By Nick DukeJanuary 31, 2014
FORT BENNING, Ga., (Jan. 29, 2014) -- In a back and forth affair that saw the two teams swap leads throughout before eventually going to overtime, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, defeated C Company, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, 54-50.
The game came down to the final seconds of overtime, as 1-29 was set to inbound the ball with less than 10 seconds left down by just two points. The inbound pass was rolled up the floor to save time, but before a 1-29 player could pick it up, it was stolen by HHB 1-10, enabling HHB 1-10 to score the game�'s final basket on a layup.
1-29 jumped out to an early lead, building a 13-5 lead in the first half. HHB 1-10 responded, however, going on a 19-5 run to end the first half and take a 24-18 lead into halftime.
Peter McNeill, who led HHB 1-10 with 19 points, said the team switched to a 1-3-1 zone, which led to the 13-5 run.
�"We set our defense up in 1-3-1 zone and just turned up the intensity," McNeill said. �"Defense leads to offense, and that�'s what worked for us."
The second half started much like the first, with 1-29 scoring the first six points to tie the game. HHB 1-10 then came firing back with a 7-0 run to retake the lead.
1-29 rallied yet again, however, going on a 10-0 run to take a 34-31 lead. The two teams traded baskets for the rest of the second half, eventually ending regulation tied at 41.
McNeill said the second half 1-29 scoring runs were due in large part to HHB 1-10�'s impatience on the offensive end of the floor.
�"We got a little sloppy and were forcing shots and just generally being careless, but we�'ll work on that and we�'ll get better as the games go by," he said.
McNeill�'s 19 points led all scorers.
�"I just wanted to do everything I could and try my hardest for my team," he said. �"That�'s what it�'s all about."
Jaime Neira led 1-29 with 16 points in the loss.