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Headquarters and Support Battalion takes intramural basketball title

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  • Commanders' Cup

    Benson Cabiaza, 2nd Supply Battalion basketball player, pulls up for a lay-up during the 2019 Commanders’ Cup Series intramural basketball  championship game at the Goettge Memorial Field House on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, March 6. 

Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:38 am

Taequan Callahan, Trey Ryan score 13 points each in 64-61 victory

Taequan Callahan and Trey Ryan each scored 13 points to lead the Headquarters and Support (H&S) Battalion basketball team to a 64-61 victory over defending champions 2nd Supply Battalion at the Goettge Memorial Field House on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, March 6.

“The points don’t matter to me, it is about the victory,” Callahan said of sharing the team lead in points. “Some nights I might have zero points, a couple of rebounds and assists. It is not about the individual numbers. It is about the team accomplishments. I could have no stats in the book. If we won, then I am happy.”

Callahan takes pride in putting his battalion’s name in good light after winning the championship.

“Sometimes being a battalion of support is a thankless job,” Callahan said. “At the end of the day, what we do in the office supports the Marines who are fighting the fight for us. We come to work and put our head down [while] we dig in. As they say in the Marine Corps, embrace the suck. The ultimate goal is for the Marine Corps to fight wars, and we support the warriors that do that.”

His coach, Trickey Finch, said he was proud of the progress the team had made since the start to the season in January.

“We started the season with tryouts narrowing the team down from 22 to 12 players,” Finch said. “I have seen growth since the tryouts. I am very proud of the guys and the effort they provided.”

Regardless of the result on the scoreboard, there are positive takeaways from the Commanders’ Cup Series.

“Even if we didn’t win tonight, it is all about unit cohesion. I would still be proud of their effort,” Finch said. “Basketball is one of those things that brings everyone together.”

Christina Guralny, head coach, 2nd Supply Battalion, notes the importance of the Commanders’ Cup to the Marines.

“We are all one team and one fight when it comes down to it,” Guralny said. “We will have next year, and the players will be back to play again.”

H&S Battalion was slated to play Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, the Marine Corps Air Station New River Champions, in a Champs vs. Champs game on Wednesday. Results were not available at press time.

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