LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS —
Air Force Information Operations Center took third place in the Intramural Basketball Postseason Tournament, beating 59th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 51-44, March 4.
59th LS began fouling AFIOC on purpose but the game plan backfired.
"The clock changes altered the whole game plan," said 59th LS power forward Rob Simunovic. "Before we would foul to stop the clock and force a guy to make a pressure free throw, but now fouling someone just keeps the clock running and there is no benefit to us."
For the postseason, the intramural office made changes to shorten the length of games.
The first half was 18 minutes long, while the second half was 20 minutes long with a running clock.
During the regular season, both halves were 18 minutes long, but the clock would stop during dead balls for the last two minutes of the second half.
59th LS began to have trouble about halfway through the second half when AFIOC small forward Aaron Winkler got hot from behind the 3-point line.
Winkler gave AFIOC a 29-27 lead, their first of the game, hitting a deep 3-pointer with 12 minutes left in the second half.
59th LS point guard Andy Lomeli responded by hitting his 3-pointer, but Winkler answered back, hitting two more 3-pointers in a row.
After the 90-second scoring barrage, AFIOC owned a 35-30 lead and never trailed again in the game.
Winkler finished the game with 18 points and Lomeli chipped in 10 points for their respective teams.
With three minutes left in the game, Lomeli put the ball between AFIOC power forward Phil Hartnett's legs, raced down the court and delivered an over-the-head dish to power forward Kevin Krantz for the most exciting play of the game.
Krantz finished with 11 points.
AFIOC started the game sloppy, with numerous errant passing and poor shooting. 59th LS capitalized on their play, scoring eight fast-break points in the first half.
59th LS took a 22-16 lead into halftime.
With 10:30 left in the first half, Lomeli crossed over one defender and spun around another to deliver a no look pass to power forward Tyrell Williams. Williams finished the game with 10 points.
AFIOC suffered their first loss of the season on Monday to 690th Alteration and Installation Squadron, falling 33-30, but finished the tournament on a high note.