It was an event to remember, possibly the first multi park challenge in all of Houston. It all started when guys from Amity Park challenged Charlton Park to a game not to long ago (read recap). Several people in our Houston Streetball group on Facebook started talking about setting up another one, so I figured why not organize a bigger one and so that is what happened. Randall Speir who is a friend of mine msged me earlier during the week and let me know there is a place up north with several courts, seemed to good to be true but sure enough after seeing a picture of it and that it was open Sunday and only $8 per person, it seemed the best fit for the challenge.
As I pulled up to the location, the building sure looked impressive and surely cost and arm and leg to get built. I’d been in the Fonde where they have two full sized courts but this place had 6 full sized courts back to back. Everyone showed up around 3:30pm and with warm ups and figuring out how to organize the games it took us around an extra 30 minutes. From all the parks that mentioned they would have people represent, the following parks showed up. Tidwell Park, Burnett Bailey Park (Chimney Rock), Martin Luther King Park (Tomball), Woodlands Group, MI3 Youth, and I scrapped up a team of mix players since my guys out of Charlton bailed out on me.
Before the games started, we all took a big group picture for our collection, after all these types of events don’t happen often and everyone would be sweaty in the end. Since there was only 6 teams, we decided that everyone was going to play each other once, 5 games in total for everyone. The rules of the challenge were simple, 5 vs 5 full court with subs, first to 15 wins and the top 2 teams with the best record play each other one last time to claim the unofficial park vs park champion.
With everyone playing everyone, Chimney Rock landed the best record with 5 wins in a row and the 2nd best team was Tidwell Park who managed to lose only one game in the very beginning. The MI3 team which actually compromised of under 18 players were the stand out team as they gave a good run against several teams, later I found out that those young guys play AAU basketball so it was a no wonder they were able play so well together. I was playing my last game against MI3, when I just heard shouting and arguing on the otherside as Tidwell played Chimney Rock, I looked at the score and it was tied 12 to 12, so they were going all out and not trying to lose. There was no deuce so when it was 14 to 14, the game was intense but in the end Tidwell had one guy open on a mid jumper and landed the final point. With Tidwell winning the championship game, they have become the unofficial park vs park champion, next time with more preparation and organization we will try to have more parks come through and maybe have some trophies to give out. I have enrolled back in school and with class starting in a week, I’ll be playing less but none the less I’m always involved one way or another with basketball. The Mountain Dew Tournament 3×3 is three weeks away and I signed up and many others from the group as well, it should be exciting. There’s always new people that are hearing about Houston Streetball and if you’re not in the official group, make sure you join by clicking here. Until then, keep calm and
I took a few pictures of teams but only managed to get 4 of the teams since I was also playing it made it kind of hard to get everyone.
Thank you everyone for coming out.
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