The Maneuver Support Center of Excellence basketball team won the first game of Fort Leonard Wood’s 2019 intramural season, beating the 31st Engineer Battalion 32-21 Jan. 15 at Davidson Fitness Center.
MSCoE fell behind early in the game, but battled back to tie the score 15-15 at halftime. Center James Durga put MSCoE in the lead, hitting a free throw and layup in the opening seconds of the second half. The MSCoE team built on their lead throughout the second half, putting up 14 more points while holding the 31st Engineers to six points.
“We struggled, but it was a good game,” said Christopher McCoy, who co-coaches the team with David Henderlite.
“Overall, we played together — and I think that’s what got us through,” McCoy continued. “It was the first game of the season, and (we) came out rusty. But as the season goes on, I think we’re going to get better.”
Eddie Frazier led MSCoE with 10 points, scoring eight in the second half.
Two courts away, the 5th Engineer Battalion and Combat Training Company held an impromptu practice scrimmage after an apparent miscommunication resulted in their game being postponed until later this season. Although the score didn’t count, the 5th Engineers took home bragging rights after beating the defending-champion CTC team, 53-40.
“The main focus for us during the scrimmage was try to get a good practice in,” said Broderrick Bruner, 5th Engr. Bn. coach. “We didn’t have time to get in a practice beforehand, so we took advantage of the (court) time we had.”
The 5th Engr. Bn. players proved particularly effective from long distance, nailing several 3-point shots early in the scrimmage. Overall, Bruner said he was happy with his team’s performance.
“We did excellent — better than I had expected. We communicated well on defense. We just had some little things that we need to pay attention to — like being loud on the floor, everybody being on the same page. Communication — that’s the main thing.”
For CTC, the scrimmage was an opportunity to regroup and rebuild with a lineup that coach Bradley McKinnon said is “a little different” than the team that won its conference and the Commander’s Cup trophy in 2018.
“(After last year), we had a couple of guys leave, so we’re trying to put together a team, and (before tonight) we hadn’t even practiced yet,” McKinnon said.
While CTC struggled early, McKinnon was glad to see his defense adjust and improve as the scrimmage went on.
“I think there at the end, our zone helped spread things out and it helped a little bit. So, we learned as we went along,” he said. “We’ll come back and see if we can’t put something together.”
In other games played Jan. 15:
— The 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment defeated the 1st Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment, 38-17;
— The 554th Engineer Battalion beat the 43rd Adjutant General Battalion 61-31.
In games played Jan. 16:
— The 554th Engr. Bn. beat the 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 64-46;
— The U.S. Marine Corps Detachment beat the 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, 45-32;
— CTC defeated the 1-58th Inf. Bn. 40-35;
— The 1st Engineer Brigade beat the Sappers 49-22;
— The 5th Engr. Bn. defeated the 31st Engr. Bn. 68-38;
— The 43rd AG Bn. beat MSCoE 39-28.
Overall, 16 military-unit teams have signed up to participate in this year’s intramural basketball season.
Games are scheduled for 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with makeup games on select Thursdays, now through March 20 at DFC.
The Recreation Basketball League is scheduled to begin its 2019 season Monday.
Rec League games will be played at 6 and 7 p.m. Mondays through April 1.