Pressure no problem for D’Town at Glenwood’s Hoop D’Ville
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – D’Town’s Derek McCoy is certainly no stranger to pressure situations.
The former University of Colorado football wideout has played in big victories against Nebraska and caught passes in the 2001 Big 12 title game against Texas. So when McCoy found his team staring at an 11-7 deficit early in Saturday’s Hoop D’Ville title game against the Hyenas, he decided to turn things up a notch – or two.
“I basically try to do the same things in tough situations, no matter what sport I’m playing,” McCoy said. “Hustle and calmness will always win for you.”
McCoy, along with his Denver teammates Theo Kemm, Reggie Jackson, David Bustamante and Shondell Lee, stayed calm long enough, and drove to the basket hard enough to claim a 30-24 victory in the 4-on-4 basketball tournament and drop a rare loss on the talented Hyena squad (Jason Rand, Dorian McClelland, Mike Schubert, Adam Koski and Paul Cain), which had claimed three of the past four Sayre Park championships.
“They were a little more focused than us and a little younger than us,” observed Hyena point guard Mike Schubert.
The Hyenas had a rougher day than expected, as they had to fight and claw their way past a solid 5 Alive squad in the championship play-in game. With both teams made up of predominantly Glenwood High School graduates, the level of tension was high, as was the level of hoops.
The 5 Alive squad, made up of Jim Yellico, Adam Wiggins, Eli Houck, Jeff Powers and Jake Wilkins, gave the Hyenas more than they bargained for early on, but baskets by McClelland, the tenacity of Rand and the steady floor game of Cain helped the Hyenas to a 30-23 victory.
If there is such a thing as a moral victory, or at least a courageous player of the day award, it had to go to 5 Alive’s Adam Wiggins. Wiggins took a nasty elbow to the eye early in the day, leaving a lengthy gash above his right eye. The gritty Wiggins eschewed a trip to the hospital for stitches in favor of staying with his team and forging on.
“I guess I’m just stupid,” said Wiggins, who was a standout on the 1992 Demon basketball team. “I love being out here and hangin’ with these guys.”
Being out at Sayre Park and hangin’ with the guys is why tournament director Mike Picore started this annual gathering in 2000. Fifteen teams showed up this year to battle each other, the elements that go hand in hand with outdoor basketball and the limitations that time places on all athletes as they move on in years.
Picore was happy and excited to be a part of what has become a very big summer event.
“This is such a good tourney. People plan their vacations around being here,” Picore said. “This tournament was tougher than most of the others. The teams were bigger, stronger and faster than in years past.”
The Hoop D’Ville raised money for Colorado Animal Rescue and the Glenwood Springs High School basketball teams. The next Hoop D’Ville will be Saturday, July 25, also at Sayre Park.
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Montrose will pose a tough challenge for the Demons to win their home tournament. “They’re a team that every year has a well-disciplined program that executes, plays hard and is well-coached,” Glenwood coach Fred Heisel said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.” Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Spencer-Chavez Gymnasium at GSHS.