Picores and Co. take night tourney
You can bet the Hoop d’Ville 4-on-4 night tournament will be back again next summer. Not only did coordinator Michael Picore deem the tournament a success from an organizational standpoint, but Picore and his team will no doubt also want to defend their title next summer.The squad – consisting of Chris Hoffmeister, Judah Legg, Daniel Koski and Picore’s brother, Jared – snuffed out any hopes the Lost Planet Airmen had for a summer sweep when Picore worked a quick give-and-go play with teammate Chris Hoffmeister to secure a 30-27 victory in the championship game Saturday night at Sayre Park.”The night tournament turned out to really be an exciting affair,” Picore said. “It was a lot cooler, and I think the players really enjoyed playing under the lights.”The title game was the third meeting of the day between Picore’s crew and the Lost Planet Airmen, who won the 3-on-3 Hoop d’Ville earlier this summer. In the first meeting during bracket play, Picore’s team handed Lost Planet its first loss of the double-elimination tournament and knocked the team into the losers’ bracket.After defeating the Basalt Squeegies, Lost Planet got the chance to return the favor in the championships.Trailing 28-27 and needing a pair of wins to claim the title, Lost Planet’s Jim Yellico hit a trey to come from behind and win the game 30-27. The loss was the first of the tournament for Picore’s squad, but the unit made good in the next contest, sealing the championship with the score identical before Picore’s winning basket. In all, eight teams from Basalt to Grand Junction participated. Contributions on behalf of the tournament were made to Colorado Animal Rescue, YouthZone, the Yaffee House in Denver and the Glenwood Springs High School basketball team.”We got to play basketball for a day and give something back to some local charities,” Picore said. “Overall it was a success and I thank the community and the players for making it happen. The night tournament will be back – You can count on it.””We got to play basketball for a day and give something back to some local charities,” Picore said. “Overall it was a success and I thank the community and the players for making it happen. The night tournament will be back – You can count on it.”
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