Legends trump Lakers, Jolly Green Giants defeat Dream Team
The Youth Intramural Basketball season’s 13-to- 15-year old division started its regular season as the Iwakuni Legends squared off against the Iwakuni Lakers and the Jolly Green Giants took on the Dream Team at the IronWorks Gym here, Feb. 7, 2013.
Each team had its own plan going into the game.
“Our team focuses on playing with a high momentum and forcing turnovers,” said Jerad Wortham, Legends coach. “At practice, we work on our defensive press, which we need to execute here tonight.”
Family members and friends cheered as the Legends were ahead of the Lakers at halftime. With the guidance of Windell Stewart, Legends coach, and Wortham, the team stayed strong and surpassed the Lakers 33-20.
“I really liked the hustle of the kids,” said Wortham. “My kids were up to the challenge and they played really well. I’m happy with how they played.”
While the match between the Legends and Lakers was underway, the other game between the Jolly Green Giants and Dream team tipped off.
“My expectations going into the game were to win,” said Jean AcostaYulfo, Jolly Green Giants’ coach. “We come here with a passion to learn and we make the best out of it. We want them to learn how to play so they can have fun, but at the same time, achieve their goal.”
The Jolly Green Giants, who placed first in the preseason tournament here, Feb. 2, 2013, held their ground against the Dream Team as the game went back and forth, the first half ended with the Giants in the lead.
Anxiety floated through the air as the last few seconds wound down and the Dream Team attempted a threepoint shot to tie up the game. The shot missed, ending the game with the Jolly Green Giants sneaking past the Dream Team 23-20.
“It’s feels good to win the first game of the season,” said AcostaYulfo. “We always set the highest expectations for the team. There are some plays that we can improve on, as well as our defenses.”
As the night’s games ended, the objectives for the teams now is to capitalize on their strengths and figure out how they can improve for the future.