Hawaii basketball players take home gold, silver medals

| September 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photos by
Tim Hipps
Army News Service

Dionne Brown, a medic at Tripler Army Medical Center, launches the game-winning shot in All-Army’s 56-53 victory over All-Navy, in the women’s finale of the 2010 Armed Forces Basketball Championships, Aug. 22, at Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. WASHINGTON — Two Army Hawaii Soldiers competed in the 2010 Armed Forces Basketball Championships, on the mainland, Aug. 22.

Roy Binion of Schofield Barracks, and Dionne Brown, a medic from Tripler Army Medical Center, played on their respective All-Army basketball teams.

All-Army Women’s
Brown played on the women’s All-Army basketball team that took a 56-53 victory over Navy at Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. The All-Army women withstood the best shots from their sister services during a weeklong tournament in which they played six games in seven days.

In the final game, Brown made a 15-foot jump shot for a 54-53 lead, with 17.9 seconds remaining, and she added two free throws with 3.2 seconds left to secure the gold medal. Brown was 0-for-9 from the field before hitting the game-winner.

“I couldn’t hit a shot,” Brown said. “But you know what my dad always said, ‘It’s not how many you make, it’s when you make it.’”

Having played four seasons at Texas Tech and Baylor University and another with the Seattle Storm in the Women’s National Basketball Association, Brown knows a thing or two about clutch shots.

“That shot right there is worth every 20-point game I’ve ever had in my life,” she said. “I just came off and did the best I could and put it in. Just give it your best shot.”

All-Army Men’s
Binion’s All-Army men’s basketball team nearly came to blows before they came together to win the silver medal at the 2010 Armed Forces Basketball Championships.

After losing four consecutive games – by scores of 96-73 to All-Navy, 84-82 to All-Marine Corps in overtime, 68-66 to All-Air Force, and 80-49 to the Marines – the Soldiers were one game away from elimination and implosion.

Facing elimination Aug. 21, the All-Army team leapt to a 79-66 victory over All-Marine Corps. Binion had 14 points and 16 rebounds. 

In the championship game the next day, All-Air Force soared to a 44-24 halftime lead, with its strength of suffocating defense and a barrage of uncontested dunks. The Airmen clung to a 60-40 lead with 12:46 remaining, but the Soldiers refused to back down.

Binion’s 3-pointer, from the corner, tied the score at 66, with 5:11 remaining. Another teammate’s 3-pointer pulled All-Army to 70-69, with 3:42 left. 

The Soldiers were proud to salvage silver from their frustrating week.

(Editor’s Note: Tim Hipps works for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs.)

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