The buzzer rang and the score was settled at 11,689 to 9,765, the blue team toppled the white by almost two-thousand points. The world's longest basketball game was over, the record set, and a group of 22 players, two lost to injury earlier, limped off the court, smiling.
The game started Dec. 26 and finished last Friday, Dec. 30, at 10 p.m. in front of a crowd of supporters, 109 hours had been clocked. Breaking the world record wasn't the only motive behind the grueling game. Its driving force was raising funds and awareness for the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Foundation.
The annual Team Hill Spouses Round-Up fundraiser came to a close with a bang, raising a total of $36,000 in total for Hill Airmen and their families. The Round-Up is one of the largest fundraisers for Hill's quality-of-life programs, with funds going to the Utah Military Family Association to support up to 15 programs. Some of these programs include Heart-Link, Key Spouses, Airmen Against Drunk Driving, Hill Heroes and the Wolf Creek Retreats. The event sold about 260 tickets and the event's chairwoman, Jackie Thies, said it was a successful event. "We're very happy with it," she said.