Fort Leonard Wood’s 15 intramural basketball teams competed March 12, 13 and 14 at Davidson Fitness Center in what was the penultimate week of the installation’s 2019 regular season.
It was an up-and-down week for the Medical Department Activity, which lost its first game of the week 42-34 to Combat Training Company March 12, but bounced back to win a 56-23 contest over the 31st Engineer Battalion March 13.
“We played a heck of a lot better than we did last night,” MEDDAC coach Doug Spitalny said following the March 13 game. “We lost to a team that we probably shouldn’t have lost to last night, but we didn’t shoot well. We shot much better (today). I think we worked better as a team.”
MEDDAC shot out to an early lead against the 31st Engr. Bn. on layups by Travis Lang, Bruce Mayo, Gregory Nicholson and Raikwon Fluker.
The 31st Engineers’ Jordan Worley, Wendell Burley and Tim Larrington all scored to narrow the point deficit, but MEDDAC still held a significant lead at halftime.
In the second half, Larrington scored all 12 of the 31st Engineers’ points, while MEDDAC’s Fluker, Brandon Hudley, Scott Arreola and Delton Wells kept their teams’ lead intact.
“Overall, I think this was our best game of the season so far,” said Fluker, who led MEDDAC with 18 points. He was followed by Lang with 10 points.
“I think we played overall pretty good team defense, and great team offense,” Fluker said.
MEDDAC is a team that has consistently done well over the past few years, including winning the Commander’s Cup Basketball Tournament in 2017.
Spitalny said he considers this year’s team “blessed to have some returners” from previous seasons, especially at the guards positions, where Mayo and Fluker have been highly successful this season. While the team lacks in height, which has led to some struggles with rebounding, it makes it up on teamwork and talent, he added.
“From a guard standpoint, I think we probably have two of the better guards in the league,” Spitalny said. “We have a lot of shoes to fill after losing a couple of players from the previous years. It’s a very guard-heavy team, but we have guys who can jump, which is good.”
Spitalny said MEDDAC is fortunate in the long term, because the majority of its players are able to remain for at least two seasons.
“I’m lucky in that I have some players that I consider projects — the intention is they may not be stars this year, but we’re going to build them,” Spitalny said. “Our hope is, between the time when these players come in as privates and leave as specialists or sergeants, that we’ve made them better basketball players.”
In other games played March 12:
— The 5th Engineer Battalion and the 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, both picked up forfeit wins;
— The 554th Engineer Battalion defeated the 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 61-59;
— The 14th Military Police Brigade defeated the 43rd Adjutant General Battalion 55-54;
— The 1st Engineer Brigade beat the 31st Engineer Battalion 50-47.
In other games played March 13:
— CTC defeated the 554th Engr. Bn. 50-49;
— The 43rd AG Bn., U.S. Marine Corps Detachment and Maneuver Support Center of Excellence all picked up forfeit wins;
— The 14th MP Bde. defeated the 3-10th Inf. Bn. 70-66.
In games played March 14:
— MSCoE beat MEDDAC 56-52;
— The 2-10th Inf. Bn. and the 14th MP Bde. both picked up forfeit wins;
— The 31st Engr. Bn. defeated the 3-10th Inf. Bn. 79-63.
The 43rd AG Bn. and the 1st Engr. Bde., both at 12-2, currently lead the intramural standings. They are followed by the 14th MP Bde. 10-3, MSCoE and MEDDAC (both at 9-4), the 554th Engr. Bn. (9-5), CTC (8-5), the Marine Det. and the 5th Engr. Bn. (both at 6-7), the Sappers (4-8), the 3-10th Inf. Bn. (4-9), the 2-10th Inf. Bn. and the 31st Engr. Bn. (both at 4-10) and the 1st Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, (2-12).
The 2019 season is scheduled to wrap up with the final round of games tonight at DFC. See next week’s GUIDON for the final scores and standings from the regular season.
Recreation League games were held March 11 at DFC. In those games:
— MSCoE defeated the 14th MP Bde. 73-70;
— The Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course beat the 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 61-55.
MSCoE, at 6-1, currently leads the Rec League standings, followed by the 2-10th Inf. Bn. (5-1), the UnderDawgs (4-2), Ozark Ques (4-2), the 14th MP Bde. (3-1), the 2-48th Inf. Bn. (3-4) and the E-BOLC (2-3).
The Recreation League has two weeks remaining.