James “The Wizard” White completes the come from behind victory to defeat Frank “Bam Bam” Moran 18-15 and enter the Ultimate Schmoedown Singles Tournament.
Moran jumped out to an early 6-4 lead at the end of the first round and had control of the match right up until the end. Bam Bam elected to spin first in Round Two, eventually landing on Francis McDormand and going 3/4 for 4 PTS, despite giving up a late 1-point steal to his opponent. The Wizard followed this up by spinning Nora Ephron and giving a less than stellar 2/4 performance for 3 PTS along with relinquishing 2 steals for 3 PTS to Moran to place White in a 5-point hole heading into the final round. With the score set at 13-8 at the beginning of Round Three, White hit his 2- and 3-pointers to avoid the technical knockout and force Bam Bam to answer his 2-point question. Unfortunately for The Wizard, Moran was able to knock down the 2-pointer with ease to place the ball back in White’s court. It would take all three JTE rules, but The Wizard magically pulled the 5-point question out of his hat and force his opponent to beat him down the stretch. Fortunately, Bam Bam was unable to close out the game, missing both his 3- and 5-pointers, resulting in the 18-15 win for The Wizard.
“Catherine O’Hara came to mind immediately, but I know she also did another character in that movie,” White said in regards to his 5-point pull late in Round Three. “So, I was just wanting to just keep thinking if I could pull anybody else. Was I misreading it? So, I just used up everything that I had. That’s why you save the JTEs when you need them. So, I just made sure that I reiterated in my head over and over again, ‘Alright, I’m pretty sure it’s her. I’m pretty sure it’s her. I can’t think of anybody else,’ and then, when you said correct, it’s just elation.”
Following the win, White adds 2 PTS onto The Den’s total bringing them to 17 on the year. The Wizard now faces a major test in the first round of the Singles Tournament as he is set to take on the former champion, William “The Beast” Bibbiani on September 7.