Former Maple Valley/Enderlin boys basketball player Ty Smith and current Raider Jordan Haseleu helped lead the North Dakota Gold team to a win in the Flyin’ Hawaiian Classic basketball tournament June 26-July 2 on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.
The two were among 16 boys from the eastern North Dakota and north east South Dakota who played in the tournament. The players were split into a “black” team and a “gold “ team. The teams each went 4-1 in five games. North Dakota Black won the pool play with a 3-0 record, while North Dakota Gold rebounded to win the tournament with a victory over the Black team.
The trip offered a wide variety of activities, both educational and just for fun.
Some of the activities included a trip to Pearl Harbor where the players saw a movie about that famous day and took a boat ride to the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. The trip also included stops at a Swap Meet outside of Aloha Stadium, a visit to the Dole Pineapple plantation, a trip to a luau, the Pali Lookout, a visit to the North Shore, snorkeling and surfing as well as lots of time to lie out on Waikiki Beach.
The N.D. Black team, coached by Anthony Keaveny, and N.D. Gold, which had Jared Keaveny at the helm, both went 2-0 on the first day. The teams then matched up to finish pool play, with N.D. Black winning 67-65 after N.D. Gold missed a last-second 3-pointer.
On the first day of the tournament, N.D. Black beat a team comprised of players from Texas and Oklahoma by a score of 86-42. N.D. Gold beat Hawaii’s Le Jardin Academy 72-54 to set up a championship rematch between the N.D. teams.
North Dakota Gold avenged the loss from pool play to win the “Flyin’ Hawaiian Classic” by a score of 65-61.The game saw both teams hold nine-point leads with the opposing team eventually erasing them until the Gold team pulled away late.
“Everything went well on this trip,” said N.D. Black coach Jared Keaveny. “The kids represented N.D. and S.D. with class and put together some great performances on the court. The sights we saw and experienced were truly amazing.”