Laughing all the way: Hyenas win Hoop D’Ville 3-on-3
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Forget the NBA Finals, the real hoops action was at Sayre Park on Saturday in the seventh annual Hoop D’Ville 3-on-3 basketball tournament.And it was a giant Glenwood Springs High School reunion to make things even more interesting.The Hyenas, a local team made up of Jason Rand and Dorien McClelland, star ballers from the class of 1992, ’94 graduate Mike Schubert and their friend Adam Koski from Minnesota won the 2007 3-on-3 Hoop D’Ville title against 22 other teams.Rand said the Hyena name has been with them for a while and is a perfect description of how they attack the court.”That’s just how we play. We are a pack, we’re scavengers and we’re tenacious,” said Rand of the Hyenas, whose T-shirts depicted the trio of hyenas from “The Lion King.”
The Hyenas went undefeated in the tourney and with their sixth win, took the championship with a victory over Team USA – another former-Demon squad.”I had a ton of fun. It was great. Meeting up with a bunch of guys I used to play with,” Schubert said. “It feels really good (to be undefeated). That’s the only way to go. You can’t lose because you end up playing a lot of games and then you are going to be too tired.”GSHS grads Jim Yellico, Adam Wiggins, Eli Houck and Jeff Powers fell to the Hyenas in a close title contest, which took place early Saturday evening.Houck, who hit a fair share of 3-pointers throughout the day, traveled all the way from New York to come back and play in the tourney.”It’s just a good excuse to come home. I used to come back for Strawberry Days, but now I come back for this,” he said. “It’s fun.”Team USA, who lost in the final four to the Hyenas, bounced back to the winners’ bracket in the double-elimination tournament with two wins in the “bad luck bracket” to get to the final.
Yellico drained back-to-back 3-pointers, and Powers’ inside buckets kept the game tight for Team USA in the championship contest. The Hyenas maintained the lead with consistent layups from Rand and put the finishing touches on the game with a fade-away jumper by McClelland.”It felt good to hit that,” McClelland said.The tournament was broken up in the middle of the day to feature a slam dunk contest in which eight jammers went head-to-head. Grand Junction’s Emperor Williams won the contest, with a winning slam that he tossed off the rim, caught, cocked back and jammed home.Glenwood Springs 2007 graduate Tucker Riley finished the dunk contest as runner-up.The Cadets, another Glenwood team made up of players Ben Sarno, Beau Podest, Mark Bauer and Jeremy Wilson, took home the toilet bowl championship after winning the “worse luck bracket.” The Cadets defeated the Dawgs in the consolation finals to win the illustrious toilet seat, adorned with 2007 Hoop D’Ville paint.
At the end of the tournament, the Hyenas were awarded $150 in cash, a $100 gift certificate to the Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub and a round of golf for their victory. The rest of the tournament’s proceeds went to Glenwood Springs High School basketball, CARE animal shelter, the Angel Network and the Yaffe House. While all had a good time, including the dozens of spectators and family members who watched the tournament, everyone was excited to throw in the towel after a long, hot day on the blacktop.”It was a lot of fun. I need an ice bath. I am pretty beat up right now,” said Koski, the Hyenas’ center.Many of the same teams will be back at Sayre to duke it out again on July 28 in the 4-on-4 Hoop D’Ville night tournament.
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