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Jay Bee’s David Gouard drives past UAW’s JT Harfield during Friday’s action at the Dustbowl at the David S. Palmer Arena.

From high school to college, and now as an assistant coach at Danville Area Community College, Durrell Robinson has seen and played with a number of good basketball players.

Friday night at the Dustbowl, Robinson, along with his teammates on Tammy Hale Transcription came up against some of the area’s best.

But nothing about Tammy Hale Transcription’s game against The Jazz came as a surprise as their opponents were also familiar. It clearly worked to their advantage and Tammy Hale Transcription left the David S. Palmer Arena with a 58-50 first round win.

“I was raised with the Houpt brothers,” said Robinson. “We play ball even during the week sometimes at the high school so we are all familiar with each other. We knew it would be a tough game coming in.”

Robinson clearly knew both the strengths and weaknesses of the Houpts, rattling off 11 first-half points to help Tammy Hale Transcription to a 32-21 halftime lead.

The Jazz, however, didn’t go down without a fight and at one point pulled to within three points.

John Houpt had the hot hand from the outside and drained four threes in the comeback effort that at one point left the score at 51-48.

“We knew it was going to happen,” said Robinson. “We got a little lazy when we got the lead. They play the game so well that if you let up for a minute, they’ll go on a 9-0 run really quick. So we had to maintain our focus. We knew they had a run and we had to put an end to it and end it with our run.”

Tammy Hale Transcription did in fact end the game on a 6-0 run to secure the win and the right to advance to today’s semifinal game against UAW Local 2419.

Keith Peoples led The Jazz with 13 points while John Houpt finished with 12. Matt Houpt added 11, Jim Houpt scored five, and Ted Houpt and Skip Mitchell each scored three.

“All of them can shoot,” Robinson said of the Houpt family. “Our main focus was their two top scorers, who are usually Ted and Matt. We tried to keep them in check. We knew that if we could keep them in check, we would have a good shot of winning the game.”

Robinson led all scorers with 15 while D.J. Harrison scored 13 for Tammy Hale Transcription, Glennie Watson finished with 12, Sergey Struck had six, and Turhon Watson rounded out the scoring with two.

Tammy Hale Transcription’s next opponent, UAW Local 2419, will also be familiar to Robinson. UAW is made up of DACC’s 2008-2009 squad and was a 63-46 winner over Jay-Bee.

UAW trailed 25-22 at the half but began to mesh as a team scoring 41 points in the second half behind eight from Indianapolis Ben Davis product Ted Hardy, who finished with a team-high 11. Devaris Davis and Darius Lowry finished with eight each, and Kyle Smith scored seven.

Jay-Bee’s David Gouard led all scorers with 14 points and was supported by nine from Huggy Dye, eight from Ronnie Dixon, and six from Rod Sykes.

In the final game of the evening, Hard Head Entertainment defeated B-Ballers 50-41.

Lamar Farr scored a game-high 20 points in the loss while Que Edwards led Hard Head Entertainment with 12.

Hard Head Entertainment will play in today’s second semifinal game at 1:45 p.m. against last year’s champions, Collier Insurance. Collier Insurance advanced as a result of a forfeit.

The Jazz faces Jay-Bee today’s first game at 10 a.m. for the right to play in the Consolation Championship game.

Team Indy meets B-Ballers at 11:15 a.m.

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