FORT STEWART, GA -- Intramural basketball is ongoing here as Soldiers from various units throughout the 3rd Infantry Division footprint are competing for this year's championship title.

In a late night match at Fort Stewart's Newman Fitness Center, Feb. 6, the 1st Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment took one step closer to their ultimate goal and sent home the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment with the final score 51-44.

The 2/7th got off to a strong start on strong team play with great outside shooting and stifling defense. Toward the end of the second half, however, the shots quit dropping, and their defense was no match for the Armor Regiment's inside play.

The 64th continued to dominate in the third quarter; their speed overcame 2/7th's defense. The Infantry Regiment tried scoring in the post, but their offense in the paint was mostly out-of-control drives to the rim and their outside shots would not fall. But 2/7th contined to hustle as they stayed in the game with second chance points and offensive rebounds and even took the lead a few times over the 64th.

But the see-saw battle of the 3rd ended up being a one-sided affair, with the 64th dominating the paint, and the 2/7th unable to get any clean looks at the basket.

In the closing minutes of the fourth, the 2/7th did manage to get within two, but they were not able to stop the 64th's steamrolling offense. The 64th found the outside and knocked down some jump-shots to seal the fate of the game, 51-44.

The 64th is now in second place of the Marne Conference with a 6 and 1 record and 2/7 Inf. is tied for sixth with 3 and 4.

For more information on intramural basketball, schedules or standings, check out The Frontline newspaper or call the Fort Stewart Sports Office at 767- 8238.