Truman Basketball Team Best in 5th Fleet

Story Number: NNS101104-16Release Date: 11/4/2010 4:30:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stuart Phillips, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS Harry S. Truman, At Sea (NNS) -- Seven basketball teams from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) participated along with two basketball teams from Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain in a friendly two-day tournament Oct. 29-30.

The event was held in the Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) gym on NSA Bahrain, and included spirited competition as ship and shore-based teams showcased their abilities.

Truman's seven teams were comprised of a khaki team, three squadron teams from Carrier Air Wing 3, and three teams formed from ship's company known simply as "A", "B", and "C".

Although the only prize was bragging rights of being the top military basketball team in the 5th fleet area of responsibility, Truman's Team "C" claimed the championship title.

"One of the teams from NSA Bahrain was taken out in the first round," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Handling] Airman Raysean Sharpe. "It was the first time they have lost in two years. The Eisenhower team tried to take them out when they were here, but they couldn't beat them, so it was a pretty good representation of our skill."

"Every player who participated was happy to be able to play and represent their respective commands and show their skills," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Equipment] Christopher Sanchez, who helped organize the event.

Each game consisted of two 20-minute matches, with 40-50 supporters showing up to cheer on their favorite teams.

"The night of our second day in Bahrain, Truman's khaki team faced off with Bahrain's khaki team," said Chief Information Systems Technician (SW) Sheridan McCray. "I think we could have won, but we were a little out of shape and the lack of practice hurt toward the end of the game. It was very competitive."

Hosting a basketball tournament at NSA Bahrain helped promote morale and healthy competition with fellow service members.

"It's a good thing to organize events like this," said McCray. "The guys who played and the spectators who came out really enjoyed the games, so that shows you don't need to spend money to have a good time."

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