FORT LEE, Va. (Oct. 4, 2012) -- The 2012 Advanced Individual Training Basketball League came to an end Sept. 12. The stage was set for the final four companies to play for their right to compete in the championship game and ultimately be crowned champions.
In the final rounds, Tango Company defeated Whiskey Co. in dominating fashion, 25-5, as Romeo Co. advanced by defeating Mike Co., 27-18, setting the stage for the two high-octane offenses in Tango Co. and Romeo Co. to battle in the championship game.
From the tip-off, both teams showed tremendous discipline and fundamental basketball skills as neither squad rushed or forced shots while making good decisions in moving the basketball. But after a few missed shots, it was clear that rebounding would play a big role in who would win the game. Tango Co. scored only four points in the first half, and they were made by one of the team’s leading scorers, Wayne Thomas (game high nine points). Romeo Co. showed more balanced team play as three of its players scored three or more points each for a combined total of 10 points in the first half.
Down 10-4 after the halftime break, Tango Co.’s aggressive attacks to the basket, led by Thomas and Ian Lepla (five points), shifted the momentum in their favor as they started to mount a late comeback, bringing their team within two points with a little over three minutes left in the game.
Romeo Co. remained conservative but consistent – five different players scored including its star player Jalen Brown, with six points – and great rebounding from team leader Isaiah Brock, and Sammie Likely kept them ahead of the Tango Co. rally all the way up to the final buzzer.
Romeo Co. defeated Tango Co. 17-15 to become the 2012 AIT Basketball League champions.