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Eagles soar over competition, 85-36, set sights on repeat championship

Published: March 6, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 6, 2014) -- The Eagles soared over Guns and Hoses during an intramural basketball game at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center March 4.

The 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment, Eagles took on and beat the 6th Military Police Detachment team, Guns and Hoses, 85-36 in a game filled with personal fouls and three-pointers.

“I feel great about the win,” said 1st Sgt. Michael Delaney, Eagle’s coach. “The players stuck with the game plan and finished what they started. We’ve got a lot of hustle and we were able to put pressure on (the other team) and to turn them over.”

Guns and Hoses managed to get possession during the tip off, but the Eagles managed to score the first point when their opponents gave up the ball for traveling.

Both teams started off strong, and Guns and Hoses put down a solid defensive game under the rim and managed to recover rebound after rebound, allowing them to take the lead early on.

Their lead wouldn’t last, however, as they continually fouled the Eagles, giving up more than six points to free throws in the first half.

Free throws weren’t the only thing keeping the 1-11th team ahead. The Eagles were sinking three-pointers left and right, and Guns and Hoses were hard pressed to keep up with their opponent’s offensive prowess.

As the game progressed through the first half, the 6th MP team struggled to find their offensive footing as their defense began to slide.

The Eagles started pulling away from their opponents, leading 19-6 going into the second quarter, and try as they might, Guns and Hoses defense was no match for the 1-11th’s aggressive offense.

Not only was The Eagles’ offense strong, but their defense, which had been lacking early in the game, tightened up and were able to stay on top of their opponents to keep them from scoring for more than 10 minutes.

Guns and Hoses managed to finally break the stagnation and sink another basket, but not before their opponents led them by more than 20 points at the end of the half, 37-13.

The outcome seemed bleak for Guns and Hoses going into the second half, but they got off to a fresh start with a layup and managed to find their stride throughout most of the half.

The two teams went point-for-point for much of the third quarter, and the 6th MP team even managed to gain a little on their opponents, but as much as their offensive game stepped up, their defense was no match for the Eagles’ onslaught.

A string of three-pointers by Guns and Hoses allowed them to slowly close the scoring gap, but as the game moved into the fourth quarter, their players seemed to tire, allowing their opponents to lead by more than 30 points.

Guns and Hoses only had a pool of the minimum five players needed to compete, so unlike their opponents, who had many more, they didn’t have fresh players to switch out throughout the game.

Despite the disadvantage, the 6th MP team continued to push on their opponents and score, but ultimately, the 1-11th’s superior offense and larger pool of players won out as the game ended, 85-36.

Delaney said he’s confident in his team’s chance to win the championship two years running.

“We’re going to repeat – that’s the goal,” he said “We’re getting more confident as the season goes along, and we’ve only lost two games and beat those teams the second time around, so I think we’ll repeat for sure.”

This article was originally published at http://www.army.mil/article/121403/

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