Hyenas sweep 2007 Hoop D’Ville tournaments
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. NFL wide receiver Scottie Vines ditched his helmet and pads and went back to his roots to play in Glenwood’s 4-on-4 Hoop D’Ville basketball tournament on Saturday.The efforts of Vines, who reeled in 40 receptions for 417 yards for the Detroit Lions in 2005, were applaudable, but fell just shy of winning a championship.Vines, who has a house in Grand Junction, and his team, Smoke on the Water, couldn’t top the Hyenas, a team made up of Glenwood High graduates and their friends.With the 30-16 win, the Hyenas – composed of former Demons Jason Rand, Mike Schubert, John Doose and Dorion McClelland, as well as Paul Cain of Grand Junction and Adam Koski of Wisconsin – completed a sweep of both the 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 2007 Hoop D’Ville tournaments.
The Hyenas marked their territory in the tourney by going undefeated in four games and rising to the top of the 16-team field on Saturday.Not even rain could stop them. After playing the first few rounds of the annual hoop tournament at Sayre Park, rain showers forced play to continue inside the Glenwood Springs Community Center. But the Hyenas just kept winning no matter if the playing surface was asphalt or wood.”That was fun,” Doose said after the game. “I am tired now.”Smoke on the Water had a great run in the tourney. After winning its first game, but losing its second, the squad came back to win five straight before falling to the Hyenas.
Despite his career on the gridiron, Vines, who missed the 2006 NFL season after tearing a groin muscle, played basketball on a scholarship at the University of Wyoming, and it was easy to see how he earned it.”I played three years of basketball in college and two years of football (at Wyoming),” said Vines, whose wife Leslie grew up in DeBeque. “I don’t know how I ended up playing (football over basketball). I had a good senior season, and I knew I was going to the NFL.”The 28-year-old served as the point guard for Smoke on the Water. With fancy ball handling, a hot shot and drives to the basket that feature hang timed mimicking that of Dwayne Wade, Vines played well in the tourney, but also had help.Rifle High School boys basketball coach Chris Lowther cashed in on multiple long-distance shots and pulled down his fair share of boards. RHS graduate Aaron Jewell, who played for Lowther, helped Vines immensely, but the Hyenas were too much for anyone.
And the more the Hyenas played, the better they got in the endurance tourney that went from noon to 8 p.m. “Our first game was the hardest,” McClelland said of the Hyenas’ match-up against the Dawgs. “We were down 12-6 in the half. We had to make comebacks two other times. (The championship) game was the only one we dominated.”As for Vines and his football career, he is still healing and hoping to get back on the field this season. “A lot of teams have been calling,” he said. “I just need a little more rehab until I am ready.”
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