Today there was a 3v3 tournament in Daisetta, TX organized by Jeff Martin. Jeff has been organizing a yearly tournament as a fundraiser for his church which he is a pastor of. I actually met him two weeks ago playing at the blacktop tournament and I told him to join our group and he asked if he could post a flyer of his tournament and of course we are about sharing information about anything related to basketball. The only thing about the location, is that Daisetta is not exactly nearby but if not 60 miles northeast of Houston in Liberty County, or just in the middle of nowhere 🙂 I asked a few guys from our Houston Streetball group and we carpooled and drove out there.
We arrived at the original location first which was at the Daisetta-Hull High School but we didn’t see any cars in the parking lot except a few people selling things at some sort of garage sale, we were thinking we won by default since perhaps nobody showed however we called Jeff and he told us it was switched to the Junior High School Gym a couple of miles down the road. Since cell phone data service is kind of spotty, we got lost for a couple of minutes and landed in some swamp land. We called Jeff one final time and finally got some instructions to get to the location.
We went inside and registered our team name “Get Buckets” which is a name that Chris Uno and Lance Johnson started using at Charlton Park. 11 teams showed up, and one was an all girls team that was supposed to play along with other girls but since they were the only ones, they ended up playing exhibition games with the men’s. The first three games in the tournament were basically warm up games, regardless if anyone actually lost all the games in the beginning they still had a chance to win the tournament once the main tournament started as it was single elimination. We lost our first game and won the other two games.
Before the main games started there was a three point contest. Since our team drove all the way from Houston, we all signed up to compete. Lance Johnson who normally is a good three point shooter only managed to land 3 out of 10 shots, Eric Torres who also is pretty consistent from the arc managed to get 3 out of 10, and myself who on occasion can get hot only also managed to get 3 out of 10, but Chris Uno got hot and landed 7 out of 10. The eventual winner was a Dustin Welch who managed an outstanding 9 out of 10.
After the 3 point contest was a blind free throw contest which had each contestant shoot 10 shots from the free throw blindfolded. 3 contestants tied with 2 free throws each and that meant there was an extra round with three shots each, everyone missed except the winner which was the last year’s winner, Dacey Simmons.
After the recreational contests the main tournament went underway, single elimination style. 10 teams were put in, two of which were undefeated from the early warmup games got a first round bye. We won our first game and that put us on the semi-finals against the tournament organizer, Jeff Martin with his team Shake n Bake. They had a very good team and we knew from the beginning that they were going to be tough to beat. We started with a quick lead from a three pointer and a couple of layups but Shake n Bake answered back each time and eventually grabbed a big lead. We made a decent come back towards the end but Shake n Bake ended up beating us 25 to 17. Shake n Bake was in the finals and beat out other semi-finalists 25 to 17 (same score they beat us) to win the tournament. Congratulations to Jeff Martin, Frank Wilson, Keyestone Washington, Kyle Edwards and Matt Tidwell for winning the tournament.
We drove back home with some sour tastes in our mouths since we drove a long way. We ended up eating at China V-Star and stuffed ourselves since we didn’t eat anything in the morning to avoid getting cramps. While we didn’t accomplish what we were set out to do, we still had fun playing together since we haven’t played prior in a team. I want to thank Jeff Martin for inviting us and hopefully play again when he hosts another tournament, of course you can find that information on our page. Until then #houstonstreetball
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