D’Ville tourney returns to Glenwood
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – What started nine years ago as a semi-formal gathering of local hoops aficionados has blossomed into quite the draw.
The Hoop D’Ville basketball tournament returns to the asphalt at Glenwood Springs’ Sayre Park for a 10th installment Saturday, in a form that’s bigger and better than founder Mike Picore ever imagined when he and his basketball buddies gathered for a day of hoops in May 2000.
“It doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it this long,” Picore said. “It was just a little tournament that we started, you know, with 15 players, or whatever it was that first year. It was pretty small.”
Picore expects a much larger field of 14 to 20 teams Saturday. And, unlike previous years, the tournament will be held in a 4-on-4 format.
Typically, the June version of Hoop D’Ville is a 3-on-3 tourney and its July sister tournament, also known as Hoop D’Ville, is 4-on-4. At the urging of tourney regulars, Picore decided to make both 4-on-4 in 2009.
“A lot of it was based on a bunch of players who wanted more of a full-court game,” Picore explained. “With 3-on-3, if it’s windy outside, that took away the guards’ shooting. … A lot of people asked if we could do both 4-on-4 because it was the more popular format, so I said yeah. It’s fine with me. It makes it better for us guards.”
Regardless of the format, Picore’s tournament always sees heated competition.
Whether it be Roaring Fork Valley squads fighting for local bragging rights or teams from Grand Junction and Denver looking for a hoops-filled getaway in the mountains, no one wants to walk away with their pride bruised.
And this year, perhaps more than ever, nabbing a tournament title will be a tall task.
“This tournament will probably be one of the most competitive starting off,” Picore forecasted. “I think 4-on-4 brings out the better players. This should be a really strong tournament.”
That, and quality of the field seems to grow exponentially better year in and year out. Word spreading to places like Denver and Junction has played a hand in bettering the field.
“When it first started, we kind of had everybody who played basketball [locally] show up and we played a tournament,” Picore said. “The teams keep getting better and better.”
Saturday’s action begins at 9 a.m. and should last into the late afternoon.
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