SAN DIEGO - Finance squared off against 12th Marine Corps District in the Commanding General’s Cup intramural basketball league Aug. 30.
Three games into the season both teams found themselves a game under .500 and looking for a win.
Finance set the tone early with stifling defense and dominant rebounding. Five minutes into the game 12th MCD was without out a field goal and down 8-2, their only two points coming from the foul line.
“They were in a 2-3 zone (defense) when we started and we’re used to man,” said Sgt. Rashi Seagrace, pay chief, 12th MCD. “We were passing the ball too much and no one wanted to shoot the ball,” the coach added.
The unfamiliar look of the zone defense continued to confuse 12th MCD until the 11-minute mark of the first half when Capt. Thomas R. Dolan, public affairs officer, 12th MCD, finally ended the drought with a three-point field goal.
Finance didn’t have a problem scoring points, especially in transition.
“Everything builds from the defensive end of the floor,” said Cpl. Dominique K. Jackson, coach and pay clerk, Service Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion. “It’s important to come out strong defensively and get a lead,” he added.
The 12th MCD kept the game close throughout the first half but trailed 20-13 going into halftime.
Unfortunately for 12th MCD, halftime adjustments didn’t pay off and the second half brought more of the same.
Jackson and Shea M. Anderson, a human resource assistant at the Consolidated Personnel Administration Center led the way for Finance. Between the two, and help from teammates, Finance extended their lead to as many as 17 points.
“Jackson and I have been playing with or against each other since 2008,” said Anderson. “We know what the other is thinking,” he added.
Defensively, Finance was relentless, causing turnovers and off-balance shot attempts. Seagrace says the team has to be more aggressive and play their style of game.
“We have to slow our tempo and play within ourselves, regardless of the opponent,” said Seagrace.
With a little more than two minutes remaining, 12th MCD tried to extend the game by fouling, forcing Finance to be clutch under pressure. The deficit closed to nine points. However, Finance’s players came through from the free-throw line and defeated 12th MCD 46-36.
“Our team does a great job of playing within their roles and together we win games,” said Anderson.
Finance is currently in fourth place and would be the last team to qualify for a playoff spot. Jackson wants to avoid thinking about the playoffs and take the season one game at a time.
“Right now we’re not concerned with playoff seeding, we’re focused on coming out each game and playing hard,” said Jackson.