Players representing four neighboring states took to the court at the Vermont Senior Games basketball tournament on Friday, September 27, 2019 in the Glenbrook Gym at Castleton University. In fact, New Hampshire teams accounted for the largest number of entrants, with five teams from the Granite State competing. Three teams represented Vermont, with two teams coming from both Massachusetts and New York.
The Berkshire Legends team from Massachusetts, playing in the 50-54-year-old age group, emerged as the only undefeated team on the day, and in fact won each of their matchups by at least ten points.
However, the remarkable quality of the play among all four of the teams in the 50’s/60’s age group pool deserves recognition. Taking the court with only the minimum of three players, the New Hampshire-based Konica 50 team poured in a staggering 247 points over three contests! Konica 50 averaged a cool 82 points a game and registered a tournament high score in defeating their in-state rivals, Konica 60, 92-78. That’s 170 points total, in a 30-minute game, so there was a lot of offense to enjoy!
The competition was especially intense among the five teams in the 70’s year old pool. Each of the teams in this group compiled a split 2-1 or 1-2 game record. The defensively skilled older Berkshire Legends team in the 75-79-year-old age category held their three opponents to an average of a mere 22 points a game, yet lost the gold medal with a heartbreaking 26-25 loss to the SLA420 squad from central New York state. The Capital District YMCA players also earned gold medals in the younger age-70’s age group with a 2-1 record.
Finally, two iron-man Green Mountain State teams earned titles in the 80-year-old age groups, playing all day in the most elderly bracket with only three players each. The Vermont Maples captured the 80-84-year-old gold medal, while the Vermont Foliage squad achieved highest honors among 85-89 year-olds.
Special thanks go out to first-time VSG basketball games coordinator Gary Rogers for making the day a big success – with some guidance from long-time former coordinator Bob Willey. Castleton University staff and students also deserve recognition for all their volunteer efforts – without them, this event would have been impossible.
A complete list of players, scores, and medal winners are attached.