With their latest win Feb. 19, the 14th Military Police Brigade basketball team finished their regular season with a perfect record of 10-0 to take first place among teams in Conference A.
The 14th MP Bde. defeated the Sappers 62-50 to end their season, shortly after the 58th Transportation Battalion defeated the Medical Department Activity 59-45.
Now, the 14th MPs, along with MEDDAC, which finished in second place at 6-4, and the Sappers, who finished third, also with a record of 6-4, will spend the next three weeks practicing to prepare for the Commander’s Cup Tournament.
“We rely on good teamwork and play good defense,” said 14th MP Bde. forward Horace Yrojo, who has been a consistent scoring leader for the team since the season began.
While both Conferences A and B started the season with six teams, Conference A finished early after one of their teams dropped out following Week 1. Conference B still has three weeks of games remaining on their schedule.
Still, when asked if he worried about a lack of playing time between now and the start of the tournament, Yrojo said he was, “not concerned at all.”
“I think this is good for my team,” he said. “We have more practice time to prepare for the playoffs.”
Like many other service members who participate in Fort Leonard Wood’s sports programs, Yrojo is grateful for the chance to play the sport he loves.
“I just want to thank (Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation), the league staff and referees for having this event,” he said.
Rounding out the Conference A standings were the 58th Trans. Bn. team, which finished in fourth place with a record of 6-4, and the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment, which took fifth with a record of 2-8.
In Conference B games played Feb. 19:
— The 1st Engineer Brigade defeated the 3rd Chemical Brigade 74-47
— The combined Maneuver Support Center of Excellence/ Combat Training Company team beat the 31st Engineer Battalion 82-26.
The 1st Engr. Bde., at 5-1, is currently in the lead of the Conference B standings. They are followed by the MSCoE/CTC team in second place at 5-2. The 3rd Chem. Bde. is in third place at 4-4; the 5th Engineer Battalion is currently in fifth place with a record of 3-3. The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, also at 3-3, is currently in sixth place, while the 31st Engr. Bn., at 0-7, is in sixth place.
Recreation League teams did not play last week, due to the President’s Day holiday.