TLW – ‘Broncos’ play with heart, camaraderie during b’ball tourney

| October 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
HELEMANO MILITARY RESERVATION — A Soldier with the 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion basketball team catches a rebound inside the gym, here, Oct. 6. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

HELEMANO MILITARY RESERVATION — A Soldier with the 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion basketball team catches a rebound inside the gym, here, Oct. 6. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

HELEMANO MILITARY RESERVATION — Two battalions with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team advanced as far as the quarterfinals of the Tropic Lightning Week basketball tournament, here, Oct. 6.

While not finishing at the top, both the 2nd Battalion, 27 Infantry Regiment, and 29th Brigade Engineer Bn., played with a lot of heart and camaraderie.

Sgt. Ollie Travis, Company A, 2nd Bn., 27 Inf. Regt., was one of the members of the squad who put up a tough fight against the 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regt. team.

“Today we came out with good energy,” Travis said. “We had a lot of fun.”

The previous game went better for his team, leading to a last-minute victory.

“We came back from being down about 10 points with eight minutes left,” he said. “We came back and won by seven.”

The 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion basketball team huddles together during a time out to discuss strategy inside the gym at Helemano Military Reservation, Hawaii, on Oct. 6, 2015. The 29th BEB advanced as far as the quarter finals during the Tropic Lightning Week basketball tournament. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

The 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion basketball team huddles together during a time out to discuss strategy inside the gym at Helemano Military Reservation, Hawaii, on Oct. 6, 2015. The 29th BEB advanced as far as the quarter finals during the Tropic Lightning Week basketball tournament. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Pfc. Albert Doyle, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., played a strong defense against his team’s opponents.

Doyle said he was working fervently on the defensive side trying to shut down the largest player of his team’s opponent.

The 29th BEB played equally as well, at the same time, right next to 2nd Bn., 27 Inf. Regt.

Sgt. 1st Class Patrick Hernandez, assigned to Co. A, 29th BEB, stated after the game that his entire team played well.

“I think the team did pretty good,” Hernandez said. “During the second half, we got the ball moving on the court a lot more than before.”

He thought his own performance was satisfactory during much of the game.

“The second half was when I got a little bit better,” he said. “I think I scored 14 points during the second half.”

One of the older, but wiser players during the tourney was Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Thompson, 29th BEB. With tough grit and tenacity not seen in some of the young players in other teams, Thompson proved that he still had it on the basketball court.

“We went here and played a good game. Because of our hard work, these guys blew out a couple teams by 20 points,” Thompson said, putting praise on his teammates’ efforts.

He said that his team kept playing hard and was undoubtedly proud of the “Wayfinders” that played alongside him on the court.

“I will tell you one thing; they never quit,” he said. “At the end, it showed we still had heart and we still had the winning spirit.”

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