Roundball Ruckus, the annual three-on-three basketball tournament of has-been's, wanna-be's and never-will-be's, came to a close Saturday at the South Towne Mall in Sandy. More than 1,500 people participated in 85 different divisions.
In the championship game of the men's premier six-foot and over division, "The Harrison Boys" battled past "Cramer's Team" 22-20 in overtime.Vince Washington, a former Utah State player, scorched the nets with seven two-point shots (regular shots count as one point; shots behind the `three-point line' count as two), leading all scorers with 16 points.
"The Harrison Boys" led most of the game, but a late rally spurred by former University of Utah player Paul Afeaki brought "Cramer's Team" back to force overtime.
Afeaki led "Cramer's Team" with seven points, including a big slam late in regulation that keyed the comeback. After the game, he admitted that he wasn't going to lose any sleep over the loss.
"It was fun, but I'm not going to lose any sleep," Afeaki said, smiling. "I'm going to get lots of sleep. I'm tired."
"The Harrison Boys" won their fourth title in five years and will compete in the national tournament in Colorado this September. Former U. of U. player Ralph McKinney, David Baldwin and Clyde Moore were also on the winning team.
In the women's top flight division, "Nothing But Net" beat "Aerobicizers" 20-9 to win the championship.
"Nothing But Net" includes three former BYU players, Cathy Nixon, Jill Coleman-Campbell and Cindy Battistone-Hill, and former Ute Anne Handy-Jones.
"We're all over 30 years old," Nixon, who led all scorers with 10 points, admitted. "We're old, but we have lots of tricks."
Earlier in the day, Jimmy Pryor was crowned the Slam Dunk champion. He won the dunk contest for two different divisions, on a 9-foot basket for six feet and under and on a regulation size basket for six feet and over. He jumped over four people on his most spectacular dunk.