By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterMarch 9, 2017
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker's intramural basketball season has made its way back to the installation and two teams took to the court to battle it out, with one displaying some early season dominance.
The 1st Battalion, 11th Aviation Regiment Control Freqs took on the D Company, 1-145th Avn. Regt. team in a game at the Fortenberry-Colton Physical Fitness Center March 7 that had both teams on even footing for the first half, but Control Freqs dominated the second to win, 82-53.
"We had to turn up the defense tonight," said CW3 Theodore Rogers, Control Freqs coach. "We switched to a man-to-man (defensive scheme) and we pressed them, and that pretty much sealed the deal for us in the second half."
Both teams were off to a good start going into the game with Control Freqs taking possession to start to take an early lead, but D Co. managed to stay with them, despite falling behind by more than 10 points at times.
D Co. worked to tighten their defense through much of the first half and managed to sink multiple shots to close any scoring gap their opponents managed to achieve, and before they knew it, they were only trailing by one point going into the second quarter, 26-25.
The 1-11th continued to hold on to the lead, though, but couldn't seem to shake D Co. off their heels.
With five minutes remaining in the half, Control Freqs picked up their offense and showed off their superior shooting as they started to sink shot after shot to retake a 10-point lead, but their defense seemed to falter as the clock wound down in the half and D Co. came back to trail their opponents as the half ended 38-37.
D Co. took possession to start the second half, but they got off to a rough start as the Control Freqs' defense tightened up to prevent them scoring to take the lead.
As the 1-11th forced a turnover, they took full advantage of possession and managed to get the first score of the half to hang on to their lead, but it didn't end there.
The Control Freqs exploded into the second half scoring shot after shot to retake another 10-point lead early in the half, forcing the 1-145th to fight hard to try to stay in the game.
Try as they might, D Co. couldn't manage to regain their footing as the Control Freqs dominated in the third quarter, up by more than 20 points.
The game at this point seemed very one sided as the 1-11th managed to get multiple steals, not giving the 1-145th a moment to breathe.
D Co. finally managed to score their first shot in the half more than 7 minutes in, but the damage was done and the 1-11th wasn't letting up.
Control Freqs continued their onslaught and by the fourth period both teams seemed to tire, but the 1-11th held a nearly 30-point lead with only minutes remaining.
D Co. wasn't going down without a fight, though, as they managed to go shot for shot in the last minutes of the game, but it was too little too late.
Despite their efforts, the 1-145th couldn't close the gap and Control Freqs took the win, 82-53.
With his team's dominating performance, Rogers believe that they have a good shot at the championship.
"We'll definitely be in the running for the championship," he said. "We've got to continue to improve and make a few adjustments on offense. We run a good motion offense but we want to tighten it up, and of course we want to improve on our defense. If we can do both of those things, we'll bring home the championship."