Love was in the air as youth 12- years-old and under participated in the 2010 Valentine’s Classic Basketball Tournament February 10–13. It was a double-elimination tournament, with a championship per division. The youth played with great skill, bringing in crowds of spectators from all over the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and neighboring cities. Eight teams played in the Boys Division and 11 in the Girls Division.
For the boys, Ak-Chin played against the Floor Boys in the third-place game, losing 56-54. That gave the Floor Boys the chance to play in the championship game against the Renegades. This game was the most impressive of the tournament, as the youth played like adults and the game even went into overtime. Floor Boys took the championship in the boys division.
As for the girls, the Lady Hoopers played against the Bears in the championship game. The Bears prevailed and were named the Valentine’s Classic Champions in the Girls Division. Family members and fans cheered for both teams, almost packing the gym benches completely full.
The players on each team that placed received tournament t-shirts, and trophies went to the MVPs and special teams that were new to the tournament.
Champions – Floor Boys
Runner-up – Renegades II
Third Place – Ak-Chin
Fourth Place – Copa Crew
Champions – Bear Girls
Runner-up – Lady Hoopers I
Third Place – Lady Hoopers II
Fourth Place – Az. Hotshots