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Thursday, 01 February 2018
Story and photos by Matt Decker
Assistant editor
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Fort Leonard Wood’s 2018 intramural basketball season entered its second week, Jan. 23 and 24 at Davidson Fitness Center.

Dexter Pinkett, 58th Trans. Bn., looks for a teammate to pass to after grabbing a rebound as 3rd Chem. Bde. defenders Dwayne Macias, left, and Cameron Reed attempt to block him during their Conference A game Jan. 23 at DFC. The 3rd Chem. Bde. won the game, 40-37.
For some teams, it was a chance to build on the previous week. For others, like the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Chemical Brigade, it was a time to test lineups, evaluate capabilities and make adjustments as they took to the court for the first time.

“I think we did OK overall,” said Vincent Green, who led the 3rd Chem. Bde team with 23 points on their way to a 40-37 win against the 58th Transportation Battalion during Conference A games played Jan. 23.

Three-point shots by Green, Tanika Macias and layups by Cameron Reed gave the 3rd Chem. Bde. team a narrow lead after the first half. Green and Dwayne Macias, who both scored twice from outside the three-point arc in the second half, sealed the victory for the 3rd Chem. Bde.

Vincent Green, 3rd Chem. Bde., hits the ball away from 58th Trans. Bn. forward Burchell Barrett during the first half.
The team held its first practice a few days before. The biggest challenge so far, according to Green, is getting back into playing shape.

“We’re just trying to get our wind back after coming off Holiday Block Leave and a long winter (break),” he said. “We’ve got to work on our defenses and focus on playing as a team.”

Like many of his fellow service members, participating in sports programs offered through Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is something Green looks forward to each week.

“This program means everything,” Green said. “It’s not just about the Soldiers who are here now, but it’s for Soldiers all over the world. I started doing this when I was 19 years old when I first joined. To be able to bring all the officers and NCOs together to come out and play and enjoy a little bit of competition — it’s great not only for the competitors, but also for the families and civilians who come out and support these events.”

In other Conference A games played Jan. 23:

— The 554th Engineer Battalion defeated the 14th  Military Police Brigade, 59-50;

— The U.S. Marine Corps Detachment beat the 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 38-37;

— The Medical Department Activity defeated the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Engineer Brigade team, 44-42.

Conference B

In Conference B games played Jan. 24 at DFC:

— Staff Judge Advocate defeated the 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 38-32;

— Combat Training Company beat the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 51-29.

Recreation League

Recreation League teams began their season Jan. 22 at DFC. In those games:

— The 554th Engr. Bn. beat Los Masacotes, 59-24;

— Forward Support Company picked up a forfeit win;

— The 43rd Adjutant General Battalion defeated the Tank and Automotive Command, 46-12;

— The Rookies beat the Jokers, 65-6;

— The 58th Trans. Bn. defeated the 14th MP Bde. Rec League team, 27-26.
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