Sunday, May 29, 2011

AAU Memorial Day Tournament

So, after an 8-0 Spring Season full of blowout games, we decided to try an AAU Tournament over Memorial Day weekend. Jared's family had camping plans, so we missed him greatly. Rowland's family also had plans, but they changed them up to allow Rowland to participate, and he was greatly needed! The tournament was a humbling experience for the boys. We lost all three games. But it is good for them to remember being on the other side, and gives them something to shoot for. Here's some highlights ...

Game 1 Thunder vrs Vivint Elite
May 27, 2011 (5:00)
Glad this was our first game! While it was a loss, it wasn't a beatdown, and Callahan, Mason and Rowland especially landed some spectacular shots ... unfortunately the other team did too *Ü* 48-60.

Game 2 Thunder vrs Madison Cats
May 28, 2011 (9:00)
This team came in from Idaho. Makes me feel grateful that this opportunity is SO close by for us. The boys didn't seem quite as "on" as in the last game, there were a lot of missed shots ... but enough great shots to make a highlight reel too. 35 - 62.

Game 3 Thunder vrs Royals
May 28, 2011 (1:00)
We came into this game a little apprehensive, as this team had beaten both teams we had played thus far. We had heard there was a big kid on the team ... is he really 12? Can I see a birth certificate please? I think the team was a good team even without their #16 (who looked at least 16), but it was really hard to see anything past that one kid. We had a few injuries, Callahan went down toward the end and didn't make it back into the game. Short video ... not a lot of highlights, but it was Joey's best game ... 19-56

So ... I don't know that we're quite ready for full competition. We are going to play up for summer season, against 7th and 8th graders. There will probably be some stiff competition, but not this AAU level play. And maybe we can bid farewell to the gold/white uniforms.

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