Today was the day that we competed in the Blacktop 3vs3 challenge presented by ZTE. I couldn’t sleep at night thinking about today’s tournament and yesterday I didn’t play at the park to risk getting injured. The forecast for today showed between 20 – 40% and I wasn’t really sure if the tournament would even begin but it was a bit chilly and cloudy and it didn’t rain.
Our team consisted of long time Rocket Town members, Eric Torres, Jesus Acevedo, Hugo Melgoza, a good friend that we invited who hoops with us regularly Chris Fance and myself. We played our first game against a team called Ballaholics and was able to keep pace with them until the very end, we ended up losing 15 to 11. Our second game was and all or nothing contest as defeat pretty much guaranteed that we were out. Our second game started with us getting a quick lead 5-0 lead however the opposing team came back and hit nothing but three pointers (2pts) to win the game 15 to 6. We pretty much failed to guard the perimeter and paid the price for it, but that’s basketball. Low morale kicked in and we were just trying to figure out what the hell happened, was there something different we could of done? Whatever the answer was, we didn’t find it and it wasn’t going to change the results, best thing to do was to enjoy the rest of the day.
Besides the 3vs3 tournament there was plenty of other activities and things to check out. There was the skills contest, the three point shoot out and the eagerly awaited dunk contest. I competed and ended up with 24 seconds in my first run but they told me I could keep doing over and over until I got a better time, and so I did 🙂 …. I ended up doing it about 10 times and finally got a best time of 18 seconds but not enough to make it into the championship round. My friend Chris “Uno” Fance actually ended up winning the skills contest achieving a time of 15 seconds. Runner up and 3rd place finishes in the Adult and Youth received trophies as well.
I also competed in the three point shoot out. Out out of 300 people that participated in the three point contest, I actually came in top 8 and was super excited as I thought I would reach the championship round, however the organizers decided to go with the top 5 instead and my hopes in winning a trophy went down the drain.
Next in line was the dunk contest, with multi dunk champ winner, Issac White defending his belt. A good buddy from our Houston Streetball Lachad Holmes competed in the dunk contest, he actually surprised me since he has a stocky build and doesn’t look like he can jump but he got some impressive slams. The final came down to Sir Issac and a young guy who I don’t recall his name but had an impressive qualifying run to get into the finals that stunned everyone. Issac nailed a solid dunk in the end that sealed the deal with the young challenger not able to finish off his attempt to contest.
This basketball tournament was an awesome experience and the organizers did a good job by making sure things went smoothly. I’m obviously disappointed in not being able to help my team get into the playoffs but it’s better to take the positive things than keep with the negatives. I’ve met some great people and took some great pictures and videos.
Until next time
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