Reunion tour reaps win for Tighty Whities
Together for their annual reunion tour, the Tighty Whities celebrated the reason for their yearly get together by earning a second straight Hoop DVille 4-on-4 basketball tournament championship on Saturday.We have not been together since we won the tournament last year, said Judah Legg after hitting the winning basket for a 30-28 victory over the Lost Planet Airmen.In this case, the lack of playing time among the six-member Tighty Whities squad didnt bother them when they hit the outdoor courts at Sayre Park for their first game after receiving an opening round bye in the 11-team tournament.The Tighty Whities recorded back-to-back wins over Ships & Some and Hugos Squad from Grand Junction and appeared to be on a roll.A break in the schedule, Legg said, halted the teams momentum. We had a three-game rest. That hurt us, he said.And the Lost Planet Airmen, operating at full steam after eking out a two-point victory against Hugos Squad in the losers-out bracket, were ready to take on the defending champions.We were cold and tight, and we took them for granted a little bit, Legg said of the 30-24 defeat the Airmen hung on his teammates.The Airmen tied the Tighty Whities into knots during game one of what morphed into a two-game series between the two teams.At one point the Airmen appeared they could be passed by. Up 14-12, the Whities had the ball and a chance to gain a tie. Paul Cain wouldnt allow that to happen. The former Basalt High School and Mesa State star, now a teacher and athletic director at Grand Junction Central High School, scored six of the Airmens points on an 8-0 run to distance themselves from the Whities.The rematch was tighter. Much tighter.The second game was tied 11 times before Legg hit the game-winner.The Airmen broke the tie for a two-point lead six times, the last three on Cain field goals.Jared Picore, in from Arizona for his once-a-year appearance with the Tighty Whities, knotted the game at 28-all.Legg had a chance to wrap up the game. But he missed a dunk.I didnt have the stamina, I dont play basketball that much. Im a kick boxer and a wrestler, Legg said of the weariness he was going through after playing his fourth game of the day.Given a second chance after an Airmen miss, Legg sealed the deal when he banked home a two-footer inside the paint.Strength inside, along with a slight height advantage, helped the Tighty Whities win, Legg said. They were a tough team, but our size wore them down.
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.