Fort Leonard Wood’s intramural basketball teams completed the second week of the 2019 season with games played Jan. 22 and 23 at Davidson Fitness Center.
Jan. 23 was a good night for the 43rd Adjutant General Battalion, who claimed their first win of the season, defeating the 5th Engineer Battalion 42-39.
“We played well as a team,” said 43rd AG Bn. forward Lionel Hunter, who also serves as the team’s assistant coach. “Our first couple of games were a little slow for us — especially our first game, because it was our first time playing together. We picked it up in our second game, and this (our) third game, we actually came out with a game plan, and I think that’s what helped us out tonight.”
5th Engr. Bn. guard Shelton Williams opened the game with a 3-pointer to take an early lead, but layups by the 43rd’s Andrew Archuleta, Alexander Williams and Kendrick Fox gave their team a 16-8 lead midway through the first half.
5th Engr. Bn. forward Javonte Collins scored six unanswered points on three layups to narrow the 43rd’s lead to two points. Broderrick Brewer tied the game from the free-throw line, but Alexander Williams also scored from the charity stripe, giving the 43rd AG Bn. a 17-16 lead at halftime.
The 43rd AG Bn. slowly built on its lead over the first part of the second half, but the 5th Engr. Bn. battled back with free throws by Bruner, a layup by Collins and a 3-pointer by Shemar Welch that put the 5th Engr. Bn. within a point of tying the game with less than two minutes remaining.
After a 3-pointer by Alexander Williams that gave them a 37-34 margin, the 43rd AG Bn. slowed down their pace, attempting to run out the clock. The 5th Engr. Bn. defense then began to foul, attempting to stop the clock and regain possession, but also sending 43rd AG Bn. players to the free-throw line.
Unfortunately for the 5th Engineers, the 43rd AG players Travis Hull and Alexander Williams made their next three baskets from the charity stripe, and a layup by Archuleta with less than a second remaining on the clock sealed the win.
Hunter said the team benefitted the most from improving its communication.
“That, and holding a couple of practices. It helped out a lot,” Hunter said.
The team’s goals for the rest of the season are to continue to practice and improve the closer they get to the postseason Commander’s Cup Basketball Tournament.
“We’re trying to win every game that we can,” Hunter said. “We definitely want to go to the playoffs, and if we can bring (a championship) home to our unit, that’s what we want to do.”
In other games played Jan. 23 at DFC:
— Combat Training Company defeated the 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 54-50;
— The U.S. Marine Corps Detachment beat the 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 35-19;
— The 1st Engineer Brigade won a razor-thin 45-44 victory over the 14th Military Police Brigade;
— The Medical Department Activity defeated the 58th Transportation Battalion 41-38;
— The 554th Engineer Battalion defeated the Sappers 63-43.
In games played Jan. 22:
— The 58th Trans. Bn. beat the 1st Engr. Bde. 41-38;
— The 2-48th Inf. Bn. defeated the 2-10th Inf. Bn. 35-22;
— The 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, beat the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence 43-36;
— The 14th MP Bde. defeated the Marine Det., 48-41;
— The 1st Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, beat the 31st Engineer Battalion 36-23;
— MEDDAC defeated the Sappers 44-37.
The 554th Engr. Bn., at 3-0, MEDDAC and CTC, both at 2-0, currently lead the 16-team intramural league in the season standings.