By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterJanuary 23, 2014
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (January 23, 2014) -- Two teams went head-to-head on the court at the Fort Rucker Physical Fitness Center Jan .21 during a 2014 Fort Rucker Intramural Basketball preseason game.
Get Down and Lay Down, a team made up of Soldiers of various units, beat the 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment Warriors 48-33 in a game riddled with free throws and three-pointers.
Lay Down not only exhibited superior shooting ability, sinking three-pointer after three-pointer, but their aggressive game under the rim made for easy lay ups and rebounds.
Both teams started off strong and although the Warriors had their hands on the ball first during the tip off, it was Lay Down that showed their dominance on the court early on, scoring the first basket with a three-point shot, followed by two rebounds that helped give them a 6-point lead just minutes into the game.
The Warriors managed to get their heads into the game and trail their opponents, but continual fouls throughout the game gave up valuable free throws that allowed Lay Down to command the lead for the duration of the game.
As the game went into the second period, the Warriors no longer seemed able to keep up with their opponents, trailing by more than 10 points, a trend that would continue for most of the game.
They did seem to find some traction in the second period, however, after a free throw that allowed them to get the rebound to sink a three-point shot and come within that 10-point stretch, coming within four points of their opponents.
Try as they might, the Warriors continued to be plagued with fouls throughout the game, giving up more than 10 free throws to their opponents throughout the game, which ensured they would remain behind Lay Down.
Lay Down's game stayed strong throughout, only faltering briefly during moments in the game, but their command of the ball was prevalent as they worked together to stay in the lead.
Although they continued to sink three-point shots, they really shined closer to the rim as they managed rebound after rebound that helped them to get their biggest lead yet in the game.
They went into the second half 12 points ahead of the Warriors, 29-17, and continued to pull away when another string of free throws allowed them to extend their lead by 20 points before the end of the third period.
The Warriors defense finally tightened up in the fourth period and managed to trap their opponents to keep them from getting rebounds back to their goal, allowing them to close the gap between the two teams.
They seemed to find their stride and upped their passing game and shooting, but it was too little, too late.
Their efforts weren't enough to hold Lay Down back, who continued their aggressive play style to make sure they stayed ahead of their opponents as the buzzer sounded, ending the game 48-33.
"I feel great about this win and this keeps us undefeated right now," said Donavan Murdock, player and coach of Lay Down, "I feel like we've got better teamwork than other teams. More people on this team care about winning more than individual stats, so that's why we win."
Murdock added he feels confident in his team's chances to take home the trophy this season.