The first edition of our tournament was a success. It happened this Saturday, February 13th at Charlton Park. Rudy Ortega did everything possible to go ahead and made sure we were able to get people interested and share the event all over facebook and word of mouth. 8 teams registered and over 64+ players competed in fierce competition in trying to win the grand prize of $500 dollars.
Every legitimate basketball tournament needs referees and a big shout out goes out to Adrian Valenzuela and Philip Ethridge who took time out of their day to officiate all the matches. They even came outfitted in official referee attire complete with whistles. There were many heated moments in games, but thanks to these guys, they kept everything under control.
Another big shout out goes out to Brandon who goes by Be Blou on Facebook. He came all the way from midtown on his bike to check out the tournament and actually helped keep score. One of the main things in streetball is that if you don’t have someone keeping score, people add points to themselves or remove points from the other teams and causes people to get into heated arguments “Nah bitch, I just scored the layup when we had 7, now we just scored, so it’s 9” , how many times have you played and hear that? We had none of this in this tournament, people wanted to know the score, all they had to do was turn around and look at it.
Players gave everything they had in the game, their bodies got fatigued and needed nourishment, we had a refill station with Gatorade, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Manzanita Sol and water for their choosing to help them compete. The bad thing is that everyone kept getting a new cup and leaving them on the floor.
In the end, every basketball tournament can only have one winner and these guys who I never had heard or seen before went undefeated and won $500, and I’m sure they put it to good use for Valentine’s Day. I believe their first game was very close and could of gone either way, however after they pulled through they had smooth sailing from then on. So congratulations to them and hope to see them again in the next tournament as they defend the crown.
While I was disappointed that my team Rocket Town suffered defeat, I still had fun helping organize the tournament, meeting new people from the group and most importantly having my family with me. Big thanks go out to Rudy Ortega and Eric Torres in helping organize the tournament on a quick notice. We learned a few things so hopefully next time, we will have a bigger and better tournament for sure. Check out the gallery below for more pictures of the tournament and I’ll try to have a video in a week with some highlights. Forgot to say a big thank you to everyone that came out and played, and also to those that didn’t play and were there to help out in anyway possible. Our next tournament is in 2 months, be ready !