This evening at the Fonde Recreation Center was the inauguration for the ProAm league. If you’re unfamiliar with the league, it is where many NBA, ex-NBA, pro overseas players, college players and even some of the best streetballers flock to play summer basketball. Many recognizable players who played at this league include Moochie Norris, Nick Van Exel, Damon Stoudamire and Houston Streetball legend Dwayne Rogers. If you want to catch elite basketball played during the off season, this is it and you can catch it at the Fonde every Monday and Wednesday starting at 6pm.
There’s a total of 8 teams in the league and tonight two games were played for the opener. Tonight’s first game featured Houston Flight against Showtime Ballers.
The first game started around 7:30pm and the 1st quarter was pretty close. Houston Flight had a small lead after the 1st quarter with three points and the game was pretty close till half time. The 3rd quarter Showtime Ballers made a couple of crucial turnovers through out the period and allowed a couple of fast break points for Houston Flight to pickup a significant lead. The final quarter both teams went at each other back to back however that 3rd quarter lead that Houston Flight picked up was enough to seal the deal. The final score was 70 to 62.
The last game of the day was between Flight 713 and Competitive Choice. The 1st quarter as the previous game was pretty close with both teams trying to test out each other with what lineup best worked for them. The 2nd quarter proved to be pivotal for competitive choice as they found what worked for them early on and got a 15 point lead before the half. As the rest of the game rolled on it looked like it was going to be an easy win the visiting team (competitive choice) but in the final quarter in the last two minutes Flight 713 started climbing back and applying full court press defense which forced competitive choice to make turnovers and with the combination of hitting a couple of threes allowed them to make a fighting chance and bring the game close to an almost 8 point game but competitive choice held out and won the game 70 to 62.
It was definitely a great experience as I got really close to the commentator/stats person and got a chance to sit up close and watch the games. There was at one point during a fast break one of the players in a team stole the ball and in a fast break took off and posterized an opponent, the crowd went electric and of course so did I. The next games will be played every Monday and Wednesday and are entirely free, all you have to do is stop by and enjoy some basketball played on the hardwood. I may even try to field a team next summer with some of the finest streetballers I have met so far and who knows, maybe even try to win. I will try my best to attend most of the games played although because I am in Monday league played at Broadway Baptist I may just be able to attend Wednesday’s.
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