The Police Dept. basketball team got off to such a quick start that officers could write their own ticket on Sunday at MCMS.

Bolting to a 25-4 lead at the end of the first quarter, they had more than enough ammunition in a 57-27 victory over the Fire Dept. in the ninth annual Guns Vs. Hoses benefit game.

It was the first win in the series for the police after eight straight losses to the firefighters. Even though they had early leads in the last two meetings as well, this year the cops did not show any signs of wilting. In fact, they added to the lead which in the second quarter, which was 26 points by halftime, 37-11.

The Hoses started out quickly in the third quarter, but the rally was short lived, and the cops carried a 48-24 lead into the fourth quarter.

City Commissioner Joe Judge had a hot hand for the police, as did Pete Wood, last year’s leading scorer Dustin Vaupel and officer Mike McWilliams. John King, Sean Van Matre, Josh Peach and Josh Howard paced the firefighters.

There were a total of three exhibition games played during the day-long benefit, which featured a concession stand, dessert auction, and raffles drawings as additional fund raising activities. All proceeds go towards the annual holiday Shop with a Firefighter/Cop program. This year, the goal is to Christmas shop with more than 70 kids. Last year, almost 60 children received holiday help.

• In the opening game, the Wabash General Hospital Ambulance Service edged past Borowiak’s IGA, 43-41. The game featured wide point swings. The paramedics put together a 20-6 second quarter to take a 26-17 lead to halftime. But, the grocers came back, outscoring the medics 16-4 to take a 33-30 lead into the final frame. At the close, Borowiak’s missed a shot which could have won the game.

• In the second game, Community Church of God defeated Parkview Christian Church, 58-37. Trey Beckerman, Jacob Deisher and sharpshooter Zach Parkhurst topped Church of God. Greg Baker, Michael Wiley and Michael Marcotte led Parkview.