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Aomori Wat’s outscore Misawa Jets, Airmen build partnerships with Japanese

Myles Erkins, a Misawa Jets and 35th Force Support Squadron member, jumps in front of an Aomori Wat’s player preventing a layup during the two team’s exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. The game continues the city’s 60th Anniversary celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Myles Erkins, a Misawa Jets and 35th Force Support Squadron member, jumps in front of an Aomori Wat’s player preventing a layup during the two team’s exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. The game continues the city’s 60th Anniversary celebration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Dre Forbes, a Misawa Jets and Team Misawa member, dribbles the ball down the court during the Aomori Wat’s and Misawa Jets exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Although the final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75, the Jets’ coach said his team knew the game was more about building relations with the Japanese community and he thinks they achieved that feat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Dre Forbes, a Misawa Jets and Team Misawa member, dribbles the ball down the court during the Aomori Wat’s and Misawa Jets exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Although the final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75, the Jets’ coach said his team knew the game was more about building relations with the Japanese community and he thinks they achieved that feat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sterling Tate, a Misawa Jets player and 35th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, rumbles forward during a layup attempt as part of the Aomori Wat’s and Misawa Jets exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Through four sweaty periods of play, Misawa’s team of 11 from various backgrounds and career fields came together showcasing American esprit de corps and sportsmanship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sterling Tate, a Misawa Jets player and 35th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter, rumbles forward during a layup attempt as part of the Aomori Wat’s and Misawa Jets exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Through four sweaty periods of play, Misawa’s team of 11 from various backgrounds and career fields came together showcasing American esprit de corps and sportsmanship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Sweepers sit ready to wipe the floor clean during the Aomori Wat’s and Misawa Jets exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. The sweepers ran out at every timeout, foul, referee break and period intermission keeping the floor clean of sweat, tears and sometimes blood. The game’s organizers sought to improve U.S.-Japan relations while fostering positive community engagement with Misawa Air Base’s host nation neighbors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Sweepers sit ready to wipe the floor clean during the Aomori Wat’s and Misawa Jets exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. The sweepers ran out at every timeout, foul, referee break and period intermission keeping the floor clean of sweat, tears and sometimes blood. The game’s organizers sought to improve U.S.-Japan relations while fostering positive community engagement with Misawa Air Base’s host nation neighbors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marcus Hollins, the Misawa Jets head coach and 35th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy support NCO in charge, rallies his team midway through the fourth period of their exhibition game with the Aomori Wat’s at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Although the final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75, Hollins said his team knew the game was more about building relations with the Japanese community. He added, he’s proud of his guys, saying they really gave it their all and showed their Japanese neighbors real grit, patience and character. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marcus Hollins, the Misawa Jets head coach and 35th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy support NCO in charge, rallies his team midway through the fourth period of their exhibition game with the Aomori Wat’s at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Although the final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75, Hollins said his team knew the game was more about building relations with the Japanese community. He added, he’s proud of his guys, saying they really gave it their all and showed their Japanese neighbors real grit, patience and character. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Demarco Poole, a Misawa Jets member and 35th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems craftsman, laughs with his teammates as the game ends during their exhibition match with the Aomori Wat’s at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. The Wat’s proved more difficult a competitor but the Jets kept up the pace into halftime with the Wat’s leading 46-35. By the game’s final buzzer, the Wat’s increased their lead closing the game, 104-75. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Demarco Poole, a Misawa Jets member and 35th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems craftsman, laughs with his teammates as the game ends during their exhibition match with the Aomori Wat’s at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. The Wat’s proved more difficult a competitor but the Jets kept up the pace into halftime with the Wat’s leading 46-35. By the game’s final buzzer, the Wat’s increased their lead closing the game, 104-75. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Myles Erkins, a Misawa Jets and 35th Force Support Squadron member, nabs the opening ball at the start of the Aomori Wat’s versus Misawa Jets exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Through four sweaty periods of play, Misawa’s team of 11 from various backgrounds and career fields came together showcasing American esprit de corps and sportsmanship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Myles Erkins, a Misawa Jets and 35th Force Support Squadron member, nabs the opening ball at the start of the Aomori Wat’s versus Misawa Jets exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Through four sweaty periods of play, Misawa’s team of 11 from various backgrounds and career fields came together showcasing American esprit de corps and sportsmanship. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marcus Hollins, the Misawa Jets head coach and 35th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy support NCO in charge, discusses pregame strategies with his teammates before their exhibition game with the Aomori Wat’s at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Although the final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75, Hollins said his team knew the game was more about building relations with the Japanese community and he thinks they achieved that feat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marcus Hollins, the Misawa Jets head coach and 35th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy support NCO in charge, discusses pregame strategies with his teammates before their exhibition game with the Aomori Wat’s at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Although the final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75, Hollins said his team knew the game was more about building relations with the Japanese community and he thinks they achieved that feat. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Myles Erkins, a Misawa Jets and 35th Force Support Squadron member, watches and listens while his coach and teammates discuss their pregame strategies for coming out on top of the Aomori Wat’s before the exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. The Wat’s proved more difficult a competitor but the Jets kept up the pace into halftime with the Wat’s leading 46-35. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Myles Erkins, a Misawa Jets and 35th Force Support Squadron member, watches and listens while his coach and teammates discuss their pregame strategies for coming out on top of the Aomori Wat’s before the exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. The Wat’s proved more difficult a competitor but the Jets kept up the pace into halftime with the Wat’s leading 46-35. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

