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Comeback win gives 6th CS basketball championship

by Airman Jose Climaco
Thunderbolt staff writer

Rodrick Green, 6th Communications Squadron, comes through in the clutch scoring the winning basket on the last play.

Photo by Airman Jose Climaco

A layup in the final seconds culminated a comeback victory to determine the Intramural Basketball Championship game.

Rodrick Green's layup on the last play of the game won the championship for the 6th Communications Squadron over the 6th Medical Group 57-55 at the Fitness Center March 17.

"I was open for about 10 seconds, got the ball, put it up and made it," said Sergeant Green describing his game-winner.

The 6th CS had the ball with the score tied 55-55 when Sergeant Green drove to the basket and scored the game-winner. The 6th CS trailed by as many as 17 points during the second half, but managed to snatch the championship with a massive comeback.

Two games were played because the 6th CS lost a game earlier in the double-elimination tournament, which meant they had to win two games against the 6th MDG to become champions. The 6th MDG was undefeated and needed only one victory over their opponents in the championship.

Game one was taken by the 6th CS. They took an early lead and never looked back, crushing the 6th MDG 62-45.

"We came out with a lot of energy and destroyed them," said Sergeant Green.

The 6th CS dominated the whole game with stellar ball-handling from point guard Carlton Davis. Kendric Green tried to carry the 6th MDG but was frustrated when his shots weren't falling.

In the second game, Airman Green was once again the go-to man for the 6th MDG. His shots were falling, helping his team build a solid lead. The mighty 6th CS team from the first game suddenly looked beatable. They lost momentum as Airman Green's shots consistently found the bottom of the net.

The 6th MDG was enjoying what seemed like a sure lead. The 6th CS suffered what appeared to be devastating blow when Airman Davis was injured and Carlos Rodriquez was brought off the bench to replace him. Ironically, the injury sparked a comeback.

Sergeant Rodriquez brought a boost of energy into the game. He sank several shots and came up with defensive plays to reduce the deficit to single digits.

The 6th MDG suffered an overwhelming loss when Airman Green, their leading scorer fouled out. Things spiraled out of control for his team as they struggled to hold the lead.

Airman Davis eventually re-entered the game and hit a three-pointer, tying the game at 52 with two minutes left to play.

Defense was the deciding factor to determine the winner in the final seconds.

The 6th MDG blocked a shot and had possession with 24 seconds left. Their in-bound pass was stolen by Sergeant Rodriquez.

The 6th CS had possession with 21 seconds remaining. Sergeant Green held the ball and looked for an opening to drive to the basket. He found it and scored his team's winning basket in the championship game to complete a thrilling comeback.

The 6th CS was confident they would win once they cut lead down within striking distance, and their opponent lost momentum, said Sergeant Green, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.

"I'm going to Disney World," he added.

 

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