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Team names and jerseys help teams strive for Gus Macker glory


 Eau Claire (WQOW) - A nice jump shot and having more athletic ability than the other team are obvious advantages when it comes to playing Gus Macker.

"You’ve got to play physical, communicate; you've just got to play together,” said Nathan Schoeder of the Tunesquad.

But what you may not realize is that what you're called and what you wear can be equally as important to victory.

"They gave us some special something I don't know it just helps us as a team,” said Joseph Jast of the Bucs who sported superman tank tops.

"It’s part of the intimidation factor,” said Dan Keil a member of the Detroit Bad Boys named after the famous Detroit Pistons teams of the 80’s.

“We saw the sports documentary on the bad boys the 30 for 30 and we just loved it and we had to name our team after them,” Keil said.

Many other teams were sporting a uniform as well.

"They can intimidate an opponent but sometimes they just think it's funny and then they underestimate us and we’ll beat them,” said Neil Voros of the Goonsquad.

Others use life experiences to push their way to glory.

"We're four moms that like to play basketball and we have 12 kids so we're Ballin Moms,” said Krystyna Hase. “If we can push out 12 kids what can't we do?"

Sometimes the team and the jerseys don't match

"We bought Captain America tank tops last night, we’re wearing red shorts and red headbands, it doesn’t have anything to do with our name we just like the tank tops,” said Splash team captain Dexter Curry.

But in the end it's all a part of the Gus Macker atmosphere.

"If we look good we play good and if we play good we feel good,” Curry said.

Over 250 teams took part in the tournament which wraps up tomorrow.

The proceeds go to the Regis Catholic School's booster club.

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