Spring has finally arrived and you know what that means. It’s tournament time in the Hmong/Asian Community. It’s a chance to lose that winter weight, showoff your new skills that you’ve been working on, and a chance to compete competitively. Its like opening weekend in the NFL—something everyone looks forward to.
This past weekend local and not so local basketball teams were given a chance to lace up the sneaks and throw around the rock. In celebration of the Laos/Cambodian New Year, AZN1 threw their 2nd Annual New Year’s Open Basketball Tournament at Farmington High School in Farmington, Minnesota.
This was a one day tournament, so there was a lot going on throughout the day. Fast forward to the Championship game where our good friend’s Dynasty played the Texas team Public Enemy. Dynasty is fresh off their tournament victory at Hamline a few months ago and was looking to add another trophy to their collection.
Unlike at the Hamline tournament, Dynasty was unable to hit their three point shots. When they did hit, Public Enemy was able to answer back with a basket. Pubic Enemny was able to keep the momentum in their favor throughout the game. Dynasty is well known for their shooting, but Public Enemy had its on great line up of shooters. A big advantage that helped Pubic Enemy was their height, which allowed them to control the boards. It seemed like every offensive rebound they were able to get allowed them to score. In the end, Public Enemy took the tournament crown.
On a side note, I think this could definitely help Dynasty in the future. They were able to play a team that could really test their skills, which can only make them better. Even though they weren’t able to win the championship, they still had the support of their biggest fan—Alex Lee’s dad. Alex’s dad just doesn’t seem to miss a tournament, which I think is awesome. Whether your a little kid or a grown man, its always nice having the support of your parents.
Once again the hoopers at this tournament delighted the fans. It was a great tourmanent with some really comeptitive games. Congratulations to Public Enemy, who made their trip from Texas, worth it.
Final Results Include:
1st Place: Public Enemy (Texas)
2nd Place: Dynasty
3rd Place: Shohoku
We at Hmoodle can’t wait to attend more tournaments this upcoming Spring & Summer and show support to the athletes and tournament organizers. If you know of a tournament that you think Hmoodle should attend, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]