Nine teams competed in the 2nd Annual RIM-AU Invitational Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, 4 in the Men’s Division III and 5 in the Junior Division, with the Junior Division being new to the tournament this year. Each team in each division had an opportunity to play each team within the division at least once. Each team completed a ballot for All Tournament Teams and Denver Branum MVP Awards, teams were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams.
MEN’S DIVISION III
Teams included: Detroit Diehards, Moraine Minutemen, Kentwood Rollers and Columbus Buckeye Wheelers. Due to a late shortage of players, the Columbus team was comprised of rostered members of the Buckeye Wheelers as well as players from the local Detroit area who were available to substitute. This arrangement was discussed with coaches from the Diehards, Kentwood, and Moraine, and all were agreeable with the arrangement so that tournament play could proceed.
Detroit Moraine Columbus Kentwood
Total # Wins 3 1 4 0
Total # Losses 1 3 0 4
1st Place Trophy: Columbus Buckeye Wheelers
2nd Place Trophy: Detroit Diehards
3rd Place Trophy: Moraine Minutemen
DIII All Tournament Team: Player Team
Class 1 Kevin Konfara, Detroit Diehards
Class 2 Greg Johnson, Moraine Minutemen
Class 3 Hurie Johnson, Detroit Diehards
Open Class James Gouch, Columbus Buckeye Wheelers
Open Class Jimmy Moceri, Columbus Buckeye Wheelers
Denver Branum MVP Award: Hurie Johnson, Detroit Diehards
Teams included: Sterling Heights Challengers, Junior Michigan Thunderbirds, Achievement Centers Wheelchair Cavaliers, Michigan Rollin’ Pistons, and the Grand Rapids Junior Pacers.
Date Time Game # Junior Teams Final Score Winning Team
1/22/2011 11:00 2 Pistons v. Pacers 36 - 32 Pistons
1/22/2011 12:30 4 Challengers v. Cavaliers 48 - 24 Challengers
1/22/2011 2:00 6 Thunderbirds v. Cavaliers 27 - 36 Cavielers
1/22/2011 3:30 8 Challengers v. Pistons 56 - 34 Challengers
1/22/2011 5:00 10 Thunderbirds v. Pacers 30 - 48 Pacers
1/23/2011 9:00 12 Pacers v. Challengers 25 - 45 Challengers
1/23/2011 10:30 14 Thunderbirds v. Pistons 23 - 31 Pistons
1/23/2011 12:00 16 Pacers v. Cavaliers 41 - 21 Pacers
1/23/2011 1:30 18 Challengers v. Thunderbirds 38 - 14 Challengers
1/23/2011 3:00 20 Pistons v. Cavaliers 34 - 22 Pistons
Challengers Thunderbirds Pistons Pacers Cavaliers
Total # Wins 4 0 3 2 1
Total # Losses 0 4 1 2 3
1st Place Trophy: Sterling Heights Challengers
2nd Place Trophy: Michigan Rollin’ Pistons
3rd Place Trophy: Grand Rapids Junior Pacers
Junior All Tournament Team: Player Team
Female Jillian Host, Grand Rapids Jr Pacers
Open Class Justin Coburn, Jr Michigan Thunderbirds
Open Class Mekio Jarvis, Achievement Centers Wheelchair Cavaliers
Open Class Larry Richardson, Grand Rapids Jr Pacers
Open Class Chrissy Clark-Langois, Sterling Hts Challengers
Denver Branum MVP Award Justin Coburn, Jr Michigan Thunderbirds
HOOP DREAMS: Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s Wheelchair Basketball Team Determined to Bring Home National Title. Will Compete in National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament April 7-10 in Denver.
Last year, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan’s (RIM) wheelchair basketball team, the Detroit Diehards were the underdogs going into the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBA) and ended up going all the way to the finals before losing a nail biter to Cleveland. This year, they have unfinished business to take care of, and are determined to bring the national title home to Detroit.
RIM’s team will compete in the 2011 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBA) April 7-10 in Denver, CO. The Detroit Diehards are one of 16 Division III teams competing for the national championship title.
RIM has been sponsoring the Detroit Diehards since 2002. The team is supported through grants, donations, and fundraising events such as RIM’s annual “Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game,” celebritywheelchairbasketball.org.