MWSS-171 places first at basketball tournament

Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni
Story by Lance Cpl. David Walters

Date: 01.10.2014
Posted: 01.14.2014 18:07
News ID: 119158
MWSS-171 places first at basketball tournament

IWAKUNI, Japan - Marines from Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 won the Commander’s Cup 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament that took place inside the IronWorks Gym aboard Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Jan. 10, 2014.<br /> <br /> Each match was an eight minute timed game played using half of a court. <br /> <br /> MWSS-171 won their first game over Combat Logistics Company 36, and their second game over Marine Aircraft Group 12. Coming into the semifinals, MWSS-171 had to face off against the undefeated Air Traffic Control team. With a victory over ATC, MWSS-171 moved onto the final game against MAG-12. MAG-12 had previously been defeated by MWSS-171 in their second game, but had won every game since. With a decisive win, MWSS-171 scored 11 points while MAG-12 scored 5.<br /> <br /> The tournament was the first event in the 2014 Commander’s Cup, awarding $100, a trophy and 10 Commander’s Cup points to MWSS-171. MAG-12 was awarded a trophy, $75 and seven Commander’s Cup points for the second place prize. ATC received 5 points for placing third.<br /> <br /> The Commander’s Cup is a series of sports-related competitions allowing any unit who wishes to participate the chance to compete for money for their unit funds and bragging rights associated for winning events.<br /> <br /> Most people would agree events outside the workplace help build relationships by allowing individuals to have fun in a less stressful environment. <br /> <br /> “With the Commander’s Cup, the whole concept is unit camaraderie,” said Jason Knight, intramural sports coordinator with Marine Corps Community Services. “Most units have a pretty good rapport with their junior ranking Marines, but we try to encourage them to step away from the day-to-day activities to do something that’s fun.”<br /> <br /> Sgt. Michael Diaz, aviation operations specialist and headquarters training chief with MAG-12, said he enjoys the Commander’s Cup challenges because, “it’s fun to get together with the unit and represent your unit in a positive way.”<br /> <br /> Almost every unit in the Marine Corps likes the idea of bragging rights and being known as the best.<br /> <br /> “I would be lying if I said we didn’t come out here to win,” said Diaz. “We came out here to get some credibility back at MAG-12 because we have some athletes and we are going to flaunt them.”<br /> <br /> Despite the loss to MWSS-171, Diaz and the MAG-12 team finished second, gained some credibility and look to capture more spotlight at future Commander’s Cup events.<br /> <br /> Some upcoming future events include ultimate frisbee, sand volleyball and gladiators event.<br /> <br /> For further information on future competitions, contact Jason Knight at 253-3067.