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News | Nov. 2, 2017

2017 Armed Forces Basketball Championship Begins

By MC2 Christopher Frost U.S. Armed Forces Sports

The Armed Forces Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship kicked off Wednesday, November 1, at Chapparell Fitness Center Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland AFB, Texas, commencing a weeklong competition to determine the best basketball team between the four branches of the United States Armed Forces.

In the opening game, Men’s Air Force faced off against the Navy team, behind by only two points at the half. Led by Air Force Capt. Michael Lyons, from Peterson AFB, Co., with 28 points, Air Force came back to win 113-97. Navy’s Petty Officer 3rd Class Derrick Sumpter (USCG) scored the day’s high of 33-points despite Navy’s loss.

The Navy Women’s team defeated Air Force 91-63 with Navy Hospitalman Kamille Horn, from NPG Dental School, Md., scoring 26 points. Air Force 1st Lt. Angela Johnson led the Airmen with 17-points.

Army went undefeated for the night, winning the Men’s game against the Marine Corps 97-59 and the Women’s team scoring 98-51. Army Sergeant Tyronne Beale, from Fort Carson, Co., scored 18 points while Marine Corps Dejaun Isaiah, from MCB Camp Lejeune, made 15 points during the Men’s game. 

During the Women’s game Army Sergeant Donita Adams, from Maryland Army National Guard, put up 17 points while Marine Corps Corporal Shelbi Abreu-Rodriguez, from MCB Camp Pendleton, scored 11.

The 2017 Armed Forces Championship format consists of double round robin play, where each team faces one another twice for seeding. The top two best records will face one another in the championship match to claim the 2017 Armed Forces crown.

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