Joint Personal Property Shipping Office and reigning Commander’s Cup champion Defense Logistics Agency treated spectators to a defense-heavy exhibition of athletic intensity and nail-biting suspense, when the two powerhouse squads faced off in the intramural basketball championship final, Feb. 13 at Wells Field House.
In the end, JPPSO’s precision passing and uncanny accuracy from the three-point arc propelled the unit into the winner’s circle, with a 67-57 victory.
Top-seeded JPPSO arrived at Wells more than prepared to execute the ferocious man-to-man defense and offensive precision that proved virtually insurmountable throughout the year, after a near perfect, 11-1 season; a quarterfinal win over Aerospace Data Facility-East and a victory over Child and Youth Services in the semis. DLA, with more championship trophies at its headquarters than any other unit here, had its work cut out from the opening tip.
But, DLA fielded one of the ablest and most ambitious hoops teams in the intramural league.
DLA, also 11-1 on the season, came determined to continue establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Belvoir leagues.
In the quarterfinal round, DLA downed perpetual contender, 249th Engineer Battalion, before eliminating Defense Commissary Agency in the semis. DLA took to the hardwood with every asset in its arsenal primed for posting itself among the all-time greats.
For most of the contest, JPPSOMA and DLA stayed within a handful of points of each other, each combining a surgical passing game with a totally committed approach to defense. Passions ran high throughout both periods and technical fouls abounded as both squads fought for the slightest advantage. But, JPPSO unleashed a last-minute rally to put the game out of DLA’s reach and take home the title trophy.
Justin Fitzgerald, Belvoir’s IM sports league coordinator, hosted an awards ceremony for individuals and teams after the game.
For information about the IM sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, callFitzgerald, 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their respective unit representative to sign up and get schedules.
Regular-season and tournament game results, quickscores.com/belvoirmwr.
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