by Susan O’Neill
The Aurora Country Club team won the Sugar Grove Park District’s Over-32 Men’s Basketball Tournament this year, beating the defending champion Bud Light team 72-71. ACC led the entire game played on March 5.
The Bud Light team has dominated the league and the tournament for many years, winning the tournament the last six years.
Aurora resident and captain Jeff Beer and Sugar Grove resident Bob Kintz are two of the original players on the ACC team, which has been in existence for about seven years.
â€œThe first year we won zero games,â€ Beer said. â€œThe team we beat has won every year since I’ve been in the league. It was just one of those days when we happened to play really good.â€
Bud Light captain Curt Deufel said ACC came out strong from the opening. At one point, the score was 16-3. Although Bud Light narrowed the lead down to one point, ACC carried the day.
â€œThey were hot,â€ Deufel said. â€œTheir team shot really well.â€
Park District Program Manager Kathi Malloy said the Over-32 league has been in existence longer than the Park District.
â€œIt’s probably the oldest program in the district, besides the baseball program,â€ she said. â€œIt’s a bunch of really good guys and they really enjoy the league.â€
The league consists of six teams. They play their games at the Kaneland John Shields Elementary School gym, from November to March. The top four teams make the playoffs, and the tournament play is single elimination, based on the regular season standing.
Kintz said he thinks the team did several things differently this year to come out on top.
â€œWe slowed down the game, played good defense and added some new offensive weapons,â€ he said. â€œWe were on fire.â€