The San Cris tournament coincides with the town's annual fair so it's often the first chance for our students to enjoy some of the finer delicacies of Guatemala, like corn-on-a-stick with mustard, ketchup, mayo and cheese...seriously. Or cheese, salt and limon for the sophisticates in the bunch.
The tournament has a notorious history of multiple rain delays stretched over two days, but luckily for us and the people who use the court on a daily/weekly basis, the town paid for a roof...and lights!
First up on Sunday were the Young Guns who played the San Cris older team. The Young Guns trailed for three quarters, but turned on the burners for the fourth and ended up beating men old enough to be their father's by 12 points (stats below).
Hoops Sagrado has a basketball philosophy that everybody eats, meaning that everyone has an opportunity to score. For the first time this trip, everyone on the Young Guns team who got time on the court ate.
Next up was the Hoops Sagrado Old Heads vs. the San Cris young team (who, let's be honest, aren't looking that young these days). It was touch and go for a while, most likely because certain members of the older Hoops team had a late Saturday night (early Sunday morning), but they settled down and pulled out the two-point victory (see stats below). Nigel and Max made their "Old Head" debut and had great games.
This of course lead to Stat Girl's worst nightmare. The two Hoops teams playing each other. Someone always catches feelings and it's just not fun. Fortunately, for the new Hoops Sagrado, things went relatively well and a hearty thank you to the people of San Cris who stuck around for the final even though their team was not in it.
The Old Heads trailed for 80 percent of the game (see earlier comment about a late night), but turned on the burners when it was necessary and beat the Hoops Young Guns by two almost a the buzzer. While there were definitely some feelings at work after the game, for the most part everyone was a good sport about it.
Following the game, all four teams joined together for a Sunday night meal in the middle of the basketball court before heading back to Xela.
HS Young Guns vs. San Cris Old Heads
HS Old Heads vs. San Cris "Young" Guns
HS Old Heads vs. HS Young Guns--because Stat Girl was keeping track of stats for both teams and because there were always a lot of bodies in the way (and because she doesn't get paid to do this stuff), these stats are probably not 100 percent accurate (as Stat Girl has already been told).