After a long week of rain, it was really unsure if the weather would clear up for tonight’s stop. I had been watching the weather all week and it showed it would rain throughout the morning but miraculously it didn’t rain at all and there was sunshine, the weather was perfect for a night of hooping. I arrived at 5pm however I spent a good 20 minutes finding parking because I had forgotten about the SWAC tournament at the Toyota Center and all the nearest parking spots were taken.
Most of the time now when the next tracker is used, we have been marking each person individually for a next, but today at the blacktop we tried a different format by putting a team next instead. This allowed more games getting played in a shorter amount of time rather than waiting on the next person picking up the same people who played previously and lost. I was unsure at first if people were going to embrace it but everyone was positive about it and marked their names down.
In the few times that I’ve been to the blacktop, there has been a guy who I’ve seen often who goes by the name of scooby. He volunteered today to keep the score and ensure that all games went as smooth as possible. Since I’ve been bringing out the scoreboard to every park I go hoop, there is no more people arguing about what the score is.
There was plenty of games today, the first three games we won and the team composed of local Charlton park hoopers of Joel Espitia, Ricardo Espitia, Devante Anderson and myself with LaChad Holmes who has showed up a few times throughout our tour. Since the games at downtown are played full court we got winded out and lost. Issac White who is a local at the blacktop came out to check us out and got a few wins under his belt. One particular play that left me all alone on a fastbreak against three of the opposing team had Sir Issac throw it down pretty nasty, my excuse is that my back was turned and I didn’t know he was there… although to be honest he would of dunked it anyway on me.
For anyone that doesn’t know, Issac White is a sponsored athlete by Reebok and is a professional dunker. He’s been all through out the United States and other parts of the world going from dunk competition to dunk competition claiming titles along the way and most importantly cash money. A couple of younger kids that were there asked him a few questions and he was there to answer them and most importantly sign their sneakers so they have some houston streetball memorabilia.
Tonight we didn’t have a large turnout from the main group of Houston Streetball but I understand that everyone has different priorities due to work and family commitments. I want to thank everyone that came out; Devante Anderson, Ricardo Espitia, Joel Espitia, LaChad Holmes, Issac White, Mrs. White, Joshua “Scooby” Griffin and all the other new people I met today who I didn’t get to ask for their name, but I’m sure I’ll see them again.
There is only two more spots left on the tour, with the Fonde being next on the list this upcoming Thursday followed by Justin on Friday. Don’t forget that next week is the Blacktop 3 vs 3 tournament along with the ZTE dunk contest that you can catch none other than Sir Issac try to win his 7th straight blacktop dunk competition. If you haven’t registered your team, you can click on tournaments on this website to get the link. Until then, #houstonstreetball
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