Championship It’s Lawyer vs. Lawyer in the NJBIZ Bracket

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and the National Championship has gone to the dogs.

In the business world, many times getting the job done takes teamwork, tenacity and a positive attitude.

University of Connecticut alum Frederick Alworth of Gibbons P.C. sees many of those attributes in his school’s basketball team this season.

“I’ll always remember this team,” Alworth said. “They really scratched and clawed, because they had a lower seed and had to face tougher teams in the Big East tournament to win it, and as a three-seed this year in the (NCAA) tournament, it’s been really special to watch.”

Alworth’s Huskies take on the Butler University Bulldogs Monday night for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

“It’s great to see two teams nobody expected instead of having the number one seed from each bracket in the finals,” Alworth said. “I give a lot of credit to Butler’s coach (Brad Stevens). Butler’s a small school, and he’s done an amazing job.”

Alworth said he really enjoyed watching the national semifinal game on Saturday. The Huskies withstood a late run by Sam Buckley’s University of Kentucky, but the Wildcats and the CB Richard Ellis exec just couldn’t find a way to win.

“Kentucky mad a great run down the stretch,” Alworth said. “At the end, had UConn not made two foul shots to put the game away, Kentucky made a three-pointer and could’ve come back and won.”

In the NJBIZ Brackets, Alworth faces Sandy Rader, a lawyer for James P. Nolan and Associates, who graduated from the Indianapolis school in 1953, for the contest championship.

“The NJBIZ Brackets have been a tremendous source of fun, and a great break up of the routine,” Alworth said, adding that win or lose, he’s proud to represent Gibbons P.C. and UConn.

Melinda Caliendo can be reached via e-mail at mcaliendo@njbiz.com.

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