Ten teams excitedly played their first games against each other as the BYU-Hawaii intramural basketball season began this Tuesday, March 28 in the Cannon Activity Center and Old Gym.
Yao Know What I Ming’s team captain King Loke, a senior from Malaysia majoring in marketing and hospitality management, said, “Tonight was fun. We lost but we played well. We are not playing for the championship but we are playing for the memories.”
Loke’s team comprised of friends, classmates and coworkers was part of what Jackson Oliver calls the comradery of intramurals athletics.
“I love the feel of intramurals,” said Oliver, a junior from Washington majoring in biomedical science. “The fact that we are bringing in guys that I already have classes with… I see guys here that I see on campus everyday and playing against them is a really cool experience.”
Oliver’s team is comprised of former BYUH athletes primarily from the basketball team. Oliver himself ran for the school’s cross country team this season. His team defeated Team Covey 66-46.
While the players are excited, Intramurals Referee Supervisor Tom Behrens knows this excitement can lead to some animated participants when the referees' calls don’t favor their team.
“What I try and tell the players is that the refs aren’t perfect, but they will get better as time goes on,” said Behrens, a senior from California majoring in supply chain management. Behrens said the main goal of the refs is to be “as consistent as possible. As long as we have consistency the games will go smoothly.”