JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas –
Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency guards Chris Berry and Peter Dominguez made the team's final four free throws in overtime to clinch a 42-36 victory over 341st Training Squadron in the Division II intramural basketball season opener Monday.
"It felt like it was a lot of pressure off my shoulders," Berry said about shooting the final two free throws. "It was like a ton of bricks fell off my shoulders."
Berry contributed 12 points and forward Richard Christensen posted 13 points for AFISRA.
The 341st TRS hadn't led the game since tipoff when Duan Alveris, who led the team with 22 points, put his squad up 2-0. But AFISRA outscored the 341st 19-11 in the first half.
AFISRA lead midway through the second half until TRS's Patrick Appling tied the game at 28 with eight minutes left.
An Alveris layup put TRS ahead 30-28 a minute later, giving the squad its first lead since the 2-0 start.
Berry tied the game 30-30 and Christensen put AFISRA back up 32-30.
Trailing by as much as nine points in the second half, TRS's Alveris again tied the game with 16 seconds left in regulation at 32-32 to send the game into overtime.
AFISRA scored the first six points in overtime to put the agency up 38-32 before Alveris scored TRS's next four points to cut the lead to two.
Dominguez's two free throws put AFISRA up 40-36 with 20 seconds left. Berry put the game away, nailing the squad's final two free throws as any 341st TRS hopes of winning were dashed with two seconds left to play.
"I was glad my team came out with the victory because they worked hard for it," he said.
Berry has good expectations for AFISRA's intramural basketball season after getting the opening night win.
"I think once we get a couple more practices in and get more solid on offense and defense than I think we will have a real great year."