Photo by USHA
It’s hard to hold on to the No 1 seed from one year to the next one, but that’s exactly what Tyree has been doing since he won his first 1-wall USHA national title. Holding to the No 1 spot for a second, third, fourth and even a fifth year consecutively is not an easy task either.
Both brothers; Tyree and Jurell Bastidas made a terrific handball run during one of the busiest handball calendar years in recent memory. And because of the great amount of handball tournaments that took place during the past two years both brothers ended up on a collision course that was inevitable. And in spite of the several head on collisions, both brothers managed to remain above the vast field of experienced and talented players.
Although Tyree has reigned as the top player for several years, 2013 marked the first time his brother Jurell joined him as the No 2 player in the USHA. It was a well-deserved honor to be the top players after they had won and/or cornered most 1-wall Pro stops.
Tyree Bastidas is the youngest 1-wall player to have reigned as the No 1 seed player for more than 200 consecutive weeks in the Association.
Congratulations to Jurell and Tyree for their great handball run.
Mr. Peixoto has been having a rough time when playing Luis Moreno during his handball career. For many estrange reason, Luis Moreno has always managed to beat Peixoto in the four-wall game, but during the 4-wall semifinal match, Emmett made sure it didn’t happen again.
Luis Moreno was ahead in the third game with a convincing 9-0 on his favor, but for inexplicable reasons, Moreno lost focus and control of the game when he needed it the most. Eventually Moreno lost his rhythm, confidence and the entire match that was suppose to catapult him to the final against defending champion Paul Brady.
Congratulations to both players for entertaining the crowd with their talent and sharp handball skills.
by George Diaz – Handball Supervisor
Posted On 06/13/2014
In doubles action, it was Francis Lewis all over again. 2013-14 Doubles Invitational Champions Daniel Chu and Jeremy Garcia did it again. They showed everyone that when they are in a tournament, the best everyone can do is compete for second place. First place belonged to the tandem of Chu and Garcia.
Their quest to the finals was easy and simple, they moved their way up without difficulty. They advanced with a bye in the first round, defeated Andy Wong & Jeffrey Ye (Fort Hamilton) 21-10, Julian Lu & Mohsin Ilyas (James Madison) 21-15 and Norman Ly & Yuuki Jo (Bayside) 21-15.
In the finals, Garcia & Chu faced very familiar faces in teammates and 2013-14 Doubles Invitational Finalist Brian Kong & Carlos Zapata. They made their way to the finals with a bye, defeated Jahed Alam & Carlos Rivera (Hillcrest) 21-14, Felix Lee & Dickson Feng (Fort Hamilton) 21-15 and Andy Xu & Jung Li (Midwood) 21-19.
In the championship match we saw a great battle between teammates………..
Bottom photo by Ryan Delevan
Last April, Tyree Bastidas felt like it was over for him before the handball season ever really started.
It all started to come apart when he broke two fingers at the fronton handball tournament in Brooklyn.
In early May, he underwent surgery to repair both fingers, ruining his handball practice in anticipation for the upcoming USHA 4-wall national tournament.
On June, Tyree showed up to play at the 4-wall nationals, and occasionally he used his injured hand as a shield and to return balls he couldn’t possibly return with his left hand.
Also on June, he showed up to the King of the Ring tourney to play with one hand, but lost in the quarterfinals.
On July he showed up at the 1-wall big ball nationals to play with both hands, and although he showed big improvement on his right hand, it was still a far cry from the top of his game.
In the middle of July Tyree also showed up to play at the Council Speaker’s Cup small ball event and although his game had improved 80%, he managed to capture the title and another injury. This time he twisted his ankle during match point, where he was forced to request a full 15-minute injury time out to asses his situation. Unfortunately, Tyree had no choice but to continue playing to win the open title. He was thinking on forfeiting his second event, but decided to keep playing.
On August 1, during the USHA 1-wall nationals, Tyree was serving at match point against Satish, when his injured ankle gave up on him again. Yes, he had to take an injury time out to win the match and the title. But for how long can Tyree keep playing and winning while injured?
He hasn’t won everything he wanted to capture, but remarkable he has pulled off some great wins even while still nursing his injuries.
Photos by Bill Fand
This game was perhaps the best game of the day, where two top players of the game went out of their way to reach the semis.
We could actually say this match could have been the final of the men’s open. With both players playing at the top of their lungs and using every handball weapon at their disposal, this game won the best reviews among handball fans. “You got to play your best all the way to the end” Eric Cruz said.
“When playing top players like Gio or when you have the lead, you have to keep the pressure on all the time. Top players always try to come back.”
Congratulations to Cruz and Vasquez for playing the best game of the day.