Basketball tourney needs 2nd game to decide title |

Basketball tourney needs 2nd game to decide title

The Fighting Whities had momentum, home court advantage and their game going. But, they couldn’t put the ball in the basket.

After battling their way through the elimination bracket of the July version of the Glenwood 3-on-3 Hoop `D Ville basketball tournament, The Fighting Whities fell a game short of taking the title.

The four-man team, consisting of event organizer Michael Piccore, former Glenwood Springs High School stars Chris and Nick Hoffmeiser along with Rifle High grad Jimmy Owens, extended the Chosen Ones from Grand Junction to a second championship game, only to run of gas.

The local team reached the tournament’s championship game by edging the Explosive Plastic Inevitable, 30-28, in the finals of the losers’ bracket.

Despite the win, the Fighting Whities were at a disadvantage.

Their opponent, the Chosen Ones, had yet to lose a tournament game.

If the Fighting Whities defeated the Grand Junction squad, the two teams would have to play again to determine the champion.

And, it happened.

The Fighting Whities took a nine-point lead, saw the Chosen Ones shave the lead to one point, then take the lead at 29-28 before Owens banked in 3-point field goal to force the second contest.

Game two had no drama.

A short-lived 2-2 tie was as close as the Fighting Whities got.

Right after Nick Hoffmeister tied the game, the Chosen Ones raced to a 12-2 lead.

Then after reducing the lead to six point on another Owens trey, the Chosen Ones scored the next 12 straight points for the victory.

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