On the corner of the West Beltway and i-10, on Hammerly boulevard is a park named Agnes Moffit Park, or Agnes for short. We hit up this park for the 4th stop of Le Tour de Houston. It was raining through out the day but I was checking the weather and towards the end of the work day was a small window of sunshine to which I posted on Facebook to have everyone come through after all.
None of the Charlton Park players wanted to ride with me this time around, someone posted a comment “it’s slippery” and everyone used the excuse to not show up. I was actually thinking the same thing as I was arriving was going to be pretty bummed since nobody plays on a slippery floor but sure enough the grip was better than expected. I normally pull out the scoreboard and next tracker, but since I didn’t know anyone there, I didn’t want to get anyone upset on how their games are played. In addition the games are played sideways 4v4, not something I really like however it’s not anything I can’t handle so sideways ball had to do. To get a game, since nobody knew me, I had to find who had last, with the amount of people that were there, it took me a bit of time to track down that person down but I finally got my next. Because there isn’t a team next, the people who have next can pickup the same people who lose which makes wait times long for people who want to play, but well that’s how they do it there. After an hour and a half of waiting it was finally my turn to run, surprisingly Boris Rillo who I had met previously at another tour stop in Katy, TX showed up and I was able to pick him up as someone I knew and Alex Montes who I have played a few times from Settegast also showed up, and a new person named Donovan who joined our group that heard about the tour showed up as well. I didn’t really want to lose the first game because it was either win or go home and I wasn’t going to wait if I lost. I tried to do a couple of my signature dribbles and got the guy who was guarding me stumbling a bit but I couldn’t really go towards the basket and get an easy layup, it’s something about that sideways play that kind of makes it difficult to my playing style. We started committing a couple of bad turn overs and at one point were down more than 6 points, I was thinking in my head “this sucks” , I felt sluggish on the court but Boris started doing some impressive shots and I even managed to score a good bucket from a step back dribble. The new guy Donovan grabbed a few crucial rebounds as well and we were able to climb back and push the game to sudden death, 11 to 11…. whoever scored the last bucket would win the game. I knew Boris would be getting trapped as soon as he caught the ball and they were defending Donovan pretty good down low, so I asked for the ball and knew Alex would be wide open for a shot so I drove in and created space and dished the ball to him, and fortunately nailed the bucket to win us the game. Our second game was not as good as our first, it seemed we spent a lot of energy in that first game, everyone was sluggish especially me. I couldn’t really move and committed a couple of bad turn overs. We did try to make a last minute run towards the end but because we gave up easy buckets in the beginning, we lost the game. After the game, my shirt and shorts were soaking full of sweat as well as everyone in our team. I left around 9:30pm but there was plenty of people still at the end playing.
I would like to thank Boris, Alex Montes for stopping by and the local park players who made the games competitive and didn’t disrespect anyone out there. I’ll definitely bring out more players to this park sometime in the near future and run some more games in.
The 5th stop is this Saturday at the Filhoops Gym at 9pm, see everyone then, until next time.
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