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Sweet, sweet victory

Jon Mitchell / Post Independent
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Talk about dominance.

Just ask the guys who played for the Honey Badgers about that. Members of that team seem to make their way near the top of the Hoop D’Ville Basketball Tournament every year.

They did it again on Saturday at Sayre Park, as the Honey Badgers, a team based out of Denver which has players with ties to the area, earned a 30-21 title-game victory over the Strokin’ 3s, a squad with players from up and down the Roaring Fork Valley.

Among the players the Honey Badgers had on the squad was Jason Rand, a Glenwood Springs High School graduate who played junior college hoops at Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, Calif. Also playing on the team is Michael Palmer, who hails from Basalt but flew out from his home in Seattle to play in the tournament.

The Honey Badgers and the Strokin’ 3s both beat the Fightin’ Whities to reach the title game of the 4-on-4 tournament. Also winning their last game of the 13th-annual extravaganza was Coach, a team which beat Mix Tape in the tournament’s “Toilet Bowl Game.”

In all, according to tournament director Mike Picore, some of the players who were on the Honey Badgers’ roster have been on no less than half of the teams which have won the whole thing in the past 10 years.

Nine teams were in this year’s tournament, which is down one team from the 2012 tournament. A typical draw for the tournament runs somewhere between 12 and 16 teams, Picore said.

The annual event serves as a fundraiser for local not-for-profit organizations such as Colorado Animal Rescue and YouthZone in Glenwood Springs.

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