF rotation all return next season.  They also have a quick road turnaround as they are at St. Croix Prep tomorrow.   They'll be looking at a borderline seed for a 1st round playoff game at home.

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