Pelican Rapids hosted upwards of 1,000 basketball players, filling three gyms with family, friends and spectators–all without a single glitch.
“We don’t believe in glitches,” laughed tournament founder Doug Bruggeman, during the 26th annual “Shada” three-on-three basketball tournament. “We look at glitches as opportunities to succeed,” added the always upbeat and optimistic Bruggeman.
With a quarter-century of experience assembling one of the largest tournaments of its kind in the upper midwest, Bruggeman has the logistics and complexities down to a science.
A total of 271 teams registered for the tournament June 7-9, which is on par with past events. There were 275 teams last year, which was the 25th anniversary year.
From grade school to adult, the three day tourney attracts basketball fanatics and fans by the hundreds. Included in the adult ranks were some exceptional college-level players. There were 22 college teams, and 34 post high school teams.