The new year means the start of a new intramural basketball season at Davidson Fitness Center, where teams representing Fort Leonard Wood units completed their first week of play Jan. 14 and 15 on Courts 2 and 4.
It was time for team-building for the newly formed Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Combat Training Company combined team. After falling to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate 39-38 in overtime Jan. 14, the MSCoE-CTC team rebounded to earn a 45-40 victory over the 5th Engineer Battalion Jan. 15.
“I’m pretty proud of my players tonight,” Eddie Frazier, MSCoE-CTC coach said moments after the Jan. 15 win.
“We have a good team, and we have a lot of people, so it’s a good feeling when everybody plays together,” Frazier said. “For us to be starting out and not really knowing each other — they did a good job.”
Against the 5th Engr. Bn., the MSCoE-CTC squad jumped out to an early lead, with forward Zac Carter scoring six unanswered points on two layups and two free throws. Three-point shots by Michael Barrett and Lacey Rutledge extended the team’s lead to 13 points.
But the final three minutes of the first half belonged to the 5th Engineers, with Jordan Fluker, Broderick Pitt and Timothy Silver all hitting 3-pointers to narrow the deficit, leaving the MSCoE-CTC team with only a 22-19 lead at halftime.
The teams matched each other basket for basket for the opening minutes of the second half, with Anthony Hill, Keddrick Russell and Xavier Rogers scoring for the MSCoE-CTC team, and Fluker, Pitt, Brandon Wade, Emmanuel Philosten all scoring for the 5th Engineers.
But at the seven-minute mark, MSCOE-CTC guard Dan Ward drew a foul and scored the first of what would be seven unanswered points on two free-throws, a layup and a 3-pointer, giving his team a comfortable margin they would maintain the remainder of the game. Ward indicated after the game that the scoring run was redemption for an earlier missed shot.
“I went in and shot the first (3-pointer) just to see if I was feeling it or not, but the next one they gave me I went ahead and knocked it down,” he said.
In other Conference B games, the 3rd Chemical Brigade earned a pair of victories over the 31st Engineer Battalion, winning their first game 62-35 Jan. 14 and the second game 54-33 Jan. 15.
In Conference A games played Jan. 14 and 15:
— The Medical Department Activity defeated the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment 61-44;
— The Marine Det. defeated the 58th Transportation Battalion 46-35;
— The 14th Military Police Brigade and the Sappers picked up forfeit wins.
Overall, it was a good start to a season that will continue over the next nine weeks at DFC, according to Billy Ray with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Sports Department.
“I like the fact that we have a lot of participants again this year,” Ray said. “We have a total of 12 teams, which we’ve split into two conferences. We have an A (Conference) and a B Conference, with six teams in each.”
Although there are a few exceptions, for most of the season, teams will play at 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at DFC, with Conference A games played on Court 2 and Conference B games on Court 4.