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Team Buckley hosts Men's Basketball Tournament

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A member of the Colorado Kings military team goes for the basket during the Buckley Men's Basketball Tournament Dec. 13. Military teams from all across the front range participated in the tournement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A member of the Colorado Kings military team goes for the basket during the Buckley Men's Basketball Tournament Dec. 13. Military teams from all across the front range participated in the tournement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Colorado Kings, first-place winners in the 2009 Men's Basketball Tournament, pose with Col. Vincent Jefferson, 460th Misson Support Group commander, after their victory Dec. 13. The Colorado Kings won with a final score of 95-74. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Colorado Kings, first-place winners in the 2009 Men's Basketball Tournament, pose with Col. Vincent Jefferson, 460th Misson Support Group commander, after their victory Dec. 13. The Colorado Kings won with a final score of 95-74. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Competitors from military teams struggle for the ball during the Men's Basketball Tournament Dec. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Competitors from military teams struggle for the ball during the Men's Basketball Tournament Dec. 20. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A competitor in the Buckley Men's Basketball Tournament takes a jump shot Dec. 12. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A competitor in the Buckley Men's Basketball Tournament takes a jump shot Dec. 12. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Buckley Air Force Base hosted the base's first Men's Holiday Basketball Tournament Dec. 11-13. The tournament was double elimination with teams from Buckley, Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, the Colorado Kings, Tinker Air Force Base and the Air Force Academy's 10th Air Base Wing all vying for the championship trophy.

The tournament opened with a good battle between the Buckley Panthers and the 10th ABW team. The game was close early, but Buckley took control and turned it into a double digit victory. The Buckley Panthers continued used this win to propel themselves to a third place finish. The Colorado Kings, a local team of prior college players, came out of the loser's bracket to face Tinker in the championship round. The Kings won the first game 101 to 75 and snared the trophy by winning the second game 74 to 95.

The Buckley Panthers placed third in the tournament.
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