After eight weeks of playing defense, scoring buckets and hustling on the court, the 18 teams of the intramural men’s basketball league were whittled down to four: Kimbrough, the 41st Intelligence Squadron Vikings, Defense Media Activity and the 32nd Intelligence Squadron Blue Knights.
The teams played in the end-of-season intramural championship games on Monday night at Murphy Field House.
Defense Media Academy and the 32nd Intelligence Squadron Blue Knights duked it out for the Division II title during the first game of the night.
With a 10-2 season in hand, DMA came out victorious against the Blue Knights, 35-28.
Kimbrough and the 41st Intelligence Squadron Vikings played for the Division I title.
Kimbrough dominated the Division I bracket with a 10-2 season. They defeated the Vikings Monday, 58-46.
“Both championship games were highly competitive and proved they were some of the top teams in the league,” said Beth Downs, sports specialist with the Fort Meade Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “The teams were pretty evenly matched [Tuesday night] and throughout the season. [There] was a noticeable difference with the competition level as teams played together more often.”
The intramural league’s teams were made up of active-duty service members at Fort Meade.
“This season went very [smoothly],” Downs said. “The team coaches and captains did a great job of informing their players and getting them prepared for each game.
“[A] majority of the teams have been participating in the league for many years. Some units had a lot of repeat players, but there were also many first-timers.”
The changing lineup sets military leagues apart, said Downs.
“That is the unique part with it being a military league —the competition is constantly changing,” she said.
Participating in intramural sports on post, said Downs, is one way service members can interact outside of the office
“Whether it is basketball or any other intramural sport, they are a great opportunities for units to build cohesion in a setting outside of the mission at hand,” she said. “It also provides friendly competition among units or even between the different service branches stationed here at Fort Meade.”
Editor’s note: FMWR offers intramural volleyball and ultimate Frisbee in April. Find more information online.