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Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Darnell Butler goes up for a shot against Justin Brown of Okinawa’s 1st Marine Aircraft Wing on Monday in the 2004 Marine Forces Pacific Regional Basketball Tournament.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Darnell Butler goes up for a shot against Justin Brown of Okinawa’s 1st Marine Aircraft Wing on Monday in the 2004 Marine Forces Pacific Regional Basketball Tournament. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)
Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Darnell Butler goes up for a shot against Justin Brown of Okinawa’s 1st Marine Aircraft Wing on Monday in the 2004 Marine Forces Pacific Regional Basketball Tournament.
Marine Corps Base Hawaii’s Darnell Butler goes up for a shot against Justin Brown of Okinawa’s 1st Marine Aircraft Wing on Monday in the 2004 Marine Forces Pacific Regional Basketball Tournament. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)
Guard Kevin Cochran (1) of Okinawa's 1st Marine Aircraft Wing has the ball knocked out of his hands by a Marine Corps Base Hawaii defender during Monday's game.
Guard Kevin Cochran (1) of Okinawa's 1st Marine Aircraft Wing has the ball knocked out of his hands by a Marine Corps Base Hawaii defender during Monday's game. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

CAMP KINSER, Okinawa — It was time for the former apprentices to school their old master at the Marine Forces Pacific Regional Basketball Tournament.

Defending champion Marine Corps Base Hawaii took the lead for good with a 13-0 run late in the first half and beat Okinawa’s 1st Marine Aircraft Wing 83-75 on Monday, beating their ex-coach Greg Mitchell in the process.

Mitchell, who transferred to Okinawa last fall and assumed Wing’s helm for this tournament, shared coaching duties with Guy Woodard in the past two regional tournaments, with Hawaii winning the title last July 85-75 over Okinawa’s 3rd Marine Division/Expeditionary Force.

“It was fun. Good game,” Mitchell said of Monday’s matchup, adding that the challenge of outwitting his former colleague made the contest all the more interesting.

“He and I think alike,” said Woodard, who now is alone at Hawaii’s helm. “We’re both defensive coaches but I’m more of an offensive thinker. If you don’t shoot, you don’t win.”

The matchup also was intriguing for two players returning from last year’s championship team: forward Marco Williams and guard Ian Manongdo.

“I wanted to see how [Mitchell] was going to play me down low, what kind of schemes he had set up for us,” Williams said.

“I was excited,” Manongdo said. “It feels weird, odd, but just like any other team, we want to crush the opposition, no matter who’s coaching.”

What began as a see-saw battle, with seven lead changes and five ties in the first half, ended with Hawaii threatening to make it a blowout, leading by as many as 16 points.

Wing’s Quintin Howell hit a layup to give Wing its last lead before Hawaii went on its 13-0 run. Wing’s five-minute scoreless stretch left them trailing 40-34 at the half.

Lenard Tilley led all scorers with 28 points, 20 of them in the second half, but Hawaii’s Paul Stewart scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half to offset Tilley.

Wing’s loss came during round-robin play; there’s every chance the teams might meet again in the single-elimination playoffs, beginning Thursday.

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Dave Ornauer has been employed by or assigned to Stars and Stripes Pacific almost continuously since March 5, 1981. He served 10½ years in the Air Force, the last 4½ assigned to Stripes in Tokyo, and was then hired by Stripes on Oct. 25, 1985. He covers interservice and high school sports at DODEA-Pacific schools and manages Pacific Storm Tracker.
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