East Texas team wins national senior games

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -  Some have gray hair.  Some have knee braces.  All have lost a step.  But don't call them old.

"I would call it getting more mature," said Rusty Bundy.  "Not getting old."

Bundy is 60 years mature.

"It is a great way to keep up your competition and staying in shape," he said.

Playing basketball is easier than exercise.

"I hate running," said 56 year old Pat McCown.  "Unless someone's chasing me. This is a good thing to do."

Each week this group of 50 something's, lay it all out on the hard wood.

"They don't jump as high or run as fast as they used to, but they shoot really good," said McCown.

Good enough to become national champs.   The team known as 'Oxygen Please' recently competed in the National Senior Games in Houston.

They had enough oxygen to take home the gold medal.  National champs in the 55 year old division.

"We play all the time," said Bundy.  "Winning that was icing on the cake."

Winning was also a surprise.

"We're as stunned as anybody," said Dr. James Smith.  "This is the first time we've won games at nationals"

Dr. Smith, a chiropractor by day, played basketball for John Tyler 40 years ago.  His love for the game has never faded away.

"It's the camaraderie we travel across the nation and state to different tournaments," he said.  "We take our wives and make a it a social event. One thing I've learned in these tournaments, there's a lot of guys my age a lot better than I am."

Smith may not be the best, but it can't hurt to have a chiropractor on the bench.  When the buzzer sounds, there's always a few aches and pains.

McCown always has something special in the bag.

"Enough Aleve can solve anything."

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