FSS dominates cops, wins 43-19

by Senior Airman David Owsianka, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Osan Air Base

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea  -- The 51st Force Support Squadron team defeated the 51st Security Forces Squadron b-team 43-19 during an intramural basketball game Feb. 24, 2015, at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

Even though SFS won the tip, they were unable to score on their first possession. FSS responded by knocking down a 3-point shot to take a 3-0 lead to start the game.

Both teams committed multiple turnovers and missed numerous shots which didn't allow either team to build any moment for the first seven minutes of the game.

The game was tied at four before FSS called a timeout with 12:42 left in the half. FSS played tight defense after the time out allowing them to force turnovers and go on an 8-2 run over the next four minutes giving them a 12-6 lead.

Jarrett McCalister, 51st SFS, made a bucket with six minutes left in the first half to end their five minute scoreless drought, making it 15-8. Both teams continued to struggle from the field as FSS went into the half with an 18-13 lead.

"Their defense did a great job at making it difficult for us to make shots," said Joe Perkins, 51st SFS. "We switched our defensive strategy for the second half to try to slow down FSS's outside shooters."

The strategy didn't work as FSS took a controlling lead at the start of the second half by hitting four 3-point shots helping them go on a 16-2 run giving them 34-15 lead. FSS's defense continued to put pressure on SFS offense allowing them to force numerous turnovers, and keep the defenders struggling from the field where they only scored four points in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

"The biggest thing we are going to take away from this game is we need to work on our free throw shooting and get better on defense because they win games," Perkins said.

FSS slowed the pace of the game after building a 38-17 lead with five minutes left of the game.  SFS only made one more shot before the end of the game to help the FSS team improve to a 7-1 record.

"Our defense was superb, it helped us take over the game," said Shane Sheppard, 51st FSS. "We were able to pressure them throughout the game to force turnovers and keep them from getting back into the game."

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