Cyberspace Wing rolls into playoffs with perfect record

Airman 1st Class Demetrius Harvey, 67th Cyberspace Wing (67 CW) forward, goes up for one of his four dunks in a Blue Division intramural basketball game against Commander Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC).

Airman 1st Class Demetrius Harvey, 67th Cyberspace Wing (67 CW) forward, goes up for one of his four dunks in a Blue Division intramural basketball game against Commander Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC).

Story and photo by Randy Dela Cruz

Sports Editor

Saving their best game for the last matchup of the regular season, the 67th Cyberspace Wing (67 CW) ran away from Commander Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC), 51-18, in a Blue Division showdown on March 27 at Hickam Fitness Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The win gave the 67 CW the division’s top spot and number one seed going into the base championship playoffs, while COMSUBPAC qualified for the postseason as the division’s number two seed.

The playoffs are scheduled for April 5 to 7, with the title face-off being held on the final day of the postseason at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center starting at 6 p.m.

The 67 CW will meet Naval Computer Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific (NCTAMSPAC) “Mixed Plate” on April 5 at Hickam Fitness Center, with tipoff set for noon.

Meanwhile, COMSUBPAC begins their run in the playoffs against USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Fitness Center starting at 1 p.m.

“It feels great to end (the regular season) like this,” said 67 CW point guard Staff Sgt. Carl Sanders, who

was the game’s high scorer with 18 points. “Like I’ve been telling the guys all season long that defense wins championships. We were a cohesive unit on defense and that’s what we got to do. We held them (COMSUBPAC) to 18 points, and that’s the lowest total ever scored against us. I’m proud of the guys. This was a great team effort.”

Although the game was a matchup of the top two teams in the division, this one was all 67 CW from buzzer to buzzer.

A basket by Sanders gave the 67 CW their first double-digit lead at 14-3 with 10:13 remaining before the half and then a monstrous two-handed jam by Airman 1st Class

Demetrius Harvey seven minutes later upped the team’s lead to 14 at 20-6.

The 67 CW would go into half-time holding a 12-point lead at 22-10.

The rout continued right after the break, and the lead ballooned to 17 on a three-ball by Airman 1st Class Robert Light before another thunderous stuff by Harvey made it 31-12 with 13:42 remaining in the game.

Harvey, who makes up one half of the team’s twin towers that includes 6-foot-10-inch Airman 1st Class Theryn Hudson, threw down a total of four dunks and finished the game with 10 points.

Hudson added eight points but, more importantly, controlled the boards and anchored the team’s defense with his intimidating presence.

Besides being a dominating force under the basket, Sanders said that Hudson is also a key component of the team’s offense.

“He helps our offense get started,” Sanders said. “With him setting those high screens, it leaves the court open for guards like myself and big men like Harvey to get those easy points.”

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jesse Gauf, center for COMSUBPAC, agreed with Sanders.

“It really wasn’t about their height. It was about their guard play,” said Gauf, who chipped in with six points. “It’s when the guards were able to penetrate, we would have to come and help, and that gave their bigs free range for putbacks, dunks, whatever.”

Although Gauf admits that this was the worst that the team had played all season, he was confident that he and his teammates would be ready for the playoffs.

“We’re really not going to take too much out of this game,” he said. “It’s one game at a time now. I think we have a good chance of seeing them again in the playoffs.”

As for Sanders, he said that while the 67 CW will enter the postseason as one of the favorites, no one on the squad is taking anything for granted.

“Our team is very competitive,” he pointed out. “We won’t go down without a fight.”

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