This weekend I got to see Georgetown play basketball not one, but twice! Even though I went to college in Washington D.C. and all home games are played in the nation’s capital a few times a year the team comes up and plays at Madison Square Garden here in New York City. This weekend was the 2K Classic charity tournament, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project, bringing in schools from all over the country to play for a good cause. These type of tournaments are my favorite because each team plays more than once and games are against non-conference opponents.
For the first game I left work early on Friday and walked the 15 blocks up to Madison Square Garden to make the 5pm tip-off of Georgetown vs. Wisconsin. It pains me to say that my team was not off to a great start, we were 0-2 on the season going into the game, having lost to opponents we should have beat. To make matters worse this was a game against a team that was in the Final Four last year so you can imagine my excitement when we won by 10 points!
A group of my friends then celebrated our win with a sushi dinner and a few drinks at the official after party at a nearby bar called American Whiskey. Everyone is always in a good mood when we win and it was fun to run in to people I went to school with but have not seen in years.
On Sunday I headed back to the world’s most famous arena for the championship game, Georgetown vs. Duke, as both teams had a pass in the first round and won their respective Friday games. From the moment I arrived and went through security, you could feel the excitement in the air and the crowds were crazy. As school’s with mediocre football programs we take basketball very seriously and fans of both teams were very all riled up about the 1pm match.
I had great seats thanks to my brother and we were surrounded by very enthusiastic Georgetown fans. At the end of the first half I was feeling really, really good about the entire thing and apparently other fans did as well, agreeing with my tweet.
— Kelly Donlin (@kellydonlin) November 22, 2015
The second half, yeah, well, we won’t talk about that. We tried valiantly and it came down to the final seconds. We fought hard but ultimately lost with a final score was 86-84 and we all walked out of Madison Square Garden missing the pep we walked in with.
It was a great weekend of basketball and now I am really exited for the rest of the season. I just hope my Hoyas play the rest of their games like they did on Friday against Wisconsin because when we are on, we are on and no one doubt a Nationally ranked team. Let’s go Hoyas! #WeAreGeorgetown #H4L