Playoff-bound Chung-Hoon rolls past Port Royal

 Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Zack Young muscles up to the basket for two of his eight points versus USS Port Royal (CG 73).

Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Zack Young muscles up to the basket for two of his eight points versus USS Port Royal (CG 73).

Story and photo by Randy Dela Cruz

Sports Editor

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) held USS Port Royal (CG 73) to six points in the first half and coasted to a 46-15 win in an Afloat Intramural Basketball League game at Bloch Arena, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on March 19.

Up by a score of 4-2 early in the first half, Chung-Hoon went on an 11-0 run and stormed out in front at 15-2 to take full control of the matchup.

The win raised ChungHoon’s league record to 6-2 and clinched their place as the division’s No. 3 seed in the base playoffs, which will be held March 26-28.

Port Royal, which struggled through the year with a 2-7 mark, did not qualify for the big dance.

Against Port Royal, the Chung-Hoon defense was at its best, as the team’s constant pressure on their

shorthanded foe created numerous turnovers throughout the game.

A dunk by Operations Specialist Seaman Apprentice Byron Jones followed by a turnover that produced a layup from Culinary Specialist Seaman Jordan Ford gave Chung-Hoon a 21-point lead at 24-3 with less than four minutes to go in the first half.

“The plan was, last game, come out strong and play defense,” said Chung-Hoon forward Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Kenneth Adams, who scored eight points for Chung-Hoon.

Although Yeoman 1st Class Keith Barrow doubled Port Royal’s point total by sinking a 3-pointer just before intermission, it was too little and too late as the route was on.

“We usually play a zone, but today we switched up to a man because we had a lot more size than they did,” said Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Zack Young, who also added eight points for Chung-Hoon. “We usually have about 15 to 20 people come to our games, so we had a lot of fresh legs and could press them if we wanted to.”

Besides blanking Port Royal shooters with a torrid defense, Chung-Hoon was also dishing the ball around on offense. A total of eight of the team’s 10 players got their names in the scoring column.

Young said that the team’s diverse scoring attack was a reflection of Chung-Hoon’s commitment to teamwork.

“We have a lot of people that are close friends and we practice two or three times a week,” Young stated. “So we can put anyone on the floor at the same time.”

Still, even with ChungHoon’s outstanding performance against the Port Royal, Adams said he believes that the team can get better as it prepares for the postseason.

“We’re not at our peak yet,” Adams said. “You can always have room for improvement, but right now, we’re playing good basketball. We’re just looking forward to the playoffs, so that we can make a dash for the finals.”

Young agreed with Adams and added that the increased level of competition in the postseason will require a more focused attitude by Chung-Hoon if the team is to make it to the final rounds.

“Our starters need to get in a little more of a flow,” Young admitted. “Other than that, I think our defense is great. I think we’ll do well in the playoffs.”

While Adams said he feels that the Chung-Hoon has a good chance of making it to the finals, Young was more definite about where he thinks the team will finish.

“We’re going to win,” Young emphatically said. “There’s not even a question in my mind.”

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