Players, coaches and staff with both the Misawa Jets, left, and Aomori Wat’s, right, pose for a photo following their exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. The game showcased American esprit de corps and sportsmanship while emphasizing Misawa City’s long-standing motto with the base, “co-existence and co-prosperity.” The game’s final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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Players, coaches and staff with both the Misawa Jets, left, and Aomori Wat’s, right, pose for a photo following their exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. The game showcased American esprit de corps and sportsmanship while emphasizing Misawa City’s long-standing motto with the base, “co-existence and co-prosperity.” The game’s final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

U.S. Air Force Airman Deshaan Campbell, a Misawa Jets member and 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation apprentice, shakes hands with Misawa City Mayor Kazumasa Taneichi following the Aomori Wat’s and Misawa Jets exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Although the final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75, the Jets’ coach said his team knew the game was more about building relations with the Japanese community and embracing the city’s, “co-existence, co-prosperity” approach to Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)
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U.S. Air Force Airman Deshaan Campbell, a Misawa Jets member and 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation apprentice, shakes hands with Misawa City Mayor Kazumasa Taneichi following the Aomori Wat’s and Misawa Jets exhibition game at the Misawa International Sports Center in Misawa City, Japan, Aug. 18, 2018. Although the final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75, the Jets’ coach said his team knew the game was more about building relations with the Japanese community and embracing the city’s, “co-existence and co-prosperity” approach to Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Benjamin W. Stratton)

MISAWA CITY, Japan -- Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing and members of the Misawa Air Base Jets basketball team participated in an exhibition game versus the Aomori Wat’s at the Misawa City International Sports Center Aug. 18 as part of the city’s continuing 60th Anniversary celebration.

Through four sweaty periods of play, Misawa’s team of 11 from various backgrounds and career fields came together showcasing American esprit de corps and sportsmanship.

The Wat’s proved more difficult a competitor, but the Jets kept up the pace into halftime with the Wat’s leading 46-35. Although the final score resulted in a Wat’s win, 104-75, the team’s coach, Staff Sgt. Marcus Hollins, the 35th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy support NCO in charge, said his team knew the game was more about building relations with the Japanese community and he thinks they achieved that feat.

“I’m proud of my guys, they really gave it their all out there and showed our Japanese neighbors American grit, patience and character,” Hollins said.

 


 

(U.S. Air Force video by Airman 1st Class Genesis Tejada)