Basketball News and Highlights

2020 Armed Forces Sports Championships Cancellations
April 10, 2020 - As leadership continues to monitor the current COVID-19 guidance from the Department of Defense and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Armed Forces Sports Council has made the decision to cancel all Armed Forces Sports Championships and events through September 30, 2020.  

U.S. women rebound from tough losses to take bronze at world games
Team USA defeats France to capture the bronze medal during the 7th Consil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Military World Games in Wuhan, China.
Oct. 27, 2019 - U.S. guard Cinnamon Kava leapt into the arms of teammate Ariel Thomas moments after the U.S. women stormed back from 18 points down to stun France 85-79 in overtime.

USA nets silver in men’s basketball at World Games
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Bryan Baptiste puts up a shot during the gold medal men’s basketball round with Lithuania in the 2019 CISM Military World Games in Wuhan, China Oct. 26, 2019. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)
Oct. 27, 2019 - Going into the gold-medal game, USA men’s basketball coach Micah Bonner knew the Lithuania team was “fundamentally strong” and attacked the baskets hard. They had beat host China the night before.

USA Men’s Basketball bounces back to championship round in China
U.S. Navy Lt. Junior Grade Grant Vermeer, U.S Armed Forces Men’s Basketball Team member, soars past a competitor for a layup during the 7th Conseil International du Sport Militaire World Games in Wuhan, China Oct. 25, 2019. The U.S. team defeated Brazil 78-61 to advance to the gold medal game against the Lithuania. (U.S. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant)
Oct. 26, 2019 - The U.S. Armed Forces men's basketball team had begun their appearance at the CISM Military World Games with a rough loss against China, but fought back with a vengeance during their next four appearances on the court.

USA women hang tough despite loss to China, remain contenders for bronze
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ariel Thomas, United States Armed Forces Military World Games Women’s Basketball player, shoots a basket over a Chinese defender during the Conseil International du Sport Militaire Women’s Basketball Competion in Wuhan China, Oct. 22, 2019. The 7th MWG will feature military athletes from around the world with an estimated participation of more than 100 nations and more than 10,000 participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant James R. Crow)
Oct. 21, 2019 - As the U.S. Armed Forces women’s basketball players began warmups in their matchup against host China Monday, a raucous crowd filed into Wuhan’s Hankou Culture and Sports Center. About 60 uniformed Chinese military sat on one end while China’s towering front line slowly made their way onto the court.