Basketball teams from across northeast Oklahoma took part in a 5-on-5 tournament on Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16, at Bulldog Arena in Jay.
The tournament, organized by the Jay Slam Dunk Club, was designed to serve as a fundraiser for the Jay Basketball program.
Members of the Jay Bulldogs, including Zeke Simpson, Tyler Madison, Hunter Sapp and Stormy Taylor - a 2018 graduate, along with Kristi Studie served as scorekeepers and statisticians.
Jay's Head Coach Miguel Ortiz served as the games referee.
Teams from Tulsa, Vinita, Salina, Jay, Tahlequah, and Muskogee, consisting of current and former basketball players, along with men from the communities took part in the tournament.
The weekend play continued through Saturday and ended with OTS of Tulsa and Always a Struggle of the Salina, Claremore and Pryor area as the two finalists, with Always a Struggle who ultimately clinched the victors spot.
Ortiz said one benefit of the competition is that his players saw some of their opponents in action as they begin to prepare for the coming season.
Ortiz was the assistant Jay basketball coach for two years before being named head coach at the end of the school year.
He said he knows his boys well and since graduation only two starters were left for this school year.
He said he was up to the challenge and “the young ones were itching to play”.
The tournament, the second organized by the Jay Slam Dunk Club, raised $2,000 to help the Bulldogs with expenses during the upcoming school year.
Proceeds from the tournament will help provide shoes for those who need them, and purchase practice jerseys, t-shirts and warm up suits. Funds will also be used to help provide meals when needed for team members during games.
The team plans to have another fundraiser similar to this one in late July.