2017 Armed Forces basketball championship begins

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The Armed Forces Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship kicked off Nov. 1, at Chapparell Fitness Center in Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, commencing a weeklong competition to determine the best basketball team between the four branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

In the opening game, men’s Air Force faced off against the Navy team, behind by only two points at the half. Led by Air Force Capt. Michael Lyons, from Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, Air Force came back to win 113-97. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Derrick Sumpter scored the day’s high of 33-points for Navy despite the loss.

The Navy women’s team defeated Air Force 91-63 with Navy Hospitalman Kamille Horn, from NPG Dental School, Maryland, scoring 26 points. Air Force 1st Lt. Angela Johnson led the Airmen with 17-points.

Army went undefeated for the night, winning the men’s game against the Marine Corps, 97-59, and the women’s team winning 98-51. Army Sgt. Tyronne Beale, from Fort Carson, Colorado, scored 18 points while Marine Corps Dejaun Isaiah, from Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, scored 15 during the men’s game.

During the Women’s game, Army Sgt. Donita Adams, from the Maryland Army National Guard, put up 17 points while Marine Corps Cpl. Shelbi Abreu-Rodriguez, from MCB Camp Pendleton, scored 11.

The 2017 Armed Forces Championship format consists of
double round-robin play, where each team faces the others
twice for seeding.
The two teams with
the best records face one another in the championship match to claim the 2017 Armed Forces crown.