3 – Wall Ball Vegas Addition
Timothy Gonzalez – slammed / 1 wall big ball singles and doubles (Tywan Cook)
Tracy Davis – slammed / 3 wall big ball women’s singles and doubles (Sandy Ng)
Jurell Bastidas – small ball 3 wall singles
Tyree Bastidas – small ball 1 wall singles
Juan Santos – slammed / 3 wall big ball singles and doubles (Lobo)
September 22, 2013- Stratosphere Hotel, Vegas
Super Sunday at the WPH 3WallBall Outdoor World Championships – Sunday at the 3-Wall Ball Championships nearly crowned the wind as the champion, as 50 mile per hour gusts nearly destroyed the court complex at the Stratosphere. Play was suspended for over an hour, but when play resumed, fans were treated to incredible men’s and women’s big ball action.
Juan Santos upset previously undefeated 2013 Player’s Cup champion Samzon Hernandez in a lopsided men’s big ball final to defend his 3WallBall title. Santos was impervious to the wind, trouncing a lethargic Hernandez 15-6, 15-12 in just 25 minutes.
“It feels really great to win,” revealed Santos. “I have been training really hard. Samzon is such a great competitor, and I am so happy to have won.”
Despite losing in the final, Samzon Hernandez captured the prestigious WPH Player’s Cup with wins in three of the four WPH Player’s Cup events and a finals appearance in the fourth.
“Winning this Cup is amazing,” stated Hernandez. “Next year I’m coming even stronger. Juan was playing great today, and I just couldn’t move the way I wanted. He is a great player.”
Tyree and Jurel Bastidas thrilled the gallery in the men’s small ball 1-Wall final with acrobatic retrieves and unparalleled power and athleticism. The brothers played a nearly identical style, but the fresher Tyree was able to defeat his older brother 25-16.
“I’m happy to win my second yellow,” stated Tyree. “I didn’t enter the 3-Wall small ball and 3-Wall big ball because I thought it would be too hot to play that many matches, but I am really satisfied with my performance.”
Timbo Gonzalez continued his magical Vegas run by collecting two yellow jerseys on the windswept Sunday. Timbo faced match point against New York legend Justin Richie at 24-24 in the men’s big ball pro singles semifinals. Timbo earned the sideout, and narrowly escaped his rival by the slimmest of margins, 25-24. Timbo faced arch rival Geo Vasquez in the final. Geo appeared intimidated and rattled from the outset, never displaying the game that earned him the spot in the final. Timbo pummeled his foe 25-7 to capture the first of his two yellow jerseys on Sunday. Timbo teamed with partner Tywan Cook to defeat Geo and Justin Richie 25-16 in the big ball pro doubles final.
“I was really off against Justin, but he is a great player,” claimed Timbo. “I just couldn’t find my game, but I was able to win and advance to the final. I am exhausted from playing all week, but I am really happy. Next year I am coming for Samzon in 3-Wall. I know I can beat him.”
Tracy Davis and Sandy Ng captured the women’s big ball doubles with a dominating win over Tanisha Groomes and Ashley Moler in a match played in consistent wind gusts of 50 miles per hour. “The conditions were really tough, but I just tried to focus on my technique,” revealed Davis. Davis slammed the 3-Wall big ball singles and doubles to further her outdoor legacy as the greatest women’s outdoor player in the game’s history.
Danielle Daskalkis defeated Mel Sky, 21-13 in the 1-Wall big ball women’s singles.
“This was an amazing event, and I am so happy that I was a part of it,” revealed 1-Wall world champion and 3Wallball pro big ball doubles champion Tywan Cook. “This motivates me to continuing traveling to handball events across the country. I cannot wait for the U.S. Open in California next month.”
“I’ve heard about this event for year, and I had to come and check it out,” barked New York legend Justin Richie. “This was the best event I have ever been a part of. I stopped playing for a few years, and this event makes me realize how much I love handball.”
*article via World Players of Handball
Congratulations to undefeated NYC “Dream Team Phenom” Timothy “Timbo” Gonzalez & Tywan Cook on their 1-wall Open Doubles Championship title and a 2nd slam by Gonzalez for the 1-wall Open Singles Championship!