Intramural basketball readies to tip-off for 2018

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Nikita Mayo swoops in for a basket.

Story and photo by Randy Dela Cruz

Sports Editor, Ho‘okele

With the NBA and NCAA basketball seasons already in full progress throughout the country, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is about to join in all the hoopla when the 2018 Joint Base Intramural basketball season tips off Jan. 23.

The league’s 30-and-over Division is up first with a full schedule of games every Tuesday at both JBPHH Fitness Center and Hickam Fitness Center starting at 6 p.m.

The open divisions take the court on Wednesdays and Thursdays with the Afloat Division occupying the hardwood floor every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Last season, the above 30 division was won by the 647th Civil Engineer Squadron (647 CES) Bulls, which finished the season in spectacular fashion with an undefeated record.

Staff Sgt. Elvis Shaw finishes off a lay-up.

Led by the veteran play of Staff Sgt. Elvis Shaw and the leadership of point guard Staff Sgt. Brian Sanders, the Bulls wrapped up the championship trophy with a 62-44 win over Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Shaw, who was a source of steady firepower for the Bulls, took control in the title matchup and torched DPAA for 30 points after throwing down 34 in the team’s semifinal contest against Last Run.

Meanwhile, the 690th Cyberspace Operations Squadron (690 COS) will look to become the first team to win back-to-back titles in the open division after securing the hardware in 2017.

Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) won championships in 2012 and 2013 and was the last team to do it at Joint Base.

Although the Bulls threatened to make a clean sweep of titles in the above 30 and open divisions, the 690 COS emerged from a fourth seed in the Blue Division to capture their first Joint Base basketball championship.

Against all odds, the 690 COS took down Naval Health Clinic Hawaii in the first round of the playoffs and then went on to eliminate Naval Submarine Support Command (NSSC), the No.1 seed from the Blue Division and Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Hawaii, the No. 2 seed from the Red Division, before wrapping it all up with the nail-biting victory over PACOM/JIOC.

Other teams that are expected to be in the hunt this season include USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93), Naval Submarine Support Command, Naval Computer Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific West, Pacific Command/Joint Intelligence Operation Center, 647th Security Forces Squadron and NIOC.

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