MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE ALBANY, Ga. -- The Base Winter Intramural Basketball League, sponsored by Marine Corps Community Services, is scheduled to start preseason play Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m. with a tournament at the Thomason Gym. But the basketball fever has already hit MCLB Albany.
This season the Civilians will try to retain their title as base champions. According to Mark Walker, the Civilians' head coach, the team only lost two games during the summer league, but with the steep competition this season, it will be tough to repeat.
Walker feels his team is well rounded and attributes its success to his players.
"Everybody brings something different to the game that helps us win," said Walker. "We don't have one or two superstars who carry the team. Everyone equally contributes to the team's success."
The Civilians is a well-rounded team that is strong on both ends of the court, said Walker.
This year Walker hopes his team will take first but, the league is well rounded, offering many contenders. He said the four teams that are most likely to step in his team's path in their quest for first place is the Staff Noncommissioned Officers, the Officers, Supply Chain Management Center and Special Training Allowance Pool.
After crushing SCMC 110 to 46 in the second night of preseason action, the Civilians' offense will be tough to beat.
The SNCOs made their league debut Monday night. The staff NCOs are new to the league, and many teams are not sure what to expect, but after beating the Provost Marshal's Office 58 to 33 in an exhibition game, there is a chance they will be competitors.
Jerry Cordoba, staff NCO's head coach, said his team is going to be very competitive this season. He feels his players are well rounded and their success will depend on teamwork. However he has nine experienced players that will be the strong foundation his team needs to take first place.
The SNCOs are a little weak on defense, but Cordoba hopes they will improve as the season progresses, he said. Due to being a new team, the players have had minimal playing time with one another and it will take some time before the members mesh together. The team's strong point is offense, scoring the most points of any team in the first night of exhibition games.
Although this is the team's first year, Cordoba sees a successful season ahead of them.
"We are going to take one game at a time," said Cordoba. "But I think we will finish no worse than second."
The exhibition games concluded Wednesday night, and now the teams know who's who. With the basketball fever in the air, teams prepare for next week when the preseason begins.
However, these games will not have any affect on the regular season and there is still time for new teams to enter the league.
Any one who wants to sign up individually or register a whole team can call Paul Nixon, the athletic director here, at 639-5246.
The regular season is scheduled to start once the preseason tournament has concluded.