One of the biggest youth basketball tournaments in the U.S., the Hype Tournament championship, took place last weekend in North Texas, and VIP Realty president Richard Soto’s son, Caleb, was there when his squad scored the buzzer-beater that won the tournament.
Caleb is a member of the D1 Shooters 2023, which competed against some of the best teams in the country. Teams from California, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas took to the hardwood for the Hype championship, which seeks to foster drug-free, violence-free, diverse programs that advocate tolerance, unity, and acceptance among the many races, religions, and ethnicities of the world. The Shooters entered the championship 5-0, and put everyone across the county on notice that some of the nations best young basketball players are from right here in the Frisco area.
The 2023 Shooters were placed in a Super Pool with two other Top-15 teams ‒‒ American Roundball Corporation (ARC) from Los Angeles and the Oklahoma Chaos. The Shooters kicked off the tournament with a 38-33 thriller and swiftly moved through the best young players in America en route to the championship game against Houston’s Gulf Coast BlueChips at the Hype Sports Winter Jam in Lewisville.
The Championship game on January 4 was a thriller for the ages. An epic back-and-forth battle ensued from the opening tip-off, both teams making huge plays and showing their abundant game skills. But a forced a turnover with 12 seconds to play cost the BlueChips. With the clock ticking down and the score tied 28-28, the Shooters passed like pros and set up for what can only be described as a storybook ending for the young North Texans. Robert Jones Jr. saved a broken play with less than three seconds to go and made a dazzling pass to Ty Cox, who sank a 16-foot, nothing-but-net jumper as the final buzzer sounded, giving Shooters a 30-28 victory and a championship to cap their perfect tournament run.
“I’m proud of my son for playing like a champion and, mostly, for his sportsmanship,” Soto says. “He gave his whole family a memory we’ll cherish for years.
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