We just returned from a killer tournament in Minneapolis. The MPLS crew did a great job of putting on a massive tournament, one of the biggest in the world. Huge thanks to them for all their hard work getting that done! We flew in on Wednesday night and laid low for a few days to rest up for the tournament. Carrying a huge bag full of all your gear and getting used to a different time zone can wear me out so it was nice to have some chill time.
Dustin did a great job of lining up a place for all the Seattle teams to stay. We ended up in this huge house not too far from where the tournament was being held. There was plenty of space for everyone to get comfy and relax in the evenings. We chilled out, drank beers, and watched some movies.
Seeding rounds were scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Morning bracket at 9 Am and afternoon bracket at 2:30. Our team was scheduled for the afternoon bracket both days. I prefer to play in the PM brackets. As the day progresses the temperature cools, and you don’t have to be at the courts super early. After two days of seeding we seeded third overall, which we were happy with, and turned out to be pretty accurate.
Before the tournament we had a lot of opportunities to practice as a team and dial our game in. That was helpful when Saturday rolled around. We were all feeling great, well rested, and ready to play. We knew what to expect from most teams at the tournament and those we didn’t we watched closely so we could adapt our game play and strategy.
Our boys, and Fixcraft team mates, The Guardians put us into the losers bracket in the winner’s bracket semi-final. It’s always hard to go into the losers bracket, but we’ve been there before and were ready to take it on again. After that loss we regrouped, talked about the positives and negatives, and changed up a few thing up before our next games.
We played through the losers bracket against some familiar teams, Big Country and Portland United, only to see the Guardians again at the loser’s bracket final. The Guardians took us down 5-1, in a quick, precise, and super clean game. If I’m going to lose I’d rather lose to my friends and a team that I respect and admire.
After we we’re eliminated we sat back and reveled that we had made the podium at our first major tournament together.
We learned a lot about our game and the way that we work together on the court. Every time we’re out there together we get a little stronger as a team. We’ll be grinding and playing as much as possible until it’s time for World’s in Florida. See you all on the beach!
I’d like to give a quick shout out Nick Dellwo and Meg Lee for letting nine dudes crash on their floor and for being amazing hosts. You guys rule! Also, Emmet, we miss you, see you soon! And, Chris Simpson, as Dustin said, you’re the number one homie. Thanks for being our personal party/airport shuttle, and you killed it reffing! One more shout out to the Fixcraft fam. Thanks for the support, you guys rule!