News: They’ve got an app for that: iHoops smash 3 At Last
Story by Lance Cpl. Charles Clark
IWAKUNI, Japan - iHoops beat out 3 At Last 41-35 during a basketball preseason tournament at the IronWorks Gym Sports Court here January 16.
3 At Last took control of the ball at the start of the championship
game. 3 At Last’s offense managed to shake through iHoops’ defense to get an early 7-0 lead. Byron D. Johnson, iHoops forward, put his team on the board with a 3-pointer. Johnson’s shot seemed to invigorate his teammates to step up their game because with 14:45 left in the half iHoops took the lead 12-9.
The iHoops defense wouldn’t let 3 At Last players get a shot off and kept stealing the ball. Halfway through the first half, iHoops furthered their lead 19-11. iHoops kept 3 At Last players running back and forth, which seemed to break 3 At Last’s strategy, because they could not maintain possession.
With two minutes left in the first half, iHoops offense was able to gain an eight point lead when Johan L. Rojas, iHoops center, made a layup, which brought the score to 21-13. Before the buzzer sounded for halftime, iHoops players made two more layups ending the first half 25-13.
Both teams were able to sink a few buckets within the first four
minutes of the second half, which brought the score to 29-17.
Both teams brought the heat with aggressive offense. iHoops
continued to control the court with a 13 point lead halfway through the second half 35-22. The ball changed hands several times the rest of the game. Players on both teams were fouled and sunk their foul shots. Johnson was fouled twice with five minutes left. He made all four of his buckets, bringing the score to 40-29. 3 At Last made three more layups before Steve Navar, iHoops forward, was fouled and sank his shot, which brought the score to 41-35.
With 10 seconds left, iHoops controlled the ball as time ran out to get the win.
“iHoops executed when they needed to,” said Rajiv M. Douglas, 3 At Last point guard. “We’re coming back when the season starts and showing them who is boss.”
Eight teams competed in the tournament. Intramural sports regulations make each half 20 minutes.
“We want to build camaraderie with the service members and other station residents,” said Jason D. Knight, intramural sports specialist. “The teams came out in force and gave it their all.”
The intramural basketball season is scheduled to start January 28.