Schedule - Friday, November 14th
3:30 p.m. MST - VMI Keydets vs. The Citadel Bulldogs
Saturday, November 15th
3:30 p.m. MST - Third Place Game
6:00 p.m. MST - Championship Game
TV - Patriotleague.TV
Series Record: Air Force leads series 4-2
Last Meeting: Air Force 79 Army 68
For the fourth year in a row, the Air Force Falcons basketball team will open the season competing in the All-Military Classic featuring four of the countries military institutes. The tournament has rotated to all four of the school sites, and this year the Army Black Knights host the tournament at West Point, New York. The Falcons have enjoyed great success in the tournament, capturing titles in 2011 and 2012. Last Season, the VMI Keydets defeated Air Force to capture the tournament as the host school.
The Falcons and Black Knights have played in the opening round each of the previous three years in the tournament, with Air Force having won each match-up with Army. Last season, the Falcons had three players in double digits scoring to capture the victory. Kamryn Williams recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and will look for a similar performance Friday evening as the senior-dominated Falcons try to earn a fourth straight championship game appearance. Senior guard Max Yon was also productive against Army last year as he scored 12 points to complement Williams. Army's leading scorer that night, forward Tanner Omlid, returns after scoring 18 points last year against the Falcons
The Falcons will be looking to develop some key young talent into a senior-dominated line-up this season. Along with Yon and Williams, the Falcons have talented seniors in forwards Marek Olesinski, DeLovell Earls and Justin Hammonds. Another senior, Ethan Michael, will not play this season as he suffered his third major knee injury during the fall. The young talent will come in the form of three freshman guards who will look to replace departed guard Tre' Coggins after he transferred this summer. C.J. Siples, Matt Mooney and Trevor Lyons all played important minutes in the Falcons' exhibition win against Regis University last weekend. They will join sophomore guard Zach Kocur in the battle for minutes at the open guard spot this season.
The tournament will conclude on Saturday with the third place game and the championship game taking place between the four schools..