Four weeks into the 2019 season, the 1st Engineer Brigade has emerged as one of the leaders of the intramural standings following their 60-46 victory over the 554th Engineer Battalion Feb 6 at Davidson Fitness Center.
“It wasn’t our best game, but we definitely played a good game as a team,” said Juwan Moore, who scored 16 points in the first half to help give the 1st Engr. Bde. an early lead.”
The game was an important one to the brigade, which entered the court tied with the 554th Engineers with season records of 4-1.
“This puts us at 5-1. (This win) helps us, and we learned a lot from this game,” said 1st Engr. Bde. coach Andre Jones. “Of course, we’re going to have some practice so we can work on what needs worked on. We’re working toward trying to take the whole thing, and I think we took a good step toward that today.”
The 1st Engr. Bde. jumped out to a big lead early in the game. Moore dominated under the basket, scoring eight times from close range. Meanwhile, Evans, Ricardo Spriggs and Carl Burrell provided long-range support, with each scoring from beyond the 3-point curve.
Leading 33-17 as the second half got underway, the 1st Engr. Bde. attempted to slow the pace of the game.
However, the 554th Engr. Bn. was determined to narrow the scoring gap, and, while the team struggled to get their shots to fall at times, Emmanuel Eleby and Demetrius Smedley each scored eight points in the paint.
In the end, however, the 1st Engr. Bde. was able to keep up the pace. Moore scored four more from underneath the basket. Evans and Cory Begay each scored 3-pointers and Spriggs, Brandon Cook and Bradley D’Adrien each scored during the second half.
Moore led all players with 24 points. Spriggs followed in scoring for the 1st Engr. Bde. with 14 points.
“We’re still trying to put all the pieces together, but we’re mixing well, and I was glad to see us come out here and get a win,” Moore said.
Eleby led the 554th Engr. Bn with 17 points, with Smedley scoring 11 and Jonathan Dewitt adding 10 points.
The win over the 554th Engineers followed an earlier victory by the 1st Engr. Bde. over the previous undefeated Medical Department Activity 56-45 on Feb. 5.
In other intramural games played Feb. 5 and 6:
— The 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment defeated the 1st Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, 42-27;
— Combat Training Company beat the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment 50-45;
— The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence defeated the 14th Military Police Brigade 55-51;
— The 43rd Adjutant General Battalion beat the 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 53-47;
— The 5th Engineer Battalion defeated the 58th Transportation Battalion 71-40;
— The Sappers beat the 1st Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, 41-20;
— The 43rd AG Bn. defeated the 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 64-35;
— The 2-48th Inf. Bn. defeated the 3-10th Inf. Bn. 45-35;
— The 31st Engineer Battalion beat CTC 33-28;
— MEDDAC defeated the Marine Det. 65-61.
Heading into the fifth week of the intramural season, the 1st Engr. Bde. and the 43rd AG Bn., both at 5-1, lead the intramural standings, followed by the 5th Engr. Bn. and MEDDAC, both at 4-1. They are followed by the 554th Engr. Bn. (4-2), CTC (3-2), MSCoE (3-3), the 31st Engr. Bn. (3-3), the 14th MP Bde. (2-3), the 3-10th Inf. Bn. (2-3), the Marine Det. (2-3), the 2-48th Inf. Bn. (2-4), the Sappers (2-4), the 2-10th Inf. Bn. (2-4), the 58th Trans. Bn. (1-4) and the 1-58th Inf. Bn. (1-5).
In Recreation League games played Feb. 4 at DFC:
— The UnderDawgs defeated Ozark Ques 82-38;
— The 14th MP Bde. picked up a forfeit victory;
— MSCoE defeated the 2-48th Inf. Bn. 51-36
— E-BOLC picked up a forfeit win.
With a season record of 3-0, MSCoE currently leads the Rec League standings followed by the UnderDawgs and the 14th MP Bde., both at 2-0, Ozark Ques at 2-1, E-BOLC at 1-0, the 2-10th Inf. Bn. at 1-1, the U.S. Air Force Detachment at 1-1 and the 2-48th Inf. Bn. at 1-2.