Holloman Services Squadron hosts basketball tourney

Holloman’s Akenty Frazerr tips the ball to Taress Daniels to start their tournament-opening game versus Cannon Air Force Base at the 49th Services Squadron’s Fitness and Sports Center. Holloman won the game 87-77, but Cannon had their revenge later in the tournament when they beat the Nighthawks to advance to the championship game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Strong)

Holloman’s Akenty Frazerr tips the ball to Taress Daniels to start their tournament-opening game versus Cannon Air Force Base at the 49th Services Squadron’s Fitness and Sports Center. Holloman won the game 87-77, but Cannon had their revenge later in the tournament when they beat the Nighthawks to advance to the championship game. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Strong)

Holloman’s Akenty Frazer lets his presence on court be known to his Cannon defender as he posts up. Holloman defeated Cannon 87-77 during this Feb. 23 game, marking their third straight victory over their ACC rivals this season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Strong)

Holloman’s Akenty Frazer lets his presence on court be known to his Cannon defender as he posts up. Holloman defeated Cannon 87-77 during this Feb. 23 game, marking their third straight victory over their ACC rivals this season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Strong)

Holloman’s Akenty Frazer drives past a Cannon defender on his way to a layup during a tournament game Feb. 23. Frazer scored 11 points during the 87-77 victory over Holloman’s in-state ACC rival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Strong)

Holloman’s Akenty Frazer drives past a Cannon defender on his way to a layup during a tournament game Feb. 23. Frazer scored 11 points during the 87-77 victory over Holloman’s in-state ACC rival. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Strong)

Cannon’s defenders were no match for Holloman’s offensive drives Feb. 23 when the two teams faced off during the opening round of a tournament held at Holloman’s Fitness and Sports Center. The tournament attracted seven teams from across the Southwest and was eventually won by the New Mexico All Stars, from Albuquerque.
 (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Strong)

Cannon’s defenders were no match for Holloman’s offensive drives Feb. 23 when the two teams faced off during the opening round of a tournament held at Holloman’s Fitness and Sports Center. The tournament attracted seven teams from across the Southwest and was eventually won by the New Mexico All Stars, from Albuquerque. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Strong)

James Hart fights his was to the hoop to snag a rebound during a Feb. 23 game versus Cannon’s varsity men’s basketball team. Hart brings size to the team, which is mostly known for its size and athleticism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Strong)

James Hart fights his was to the hoop to snag a rebound during a Feb. 23 game versus Cannon’s varsity men’s basketball team. Hart brings size to the team, which is mostly known for its size and athleticism. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Strong)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Seven varsity-level basketball teams from across the region converged on Holloman Feb. 23-25 to compete in a tournament hosted by the 49th Services Squadron's Fitness and Sports Center.

Holloman's team, led by coach Marcellues Hall, had a strong showing on their home court and claimed third place after losing a nail-biter versus the New Mexico All Stars, a semi-pro team from Albuquerque, in double-overtime.

The New Mexico All Stars went on to win the championship against Cannon Air Force Base's varsity squad.

Holloman's Nighthawks started the tournament strong, defeating Cannon 87-77 and a local group, Team Alamo, 84-62.

Unfortunately, a few of the team's key players sustained injuries during the second game, limiting their effectiveness and playing time for the rest of the tournament.

"Injuries really took us out of our rhythm," Coach Hall said. "It put gaps in our game and hurt our confidence."

The Nighthawks dropped their third game, against the New Mexico All Stars, 93-90; forcing them into the loser's bracket and creating a tournament re-match against Cannon, who won 79-71.

"Cannon was very good at exploiting our weaknesses," Coach Hall said. "They taught us the loopholes of our team."

Standout players from Holloman during the tournament included Taress Daniels, who scored a season-high 27 points against the New Mexico All Stars and posted an average of 19.5 points per game throughout the weekend, as well as Ernest Evans and Kevin Bullock, who were playing outside of their roles to compensate for injuries to teammates.

Teams from White Sands Missile Range, Fort Bliss and El Paso, Texas, also participated in the weekend tournament.

The Holloman Nighthawks play their next tournament in downtown Alamogordo, March16-18.