By Jim Dresbach, Pentagram Staff WriterApril 4, 2014
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The Fort Myer Generals were attempting to keep a streak alive at March 29-30's Washington Area Military Athletic Conference's post season tournament at Fort Belvoir.
Already winners of Sept. 14's annual Donna Hopkins Breast Cancer Tournament, Fort Belvoir Veterans Day Tournament, Fort Myer Operation Santa Tournament, Fort Lee MLK Tournament and the Fort Myer Capital Classic, the Generals set their sights on a sixth straight tournament championship.
The top-seeded Myer men battled through two early morning starts in the two-day tournament and a pair of matchups against the National Capital Region Marines to grab its sixth tourney title.
The Generals won the opening tournament game March 29 by overcoming a quick start by the host Fort Belvoir Eagles. In an eventual 80-70 win over Belvoir, David Lee and Sean Hackshaw combined for 30 points in a contest where the Belvoir Eagles held a first-half lead as large as eight points.
Lee finished with 17 and Hackshaw scored 13 in the WAMAC opening contest.
"They were aggressive on offense - going to the hole and hitting shots; it really gave us a boost," said Generals Assistant Coach Bryant Harrison. "It was then contagious and [the offensive rhythm] was caught by everybody."
The Generals capped Saturday play with a 91-78 victory over Fort Meade to advance to Sunday's semifinals. Against Meade, Montavious Waters led the Generals with 23 points while Hackshaw added 12 and Kevin Clark and Terrell Moorer each scored 11 points.
Sunday's opponents at Belvoir's Graves Fitness Center would be just one team - the NCR Marines. Myer defeated the Marines in the 9 a.m. game 88-83 and five hours later, the Generals claimed the WAMAC title with a 113-95 win against the Marines in the double elimination tournament.
In the first game against the Marines, Lee downed 23 points - including four three-point field goals - and finished the Marine doubleheader nightcap with 15 points.
"It was an advantage not having to play extra games like the Marines had to out of the loser bracket," said Lee, who played college ball at Florida's Jacksonville University. "Playing back-to-back games has its plusses and minuses. My job here was to hit some open shots and pass the ball around."
In the title game, Moorer led the Generals with 18 points. Ernest Hassell scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half of the title game.
Fort Myer's Deon Coleman was named the tournament's most valuable player.