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Bowling for Hokies

Virginia Tech has a fun-loving basketball team. At the "Late Night With the Hokies" event that tipped off the season, Paul Debnam, a walk-on, imitated the quirks of Coach Seth Greenberg during funny skits. Before a recent game, the team mugged for mimicked photos like the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA.

And that spirit extends to the bowling alley. It turns out many of Virginia Tech's players like to go bowling with one another.

A regular group consisting of Debnam, Malcolm Delaney, Dorenzo Hudson, Terrell Bell and Jeff Allen bowl during their spare time (no pun intended). Although such team-bonding activities are not uncommon in sports -- in the summer, the Hokies' offensive line played "Call of Duty" as a unit and communicated from their separate apartments with headsets -- Virginia Tech's basketball players have developed another hardwood attraction.

"We go bowling a lot," Bell said, adding that the players also shoot pool. "We go as much as possible."

Bell said he even owns his own bowling ball, but he keeps it at his home in Stone Mountain, Ga. He admitted Delaney was probably the best player, rolling about an average of 150.

Asked if there were any other notable contenders, Bell noted the energetic Debnam, a crowd favorite in Blacksburg because he gets limited time but makes the most of his minutes by egging on the crowd.

"Paul goes crazy," Bell said of Debnam's approach to bowling. "He’s out dancing."

But on the bowling hardwood, Bell said, there is no such thing as team work. "Every man for himself," he said.

By Mark Viera  |  February 2, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
 
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