FAIRBANKS-Yesterday at the Patty Center Gym up on the hill there was some 3-on-3 basketball going on. The seniors in the Alaska International Senior Games took over the gym.
It came down to the Wild Hogs and team No Show in the championship. No Show showed up especially Silas Alexander who was just going off from deep and driving to the basket all day.
These two teams have met in this gold medal game the last four years.
No Show won the gold last year but The Wild Hogs, who trailed by as many as 12, roared back and won with 5 seconds left on give-and-go. Jim Villano puts it in and the Wild Hogs win 29-28 to win the gold medal.
Team Ole Skool won the bronze and No Shows got the silver.
"It was a great game. That last play, Bart Lebond called the play. He said 'spread out and pass it in and then cut to the basket' and luckily I made it," Villano said. "It was exciting. I had no idea how much time was left or what the score was because without my glasses I can't see the clock. It was just a lot of fun."
Villano continued to descrive what's good about the AISG.
"The Senior Games are just a great opportunity for us to get out there and move around, work up a sweat and stay young," Villano said.
AISG president, Diann Darnall, was at the basketball tournament and said the basketball teams were another example of how AISH impacts others.
"It's the vitality that these seniors bring forward to our community is just awesome," Darnall said. "It just goes to show that there's a lot of life after you get over 50 and these guys are just proof of that."