647th CES ready for another streak to championship

Master Sgt. Brent Jordan takes it to the rack for two of his 11 points.

Story and photo by Randy Dela Cruz

Sports Editor, Ho‘okele

Last season, the 647th Civil Engineer Squadron (647 CES) Over 30 League basketball squad outran, outshot and just flat outplayed their opponents en route to an undefeated season and division championship.

While the team doesn’t seem to be as deep as it was last year, the roster is still filled with enough familiar faces to repeat as Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam champions in 2018.

In their season debut, the 647 CES showed no signs of letting up as the team easily rolled to a 67-44 runaway win over the combined forces of Headquarters Pacific Air Forces (HQ PACAF)/ 613th Air and Space Operation Center (613 AOC) on Jan. 23 at JBPHH Fitness Center.

Despite losing star players Staff Sgt. Labronze Paden and Staff Sgt. Corey Doss from last season, this year’s edition of the 647 CES isn’t short on star power. It welcomes back starters Staff Sgt. Elvis Shaw, Staff Sgt. Brian Sanders, sharpshooter Master Sgt. Brent Jordan and big-body Staff Sgt. Roy Jackson.

Complemented with a lineup of quick and athletic players coming off the bench, the 647 CES enter this season as the overwhelming favorite to win it all for the second year in a row.

Shaw, who is certainly among the top five players on Joint Base, will be the go-to guy for the 647 CES, and despite the absence of Doss and Paden, he has already proven that he is capable to shoulder the team all by himself if needed.

Playing without Doss and Paden in last season’s semifinal and championship game, Shaw scored a total of 64 points and said he is ready to do it again.

“I’m ready for it,” he said. “It’s just basketball. Everybody puts on their pants the same way: one leg at a time.”

In the team’s season opener, Shaw didn’t play the entire 40 minutes, but with the team already clicking on all cylinders, he didn’t need to.

Still, even in limited minutes, Shaw led all scorers with 23 points, 10 in the first half and 13 in the second half, while knocking down five shots from long range.

Shaw appeared a bit reserved at the start of the game, but once he got going, there was no stopping him.

With the 647 CES up by a score of 12-3, Shaw swished his first trey, followed up with a pulverizing tomahawk slam and then hit his second trey of the game all within a span of about a minute and 15 seconds.

HQ PACAF/613 AOC, which scored the first basket of the game on a three-pointer from Tech. Sgt Jake Monroe, was held without another point for the next 15 minutes, as the 647 CES took a 30-18 lead into halftime.

HQ PACAF/613 AOC narrowed the lead down to seven after scoring the first five points in the second half, but that’s when the 647 CES decided to step on the gas once again and this time, went on an 18-0 run that put the game away for good.

For the 647 CES, Jackson also had a big night by scoring 14 points, with most of his baskets coming off power moves in the post.

Jordan scored in double figures as well with 11 points on two treys, two baskets and a free throw.

Shaw said that most of the team’s 67 points came off of transitions and jumpers, and he feels that this will be the squad’s blueprint for success this season.

“As you can see, I’m about the tallest person on the team and the next person is about two inches smaller than me,” Shaw said. “We’re going to have to rely on our speed this year and get the ball upcourt. On defense, we’re just going to have to put bodies on bodies.”

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