The stakes couldn’t be any higher. With the ultimate chance to design a free uniform for the championship winner; teams swarmed the San Antonio area for this very opportunity on day one of the event.
Starting the day we had the Lilac 4th/5th Grade Girls division with teams from Corpus Christi, Laredo, Somerset, Austin, and Lake Travis. All the team in the division came from different communities but were very equal in talent. As the morning games played out it was clear that the Somerset Hoopstars and Lake Travis Pride were playing on a different level than the rest of the field. With the lead going back and forth the Pride out of Lake Travis made a late run and took the uniforms back to Austin.
In the Blue 5th Grade Division we saw two Texas Powerhouse programs the San Antonio Fire and San Antonio Hardwork. At one point these two great teams were on the verge of merging into a Hardwork Dynasty team which made a lot of sense with their recent Under Armor Sponsorship. Instead we get to see the occasional heated rivalry that draws record crowds. The San Antonio Fire recently have seen national attention with two close championship loses to the #1 team in the nation Gulf Coast Blue Chips of Houston. They carried this recent success into Saturday’s Championship showdown. With a strong press the Fire pulled away early but they witnessed something they haven’t seen in a very long time with Hardwork fighting back cutting the lead to 6 points early in the 1st half. Fire Big man Kendrick Deluna was a constants force and the guard play led by Luke Price, Dillon Gonzalez, and Jarek Schmittou wore down the talented Handwork group
The Orange 6th Grade boys championship was the best of the day. The almost unbeatable Corpus Christi Bruins had their hands full with a hungry San Antonio Fire looking for revenge of a four point loss 2 weeks ago. The Bruins took charge early with steady guard play and a solid rotation of bigs that seemed to wear on the thin front court of the Fire. The Fire’s Eddie Hernandez would not except failure. His 27 point championship performance kept the Fire in the game and when the game was at its most clutch time Hernandez made sure that the Fire would not be defeated with 7-late point.
The last championship game of the night had a lot of buzz because of the dominance of the San Antonio Rebels locally and the San Antonio Future who have been taking care of business all over the state. The Future took care of business from the tip getting an early lead and controlling the game. The Rebels will learn from the match up and be more competitive in the future.
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