• FORT CAMPBELL, KY " Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), start warming up prior to their first game of the basketball tournament at Fort Campbell's Lozada Gym on Aug. 13. Basketball is one of 14 events Fort Campbell will host for a weeklong event known as Week of the Eagles.

    Warming up to Strike

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY " Soldiers with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), start warming up prior to their first game of the basketball tournament at Fort Campbell's Lozada Gym on Aug. 13. Basketball is one of 14 events Fort...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, KY " Soldiers from 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shake hands prior to the tip off on August 13. The basketball game was held at Lozada Gym as part of Week of the Eagles.

    Everyone play nice

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY " Soldiers from 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), shake hands prior to the tip off on August 13. The basketball game was held at Lozada Gym as part of Week of the Eagles.

  • FORT CAMPBELL, KY " Soldiers from the Strike team, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), huddle during the quarterfinal halftime of the first game at Fort Campbell's Lozada Gym, Aug. 13. The words of encouragement put out in the group during the quarterfinal halftime, helped lead them to their first win of the competition.

    Forming the game plan

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY " Soldiers from the Strike team, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), huddle during the quarterfinal halftime of the first game at Fort Campbell's Lozada Gym, Aug. 13. The words of encouragement put out in...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, KY " A Soldier from the Strike team, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), goes up for a shot during their first game of the basketball tournament at Fort Campbell's Lozada Gym, Aug. 13. The basketball tournament is part of Week of the Eagles which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division.

    Taking the shot

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY " A Soldier from the Strike team, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), goes up for a shot during their first game of the basketball tournament at Fort Campbell's Lozada Gym, Aug. 13. The basketball...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, KY " Spc Antione McNeil with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), takes his first free-throw shot after being fouled by the opposing team, Aug. 13, at Fort Campbell's Lozada Gym. McNeil has been playing basketball since he can remember and his team considers him an important asset to the Strike team.

    Taking it to the line

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY " Spc Antione McNeil with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), takes his first free-throw shot after being fouled by the opposing team, Aug. 13, at Fort Campbell's Lozada Gym. McNeil has been playing...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, KY " A soldier from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), goes for the slam dunk during warm-up prior to the start of the first game of the basketball tournament. The tournament is being hosted at Fort Campbell's Lozada Gym during the week of Aug. 13.

    Enjoying some hang time

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY " A soldier from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), goes for the slam dunk during warm-up prior to the start of the first game of the basketball tournament. The tournament is being hosted at Fort...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, KY " The soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), that make up the Strike Brigade's Week of the Eagles basketball team, pose for a team photo prior to the championship game against 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group on Aug. 15. The basketball competition was held at Fort Campbell's Lozada Gym. The Strike Brigade team put forth their best effort and ended up with a silver medal for second place.

    One team, one fight

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY " The soldiers of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), that make up the Strike Brigade's Week of the Eagles basketball team, pose for a team photo prior to the championship game against 3rd Battalion, 5th...

  • FORT CAMPBELL, KY " Sgt. Charles Joseph, an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment receives the silver medal for second place, after a 56-51 loss against the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group on Aug.15, at Lozada Gym. The basketball competition was one of fourteen events held during the Week of the Eagles.

    Strike takes the Silver medal

    FORT CAMPBELL, KY " Sgt. Charles Joseph, an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment receives the silver medal for second place, after a 56-51 loss against the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group on Aug.15, at Lozada Gym...

FORT CAMPBELL, KY - Basketball is just one of the 14-events that took place during the Week of the Eagles, 2012. The Strike team, made up of Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), has provided much excitement during the basketball tournament. This inter-division 3-day competition, held at Fort Campbell's Lozada gym began Aug. 13. The Strike team gave fans that came out to support more than their money's worth.
The first game for the Strike Team seemed like an easy one. It started with tough defense, which was the focal point for the team during the competition.

"Defense is what gets us going," said Spc. Antione McNeil, from Company C, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, during a post-game interview. "Defense is the key for us to win and continue on in this tournament."

The Strike team defensively dominated the court against the team representing 63rd Chemical Company with an overwhelming 70-23 win in Game 1 of the quarterfinals.

Game 2 would not be such a walk in the park for the Strike Team as they gave up a lot of rebounds and turn-overs in the first half to a strong opponent, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. The Strike Team took to the second half and got their game together, then prevailed with a 59-41 victory.

"We started out a little sluggish today, but came together and did everything we needed to do to put together a win for this team," said Staff Sgt. Casey Potts, from Strike's 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion.

Potts also commented on his team's strategy for the semifinal game.

"Play better than we did this game," laughed Potts.

The Strike fans could not sit down as the excitement overwhelmed the seats at Lozada Gym for game 3 of the semifinals against 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, Aug. 14. The Strike Team trailed most of the game, but caught up to tie 67-67 at the end of regulation, which sent the teams into overtime. In the final seconds of overtime, game still tied, Potts got fouled which sent him to the free-throw line. Potts made the foul shot leaving no time on the clock for the opposing team to score. The Strike team won with a final score of 72-71, which sent them to the championship game.

"It's a great feeling to me," said an excited Spc. Thaddeus Luster, who is from Company F, 526th Brigade Support Battalion. "Its like kind of going to a championship in the NBA finals."

Game 4, the championship game, was a game filled with mixed emotions as both teams took the lead numerous of times. The Strike team led by coach Sgt. Charles Joseph, an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, faced up against the team that represents 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, who would turn out to be more than just a worthy opponent. The game was tied-up in the final minutes, but due to fouls caused by 2nd BCT, 5th groups team pulled ahead to win 56-51. The Strike team received the silver medal for second place, which was much deserved by a team that was put together just two months prior.

"We have come together quite well," said Potts, after an emotional defeat. " I am proud of this team and what it has accomplished."

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