The 12th Aviation Battalion got its FY20 intramural basketball campaign off to a promising start, when the squad prevailed over Office of the Chief Army Reserve, 46-28, in an intense season opener, Dec. 3 at Wells Field House.

The contest between these two equally matched offenses quickly unfolded as a continuous struggle to penetrate their opponents’ zone formation around the lane, forcing shooters to operate outside around the three-point arc. But, 12th Aviation Bn. point guard, Marcus Camarena, soon dialed in his accuracy and unleashed a string of clean 3-pointers from the perimeter that put his squad out front by 5. Adding to the battalion’s fortunes were the no-let-up efforts of center-forward, Alex Denton; and guards, Nick Munda, Alex Kimble and Mauricio Farias, who finally managed to get inside the lane for some high-altitude lay-ins.

OCAR, fielding a roster full of seasoned athletes, including forward, Andrey Ansley; and shooting guards, Arthur Jones IV, Clarence Dawsey and Jasmine Wells—shifted its defensive approach to man-to-man and managed to slow 12th Aviation Bn.’s fortunes. At the opposite end of the court, Ansley, Jones and Dawsey executed a series of lane drives that drew some needed freebies from the charity stripe.

By the halftime buzzer, 12th Aviation Bn. held onto a 16-11 advantage.

From the opening throw-in of the second period, 12th Aviation Bn. steadily built momentum, the driving force of which was Camarena’s uncanny accuracy from the perimeter. Maintaining the man-to-man defense, Camarena and company forced OCAR shooters into low-percentage situations outside, while thwarting nearly every attempt to drive the lane.

When the dust finally settled, 12th Aviation Bn. had put a 46-28 victory into the week-1 books.

Intramural basketball games are played Tuesdays and Thursdays through January, with the season ending with a single-elimination championship tournament between the 10 top-seeded teams.

For information about Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, call Justin Fitzgerald, 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their unit representative to sign up and get schedules.

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