Hyenas repeat as tournament champs in Glenwood Springs
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
“The strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of wolf is the pack.”
” Rudyard Kipling
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Kipling’s classic line from the Jungle Book may have to be altered a bit after Saturday’s dominant performance by the Hyenas at the Hoop D’Ville 3-on-3 basketball tournament held on the asphalt courts at Sayre Park.
It just may be that the true strength of the pack is the Hyena.
The four-man ensemble made up of Dorian McClelland, Jason Rand and Mike Schubert ” who all prepped for the Glenwood Demons ” and big man Adam Koski of Lakewood, went undefeated on the day and claimed Glenwood’s outdoor basketball bragging rights for the second straight year.
The Hyenas feature a lethal balance of outside shooting, quickness to the basket, inside muscle and a tenacity to win that is matched by few of their opponents.
“The tenacity just comes out when I’m on the court,” said Rand, who played as a collegian at Monterey (CA) Peninsula College along with McClelland. “I’m a natural competitor.”
The day was not a complete walk in the park for the Hyenas, though. The third game of the afternoon had them pitted against the Fighting Whities, a team which featured tournament director Mike Picore, along with Daniel Koski and two former Glenwood basketball players, Joe Hood and Chris Hoffmeister.
The Whities gave the Hyenas all they could handle before finally falling by a close 39-37 count. It was a game where Hyena point man Mike Schubert elevated his game when it was needed most. Schubert was seemingly a man in triplicate as he hit critical outside shots, penetrated the lane to create opportunities for teammates, and even helped Adam Koski secure the boards to keep the opposition at arm’s length.
Following the big win, Schubert gave his assessment of how he likes to play the game.
“I just always keep moving, keep working,” said the former Demon all-stater. “I always try to be in the action.”
With the tournament featuring a double-elimination format, the Fighting Whities were not about to throw in the towel. They found themselves in the late afternoon playback game against a team that featured a distinct family affair in The Shootists, who were comprised of Cevin Hopp, Tim Powers, Mark Powers and Jeff Powers.
With a spot in the championship game on the line, the Whities hit some long 3 pointers and made a late surge to pull out a 40-33 victory and set up a rematch with the Hyenas.
The Whities kept the title game close early as Joe Hood nailed a couple of buckets from the perimeter to keep his team within a basket at 8-6. But at that point, McClelland and Rand decided to make a point ” playground style.
Rand hit a fadeaway shot along the baseline and followed that up with a left-handed banker after driving the lane. He then followed in a missed shot for another basket.
McClelland got into the act by knocking down two jumpers, and when Schubert lofted a soft 3 pointer from the corner that settled in the netting, the Whities could only circle the wagons and wait for the inevitable.
Fifteen teams participated in the ninth annual tournament, which is a benefit for the Colorado Animal Rescue, YouthZone, the Angel Network and the Glenwood Springs High School basketball programs.
Tournament director Mike Picore was pleased with how the day unfolded.
“We didn’t have as many teams as last year,” said Picore. “I think the teams we had
this year were better, though.”
The annual 4-on-4 basketball tourney, also directed by Picore, will be held July 26 at Sayre Park.
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