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L.P. Airmen defend crown, court

Post Independent/Kelley Cox Chris Brown attempts to manuever the ball around Terry Wilson (left) with Travis Kistler in the background during the annual Hoops D'Ville 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Sayre Park Saturday.

When challenged, the Lost Planet Airmen defended their home turf.

Playing in the familiar digs of the outdoor basketball courts at Sayre Park, lifetime residents Mike Vidakovich and John Doose, combined with former Basalt High School star Paul Cain and Denver resident Jason Clark, won their second straight Glenwood Hoop d’Ville 3-on-3 basketball tournament title.Vidakovich and Doose both played prep basketball at Glenwood Springs High School. Cain, an all-stater at Basalt, went on to star at Mesa State College in Grand Junction and played pro basketball in Europe. Lost Planet Airmen shot down the Whistle Pigs – an all-Glenwood foursome made up of brothers Brian and Aaron Nadon, Andy Hansen and Mark Schenk – in the championship game 31-14.

The Airmen never trailed the younger Whistle Pigs and took the contest in a breeze. Two quick long-range Airmen bombs opened up a 5-0 lead. The Whistle Pigs never got closer than four points from that point on in the tourney.

The Whistle Pigs defeated the Unknowns, a team from Grand Junction, 30-27 in loser-out play to advance to the championship.Earlier Saturday morning Brian Pyland of Glenwood won the slam-dunk contest.Event organizer Michael Picore said he will conduct a second event – this one featuring 4-on-4 basketball teams – on July 10.Event organizer Michael Picore said he will conduct a second event – this one featuring 4-on-4 basketball teams – on July 10.

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