The 61st Multi-Functional Medical Battalion are the three intramural basketball champions, after defeating the 89th Military Police Brigade at West Fort Hood Fitness Center on March 23.

After competing throughout the season, the champion was determined in a three-day tournament.

SPC. Al-Jaqua White, 581st Medical Company Area Support, and teammate SPC. William Lowry, 546th Medical Company Area Support, really loves basketball and was excited to play the sport with their peers.

“I love basketball and it gives me and my fight buddies the opportunity to bond that doesn’t end at work,” White said.

“I love basketball, and this was an opportunity to compete,” Lowry added.

Lowry enjoyed being the tournament underdogs the most while White enjoyed learning more about his teammates.

“Being the underdogs. I like a challenge,” Lowry said.

“Playing with the guys in my unit, learning the styles of play from my best friends and understanding the game itself,” White explained.

White found deciding where to play was the hardest part of the season, while Lowry found it hardest to learn his teammates’ style of play.

“Learning to play with people I’ve never met and learning each other’s habits,” Lowry said.

Their team received a team trophy, as well as individual trophies, as well as 50 points for the Commander’s Cup.

Lowry and White agreed that intramurals are a very important resource for soldiers. This allows them to manage their stress and bring them closer.

“Like me, some soldiers need a stress buster,” White said. “Although I train often, basketball is my outlet to let off steam.”

“Sport teaches people about teamwork and how to trust each other,” Lowry said. “I believe that every person should play something.”

The 89th MPs won the Commander’s Cup last year and currently hold an impressive lead in this year’s race, having already earned over 400 points. The 11th Signal Brigade is in second place with 125 points, closely followed by the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team with 119 points in third.

Units can not only earn Commander’s Cup points by participating in intramural sports, but also by participating in the BLORA Run series.

For more information on the intramural sports schedule, how to get involved, and Commander’s Cup standings, visit their website at https://hood.armymwr.com/programs/intramural-sports. For more information on the BLORA Run series and how to earn Commander’s Cup points, visit http://www.forthoodsentinel.com/sports/mwr-hosts-running-series-at-blora/article_b9b6f0ca-8452-11ec-b9d7 -4b7862c182e6. html. The next run in the BLORA Run series will be the Hero 5K scheduled for April 30.