Lady Mustangs win Korean-peninsula basketball tournament
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Over the Thanksgiving holiday while everyone else was fattening up on turkey, watching football and taking their afternoon naps the Osan Lady Mustangs were hard at work in Daegu playing in the Peninsula-wide Daegu Thanksgiving Invitational Basketball tournament.
This year's team, comprised of active duty members and dependents, started the season of with a bang going 7-0 in the first tournament of the year defeating Yongsan, Camp Humphreys, Daegu, and Area 1 teams in their quest for the title. When we sat and talked with Head Coach Senior Master Sgt. Chas Buterbaugh he said, "I and my Assistant Coach Sedric Whitaker couldn't ask for a better group to coach. This was truly a team effort every player on this team stepped up when we needed them to. No one person can win on their own it takes a team, a family like we have this year that makes us a winning team."
When pressured to identify a stand-out for the tournament Buterbaugh said "A1C Kelsey Boocks was the tournament MVP in the team's eyes, she was the steady pulse as a scorer, rebounder, and defender each and every game. Not to take anything away from any of the other players, her consistency kept the team on track."
Coach also mentioned this year's roster is unlike anything he has seen in his years coaching base level sports, unselfish and complementary to each other. If one is struggling another fills in and makes something happen. The team played four games on Friday to attain the #1 seed heading into the elimination rounds where they beat Daegu 69-50, Area 1 54-52, and Area 1 62-50 for the championship.
The Lady Mustangs along with the Men's Varsity team will play here at home on Dec. 13 as well as Dec. 19-23 when they host the PACAF-wide Christmas Invitational. Here is this year's roster if you get a chance take time to congratulate them for what is sure to be an awesome season.