MDG stuns CES in B-ball championship win
by Senior Airman DEVANTE WILLIAMS, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The 56th Medical Group battled the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Aug. 11 during the intramural basketball championship game at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center. The score 53-36 gave MDG a decisive win, declaring them undefeated tournament champions.
High speed and intensity were on both ends of the court with both teams scoring back and forth early in the game, but MDG went on a 4-0 run to bring the score to 13-9 with nine minutes left in the first half. CES slowly lost their momentum as MDG continued to rack up the points and build the lead. With a ferocious dunk from Kyle Smith, 56th MDG teammate, the lead climbed another 16 points at the end of the first half a score of 29-14.
MDG was determined to win the championship.
“Our main focus was to play as a team,” said Tarue Nroady, 56th Medical Operations Squadron pediatric clinic NCO in charge. “We have a bunch of athletes on the team that can play well individually, but as a team we’re unstoppable.”
As the second half ramped up, MDG got on a roll and dominated most of the second half leading by 16 with a score of 40-24 with ten minutes to go. CES’ lack of defense, plus no replacement players, made them lose any hope of a win with five minutes to go in the second half. CES fought with everything they had, but they could not make a comeback.
“Our focus is always on defense,” said Dylan Vogel, 56th MDOS medical technician journeyman. “We came together as a team during the playoffs and really learned our strengths and weaknesses. That’s how we were able to win the game.”
Fall fitness fun run
The Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center is featuring a fall fitness 5k fun run at 6 a.m. Sept. 12 at 944th Fighter Wing Headquarters, Bldg. 988. There will be trophies, prizes and refreshments. For more information, call 623-856-6241.
Women’s B-ball tryouts
Women’s varsity basketball tryouts are 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 8 to 10 a.m. Aug. 30 at the Luke Air Force Base Bryant Fitness Center basketball court. For more information, call 623-856-4261.
Fitzgerald football camp
The Larry Fitzgerald Youth Football Camp for children in kindergarten through eighth grade is free 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 at the Bryant Fitness Center ball fields. Registration is through Sept. 15 at the 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center. The camp is open to dependents of active-duty, retirees, and DOD and NAF civilian employees. For more information, call 623-856-7470.
The fall triathlon starts at 7 a.m. Aug. 30 at Silver Wings Pool. The event includes a 400-meter swim, 13-mile bike ride and 5k run. Individuals and teams register by today to receive a free T-shirt. The cost is $20 per military card holder and nonmilitary are $45 per person. Prizes awarded to the top three finishers in open male, open female, over-40 male, over-40 female and team divisions. For more information, call 623-856-9334.