The Fort Lee men’s and women’s basketball teams participated but came away short of final victory in the 10th annual Martin Luther King Basketball Tournament Jan. 17 - 18.
The Fort Lee Travellers came close, earning wins over Gap Athletics (76 - 54), Virginia Elite (forfeit) and Pope Air Force Base (81 - 76). The Outkast team sent the Fort Lee team to the loser’s bracket after a 73 - 68 contest. The home team returned from a 69 - 59 win over Fort Bragg to meet Outkast in the finals. Outkast secured the tournament win over the Travellers, 77 - 71.
The Lady Travellers opened the tournament with a 54-47 win over Fort Bragg and followed up with another win over the Walter Reed team, 74 - 71.
A strong Fort McPherson team snatched a 71 - 53 win over the Lady Travellers. The Fort Lee women’s team suffered one more loss, this time against MI Express (69 - 65), leaving the tournament empty-handed. Fort McPherson defeated MI Express, 68 - 65, to earn the tournament trophy.