CPTS overcomes first round loss to win 3-on-3 hoops title
By Tech. Sgt. Scott McNabb, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 03, 2010
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- When members of the 460th Comptroller Squadron go to work, it's all about the numbers. Putting in work on the hardwood and snagging two of the last three trophies in the quarterly 3-on-3 basketball tournament makes CPTS the team to beat.
The number crunchers racked up the clanks in the first round trying to force shots early. They lost in the opening round and had to battle back to get to the championship.
"It took the whole first game for us to get warmed up," said Kenny "L-T" Green. "We lost that game but luckily got into a rhythm and kept it going for the rest of the tournament."
Green said they overcame their early difficulties by taking better shots and taking advantage of mismatches. He said it was very important that they spread the floor and move the ball around to stretch out the defense.
"It is always important to stay moving so you wear out the defender and get open looks," said Green. "We never ran any set plays, just kept moving and kept the defenders on their toes. We tried to exploit the mismatches on defense to get high percentage shots."
Jamial Garland said another key to their victory was size. While most teams played with two guards and a big guy, CPTS could run out two big players at any time which created lots of mismatches around the hoop.
"It was very important especially with a 6'5" guy on your team who can dominate anybody one-on-one," Garland explained.
Green, the 6'5" guy, shredded the defense time and time again in the championship round. The game wasn't close and the win gave CPTS then number every athlete strives to achieve. CPTS is number one again. It's up to another team to go to work and make an adjustment to that number.
"It can be anyone's game given the right three players," said Green.