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Over 30 Basketball championship decided by last shot

by Airman Jose Climaco
Thunderbolt staff writer

Both teams established a presence in the paint where they traded baskets.

Photo by Airman Jose Climaco

As the final seconds of the game ticked away, point guard Samuel O'neal rushed behind the 3-point line, where he set his feet and attempted to tie the game with the final shot.

The shot missed, giving the 6th Maintenance Group team the Over-30 Basketball Championship over the 6th Medical Group team 46-43 March 10 at the Fitness Center in a competitive game.

The 6th MXG team was led by Keith Wright, who scored 14 points and Kouvoisier Lamar, who had 7 points and was named Most Valuable Player of the game for his presence on both ends of the court.

It was a tight contest where neither team held a decisive lead. The 6th MDG held a narrow lead throughout the first half where teams traded baskets back and forth. The 6th MDG lead 22-21 at the half due to their defensive game plan.

The 6th MDG began the second half with an up-tempo style, running on their opponents every chance they had. That enabled them to go on an 11-4 run and held the game's biggest lead, 33-25. That was as good as it would get for them because the 6th MXG team made a comeback as they methodically chipped away at the deficit.

The first lead change of the game took place with about 2:30 left in the game. The 6th MXG was up 40-39 and held the lead down the stretch as both teams traded baskets and free throws.

Free throws were crucial in the final minute as both teams missed several free throws which could have either put them ahead or let the opponent hang in there.

The 6th MXG led 46-43 with less than 20 seconds left in the game. They had the opportunity to put away their opponents for good but missed two free throws. The 6th MDG had a final chance, which wasn't successful.

"I'm excited. We got bragging rights," said the 6th MXG coach Alexander Ortiz proudly.

It was a pretty tight game, more so than expected, said Ortiz. His team finished second in the season by dominating most of their games, and the 6th MDG finished sixth.

Eugene Case lead the 6th MDG in scoring with 12 points.




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