Art Parakhouski’s only real-life tournament game against Winthrop ended in defeat.
Good thing the Imaginary All-Time Big South 3-on-3 basketball tournament wasn’t real-life.
Parakhouski and the rest of Radford’s team -- and an enthusiastic social media sharing effort -- swept Winthrop aside to win the Imaginary All-Time Big South 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which concluded Friday. The Highlanders claimed over 80 percent of the championship votes to finish the event on top.
The event begin on Feb. 20 with 10 teams and was chiseled down to eight, then four, and finally two by the evening of Feb. 22. Thousands of votes were cast during the week as readers channeled their inner basketball nerd or college cheerleader and clicked “vote.” And clicked. And clicked. (Thank you!)
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The four players on Radford’s team -- Parakhouski, Doug Day, Javonte Green and Anthony Walker -- have undoubtedly already scribbled this accomplishment onto their resumes, while Winthrop’s foursome -- Tyson Waterman, Torrell Martin, Craig Bradshaw and Tyrone Walker -- will protest that there was Russian hacking or some other such Internet treachery that rigged the voting.
In the end, it was all imaginary. But the fun was real.