For the first time ever, the Blacktop 3vs3 tournament was to be played indoors. For the last couple of years hosting the tournament outside has been a hit or miss with the weather. Two years ago, the tournament had to be rescheduled due to a rain out and just today while I was driving to the MI3 center, it was raining so it was a good thing that it was hosted indoors this year.
I had talked to my friends who I played with previously in the blacktop tournament along with other 4vs4 tournaments and they decided that this weekend was going to be hard for them to show. Since I wanted to play I put a last minute together and signed us up in the elite division. Gage Guest, Lezhon Gill, Courtney Cash and myself went out firing on all cylinders in our first game. Our second game was against 3x reigning champ UBAL and they had this one versatile big man that helped them get a lot of second chance put backs. Our third game was a do or die as we needed to win to advance to the elimination round. We had a good lead for a while and even had game point but the other team climbed back and tied the game at 14-14. Game needed to be won by two and the other team got a point and one second remained in the game and towards the end we couldn’t get a shot in time and ended up bowing out early.
In between the games was the three point contest, dunk contest and skills contest. I actually competed in the three point out contest but for some odd reason I had an issue with the rubber balls and didn’t do so well. The skills challenge was a little bit different with the way the obstacles were placed and I didn’t so good either. The next event to watch was the prestigious dunk contest which has been won multiple times in a row by Issac White aka Sir Issac. There was a couple of other contenders out there but it came down to Issac White which impressed early with him jumping over this dude who was probably 6’10” and Emmerich Grim who goes by the handle “Dunkzilla” with an awesome alley oop honeypot dunk (vince carter arm dunk). The two dunkers squared of and Dunkzilla busted the alien dunk which he covers his face with a tshirt and puts the ball in back of his head and then dunks it, the crowd went wild. Issac White had to in turn go all out, however he missed his two attempts trying to do an eastbay over a guy dunk (which I seen Issac nail it several times). The new winner was crowned and Dunkzilla won the Dunk Contest.
After the dunk contest was of course time to watch the final of the Elite Division which was UBAL against The Generation. The Generation are a team who are competing in the Houston Streetball league as “Southside Ballers” and were the underdogs. UBAL being the reigning champ were heavy favorites. The game went back and forth in the very beginning but Generation had a hard time with UBAL’s Big man who kept getting many rebounds and driving to the goal at will. It seemed towards the mid game that UBAL was going to take it as they got into the bonus being that Generation had accumulated over 7 fouls very early on trying to contain the big man, however they kept pushing and pushing and started nailing consecutive three’s (two points) and eventually tied the game up 14 to 14. With the game needed to be won by two points, nobody wanted to give up any shots from the perimeter. In one play, the big man from generation got a rebound and took it out from the corner three and shot it and miraculously it went to win the game and become the new Blacktop Battle Champs. Congratulations to Oquine Nickles, Konkheis Sipsey, Viston Nelson and the coach Segun Adesena.
With over 500+ players from all parts of Houston and even players from Daisetta, Galveston, Louisiana, Conroe, the tournament went very well. Of course I’m slightly bitter still going out early in the group stage but that’s basketball, you win some, you lose some. I’ll be back next year and come back even better. I didn’t get to stay long enough to see who won the three point contest nor the skills contest but I hope to have that info later on. I took a couple of pictures that you can enjoy in the gallery below.
Until next time, keep calm and #houstonstreetball
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