Kraken devours 792 ISS in Red Division season opener

Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Jerry Acosta floats a shot over the defense of Airman 1st Class Cory Fletcher.

Story and photo by Randy Dela Cruz

Sports Editor, Ho‘okele

Naval Sea Systems Command (NSSC) Kraken got the bulk of their scoring from only two players, but it was more than enough. The team rolled to a 51-34 victory over the 792nd Intelligence Support Squadron on Jan. 24 in a Red Division intramural basketball season opener at Hickam Fitness Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

The Kraken got 14 points from team captain Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Jerry Acosta and a game-leading 23 points from Yeoman 2nd Class Terrance Day to cruise to the easy win.

Acosta at age 30 said that he is trying to ease his body into the new season. However, due to having a young team he just might have to spend a little more time on the court as the squad builds chemistry.

“I know I’ll have to shoot more, but once I start feeling it, I feel like I can hit it from anywhere,” said Acosta, who was money on his first two tries from beyond the arc. “My point guard (Day) is hard to guard. As long as he can get in rhythm, he can get some good shots all night.”

Up first, it was Acosta who carried the team as he proved that he still has the touch by connecting on two treys to put the Kraken up by six points.

The team slowly built up its lead and got a double-digit advantage when Day got fouled on a lay-up and completed the and-one to put the Kraken up at 21-10 with two minutes and 36 seconds on the clock before halftime.

The 792 ISS brought the lead back under 10 on a trey by point guard 2nd Lt. Michael Morales, but Day came right back to score a basket to put the Kraken up at 23-13 just before the break.

Up by 11 points to start the second half, the Kraken broke the backs of the 792 ISS by out-scoring their opponent by a margin of 16-1 to take a 42-16 lead at the 15:02 mark in the game.

Again, it was Acosta who got the ball rolling with back-to-back treys in the first two minutes of the second half.

Then, up by a score of 36-16, Day dialed in two long-distance shots of his own to break the game wide open.

“He (Day) takes a big weight off of your shoulders,” Acosta said. “He’s young, like 21, so he’s got fresh legs and we can use that to our advantage.”

With the game well in their back pocket, Acosta used the time to allow more players to get into the game.

Since it was the team’s first game together, Acosta said that building unity and cohesiveness would be key elements in how far the Kraken would go this season.

“We’ve got good people, but we’ve got to get it together,” Acosta said. “I’ll keep rested until we play better teams, then I’ll have to play more, but we’ve got to give the guys the time to play when we can.”

Acosta said that if the team gets its chemistry down, it should be all right, but only time will tell.

In addition, Acosta said that a lot of the Kraken’s success would depend on how well the team battles under the basket and rebounds — especially if Acosta and Day are shooting the lights out.

If the team doesn’t crash the boards as well as Acosta expects, the team captain said that help is on the way.

“Rebounding is all we need,” he said. “We’ve got a couple of big guys that were missing tonight. Rebounding is our biggest issue.”

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