The strongest in unit level intramural basketball have risen to the next level of competition beyond the regular season. Between March 12 through 21, Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (FMWR) hosts the Post Basketball Tournament, where active duty military personnel face their fiercest basketball competition on the courts at on-post physical fitness centers (PFC) Hosking and Hercules.

On the evening of March 15, Hosking welcomed the 127st Airborne Engineer Battalion (AEB) and the 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment (AFAR), which are just two of the 16-unit level teams to advance to the championship, double elimination series.

“The tournament is held over a 10-day period, with teams who participated at the unit level — detachment, company, troop and battery — advancing to the post tournament championship. Games are played and then as eliminations are processed, a revised, updated post tournament schedule is released,” said Harold Stallworth, supervisor sports specialist of FMWR.

The 127th AEB and 3rd Bn., 319th AFAR were neck and neck through the entire two periods of play. Despite the 127th AEB’s shortage in players for the tournament game, the engineers sustained the baseline while remaining mighty in a tight game against their challenging contest from the 319th’s full lineup. The 127th AEB’s ability to stay out of foul trouble was critical, demonstrating their fitness to go a whole game with no substitutes.

It takes four key attributes for a basketball team to advance to the tournament level season. Those attributes include natural capacity, focus, love of the game and a team holding tight to its roots and identity. These teams pride in their organization.

Despite their small bench and limited reserves, the 127th AEB put those attributes to the test and pulled ahead of 3rd Bn., 319th AFAR in the last minute of the game to win 53-49.