'Dirt Turkeys' hope to remain reigning champs of Hoopfest

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by Danielle Grant & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 29 at 7:50 AM

SPOKANE-- It’s just one day until tip-off at the world’s largest three-on-three basketball tournament, which takes place right in downtown Spokane.

The “Dirt Turkeys” have won four years at Hoopfest. They hope to keep their winning streak alive, but they know it will be tough.

Robert Porter and his best friend Jeremy Day were considered the underdogs in high school, since they didn’t make the varsity basketball team.

Despite their apparent lack of skill, they decided to start competing in three-on-three tournaments. They chose the name “Dirt Turkeys,” and it stuck.

They’ve been crowned the champions the past four years in a row, winning the men’s six-feet and over bracket. They say Hoopfest is a big weekend the team looks forward to all year.

“Hoopfest is like the Holy Grail to me. I’m almost 30 years old, but when I wake up Saturday morning and go down there to see thousands of people playing the game I’ve grown up loving, I get butterflies like its Christmas morning,” Porter said. “We did lose that first Hoopfest, but we’ve been on a mission ever since. As luck has it we haven’t lost one since.”

The team says the secret to success is defense, and communication is key. They’ve played together so long they know how each other plays the game.

If you want to see the Dirt Turkeys take home another win, the will be playing in the parking lot on Main and Browne at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

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