Veteran hoopsters win Hoop D’Ville
Score one for the legends.
The outdoor basketball courts of Sayre Park welcomed back former heroes of recent vintage and from years past Saturday for the annual 3-on-3 Hoop D’Ville tournament.
And when the rims settled after the final bucket of the championship game ripped through the nets, a quartet of veteran hoopsters came away with the team championship.
The Lost Planet Airmen, a team consisting on former Glenwood Springs High School star Mike Vidakovich, Basalt High and Mesa State College stand out Paul Cain, along with ex- Demons John Doose, who played college ball in South Dakota, and Denver resident Jason Clark Rand, who was know in his prep days as Jason Hill, came out as the top team in the 21-team tournament.
The Airmen, who finished the tournament unbeaten, defeated the Bricks 31-27 in the championship game. Led by ex-Rifle High standout Abacu Luna, the team included Greg Hier, Matt Roher and Jason Kremling,
Clark Rand broke a 27-all tie with a driving lay-up for a bucket. Then Cain hit the game-clincher on a fall-away jumper.
Last year the team, under the banner of the Lost Planets, finished third.
The Bricks advanced to the championship game from the elimination bracket with a 31-16 victory over the Whistle Pigs, whose roster boasted four recent GSHS grads – Mark Schenk, Tom Ahrens, Brian Nadon and Andy Hansen.
Earlier in the elimination round, the Bricks downed last year’s champion team, The Fightin’ Whites, whose roster consisted of tournament director Michael Picore, Jared Picore, and brothers Coy and Kirk McLaughlin.
Along with the locals, this year’s Hoop D’Ville lured out-of-state participants.
According to Picore, teams and players came in from Iowa, South Dakota and Arizona for the event.
Saturday morning’s slam dunk contest, a separate event, was dominated by Glenwood Springs residents.
Timon Fish earned the highest score to win the event. Hier was the runner-up and Dave Lopez finished in third place.
Picore will hold a second 3-on-3 tournament at Sayre Park on July 26.
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