PEMBROKE — The silent halls of the Jones Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke carried the echos of squeaking sneakers and shouting people Friday morning.
The annual Lumbee Games 3-on-3 basketball tournament was being played out with entrants spread out anywhere from 13-year-olds to players 30 and older showing off their skills on the court.
For two and a half hours, the teams ran games until a champion for each of the six divisions was crowned.
“I loved it,” Chase Armstrong, who was on the runner up team in the 25- to- 30-year-old age group, said. “A lot of people came out and supported it. It’s a good thing to have every year.”
Armstrong said this tournament is a nice change of pace for the normal Fourth of July festivities.
“Just some exercise and some fun on the Fourth of July,” he said. “Trying to celebrate and have a good time.”
Austin Revels, who played in the 18- to- 20-year-old division, wasn’t originally going to play, but heard about it from a friend.
“My friend Tim Tim invited me,” he said. “It’s a great cause, getting ready for the homecoming. So I just wanted to support Native Americans, support the tribe.”
Revels’ team included Austin Hunt, Brian Phillips and Timmy Carter and took first in their age division in one of the closer games of the morning, a 10-9 win.
The games carried a different type of competitiveness since most of the players at the tournament knew each other, but Revels said no matter who the games are against, there is still a desire to win.
“I take every game competitively,” he said. “I mean I don’t like to lose whether I know them or not but I like playing against people I know. Just gets me better each and every day.”
In the 15- to- 17 age division, Lucas Oxendine, Tyler Oxendine, Brant Eddings and Elliot Harris took home the top spot.
The team of Johnathan Oxendine, Matt Hauser, Ryan Chavis and Kyle Rhoades took the 20 to 22 year old age division.
The 25 to 30 year old division was won by Garrett Locklear, Jermaine Williams and Dereck Locklear.
The 30 and up age division was won by Kevin Locklear, Johnny McCrimmon and Deon Hammonds.