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Basketball season heats up as teams prepare for playoffs

Pvt. James Allen, player for the Warriors, drives the ball past opposing players during a Fort Rucker Intramural Basketball game at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center March 11. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Pvt. James Allen, player for the Warriors, drives the ball past opposing players during a Fort Rucker Intramural Basketball game at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center March 11. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: March 14, 2014

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (March 14, 2014) -- With just weeks left in the Fort Rucker Intramural Basketball regular season, teams are bringing their A-game and competition is tightening up as they set their eyes on the prize.

The 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment Warriors defeated A Company, 1st Bn., 145th Avn., Regt.’s Get Down & Lay Down, 56-47, during a game at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center March 11.

Throughout most of the game, both teams fought for the lead as it changed hands multiple times, but it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Warriors’ defense helped the team pull away from its opponents.

“I feel pretty good about tonight’s win and it should put us in a pretty good spot to win the championship overall this year – this was a pivotal win,” said Staff Sgt. Mandrell Douglas, coach for the Warriors.

The Warriors managed to pull out a win despite being down going into the second half and Douglas said they were able to achieve that by turning up the intensity.

“We just started hustling up and down the court and played a hardcore defense to get the job done,” he said. “I think we’ve got an excellent shot at the championship this year.”

Get Down started the game on the right foot with the first score of the game, but the Warriors followed suit with a 2-point shot of their own, followed by a 3-pointer after a rebound to take the lead.

The 1-13th managed to hold on to the lead for most of the first quarter, but just barely as their opponents stayed on their heels. Both teams seemed evenly matched early on with strong defenses on both sides, but the Warriors ability to get under the rim allowed them to stay in the lead.

Get Down started to fall behind as their opponents began to break through their defense allowing the Warriors to extend their lead by nearly 10 points with minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Not to be outdone, A Co. tightened up their defense and got back in the game with improved shooting to pull up on 1-13th.

Personal fouls against the Warriors also gave Get Down some leverage to close the scoring gap and by the end of the quarter managed to trail their opponents, 11-7.

The 1-13th’s aggressive offense and superior shooting made it hard for Get Down to keep up, but they managed to break through the Warriors’ defense and continue closing the gap.

About midway through the second quarter, A Co. managed to tie the game and it wasn’t long before they took the lead for the first time since the start of the game.

It was still anybody’s game and Get Down kept the pressure on their opponents, and tried to hold on to the lead as long as they could, but the Warriors managed to stay within 2 points and retake the lead.

More personal fouls by the 1-13th caused them to fall behind again, however, and Get Down used the opportunity to pull away with a buzzer beater at the half, extending their lead to 25-20.

The Warriors took possession to start the half and got off on the right foot with a layup, followed by a rebound and 3-pointer to tie the game just seconds into the second half.

Their defense tightened up to keep Get Down from scoring and the 1-13th soon retook the lead.

 A Co. seemed to lose their stride as they entered the third quarter without a single basket in the half. Additionally, their defense seemed to falter and allowed the Warriors to score on them repeatedly.

Get Down managed to regain some of their momentum and tighten up their defense to close the gap, and it wasn’t long before they managed to again tie the game.

The lead bounced back and forth between the two teams and it was still anybody’s game, but the Warriors started playing an aggressive offense under the rim to recover rebounds and managed a 3-point shot, followed by a layup and a free throw from a personal foul to take a more comfortable 6-point lead with only minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The 1-13th managed to gain a 10-point lead at by the start of the fourth quarter and were determined not to give up the lead again, a feat they managed to pull off throughout the remainder of the game.

Get Down tried to regain their footing and managed to close the scoring gap, but it wasn’t enough to overtake their opponents before the buzzer sounded with the Warriors winning, 56-47.

This article was originally published at http://www.army.mil/article/121902/

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