A little March Madness in Toledo

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Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio hosted Coast Guard units from Coast Guard Sector Detroit and the Ninth Coast Guard District for a round robin tournament, March 12, 2010. Ensign Cory Hoffman, Public Affairs Officer for Marine Safety Unit Toledo, coordinated with the commanding officers and Officers-in-Charge for two cutters, two air stations and eight small boat stations to field teams for a seed-ranked tournament, complete with professional referees and a few controversial whistle blows.

The tournament began at 8:30 a.m. with all the teams playing on five courts. The duration of each game was limited to 20 minutes, or until one team reached 15 points. In all of the games, the clock did not stop.

The units playing in the tourney were:

USCGC Neah Bay
USCGC Bristol Bay
Station Grand Haven
Station St. Clair Shores
Station Toledo
Marine Safety Unit Toledo
Marine Safety Unit Chicago
Sector Detroit
Air Station Detroit
Air Station Traverse City
Station Port Huron
Station Grand Haven

After the lunch hour, there were eight teams left:

Station St. Clair Shores
Station Toledo
Station Calumet Harbor
USCGC Neah Bay
USCGC Bristol Bay
MSU Chicago
MSU Toledo
Sector Detroit

… Then there were four:

Station St. Clair Shores
Station Calumet Harbor
Sector Dertoit
MSU Chicago

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Station Calumet Harbor defeated Station St. Clair Shores, while Sector Detroit beat MSU Chicago for the right to play in the championship. Sector Detroit and Station Calumet Harbor jump-started the game with loose-ball fouls and deep-three jumpers.

After the half though (10 minute mark), the game darted to a pingpong-on-parquet pace. Both teams wrested rebounds from shots both missed and made, then bulleted them directly to the nearest player to bury the ball in the opponent’s basket.

When the buzzer rang, Sector Detroit won and took the trophy in just 10 brief minutes in the second half; that is, brief like the Webster’s definition not “brief” like the length of a meeting.

One unit won. But for Guardians, when one team wins, the whole Coast Guard does as well.

Most important perhaps is everyone got to shoot the rock for some exciting Resiliency.

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