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Bellingham’s new 3-on-3 event could play into Miksovskys’ hands

Sehome's Tyler Miksovsky, center, reaches for a loose ball between Burlington-Edison's Evan Coulter, left, and Joel Conijn in a February 2010 game at Burlington.
Sehome's Tyler Miksovsky, center, reaches for a loose ball between Burlington-Edison's Evan Coulter, left, and Joel Conijn in a February 2010 game at Burlington. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Those who remember watching former Sehome basketball players Evan and Tyler Miksovsky dive on the floor for a loose ball, outwork taller, bigger players for a rebound, pester an opposing ball handler with their scrappy defense or drive to the hoop with no regard for their own body can only imagine what half-court games between the two must have been like outside the family’s home.

“It could get a little heated out there,” said Evan, who just completed his freshman year at Whatcom Community College. “There were bound to be some scrapes and bruises.”

And just think of all the damage that could occur to opponents if the brothers played on the same team.

Imagine no more.

The Miksovskys will join forces with a family friend to form team Clean Dishes in the top division of the inaugural Bellingham Hoop It Up 3-on-3 basketball Tournament on Saturday, July 4, at Zuanich Point Park.

At least 30 teams are expected to compete in one of six divisions when the tournament kicks off at 10 a.m. with pool play. The bracket and championship rounds are slated to start around 2 p.m. and run until approximately 5 p.m. Games will be played under FIBA rules on half courts.

Though the Curt Maberry Memorial Tournament, which will again be a highlight of the July 17-18 Lynden Raspberry Festival, is the largest 3-on-3 tournament in Whatcom County, Saturday’s event marks the first in Bellingham since the Hoop Jam at Bellingham High School was discontinued about five years ago.

“It’s been a while,” said Evan, who was on teams that won a division title in the Bellingham Hoop Jam and played for a division title in Lynden when he was in middle school. “It’s nice to have a local thing to go play in. I think you’ll see a lot of talent.”

But it’s unlikely you’ll see any teams compile more hustle points on the court Saturday than Clean Dishes.

And as if two Miksovskys weren’t enough, Evan said the brothers’ original plan was to enter with their father, but some knee soreness prevented that.

Though much of their time on the court together has been spent going head to head, Evan said he and Tyler have played together in a few men’s leagues. But Saturday will be a little bit different.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Evan said. “Other than in a men’s league, which we didn’t take super seriously, we haven’t played together all that much. I guess we scrimmaged together at Whatcom Falls. I feel it’s not going to be too tough for us to click, because I’ve watched him a lot and seen what he likes to do, and he’s seen what I like to do. I feel like we’ll mesh together well.”

Evan, who joined the Orcas midway through the WCC men’s basketball season last winter and plans to redshirt this year, said he expects the biggest wild card on Saturday to be the winds at Zuanich Point Park.

“You never know what they’re going to do,” Evan said. “It could mess with your outside shot a bit. Guess I’ll just have to drive to the hoop a bit more.”

He obviously doesn’t see that as a problem, and looks forward to any other challenges that the tournament could present.

“I’m expecting a pretty physical game — not too many foul calls,” Evan said. “That could play right into my hand with the way I play. Might have to turn it up a little bit more.”

And that will only be the beginning of the fireworks Saturday. After the tournament, Miksovsky said he plans to head out on a friend’s boat to enjoy the Fourth of July show over Bellingham Bay at dusk.

Reach David Rasbach at david.rasbach@bellinghamherald.com or 360-715-2286.

Bellingham Hoop It Up 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 4

Site: Zuanich Point Park, Bellingham

More information: bellingham.com/event/hoop-it-3-3-basketball-tournament

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