More than 7,000 teams and 28,000 players take over 42 Spokane city blocks for the largest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament in the world, Saturday and Sunday.
Josh Heytvelt may be a one-and-done kind of guy when it comes to Hoopfest, but he made it a good one. Heyvelt was the center of attention in front of nearly 2,000 spectators at center court on Sunday, scoring a team-high eight points as he and Douglass Properties teammates David Pendergraft, Brian Michaelson and Nik Raivio beat Red Monkey 20-11 in the men’s 6-foot-and-over elite division championship.
Good basketball players are quick and agile, with fast reflexes and well-honed hand-eye coordination. But when robots play 3-on-3 basketball, there’s physics, geometry and computer programming involved.
Greg Jose couldn’t help feeling apprehensive about facing off against former congressman Jay Inslee Saturday at a downtown Spokane Hoopfest court. “Everybody told me not to touch him, or at least his face, because he’s got to look pretty for the cameras,” Jose said.