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.
"Everyone does three-on-three tournaments, so at our meeting someone had the idea to break the world record for longest game played," said Kurt Spencer, the foundation's executive director.
The foundation, which supplies scholarships to family members of those who have died in the line of duty, raffled off prizes at the event, including signed items from former BYU player, Jimmer Fredette. They also collected donations at the door and spectators had the chance to guess the final score of the game for $1.
Blue and white represented the two teams, the military in white, and law enforcement in blue. Ages ranged from 42 down to 16 years of age and three sets of brothers participated. The game even hosted one of Spencer's friends who flew in from Kansas City just for the event. As they played, music thumped in the gym at the Clearfield Aquatic Center and players busted into dance moves sporadically to keep spirits high.
Dallas Saxton, a Weber State student playing for the law enforcement team, said it wasn't the physical challenge that the players were worried about, but the mental.
"I think everyone coming here knew the physical challenge," he said. "At first, it's hard but you know it's for a good cause."
The men called the court home for five days, each playing approximately 50 hours. Players followed a rotation with three to five hour stints of sleep or rest on cots in the hallway of the center. Food was provided and laid out in the back. If the players left the court, the record would have been void.
Once it had all been said and done, a jersey signed by the participants was to be sent to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The funds raised, Spencer said will be "put in the war chest to give away." And the foundation will wrap up and prepare for their next great adventure.
After a poker tournament at the end of January, Spencer and a few friends and sponsors are planning to walk from San Diego, Calif., to Times Square in New York City. The event is currently in the planning stages as Spencer has a list of 42 military families and 20 police officer's families spread across the U.S. that he wants to visit on the way.
For more information on the foundation, visit www.fallenheroscholarship.