The Fort Belvoir Visitor Processing Operations Center squad unleashed a second-period rally to down Defense Threat Reduction Agency, 55-43 in an intramural basketball season closer, Feb. 21 at Wells Field House. 

For the lion’s share of the opening half, DTRA dominated the hardwood, executing a precision passing game between guards, Ben Booker, Chauncy Lizama and C.J. Wade, around the perimeter. Booker, one of the most agile and technically thinking athletes in the league, executed a series of strategic passes to Jrue Kimble and Eric Rose for a string of opening buckets. 

The VPOC defense, spearheaded by WAMAC veterans, Earl Skinner and Henry Funn outside and anchored by the efforts of Willie Scott, Reggie Wanzer and Barry Hunter down low, managed to keep the pressure on with a tight zone formation. But, Booker’s repeated drives into the paint, coupled with Kimble’s and Rose’s increasing accuracy from the baseline, enabled DTRA to send VPOC to the bench facing a 32-21 deficit at halftime. 

From the opening throw-in of the second period, the tide quickly turned in VPOC’s favor. Skinner, Funn and company abandoned the box-zone defense and went to a ferocious, man-to-man approach, forcing DTRA guards to take low-percentage shots from far beyond the three-point arc. Kimble and Booker managed to sink a few 2-pointers from near the high posts, but VPOC kept the gains to a minimum with the added pressure. 

At the opposite end of the court, Skinner and Funn unleashed a revamped rapid-fire passing game, dishing the ball inside to Wanzer and Scott for foul-drawing buckets deep in the lane, while Hunter dialed in his accuracy from the perimeter and along the baseline. 

DTRA got a brief rally late in the half, but VPOC responded with another run of points that ultimately put the contest out of reach. 

Final score: VPOC 55, DTRA 43. 

The single-elimination championship tournament between the 10 top-seeded teams began Monday with the final scheduled tonight at 6:15 p.m. at Wells Field House. 

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. 

For scores, standings, and tournament results, go to www.quickscores.com/belvoirmwr