Thursday, February 19, 2015

Week 5: Krupp’s Triple Sends Team 4 to 5-0 Start

                                                  1    2    F    
Team Lindstrom/Strietzel            36    31    68        3-2
Team 4                                         33    37    70        5-0

On the verge of losing our first game of the year, Zack Krupp wouldn’t let that happen for us. The 6-foot-5 Krupp buried a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining to give us a 70-68 win on Saturday morning against a very solid team captained by Jon Lindstrom and  Jon Strietzel.

Krupp’s three capped off a comeback in the closing minutes. We trailed by seven after a Paul Von Tobel rainbow, banked 3-ball with just under three minutes to play. Many of us thought this may have been the dagger to our hope of staying unbeaten. 

But with a couple of quick buckets and a trapping defense, we were able to tie the game with under a minute remaining. After they split a pair of free throws with 13 seconds left to take a one-point lead, Krupp took the ball down the court. While the rest of us were panicking not knowing who would take the final shot, Krupp channeled his inner Michael Jordan, sized up a 3 from the top of the key, and buried it. 

After the game, all we could ask ourselves was, “Did we really just win that game?” It had the feeling that we really escaped with one against a quality opponent. It was another great team win with everyone playing an important role in the victory.

The Week 5 devo, the “Bridge Diagram”, was a great reminder to us not only of how we can witness to people but also just how gracious God is in giving us eternal life and hope found through Jesus. We went through several verses that are essential to share with nonbelievers. The common theme we came across is that we must witness in a gentle, listening manner, one that identifies with the person. We are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God, but the amazing news is that we have the free gift of eternal life offered to us through Jesus Christ. 

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