94th AAMDC captures basketball championship, 69-64

| April 28, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Shawn Grace, 94th AAMDC, takes the ball down court at the 2011 Army Hawaii Intramural Basketball Championship game, recently, at Fort Shafter. Grace led the 94th AAMDC team to victory.

Staff Sgt. Shawn Grace, 94th AAMDC, takes the ball down court at the 2011 Army Hawaii Intramural Basketball Championship game, recently, at Fort Shafter. Grace led the 94th AAMDC team to victory.

Story and Photos by
Staff Sgt. John H. Johnson III
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs 

FORT SHAFTER — The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command won the 2011 Army Hawaii Intramural Basketball Championship, here, recently.

The team defeated the 536th Maintenance Company, 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, 69-64, winning the championship for the second year in a row.

The 94th AAMDC delivered a season-long streak of victories, culminating with the final game of the championship, which marked the end of an undefeated season.

Staff Sgt. Shawn Grace, 94th AAMDC, controls the ball with his winning style that led the 94th AAMDC team to victory at the 2011 Army Hawaii Intramural Basketball Championship game.

Staff Sgt. Shawn Grace, 94th AAMDC, controls the ball with his winning style that led the 94th AAMDC team to victory at the 2011 Army Hawaii Intramural Basketball Championship game.

Staff Sgt. Shawn Grace, 94th AAMDC, led the team with 22 points, multiple rebounds and a strong leadership style that kept the team’s heads held up high throughout the season.

Grace’s basketball achievements include two stints on the All-Army Basketball Team, a run with the USA Basketball Team, as well as coaching the junior basketball league in Aliamanu Military Reservation during both 2010 and 2011 seasons.

The 94th AAMDC team is now undefeated — two years in a row.“The hardest part of winning the final game is keeping everybody focused and playing together as a team,” Grace said. “Even in the championship game, we were pretty good at keeping leads, taking care of the ball and closing games out.”

While the 94th AAMDC team has no official coaching staff or personal trainer, Grace used his experience to lead the team to the championship.

“There were times we only had four players, which meant we had to borrow players from the opposite team,” he said.

Sgt. Antwuann Tarron Goodson, a member of the 94th AAMDC team, believed in Grace’s leadership and used his own momentum to help the team to win the championship.

“Grace is an outstanding player and a coach,” said Goodson. “I love to play basketball, and I have great pride in representing my unit and my team, which gives me a great sense of accomplishment in winning the championship a second year in a row. I hope to do the same next year.

“The hardest part of winning the final game was accepting some of the calls made by the referee and staying focused on the game,” he added.

The 94th AAMDC team is currently awaiting the All-Star Game, in which players will represent Fort Shafter and play against the Schofield Barracks team.

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