Forward Ike Nelson scored in the final seconds of the second overtime to lift Menwith Hill to a 55-53 victory over Geilenkirchen in the championship game of the 2005 USAFE Small Units Basketball tournament on Saturday.

After a timeout, Geilenkirchen rushed the ball down court but guard Terry Hankton’s three-point attempt hit the front of the rim.

The Jammers won their second close game in the five-day tournament at RAF Rairford, England. On Thursday, they won 59-58 in pool play.

Menwith Hill, which finished undefeated in the 10-team tournament, trailed 26-22 at halftime in the final, but rallied behind two three-pointers by Lionel Jennings to tie the game 43-43 at the end of regulation.

The teams each scored four points in the first overtime before Nelson hit his winner with 4.4 seconds left.

Nelson’s 17 points led a balanced attack for Menwith Hill, which got 10 from Calvin Dixon, nine from Jennings and eight each from Karim Cheetum and Courtney Cunningham.

Connell Wright, the tourney’s high scorer through three days of pool play, led Geilenkirchen with 22 points. Tim Teamer added 12 and Hankton 10.

USAFE small units tournament



Menwith Hill 55, Geilenkirchen 53 (2OT)

Menwith Hill 22 21 4 8 55

Geilenkirchen 26 17 4 6 53

Third place

Keflavik 103, Alconbury 60



Geilenkirchen 58, Keflavik 48

Menwith Hill 56, Alconbury 36

All-tournament team

Frank Utley, Keflavik; James “Slim” McKee, Stavanger; Stan Wheaton, Fairford; Jacob Poole, St. Mawgan; Calvin Dixon and Lionel Jennings, Menwith Hill; Mark Cave, Rhein-Main; Bobby Drayton, Lajes; Corey Duncan, Alconbury; and Connell Wright, Geilenkirchen

Sign Up for Daily Headlines

Sign up to receive a daily email of today's top military news stories from Stars and Stripes and top news outlets from around the world.

Sign Up Now