Basketball

Team Beasts preparing for some top competition this summer

Submitted photo – Teams Beasts ninth-grade elite boys team.

By Ray Hamill — Team Beasts never seem to shy away from a challenge.

That’s been the case for the local basketball club during this pandemic and something that will continue as we begin a full return to competition again.

The Beasts have been running a four-on-four mini league for their players over the past few weeks to get many of them back on the court competing again, and they will see a gradual return to tournament play over the next few months, with some teams expected to travel with the next few weeks.

“The precautionary stuff is tough, but it’s all paying off now,” club director and coach Eddy Vainuku said. “It’s just great to see the kids back and the feedback from parents.”

Tuesday was the final night of the mini league, which featured a combined 20 teams and 200 players.

Vainuku expects to have his travel teams competing soon, with an emphasis, as always, on finding the best tournaments and opponents to play, including a prestigious June tourney in Las Vegas.

“That’s where all the ballers and scouts go,” Vainuku said. 

Including Lebron James’ son and other top prospects.

“We’re really trying to take Vegas more seriously this year,” Vainuku added.

In addition to the numerous West Coast tournaments Team Beasts will travel to this summer, the club director is also in talks with several top travel teams to bring them here for games and tournaments, with plans for a “really exclusive high-level tournament” to be held here within the next couple of months.

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