Penfield 245, McQuaid 140
With WXXI announcing the end of
'Brainstormers' tv show, prospects for a replacement program did not
promising, But the creation of the MasterMinds program breathed new
into the idea.
Fresh off a very different kind of season where schools had an
for the first time to play multiple games, win or lose, it seemed
that Penfield should be one of the finalists. Winner of
Brainstormers titles, including the swan song in 1993, Penfield
be viewed as the preeminent local academic team. Despite
in the regular
season to Wilson Magnet, its first loss in any game in several
Chiefs went 4-1 in the regular season, won the league title and
to the playoffs. Wins over Greece Olympia (285-85) and Livonia
put Penfield in the winner's bracket final against McQuaid.
that game but beat Livonia 345-115 in the loser's bracket finals to
McQuaid, a regular season foe of Penfield, lost to the Chiefs in the
season but earned a spot in the playoffs with a second place finish
league. McQuaid beat Gates Chili (245-180) and narrowly edged
to earn a spot in the winner's bracket finals. McQuaid beat
to advance to the championship game.
Penfield beat McQuaid 260-160 giving each team one loss. That
up a final
with the winner to claim the first MasterMinds Championship.
Penfield started Jeff Crean (captain), Mike Yates, Salas Sabnis and
Richards with Sonu Bisen replacing Yates at the half.
McQuaid started Fred Bush (captain), Craig Simeson, Aaron Nolan and
with Pat Bernal coming in as a halftime substitute for Aaron Nolan.
Penfield scored the first 60 points of the game with Jeff Crean
two toss-ups and Chris Richards one. The team converted just
of 80 bonus
Fred Bush put McQuaid on the board and the Knights converted a full
bonus to close the margin to 60-30.
Two more Crean toss-ups help Penfield bump the lead back up to
The two teams traded the next three toss-up questions before
Penfield holding a 135-85 lead.
Salas Sabnis helped Penfield extend the lead to 165-85 to start the
half, but Fred Bush got the next two toss-ups to close McQuaid to
Jeff Crean got a toss-up correct to put Penfield up 205-115.
After a Penfield penalty, a Fred Bush toss-up and the accompanying
bonus points pulled McQuaid within
55 at 200-145.
But a McQuaid penalty and two Jeff Crean toss-ups gave Penfield the
win at 245-140.
Penfield: Jeff Crean 75, Mike Yates 0, Chris Richards 10,
Sonu Bisen 0
McQuaid: Fred Bush 35, Aaron Nolan 10, Craig Simeson 0, Dan
Pat Bernal 0
Penalties: Crean, Sabnis, Bush