Smith, Neeland shine during opening night


If Monday night was any indication, then Team Corey may have solidified the season’s game plan: pass the ball to Jarail Smith and Kendall Neeland.

Tinker Air Force Base’s intramural basketball league started recently with a match-up between Team Corey, which is made up of active duty military members, civilians and one reservist, pitted against the 72nd Security Forces Squadron at the Gerrity Fitness Center.

Team Corey won 52-32.

Team Corey’s Marques Mitchell snagged the tipoff, but was unable to capitalize. After a missed layup, one air ball and an attempt that came up short, player/coach Smith sank a 3-point field goal in what was an undramatic inaugural two minutes.

Then, Neeland quickly followed suit, carrying the home team 6-0.

With under four minutes of game play on the clock, SFS caught a breath with an early timeout. It was ultimately the charge they were after because their next two possessions resulted in a full-court layup followed immediately by a 3-pointer.

The score was 17-15 at the half. Smith owned 11 of Team Corey’s points in part for his aggressiveness in the box, drawing three fouls and shooting 71 percent at the line.

Team Corey pulled away in the second half. Smith and Neeland, alone, outscored Security Forces team by two points.

SFS is scheduled to play the 507 Air Maintenance Squadron at 7:15 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Gerrity Fitness Center.

Team Corey plays the 507 AMXS at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 13 at the same location.

(Originally published in The Tinker Take Off)

Elliott Scott