By Michael Velthoen
Congratulations to Team FCOP, the victors of the 4th annual Barristers/YMCA 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Oct. 8. Team FCOP prevailed in the championship game 20-19 over a determined opponent. Ryan Aikens hit the game-winning shot on a drive to the basket. Team FCOP – Bill Smith, Jon Schwalbach, Aris Karakalos and Aikens – had previously lost to its opponent in the preliminary rounds.
Our second team (Team FCOP – The Sequel) was eliminated in the 4th Round by Team FCOP. The Sequel – Doug Goldwater, Bret Anderson, staffer Megan Jackson and Michael Velthoen – surely would have made it to the championship round but for the unfortunate happenstance of running into Team FCOP in an elimination match. The outcome of that hard-fought game was in doubt until the first minute. Team FCOP won 20-4, although Aris did shoot an airball on a free throw.
Congratulations to Team FCOP. The enormous trophy will be prominently displayed somewhere in the office for the next eleven months.