Fast pace offensive play helps Humphreys win 8th Army tournament
February 2, 2010
CASEY GARRISON South Korea - The members from the 348 Quartermaster, 19th Training Support Company USAG-Humphreys, TRU used their size and speed to their advantage to defeat the 501st Sustainment Brigade, Camp Carroll, Devils 66-61 in overtime to win the 8th Army championship for the unit level basketball division.
Sherlock Miller, TRU forward, finished the game with 21 points while Carl Morrison, forward, led the game in scoring with 27 points for the Devils.
The Devils won the initial tipoff for the game and scored with a 3 point basket.
TRU came back with the help of a strong defensive effort to take the lead with 5 minutes into the game. The score was 15-13.
TRU played aggressively the entire game trying to stop Morrison from scoring while continuing to score majority of their points from fast breaks.
"Our team's style of playing the game was all around, and we knew if we stayed physical with them, and crashed the boards, then we had them," Miller said.
The last moments of the game had the audience and players on their toes.
The Devils recognized TRU's inability to stop Morrison and began to give him the ball at the top of the key to isolate himself with Cornelius Bardney, guard for TRU who scored 18 points in the game.
When the game was left with 1:08 tied at 56-56 Morrison attempted to use the Devils' isolation play for the third time, but as he drove into the key, the ball was stripped and TRU scored.
The following play, the Devils responded with a layup, but Morrison was called for a reaching-in foul with 20 seconds left on the clock to put Bardney on the line shooting one and one. Bardney made both baskets to lead the game 60-58. The Devils; however, craftily scored another basket to tie the game for the last time.
Starting overtime, the Devils lost the tipoff, and TRU went on to score 4 additional points before the Devils went to the free throw line to make their first and last basket of the game. Morrison then fouled out and TRU scored another basket before the 3 minute overtime concluded naming TRU the unit level champions 66-61
"TRU came back and made a few shots. We were missing our shots and second chance shots as well, so we weren't able to make it happen in overtime," Morrison said.
"We have been talking about winning the 8th Army Championship since the summer. We started the team off with seven guys and throughout the season we have been getting more and more players on our team. After the regular season, we knew we had what it takes to be one of the best teams on the peninsula," Bardney said. "We have always been a fast break team with a run-and-gun tempo. We like to let the point guard run up the court, and within two passes. And, we like to shoot the ball."