14th MP Bde. wins shootout with 58th Trans. Bn. to hold top spot in Conference A standings
The 14th Military Police Brigade came out on the winning side of a quick-paced shootout Feb. 4, defeating the 58th Transportation Battalion 77-66 in Conference A action on Davidson Fitness Center’s Court 2.
“We’re trying to bring the Commander’s Cup trophy home to the 14th MP Brigade — so far, so good,” said William Burrell, who led the 14th MPs with 19 points — all scored in the first half.
Burrell sank the first three of five 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the game. That, along with several key grabs and layups by Cody Sullivan, established a comfortable lead the MPs would work to maintain the remainder of the contest.
The 58th Trans. Bn. did its best to make up the scoring deficit, going from trailing 45-28 at halftime to pulling within nine points late in the second half. The team relied on multiple 3-pointers by John Grant, and Jewitt Hill, and multiple goals in the paint by Ladarrious Toney.
Toney led all players with 22 points, scoring 12 in the first half and adding 10 in the second. Grant followed with 17 points, while Jewitt added 13 and Daniel Reed added 10 for the 58th Trans. Bn.
Burrell and Horace Yrojo led the 14th MPs with 19 points each, while Sullivan added 18.
Between the two teams, players scored 16 times from beyond the three-point curve.
“Some of us have a basketball background — we’re just older,” said Hill, the 58th Trans. Bn. player/coach. He added, “I’ve been in the military 14 years, and my legs aren’t what they used to be, but we still know how to shoot the basketball, get in position and make plays.”
Burrell said the 14th MPs were determined to win after their Recreation League team, which includes the same players, suffered a 65-50 loss to Birdy’s Revenge the previous night. Burrell described it as “a hard loss.”
“We said we were going to come out here tonight, and we’re going to show that we’ve got defense and we can play as a team,” he said.
Players on both teams said that they needed to work on their defense moving forward.
“Our defense tonight was lazy,” Hill said. “Last night, it was better. Tonight, we were lazy because we were short on manpower.”
Burrell said the MPs have to work on improving their man-on-man coverage.
“Right now, we’ve been playing a two-three (defense), which worked out the first half, but didn’t work so well the second half, so we went to the man (defense),” he said.
The 14th MP Bde. currently leads the Conference A standings with a season record of 9-0.
In the other Conference A game Feb. 4, the 58th Trans. Bn. fell to the Medical Department Activity 60-58.
In Conference A games played Feb. 5:
— The Sappers defeated the 58th Trans. B. 62-52;
— The 14th MP Bde. defeated the U.S. Marine Corps Detachment 52-28;
— MEDDAC beat the Sappers 55-50.
Following the 14th MP Bde. in the Conference A standings are the Sappers, with a record of 5-2, MEDDAC (5-3), the 58th Trans. Bn. (3-4) and the Marine Det. (2-5).
Conference B scores
In Conference B games played Feb. 4:
— The 1st Engineer Brigade beat the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate 55-49;
— The 5th Engineer Battalion defeated the 31st Engineer Battalion 81-27.
In Conference B games held Feb. 5:
— The 3rd Chemical Brigade beat the combined Maneuver Support Center of Excellence/ Combat Training Company team 66-55;
— The 1st Engr. Bde. defeated the 31st Engr. Bn. 86-41.
The 1st Engr. Bde. and the 5th Engr. Bn. are currently in the lead of the Conference B standings, each with a season record of 3-1. They are followed by the 3rd Chem. Bde. and the MSCoE/CTC team (both at 3-2), OSJA (2-2) and the 31st Engr. Bn. (0-6).
Recreation League teams completed their second week of the 2020 season Feb. 3 at DFC. In those games:
— The Hot Boyz beat the Marine Det. Rec League team 84-28;
— The 58th Trans. Bn. Rec League team defeated the Marine Det. Rec League team 50-44;
— Ozark Ques won their game against the MSCoE/CTC Rec League team 56-17;
— The 1st Engr. Bde. Rec League team was the victor against TFO 66-46;
— Birdy’s Revenge beat the 14th MP Bde. Rec League team 65-50.