Sierra Slim consolation winners in Spokane tourney
Sierra Slim — a Carson Valley basketball team comprised of Dave Pyle, Brian Mehrer, Alan Westfield and Dan Wold — won the consolation bracket in their men’s 50-and-over division Saturday and Sunday during the Spokane Hoopfest 3-on-3 tournament in Spokane, Wash.
Billed as the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Spokane Hoopfest attracted more than 7,000 teams, 225,000 fans and 3,000 volunteers for two days of games played on 450 courts spanning 42 city blocks. The men’s elite championship game on Sunday was broadcast on regional television.
The tournament has been held annually since 1990. Teams are divided into separate divisions based on age, playing experience, height, gender and competitiveness.
Sierra Slim posted a 2-2 record, capped by two wins on Sunday to capture the consolation championship. Mehrer noted that the team competed in a bracket against “many collegiate stars in their day” such as Craig Ehlo, a former Washington State star who went on to play in the NBA. Ehlo played for the 1986 Houston Rockets team that lost to the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals (he was also the player defending Michael Jordan on the “The Shot” 1989 playoff game-winning jumper against the Cleveland Cavaliers).