Alconbury enjoying life back in the win column
Stars and Stripes January 21, 2023
RAF ALCONBURY, England -- Alconbury swept a pair of basketball games Friday night – the first time that’s happened since most of those in the gym started calling themselves Dragons.
The girls beat the Brussels Brigands 34-22 for their second win in a row, a week after breaking a two-year losing streak. The boys followed suit with their first victory in two years, 54-40, over Brussels.
“I felt this past week they were going to have this type of game; they were really stepping up for this game against Brussels,” boys coach Brandon Towns said. “Brussels is a tough team and this win for us will only make our boys look up.”
Both the games were tight at halftime with the Alconbury girls up by two points (16-14) and the boys up by five (28-23).
The Dragons then took flight in both games in the third quarter, creating enough distance to hold onto the lead and never relinquish it.
“I told our team captain (Jonathan Reyna) before the second half that we needed some intensity and he came out and put that on his shoulders,” Towns said. “It was his intensity that his teammates matched and gave us that third-quarter push.”
The Brussels boys and girls kept within striking distance but couldn’t close the gap in the final quarter of each contest.
“The girls were able to bring that excitement from last week’s win against a very well-coached Brussels team with good fundamentals,” Alconbury girls coach Duke Eidt said. “We’re fortunate to have a team of very talented young girls.”